PhD Programme


Our PhD Students

Juan Camilo Gonzalez Jimenez
​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

Sathikh Peer Mohideen
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​Establishing a visual model of the 'relationship realm' of Creativity and Innovation
Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti
Prof Arcot Desai Narasimhalu
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Vidakovic Lea
​Fragmented narratives in animated films and installations

This research is about exploring the possibilities and consequences of presenting animated films outside their usual venues and examining how the narrative adopts to these changes. I will study how breaking the linear narrative of animated films along with displacing these films from usual venues affects the animation spectatorship.

Research Area(s)
  • Animation
  • Non-linear narratives
  • Expanded animation
Assoc Prof Hans Martin Rall
Assoc Prof Daniel Jenigan
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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 about 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 state’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 that Vu Dan Tan is 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 texts are adapted to visuals, 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
Assoc Prof Daniel Jenigan

Muhammad Ridzal Bin Abdul Hamid
​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 Marc Gloede
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Liu Danyun
​​Maps as Knowledge Aggregators-Maritime Silk Road as a Case Study

Maps work as knowledge aggregators. My research will start from maps and using data visualization as an interactive media to allow 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 applying the visualization method into the drawing of modern maps that take place in space and time, we can have a better understanding of our spatial world. This facilitates to generate our routine, personal activity, social network, even our human inner maps by connections in real-time through geospatial data and mapping capability. Meanwhile, by deeply analysing and representing historical knowledge and hidden stories, the research also aims to explore the new methodology and new mode of digital applications of cultural heritage.

Research Area(s)
  • Interactive Design
  • Web-Based User Interface
  • Digital applications of Maritime Silk Road
  • Historical Map Data
  • Visualization/Information Visualization
Supervisor ​Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti
Assoc Prof Cheong Siew Ann
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Charles Maideen
​​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 adaptation for implementation by the governments in Southeast Asia, to enhance the policies and procedures in order to make co-productions between these countries seamless and benefit industry players embarking on business and co-production ventures.

Research Area(s)
  • Film Co-Production
  • Film Policy, framework, and regulations
  • Copyright conventions
  • Southeast Asian aesthetics
Prof Ben Alvin Shedd
Dr Kym Campbell
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Yang Jing
Flourishing in Physical Space: A New Perspective on Visual Music

This thesis holds the view that the greatest charm of Visual Music artworks lies in its inheritance and development of music’s ability of affecting people’s feeling and emotion. Studies on the concept of “seeing the music” should not only stay on the level of making visual representations of the musical attributes and elements, but to value the emotional expression and evocation that Visual Music can be on a par with music.
The current study serves as an experiment of an artistic approach in which Visual Music is combined with the utilization of physical space to enhance the emotion expression and evocation. Instead of treating the physical space as merely containers, the current study considers the features of physical space as compositional elements, which can be composed musically according to the artistic emotion that needs to be conveyed. In this thesis, the author would like to propose a concept called “Spatial Visual Music” as a sub-genre of Visual Music. With the emphasis on the qualifier “spatial”, this term refers to a particular type of Visual Music creation in which the artists compose not only the sounds and visuals, but also the physical space. The term “Spatial Visual Music” is thus defined as a type of artistic expression, which requires the act of using various compositional elements to process and compose a physical space as a three-dimensional musical score.

Research Areas:
  • Visual Music and “Spatial Visual Music”
    • Approaches to enhance emotion expression and evocation
    • New compositional element and new musical vocabulary
    • Three-dimensional musical score
    • Virtual and physical 3D Visual Music performance
  • Interactive Art and Architectural Installation
  • Web-Based Experimental Animation
  • The Utilization of Space in Art
    • Perception of space (through different sensory systems)
    • Composing and reconstructing space (physical & virtual space)
    • The relationship between space and human’s feeling and emotion
    • Space consciousness in traditional Chinese art, architecture, aesthetics and ideology (Taoism)
Prof Vibeke Sorensen
Prof Miller Puckette

Nan Triveni Achnas
Re-Imaging the Essay Form in Wayang Kulit and Film

The essay film has a long and diverse history with a literary heritage that of the essay form. The term ‘essay’ often signifies a range of remarkably different types of writing – from the literary writings to the academic essay. Due to its flexibility and its wide-ranging nature, defining what constitutes an essay remains an elusive task. Essays continue to be defined and redefined, often being repositioned or reordered for specific contexts. The question of what is an essay film will be central to this dissertation. What are the elements of the essay form and can it be defined in other cultural forms, say the wayang or shadow puppet theatre?

