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Franziska Koch, Dr. phil

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Franziska Koch, Dr. phil

Position

  • Assistant Professor to the HCTS Professorship of Global Art History (Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja)

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 105
69115 Heidelberg

Office hours: upon appointment
Home office times: Monday/Tuesdays
Germany

Email:
koch@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:
+49 (0) 6221 54 4307

About Franziska Koch

Franziska Koch is a post-doctoral researcher and Assistant Professor to the HTCS Professorship of Global Art History at Heidelberg University. She currently works on her Habilitation project “The artist works (trans-)culturally: Nam June Paik and other Fluxus artists negotiating collaborative authorship” supported by a post-doctoral scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The project examines a series of Fluxus collaborations regarding transcultural conditions, practices and limits of collaborative authorship.

She is co-editor of the anthology “Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context“ (VDG Weimar 2012) and author of “Die ‘chinesische Avantgarde’ und das Dispositiv der Ausstellung. Konstruktionen chinesischer Gegenwartskunst im Spannungsfeld der Globalisierung” (transcript 2016). She co-founded both the “Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art” (ReNetMoCoCA) and the “Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities“ (RNTP).

Her teaching and research interests include art history/-ies and historiographies in transcultural perspective; modern and contemporary artistic entanglements, transfer and translational processes between East Asia (mainly China and South-Korea) and Europe; exhibition studies; questions of authorship and collaboration in the field of art.

Link to the artist’s website: www.franziskakoch.com

Memberships/Institutional affiliations beyond the HCTS

- Co-founder of the Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities - RNTP, launched in Berlin in November 2015

- Co-founder of the International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art - ReNetMoCoCA, launched in Lisbon 2015

- Member of the 11th "Fast Track: Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science"-Program (fall 2017- fall 2019) of the Robert Bosch Foundation

- Member of the Editorial & Advisory Board of the peer-reviewed "Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art" (Intellect Publishers)

- Member of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology

- Annual Member of the College Art Association in 2008/9 and 2012/13

- Annual Member of the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present in 2017

- Member of "Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte" ("Forum East Asian Art History")

- Member of the DFG-Forschernetzwerk "Medien der kollektiven Intelligenz" (DFG Research Group "Media of collective intelligence"), chaired by Jun. Prof. Dr. Isabel Otto (University of Konstanz) (completed)

- Member of the "AG Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration” (im Ulmer Verein)

- Member of Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V.

- Member of Deutscher Hochschulverband

- Alumna of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM

HRA-related project:

GECCA mapped mapping a sample of the exhibition data base GECCA (Group Exhibitions of Contemporary Chinese Art after 1979) in Google Earth

Projects

Curriculum vitae

October 2017: Seminar "How to cut and share the global pie: transcultural approaches to collaboration, participation and activism in art" at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present at Oakland/San Francisco, co-organized with Birgit Hopfener with 8 participants of RNTP, see abstracts/rooster here.

Mai 2017: RNTP-Workshop in line with documenta 14 "De-essentializing Difference − Acknowledging Transculturality Art (History) Education and the Public Sphere in a Globalized World", Kunsthochschule Kassel (9 June 2017, 2:30-6:30 pm, room “Interim”), co-organized with Amara Antilla, Nanne Buurman, and Birgit Hopfener.

Mai 2016: Seeing through history - A Workshop Series with Claire Farago (University of Colorado Boulder) at Heidelberg University (Part I, May 18, 2016) and at Free University Berlin (Part II, May 24, 2016), conceived together with Dr. Birgit Hopfener (East Asian Art History, FU Berlin) and as collaborative activity of the Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities (RNTP) in collaboration with the Chair for Global Art History of Heidelberg University and the DFG-Research Unit FOR 1703 Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art.

November 2015: International Conference "Present's disjunctive unity. Constructing and deconstructing histories of cultural and aesthetic practices" as kick-off event of the "Research Network for Critical Transcultural Perspectives on Artistic and Visual Practices", conceived and organized together with Dr. Birgit Hopfener (East Asian Art History) and Dr. Kerstin Schankweiler (African Art History) of Freie Universität Berlin and in co-operation with the House of World Cultures Berlin represented by Dr. Annette Baghwati and Dr. Kirsten Einfeldt, 26-28 November, House of World Cultures Berlin.

July 2015: Summer School "Walking the line - Art of border zones in times of crisis", conceived and organized together with Dr. des. Cathrine Bulbatzky and Isabel Ching, the Chair of Global Art History (Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja), the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology (Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius) and the Cluster's Project "Arts and the Transcultural", 26-31 July, Heidelberg University.

