Artistic Research in Popular Music: A Critical Evaluation of Potentials and Challenges


  • Wolf-Georg Zaddach IASPM D-A-CH



Practice Based Research


The article discusses artistic research as a new paradigm. For this purpose, a contextualizing analysis on practice research is first conducted. Thereby, the essential points of criticism and potentials of artistic research are elaborated from the point of view of epistemic injustice and decolonizing approaches. Following on from this, artistic research is discussed as a promising approach to research and teaching in popular music. Topics and perspectives are suggested, and ultimately a call is made for collaborative research to develop a ‘mosaic epistemology’ and ‘epistemological pluralism’.     

Author Biography

Wolf-Georg Zaddach, IASPM D-A-CH

Dr. Wolf-Georg Zaddach (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Art, Music and their Mediation at Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Artistic Research Center of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw Wien). He performs frequently as guitarist and is a recording artist.