Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Reichle
Ingeborg Reichle is full professor of Media Theory and chair of the Department of Media Theory. She studied art history, sociology, and archaeology at the University of Hamburg, and completed an MA (1998) and PhD (2004) in art history at Hamburg University and Humboldt University Berlin where she also gained her habilitation in 2013. Before joining the faculty of the Department of Media Theory as full professor in 2016, she was FONTE professor at Humboldt University Berlin.
At the University of Applied Arts in Vienna her primary area of research and teaching is the encounter of the arts with cutting edge technologies like biotechnology and synthetic biology. In recent years media theory has concentrated mainly on technological media and human–machine interactions, but a vast number of recent innovations makes it necessary to include also biological media, because in the expanding sphere of biotechnology, where biology becomes technology. DNA codes and computer codes are increasingly merging, opening up new possible constellations for designing nature. The ramifications of these changes are explored using a transdisciplinary approach, taking into account artistic responses as well as the respective discourses in the sciences, in order to develop a critical understanding of the role of media turning into biomedia and the arts in the twenty-first century.
In 2014 she was Visiting Research Fellow for two terms at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad National Autonoma Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. From 2005 to 2011 she conducted research at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on image science and visual culture in the interdisciplinary working groups “The World as Image” (Die Welt als Bild) and “Image Cultures” (Bildkulturen). In 2005 she founded the Young Forum for Image Science (Junges Forum für Bildwissenschaft) and in 2010 co-founded the German Association for Interdisciplinary Image Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für interdisziplinäre Bildwissenschaft). From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the steering committee for the annual theme of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities “ArteFacts: Art Is Knowledge, Knowledge Is Art” (ArteFakte – Kunst ist Wissen – Wissen ist Kunst). From 1998 to 2005 she held the position of a research assistant at the Art History Department of the Humboldt University Berlin and at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Technologies at Humboldt University. In 2004 she gained her PhD there with a thesis on “Kunst aus dem Labor. Zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter der Technoscience”. In 2001 she was a co-founder and Berlin director of PROMETHEUS, a program funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 4 million Deutschmarks to set up an expert network to develop concepts for teaching and learning via the Internet. She completed her MA at Hamburg University in 1998 in the subjects art history, sociology, and archaeology. She has been guest lecturer at many teaching and research institutions in Germany and abroad, most recently including the School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York, the Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, the Life Sciences Lab of the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Timbusu College, National University of Singapore, SymbioticA at the School of Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Biology, University of Western Australia, Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. Ingeborg Reichle is a member of the College Art Association (CAA), the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA), and the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).