PhD Programme


Our PhD Students

Juan Camilo Gonzalez Jimenez
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​Data Driven Drawings: An Approach to Autobiographical Animation

Research Area(s)
  • Experimental/Hand-Drawn Animation
  • Web Technology
  • Database Cinema
  • Autobiography
  • Data Visualization
​Prof Vibeke Sorensen
Prof Marsha Kinder​
Christine Veras De Souza
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​Animated Installations: Astonishment and the Quest for an Expanded Cinematic Experience

Research Area(s)
  • Interactive architectural installation
  • Visual-music performance
  • History of Cinema, Animation and Visual Effects
Supervisor ​Prof Vibeke Sorensen​
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Sathikh Peer Mohideen
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​Establishing a visual model of the 'relationship realm' of Creativity and Innovation
​A/P Andrea Nanetti
Prof Arcot Desai Narasimhalu​
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Luo Shen Shen
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​A Design Theory to Experience Cultural Heritage Through Animation Media Installations in Theme Park

Applying its artistic law and combining will conduct comparative study with theme parks in the contemporary era. This research starts with modern animation installation, to explore the cultural heritage resources used in the design of the contemporary theme park. I will try to find out design theory of the theme park and other similar places.

Research Area(s)
  • Filmmaking
  • Animation Installation Application in Cultural Heritage
  • Animation History
  • Design Theory of Theme Park
Supervisor ​Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti​
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Yu Mengting
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​Women Artists, the Avant Garde and London: 1901-1914

This research concentrates on “The New Women” of the London art scene; and how they received professional college education, consistently commissioned and created art works of importance, signed manifestos, participated in exhibitions and devoted themselves to London avant-garde movements and bohemian artistic circles in diversity of ways and in a variety of roles (artists, patrons and/or co-workers). As modern women who were born in Victoria London, educated in Edwardian era and reached maturity in the pre-war Georgian capital, they had already experienced tremendous artistic, cultural, social, political, economic and imperial transformations. Their responses to these changes are certainly relevant to any social/art history of the time and place. Therefore, I will also focus on the (apparent) absence of women’s voice from the art debates/criticism in London 1901-1914.

Research Area(s)
  • Painting
  • Avant-garde in London 1901-1914
  • Women artists
  • Vorticism, New English Art Club and Café society in London
  • The Slade School of Fine Arts, London
Supervisor ​Assoc Prof Michael J. K. Walsh​
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Vidakovic Lea
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​Fragmented narratives in animated films and installations

This research is about exploring possibilities and consequences of representing animated films outside usual venues, and examining how does the narrative adopt to these changes. I will study how does breaking the linear narrative of animated films, along with displacing these films from usual venues, affect the animation spectatorship.

Research Area(s)
  • Animation
  • Non-linear narratives
  • Expanded animation
Supervisor ​Assoc Prof Hans Martin Rall​
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Liu Yajing
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​The expression of memory in contemporary photography

Photography has always been regarded as a device of visual memory. The proposed project aims at exploring the expression of memory in contemporary photography, in the context of aesthetics, cultural conditions, history, imagination, value, technology changes and ethnography.

Research Area(s)
  • Photography
  • Memory, history and imagination
  • Contemporary photography theory
  • The boundaries of the photographic medium and visual narrative
Supervisor ​Assoc Prof Oh Soon-Hwa​
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Vincent De Paul Jegan
​Art on the Geopolitical

Contemporary geopolitical events are researched, analyzed and interpreted by multiple disciplines. They are studied in geography, economics, cultural theory, and certainly by international relations. But what of the role of art? Can art play a role in creating new understandings of today's geopolitical events? If so, how? My research as a PhD student at ADM and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art seeks to answer this question by considering the history of art and politics, a contemporary geopolitical event, and transdisciplinary research methods. Art on the geopolitical is the topic of my dissertation. I will develop both a theory and an artwork to argue and demonstrate how contemporary geopolitical events can be represented aesthetically. What does such a representation look like and what can it actually express and even beyond that, address? As a specific example of a geopolitical event, I will examine the relations of the People’s Republic Of China with countries on the Indian Ocean littoral from the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea. My examination will focus on the Chinese states’s construction of shipping infrastructure between and within these countries. I will focus on Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka as a case study.

