PhD in Practice in Curating

Dr Sarah Spies
Choreographies of the Curatorial: Performative futures and new mythologies for dance in and beyond the museum
Sarah Spies is a choreographer, performance curator and senior lecturer in contemporary dance and performance art. She works with Manchester-based artists-led curatorial collective Accumulations ( on collaborative curatorial practice, DIY strategies for curating ephemeral and process-orientated arts practice and research-based public programmes. She has created performative work within international gallery settings and has published on time-based performance within curatorial settings. She is part of ICI (Independent Curators International) and the international exchange programme MAHALA/Temporary Occupations and AFiRIperFOMA Biennial.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Prof. Susanne Clausen


Dr Omar Kholeif
Towards a New Language. Re-Defining the Frameworks of Regionally Focused Curating of the Arab World
Omar Kholeif was Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Recent curatorial projects include curating the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean at the Armory Show, New York, and the 2015 Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai. Recent publications include, You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Jeddah Childhood Circa 1994 (2014), and Moving Image (2015). He is now senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Prof. Alun Rowland

Univ.-Prof. Mag. PhD Elke Krasny
Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial thought
Elke Krasny is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She co-edited the 2013 volume Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Prof. Alun Rowland

Dr Allan Siegel
“Rubbing Along” Food, politics and public space
Allan Siegel is a filmmaker, visual artist and teacher. He was one of the founding members of the documentary film collective Newsreel and later a co-director of Third World Newsreel. His films have been presented at major international festivals and on public television throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Prof. Alun Rowland

Dr Avi Feldman
After the Law: Towards Judicial-Visual Activism
Offering a new critical approach and methodology to dealing with existing and imagined relations between law and art, Feldman’s research analyses curatorial and artistic projects by revealing overlooked legal dimensions embedded within them. It introduces legal theory and scholarship in relation to visual art works in order to expand and foster new paths for both judicial and visual activism. Based on the reassessment of artistic and curatorial capabilities and encounters in time of globalization, Feldman’s dissertation is concerned with broadening our perception of the role of art and legal practitioners with regard to justice.

Avi Feldman (Born in Montréal, Canada) is based in Tel Aviv, Berlin, and Dresden, where he works as a curator and writer. Feldman is the curator in-residence at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, NYC (2018). Recently, Feldman curated the exhibitions ‘Motions for the Agenda’ (May-June, 2017) at Artport, Tel-Aviv, and ‘Playing Hide and Law’ (March-May, 2017) at tranzit, Bratislava. Also in 2017, Feldman curated the NeuLicht Festival for video art by Omanut at Kunsthaus Zurich and KOSMOS Kulturhaus, Zurich. Feldman co-edited the publication ‘Set in Motion’ (January, 2017) on museums, dance and public space. It followed an exhibition by the same title co-curated for the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel, and editing of the publication Extremum – Reflections on the Work of Yasmeen Godder (November, 2014).
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Prof. Alun Rowland