Ólöf Gerður Sigfúsdottir

Theme: Rethinking the Canon

What Museum Researchers Can Learn from Artistic Researchers, and Vice Versa 

The talk explores knowledge production, showing how museum research shares common aspects with artistic research. The paper goes beyond the ontological approach to what research is, exploring an epistemological aspect of how to account for research output.

Artistic research resists the traditional scientific model of legitimation by written output in established peer-reviewed journals, making a case for the sensuous and tacit knowledge inherent in art works. It shows the importance of open-ended research processes and experimental practices expanding the scope and criticality of museum research. 

Ólöf Gerður Sigfúsdóttir is trained as an anthropologist. Her main interests revolve around the anthropology of art, material-culture studies, the politics of knowledge production, 17th- and 18th-century curiosity cabinets and the relationship between museums and higher education. Currently, she is Director of Research Service Centre at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, while also being a PhD candidatein Museum Studies at the University of Iceland.