May 2015: Co-organizer of the "4. Forum für Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte", 29-30 March, Zurich University, Switzerland.

March 2015: "(In)direct speech. 'Chineseness' in contemporary art discourse and practice. Art market, curatorial practices and creative processes" conceived and organized together with Dr. Rui Oliveira Lopes (University of Lisbon), 16-19 March, Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lisbon, Portugal

[June 2013 - August 2014: Parental Leave]

May 2013: Symposium "Re-thinking artistic knowledge production: distributed creativity – global media cultures" conceived with Dr. Samantha Schramm (University of Konstanz), chaired by the DFG-Forschernetzwerk "Medien der kollektiven Intelligenz" ("Media of collective intelligence", headed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Isabell Otto, University of Konstanz) and hosted by the Cluster Professorship Global Art History (Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja).

October 2012: Defense of Ph.D.-thesis "Bilder Chinas in der Ausstellung. Zeitgenössische chinesische Kunst und ihre westliche Rezeption im Spannungsfeld der Globalisierung" (summa cum laude) at the Philipps-Universität Marburg a. d. Lahn (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja).

Since July 2009: Assistant Professor of Global Art History (chair: Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja) in the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“, Heidelberg University.

October 2006 – July 2009: Scholarship of the Graduate Research Group "Image-Body-Medium. An Anthropological Perspective" (funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG) at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (director: Prof. Dr. Beat Wyss).

Since February 2006: Ph.D. project in art history at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart, since October 2008 sustained at the Philipps-University Marburg, continuously supervised by Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher.

April 2005: Graduation of the minor German Language and Literature Studies at the Stuttgart University (Staatsexamen).

Winter term 2003: Studies of Fine Art and Chinese language at the Shandong Normal University in Jinan, PRC, in the Department of National Painting (Guohua), scholarship of the Baden-Württemberg Stipendium.

2003-2004: Studies of Multi-Media Art at Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Staatexamen graduation of this minor, class of Prof. Mike Hentz).

2001- 2002: Studies in the Department of Oriental Painting at Seoul National University in South-Korea, scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

1997 – 2003: Studies in Fine Arts and Arts Education at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Staatsexamen graduation of the majors Painting and Graphics, supervised by Prof. Cordula Güdemann, and Art History), scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Selected publications

Books/Edited volumes/Theme Issues

"Chineseness" in contemporary art discourse and practice, double theme issue, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, (co-edited with Rui Oliveira Lopes), Vol. 3, Issue 1-2, Intellect Publishers, June 2016.

Die "chinesische Avantgarde" und das Dispositiv der Ausstellung. Konstruktionen chinesischer Gegenwartskunst im Spannungsfeld der Globalisierung, Bielefeld: transcript, August 2016. Link to the publishers' website here.

Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context, (ed. with Birgit Hopfener, Juliane Noth and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch), Weimar: VDG, July 2012. Link to the publishers' website here.

Multi-Centred Modernisms. Reconfiguring Asian Art of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centures, (ed. with Monica Juneja), Theme Issue, E-journal transculturalstudies.org, 2010-11.

Interviews

Alexander Wimmer about Franziska Koch (based on an interview), „Suche nach Reibung", articles about scholarship holders of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM, www.bw-stiftung.de, http://www.bw-stipendium.de/ueber-das-programm/aktuelles/aktuelles-artikel/?no_cache=1&tx_news_pi1[news]=2608, 15 April 2016.

"Koreanische Kunst im globalen Kontext", in: KUNST (online edition), interviewed by Julika Nehb, http://kunst-magazin.de/koreanische-kunst-im-globalen-kontext/, published May 24, 2013.

Articles

"The DSL Collection’s mediatisation of contemporary Chinese art or how virtual displays question the art museum’s function to transmit culture in the global age", in: Orient Extrême: Collections et Collectionneurs aujourd’hui, ed. by Cléa Patin and Marie Laureillard, Paris: Edition l’Harmattan, forth-coming in spring 2018.

Nam June Paik: Catching up with the West? Institutionelle Bedingungen und Grenzen transkulturell konstitutierter Autorschaft, in: Kulturelle Übersetzer. Kunst und Kulturmanagement im transkulturellen Kontext, ed. by Christiane Dätsch, Bielefeld: transcript, 2018, p. 97-114.

Editorial "'Chineseness' in contemporary art discourse and practice. Negotiating Multiple Agencies, Localities and Vocalities", Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 3, Issue 1-2, London: Intellect Publishers, June 2016, p. 3-11.

