"Troubling Research. Performing Knowledge in the Arts" (http://troublingresearch.net) is a research project that responds to the 2009 WWTF Art(s) & Sciences call by interrogating the very conditions of the current upsurge of the art/research articulation. The project shifts attention from defining (and eventually solving) a problem to that of rendering a 'problematic.'
A core feature of this problematic concerns the fact that place, status, and function of any claim to 'research' are discursively and socially produced and therefore ultimately contestable. The insight in the "ubiquitous, taken-for-granted, and axiomatic quality of research" (Arjun Appadurai) enables to question the "strange and wonderful practice" known as research, its "cultural presumptions" and its "ethic". Following on this track of reasoning and aligning with the Institutional Critique tradition in the arts, "Troubling Research" aims to unsettle any existing consensus concerning the nature of arts-based research and the art/science relationship. It achieves this through establishing a - deliberately - diversified cluster of artistic and research practices (represented by the participating researchers) the commonality of which will be constituted by working through the potential of the problematic to be excavated and/or developed in the course of the project.
Accounting for a multiplicity of diverging perspectives, the participating researchers will work, independently and as a collaborative entity, towards a reconsideration of an alleged interdependence of the categories of art and research assumed by the current politics and economy-driven research orientation within the European system of higher education in the arts.
"Troubling Research" is based at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and funded by the WWTF - Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (Vienna Science and Technology Fund). During a period of 18 months (March 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011), the transdisciplinary project team, comprised of artists, curators, theoreticians, will generate and stage various kinds of discussions around the issue of the very (im)possibility of research and its particular performativity in the arts. Participating researchers of "Troubling Research" are Gangart (Simonetta Ferfoglia, Heinrich Pichler), Johanna Schaffer, Johannes Porsch, Tom Holert, Stefanie Seibold, Carola Dertnig, Axel Stockburger and Diedrich Diederichsen.