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Troels Degn Johansson

About Troels Degn Johansson

Dr. Troels Degn Johansson is Head of Academy of the HDK-Valand - The Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg. As a new head of the Valand Academy (2019) he organized the final steps of the merger between the Valand Academy with its school for film making, photography, literary composition, and fine art, and the HDK, the Academy of Design and Crafts with its schools of design, crafts, and teacher education (visual art and slöyd) with with campuses in Gothenburg's Vasa district as well as in Steneby, Dalsland.

With reference to the Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at University of Gothenburg it is his responsibility to consolidate a fruitful merger and to lead the new academy in accordance with the Faculty's Art 2025 Vision--which among other things implies a co-localization with the Academy of Music and Drama in a new building planned to be opened in central Gothenburg in 2026.

Dr. Johansson has been an Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation (KADK) since 2011 (since 2005 at the Danish Design School). He has led the implementation of a number of reforms of the school's design programmes. As a Head of Research (2009-13) he implemented the school's research strategy and organized a (positive) research evaluation in 2010 which lead to the accreditation of the school's programmes. During 13-17 he served as a Head of Institute for Product Design (new research-based programmes in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Codesign, Ceramic Design, and Crafts/Glass & Ceramics). During 2017-18 he was head of KADK's Bornholm campus with its glass and ceramic crafts course and organized its transformation into Denmark's first artistic professional Bachelor's programme (from 2019).

Dr. Johansson was an Assistant Professor and Head of Studies at the IT University of Copenhagen during the instutution's establishment. Here he directed the post-graduate program in Design, Communication, and Media. He earned the Ph.D. degree on digital visualisation in planning studies and landscape architecture at the University of Copenhagen. He did the MA (cand.mag) in Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen (1994) and an additional MA in critical theory at the University of Kent at Canterbury (1993).

During 1999-2000 he served as a President for the Nordic Summer University.

Dr. Johansson's main field of research is the relationship between fine art, crafts, and design with a special focus on historical and contemporary avant-garde strategies. He has collaborated with Danish art collective Superflex on/off since 1999. Other research topics include didactics in research-based education and the use of pictorial material in design processes. Dr. Johansson has taught and written extensively on aesthetic theory and pictorial representation as well as digital art, cinema, photography, crafts, design, and design education. He has supervised several PhD students in areas such as illustration, computer games design, critial/speculative design, experience design and tourism, design thinking/strategic design, exhibition design, sexuality and design, and performative aesthetics and urban space.