ME21 Announces Publication of: Experimental Systems–Future Knowledge in Artistic Research


We are excited to announce the publication of our project’s first book: Experimental Systems–Future Knowledge in Artistic Research, edited by our investigator Michael Schwab with contributions by (a.o.) Michael Schwab, Darla Crispin and Paulo de Assis.

In this book fourteen contemporary artists, musicians, and theorists engage with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s widely studied theory of experimental systems in an effort to determine how experimentation can productively be put to work in the arts. An interview with Rheinberger himself probes research as a potentially shared space between the otherwise different activities of art and science.

“We don’t know what we don’t know. This makes it difficult to imagine research that will produce truly new knowledge. In the sciences, the experimental approach has proved its worth in generating what subsequently requires understanding. Can the emergent field of artistic research be inspired by recent thinking about the history and workings of science? How can artists engage with experimentation to extend artistic values and deliver future knowledge?” (from the book cover)

This book will be launched tomorrow, October 3. 2013, within the ORCiM Festival, at the Orpheus Institute.

It can be ordered from now on via Leuven University Press at: