Lecture: Creative Activities in Space. On Works of Art and Encapsulated Spaces


Lecture by Dr. Kirsten Johannsen

Art in space, art underground, art on the water or at extreme heights — in her lecture Kirsten Johannsen presents unusual works of art, which have been made for people in unusual spatial situations. She also presents sites that lie beyond the typical realm in which art is viewed and received. Using the example of manned space flight, Johannsen discusses the categories of “limitlessness,” “placelessness,” “sensorialness,” “homelikeliness,” and “closenessness” and articulates the demands that they place on the artist, artwork, and viewer.

Artist Kirsten Johannsen received her doctorate at the University of Plymouth (GB), examining artistic practices in isolated spatial settings. Her works are included in the collection of the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, and the Neue Berliner Kunstverein. In addition to teaching at the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, the Berlin University of the Arts, and the Zurich University of the Arts, she has given many talks on spatial aspects of media design.

An event hosted by the Frankfurt maecenia for women in science and the arts foundtation in cooperation with the Frankfurter Kunstverein.