Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Composing/Public/Space II

( 60 ECTS Credits )

Bergen Perfomance 1 @ Bergen Assembly 2016 Thor Brødreskif

This course is cancelled

In September 2018 the Royal Institute of Art, launched the new advanced level practice-based course Compoing/Public/Space, which has a new admission for the academic year 2019-2020. The course takes the form of practice-led research in and around the wider landscape of contemporary sonic practices (new and contemporary music, performance, sound art, etc.)

The course is open to professional practitioners within visual art, music, performing arts, design, architecture, curating, and related subjects within the humanities. Eight participants will work with individual artistic research projects in parallel with a collective dialogue around the three notions of composing, public and space.

The course leader and Guest professor is the prominent sound artist and electroacoustic composer, Tarek Atoui.

The participants are asked to explore in their own practice by three key points of departure: Composing, Public, and Space. For instance, some participants may choose to unify these themes into a single research project and others might choose to diffract these concepts, each in terms of the others. Some examples might include “How does one make Composing public?” or “What kind of space/s can be composed?” The studies takes the form of a studio, a performance platform, laboratory, and space for improvisation and mutual exchange among its participants.

Tarek Atoui, Photo: Matteo Bellomo Fabrica


Tarek Atoui speaks of his intentions for running Composing/Public/Space:
“Through opening this course to multiple competences and disciplines, I continue my exploration of what convening and collaboration are. In my ongoing project WITHIN, I first started thinking about the compositional act as one that could be deployed over long durations and involve different kinds of competences and know-hows, …, Composing/Public/Space will allow me to work with collaborators from diverse fields over an extended period. It will be one in which I come up with new modes and protocols of inviting and convening musicians, instrument makers, and different audiences on my compositions. And I also expect it to challenge my ways of dealing with space when it comes to performing, exhibiting and addressing others.”

The course is structured around mandatory and intensive sessions of 3-5 days each, spent at the Royal Institute of Art:  Three sessions during the autumn semester, and 3-4 sessions during the spring semester. These sessions will be combined with periods of independent study and monthly online supervision. A couple of public presentations and events will be held by the group throughout the academic year. International study trips are part of the course, with participation in one of them being mandatory.

There is a collective research and travel budget to cover travel costs and accommodation during trips.

Tarek Atoui (born 1980 in Lebanon) lives in Paris, France. His experimental and performance-led compositions have taken place recently at the NTU, Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2018); Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017, Brussel, Belgium; Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2016); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Bois de Boulogne, France (2015); the 8th Berlin Biennial (2014); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2013).

Course Syllabus: Composing_Public_Space_II_ENG_60_ECTS_2019


Level: Advanced
Application Deadline: This course is cancelled
ECTS Credits: 60
Programme Length: 1 Academic Year
Teaching Language: English

For practical questions, contact: Åsa Andersson, Research Coordinator

Application for Composing/Public/Space II, 60 ECTS-credits
The application should include a CV and 5 work samples. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to a short interview via Skype.

Apply via this link:
Deadline for application: July 1 at 1 PM.


Application for Composing/Public/Space – Activation/Documentation, Publication, and Dissemination, 30 ECTS-credits

Following on from Composing/Public/Space (60 ECTS credits) 2018-2019, there is a 30 ECTS-credit extension course.

Specific entry requirement: Master of Fine Arts or a Master degree in other relevant subjects, or the equivalent knowledge and 60 ECTS-credits from the course Composing/Public /Space.

Course syllabus: Composing_Public_Space_Activation_Documentation_Publication_and_Dissemination_ENG_30_ECTS_2019

The application consists of a written outline for the activation in Venice.

Deadline 17 April, 1 pm, 2019. The application is submitted via email to:


Finance, Fees and Accommodation

The are no admission and tuition fees for students from countries within the EU/EEA.
For students outside the EU, the tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 316 430 SEK per academic year and the admission fee is 900 SEK. There is a scholarship available to cover the tuition fee. The application is made through the digital application for the programme. International students who have been accepted to a study programme in Sweden must show financial means of support during study time to the immigration authorities in order to obtain a study visa.

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