The Malmö Art Academy is part of and offers a four-year doctoral (PhD) programme in fine arts for practising artists and curators. Professor Gertrud Sandqvist is responsible for the programme and Professor Sarat Maharaj, PhD, is head supervisor of the doctoral candidates, who gather for seminars in Malmö at least twice every semester.
The study programme is experimental and highly individualised, focusing on identifying, understanding and developing artistic thinking as a specialised field of knowledge production. It specifically targets experienced exhibiting artists and exhibition-makers who have a manifested interest in studying the unfolding and entanglement of art-specific thinking in relation to their own practice.
Sweden’s first doctors in fine art graduated from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, in 2006. Currently six doctoral candidates are conducting their research within the framework of the doctoral programme. They will now present their ongoing work at a conference open to the interested public.
This public conference is the first event organised at the new research facility Inter Arts Center in Malmö, set up and run jointly by the academies for visual art, music and theatre in Malmö, which together form the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Lund University.
The Department is responsible, in collaboration with its equivalent at , for setting up and running Sweden’s new National Graduate School for Art Research, scheduled to become operative on .
10:00 Professor Gertrud Sandqvist: Introduction
Professor Sarat Maharaj, PhD: Doctoral Research – an Update (lecture)
13: 00 Julie Ault, PhD Candidate: Activating the Archive. Case Reopened (presentation of ongoing doctoral research)
Frans Jacobi, PhD Candidate: Aesthetics of Resistance (presentation of ongoing doctoral research)
Performance by Frans Jacobi with the Lonely Boy Choir, Sandro Masai and Tone O Nielsen: A Short Course in Realism from the Perspective of the Police
Mats Eriksson, PhD Candidate: The Divided City. A Research Sketch (presentation of ongoing doctoral research)
Simon Sheikh, PhD Candidate: A of Exhibition-Making. Notes on Research(presentation of ongoing doctoral research)
12: 00 Lunch
Matthew Buckingham, PhD Candidate: The Sense of the Past (presentation of ongoing doctoral research)
14:00 Apolonija Sustersic, PhD Candidate: Mapping Knowledge (presentation of ongoing doctoral research and introduction of workshop)
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Matts Leiderstam, PhD: The Neanderthal Landscape (presentation of post-doctoral research project)
Mapping Knowledge. Workshop with students from Scandinavian art academies, led by Apolonija Sustersic. Participants will be working on a fanzine that reflects on the conference and the issues raised during the lectures, presentations and discussions.