The binational doctoral program of the HfK Bremen cooperates with the Society for Contemporary Art (GAK).
From February 1 to June 11, 2023, the GAK project space will become the "Crystal Room". During a series of residencies, artists of the binational PhD program at the HfK Bremen will each conduct experiments there focusing on a specific aspect of their artistic research projects.
The artists diffract their investigations from the amorphous early stages to the crystallization of ideas and phenomena. The doctoral students will experiment with and center on a particular aspect of their research, focusing on a salient fraction, a minuscule detail or a striking sensation by zooming in. A broad spectrum of artistic forms of expression can be experienced, including installations, process representations, discussions, lectures, performances and concerts.
Since 2020, the University of the Arts Bremen has offered the opportunity to do a doctorate within the framework of the art- and science-based binational doctoral program. In this context, the HfK Bremen cooperates with Leiden University (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague) and the University of Groningen (together with Minerva Art Academy Groningen) as well as the University of Gothenburg (with HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design). Further collaborations are in preparation.
By combining applied research, artistic practice, theoretical-scientific foundation, experimental practice and individual support, the binational artistic-scientific PhD program makes an important contribution to the broad-based discussions on artistic research. The PhD students qualify for a future career at precisely these innovative interfaces in an international context. The focus is on artistic-creative practice in connection with scientific work. This forms the basis for the doctoral project. The resulting research activities represent new ways of producing and understanding knowledge.
Residencies Crystal Room
Project phase 1: Amorphous
Group work with
Icaro Lopez de Mesa (February 1 to 5, 2023)
Victor Artiga (February 6-11, 2023)
Franzi Bauer (February 12 to 16, 2023)
Christian Rosales (February 20 - 25, 2023)
Project phase 2: Crystallization
Irena Kukrić (March 13 - 31, 2023)
Josten Müller (April 1 to 16, 2023)
Elburuz Fidan (April 17 - 30, 2023)
Harm Koordes (May 2 - 18, 2023)
Luiz Zanotello (May 22 to June 11, 2023)
More information about the research projects and artists: https://artisticphd-hfkbremen.net/events/crystal-room
Supervised by Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick (Director of the Binational Artistic PhD Program and Professor of Media and Cultural Theory at HfK).
The first public event of the Crystal Room will take place on February 5, 2023, 5 p.m, with a performance and installation by Icaro Lopez de Mesa.
Further events of the public program will be announced prior to the start of the respective residency: https://gak-bremen.de/en/exhibition/23a_cristal-room_en/ and https://artisticphd-hfkbremen.net/events/crystal-room
About the University of the Arts Bremen / Hochschule für Künste Bremen (HfK)
Around 1.000 students from more than 50 countries, 89 professors, 83 staff members in administration and over 150 teaching associates make the University of the Arts Bremen (HfK) a vibrant place.
The HfK is a university of seeming opposites. While deeply rooted in the region, the institution is extremely international in its basic orientation. The HfK is spread out over a number of locations throughout the city with significant differences among them, ranging from classicist to floating to contemporary. The HfK is an art university and a university of music at the same time. These parameters form the foundations of the university and create a framework that allows to strengthen artistic development among its students on a collective, as well as on the individual level.
The range of studies offered include Fine Arts, Integrated Design, Digital Media, as well as Musical Education for Artists and Teachers. Since 2020, the HfK also offers a post-graduate program of study, an art- and science-based PhD program with a special focus on Integrated Design and Digital Media.
Open courses, shared conduct of exams, as well as work shops, studios and projects on specific themes all are focussed on fostering dialogue and collaborations. With some 400 events annually the HfK is a pillar of cultural and communal life in the City of Bremen
The relationships among members of the university community, their multi-facetted collaborations, the close knit support provided to students by faculty and staff, as well as the plethora of regional and international cooperations help students grow into strong and distinct personalities. All of this produces works with high impacts on society at large.
Questions can be addressed to
Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick
Director of the Binational Artistic PhD Program and Professor of Media and Cultural Theory at HfK
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