On 28th of September 2020 Yael Davids will defend her research concluding the first Creator Doctus trajectory. 

The public examination takes place at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie on Monday 28 September 2020 from 14.00-15.45 hrs and is, in attendance of supervisors Nick Aikens and Sher Doruff, conducted by the members of the examination committee:

Dora Garcia Lopez

Flavia Dzodan

Franciska Zólyom 

Grant Watson

Jennifer Lacey

Paula Albuquerque

Sruti Bala


Attendance on location is by invitation only. The defence will be livestreamed online at rietveldacademie.nl/live

The Creator Doctus project enables higher arts education institutions to be able to independently enter the 3rd Cycle. Within this trajectory, institutions can award new and innovative artistic research methodologies, recognizing the conducted research at the same level of - and equivalent to- PhD. The process of research by the artist leads towards a corpus of works or projects, and entails no compulsory writing. In 2017, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie started the first CrD-pilot with artist Yael Davids.

The focus of Yael Davids’ research A Daily Practice is on somatic learning and consists of three phases. The research, supervised by the Van Abbemuseum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, is inspired by the work of Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais. Feldenkrais developed a method for people to change bodily habits from within. This method has played an important role in Davids’ artistic practice in the last years.

Davids’ research has recently brought forth the exhibition ‘A Daily Practice’, which is on view at the Van Abbemuseum until 27 September.

For more information about the Creator Doctus trajectory, please visit: creatordoctus.eu


Image:  Yael Davids, A Reading that Loves, A Physical Act, 2017, Performance documenta 14, Kassel. Foto: Emile Ouroumov