Subject description: Performative and mediated practices

Performative and Mediated Practices is an artistic research education in artistic practice. It offers possibilities for artists to reflect in, on and through artistic practice.

The artistic research education is based on artistic work within practices that include bodily and vocal practices (for example: circus, dance, opera singing, acting), media based, visual, acoustic, spatial practices (for example: cinematography, sound design, production design, scenography), practices where dramaturgy, composition or curation are in focus (for example: choreography, cinema, stage direction).

The research contributes to the development of performative and mediated practices as they manifest in the art field and strengthens their position as a critical voice in the public debate.

The artistic research education’s purpose and goal 

The artistic research education aims to develop the lines of enquiry, the methods and the forms of presentation and documentation that are particular to each doctorial candidate’s specific artistic practice or artistic field through an original and concrete artistic research project. The education develops the candidates’ practices via interaction or dialogue with other fields and research areas.

The aim of the programme is to enable doctoral candidates to independently and reflectively plan, execute and document an artistic enquiry which create insights and methodologies through - and in relation to - artistic practice, and which are articulated and disseminated in ways that are publicly accessible. The education emphasizes the vital role transdisciplinary discourse plays in the development and articulation of new knowledge in contemporary art practices and processes.

The activities are to be conducted in forms that enable all doctoral students to develop in accordance with their personal circumstances and unaffected by irrelevant considerations of gender, ethnic or social background, religion or other belief, sexual orientation or disability. Stockholm University of the Arts has a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of discrimination.

The education qualifies for artistic practice and artistic research in artistic and/or academic contexts nationally as well as internationally.

The third-cycle studies lead to a Degree of Doctor in Performative and Mediated Practices (240 credits) or, as an intermediate exit point, a Degree of Licentiate in Performative and Mediated Practices (120 credits).

For further information, see Research & Developement and Research education

Research education and employment

A position in a research programme entails participation, alongside other PhD candidates, in an education comprised of compulsory and elective courses. At the same time you will be developing a personal artistic research project. The project is expected to contribute to the development of new knowledge and to deepen and/or challenge existing practices within the artistic field. Within the program you will be presenting your work, in both internal and external contexts. You will be involved in critical dialogue with other PhD candidates, supervisors, other researchers and seminar participants. As a PhD candidate, you will take part of, and contribute to, the development of the artistic education and research environment at SKH. You will be working in a transdisciplinary environment where the focus is on artistic process.

The PhD candidate position involves four years of full-time study. The studies at PhD level consist of a documented artistic research project and coursework comprised of one year of full-time study (60 ECTS). The project’s content and focus will be managed in consultation with two supervisors.

As a PhD candidate you will be employed by Stockholm University of the Arts and the campus will be your primary workplace. You are expected to be present at the workplace to the extent required by the work and the tasks included therein. The education will be conducted on campus unless otherwise indicated. In addition to individual research studies, you will be expected to participate in other SKH activities, and you may teach, supervise etc. within one of the departments.