Gertrud Koch (Berlin)
Image and criticism

Gertrud Koch (Berlin)
Image and criticism

During the course of widespread scepticism of images, a critical distancing from the image as a deceptive medium has increased on the one hand. On the other hand the image is increasingly becoming involved in debates about its epistemic status, in which the aesthetic features of the image are largely determined for functional reasons and no longer within the parameters of its status as an objet d’art. The consequences of this development are at the heart of this lecture.

Gertrud Koch teaches film studies at the Free University of Berlin, where she is also speaker in the specialist research area of Aesthetic experience under the banner of the dissolution of artistic limits. She has taught at many international universities and was a Research Fellow at the Getty Centre, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the Cogut Center for Humanities, part of the Brown University. Koch has written books about Herbert Marcuse and Siegfried Kracauer, as well as about feminist film theory and the representation of Jewish history. She has published numerous volumes on aesthetics, perception and film theory. She is also co-editor and advisory board member for several magazines, including Babylon, Frauen und Film, October, Constellations and Philosophy & Social Criticism.