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Events 01|2006

ZKM Symposia

The Role of Pictures in Society.
New Ways of Using Images

An interdisciplinary symposium

01/20/-01/22/2006
ZKM|Media Theater

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Biographies ::::

Hubertus von Amelunxen | Volker Böhnigk | Cornelius Borck | Horst Bredekamp | Peter Chelkowski | Michael Diers | Thomas Dworzak | Tom Fürstner | Jim Gehrz | Philip J. Griffiths | Boris Groys | Wilhelm Krull | Armin Linke | Scott Mc Kiernan | Klaus Neumann-Braun | Susanne Regener | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger | Birgit Richard | Florian Rötzer | Rolf Sachsse | Peter Weibel

Hubertus von Amelunxen

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Born 1958 in Hindelang; Rector of the École européenne supérieure de l'image in Angoulême/Poitiers since 2005; studied German Language and Literature, Romance Languages and Literature, and Art History in Marburg und Paris; doctorate at the University of Mannheim for a thesis on 19th century French literature (Allegory and Photography). Visiting professorships for art history at the University of Basel (1991), for the graduate programme on the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1991–1992), at the Philosophy Faculty of Düsseldorf University (2000-2001) and at the Institut supérieur des beaux-arts (HISK) in Antwerp. From 1995 to 2000 Professor of Cultural Science Studies and Founding Rector of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Project Studies at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel. Senior Visiting Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, and a Faculty Member of the European Graduate School, New York / Saas Fee since 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Founding Director of the ISNM International School of New Media at the University of Lübeck. Since 2003 Member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin.
Numerous publications on literature, art and photography, including: "Die aufgehobene Zeit. Die Erfindung der Photographie durch Henry Fox Talbot", Berlin 1988; "Television – Revolution: Das Ultimatum des Bildes. Rumänien im Dezember 1989", Marburg 1990; "Zaha Hadid and Hélène Binet", Zurich 2000; "Theorie der Photographie IV, 1980-1995", Munich 2000; "Bilan provisoire", Paris 2001.
Curator of numerous exhibitions, including: "Denis Roche – plus de lumière", Vienna / Palais Liechtenstein 1987; "Die aufgehobene Zeit. Die Erfindung der Photographie durch Henry Fox Talbot", Berlin / Neue Nationalgalerie, Paris / Palais Tokyo, 1989/1990; "Photography after Photography", Munich / Praterinsel, Philadelphia / ICA, 1995/96; "Les lieux du Non-Lieu", Munich 1997; "Le territoire en deuil", Arles 1998; "Tomorrow For Ever", Krems, Duisburg 1999/2000.

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Volker Böhnigk

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Dr. Volker Böhnigk has worked as assistant and part-time lecturer at various institutes and universities since 1994.The main focus of his work is on the history of science, political theory, the ideology of National Socialism, and the history of anti-Semitism.
His publications include: "Weltversionen. Wissenschaft zwischen Relativismus und Pluralismus", Passagen Verlag: Wien 1999; "Kant und der Nationalsozialismus. Einige programmatische Bemerkungen über nationalsozialistische Philosophie" [Bonner Philosophische Vorträge und Studien 9], Bonn: Bouvier 2000; "Kulturanthropologie als Rassenlehre. Nationalsozialistische Kulturphilosophie aus der Sicht des Philosophen Erich Rothacker", Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2002; "Achim von Arnim „Über die Kennzeichen des Judentums“. Kommentar zu einem Dokument antisemitischen Denkens", Bonn: University Press 2006; "Die Moderne im Nationalsozialismus", ed. together with Joachim Stamp, Bonn: University Press 2006; "Erlösung durch Vernichtung. Essays zur Ideengeschichte des Nationalsozialismus", Bonn: University Press, due for publication in the third quarter of 2006.

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Cornelius Borck

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Cornelius Borck is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Language of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Before coming to McGill in 2004 as Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, he has been working at the Institute for Science Studies of the University of Bielefeld, the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and directed a research group at the Faculty of Media, Bauhaus University Weimar. By training a philosopher and a medical doctor with research expertise in the neurosciences, Cornelius Borck has recently finished a monograph on the cultural history of electroencephalography. His research pays particular attention to visualization techniques as the interface between knowledge and its objects.

