On May 5 – 7, 2022 Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music hosted an international conference on “Artistic research: various fields, approaches, experiences”

The Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in collaboration with the Latvian Academy of Culture, the Art Academy of Latvia, the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Arts of the University of Latvia and the National Library of Latvia organized the international conference of artistic research in music, visual art, design, cinema, theatre, contemporary dance, and choreography on May 5-7, 2022.

A total of 70 presentations took place at the conference, which was attended by 96 artists from various fields in person and online, including representatives from 25 countries, both EU Member States and the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and China, including faculty members and doctoral students of the Joint Professional Doctoral Study Programme in Arts, established in 2020 by JVLMA, who wish to develop their creativity by exploring and raising awareness of a wide interdisciplinary context and potential.

The wide range of artistic research topics was marked by four invited lecturers – Anu Vehviläinen (DMus, pianist, University of the Arts, Helsinki–Sibelius Academy), Till Ansgar Baumhauer (PhD, artist, author and curator, Dresden University of Fine Arts), Dāvis Sīmanis (PhD, film director and screenwriter, professor of the Latvian Academy of Culture) Anda Boluža (art historian and curator at the National Library of Latvia). 

16 concert lectures or concert performances, 47 papers, a roundtable discussion led by participants from the USA, India, Greece, and Italy, as well as two parallel closing seminars in the fields of music and visual arts, were held at the conference in four sections:
1.    Artistic research in music.
2.    Artistic research in visual art and design research.
3.    Artistic research in performative arts (theatre, choreography, and contemporary dance).
4.    Artistic research in audio-visual art (cinema, media art etc.).

The booklet of the conference is available HERE.

The conference is part of the project ‘Cultural Capital as a Resource for Sustainable Development of Latvia’ /CARD (No. VPP-KM-LKRVA-2020/1-0003), implemented within the framework of the National Research Programme ‘Latvian Culture – a Resource for National Development 2020-2022’. This project is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. The National Research Programme is administered by the Latvian Council of Science and ESF project "Ensuring good governance in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music" (

Head of the Conference Program and Organizing Committee Diāna Zandberga, PhD 
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