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.
The Hamburg studio of G. Koppmann & Co. (1865-1915). Photographs between Inclination to Modernization and Monument Conservation (since 2014)
From 1865 to 1915 the G. Koppmann & Co. studio took photos on behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City. They captured images of the urban transformation between the construction of Hamburg's freeport, demolition of the Gängeviertel (urban slums) and the technical modernization of the urban infrastructure. For the first time this huge and unique photo archive will be systematically analyzed and contextualized from a cultural-historical perspective.
Sabrina Werner is cultural and art historian and works at the German Lost Art Foundation.
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.