Bogdan Szyber's public defence

On 15 May 2020, Bogdan Szyber's public defence was live-streamed at Stockholm University of the Arts when Bogdan Szyber presented his Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis).

Update after Bogdan Szyber’s public defence on 15 May 2020

At its meeting on 27 January 2020, the Board of Education and Research at SKH decided to set the date for Bogdan Szyber's public defence to 15 May 2020, and appoint an External Opponent and an Examination Committee. This was done following the decision of recommendation from Vice-Rector of Research Cecilia Roos, Head of Subject area for the Research Education Ellen Røed, final seminar Opponent Karin Hansson and Principal Supervisor André Lepecki. All agreed that Bogdan Szyber's Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis) was ready for examination.

Bogdan Szyber then presented his Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis) at the public defence on 15 May 2020. External Opponent was Barbara Browning. After the public defence, the Examination Committee, which consisted of Kai Johnsen, Julian Klein and Michelle Teran, made the decision not to approve the Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis).

Update 7 July 2020

However, SKH stands behind its decision that the project was ready for the public defense and therefore decided to assist in the planning and implementation of an additional public defense opportunity before a new examination committee.

At a meeting on July 3, 2020 with Vice-Rector for Research Cecilia Roos, Head of Subject area for the Research Education Ellen Røed, Chair of the Research Education Committee Lena Hammergren, Bogdan Szyber and his supervisors André Lepecki and Nina Bondesson, no new date for a public defense was set. This is because Bogdan Szyber currently has no plans to submit his Documented Artistic Research Project again, as he interprets it as a recognition and justification of the examination committee’s decision.

External Opponent
Barbara Browning

Examination Committee Members
Kai Johnsen, Julian Klein, Michelle Teran

Principal supervisor
André Lepecki

Nina Bondeson

Chair of the public defence
Johanna Garpe

The Documented artistic research project by Bogdan Szyber ‘Fauxthentication – Art, Academia & Authorship (or the site-specifics of the Academic Artist)’ is published in DiVA and Research Catalogue. 


Fauxthentication – Art, Academia, Authorship (or The Site-Specifics of the Academic Artist) investigates the means of production of the art that can be created within the boundaries of artistic research.

It explores the factors that constitute its value system, who or what can produce these signs of value, and for what reasons.

The project examines the conditions that expose the flaws of the increasingly standardised higher education industry, which artistic research today is a part of, through the use of institutional critique, critical interventions and site-specific case studies.

In a series of performative stagings, Fauxthentication probes the pressures inherent to academic excellence, leading to the grey economy of the higher education industry, that supports and capitalizes on academic fraud, all performed by a global digital proletariat. 
Artistic research is habitually linked to an academised and thus bureaucratised art practice. This project draws critical attention to the risk of it creating its own branch of artistic research art, or ”edu-art”, as well as its own category of artistic research theory; thus prone to becoming self-referential and codified, coagulating into a new ‘ism’ for the initiated. ‘Edu-art-ism’ grapples with artistic quality assessment, systematically addressing solely the theoretical framing of the work.

The Fauxthentication project acknowledges the complexity of the conditions of artistic research by proposing, through its series of explorative stagings, a challenging new way of viewing and hence transforming the very field that it is a part of.

Keywords: Economy of labour, digital economy, digital workforce, exploitation, globalisation, the organisational politics of academia, systemic structures of power, edu-art, edu-art-ism, artistic research, critical production, institutional critique, critical intervention, site-specific.

Read more about the project: Fauxthentication – Art, Academia & Authorship (or the site-specifics of the Academic Artist).