The Imagining Body - Course

The Imagining Body - Course

The course offers you a practical and theoretical intro to the relationships between Imagination, Embodiment, and Interface Technologies in artistic practices. You will be invited to partake in an experimental environment under influence of sci-fi, mystical visions and esoteric magic.

How does imagination shape us and the things we create? Can imagination belong to anyone at all? Is imagination limited to images? How does imagination influence us as bodies? How can imagination become a body? How does the body imagine?

In this course we will look at how these questions are explored in science fiction, media studies, religion and magical practices: From visionary medieval mystics to ritualistic 20th century cinema and queer techno to eliminate the Anthropocene. We will bring their ways of working into the studio to see how they can shape artistic practice and thought. Special attention is given to how “technologies of imagination” influence bodily experience in both creator and audience.

This course is open to participants from all artistic disciplines and interests. We encourage you to be open to making, discussing and experiencing art in ways that may seem unusual at first.

Our approach is hands-on and theoretical at once. We believe that on-the-floor engagement and critical thought do not exclude each other, but unfold from one another.

Photo: Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, YGRG14X: reading with the single hand, 2018. Video still. Courtesy of the Artists.

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    The course will be carried out through guided workshops, film screenings and reading seminars. In the later part of the course, you will develop and share an artistic proposal that involves your own understanding of the course’s central themes.

    We will not be doing physically intense exercising but expect to challenge sensation and perception. Expect to engage in group activities and playful social environments. With that said, no activity is compulsory, and you are encouraged to take a step back if something is not working for you.

    We are open and committed to providing an accessible space for people with different needs, abilities, and faith denominations. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns prior to or during your application.

    Course leaders: Áron Birtalan (they) is an artist, musician and a student of theology who works with mystical practices, guiding words, unruly thoughts and educational initiatives. Gabriel Widing (he/him) is an artist and game designer, interested in performance, play and participation. His artistic work often happens in the collective Nyxxx.


    W 46: 13, 14, 17 November

    W 48: 20, 21, 24 November

    W 49: 27, 28, 30 November, 1 December

    W 50: 4, 5, 8 December

    W 51: 13, 14, 15 December

  • Entry requirements

    General Entry Requirements for studies at the first cycle with the exception of Swedish 1-3 and English 6.

    Specific Entry Requirements:
    60 credits in artistic subjects or its 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).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    The course is open to anyone interested in engaging with its core themes with an open mind. It is mandatory that you have a good command in English, as the course heavily relies on reading, writing and group discussions.

  • 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).

    Please note! Read all the instructions below before you submit your application

    1. Apply to the course via

    Last day for application: 17 April 2023

    2. Submit supporting documentation of previous studies via

    Check that your documentation of previous studies is submitted at If you can’t see your documents on “My pages”, then you need to submit them there: pages/Documents/Upload documents.

    Last day to submit supporting documentation of previous studies: 2 May 2023

    3. Submit your work sample via

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

    Write a short text where you answer the following questions:

    • How does the theme of the course relate to your artistic practice and/or interests?
    • What in your own practice and/or interests do you wish to develop or reflect on?
    • Share an artistic work that you have done or experienced as audience that you find relevant to the core themes of this course. Please include documentation in the form of links.

    Max 1 A4 (approximately 3000 characters incl. blanks). Please use pdf.

    You submit the documents via pages/Documents/Upload documents.

    Last day to submit work sample to be part of the selection: April 17 2023


    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 there are places on the course, a selection will be made based on the material in the applications. Applicants who meet the requirements for the course, but have not made it to the first round of selections are put on a waiting list.

  • 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.

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