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Jacob Birken, M.A.


Jacob Birken, M.A.


  • Research Assistant


Über Jacob Birken

Jacob Birken (*1978 in Katowice) studied Art & Art Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2002-2004, he worked as a researcher & coder for Global Icons, a project by the Volkswagen-Stiftung and the Berlin Weißensee School of Art, and later as a project assistant at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked at the research project “Global Art and the Museum” at ZKM Karlsruhe, where he co-curated the exhibition The Global Contemporary; since 2010, he is curator for the Karlsruhe art space Kunstraum: Morgenstrasse. He started working in the Cluster project D17 in April 2012 and is additionally pursuing a PhD project on the artistic depiction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire with Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Forthcoming: "Set Pieces: Cultural Appropriation and the Search for
Contemporary Identities in Shonen Manga", in: Carolene Ayaka, Ian Hague, Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels, London 2014

Forthcoming: "'Is the Contemporary Already too Late?' (Re-)producing Criticality within the Art Museum", in: Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Piotr Piotrowski (Eds.), From Museum Critique to the Critical Museum, Farnham 2014

"Offshore. Eine neue Verortung künstlerischer Appropriation", in: Torsten Meyer, Johannes M. Hedinger (Eds.), What's Next? Kunst nach der Krise, Berlin 2013

"Capture the Flag. Contemporaneity as an Artistic Project" / 20+ Catalogue entries, in: Hans Belting et al (Eds.), The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, Cambridge (MA) 2013

"Nam June Paik: Wenn der Fernseher unseren Blick erwidert", in: Meisterwerke der Kunst, Sondermappe Medienkunst, Villingen-Schwenningen 2012

"Weltenfresser: Eklektizismus als Bildpolitik", in: Martina Baleva et al (Eds.), Image match: Visueller Transfer, 'Imagescapes' und Intervisualität in globalen Bild-Kulturen, München 2012

Catalogue entry for Axel Philipp, „S KY 2000“, in: ZKM | Karlsruhe / Peter Weibel (Eds.), Car Culture. Medien der Mobilität, Karlsruhe 2011

"Die heißeste Nadel. Zur Evidenz und ihrer Verweigerung." / Catalogue entries for Jim Campbell, Via Lewandowsky and Tobias Trutwin, in: Ursula Zeller / Frank-Thorsten Moll (Eds.), Come As You Are – Der abwesende Körper in der Kunst, Friedrichshafen 2010

"The Skulls we Built" / "Fear of Machines", in: Andreas Voigt et al (Eds.), The Daniel Libeskind Research Studio, Karlsruhe 2010

"Srodowisko czy peryferia", in: Antoni Porczak (Ed.): Interfejsy Sztuki, Krakau 2008

"Global Icons", in: Johannes Kirschenmann / Ernst Wagner (Eds.): Bilder, die die Welt bedeuten, München 2006

Various texts in the annual magazine of the HfG Karlsruhe Munitionsfabrik, currently: "Alles Roger in Kambodscha. Kunst zwischen Experiment und Katastrophe", Munitionsfabrik 21, Karlsruhe 2011; "Stadt ohne Einstein", Munitionsfabrik 22, Karlsruhe 2013


Blog Entries „Aufklärung hinter Masken“ (2012) and  „Everything Counts“ (2011) for ZKM Karlsruhe

As Co-Editor

With Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel: Global Studies: Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture, Ostfildern 2011

With Andreas Voigt, Sahar Aharoni, Jacob Birken, Adrian Krell and Jan Zappe: The Daniel Libeskind Research Studio, Karlsruhe 2010