Nadia Radwan on a study trip with her students, Pera Museum, Istanbul, June 2016. © Nadia Radwan.  

Egyptian artists know the art history of their country very well, it is us who do not know it!

Interview with Art Historian Nadia Radwan
Annabelle Boissier 

As part of our ongoing commitment to the MENA region, we are starting an interview series with Art Historians and Curators who chose to devote their career to the promotion Middle-Eastern and North African art. Our aim is to give their work more… Continue Reading

A call to re-conceptualise international cultural relations

Culture … is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society”.
Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917)

Erik Vlaeminck
In his seminal definition of culture, Edward Burnett Tylor placed culture at the heart of society, and men… Continue Reading

Studio Ecole des beaux-arts, Marseille (ESAD Marseille Méditerranée) ©Justin Meekel

Theory in Art Education. The French example.

Interview with Art Sociologist Jérémie Vandenbunder

Annabelle Boissier


Following our interrogation about Art & Research interactions, we asked French sociologist, Jérémie Vandenbunder, to qualify this relation within the French educational art system. Step by step, we try to understand how institutions, and their transformations, impact how artists deal with theory. Continue Reading

Open doors at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Atelier Alberola ©Ludmilla Barrand, Instagram @psacparis

What is Art & Research? The Bologna Process in the French debate

Annabelle Boissier
Art and research is not only a matter of free collaboration between artists and researchers. Since 2008, it’s a political, educational, bureaucratic issue in Europe. On this matter, the French debate is extensive. Is it because of the history of art education in France? Indeed, the separation that… Continue Reading

Title: Pointing. ©Rita Alaoui 2016 [Experimental Archaeology, Morocco]

Making the case: Artistic Research contributes to Development and Social Change

Blanka Konopka
What is it about the specific properties of Artistic Research that allow us to make the case for its contribution to development and social change? In the next few months, this question will form the basis of Arts Cabinet’s research focus, culminating in the publication of an extended… Continue Reading

Entre les choses, No.8. Courtesy. © Nidhal Chamekh

Art, Geography and Hermeneutics

Annabelle Boissier
Theoretical models no longer embrace contemporary issues as a whole. The first phase of Arts Cabinet’s work in the MENA region revealed that the concept of Post-colonialism, the duality between North and South or gender approach amongst others, and therefore the paradigms of modernity and post-modernity, can’t… Continue Reading

Playing with the limits of time, experimentation and space

Rita Alaoui

Long term collaborations are much more interesting than any other punctual project.

The notion of time changes and all the collaborators are like travellers disseminated in the four corners of the globe, which at the end will get on the same final embarkation.
Although several meeting points and deadlines are along the way… Continue Reading

Greniers Collectifs Haut-Atlas, Tighrems, Maroc ©RitaAlaoui

Culture and Development: the beginnings of the relationship and the future challenges

Blanka Konopka
The first high profile public recognition of the significant contribution culture could make to development agendas was made by the Director General of UNESCO at the inauguration of the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1998) with the statement that ‘Culture cannot be dissociated from development in any society’…. Continue Reading

Making the case: Art and Research, a tool for the common good

Blanka Konopka
On 20 May 2016, Arts Cabinet in partnership with Dutch Culture, organised and presented a workshop in Amsterdam involving leading cultural organisations from the UK and The Netherlands, including Hivos, The Prince Claus Fund, Goldsmiths College London, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, Doen Stichting, the Troppen Museum.. to exchange… Continue Reading

Blurring the lines between art and research

Svetlana Sequeira Costa
Contemporary art practice is highly saturated with theoretical knowledge and it has become research practice in and of itself. Artists have not only taken up art criticism, activism and negotiation, they now also integrate academic research methods and scientific knowledge into their artistic processes to such an extent that artistic… Continue Reading