ZiF Research Group

Horst Bredekamp's Theory of Image Acts

Author's Colloquium with Horst Bredekamp
Date: 5 - 6 April 2018

Convenors: Karlheinz Lüdeking (Berlin, GER), Johannes Grave (Bielefeld, GER)

For more than four decades Horst Bredekamp, one of todays leading art historians, has developed a highly original theory about the power of images. The book Der Bildakt, his most comprehensive analysis of the topic, has meanwhile been translated into six languages. (An English version was published in 2017 under the title Image Acts – A Systematic Approach to Visual Agency.) The symposium at the ZiF brought together 18 outstanding experts from different disciplines (art history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, media studies, anthropology, paleontology, biology, and others) in order to assess the potential of Bredekamp's theory. In the course of intense and controversial discussions it became clear that it has already stimulated all sorts of innovative research in various different fields so that there is good reason to assume that this will continue in the future.


Thomas Bechinger (Stuttgart, GER), Gottfried Boehm (Basel, SUI), Aida Bosch (Erlangen, GER), Horst Bredekamp (Berlin, GER), Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser (Neuwied, GER), Hans Peter Hahn (Frankfurt am Main, GER), Reinhard Hoeps (Münster, GER), Ulrike Kadi (Wien, AUT), Margit Kern (Hamburg, GER), Tanja Klemm (Konstanz, GER), Marion Lauschke (Berlin, GER), Frank Liedtke (Leipzig, GER), John A. Nyakatura (Berlin, GER), Wolfgang Prinz (Leipzig, GER), Erhard Schüttpelz (Siegen, GER), Stefan Trinks (Berlin, GER)

Please direct questions concerning the organisation of the workshop to Marina Hoffmann at the Conference Office. Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.

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