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Horst Bredekamp

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Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp has been Professor of Art History at the Humboldt University in Berlin since 2003 and a Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study since 2003. The honours he has received to date include the Aby M. Warburg Award of the City of Hamburg (1980) and the Sigmund Freud Prize of the German Academy for Language and Literature, Darmstadt (2001). He was Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica (1995) as well as Research Scholar at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles (1998).
Horst Bredekamp is co-publisher of "Aby Warburg. Gesammelte Schriften. Studienausgabe", Pegasus; "Berliner Beiträge zum Nachleben der Antike" (with Arnold Nesselrath); "Bildwelten des Wissens. Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik" (with Gabriele Werner).
His publications include: "Aby Warburg. Akten des internationalen Symposions", Hamburg 1990, Weinheim 1991 (with Michael Diers and Charlotte Schoell-Glass); "Totenkult und Wille zur Macht. Die unruhigen Ruhestätten der Päpste in St. Peter", Darmstadt 2004 (with Volker Reinhardt); "Repräsentation und Bildmagie der Renaissance als Formproblem", Munich 1995; "Thomas Hobbes Visuelle Strategien. Der Leviathan: Das Urbild des modernen Staates", Werkillustrationen und Portraits, Berlin 1999; "Sankt Peter in Rom und das Prinzip der produktiven Zerstörung. Bau und Abbau von Bramante bis Bernini", Berlin 2000; "Die Fenster der Monade. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz' Theater der Natur und Kunst", Berlin 2004.

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Peter Chelkowski

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Peter Chelkowski joined the faculty of NYU as a cultural historian of the Middle East in 1968. His academic background is an intensely multi-cultural, multi-disciplined one. He studied Oriental Philology at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Theater Arts in the School of Drama in the same city. After he moved to London, he studied Islamic Middle Eastern History and Culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Finally, he went to Tehran University to study Persian Literature.
While in Iran, Chelkowski also worked for a charitable organization called CARE Mission. This allowed him to cover Iran to and for to the tune of some seventy thousand miles and to meet all classes of people in the country in a practical capacity. His teaching and writings reflect that education and experience in the field. Within the framework of Islam, whether in the area of Islamic mysticism or that of popular beliefs and rituals, his scholarly interests range from the many and varied uses of the language itself to the role of Islam in architecture and the relation of art to society.
In his graduate courses dealing with Islam in the contemporary world, Chelkowski is primarily concerned with rectifying Western misconceptions of Islam both as a religion and in its various cultural forms.
Selected publications: Mirror of the Invisible World, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975; Ta'ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, New York: NYU Press, 1979; Studies in Art and Literature of the Near East, in Honor of Richard Ettinghausen ed., Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1974; Staging A Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-authored with H. Dabashi, London: Booth-Clilborn Editions, 1999; Community Process and the Performance of Muharram Observances in Trinidad, co-authored with F. Korom, The Drama Review, vol.38 (2), Summer, 1994; Islam in Modern Drama and Theatre, Die Welt des Islam, Leiden, 1984; Narrative Painting and Painting Recitation, Muqarnas, Leiden, 1989.

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Michael Diers

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Professor of Art History at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and Supernumerary Professor of Art History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Main focus of research: art of the Renaissance, the modern age, the 20th century and the contemporary period; photography and the new media; political iconography, art and media theory; history of science.
Publisher for many years of the "kunststück" paperback series, since 2005 of the "Fundus" series; numerous essays and books published on the above topics, including "Warburg aus Briefen" [1991], "Mo[nu]mente" [ed., 1995] "Schlagbilder" [1997], "Der Bevölkerung" [2000, ed. together with K. König]. Due for publication shortly are "Fotografie_Film_Video. Beiträge zu einer kritischen Theorie des Bildes, Kunst und neue Medien" [ed.] and "Edouard Manet: Le chemin de fer/La Gare Saint Lazare".

