Concepts, theories and experimental practices in art, technology and design

Doctoral (Third Cycle) Course. FAD 3102
7,5 credits, spring and autumn 2016, ABE-KTH

Course content

The course provides an orientation in practice-based research and artistic research, research by design, and aspects of science and technology studies. The focus lies on emerging, experimental, critical and curiosity-driven research with an emphasis on concrete materialisations in arts, crafts, technology and design. The course draws on presentations by researching practitioners, and on completed doctoral dissertations in artistic and design research, to advance in-depth understandings of precedent methods of investigation and different modes of presentation of findings that are of particular interest to the profile of the subject area. This entails innovative and trans-disciplinary practices that challenge conventions within established knowledge areas, and that combine making with advanced epistemological and methodological perspectives, in view of rethinking social challenges and axiomatic relations. A particular emphasis is placed on different forms of academic writing, allowing students from various backgrounds to improve their writing skills. Examples of revaluation and experimental approaches in arts, design and technology are highlighted and discussed. On completion of the course, the student will be able to reflect on his/her own position in relation to precedent and current forms of artistic research, research by design, and experiments in academic writing.
 

Course objectives

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

– account for ‘making’ practices and concrete materialisation as means of producing, representing and disseminating knowledge

– demonstrate an ability to identify and critically discuss transdisciplinary concepts and theories in art, technology and design

– account for exemplary emerging creative practices with especial reference to his/her own doctoral project

– produce a piece of academic writing suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal or platform within a relevant area

– orient and critically reflect over his/her own research practice in relation to precedent and emerging fields of artistic research, research by design and design research

 

Prerequisites

The course caters for doctoral students pursuing research in art, technology and design. Students are expected to read and discuss literature at an advanced theoretical level, to partake in workshops and group exercises, and to conduct independent and self-reflexive academic writing in different formats. To be eligible for the course, students must have completed a masters’ degree or have an equivalent level of education in technology, art or design (such as architecture, planning, civil engineering, design, arts and crafts, or fine arts) or affiliated subjects within the humanities and social sciences. The course requires a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 25 students to be held.

 

Examination

The course is graded P/F and examined in two parts:

- Participation in seminars, presentations and/or workshops, including assignments (4 credits)

- Hand-in of final paper of a satisfactory quality and participation in the final review/workshop (3,5 credits)

 

Course literature (selection)

-Biggs, Michael, Henrik Karlsson, eds (2011) The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, London: Routledge.

-Downton, Peter (2003) Design Research, Melbourne: RMIT University Press.

-Hannula, Mika Juha Suoranta, Tere Vadén, eds (2014) Artistic Research Methodology: Narrative, Power and the Public, New York: Peter Lang.

-Ingold, Tim (2013) Making: Anthropology, Archeology, Art and Architecture, London: Routledge.

-Petrescu, Doina, ed. (2007) Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space, London: Routledge.

-Rose, Gillian (2001) Visual Methodologies, London: Sage.

-Sennett, Richard (2009) The Craftsman, New Haven: Yale University Press.

-Polanyi, Michael (1966), The Tacit Dimension, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

-Rendell, Jane (2007) Art and Architecture: A Place Between, I. B. Tauris.

- Schön, Donald (1984) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, Basic Books.

- Stewart, Kathleen (2007) Ordinary Affect, Durham and London: Duke University Press.

 

Schedule (preliminary)  

Module 1. 15-16th March 2016: From Craft to Technology

Module 2. 17-18th May 2016: Exploring Research Writing

Module 3.13-14th September 2016: Reviewing your Precursors

Module 4. 11-12th October 2016: Engaging Practice Based research

Module 5. 6th December 2016: Examination

 

Course responsible (teacher and coordinator)

Hélène Frichot, Ass. Professor and Docent, Critical Studies in Architecture

School of Architecture KTH

E-mail: Protected address


Applications

Applications to the course are made by sending an e-mail to Carin Österlund [Protected address] including a short letter of motivation and some proof of eligibility, no later than 1st of March. Places to the course are limited and priority is given to students in the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design (KTH – Konstfack). Additional places will be allocated on the basis of the applicant’s personal motivation. Your participation in the course is only guaranteed after you have received a positive response from the course coordinator, Hélène Frichot.

Applications

Applications to the course are made by sending an e-mail to Carin Österlund Protected address including a short letter of motivation and some proof of eligibility, no later than 1st of March.


Places to the course are limited and priority is given to students in the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design (KTH – Konstfack). Additional places will be allocated on the basis of the applicant’s personal motivation. Your participation in the course is only guaranteed after you have received a positive response from the course coordinator, Hélène Frichot.

Updated: 21 January 2016
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