PUBLIC DEFENSE: André Alves, Artistic Practice

Kultur & språk

Title: A Never-Ending Thirst: Artistic Reforms to Neoliberal-Teflon Imperviousness

1 dec 2021
13:00 - 18:00

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The public defense will be held in English.
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A Never-Ending Thirst asks how my practice of picture-making and artistic ways of knowing can reform what I call “Neoliberal-Teflon Imperviousness.” The aim of this inquiry is to make suggestions and experiment with the role of artistic research in the recuperation of permeability, imagination, and affectability. The research focuses on the production and capture of subjectivity in postindustrial late capitalism and draws on the construct “Skin-Teflon,” which was introduced by Maria Franco Ferraz in “The Paradoxical Status of Skin and Contemporary Culture: From the Porosity of the Skin to the Teflon-Skin” (2014) to describe the intentional demotion of the quality and complexity of acts of interfacing in contemporary culture. My research observes how artistic research might align with questions to counter, and offer alternatives to, Neoliberal-Teflon impediments to affectability – to alterity, encounter, and knowledge – and its denial of the subject as a nexus of relationality.

Opponent: Dr Elke Krasny, Professor of Art and Education, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

Exam board:

  • Dr Carolina Rito, professor, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University, Storbritannien
  • Dr Felipe Ribeiro, professor of Dance and Cinema of the Department of Dance, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Emma Cocker, professor, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, Storbritannien

Chair: Professor Elena Raviola, HDK-Valand
Supervisors: Professor Jessica Hemmings, HDK-Valand and Professor Diego del Pozo Barriuso, Fine Arts Department at Salamanca University, Spain

The Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis) is available in full text as pdf in GUPEA:


The printed book can be ordered from the University Library, send an email to acta@ub.gu.se

Staff and doctoral students within the institution get a free copy, contact Cattis at email catharina.niklasson@hdk-valand.gu.se

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