Call for participation for the PhD course: OPEN HARDWARE / OPEN MACHINES

Research/PhD course of the international conference “Politics of the Machine: Art and After”

May 14 & 18-19 2018

Venue: The CATCH space at Elsinore (train from Copenhagen leaves regularly)

Chairs: Jonas Jørgensen, David Kadish and Rosemary Lee, together with Morten Søndergaard and Laura Beloff

Co-chair: Majken Overgaard from CATCH, Center for Art + Technology

The research/PhD course contributes to and takes place prior to and after the international conference “Politics of the Machine: Art and After” (May 15-17 2018 in Copenhagen). The attendees participate in a course where they will generate online and offline outputs related to the conference theme. The conference is centered on questions about how machines impact and contextualise artistic production and perception and in doing so welcomes submissions that take an innovative approach to the politics of the machine. Likewise, this course aims to engage research in a broad sense of the word and thus invites artistic and practice-based as well as theoretical and historical approaches to the field.

The overall theme of the course is openness in/of machines and the potential political and social effects of opening up the machine. It is organized along two tracks:  

  1. Open Structures, Open Machines – Production of Futures
  2. Open Bodies, Open Machines – Future Pleasure Objects


To get the most out of the three full working days, the participants will work together in groups on a blog entry (video, text, pictures) or a description of a possible open prototype prior to the course presenting their responses to a set of questions posed. This online process starts from March 1st and runs until the first full working day of the course.

Monday the 14th
During the first part, the participants will engage in a closed workshop facilitated by Majken Overgaard dealing with a selection of central questions related to the theme.

Friday the 18th
After the Monday workshop and the conference during the week, the participants engage in a public discussion/exhibition at the CATCH space the day before the opening of the CLICK festival ( in Elsinore. During this second part of the course, the participants are invited to engage in a joint practical investigation of possible ways to visualise the discussions that took place during the first part of the course (e.g. an alternative publication, a small installation, a presentation of a joint prototype, a performance or another kind of visualisation of the discussion).

Saturday the 19th
The last part of the course is open and public and presents the output of the discussions between the participants at the CLICK festival. It is also possible to exhibit already finished prototypes, artworks, posters etc. that you bring with you.

Expected workload

The expected workload includes the production of a blog entry prior to the workshop, dialogue with other participants, the production of a joint output, and a joint presentation of this output at the CLICK festival. PhD students can be awarded ECTS points for their participation. Participants are also encouraged to submit regular papers for the conference.

Participants are selected based on how well their interests fit within the overall theme of the conference and with an aim of generating variety within the group (in terms of research subject, disciplinary background, practical/theoretical approach etc.).


Send a short note (about 200 words) explaining your interest in the course and a short bio to Jonas Jørgensen at with the subject line: “POM PhD” no later than March 1.