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Thomas Dworzak

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Thomas Dworzak was born on 23rd June 1972 in Koetzting [Munich]. In 1991 he started to travel and photograph in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. After living in Avila, Prague and Moscow he moved to Tbilisi, Georgia from 1993 until 1998 working on a long time project on the Caucasus and its people, covering the conflicts in Chechnya, Karabakh and Abkhazia. In 2002 he became a Magnum nominee, in 2004 a member.

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Tom Fürstner

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University Professor Thomas Fürstner, born 1964, lives and works in Vienna. Economics degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, professorship at the Institute of Media Art and Fine Arts at the Vienna University of Applied Arts, Visiting Professor at the Danube University Krems.

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Jim Gehrz

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Jim Gehrz is a 20-year veteran of newspaper photojournalism whose powerful, in-depth human interest stories have earned him numerous awards and accolades.
Gehrz earned the designation of Photographer of the Year ten times [four times by the Minnesota News Photographers Association, six by the Wisconsin News Photographers Association], received the 2004 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Award for Photojournalism and one of his photographs from Super Bowl XXXII was honored as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Photograph of the Year. In 2005, Gehrz was named Newspaper Press Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association for his in-depth story on Jessica Clements, a U.S. soldier who suffered a severe brain injury in Iraq. This story headlined Stern's premiere issue of View Magazine, running across an unprecedented 14 pages.
Gehrz began his career at the Worthington Daily Globe in 1985 where he was named Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year. After leaving there, he spent nearly 14 years as a staff photographer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before returning to his home town of St. Paul in 1999 to work for St. Paul Pioneer Press. Gehrz joined the photo staff at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in February 2004.
Gehrz earned a degree in English at Hamline University in Minnesota.

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Philip J. Griffiths
Born l936 in Rhuddlan, Wales, Jones Griffiths studied pharmacy in Liverpool and practiced in London while photographing part time for the Manchester Guardian. In 1961 he became a full-time freelancer for the London Observer. He covered the Algerian War in 1962 then became based in Central Africa, moving from there to Asia. He photographed in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He went back to Vietnam in 1970 and became famous for his 1971 book on the war, "Vietnam Inc.". An associate member of Magnum since 1967, Jones Griffiths became a member in 1971. In 1973 he covered the Yom Kippur War and then worked in Cambodia (1973-75). In 1977 he was based in Thailand, covering Asia. In 1980, Griffiths moved to New York to assume the presidency of Magnum, a post which he held for a record five years. Griffiths's photographs have appeared in every major magazine in the world, and his assignments, often self-given, led him to over 120 countries in all five continents. Griffiths, who has exhibited widely in the US and Europe, continues to work for Life and Géo on such stories as Buddhism in Cambodia, Drought in India, Poverty in Texas, The Re-greening of Vietnam, and the legacy of the War in Kuwait. Griffiths's publications include: "Vietnam Inc." (1971), "Bangkok" (1979), "Philip Jones Griffiths: una vision retrospectiva 1952-1988" (1992), "Dark Odyssey" (1996).

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Boris Groys

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Boris Groys, born 1947 in East Berlin, read Philosophy and Mathematics at Leningrad University and worked at various scientific institutes in Russia before leaving for West Germany in 1981. He subsequently took up guest professorships in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Since 1994, Boris Groys has been Professor of Philosophy, the Aesthetics of Art and Art Theory, and Media Theory at the Karlsruhe State College of Design. He came to prominence in Germany primarily as a result of his essays on intellectual and art history in 20th century Russia and through his interpretation of Soviet culture as "Stalin's total art work".
Groys' key publications include: "Gesamtkunstwerk Stalin", Munich 1988; "Über das Neue. Versuch einer Kulturökonomie", Munich 1992; "Die Erfindung Russlands", Munich 1995; Die Kunst der Installation [with Ilja Kabakov], Munich 1996; "Unter Verdacht. Eine Phänomenologie der Medien", Munich 2000; "Politik der Unsterblichkeit. Vier Gespräche mit Thomas Knöfel", Munich 2002.
His recently published book "Topologie der Kunst" takes the relationship between museum space and its profane surroundings as the point of departure for a new look at where [contemporary] art stands.

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