aspect-ratio 10x9 Prof. Dr. Matthias Bruhn

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bruhn, Photo: Michelle Mantel (© HfG Karlsruhe)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bruhn will take over the chair of Art History and Media Philosophy at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design for the winter term 2018/19. Most recently, he was head of the research group "The Technical Picture" at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

A focus of his work sees Prof. Dr. Matthias Bruhn in the elaboration of the creative aspects that characterize today's scientific image production, especially with regard to the life sciences and their representation problems. The mechanization and digitization of the pictorial not only creates new connections between the disciplines, but also shows to what extent 'design' touches all areas of life. Last but not least, it affects the production and safeguarding of knowledge. In the academic year 2016/17, Bruhn was Visiting professor for Art Research at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Now back in Karlsruhe, he will be offering events spanning both epochs and disciplins based on the unique integrative structure of the university and also contributing to cooperations with the scientific and cultural institutions of the city. In his inaugural lecture on Tuesday, the 11th of December at 19 o'clock in the big studio he will present himself as well as the main focuses of his research and teaching.

After completing his studies in art history and philosophy in Hamburg, Bruhn obtained his doctorate with a dissertation on the correspondence of the French painter Nicolas Poussin. In 2001, he was one of the co-founders of the network "ArtHist", which has developed into a worldwide used information service in art history. As director of the research center "Politische Ikonografie" at the Warburg-Haus in Hamburg, his research focused on the historical forms of political representation, on the basis of media-economic factors of visual communication, especially the importance of photo agencies. With this topic Bruhn was a scholarship holder of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, whose board of trustees he belongs to today. After a stopover in Cottbus in 2005 he took over the Berlin department "The Technical Picture", which is dedicated to the analysis of scientific forms of visualization. Bruhn is also a member of the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Design" and its successor "Matters of Activity", which will be collaborating over 40 different disciplines over the next seven years.

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