Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art?
Symposium and festival for artistic research
Nov 16-Dec 3


Tacit or Loud is an international symposium for experimental arts at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden. The peer-reviewed presentations can be performances, installations, paper presentations or anything in between are organized thematically in a laboratory that merges knowledge production in the art and sciences. The peer-review process is now finished. Tacit or Loud is also open for a limited amount of participators who do not present their own work. It will be necessary to register in order to take part, although the event is free of charge (see further under registration).

Where is the knowledge in art?
We embrace an ecological perspective on knowledge that stretches from the tacit and embodied knowing of the artist to propositional and scientific knowledge production. Indeed, the knowledge in art can sometimes be more loud than silent. The ambition with Tacit or Loud is to merge various kinds of knowledge production in the arts with analytical modes of thinking. Hence, it is centered around the concept of the lab as a venue for a review of artistic work and research as process. These lab sessions, each framed by a presentation by an invited artist or scholar, are the core of the event and will address the following five perspectives on knowledge in the arts:

Saturday, Nov 29
Whose knowledge? A critical perspective on knowledge production in the arts.
Keynote presenter: Trinh Minh-ha

No discussion of knowledge and art can avoid gender theory and postcolonial perspectives. Whose knowledge are we discussing?
Epistemology, embodiment and knowledge in the arts

Sunday, Nov 30
Epistemology, embodiment and knowledge in the arts
Keynote presenter: Leena Rouhiainen

The American philosopher Mark Johnson (2007) argues that all knowledge is embodied, and that "the arts are exemplary cases of embodied, immanent meaning" (Johnson, 2011, p. 234). The Routledge Companion to research in the arts emphasizes the practical and non-conceptual nature of artistic knowledge and Johnson writes in his article in this anthology: "Art presents (enacts) the meaning of a situation, rather than abstractly conceptualizing it" (Johnson, 2011, p. 247).

Monday, Dec 1
Musical Gesture and Embodied Cognition
Keynote presenter: Marc Leman

Research on musical gesture during the past decade has contributed to a shift in our understanding also of musical cognition. Meanwhile, the development of theories of "situated cognition" and "enacted cognition" created new interpretative horizons where studies of musicians' actions and cognitive processes may constitute material for the development of new artistic practices (Leman 2007).

Tuesday, Dec 2
Gesture, action and reaction.
Keynote presenter: Bertha Bermudez

What are the new directions in intermedia art? How can a deeper understanding of action, movement and gestures, and the relationship between action and cognition, become a springboard for new artistic expressions?

Wednesday, Dec 3
Action, situation, performativity and intention
Keynote presenter: Sally Jane Norman

The idea of situatedness has been largely applied to theater and the art of acting, where one of its most significant theorist Konstantin Stanislavski in the 1920s and 1930s sees action, situation and intention as the key elements of the actor's work, which he describes as primarily an exploratory activity. How can these practices inform research and artistic development?


Tacit or Loud

Festival program

– Inside/outside
– Post human computation
Arrival Cities: Hanoi
– The Fourth Dimension
– Vodou [...] 
– Il Se Tourna
Possible Worlds
– Face
– Inde
– Choreo Graphia
– Facet II
– Portraits

– Voices-of-No(i)sense
– [choreo] logy ⏐ carto [graphy]
– Reiterations of Dissent
– Body on street
– För den som i hemlighet lyssnar
– Gynoides project
– Violence and Pedagogy
– Knowing "I"?
– That’s all we shall no for truth
- Through Composition as Explanation
– Synsmaskinen

Symposium Nov 28-Dec 3
– Nov 28
– Nov 29
– Nov 30
– Dec 1
– Dec 2
– Dec 3

– Keynote speakers
– Presenters