On June 20, 2018, the Munich-based curator and cultural theorist Daniel Bürkner, PhD, will give a
talk about a pressing and global issue: Visualising Nuclear Catastrophes.
We think, seeing is
believing. But what if the cause of a disaster is invisible? Nuclear catastrophes, be they civilian casualties or military
attacks, have immense consequences. And yet they remain surprisingly intangible in their pictures. What does that mean in
a world that increasingly generates awareness of events and global coherences via images? The images of Hiroshima, Nagasaki,
and Chernobyl evoke central continuities that extend into the current confrontations with Fukushima and perhaps help us to
fathom the blend of incomprehension and myth that is perceived in such events. Having always been used for the representation
of the invisible, photography plays a special role in this respect. It becomes the hunt for a phantom. From the perspectives
of the theory of photography and science of images, photographs from journalism, art, and popular culture will be explored
that seek to capture the events in pictures both in terms of motifs and via the unmitigated medium itself. Taking into account
the dilemmas of our present, the lecture will also shed light on the unique strategies of art in the aftermath of Fukushima.
Daniel Bürkner gained his PhD with the dissertation on Fotografie und Atomare Katastrophe: Die visuelle Repräsentation
der Ereignisse von Hiroshima / Nagasaki und Tschernobyl, Berlin 2015 from the Department of Art and Visual History at the
Humboldt University Berlin. He has worked intensely on topics of photography, cultural trauma, cultures of remembrance as
well as in the field of art and science. As a curator, he has initiated festivals and series on media art and sound art, and
also worked on numerous exhibition projects and discursive programmes on art and science for the ERES Foundation in Munich.
He is currently in charge of the international public art programme Public Art Munich 2018 for the City of Munich, Germany.
The Guest Lecture Series of Professor Ingeborg Reichle’s lecture on Critical Reflection on Relevant Global
Challenges is an informative and stimulating opportunity for CDS students to hear from distinguished experts about relevant
global challenges and systemic risks our societies are facing today. In our rapidly changing world we are currently challenged
by unprecedented dynamic processes on a global scale such as climate change, demographic change, mass migration, and a number
of global catastrophic risks. The Global Catastrophic Risks 2017 report of the Global Challenges Foundation (Stockholm, Sweden)
addresses the following current systemic risks: catastrophic climate change, weapons of mass destruction (nuclear warfare
and biological and chemical warfare), ecological collapse, pandemics, asteroid impacts, supervolcanic eruptions, geoengineering,
and artificial intelligence. The lecture series will focus on catastrophic climate change and nuclear warfare and will offer
expertise from leading academics in the fields of climate change and visual culture, like picturing nuclear disasters as global
Our guest lectures are open to all.
Date and time: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 13:45 am – 17:00
Venue: Department of Cross-Disciplinary Strategies University of
Applied Arts Vienna
17, 1030 Vienna
Seminar Room (4th floor)
Please check the website cds.uni-ak.ac.at
regularly for further lecture announcements and updates