The funded PhD course is four years in length, with the first year being spent preparing for the PhD and undertaking a series of modules designed to provide knowledge on the digital economy. The PhD began in earnest after submitting a PhD Proposal at the end of the first year (December 2011).
In addition to the set CDT modules, I chose to undertake two Art History modules – Futurism and the History of Performance. I also attended an optional series of lectures on Philosophy and Critical Theory. The resulting knowledge I gained has proved to be extremely useful in formulating many of my ideas and providing a critical and historical context for the research.
The influence of these undertakings can be seen in the three coursework essays I wrote during the first year:
Dialectics and Technology – A critical examination of the impact of technology on society with reference to Adorno and dialectics.
Futurist conceptions of space and time – Futurist connections between science, art and mysticism.
Documenting Performance – Liveness, authenticity, presence and aura in relationship to the technology used in documenting and displaying live performance art.