Congratulations to Alex Jovčić-Sas

Afrodeutsche performing behind a speaker

Congratulations to Alex Jovčić-Sas on passing his M4C-CDA doctoral viva exam. Titled Locating Grunow and Oram after celebrating the Bauhaus Centenary: Using parallel canonisation as a curatorial method to re-establish marginalised figures, Alex's PhD was a Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) between NTU and Nottingham Contemporary, funded by M4C. It looks at the legacy of the Bauhaus and the role of female composers in the development of electronic music, and was initiated to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary and our 2019 exhibition, Still Undead. Our former director Sam Thorne was a PhD supervisor, alongside NTU faculty Cüneyt Çakirlar and Danica Maier.

Part of the practice-based PhD was to work with our Live Programmes team on the development of a series of events to support Still Undead. The major public outcome of Alex's PhD was a performance with Afrodeutsche, delivered with Alex, which was supported with additional funding from PRS.

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Alex Jovčić-Sas is a research curator and PhD Candidate whose work focuses on revising marginalised figures from history. Working as a freelance curator, Alex has created a wide variety of exhibitions and events, aiming to create an increased visibility, and a renewed understanding of forgotten figures, and their artistic practices.

In May 2018, Alex curated Bertha: Seen and Heard an exhibition that presented the work of Bertha Hindshaw, the UK's first paid female curator. This exhibition in collaboration with the University of Manchester's Institute for Cultural Practices, and the Horsefall presented Bertha's story. This included a public programme that examines the problems of gender diversity in the cultural sector, with a focus on contemporary curators working across a variety of institutions across Manchester. In addition, Bertha: Seen and Heard displayed artworks created by groups working with 42nd Street Charity, on the themes of identity.

Alex has also presented the research undertaken into Gertrud Grunow and Daphne Oram as part of Nottingham Contemporary's public programme. In November 2019, he hosted a talk as part of the Sonic Bauhaus series that accompanied the Still Undead global exhibition. This talk introduced a lineage of optical sound which came from the Bauhaus, as a way of establishing the connection of the school to British pop culture. This talk was also presented as part of Upload Festival, which was a digital series of talks and workshops which took place in June 2020.

Alex has also worked with some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Louder Than Words Festival, and Pangea Festival.

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