Phase #01: Setting the Framework

Map Ethics!

Output from the Work Package "Ethics in Art, Ethics in Supervision, Ethics in Artistic Research".

Lead Partner: University of Bergen

Premises for choices and action in research and education require understanding of ethics, on a formal level as well as in practical decisions and judgements. Development of such understanding constitutes a basis for the professional performer or practitioner to make judgements and decisions in how things are being done.

National and international ethical assessment committees use principle and discourse based methodological frameworks in their work. In the European Textbook of Ethics it is pointed out that principles and discourse not necessarily offer clear answers to ethical problems or issues, but imposes the participants‘ engagement in fair dialogue and decision-making on plausible principles.

The four ethical principles are referred to (and further explained) in the European Textbook of Ethics as

  • respect for autonomy (the obligation to respect decision-making capacities of autonomous persons);
  • non-maleficence (the obligation to avoid causing harm);
  • beneficence (the obligation to provide benefits and to balance benefits against risks);
  • justice (the obligation of fairness in the distribution of benefits and risks).

This present web-exposition offers one model or strategy to develop methodology in recognising, mapping and discussing ethical dimensions in artistic research, with a special focus on the relation between the PhD candidate (or equivalent), the supervisor and the institution with its staff and frameworks. For deeper study of ethics methodology the exposition’s resource page offer literature and reflection connected to the conviction that «ethical assessments are best made in a community» as Habermas and Apel&Kettner are cited by The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees.

Recognising, mapping and discussing ethical dimensions might lead to insight in how action or situation have beneficial effect. Discussing ethical dimensions in context of artistic practice and research may reveal how the particular action or project contribute to an ethical discourse, from within the artistic field and to the society in general.

All Outputs

Phase #01

Phase #02

Distinguishing the actors

Phase #03