Research Area(s)
  • Text, Video, Film
  • 20th-Century History of Art and Politics
  • South Asia/South East Asia Regional studies
  • Maritime studies
  • ethnic conflicts
  • Post-conflict politics
Supervisor ​Professor Ute Meta Bauer
Professor Stefano Harney​
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Iola Lenzi
​Vu Dan Tan and early contemporary art in Hanoi

The work of Hanoi artist Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009), though part of global contemporary art from the mid-1990s, has yet to be thoroughly researched. This project will examine Vu Dan Tan’s art exhaustively, framing its pioneering rupture of form and purpose in Vietnam’s historical and political context. It will argue Vu Dan Tan as an early exponent of contemporary practice in Vietnam by showing the influence of his work on the Hanoi scene of the 1990s, as well as determining shared artistic terrain with other first generation contemporary artists of Southeast Asia.

Research Area(s)
  • Southeast Asian contemporary art
  • Borrowings from tradition in languages of Southeast Asian contemporary art
  • Early Vietnamese political art
  • Southeast Asian art with polical and social voice or Southeast Asian art’s articulation of critiques of power
  • Participative and performative practices in Southeast Asian art
  • Public and private space in Southeast Asian art
  • Conceptual approaches of Southeast Asian art​
  • Sexuality and woman in Southeast Asian art​
  • Memory and history in Southeast Asian contemporary art​
  • Southeast Asian art’s aesthetic and its sources​
  • The high art/low art dichotomy in Southeast Asian contemporary art​
  • European-established art schools in early 20th century Southeast Asia and their influence on contemporary art​
​Asst Prof Sujatha Meegama
Prof Nora Taylor​
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Turine Viet-Tu Tran
- Integrating interactive media with digital illustration through the adaptation of Journey to the West

A large part of this research pays intensive attention to the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West through a selection of the novel’s visual adaptations to understand what elements contribute to the original text in terms of aesthetic and philosophy. These findings should be intrinsically linked to the practical framework of the research, where visual experiments can be tested. Once explored, both theoretical and practical perspectives may give us a deeper understanding of the creative process that takes place when text is being adapted to visual, while experiments may suggest a new way to ‘tell’ and to ‘read’ a story.

Research Area(s)
  • Adaptation study
  • Digital illustration
  • 2D animation
  • Character development
  • Asian art
​Assoc Prof Hans Martin Rall
​The Milonga: A Space of Tango and Social Dance Practice

How do space and site figure in social dance? This research considers the milonga, a social space of tango, as an example of a social dance space, alongside issues connected to site-specificity, in hopes of articulating the layering of space and site in social dance as a form of contemporary art practice. Questions about viewership and the immateriality of the art of object/event, among others, are also raised in the process.

Research Area(s)
  • Performance and contemporary art
  • Corporeality, bodies in space, embodied experiences
  • Time-based and ephemeral art
Supervisor ​Asst Prof Michelle Lim​
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​​Maps as Knowledge Aggregators-Maritime Silk Road as a Case Study

Maps worked as knowledge aggregators, the research will start from maps, using data visualization as an interactive media, allowing users to manipulate the graphical variables themselves in real time to gain hidden insight and solve real-world problems, which may lead to beneficial and profitable innovation. Through data visualization, encapsulating map’s data in graphs forces us to confront its limitation and helps us to understand the dynamics of the underlying phenomena of the Maritime Silk Road. Through rich computational and aesthetical data and apply the visualization method into the drawing of modern map that take place in space and time help us have a better understanding of our spatial world, facilitate to generate our routine, personal activity, social network, even our human inner map by connections in real-time through geospatial data and mapping capability. Meanwhile, with deeply analysing and representing the historical knowledge and hidden stories, the research also aimed at explore the new methodology and new mode of cultural heritage digital application.

Research Area(s)
  • Interactive Design
  • Web-Based User Interface
  • Digital application of Maritime Silk Road
  • Historical Map Data
  • Visualization/Information Visualization
​A/Prof Andrea Nanetti
A/Prof Cheong Siew A​
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​​Developing a potential framework for film co-production strategies in Southeast Asia

In the process of policy making, will issues related to administration, intellectual property and censorship have any creative, fiscal and artistic tradeoffs. Can there be an outcome with a strong ecosystem that incorporates intellectual property laws, business infrastructure, patent registrations and training for talent development? This research will focus on international co-production strategies for feature film production in the ASEAN region, The outcome of this research could be a possible adaption for implementation by the governments in Southeast Asia, to enhance the policies and procedures to make co-productions between these countries seamless and benefit industry players embarking on business to business co-production ventures.

Research Area(s)
  • Film Co-Production
  • Film Policy, framework, and regulations
  • Copyright conventions
  • Southeast Asian aesthetics
​Prof Ben Alvin Shedd
Asst Prof Ross Williams​
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