MoAR, or Museum of Artistic Research, is situated in the Baroque Hall of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. This exhibition space has been carefully selected because of its historical relationship with language, a fact that, for better or for worse, is a fundamental prerequisite for all the aesthetic statements created within the academic field of higher artistic education.

The term Baroque most probably derived from the Italian word barocco, which philosophers used during the Middle Ages to describe an obstacle in schematic logic.1 One could, in one’s more idealistic frames of mind, argue that artistic research denotes this very paradigm, a shifting possibility of knowledge production within Science and Academia. With these concepts as a background, we dare to argue that MoAR make visible the essentials of artistic research, its own relation to language and, above all, text; all this simultaneously as embodying a museum’s common process of selection, interpretation and conservation of a cultural heritage. Artistic research as an endeavour is a field of a very specific cultural legacy, and it is coalescing around us while we speak, write and create within academic artistic research practices.

It is our hope that here, at the Swedish History Museum, we can contribute to creating a foundation for this legacy. MoAR is a vessel for objects of historical, scientific, artistic and cultural interest by the mere fact of them being displayed outside the academic space, creating an opportunity for one or more definitions of both the field’s traditions as well as its own, specific historicity. The time is ripe, now that artistic research has been established as its own academic field in Sweden, for a broad exposition of its methodological artefacts as well as for the exposition of artistic research relations to art itself in all that is manufactured, imagined, and examined.

Bogdan Szyber
Director, Museum of Artistic Research


MoAR is a part of “Fauxthentication – Staging and Performing The Site Specifics of The Academic Artist”, an manifold artistic research project by doctoral candidate Bogdan Szyber. The project is an overlapping investigation of three fields: The Academe as the Site of Performance, The Online Economy of Digital Labour as Actors and The Conceptual Art of Institutional Critique as a Method. Bogdan Szyber is a doctoral candidate in Stockholm University of The Arts.


1. “Subsequently the word came to denote any contorted idea or involuted process of thought.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2016. Also “…the baroque is characterized by an endeavour, splendour and glory, meaningful concept analysis and emphasis on the language’s innate value. Its primary style is the exaggeration and hope, paradox and antithesis, the long-awaited metaphor, word-game and sound symbolism.” The Swedish National Encyclopaedia, 1990, p. 304, my italics. See also the fascinating connection with the Spanish/Italian/Portuguese “barro”; from Vulgar Latin *barrum (“clay, mud”), compare Middle Irish broch (“waste, dregs”) and Gaulish *barros (“the bushy end”). One could argue a correlation with being “muddy” in one’s thought or deed…