Interdisciplinary researcher collaborations

Accelerator’s researcher collaborations are based on partnerships with the research community at Stockholm University. These partnerships take many forms: interdisciplinary research teams work on Accelerator’s exhibitions, but individual researchers whose activities have strong links to specific works of art that are shown are also involved.

Researcher partnerships are based on the premise that science and art are inherently different disciplines, but with similarities, and that innovation can arise when they are brought together. Accelerator provides opportunities for interdisciplinary encounters that can lead to initiatives for new research projects. The programmes in conjunction with the art exhibitions and researcher partnerships include a variety of events, such as lectures, panel discussions and seminars for the general public.

Researchers visiting Magasin III in connection to the Janine Antoni exhibition. Photo Therese Kellner.
Researchers visiting Magasin III in connection to the Janine Antoni exhibition at Accelerator in 2019. Photo Therese Kellner.
Janine Antoni "Moor" (2001). Exhibition documentation. Photo Jean-Baptiste Beranger. Janine Antoni "Moor" (2001). Exhibition documentation. Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

“The field of tension between art and science ignites a spark that triggers thought. Research, like art, is creative work, but has completely different rules and conditions.”

Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlöf, professor of art history and senior advisor at Accelerator.

Social relevance

Links to contemporary issues and the great social challenges are central to Accelerator’s operation. At Accelerator, contemporary art and science interact on today’s urgent issues from their own respective horizons.

Previous partnerships

In autumn 2017, twelve researchers from Stockholm University, representing a variety of disciplines, were asked to reflect upon the art featured in the autumn programme, together with the artists Lundahl & Seitl. In 2018, 13 researchers engaged with two works by the artist Janine Antoni.

Researchers in discussion 2019. Photo Ingmarie Andersson.
Researchers in collaboration around Janine Antoni’s “Moor” (2001). Photo Ingmarie Andersson.