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Christoph Schenker (ed.): Inventory and Hinge

Christoph Schenker (ed.)

Inventory and Hinge
Entangled Fields of Research in the Arts. Institute for Contemporary Art Research 2001–2022

Hardcover, 264 pages

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Inventory and Hinge provides an overview of the research projects performed over the last two decades at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR) of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). It is an inventory because it presents all the projects realized during this period with many figures and illustrations. It is a hinge because links and QR codes grant access to nearly all publications and websites that were created by the individual projects.


Artistic work interconnects multiple competencies and areas of knowledge, ways of life and working, and the IFCAR research projects are thus organized in correspondence with this transgressive gesture, which becomes manifest here as interdisciplinary, networked knowledge production. The cultivation of these complexities has been a mission of the IFCAR since its inception.


Throughout these pioneering years the IFCAR has always seen its task in the promotion of research competency in the fine arts, and in providing support for the conception and execution of concrete projects. Although art as research has a long tradition outside of institutions, this task meant nothing less than introducing a new research discipline into the context of knowledge and establishing a new genre in the context of art. Each of the projects presented in this book involves research through the process of creation—but they often also conduct a metadiscourse on artistic research itself.

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  • research
  • contemporary art
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Christoph Schenker

was professor of philosophy of art and contemporary art at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). From 2005 to 2022 he was head of the Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), part of the university’s Department of Fine Arts. He lives in Zurich.
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