PhD Course & Open Lectures at Aarhus University 26-27 March 2015

PhD Course & Open Lectures on Artistic research. Graduate School Arts, Aarhus University & Aarhus Kunsthal, 26-27 March2015

We hereby invite researchers across aesthetic disciplines to join in  for two days at Aarhus Kunsthal where we will explore the topic of Artistic Research. Through workshops, presentations and lectures we will  focus on identifying, understanding and developing artistic research practices as a specialized field of knowledge production.

PhD Course - 26 + 27 March, Aarhus Kunsthal. The course aims to gather researchers across aesthetic disciplines whose  work is based on, or incorporates, artistic practice. Through workshops, talks, presentations, performances and artistic interventions, the course

will create a platform where it will be possible to present and discuss different methodological approaches that can challenge the idea of presentation and documentation of artistic research projects.

Through these approaches, the course will open for a discussion of the further development of such approaches in the international field and in Denmark where discussions are rather undeveloped. Participants will be asked to  present their work and two invited guests, Michael Schwab and Gertrud  Sandquist, will be invited to join in the general discussions as well as  frame some of the main issues and debates. For more information on the  course and application visit:

Open lectures - Gertrud Sandquist & Michael Schwab - Aarhus Kunsthal March 26, 16.00-18.00
Gertrud Sandqvist: Art Research a perspective. Gertrud Sandquist has worked with a PhD program at Malmö Art Academy in visual art for artists and curators since 2002. From having been quite lonely the field has exploded during recent years, and a canon is about  to be established. In her talk Sandwuist will stress that art research is a hybrid between art practice and various research modes. A PhD in  visual art is not a very elaborate artist¹s statement. It is researched  carried out by an artist, and with access to all the experience, which comes with that, but there must be a research question that will be answered through the PhD work. It means: there must be new knowledge  being produced and presented in the dissertation, and other researchers  must be able to use this knowledge. This sounds self evident, but it is not.

Michael Schwab: Making Proto-Objects. Michael Schwab is an artist and artistic researcher who interrogates post-conceptual uses of technology in a variety of media including  photography, drawing, printmaking and installation art. He holds a PhD  in photography from the Royal College of Art, London and he is  Editor-in-Chief for Journal for Artistic Research (JAR). Michael Schwab¹s presentation will explain the concept of Œproto-objects¹  through a few examples from his practice. With this concept in mind and  with reference to Hans-Jörg Rheinberger¹s notion of ŒExperimental  System¹, the talk will highlight a tension between making and meaning  that represents both a challenge to academia and an opportunity for  artistic researchers.

More information about the programme will follow.

Deadline for registration for the PhD course and hand-in of abstract is 13 February 2015.

1) Please register via

2) Send a short abstract (text, poster, mapping, video etc) outlining  your project to Sandra Boss: sandra [dot] boss [at] dac [dot] au [dot] dk

Since the number of presentations for the PhD course is limited, please state if you're interested in doing a presentation and receiving feedback. Only participants who make presentations will recieve 2 etcs. The rest are welcome to join in, listen and discuss. Participants have  to cover their own travel expenses.

The Phd Course and the open lectures are organized by: Sandra Boss, PhD fellow, Arts, Aarhus University & Geoff Cox, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Aesthetics & Communication, Aarhus University

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