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AHRC PhD opportunity "Curating Art and Science"

Posted on 19/09/2012

The Arts Catalyst, London with The Department of Geography Royal Holloway, University of London  

Core Supervisory team: Dr Harriet Hawkins (RHUL) and Nicola Triscott and Dr Rob La Frenais (The Arts Catalyst)
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London in partnership with The Arts Catalyst, London.
The deadline for applications is 22nd October 2012.
The successful applicant will start in January 2013. Interviews will be held in early November.

Project Summary:

Recent contemporary arts projects have directly engaged with, or taken as their subject, a range of sites, spaces, practices, ideas, and cultures of science and advanced technology. These trans-disciplinary art projects present highly varied contexts for research, production and exhibition, and working alongside The Arts Catalyst this studentship will investigate the practical, curatorial and production demands posed by these projects. Exploring and potentially participating in the commissioning and curation of arts projects that engage with science critically and experimentally, this studentship will ask research questions including:

  • How do art-science projects engage and extend the practices of curation?
  • What sorts of critical engagements with the spaces of scientific research and artistic production do these projects generate?
  • What lessons can be learnt about the challenges and possibilities these projects raise for cultural producers and curators?
  • How do art-science projects contribute to our understandings of the geographies of art and science?

This is one of three PhD studentships funded in the area of art science projects, and the student will benefit from an extended network of fellow post-graduates and supervisors working in this field. The other studentships are based with Prof. Deborah Dixon (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University).

For details about the studentships and how to apply, go to further information [pdf].

Further enquiries regarding this studentship can be made to

Harriet Hawkins : harriet.hawkinsrhul.ac.uk
Nicola Triscott : nicola.triscottartscatalyst.org


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