Call for new funded PhD: Networked Performance

Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) is pleased to invite applications for a full time, funded PhD commencing in January 2022 or ASAP. We are interested in projects that examine the potential of networked performance.

Since the latter part of the twentieth century, and especially in (new) media artistic practice, we have witnessed a shift from the representational idiom — where art is viewed mainly to represent the world — to the performative idiom — where the practice of art is considered an active negotiation with the world it seeks to address. In that respect, networked performance was defined as a real-time, embodied practice within digital environments and networks; as embodied transmission. Despite many recent museum and galley retrospectives on net art, it is obvious that in the last twenty years, the landscape of internet and art has drastically shifted. Cybersecurity and oligarchic social media platforms dominate the landscape now and made the early emancipatory potential of the network obsolete. Today, we have more controlled spaces such as Facebook that are mediated by corporate interests, but new spaces are always opening online. By hacking, co-opting, and repurposing the network, artists can experiment, perform, and challenge the multiple epistemic crisis we are living through. Our interests extend to the intersection of performance and automation/machine intelligence in the art field; emergent forms of knowledge dissemination using collaborative online platforms; and new models of networked performance.

These initial ideas are not meant to be exhaustive of our interests and are used here as illustrations. Proposals should indicate what your research topic responds to, what question and problems it addresses, and an initial suggestion of method and approach. Proposals can be practice-based, empirical fieldwork and/or theoretical in nature. We are particularly interested in proposals in collaboration with a cultural partner.

Guidance for applicants:
Please submit the following documents
– Cover letter (outlining your interest and suitability for this opportunity) and CV
– PhD proposal of maximum two A4 pages (please ensure that you use 12pt font)
– Names and contact details of two referees

Deadline: 10 December 2021, by 5pm. Send it by email to David Hajos with the subject line: ACI PhD Scholarship

Note: The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online in the week commencing 13 December 2021 and it is hoped that the successful candidate will enrol as soon as possible thereafter for the Spring Term 2021.

For any questions about ACI PG Programmes please contact Dr Elena Marchevska:

Funding Notes:
The scholarship includes a fee waiver at the Home rate and a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum for three years. This PhD scholarship is open to UK residents who qualify. Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree (2.1 and above). You will be required to show proof of all your qualifications, and you will be asked to supply two academic references as part of admission process. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS scores of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.