We are very proud to announce that Microbes on the Mind’s PhD student, Guston Sondin-Kung will defense his PhD at Kunsthal Charlottenborg June 23rd from 9:15-12:15 Following the defense at 12:15 there will be champagne and canapes.

Gus’ dissertation is an interdisciplinary practice-based PhD that draws from the fields of moving-image artistic practice, neuroscience and memory studies, where he, himself a 3rd generation holocaust survivor, investigates how memory images alongside shifting societal meanings of “the jew” and the passing of people, who directly experienced the holocaust led him to a process of “becoming Jewish”. This work has compelled him to understand more deeply how memory as imagery is passed transgenerationally and how artistic research and practice can map this process by articulating its insights through dialogical works of art. Furthermore, it has led him to consider how the use of this knowledge, thus passed on, can contribute to the resistance against ongoing and future genocide.

Defense Committée:

Chair: Ken Arnold, professor in the Public Health Department/director of the Medical Museion part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research),, University of Copenhagen

Opponents:

Rebecka Katz Thor, PhD in Aesthetics, researcher, writer and editor. Leader of the research project “Remember us To Life – Vulnerable Memories in a Prospective Monument, Memorial and Museum”, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Christopher Bratton
Professor in the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

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