Artistic research is art that is practised as a form of enquiry, where the enquiry might be into the art-making process itself or the capacity of art to address wider, social, cultural or philosophical concerns. Sometimes referred to as ‘art as research’, ‘fine art research’, or ‘practice-based research’, artistic research emerged in various countries in the 1990s following the creation of closer ties between art schools and universities, and the introduction of research evaluation exercises to determine the allocation of government funding. Despite its institutional origins, artistic research can in fact be seen as a new and exciting episode in the tension between art and knowledge that stretches all the way back to Plato. On this site, you’ll find recent examples of artistic research produced by artists and theorists based at Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD), Wales, UK.