The MAKE/SENSE PhD programme promotes practice-based research in art and design. Operating within three future-facing areas of concern: Planetarity, Materiality and Response-ability, our programme focuses on the relevance and potentials of practice-based research in art and design for just sociocultural, political, and ecological transformations. We encourage transversal work and aim at collectively developing life-affirming practices and infrastructures.
The MAKE/SENSE programme is hosted at the Critical Media Lab, Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW, offered in partnership with the University of the Arts Linz, and supported by swissuniversities. We provide a structured 3-year study curriculum in research methods, contemporary theory, and generic skills relevant to practice-based research. We foster a dynamic group of PhD candidates who meet four weeks/year for project discussions, reading groups, workshops, and casual hangouts. We maintain a flexible programme structure to allow students to keep up with current work commitments and aim to provide a space for collectivity and exchange that offers respite and joy.

The programme integrates the expertise of faculty from the institutes Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM), Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP), Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), Art Gender Nature (IAGN) and Arts and Design Education (IADE). The activities of the programme further draw on an outstanding network of international partners, including the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK), Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity at Humboldt-University of Berlin, SciencesPo Media Lab Paris and metaLAB (at) Harvard.

Our group typically consists of 18 PhD candidates. Spots in the programme are offered on a rolling basis and include free participation in the programme, supervision by one faculty from Basel and Linz, and support in mastering the challenges of a practice-based PhD project.

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Practicing Radical Fashion

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Lecture, discussion and workshop with Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran & Laura Gardner, hosted by MAKE/SENSE members Charleen Elberskirch & Evelyne Roth.

Queer AI

Friday, 15 March 2024, 10:00–12:30

Join the MAKE/SENSE PhD program for a discussion on Gender Stereotypes and Inclusivity in Artificial Intelligence.

With Mona Hedayati and Vagrant Gautam. Chaired by Johannes Bruder and Qingyi Ren.

All That Remains

Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 18:00–20:00

Join us for a conversation on concepts of space, land use, materiality, and culture that often inscribe and reiterate colonial techniques through the extractivist infrastructures that they mobilize.

Transverse & Timetravel

Monday, December 11th 2023

Annual Research Day, Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW

A day of provocative joyful workshops, talks, performances, book launches, tender reading and exchange. Open to all.

Making Research Public

Public round table discussion with Therese Keogh & Chris Salter.

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 14:00–16:00 at the Critical Media Lab.

Teaching Artistic Strategies

Four-day symposium on research and pedagogy in the context of art and design institutions (23–26 May 2022).

Making Meaning. Research Through Tool Design

Keynote lecture by Irene Posch.

ARCHIPEDAGOGY. Un-Islanding Artistic Research and its Education

Keynote lecture by Glenn Loughran.

Practicing Research as Consciousness Raising: On Disruption, Mending, and Care

Keynote lecture by Elke Krasny.