The Lucerne School of Art and Design is the workplace of almost a dozen doctoral candidates. They benefit from the bilateral agreements with national and international universities: while they are enrolled at a doctorate-granting university, they work simultaneously in one of the four research groups of the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
The requisite partnerships are as diverse as the dissertation topics. Current partner universities are the University of Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the UCD School of Education in Dublin, the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, the Ruhr-University Bochum, the University of Hamburg, the University of Art and Design Linz and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Long-term, contractually guaranteed cooperation agreements for the third cycle have been concluded with HafenCity University Hamburg for the thematic areas “Urban Public Space” and “Performative Arts” as well as with the National Institute of Design (NID), India and the Film University KONRAD WOLF Babelsberg for all topics involving new approaches to the moving image.
As a rule, doctoral candidates are integrated with their doctoral theses into projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) or other foundations and assigned an 80% workload at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. This gives them access to the school’s human resource development tools, which include continuing education and financial support for active participation in academic congresses.
In addition, doctoral candidates are given the opportunity to gain teaching experience in Master’s degree programmes in design, art and film. The Lucerne School of Art and Design also offers an interdepartmental doctoral colloquium.
Positions for emerging researchers are advertised on the HSLU’s online jobs portal. Questions concerning individual dissertation topics may be put directly to the professors in charge of the departmental research groups or to the coordination team of SwissGradNet.
Swiss Graduate Network of Use-inspired Research in Design, Film and Art
The Lucerne School of Art and Design is a Leading House in SwissGradNet, a network of three Swiss universities of applied sciences and international partner universities which offer doctoral candidates access to (basic) use-inspired, practice-based and practice-led doctoral programmes in the fields of design, film and art. The leading Swiss cooperation network of this type, SwissGradNet brings the three language regions together, enabling doctoral candidates from universities of applied ssciences to access doctorate-granting international universities.
Nina Bandi has been working on her doctoral thesis since 2015 at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) in the field of philosophy in conjunction with the SNSF-backed research project "What can art do? On the relevance of politically committed art since 1960". The dissertation project examines the relationship between representation and non-representation at the interface between art and politics from a philosophical perspective. The starting point is the observation of two opposing movements: the depoliticization of (representative) politics and the (re)politicization of art.
The primary supervisor is Professor Marc Rölli, Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts.
Samuel Frei is a doctoral candidate at University College Dublin (UCD), School of Engineering and Architecture, where he has been working on a PhD in Inclusive Design at the SMARTLab. His dissertation attempts to determine the extent to which immersive applications in mobile technologies are suited to context-related knowledge transfer at informal learning sites. It covers not only apps that use mobile technologies as digital arenas for dialogue interaction but also those that use social networks as a platform for the creation and transmission of information.
The project is embedded in SMARTLab’s higher-level research programme on the topic of “Creative Technological Innovation for Real Social Change.”
The primary supervisor is Professor Lizbeth Goodman, UCD, and the secondary supervisors are Dr. Eleni Mangina, UCD, and Dr. Joe Eyerman, Applied Research Centre (ARC)- Geary Institute, RTI USA.
Tobias Matter promoviert seit 2019 an der HafenCity Universität Hamburg am CityScienceLab. Die Dissertationsarbeit konzentriert sich auf Augmented Reality (AR) und seine Einbindung in die partizipative Stadtentwicklung. Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit soll AR hinsichtlich des Design- und Partizipationspotenzials eines sozialen und gestalterischen Tools, welches Konversationen und kollaborative Prozesse in der Gemeinschaft und Stadtentwicklung anstossen und führen kann, untersucht werden. Im Zuge der Dissertation werden anwendungsspezifische Lösungen für kombinierte Darstellungsformen und Interaktionen mittels AR-Lösungen entwickelt und getestet. Hierzu wird die Expertise aus den Bereichen des Designs (Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst) und der Stadtforschung (CityScienceLab der HafenCity Universität Hamburg) gebündelt.
Erstbetreuerin ist Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, die Zweitbetreuung wird durch Prof. Dr. Axel Vogelsang, Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst, sichergestellt.
