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Arne Kjell Vikhagen


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Vasagatan 50
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Arne Kjell Vikhagen

I currently teach art theory for the first and second year students on the BA programme in Fine Art, as well as for the first year students on the MA programme. I also teach on external courses, most recently on a course on Game Art, but also on the courses Introduction to Art and Philosophy and Censorship and Controversy: The Arts, the Media, and the Public Sphere.

Previously, I have worked as:

  • the Director of Studies at Valand School of Fine Arts 2010-2014
  • Programme Manager for C:Art:Media, a media art master's programme from 2006 to 2010
  • Art theory teacher and theory coordinator, Valand School of Fine Arts, 2003-2006.
  • Teacher at KonstLab, Valand School of Fine Arts.
  • Various lectures and supervision roles at the IT university GU (game design), University West (animation), Chalmers (master thesis supervision).
  • Junior lecturer in digital photography 2000-2003, School of Photography and Film, University of Gothenburg.
  • I have a Cand.Mag. degree in philosophical aesthetics from NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. My thesis were on Theodor W. Adorno's aesthetic theory.
  • I also have a BA degree in photography from School of Photography and Film, University of Gothenburg.

I defended my PhD thesis November 2017, on the relation between art, play and games, here is the abstract:

When Art Is Put Into Play: A Practice-based Research Project on Game Art is a practice-based research project that aims to contribute to the understanding of the relation between play and art from the specific perspective of computer-based Game Art.

This is done firstly through the production of nine works of art that through their means of production all relate to Game Art as it has come to be known in the last twenty years or so. Secondly, the relation between games, play and art is discussed from a Game Art perspective.

This project as a whole aims to map and exemplify cases where Game Art successfully inherits rule-systems, aesthetics, spatial and temporal aspects from computer games.

This work has in turn resulted in a provisional response to the question of the possibility for Game Art to successfully create a state of play, whilst still maintain agency as a work of art. The claim is that the friction between art and play makes it doubtful that art can maintain its agency as art through play. This claim is made as a result of the artistic process leading up to the works of art that were made as a part of the thesis. It has been strengthened through the study of the concept of play and how it relates to artistic practice.

The thesis along with the work documentation can be found on this link

Artistically, I work within the media art field, more specifically with Game Art. List of exhibitions since 2006:

  • April 2011 “Too Close for Comfort”, Retro Video Games, Stockholm.
  • Oct 2010 “You Flee From Combat”, Hey it's Enrico Pallazzo, Göteborg.
  • Sept 2010 OEI Release - “You Flee From Combat”, Galleri BOX, Göteborg.
  • March 2010 OEI (publication) - “You Flee From Combat”
  • March 2008 300m3 Art Space, Göteborg Group Exhibition - MyComputer.
  • Sept 2006 300m3 Art Space, Göteborg – separate.