Archiving the World in the Internet Age - Course

Archiving the World in the Internet Age

The course is for those who want to learn how an artist can be a critical archivist. And how to engage with radically just futures through animating, engaging with and learning from traces of the past like a necromancer who evokes forgotten stories from the EARTH. The course includes archives, archiving, knowledge and power from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

In the course we discuss questions like these:

  • How are you going to cope with the ocean of data in your daily life?
  • What practice(s) can challenge the uncertain archive(s) of the online multiverse?
  • How would we define performance? Who would define it? How can we think about performance in historical terms, when the archive cannot capture and store the live event?
  • How does expressive behaviour (performance) transmit cultural memory and identity?
  • How to do memory work that is liberatory and restorative?

You are going to learn about the diversity of memory keeping practices, also called archival multiverse, within historical and contemporary contexts. You are going to learn why the artist Penelope Umbrico collects images of the sun posted on and also the reasons why Batia Suter, an artist from the Netherlands, creates parallel encyclopedias based on archival images. You are also going to learn what is internet native art and why it matters. We engage and visit an exhibition called “I was Raised on the Internet”, we learn from and practice re-enactments.

You are going to learn about the relations between archive, power and knowledge while reading a few essential essays that are going to be discussed collectively. We are going to discuss contemporary archival practices related to restorative justice. We are going to use our body, perform and discuss choreography in relation to archive and the repertoire. You are going to become an active agent of this course and start your own archive. If the past is a foreign country, how can we understand it, from which perspectives, whose voice, whose future?

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    Through film screenings, performances, exhibition visits, video gaming, documenting, archiving and discussing, you engage in new perspectives that transforms your world views and enhance your critical skills (decision making, strategic thinking, problem solving, coordinating, prioritising, scheduling, communication, respect, sharing, participation, listening, observation, flexibility, collaboration).

    This is what you can learn at the course

    Develop critical thinking and looking skills to understand how artists respond to the social and cultural issues of their time.

    Develop a deeper understanding of artists’ processes, including modes of experimentation and engagements with the past.

    Gain confidence in looking at and talking about archive science and archival practices in contemporary art.

    Better comprehend the choices you make as makers with respect to expression, identity, and issues such as archival practices and memorialisation.

    These are the skills you can gain from the course

    You can understand the politics of the archive(s) and how to counter-balance the historical issues of exclusions and silences in the archives (for example: counter-narratives, community archives, re-enactments).

    You can reliably demonstrate the capacity to create artistic strategies which engage with the archival multiverse (documentation, embodied knowledge, record keeping, archiving, archival practices such as performed re-enactment and archival film practice).

    You are able to design and organise personal strategies to reflect on your daily life and production of data.

    You demonstrate the ability to navigate artistic practices which engage with the archive(s), the archival, memory and memorialisation.

    You can correctly identify a range of works of art related to archival practices.

  • Entry requirements

    General Entry Requirements:
    for studies at the first cycle with the exception of Swedish 1, 2 and 3.

    Specific Entry Requirements:
    30 credits in the main areas of Performing Arts and Media, Circus, Dance, Dance Pedagogy Choreography or Opera, or equivalent.

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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  • How to apply

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    Apply to the course via

    You apply to the course in two steps

    1. Apply to the course via  
      Last day for application: 17 April 2023
      Please note! Choose “Autum 2023” for your search!

      Please note that you need to submit supporting documents showing that you meet the general entry requirements via under My pages/Documents/Upload documents.
      Last day to submit supporting documentation: 2 May 2023

    2. Submit your worksample via (according to instructions below)
      Last day to submit worksamples to be part of the selection: 17 April 2023


    Instructions for work sample

    You need to submit the following work sample via in order to be part of the selection to this course.

    Compile ONE PDF file containing the following material:

    A motivation letter answering the following three questions:

    1. Use your imagination and write about the best archivist-artist of all time? 

    2. What do you expect from the course and what would you like to learn?

    3. If the past is a foreign country, how would you like to explore it?

    The pdf-file should be max 1/2-1  A4-page in total. Name the file "Work sample - Archiving"


    Important dates for your application 

    • Last day for applications: 17 April 2023
      Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search!
    • Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees: 2 May 2023 (read more under Application and tuition fees below)
    • Admission results: Published on My pages on 12 July 2023.
    • Last day to reply to possible course offer: 21 July 2023.

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection is based on the submitted motivation letter and on the ability for self-motivation and imagination in relation to the course.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date forpaying the tuition fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the courses is 83 250 SEK.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.