Sarah Merten has been a doctoral candidate since 2015 at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts in the field of art history and visual studies as part of the SNSF-backed research project "Off‐OffOff‐Of? – Swiss Cultural Policy and Self-organization in Art since 1980". Her dissertation focuses on texts that are written at exhibition venues to accompany art exhibitions, and made available free of charge in exhibition rooms.
She looks at which representation and justifying logics that are understood as the so-called “political dimension” come into play in this kind of text production.
The primary supervisor is Professor Beatrice von Bismarck from the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, and the secondary supervisor is Dr. Rachel Mader from the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Pablo Müller is a doctoral candidate at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History. Starting with three historical examples, his dissertation examines the relationship between crisis, politics and art criticism via a threefold focus on the magazines “October”, “Texte zur Kunst” and “Mute”, three art journals that sought to renew art history. Against the backdrop of the sustained, critical socio-economic change they analysed, all three magazine stressed the need to update political agency in art and art criticism.
The primary supervisor is Professor Sebastian Egenhofer from the University of Vienna’s Institute of Art History, and the secondary supervisor is Dr. Rachel Mader from the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Marco De Mutiis is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University. His research looks at simulations of photography in computer games in the phenomenon of in-game photography. The project investigates the possibility to understand photography as a specific form of play and its social, political and economic implication in media ecologies of the attention economy and social exchange.
Siri Peyer has been a doctoral candidate since 2015 at HafenCity University Hamburg in the field of culture theory in conjunction with the SNSF-backed research project "What can art do? On the relevance of politically committed art since 1960". The dissertation relies on a discursive analytical description of case studies on how process-related, participatory art practices present themselves and what kind of demands artists make on art’s particular social function.
The research focuses on the extent to which community-building artistic strategies can lead to potentially antagonistic public spheres in the practice of art.
The primary supervisor is Professor Gesa Ziemer from HafenCity University Hamburg, and the secondary supervisor is Dr. Rachel Maderfrom the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Elke Rentemeister is pursuing her doctoral degree at the Institute of Media Studies of Ruhr-University Bochum and works at the Competence Center Visual Narrative and in the Film Master degree programme of the Lucerne School of Art and Design. One focus of her work at the School is the SNSF project "Ultrashort – On the media logic of the shortest a/v forms", which researches the aesthetic, technical, economic and social characteristics of moving image sequences lasting a few seconds.
Her dissertation weaves together the media-historical development, aesthetic features and social usages of these ultrashorts.
The supervisors for her doctoral project are Professor Fred Truniger from the Lucerne School of Art and Design as well as Professor Peter M. Spangenberg and Professor Eva Warth from Ruhr-University Bochum.
Denise Ruisinger has been working on her PhD since 2016 at the Chair for Technical History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in conjunction with the SNSF-backed research project "Flexibility and Design. A History of Technology and Fashion in the Swiss Silk Industry, 1880–1914". Her study looks at the interaction of technique, fashion and design in a hitherto little-researched chapter of Swiss economic history.
The project is embedded in the multi-year research project “Silk History” which analyses a dozen company archives from the Zurich silk industry and examines the rise, decline and legacy of an industry that decisively characterized modern-day Switzerland.
The joint faculty advisors are Professor Alexis Schwarzenbach from the Product and Textile Research Group of the Lucerne School of Art and Design and Professor David Gugerli from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Bernadett Settele has been a PhD candidate since 2015 at the University of Hamburg’s Faculty of Education in the field of visual arts in conjunction with the SNSF-based research project "What can art do? On the relevance of politically committed art since 1960". Her dissertation aims to provide a closer determination of aesthetic subjectivation in education with art, especially in collective aesthetic situations and participatory settings.
The project theorizes art education as the aesthetic education of the body, a physical practice in the field of the visible which is called up by the body-related image of self and other and which is at work in the structural norms, conclusions and illusions that can only be partially seen and reflected.
The faculty advisors are Professor Karl-Josef Pazzini and Professor Andrea Sabisch.