Art History

Vorlesung techné

Lecture techné

In autumn, the DFG research group Dimensions of techné will begin its work, which is concerned with artistic work processes and the factors that make these work processes possible. These include the techniques and materials used in production, but also the procedural knowledge that is passed on in texts or illustrations, the art theory that formulates the evaluation standards for technical achievements, and the narratives that charge artistic action with meaning. In order to make these questions fruitful for teaching, despite current limitations, we are organising an inter-university lecture in which the group's projects as well as projects from their environment will be presented, illuminating 'art-making' from different perspectives.

Inter-university lecture on aspects of artistic production.

Organiser: Prof. Dr. Magdalena Bushart, Department of Art History at the Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies, TU Berlin

Wednesdays, 18.15-19.00 (weekly)

Start: 11.11.2020

Meeting-ID: 647 5102 0335
Kenncode: 504378



Magdalena Bushart, Karin Leonhard, Christina Lechtermann, Henrike Haug, Robert Felfe, Wolf Löhr, Friedrich Steinle 

Dimensions of Techne in the Arts: Introducing the Research Group

18. 11. 2020

Prof. Dr Karin Leonhard (University of Konstanz)

The Art of Memory. The invisible worlds of David Bailly


Prof. Dr Christina Lechtermann (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Techne narratives in vernacular prints of the 16th century. A literary reading

02. 12. 2020

PD. Dr Henrike Haug (University of Cologne)

Of good and bad news. Assessing inventions in the early modern period


Prof. Dr. Wolf Löhr (FU Berlin)

Not speaking, making. Eloquent tools in Cellini's and Michelangelo's work

16. 12. 2020

Prof. Dr. Robert Felfe (Karl Franzens University, Graz)

Multiple Causes of Images - Problem and Promise of Pictorial Practices in Early Modernity and Modernity


Not applicable


Prof. Dr Friedrich Steinle, Giulia Simonini MA (TU Berlin)

"Pure colours" and their dyes in the three-colour theory


Prof. Dr. Magdalena Bushart (TU Berlin)

Authorship in the Woodcut

27. 01. 2021

Prof. Dr. Betina Uppenkamp (University of Fine Arts, Hamburg)

The refinement of the hand. Hendrick Goltzius' feather tricks


Prof. Dr. Daniela Bohde (University of Stuttgart)

The drawing hand - a topos in art historical research


Dr Joanna Olchawa (Goethe University Frankfurt)

The hammer - tool, attribute and cult object

17. 02. 2021

Prof. Dr. Veronica Biermann (Burg Giebichenstein, Halle University of the Arts)

The heaviest load movements in architecture or of the pitfalls in art, technology, design, mechanics and machine

Built Images. Architecture and Social Change in Eastern Europe between 1500 and 2000

Lecture series as part of the lecture series Art and Technology (winter semester 2017/2018)

No other artistic medium is expected to have such a lasting aesthetic and symbolic effect as architecture: it should convincingly present political and private claims, usually in monumental form, while at the same time functioning as a building and guaranteeing its permanent presence through the use of appropriate materials and techniques. In eastern Central Europe, a large region already characterised by cultural diversity, the political, social and confessional conflicts over the centuries produced a highly heterogeneous architecture with distinct visual qualities, the study of which requires a detailed historical perspective beyond aspects of architectural history.

The lectures in the lecture series will examine the expectations to which buildings and their architecture were subjected and how they fulfilled them on the basis of a wide range of examples from 1500 to the year 2000. Among others, the construction of the Jesuit Church in Poznan, urban planning objectives in Gdansk and the redesign of the Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow after the Second World War will be discussed; experts from the universities in Gdansk, Poznan, Krakow and Leipzig have been invited.

The lecture series is organised within the framework of the Professorship for the Arts in East Central Europe funded by the Federal Commissioner for Media and Culture on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.

6 pm | Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies | Department of Art History Straße des 17. Juni 150/152 | Lecture Hall A 053

Concept and organisation: Rafał Makała and Andreas Huth


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Jacek Friedrich (Gdańsk)

Rebirth in Old Clothes? - The Reconstruction of Gdansk in the Years 1949-2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2017

Tadeusz J. Zuchowski (Poznań)

Technical problems of Italian builders on Polish soil. Foundation and Construction of the Jesuit Church in Poznań (Posen)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wojtech Balus (Kraków)

The Dematerialisation of the Unwanted Heritage - the Materialisation of Appearance. The Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow after the Second World War

Stories from the production. Contemporary artists in conversation

Lecture series in summer semester 2016

In contemporary art, production processes are often deliberately made visible in the work. The technically perfect work has been replaced by an aesthetic of production. And in art theory and art studies, too, there is a renewed interest in concrete production conditions in the contemporary world of work.

The lecture series takes these developments as an opportunity to talk to contemporary artists about the material production and realisation of their works. What role do technical production processes play in the conception of the work? What do production processes look like today, when autonomous creation in the studio is losing importance? How are collaboration and the division of labour organised in concrete terms? What role do the historical narratives of technical processes play, which can be taken up and confirmed, but also changed and reinterpreted? What poetics do certain (retro) techniques open up for reception? And what subversive possibilities does technology offer for breaking down binary gender orders?

In conversation, artists explain their working methods, their handling of technology and provide insights into the processes of production with photography, film, printing techniques, painting and other media.

6 pm | Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies | Department of Art History Straße des 17. Juni 150/152 | Lecture Hall A 060

Concept & Organisation: Bärbel Küster and Stefanie Stallschus



Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Dierk Schmidt

Introduction by Bärbel Küster and Stefanie Stallschus         

Dierk Schmidt in conversation about painting

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Ricarda Roggan

Ricarda Roggan in conversation about photography

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Eva Grubinger

Eva Grubinger in conversation about sculpture

Wednesday, 06 July 2016

Via Lewandowsky

Via Lewandowsky in conversation about installation

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Mischa Kuball 

Mischa Kuball in conversation about light art

Material-aesthetic perspectives on media in contemporary art

Lecture series as part of the lecture series Art and Technology (summer semester 2014)

A glittering sea of thousands of slides, the sound of rattling film projectors, black irregular webs from the inkjet printer. For some time now, contemporary art has again been increasingly staging the material foundations of technical images, resulting in an emphasis on the sensual quality of apparatus, image carriers and other equipment in the staging in the exhibition space. This is more than nostalgia in the face of technical progress and the rapid obsolescence of technical systems that accompanies it. The artistic examination of the special materiality of technical media has a history that goes back to the 19th century. The lectures in the lecture series deal with this history and current developments from different perspectives that include curatorial and artistic practice in addition to art studies.

6 pm | Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies | Department of Art History Straße des 17. Juni 150/152 | Lecture Hall A 053

Concept & Organisation: Stefanie Stallschus


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Stefanie Stallschus

On the "Real Time" of Historical Experience. Projection apparatuses in installations of contemporary art

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Philipp Goldbach

Factures of Photography. Work presentation and artist talk

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Annette Urban

Immaterial Images and the Materiality of Apparatus - Slide Installations in Art since 1970

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Renate Buschmann 

Media art between historical performance practice and curatorial staging

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Ann-Sophie Lehmann 

When was Post-Digital? On the Impossibility of a Digital Aesthetic

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tim Otto Roth 

ars projectans - on the physics of silhouettes