Hubertus von Amelunxen

Walter Benjamin Chair, Professor of Cultural Studies

Hubertus von Amelunxen

Biography

Hubertus von Amelunxen (b. 1958) is a theorist, curator, and artist. He is a former professor of cultural studies at Muthesius-Hochschule Kiel, and a visiting professor of art history at the University of Basel (1991), the University of California, Santa Cruz (History of Consciousness program, 1991–92), the Philosophy Faculty of Düsseldorf University (2000-01) and the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts (HISK) in Antwerp. In 2003, he was elected a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and in 2010, he was appointed President of the College of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, Germany.

He holds the Walter Benjamin Chair at The European Graduate School / EGS where he acted as Provost from 2013 until 2018. He now teaches at the Saas Fee Summer Art Institute, which has no relation with The European Graduate School.

Von Amelunxen studied Romance Languages and Literature (French, Spanish), German, and Art History in Marburg (Philipps-Universität) and Paris (École Normale Supérieure), and finished his PhD at the University of Mannheim with a thesis on nineteenth century French literature (Allegory and Photography). He was a Founding Director and Professor at the International School for New Media in Lübeck (Germany). Additionally, he is a Senior Visiting Curator for Photography and New Media at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal (Canada).

Longtime editor of Fotogeschichte, a leading journal on photography, he has published numerous books, chapters in books and articles in the fields of photography, media theory and poststructuralism.

Professor von Amelunxen’s recent books include Cy Twombly: Photographs Iii: 1951-2010(2011). In 2010, he co-authored the bilingual book (German-English) volume Landscape Without Horizon: Proximity and Distance in Contemporary Photography(Landschaft ohne Horizont). In 2007, he collaborated with Victor Burgin in editing and writing the epilogue of Victor Burgin: Voyage to Italy. He has also co-authored Bilan Provisoire (Provisional Report), 2001, for which he wrote the text on the pictures of the French photographer Jean-Philippe Reverdot. In 2000, he contributed to the influential theoretical German series of books Theorie der Fotografie (Theory of Photography).

Professor von Amelunxen has curated many international exhibitions since 1989, among them “Photography after Photography” (which toured in Europe and the USA in 1995 and 1996), “Les lieux du Non-Lieu”, Munich (1997); “Le territoire en deuil”, Arles (1998); “Tomorrow For Ever – Photographie als Ruine”, Krems, Duisburg (1999/2000). In collaboration with Dieter Appelt and Peter Weibel, he curated the exhibit “Notation: Calculus and Form in the Arts” (2008/2009), which was created and presented at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin in 2008, and at ZKM, Karlsruhe in 2009.

Works

Books

En Passant: 1986-1990, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Manfred Paul. En Passant: 1986-1990. Spector Books, 2015. ISBN: 3944669959

Michael Wesely: Portraits 1988-2013, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Ludwig Seyfarth. Michael Wesely: Portraits 1988-2013. Distanz Verlag, 2013. ISBN: 3954760436

Stefan Heyne: Speak to Me, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Stefan Gronert, and Karin Irvine. Stefan Heyne: Speak to Me. Hatje Cantz, 2012. ISBN: 3775732772

Cy Twombly: Photographs III 1951-2010, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Cy Twombly: Photographs III 1951-2010. Schirmer/Mosel, 2011. ISBN: 3829605374

Jacob Jensen: Large Image Collider, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Jacob B. Jensen. Jacob Jensen: Large Image Collider. Argobooks, 2010. ISBN: 3941560654

Copy, Archive, Signature: A Conversation on Photography, von Amelunxen, Huberts, and Jacques Derrida. Copy, Archive, Signature: A Conversation on Photography. Translated by Jeff Fort. Stanford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0804760977

Elger Esser: Nocturenes à Giverny. Claude Monet’s Garden, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Elger Esser: Nocturenes à Giverny. Claude Monet’s Garden. Schirmer/Mosel, 2012. ISBN: 3829605781

Notation: Kalkül und Form in den Künsten, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Dieter Appelt, and Peter Weibel. Notation: Kalkül und Form in den Künsten. Fürst & Iven, 2008. ISBN: 3883311235

Cinéma, Interactivité, Société, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Cinéma, Interactivité, Société. Biennale: Figures of Interactivity. Poitiers, 2008.

Workshop VITRA, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Richard McGuire. Workshop VITRA. Domaine du Boisbuchet, 2008.

Eric Rondepierre, Reversals, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Eric Rondepierre. Reversals (Umkehrungen). Villa Oppenheim, 2008.

Notabene, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Dieter Appelt. Notabene. Villa Oppenheim, 2008.

