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September 16, 2013

Ph.D. in Visual Arts and PhilosophyInformation Session: IDSVA Low-residency and Topological Studies Program

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)
Curator Holly Block giving a tour of the work of Sarah Sze to IDSVA students in the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2013.

Join IDSVA director Simonetta Moro & IDSVA founder George Smith for a wide-ranging overview of IDSVA’s Ph.D. low-residency program and the Topological Studies Program. The only program of its kind in the world, IDSVA Topological Studies includes residencies and fieldwork at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany and in Siena, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Paris, and New York City. Istanbul residencies are under development. These locations are considered cultural/historical sites, e.g., Spannocchia Castle/Feudal, Siena/Medieval, Florence/Renaissance, Berlin/Neoclassical, Paris/Modern, NYC/postindustrial. Each site is studied in topological relation to the others, both in terms of the history of ideas and the history of aesthetic representation—past/present/future.

Topological Studies lectures are delivered on-site by world-renowned scholars and artist-philosophers, including James Elkins, Stephen Greenblatt, Peggy Phelan, Fred Wilson, Étienne Balibar, Sylvère Lotringer, Julie Mehretu, Bill Brown, Nancy Spector, Howard Caygill, Ewa Ziarek, and Hal Foster. Join in to hear more.

About IDSVA
The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists and creative scholars. The IDSVA low-residencycourse of study comprises three interrelated academic programs: Topological Studies, Seminars, and Independent Studies. Each focuses on the historical relation between art and ideas.

IDSVA seeks candidates engaged in an established studio practice or similar creative practice (e.g., architecture, curatorial studies, criticism of art and/or visual culture, art history) who wish to develop their critical and artistic interests through the rigorous study of philosophy, aesthetics, and theory.

Contact and RSVP: Michael Smith, [email protected] | T +800 240 7357 | idsva.org

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