Chair for the History and Theory of Form
The subject area of the History and Theory of Form focuses on researching and teaching shape analysis of images, their historical contextualisation, and the associated discussions of art theory and philosophical aesthetics. Sensory encounters with art and pictorially descriptive artifacts as a school of seeing are therefore just as much the focus as thinking in and about images. In the dynamic area involving visibility and expressibility, specific work observation and theoretical analysis, this subject area focuses on the production of visual form, its image techniques and materiality as well as on the cultural and medial relativity of art perception. In conjunction with the Excellence Cluster Image, Knowledge, Gestaltung, this subject area also covers epistemological aesthetics of form from a history of science, natural, cultural and media studies perspective. Furthermore, there is a particular focus on the art history, philosophy and image theory of France.