Vom Werden und Vergehen der Bilder, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Edgar Lissel, Martin Hochleitner, Inge Nevole, and Claudia Weinzierl. Vom Werden und Vergehen der Bilder. Edgar Lissel. Schlebrügger, 2008. ISBN: 3851601394

Katharina Sieverding, in Austria, 1964-2008: Vol. 1, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Katharina Sieverding, Barbara Wally, Manfred Hermes, Sabeth Buchmann, Rainer Bellenbaum, Lucien Kaiser, and Rudolf Schmitz. Katharina Sieverding, in Austria, 1964-2008: Vol. 1. Edited by Michael Mauracher. Fotohofedition, 2008. ISBN: 3902675004

Tangente IV – Naoya Hatakeyama, Scale, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Tangente IV – Naoya Hatakeyama, Scale. CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2007.

Peter Greenaway – L’avenir dure longtemps. A Retrospective, Symposium, Concert and Three Exhibits about and with Peter Greenaway, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Peter Greenaway – L’avenir dure longtemps. A Retrospective, Symposium, Concert and Three Exhibits about and with Peter Greenaway. 2007.

Tangente III – Victor Burgin, Voyage to Italy, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Tangente III – Victor Burgin, Voyage to Italy. CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2006. ISBN: 3775718869

Gordon Matta-Clark, Moment to Moment: Space, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. Gordon Matta-Clark, Moment to Moment: Space. Academy of Fine Arts, 2007.

Medebach, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Petra Wittmar. Medebach. Steidl, 2007. ISBN: 3865214347

Forth Bridge: Tangent 2: Metric Space / Forth Bridge-Cinema: Espace Metrique, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Dieter Appelt, and Louise Desy. Forth Bridge: Tangent 2: Metric Space / Forth Bridge-Cinema: Espace Metrique. Müller, 2006. ISBN: 3037780487

Theorie der Fotografie: Komplett in einem Band: 1839-1995, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Wolfgang Kemp. Theorie der Fotografie: Komplett in einem Band: 1839-1995. Schirmer/Mosel, 2006. ISBN: 3829602391

0/1 Dataflow, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Henrik Spohler. 0/1 Dataflow. Edition Braus, 2004. ISBN: 3899041240

MarkOut of the box: price rossi sterling + matta clark 2003-2004, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Mark Wigley, Anthony Vidler, and Philipp Ursprung. MarkOut of the box: price rossi sterling + matta clark 2003 – 2004. 2004.

Ulrich Deimel und Petra Wittmar: Those Twenties / Jene zwanziger Jahre: Those Twenties – Photography of Architecture in Rhine Westphalia, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Wolfgang Pehnt, and Ulrich Bücholdt. Ulrich Deimel und Petra Wittmar: Those Twenties / Jene zwanziger Jahre: Those Twenties – Photography of Architecture in Rhine Westphalia. Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2003. ISBN: 377571295X

Tangent | e (I), von Amelunxen, Hubertus and Alain Paiement. Tangente I. Lars Müller Publishers/CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2003. ISBN: 303778010X

Rethinking: Space, Time, Architecture, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, Steffen Lehmann, Barbara Steiner, Brian Hatton, and A. Lepik. Rethinking: Space, Time, Architecture. Jovis, 2002. ISBN: 393132169X

Bilan provisoire, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Jean Philippe Reverdot. Bilan provisoire. Marval, 2001. ISBN: 2862343331

Gegenwarts-Bildung Vol. 2, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Antje Krause-Wahl. Gegenwarts-Bildung Vol. 2. Kiel, 2001. ISBN: 3000063285

Die aufgehobene Zeit: Die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Michael Grayl. Die aufgehobene Zeit: Die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox. Verlag Dirk Neshen, 2001. ISBN: 3889400124

Photo – und Konzeptkunst am Bau – Unter den Linden 50, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Hans-Werner Schmidt. Photo – und Konzeptkunst am Bau – Unter den Linden 50. Bundesraumbehörde, architektur + wirtschaftsförderungsverlag, 2000. ISBN: 3933093198

Interfaces: Foto und Video, 1977-1999, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Andreas Müller Pohle. Interfaces: Foto und Video, 1977-1999. European Photography, 1999. ISBN: 3923283512

Ins Wasser: Klaus Wefringhaus, von Amelunxen, Hubertus, and Klaus Wefringhaus. Ins Wasser: Klaus Wefringhaus. Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei, 1996. ISBN: 3000019502

Allegorie und Photographie, von Amelunxen, Hubertus. “Allegorie und Photographie – Untersuchungen zur französischen Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts.” PhD diss., Mannheim University Dissertation, 1992.

Die aufgehobene Zeit: Die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox, von Amelunxen, Hubertus and Michael Gray. Die aufgehobene Zeit: Die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox. Verlag Dirk Neshen, 1988.

Lectures

Hubertus von Amelunxen, Adel Abdessemed

Réponds, sable!

09.12.2016
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Notation

30.05.2012
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Space, Remembering and Victor Burgin

26.05.2012
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Representation and Art, the work of Thomas Demand

19.05.2012
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Archives and the Role of Art

13.05.2012
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Reproduction and the Original

23.03.2012
Hubertus von Amelunxen

Reproduction and the Original. Echo and Narcissus

22.03.2012