Strengthen the Humanities. MediaArtHistories, Image Science & the Archive 2.0

Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Habil. Oliver Grau.

Today's German-language visual studies or Bildwissenschaft on one hand and the Anglo-Saxon Visual Culture on the other are standing before the substantial challenges after their ca. 2 decades-long history. In particular the creation of a new academic environment has remained an important desideratum of the ambitiously formulated programs to provide an optimal methodological model for the study of images of all kinds. The lecture series has therefore set a goal to deepen an interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue between the two cultures of image-oriented studies by presenting the paradigmatic positions and discussing the current thinking focused on Images, Visiblity and Visuality.

Prof. Dr. Habil. Oliver Grau was appointed in 2005 the first Chair Professor of Image Science in the German speaking countries. His books include Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, Cambridge/Mass., MIT-Press 2003, Mediale Emotionen, Frankfurt 2005, MediaArtHistories, MIT-Press 2007, Imagery of the 21st Century, MIT-Press 2011. He was invited to more than 200 lectures world wide, is translated in 12 languages and received various awards.His research focuses on the history of media art, the history of immersion and emotions and the history, idea, and culture of telepresence, genetic art, and artificial intelligence.

Grau's book "Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion", MIT Press (2003 book of the month Scientific American), offered for the first time a historic comparison and evolution in image-viewer theory of immersion as well as a systematic analysis of the triad of artist, artwork and beholder under the conditions of digital art.

Bildwissenschaft & Visual Culture

In 2013 and 2014, the Department of Art and Cultural Studies (IKK) organizes a lecture series 'Bildwissenschaft & Visual Culture' as a starting point of the newly established Strategic Partnership in Arts and Culture with the Goethe-Institut Dänemark.
The lecture series will be opened by Oliver Grau.

Other scheduled lectures of the series in 2013 include: 

  • Norbert Schneider (Friday, 4 October 2013, KUA, 23.0.50)
  • Horst Bredekamp (Friday, 15 November 2013, KUA, 23.0.50)
  • Whitney Davis (Friday, 22 November 2013, KUA, 23.0.50)

After each public talk the speakers will be available for questions and discussion.

For more information about the lecture series go to: