Konstnärliga forskarskolan



the site as an archive

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The Konstnärliga forskarskolan site will remain for at least five years and serve as an archive.
The calendar now looks blank,  but if you scroll back to the years and months between September 2010 to August 2015 you are able to see when and where our workshops and semester meetings were held as well as other activities and part time seminars.
The posting at this site served as a way to inform about our own activities and the part time seminars, but we also included information about what we thought was other relevant exhibitions, lectures, publications and calls at the time.
At Artists you will find an overview of all associated artists, with links to short descriptions of their PhDprojects and to completed documentations. Institutions give an overview of the participating art schools, and Supervisors an overview of the artists and researchers who have been involved as supervisors, as well as a description of the supervisors network and curriculum. Activities mainly gives an overview of semester meetings and workshops for the associated artists, but also of other network activities. At Office you will find a description of those of us who worked with Konstnärliga forskarskolan, and at Remnants finally you can download our final report to the Swedish Research Council and get information on how to find our anthology on supervision in artistic research as well as other kind of documents and documentation.
(Before the closing down of Konstnärliga forskarskolan we hosted an overview of concluded PhD projects in the art field since 2006, with links to abstract or open access publications, as well as an overview of PhD candidates in the arts not formally associated to Konstnärliga forskarskolan. These pages are absent here since they would need maintenance to continue to be relevant.)

final celebration

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the closing down of Konstnärliga forskarskolan was commemorated with a garden party a warm late August evening, featuring a celebratory cake, reminiscent of a mythical tower…
Five strange and exciting years have come to an end. Thanks to all involved and thanks to all external workshop leaders, lecturers and examinators who have contributed to the endeavour  – and our best wishes for the futures of our associated artists!
(cake artist Liv Sandberg, photo Philippa Björnbom)



acts of creation

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The forthcoming anthology on supervision in artistic research education, produced by Konstnärliga forskarskolan and published by Brutus Östling/Symposion is currently printed, and will be released 8th of September 2015. Acts of Creation. Thoughts on Artistic Research Supervision is edited by Henrik Frisk, Karin Johansson and Åsa Lindberg-Sand and features texts also by Sverker Jullander, Tove Torbiörnsson, Ylva Gislén, Hinrich Sachs, Anders Sonesson, Andreas Gedin and Bryndis Snaebjørnsdottir.

politics of form 4-5 august 2015 (1 hp)

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Date: 4-5. August 2015
Location: Hus 28, KKH 4th August, Tensta Konsthall 5th August

In this workshop (1 ECTS-credit) we will watch short art films and videos together with Renate Lorentz and Karin Michalski and discuss their politics (especially queer-feminist and decolonizing politics). However, the focus will be on the forms and methods: How do these films experiment with forms? Which types of performance are included? Which temporalities occur? Which kind of camera work is visible? Which role plays sound and listening? What exactly are the politics of all these formal decisions?

Download curriculum here.

For signing up and practical information, please contact Emma Kihl

petra bauer at venice biennale

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Petra Bauer, PhD candidate in visual art at Konstfack, is invited to be part of the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2015. A short interview about the selected work can be found here.

gertrude stein on speaking and writing

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radioreplikFebruary 27 2015 Christina Ouzounidis held a seminar in Malmö on Gertrude Stein, together with Ylva Gislén, poets Ida Börjel and Jenny Tunedal, cognitive scientist and translator Anna Cabak Rédei and senior lecturer in literature Nils Olsson. The starting point for the seminar was Gertrude Stein’s What is a Masterpiece?. The text was prerecorded in a reading by actor Petra Fransson and each of the participants had been asked to prepare a short talk. The talks and the following discussions are now edited and available as the podcast Radio Replik.

Radio Replik at Soundcloud

Radio Replik at iTunes.

translate, intertwine, transgress 11-13 june 2015 (1 hp)

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Date: 11-13 June 2015

Location: MDT and Moderna Museet Skeppsholmen

The choreographer Björn Säfsten and the philosopher Per Nilsson have engaged over the past three years in a multidisciplinary research project involving choreography and philosophy, at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. In association with Moderna Museet and MDT, lectures, performances, workshops, discussions and parties will take place on Skeppsholmen for three days, to summarise and celebrate the conclusions of this project. The symposium will take place during the opening of the exhibition After Babel, thus providing a meeting place and venue for events. In lectures and choreographic works, researchers and artists will comment on and discuss the relationship between choreography, art and philosophy. Different theoretical and artistic fields are brought together to explore how they may influence our critical thinking. The symposium will feature works and lectures by Cristina Caprioli, Bojana Cvejić, Mette Edvardsen, Abraham Hurtado, Michael Kliën, Jennifer Lacey, Per Nilsson & Gerd Aurell, Peggy Phelan, Richard Shusterman, Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens, Sarah Vanhee and Haegue Yang.
The course consists of participation in the symposium, and continuous discussions with examiner Cecilia Malmström Olsson.

Download curriculum here.


how is to be done? feminism art capitalism 11-12 june 2015 (1hp)


Date: 11.- 12. June
Location: Stockholm

The workshop is intended to explore possible answers to this question: what would constitute a politically meaningful engagement of feminism with art in a capitalist society as shaped today? The workshop is held in Stockholm during 12-13 June and course leader is Angela Dimitrakaki, a writer and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Please contact Emma Kihl (emma@konstnarligaforskarskolan.se) for further questions and for signing up!

Donwload curriculum here.

last semester meeting Belgrade 3-6 May 2015

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This semester meeting will organised by Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelan, Frida Hållander and Olivia Plender.
The theme will be “Institutions vs. Self-organisation and Self-institutionalisation”, and was chosen early, partly as a response to the decision of closing down of Konstnärliga forskarskolan in early autumn 2014, but also by its congeniality both to self-organisation as an historical land-mark of the particular strand of socialism in former Yugoslavia, and to the many forms of self-organisation necessary for artists, cultural producers and NGOs in in the political and economical conditions of contemporary Serbia – very different to the Swedish art and research context with long-established institutions.
The semester meeting will take on the format of several joint and parallel “walking seminars” throughout the city, thematically organised and guided by knowledgeable artists, theorists and activists. Joint dinners and breakfasts will be used as informal spaces for sharing insights and discussions. More information on the meeting can be found here.
Please contact Emma Kihl (emma@konstnarligaforskarskolan.se) for signing up or for further questions.

tacit or loud 28 nov – 3 dec 2014 (1 hp)


This course will adress artistic method and artistic knowledge production in a cross disciplinary manner. The participants will be encouraged to engage in the discussion concerning the locality of knowledge in artistic practice, primarily in the performing arts at the intersection between new currents in research on human cognition and new media; cross-disciplinary art is an emerging field. The course consists of at least three days of participation in the symposium Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art? that takes place in Malmö 28 November 28 – 3 December 2014. It will present a series of installations and performances bringing choreography, theatre, music and fine arts together. Please contact Emma Kihl (emma@konstnarligaforskarskolan.se) for signing up or for further questions.

Download curriculum here.

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