L’artiste chercheur, un pléonasme ou une figure dans l’air du temps ?

In collaboration with Kultur | lx - Arts Council Luxembourg

Location: Art Talks


France Clarinval (D'Lëtzebuerger Land)

Guest speaker: 
Sandra Delacourt (PhD in the history of contemporary art and is a research associate at HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)


Is the artist a researcher? If we look closely at Hicham Berrada's chemical experiments or the documentation on which Kapwani Kiwanga's works are based, it would seem that the experimental approach that underpins scientific research forms the basis of many works of art. But is the artist a researcher like any other?

If fundamental research is understood as an experimental process whose aim is to produce new knowledge, is this really the artist's path? Is artistic research a creative, cognitive process? And going beyond the practical, how can we question the place occupied by the figure of the artist-researcher in our contemporary societies? What is their political and social role? We'll be exploring these questions with Sandra Delacourt who, after presenting her book L'Artiste-chercheur : un rêve américain au prisme de Donald Judd (Paris: Éditions B42, 2019), will take part in a discussion moderated by France Clarinval (D'Lëtzebuerger Land).

L'Artiste-chercheur : un rêve américain au prisme de Donald Judd (Paris: Éditions B42, 2019). 
"Go to College" was the slogan of Life magazine in 1940. While Europe was descending into chaos, the United States was striving to ensure the international production of knowledge and promote an alternative ideal of enlightened democracy. Like the rest of the population, artists were encouraged to converge on the universities to help found a new American dream, driven by research. Looking back at this little-known political project, Sandra Delacourt's L'Artiste-chercheur traces the emergence of a figure of the artist whose activity suddenly shifted to the university field. To understand this transformation, Sandra Delacourt follows in the footsteps of Donald Judd, the minimalist artist who in the second half of the twentieth century became the ambassador of 'educated art'. Through him, the author invites us to follow the non-linear evolution of a new imaginary for art and research, and shows how different generations of artists have embraced or rejected it. At a time when creative research has been the subject of a new craze in recent years, this book proposes to explore the antagonistic desires that have led art and knowledge to point to a common horizon.

France Clarinval From Belgium, living in Luxembourg since 1995, France Clarinval has been in charge of Lëtzebuerger Land's Culture pages since September 2020. Born in 1969, she holds a degree in art and media sociology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has worked for several media in the Grand Duchy (Le Quotidien, Paperjam, RTL 5Minutes) in the fields of culture, gastronomy and lifestyle. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (Aica) and the Association luxembourgeoise de la presse cinématographique (ALPC).

Sandra Delacourt PhD in the history of contemporary art and is a research associate at HiCSA (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). After teaching at Paris 1 and the University of Nantes, she joined ESAD TALM-Tours in 2012, where she is a professor and coordinator of the Master's in Art. From the New York minimalism of the 1960s to the most current international artistic practices, her research focuses on the phenomena of emergence that operate in the field of art. Her research focuses on the ways in which history is written, as well as the role played by art in constructing collective imaginations and determining social relationships. Sandra Delacourt is the author of L'Artiste-chercheur, un rêve américain au prisme de Donald Judd (Paris: Éditions B42, 2019) and co-author of Le Chercheur et ses doubles (Paris: Éditions B42, 2016.

© L'Artiste-chercheur, Sandra Delacourt