Chair of Art Theory & Curating

Current Research Projects

FEINART - The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art

Project Management: Prof John Roberts, University of Wolverhampton, Coordinator | Prof Dr Karen van den Berg, ZU, chairwoman of the supervisory board & training coordinator | Björn Þorsteinsson, Háskóli Íslands | Dr Angela Dimitrakaki, University of Edinburgh

Duration: 01.03.2020 till 28.02.2024

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Project Heads: Prof John Roberts, University of Wolverhampton, Coordinator | Prof Dr Karen van den Berg, ZU, chairwoman of the supervisory board & training coordinator | Björn Þorsteinsson, Háskóli Íslands | Dr Angela Dimitrakaki, University of Edinburgh


Project Duration: from 01.03.2020 till 28.02.2024


Part of the research cluster on Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation is the research project “FEINART – The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art”. FEINART is an extensive collaborative project between degree-awarding research centres in political philosophy, art theory and practice, curatorial studies, and cultural management on the one hand, and arts institutions—mainly from the European independent arts sector—on the other. This collaboration marks the first interdisciplinary and holistic investigation of the democratic role and function of socially engaged art in Europe. As part of this aim, FEINART will train 11 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in the relevant academic and non-academic skills required to engage with the challenges of this changing artistic and cultural landscape. The 11 ESRs will be spread across four academic beneficiaries (University of Wolverhampton, England; University of Iceland; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Zeppelin University, Germany) and seven partner organisations (Tensta Konsthall, Sweden; BAK—basis voor actuele kunst, Netherlands; State of Concept Athens, Greece; W-Est, Italy; tranzit.ro, Romania; Teatr Scena Prezentacje (Biennale Warsawa), Poland; and Icelandic University of the Arts). The selected partner organisations represent an exemplary cross-section of small-scale and larger independent spaces—project spaces, cultural centres, art labs, and research hubs—working under different demands and expectations and all providing invaluable support and resources to artists working in the area of socially engaged practice. As such, the FEINART training programme will provide invaluable data about the distribution, impact, and role of socially engaged art in Europe that will contribute to future funding policy recommendations, in particular in relation to state support of art beyond the traditional museum and various debates on art and public culture. 

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Contact

van den Berg, Karen
van den Berg, Karen Prof Dr phil
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1311
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1399
Room:FAB 3 | 1.43
Usadel, Marie-Sophie
Usadel, Marie-Sophie
Assistant to the Artsprogram | Academic Administrative Support
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1306
Room:FAB 03 | 1.52
Spöhrer, Rahel Gloria
Spöhrer, Rahel Gloria
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1315
Room:FAB 3 | 1.33

The Value of Art and the Late Bourgeois Culture of Semiocapitalism

Project Management: Dr. phil. Philipp Kleinmichel

Duration: 30.08.2019 till 15.01.2022

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Atlas for University Architecture. Spectacular New Buildings, Innovative Work Arrangements, and new Addressing Schemes
Project Management: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg, Prof. Dr. phil. Markus Rieger-Ladich (Universität Tübingen)
Projektbearbeitung: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg, Prof. Dr. phil. Markus Rieger-Ladich (Universität Tübingen)
Duration: von 01.06.2016 bis 31.12.2020

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Wie arbeiten Künstler/innen im 21. Jahrhundert? Kooperationsmodelle, Studiopraxis und Wissensproduktion im Kunstfeld
Project Management: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution: Karen van den Berg, Ursula Pasero, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Ulrike Shepherd
Duration: from 01.07.2008 until 01.12.2020
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Identitätsstiftende Effekte der Architektur
(Teilprojekt 4 des IBH Projektes "Regionale Wertschöpfung durch Architektur und Baukultur in der Bodenseeregion")
Projektbeginn: 01.01. 2020
Projektende: 31.12.2021
Projektbearbeitung: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg; Dr. des. Eva Zepp
Kooperationspartner: Janine Schiller, lic.phil. / MAS ETH gta Direktion Departement Kulturanalysen und Vermittlung ZHdK (Projektleitung); Dr. Clarissa Rhomberg, Universität Liechtenstein Universität Liechtenstein

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Completed Research Projects

Politik des Zeigens
Project Management: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Duration: from 01.01.2008 until 30.09.2020
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Moving Archive – Archive für soziale Plastik
Project Management: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution: Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg, Ul­ri­ke She­pherd, Chris­tof Salz­mann, Dr. Philipp Kleinmichel
Duration: from 01.08.2015 until 31.12.2019
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Dilettantismus - Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft einer Verweigerungspraxis

Project Management & Execution: Dr. phil. Joachim Landkammer
Project Duration: from 01.08.2018 until 01.08.2019

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Working Utopias
Project Management: Dr. Anke Strauß
Project Execution: Dr. Anke Strauß, Christina Ciupke
Duration: from 01.01.2016 until 28.02.2019

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School Architecture: Cultural Observations and Power Analysis
Project Head: Prof. Dr. Markus Rieger-Ladich (Universität Tübingen); Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Duration: from 01.01.2008 until 31.12.2017
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Visual Aethetics Edition of selected writings of Michael Bockemühl
Project Head: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg, Christina Buck, MA
Project Duration: from 01.01.2014 until 30.11.2016
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Beyond the Barrack
Project Head: Dr. Christine Schranz
Project Execution: Dr. Christine Schranz
Project Duration: from 01.03.2013 until 31.01.2016
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IMAGINARY ARCHIVE. Zeppelin University Edition. Gregory Sholette, Marcel Kalberer & Participants
Project Head: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution:
Project Duration: from 12.09.2015 until 26.11.2015

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Künstlermonographie Andrea Wolfensberger
Project Head: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg
Project Execution: Prof. Dr. phil. Karen van den Berg, Irene Müller
Project Duration: from 01.01.2006 until 28.02.2007
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