Traces of power – Media

  • Herlinde Koelbl and Bernhard Pörksen
  • Dialogue Series Photography & Science
  • In dialogue

The photographer Herlinde Koelbl became known with her long-term documentation of German politicians* such as Angela Merkel, Joschka Fischer and Gerhard Schröder. Under her analytical eye, she created haunting documentary portraits over several years. Together with the Tübingen media scientist Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen, the questions will be addressed: How does the appearance of persons in a powerful office change? In what way does the medium of photography serve here as an instrument for staging one’s own person?

Location: Institute of Psychology, Lecture Hall II, Hauptstraße 47-51, 69117 Heidelberg
Language: German

The dialogue series is a cooperative event of the German-American Institute, the Institute of European Art History at the University of Heidelberg and the Biennale of Contemporary Photography.

With the kind support of the city of Heidelberg, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and the Friedrich Foundation

What is the relationship between artistic photography and science? Renowned photographic artists* and scientists* from various disciplines will discuss these issues from 16 January to 2 April 2020 in the eight-part international dialogue series “Photography & Science”. The artistic works form the starting point for a cross-disciplinary questioning of the medium and show the potential of photography to blur both areas together.

Admission is free.