Einleitung zum Themenheft “Re-thinking Artistic Knowledge Production: Global Media Cultures – Distributed Creativity”, E-Journal transculturalstudies.org, no. 2 (2015).

Introduction to the Themed Section "Re-thinking Artistic Knowledge Production: Global Media Cultures – Distributed Creativity", transculturalstudies.org, no. 2 (2015), pp. 64-69.

"Der 'Hängende Garten' von Seoul oder wie schreibt man zeitgenössisch(e) Kunstgeschichte in Süd-Korea?", in: Juliane Noth et al., Elegante Zusammenkunft im Gelehrtengarten. Studien zur Ostasiatischen Kunst zu Ehren von Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch/ Elegant Gathering in a Scholar’s Garden. Studies in East Asian Art in Honor of Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch, Weimar: VDG, 2015, pp. 180-186.

"Koreas Kunst revisited: ein Wiedersehen mit der Gwangju Biennale nach 10 Jahren", in: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (ed.), Wege nach Korea. DAAD-Alumni erinnern sich. Ein Lesebuch, Bonn: DAAD, 2014, pp. 166-185.

"Strategies of Mediation. Considering photographs of artworks created by the ‘Stars’ in 1979/80 and their changing historiographical status", https://arthistoriography.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/koch1.pdf, in: Journal of Art Historiography, Theme Issue "Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art: Historiographic Reflections", Number 10, June 2014.

"Revisiting the first official bi-national panorama exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art in Europe: 'Living in time' (Berlin 2001) and 'Alors, la Chine?' (Paris 2003)", in: Rui Oliveira Lopes et al. (eds.), Face to Face – The transcendence of the arts in china and beyond, Lisbon: Centro de lnvestigaҫão e Estudos em Belas-Artes (CI EBA), 2013, pp. 374-409. 

"Von China Avantgarde bis Living in Time. Gruppenausstellungen zeitgenössischer chinesischer Kunst in Deutschland seit 1993", in: Ingo Herklotz, Hubert Locher and Angelika Fricke (eds.), Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft 2012, Weimar: VDG, 2013, pp. 257-313.

"(Dis-)Playing Mahjong. Uli Sigg and the Power of Private Collectors in the Global Canonization of Chinese Contemporary Art", in: Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context, (ed. with Birgit Hopfener, Juliane Noth and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch), Weimar: VDG, July 2012, pp. 299-316. 

"Introduction. Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context" (co-authored with Birgit Hopfener), in: Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context, (ed. with Birgit Hopfener, Juliane Noth and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch), Weimar: VDG, July 2012), pp. 11-31.

"'China' on Display for European Audiences? The Making of an Early Travelling Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art: China Avantgarde (Berlin/1993)", transculturalstudies.org, no. 2 (2011). 

"Wessen Aus-Stellung? 'Mahjong' und die Dis-Position des europäischen Sammlers von chinesischer Gegenwartskunst", in: Martin Schulz and Beat Wyss (eds.), Techniken des Bildes, München: Fink Verlag, 2010, pp. 81-100.
"Dead (and dying) bodies as 'material' in contemporary Chinese art – Approaches to a glocal phenomenon", in: Linda Báez-Rubí et al. (eds.), The intineraries of the image: practices, uses and functions (Los itinerarios de la imagen. Prácticas, usos y funciones), México: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, 2010, pp. 243-262.
Briefe aus der chinesischen Gegenwart. Eine offene Korrespondenz zweier Studenten zwischen China und Deutschland, Schriftenreihe der Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 2005.

Reviews

Rezension von: Eva-Maria Troelenberg / Melania Savino (eds.): Images of the Art Museum. Connecting Gaze and Discourse in the History of Museology, Berlin: de Gruyter 2017, in: sehepunkte 17 (2017), Nr. 12 [15.12.2017], URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2017/12/30088.html

Review of Barbara Lubich’s "Das Kreativsubjekt in der DDR. Performative Kunst im Kontext" (Göttingen: V & R Unipress, 2014), in: Sehepunkte 16 (2016), No. 4.

Review of "Installationskunst in China. Transkulturelle Reflexionsräume einer Genealogie des Performativen/Installation art in China. Transcultural spaces reflecting a genealogy of the performative, Series: Image, Vol. 45, Birgit Hopfener (2013), in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (ed. by Paul Gladston), Vol. 1, Issue 1, Intellect Publishers, London, March 2014, pp. 115-119.

