On the History of the Photobooth in Germany (since 2010)
The history of the photobooth goes back over more than one hundred years, and is deeply rooted in Germany. In my research project, I examine the photobooth from historical and aesthetic perspectives with a special focus on its artefacts, the photobooth photos, as objects and their different functions.
Klaas Dierks does his PhD at HfbK Hamburg.
Masks, Ghosts, Spheres. The Construction and Appearance of the Third in the Collages of John Stezaker (since 2016)
The collages of John Stezaker combine outmoded filmstills, postcards and publicity shots of actors long forgotten. Relating to both Surrealism and Dadaism, the collages reflect upon contemporary concepts of appropriating images from the media as well. In different series Stezaker manages to disturb the coherent experience of the image as a whole by cutting up and overlaying images from different sources. The combination of two images creates a third one that resides in the space between. It was Roland Barthes who examined the third sense in some Eisenstein filmstills as a mode of the image between movement and standstill, that becomes visible when the floating image of the film gets interrupted and lays open its photographic origin. Nevertheless is the third a term that undermines every binary opposition and opens up long established structures in theory as in perception.
Film Experience between Cinema and Museum. The self-reflexive Aesthetics in the Films of John Smith. (since 2017)
Recent years have seen an growing presence of films in art contexts like galleries and museums. The British artist-filmmaker John Smith is one of the important European figures in the field of experimental film and audio-visual art. In my monographic dissertation project I will examine and analyse his artistic work systematically. An important focus will be the analysis of his film aesthetics that conceives film consistently as a medial construction by using various strategies of filmic self-reflexion.
Jula Schürmann is lecturer for artistic media practice with a focus on film and photography.
Structure and Function of Comics from the Perspective of Aesthetics. Intermedial image structures, sense of style, imagination. (since 2010-2018)
Apart from media- and literary studies there are ways of establishing meaning in the comics that can be analyzed especially with methods of image studies. The answer to the question of what exactly is a comci rests a multidisciplinary project. The dissertation is part of the answer.
Die Bilder des Comics
When Derrida meets Snow White ... Film Pedagogics and [Deconstruction] of Gender Stereotypes (2003–2007)
Published at kopaed verlag, Munich 2008
From 2003 to 2008, Sebastian Schädler was research assistant at the University of Bremen. Since 2008 he is Professor at the Evangelische Hochschule Berlin.