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Zurich University of the Arts / Universities of Arts Linz

Call for Artistic PhD on Sail

Conceived in a moment of profound uncertainty and territorial fragility, Laboratorio Laguna attempts to address spatial, ecological and social issues through immersion in the lagoon environment of Venice. In interaction with different media and intervention scales it intends to advocate, document, and produce work. Artists, architects, researchers, and scholars develop new ways contemporary arts interact with the sciences and society. As a collaboration of several collectives, we navigate with an open fleet of boats in the critical zone of the Venetian lagoon. We want to explore pre-Renaissance engineering and forms of interaction between democratic societies and precarious environments; as a practice that might be the future.

We seek pronounced positions from the visual, performative, film, literary, sound, spatial, and environmental arts, who wish to complete an artistic doctorate in this context.

We expect:

  • A mature practice outside the university
  • The willingness to open up your practice in the making ("sharing")
  • The desire to contribute to your field and to enter a negotiation with your respective peers ("challenging")

We offer:

  • 4 years PhD curriculum of low residency
  • You will be involved in Laboratorio Laguna, a yearly, three-week workshop in Venice in the Bohemian Pavilion (obligatory attendance; no further courses) including navigational trips into the lagoon
  • Personal supervision by a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts or the Kunstuniversität Linz
  • International PhD network connecting 12 PhD candidates from Berlin, Helsinki, Linz, and Zurich
  • A substantial contribution to the costs for tuition and the three weeks in Laboratory Laguna by the universities (including housing, excluding food)
  • There is no further financing associated with the admission

The following documents must be submitted for the application:

  • Portfolio of your (artistic) practice
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation (2-3 pages)
  • Proof of a Master's degree

Preference will be given to candidates who have a basic knowledge of boat handling, especially sailing.

Application deadline: March 5, 2023
Mail to: Helena Fabian
Dates of the interview: March 16-17, 2023
First Laboratorio Laguna: 14/08/2023–01/09/2023

Further information:
Laboratorio Laguna is a project of Biennale Urbana, U5 and Florian Dombois. It is carried out in cooperation with the partner universities Uniarts Helsinki, Universität der Künste Berlin, Kunstuniversität Linz and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.
In terms of our understanding of research we refer to:
Florian Dombois: Art With Some T. A 35 minute essay. download

Selection committee:
Andrea Curtoni (BUrb), Florian Dombois, Giulia Mazzorin (BUrb), Berit Seidel (U5), Karin Harrasser (Kunstuniversität Linz), Sabine Pollak (Kunstuniversität Linz) and delegates from Uniarts Helsinki and Universität der Künste Berlin

Prof. Dr. Florian Dombois
Head Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Pfingstweidstrasse 96, P.O. box
CH-8031 Zürich Dr. Giulia Mazzorin
Head of space&designSTRATEGIES
Kunstuniversität Linz/University of Arts Linz
Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz




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