Review of "Installationart in China" by Birgit Hopfener, in www.dissertationreviews.org, dissertationreviews.org/archives/7964, April 2014.

Recent Talks

"Das Dokumenta Prinzip?" - Podiumsdiskussion im Heidelberger Kunstverein organisiert im Rahmen der Reihe "Kunsthalle Mannheim on the Move" von Sebastian Baden (Kurator der Kunsthalle Mannheim), Diskutanten: Roger Buergel (ehemaliger künstlerischer Leiter der Documenta 12), Henry Keazor (Prof. für Kunstgeschichte, Uni. Heidelberg), Franziska Koch (Akadem. Mitarbeiterin, Globale Kunstgeschichte, Uni. Heidelberg) und Ursula Schöndeling (Direktorin des Heidelberger Kunstvereins), 30 November 2017.

"Studying Photographs of Artworks Created by 'the Stars' in 1979/80 - De/Canonization at Work", Conference "Qu Leilei, the Stars and after", Ashmolean Museum Oxford, 24 November 2017.

"Report from the drafting table: N. J. Paik, questions of transculturality and collaborative authorship in Fluxus", Post-graduate Colloquium/Mittelbau-Kolloquium of the Institute of European Art History, Heidelberg University, 9 November 2017.

"Introdutory Remarks on 'How to cut and share the global pie: transcultural approaches to collaboration, participation and activism in art'" at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present at Oakland/San Francisco, co-organized with Birgit Hopfener, including 8 participants of RNTP, see abstracts/rooster here, 25-28 October 2017.

“To catch up or not to catch up with the West – transcultural strategies of Nam June Paik in conflict with national taxonomies of the museum", Panel "Circulations of Exhibition Practices between Asia and Europe and Mechanisms of Canon Building" chaired by Monique Bellan and Nadia von Maltzahn, 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag "Asia, Africa and Europe", Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, 18-22 September 2017.

"Collaboration, Authoship and Gender: Transcultural Strategies in the collaboration of Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik", Workshop "Images on the Go: A Salon for Slow Reading and Deep Looking" organized by Monica Juneja and Sumathi Ramaswamy, Heidelberg University, 6-8 July 2017.

"Kollaboration, Autorschaft und Geschlecht: Transkulturelle Strategien in der Zusammenarbeit von Charlotte Moorman und Nam June Paik", 6. Forum für Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte, Freie Universität Berlin, 16-17 June 2017.

"To catch up or not to catch up with the West – Nam June Paik im Konflikt mit nationalen musealen Zuschreibungen", Workshop of the "Netzwerk für transkulturelle Kunstgeschichte im Museum", Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 29-30 November 2016.

"Seeing through Nam June Paik’s art historical reception in a transcultural perspective", Workshop Series "Seeing through history", Part I, Heidelberg University, 18 May 2016.

"Exploring the theoretical potential of 'transnationality' and 'translocality' in Noh Suntag’s photographic mediation of Korean border issues, Workshop "Border Crossings: Migration Arts and Arts of Migration", organized by the AG Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration of the Ulmer Verein für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, Heidelberg University, 15 January 2016.

"Introductory Remarks to the Conference 'Present’s Disjunctive Unity'", House of World Cultures Berlin, 26 November 2015.

Discussant of the Academic Round Table on "New China/New Art Contemporary Video from Shanghai and Hangzhou", chaired by Prof. Paul Gladston, Lake Side Art Gallery of the University of Nottingham, 19 September 2015.

“Noh Suntag: Tracing lines of the Korean partition”, Summer School "Walking the line. Art of border zones in times of crisis", 27 July 2015, Heidelberg University.

"'Hanging Garden' (2009) - (De)constructing art history for the museum of contemporary art", International Conference Transcultural Trajectories of Art History: Legacies of Modernity and Global Entanglements, conceived by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja and Prof. Dr. Birgit Mersmann, 9 December 2014, Heidelberg University.

"Framing the global contemporary – (De-)constructing an art historical story in Jung Yeondoo’s 'Hanging Garden' (2009)", Round Table: Transcultural Framings in Art History: Material, Display, Translation chaired by Prof. Dr. Melanie Trede and Dr. Anna Grasskamp, 1st Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology, 25 September 2014, Palack University, Olomouc.

"Ready to make things that resonate transculturally: Nam June Paik’s ‘objets sonores’ in 1962/63", Panel Cultural Negotiations of the Readymade, chaired by Dr. Birgit Hopfener and Orianna Cacchione, Annual Conference of the College Art Association, 13-16 February 2013, New York.

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