Pia Goebel, M.A.

Universitätsstr. 105
44789 Bochum

E-Mail: pia.goebel@rub.de


Title of the Dissertation

Documentary Practices in Contemporary Moving Image Art

Project Description

Documentary practices are said to ”have made up one of the most significant tendencies within art during the last two decades“ (Lind/Steyerl 2008). While much has been written about the ‘documentary turn’ in contemporary art, detailed consideration of the artworks subsumed under this ‘turn,’ or possibly related to it, is far from having been exhausted. For the most part, ‘documentary practices’ is deployed merely as umbrella term that seems to describe the heterogeneous formal-aesthetical features of a diversity of artworks rather than the practices, in the literal sense, involved in their creation. The dissertation projects aims to focus on the latter as it is based on the premise that it is in the artists’ practices where commonalities reside not in formal aspects such as technical specifications, length of works, projection/installation instructions etc. By way of examining a body of exemplary works, and by way of tracing the prevailing practices or their forerunners in the theory and history of documentary practices beyond the artistic field as well as in the history of art, strands of documentary and meta-documentary practices in contemporary moving image will be outlined and scrutinized.

Scholarly Career

  • Since 10/2016: Doctoral Student Member of the DFG Research Training Group “Documentary Practices: Excess and Privation”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 10/2012 to 09/2016: Master studies in Art History, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 07/2015 to 05/2016: Student assistant, Center for Advanced Studies “BildEvidenz: History and Aesthetics”, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 10/2009 to 09/2012: Bachelor studies in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies with a focus on Art History, Technische Universität Berlin