Research Interests
  • The Essay Film
  • Digital Humanities
  • Feminist Film Studies
Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti
Prof Ben Shedd

Kathleen Elizabeth Ditzig Li Ying
The Exhibitionary Complex of a New Nation: Exhibitions of Political Sovereignty, National Development and Cultural Exchange in Southeast Asia during the Cold War (1950s-1980)

This research seeks to outline an exhibitionary complex of the new nation state in Southeast Asia that arises out of Cold War cultural exchange with the US between the 1950s and 1980 in Singapore and the Philippines. The research will study tendencies toward defining and promoting internationalism and how this informed the evolution of exhibitions and art production in Southeast Asia (e.g. in the trope of the survey exhibition of Southeast Asia or in the inscribing of qualities to specific types of art.)

Research interests areas
  • Southeast Asia and the Cold War
  • Cultural Diplomacy
  • The rise of neoliberalism
  • Exhibition histories
  • National art histories
  • Politics of Display
  • Cultural infrastructure and policy
Prof Ute Meta Bauer
Prof Patrick Flores

Marina Zuccarelli
"Photography as a tool of self expression and an agent of transformation: a participatory photography art project at a cancer centre."

This research put in relation the potential of photography as a medium able to support personal development with participatory art practice, introduced in the healthcare setting. The aim of the study is to explore how art photography practice, can have a beneficial effect and help encourage self-expression on people afflicted by cancer.

Research Area(s)
  • Photography Theory
  • Therapeutic use of photography
  • Art in Healthcare
  • Participatory Art
Asst Prof Elke Reinhuber
Asst Prof Michael Tan
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Andrew Ng
The Photograph as a Site for Radical Performance: Evaluating the Potential Efficacy of Performance Imagery as an Event of Cultural Intervention

This research seeks to further investigate the discourse at the intersection between performance and photography, specifically by looking at the potential of photography – not just as an artefact, but also a medium and an archive – as a site for radical performance. The research will study the potential efficacy of performance photographs as events of cultural intervention by evaluating their methods of disruption to modes of artistic presentation and viewer engagement.

Research Area(s)
  • Photography History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Performance Studies
  • Radical Performance
  • Intermediality
Assoc Prof Oh Soon-Hwa
Asst Prof Michelle Lim

Lee Soo Jin
‘I’ in Narrative: Negotiating Self towards Others, Study on Autobiographical Contemporary Visual Arts

This research generally aims at illuminating meanings of autobiography in our time and it will be conducted through exemplifying various artworks in the field of contemporary visual arts. Autobiography can be defined as “an account of a person’s life written by that person” (Oxford Dictionary). Despite initial self-referential appearances, autobiography in fact engages the self with the external world; autobiography is a realm between the self and the world. The most common form of autobiography is a book, which is based on textual medium. What I want to focus on is, however, expansion of the field of autobiographies to the visual arts. Among various disciplines, contemporary artworks using photography as medium of self-expression will be mainly examined.

Research Area(s)
  • Visual culture
  • Autobiography, Narrative identity
  • Contemporary art, Visual arts, Conceptual art, Photography
Asst Prof Marc Gloede
Assoc Prof Oh Soon-Hwa

Regina De Rozario
Artistic practices in Singapore’s public spaces (1989-2020): Examining the contemporary artist's role in the production of ‘space’ for narratives of personal experience

Singapore has witnessed a transformation in its arts and cultural landscape in the last 20 years. One visible aspect is the proliferation of contemporary art activities conducted within the city’s public spaces, such as the installation of site-specific works, exhibitions, performances, and artist- or curator-led ‘experiences’ in spaces beyond the walls of galleries and museums. Within this context, my research seeks to examine how government policies have shaped the way artists make work for public space. In tandem, the research will survey Singapore-based artists who work at the intersection of socially-engaged concerns and narrative facilitation, and examine how space can be negotiated and produced through artistic practice. Also, how artistic interventions in public space can enable less visible (and possibly counter) narratives of personal experience to be assembled, discussed and understood alongside dominant narratives in the public sphere.

Research Area(s)
  • Art in public space
  • Site-specific interventions
  • Singapore cultural policies
  • Dominant and counter narratives
  • Production and control of space
Supervisor Asst Prof Michael Tan

Tang Tze Yin Junie
Graphic Designer as Curator: From a Problem-solver to a Problematiser, and its implications for Design Education in Singapore

This research aims to first expand the role of a graphic designer as a curator, who is also a problematiser, then identify the gaps in local design education, and develop an original design methodology that can facilitate the process of them playing that role.

Research Area(s)
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Design Education
  • Design Methodology
  • Graphic Design
  • Problem Solver Versus Problematiser
Assoc Prof Danne Ojeda Hernandez
Assoc Prof Jasmine Sim Boon Yee