Rachel Mader

Rachel Mader

Rachel Mader is an art researcher. Since 2012 she has directed the competence centre Art, Design & Public Spheres at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art


  • Dear Ariel October Jakisa, you're absolutely right: it is an up and down when it comes to motivation and achievements, but in the end all of it is fruitful and productive. It helps to exchange exactly on these ups and downs with others in order to remark that this is part of any PhD process. I wish you a rich experience!

  • Hi and welcome! Nice to have you here and curious to read more about your discoveries!

  • ...and even Miro can be a good tool, especially for trying the map ideas and link them - on a deeper level - with information.

  • @SanjaBerger
    Dear Sanja, sounds like a lot of tempting and promising topics and ways you can take! Especially the kombucha leather (I only know the drink ;-)) seems to be a good starting point for a multilayerd but still focussed interest. Is there something that can be seen/read already from this project? I'm curious to sea how you go on with that!

  • Welcome Rakibul Islam, it's a pleasure to have you here and looking forward to hear more about your interests and perhaps even steps towards a PhD!

  • Hey Sanja, sounds very timely and exciting! Are you already considering certain topics for a PhD?

  • Hi, Marianne, thanks for sharing your thoughts and plans! I'm very curious to hear more about them, also because I consider landscape - real and metaphorical - as a very stimulating point of departure. We have been working with topography in the context of artistic research, perhaps you want to check out the website of the conference we organised:...

  • Hi Geetha, sounds like a very interesting and topical issue indeed! The localization of images is an important subject considering not only the constantly growing amount, but also the multiple ways of distribution and even possibilities of manipulating. Knowing how images can be located and understood seems to me an important cultural technique for our time.

  • Hi Rosina, I guess what you describe is exactly what happens when doing a PhD in the arts: stand back and reflect about your choices that - in a first step - might have been rather intuitively. Most of the time it's a very enriching journey, even there are irritating moments every once in a while.

  • Hi Pippa, sounds like a super interesting and timley subject! How is searching for supervision going on? In which areas or subjects are you looking?

  • These are very exciting and important questions that you raise. In recent years, collectivity has become a much discussed topic not only in art but also in research. It is also a consequence of the realisation that current social challenges can no longer be solved from a single or even isolated perspective, that rather united efforts are needed. There is now a...

  • That's very true! Discussions among peers are very fundamental for the research! Also because you can initiate them when needed.

  • You name an important and topical issue: the role of images in society. Will you do research on this?

  • Do you already have an idea on how to start this clarifications? I would be curious to hear your first thoughts!

  • Hi Maike, curious to hear more about your experiences. Let us know!

  • Hi Leila, would you like to share in more detail what your unresolved methodolgy issues are? I'm sure others would profit from knowing more as well.

  • Hi Adam, thanks for sharing your plans! Hopefully you will find what you are looking for. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences!

  • Hi everyone, my name is Rachel Mader and I am one of the lead educators of this course
    Happy to meet you here and I'm looking forward to your questions and suggestions!

  • Critical thinking for me means to insist in the complexity of thoughts and arguments and always looking under the surface of things.