The artistic doctoral project by Bogdan Szyber is now published!


The artistic doctoral project can be found in DIVA and also in Research Catalogue.

Title of doctoral project: Fauxthentication – Art, Academia & Authorship (or the site-specifics of the Academic Artist)

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


Public defence

The public defence is 15 May 2020 at 14.00– approx 18.00 at SKH, Stockholm University of the Arts. The public defence will be streamed online and the link will be published here closer to the defence date.

Read more about the public defence.