Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7 pm
Der fotografische Blick

Panel discussion with Doreen Mende (curator and theoretician, Berlin / Geneva), Michael Oppitz (professor emeritus in ethnology, University Zurich and head of the Ethnographic Museum Zurich), and Katharina Sykora (professor in art history, Braunschweig University of Art), moderated by Anselm Franke (head of visual arts and film, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)

In German
Free admission

Nach Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents works by Candida Höfer, which visualize the range of artistic views by the well-known photographer – from the wealth of forms to basic forms, from the view on the multifarious whole to the concentration on the abstract detail and from the static to the moving image. Based on this extensive oeuvre, experts will discuss aspects of image theory that characterize Candida Höfer’s works – in particular the most recent ones.

Anselm Franke is an author, art critic and curator, and since the beginning of 2013, head of the Department of Visual Arts, Film, Digital Media at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He was the curator of the Shanghai Biennale (2014/2015) and the Taipei Biennial (2012), as well as co-curator of the Forum Expanded program at the Berlin International Film Festival (2012), the 1st Brussels Biennial (2008) and Manifesta 7 in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (with Adam Budak, Hila Peleg, Raqs Media Collective, 2008). From 2006 to 2010, Franke was the director of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp and from 2001 to 2006, exhibition director of Kunst-Werke - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Doreen Mende is a curator and theoretician. She examines geopolitical constellations, image technologies, economics, display and boundaries of knowledge. Exhibitions, publications and projects with KP Brehmer, Candida Höfer, Armin Linke and Behnam Sadighi, as well as:
Travelling Communiqué (2013/2014), Doppelte Ökonomien (double economies) (2012/2013), Fehler #5 (mistake #5) (2007), Ear Appeal (2006) and the practice-led PhD The Itinerant (2014). She was a research fellow of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut (2011) and a blog resident of the Manifesta Journal (2013/2014). Mende is a founding member of General Public and the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin. Since 2015, she also is the director and a professor of the CCC Research Master Programme and PhD Forum at HEAD, Geneva School of Art and Design.

Michael Oppitz studied in Berkeley, Bonn and Cologne. In 1974, he submitted his thesis on the history of structural anthropology. In 1986, he habilitated with a study on the marriage to one’s cross cousin (both writings were published by Suhrkamp). Field studies in the Himalayas with the Sherpa (1965), the Magar (1977-1984), the Naxi in Yunnan (1995-1996) and the Qiang in Sichuan (2000-2001). Guest professorships in England, France and the USA, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Zurich from 1991 to 2008, and Director of the Ethnographic Museum there, emeritus since 2008. Oppitz published numerous books on kinship, mythology, rituals, shamanism, visual anthropology and material culture, most recently:
Morphologie der Schamanentrommel (the morphology of the shaman drum) (2013); a new study on the myth of the lost writing is currently in progress.

Katharina Sykora studied art history at the universities of Würzburg and Heidelberg as well as film studies in Frankfurt / Main. From 1985, she worked as a research associate at the feminist archive and documentation center, Frankfurt / Main and at Kunsthalle Mannheim. From 1994 to 2000, Sykora was a professor of art history with a focus on gender research at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2001, she has been a professor at the Institute for Aesthetics & Art History at the Braunschweig University of Art. Since 2013, she has also been head of the DFG graduate course “Das Fotografische Dispositiv” (the photographic dispositif).