Doctoral research project

”Fauxthentication...” by Bogdan Szyber

Researcher: Bogdan Szyber

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.

 

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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. 

Find out more (pdf): FAUXTHENTICATION part 1 presentation incl images

Find out more (pdf): The merchandising of artistic research art and ditto theory – an institutionalised critique

Find out more (pdf): Fauxthentication part III – Relevance, inversion and the creation of history
Find out more at MoAR: http://museumofartisticresearch.org/

Fauxthentication – Art Academia Authorship or The site-specifics of the Academic Artist, is an manifold artistic research project by doctoral candidate Bogdan Szyber. Bogdan Szyber will attempt an overlapping investigation of three fields: The Academe as the Site of Performance, The Online Economy of Digital Labour as Actors and The Conceptual Art of Institutional Critique as a Method, incorporating discourses on
class, gender, value and the global digital economy.

Goal & purpose

Utilizing his theatre and performance background as a professional, Bogdan Szyber will attempt an overlapping investigation of three fields:

  • The Academe as the Site of Performance
  • The Online Economy of Digital Labour as Actors
  • The Conceptual Art of Institutional Critique as a Method

Using theatre as a metaphor and dramaturgy as a methodology, Bogdan Szyber aims to analyse the crosssections between pressures for academic excellence and the fraud of the higher education industry fuelled by the work of the digital global proletariat, incorporating discourses on class,gender, and the global digital economy. The (artistic) academic research environment is a very specific place, context or "site". The project is considered as a site-specific project starting from the area, social patterns of behaviour, meaningful communicative acts, dress codes and ultimately the hegemonic discursive structures that constitute the field of artistic research in Scandinavia.

Research questions

Fauxthentication – Art, Academia & Authorship (or The Site-Specifics of the Academic Artist) is a fourfold series of dramatisations of hegemonies behind the dilemmas faced by artists today inside the domains of what is entitled “artistic research” within the higher education industry.

  • In what kind of systemic context does the artist-as-academic find her/himself at the beginning of the 21st century? Is there a “shadow” side to the economy of labour within this sought-after art-space-within-academia?
  • If art context theory holds also within this site of Art-housed-in-Academia and its economy of labour, what kind of art can, and will emerge from within artistic research practices? 
  • If I can identify these various characteristics, can I create dramatisations of them?

This is how the project will be carried out

The project has so far included nine freelancing academic ghostwriters, all women from developing countries; an american photographer and singer in this case acquired as an art producer, and lastly an exhibition of 10% of all artistic researchers who have publicly defended a doctoral thesis in Sweden, covering all disciplines from film animation across fashion design to choreography. 

Schedule

The dissertation is scheduled for spring of 2020.

Final Presentation

The project will be presented by means of performances, exhibitions, public lectures, seminars and publications on the Internet as well as in the form of catalogues and books.