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PhD in Practice in Curating
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Above: Studio visit at Paloma Rayon, 2018. Courtesy ZHDK.
Above: Studio visit at Paloma Rayon, 2018. Courtesy ZHDK.
Department of Art at the University of Reading in collaboration with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich
Switzerland

www.curating.org

The Department of Art at the University of Reading in collaboration with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating is offering a new doctoral program for research in and as curatorial and/or artistic practice. Research students are enrolled at the University of Reading and the Postgraduate Programme in Curating is hosting a research group and offers opportunities for teaching and lecturing in Higher Education. The new PhD programme specializes in offering established curators, artists, art critics and designers from all disciplines the critical framework to focus on specific curatorial and cultural research topics in order to earn a Doctorate from the University of Reading through a combined theoretical and practical approach.

The Research Platform aims to provide a cooperative environment with a decidedly cross-disciplinary and international bent based on an association of two outstanding Programmes, the Department of Art at the University of Reading and the Postgraduate Program in Curating (MAS/CAS) at the Zurich University for the Arts. The program responds to recent changes in the processes of the production of culture and a shift in the organization of work processes throughout society. Within this shift, individual areas of action are coming together in new meta-levels, such as networks and knowledge transfer. The programme aims to address and to question the significant changes affecting cultural production. It seeks to provide a productive environment for participants to discuss and develop their research, to critically reflect on the issues involved and to transform their own respective positions as producers, agents, designers, artists, archivists, and conveyors of those economies, and the politics, aesthetics and effects related to them. The programme emphasizes the reflection of curatorial and artistic methodologies and prospects of arts production, its practitioners, and its audiences.

The practice-based PhD programme is designed for a three year duration. Part time is is supposed to be finalized in five years. Participants are enrolled at the Department of Art at the University of Reading and they should be prepared to take part in seminars and communal meetings in Zurich and Reading. Over the course of the three years participants will develop and realise their projects supported by the academic and artistic team of co-participants and faculty.

Participants will be supported to pursue and develop dissertation work resulting in a curatorial/artistic project and a written component displaying a strong emphasis on methodological reflexivity and documentation. Moreover, participants are expected to take an active part in organizing the programme (coordinating workshops, guest lectures, conferences, exhibitions, screenings, etc.). After successful completion and submission of the PhD, a Doctorate will be awarded by the University of Reading.

Participants will be able to engage with the ongoing international public programmes connected to the Postgraduate Programme in Curating Zurich, and with the independent OnCurating magazine.

Finalised candidates
Dr Omar Kholeif, Univ.-Prof. Mag. PhD Elke Krasny, Dr Allan Siegel, Dr. Avi Feldman

Entry requirements
Requirements for admission to the PhD in Practice program are a degree (MA, MFA or diploma) from a recognized University or Academy, and the submission of a portfolio and/or a written project proposal (to be written in English). Applicants who are already engaged in an artistic or academic career are encouraged to apply. Applications will be made directly to the University of Reading.

Contact
Please contact the Department of Art for further information: [email protected]
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter
is Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZhdK and Profossor in Contemporary Curating at the University of Reading.

March 29, 2019

location

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Zürich