PhD Workshop: "Introduction to the PhD Viva Voce Examination at Transart Institute" with Simon Pope

The viva voce or “viva” is an integral part of the examination of your doctoral research project. Through case-study, role-playing and diagnostic work, participants in this half-day workshop will gain insight into viva voce examination process at Transart Institute. This workshop also provides an opportunity for candidates to consider these conventional aspects of the viva in terms of their own research project, and how to devise forms that are, ‘best suited and integral to their own voice and the spirit of their own research.’


Simon Pope’s art practice is preoccupied with participatory art’s engagement with new materialism and concepts of the more-than-human. He was recently awarded a doctorate from the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford (2012-15) for the practice-led project, Who Else Takes Part? Admitting the more-than-human into participatory art.

Formerly a member of the Net.Art group I/O/D – Webby award winners in 2000 – he also represented Wales at their first exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Pope was a NESTA Fellowship awardee (2002-05), a Reader (tenured-Professor) in Fine Art (2005-10) and is currently an Associate Research Fellow of both Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London (2014-). He is available to supervise MFA and PhD students, and especially welcomes those with an interest in participation, dialogue, the more-than-human, the anthropocene, and ecological thinking, as they relate to contemporary art and creative practice more generally.
He is a UK citizen, and permanent resident of Canada.

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