Wednesday | 25. January 2023

Artistic research residencies in the "Crystal Room"

The binational doctoral program of the HfK Bremen cooperates with the Society for Contemporary Art

A press release from Melisa Lemcke

© Poster Design: Farzad Golghasemi @dis___orient + Konzept: Icaro Lopez de Mesa @nenedelsolar

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.

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)

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: and

Instagram: @artisticphd_hfkbremen

Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick
Director of the Binational Artistic PhD Program and Professor of Media and Cultural Theory at HfK

Poster design: Farzad Golghasemi @dis___orient + Concept: Icaro Lopez de Mesa. @nenedelsolar