KIK was established at the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2013 with the purpose of developing large, externally-financed research projects, establishing new, multi-disciplinary research groups, and initiating collaborative projects with external partners in the region. At the time of writing, there are approximately 30 researchers, as well as a postdoc project connected to KIK. The development of a separate PhD specialisation in Art in Context is an important part of the KIK initiative.
The music, theatre and visual arts fields are researched at KIK from different interdisciplinary perspectives. As something completely new in Norway, KIK is a cross-aesthetic gateway, partly as regards creating long-term and fundamental research, and partly with the purpose of strengthening the relationship between regional cultural institutions across different fields.
KIK researchers are particularly concerned with the arts subjects’ intersection points - where these meet other contexts, for example social, cultural, didactic and historic contexts. The meeting points between artistic performance-based/creative and academic entry gateways to research and development work are also a focus. This context-orientation reflects current tendencies in the present time’s artistic practices, arts theory and historical research.
KIK supports research projects in a dynamic field existing between theoretical, empirical and artistic performance points of entry. Through these, a new cross-aesthetic research field is thus established across traditional and otherwise restrictive subject divides. In this way, KIK will contribute to research into the potential of the arts subjects in larger contexts, where the relevant professionalism is not just understood as being related to content, but also as perspectives which allow researchers to look at new contexts, both outwardly in society and inwardly in the arts fields.