Project Lead

Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke studied art history, Romance languages and fine arts at Humboldt University and University of the Arts in Berlin. She has been funded twice by the German Research Foundation: Once for her dissertation on “Anti-Form”, which she wrote in the Berlin Graduate College Practice and Theory of the Artistic Creation Process, supervised by Philipp Ursprung at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She received her second grant as a post-doc at the University of Hamburg-Harburg. After a museum traineeship at the Berlin National Gallery, she was a department head at the Swiss Institute for Art Research in Zurich.
Since 2009 she has been working as a professor for art history and research at the Basel Academy of Art and Design. She has held visiting professorships at the Technical University of Berlin, University of Erfurt and at the Universidade de São Paulo. Furthermore, she acts as a reviewer for the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.; the Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern; Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Lisbon and the Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva. She is currently also curating the young talent promotion project Rundgang at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Post-Docs/Research Assistants

Ulrike Gerhardt, M.A., after her studies of applied cultural sciences (art and image sciences, cultural theory and intercultural studies) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and University of Fine Arts Hamburg, spent working and research periods in Istanbul, Kassel, Riga and Vilnius. She worked at District * School Without Center in Berlin and since 2016 she is artistic director of the online video art platform D’EST. In her dissertation she was researching video art works of the «Generation Transformation» in the context of migration, globalization and cultures of memory after 1989 / 1991, and has received funding from the PhD scholarship and the Pro Science Research Fund of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Paul Mellenthin, M.A., studied art history in Leipzig, Berlin and Basel. He was head of the Fotosammlung at the Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel, and was working as guest curator at Kunstmuseum Basel («The Incredible World of Photography», 2020) and the photography collection of Münchner Stadtmuseum («Adolphe Braun», 2017). He was awarded research grants in Los Angeles, Paris, and Rome. His dissertation project, affiliated with the eikones Graduate School at the University of Basel, concerns the medial representation of the history of the Franco-German War and the Paris Commune. His main research topics concern the theory and history of photography.

Julia Wolf (associated), M.A., studied curatorial studies at the Zurich University of the Arts as well as art history, multimedia and applied cultural studies at the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. She has realized curatorial projects in Switzerland for the Kunsthalle Winterthur, the Fundaziun Nairs in Scuol and the Ausstellungsraum Klingental in Basel. Since 2013 she has been a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. She is writing her dissertation on contemporary artistic practices of displacing history(ies) in the research project „“ Insert Citation: Artistic-Scientific Analyses of Cultural Processes of Transmission at the Zurich University of the Arts.

PhD Candidates

Oliver Krätschmer, M.A., studied art history and media theory at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. After a research stay at the Center for Curatorial Studies in New York, he was involved in exhibitions such as Déjà-vu? The Art of Repetition from Dürer to YouTube or 31.2 Running Meters: On the History of the Badischer Kunstverein. He is currently working on his PhD on Gustave Courbet’s strategies of backdating at the University of Fribourg (CH).