Dr. Hanna Barbara Hölling


Dr. Hanna Barbara Hölling Forschungprofessorin

  • Adresse Berner Fachhochschule
    Hochschule der Künste Bern
    Schwabstrasse 10
    3018 Bern



  • Y Module, Bern University of the Arts

  • PhD History of Art, University College London; external PhD examination at Universities abroad

  • MA History of Art, University College London

  • BA History of Art, University College London

  • BA History of Art, Materials and Technology, University College London

  • Conservation theory, philosophy, and history; experimental and critical preservation; art and materiality since the 1960s, media and technologies of the moving image; land art and environmental art; subjects in museology, critical heritage studies, curatorial studies


  • Art since the 1960s with particular interests in Fluxus; media and electronic art, film and video art, performance, installation; conservation ethics, aesthetics and philosophy; philosophical aesthetics; landscape and environmental politics

  • Hanna works on the intersection of art history and theory, material culture studies, and conservation. Her primary research and teaching interests lie, among others, in ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy in and of conservation, contemporary and post-war art, technology-based media, and the concepts of time, change, identity, and archive (as discourse and physical space) both in artworks and in objects of material culture. In conservation, she focuses on the epistemic dimensions of conservation, that is, knowledge derived from, and generated by, diverse practices, theories, and cultures of conservation. Most important outcomes of her research on these topics were published in her sole-authored monographs: Paik’s Virtual Archive: On Time, Change and Materiality in Media Art (University of California Press, 2017) and Revisions-Zen for Film (Bard Graduate Center, 2015). Revisions accompanied an eponymous exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York (17 September 2015–22 February 2016). In addition, her research has led to a publication of edited volumes: Object—Event—Performance: Art, Materiality and Continuity since the 1960s (Bard Cultural Histories of the Material World series, 2021) and The Explicit Material: Inquiries on the Intersection of Curatorial and Conservation Cultures (co-edited with Francesca Bewer and Katharina Ammann; Brill 2019). Hanna’s most recent research concerns the afterlives of Fluxus events, objects and ephemera and the ontology and aesthetics of performance. She is also interested in the critical questions considering the materiality of landscape and land and environmental art, including their ecological and political implications. Aspects of this research materialized in an anthology Landscape 1: Institute for Land and Environmental Art (Vexer 2020) co-edited with Johannes M. Hedinger.


  • Dr. Hanna B. Hölling is Research Professor at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, and Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art, University College London. Before these appointments, she was Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, Department of Art History and Cultural Studies and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis on the questions of time, change and materiality in teh conservation of media installations (2013). Prior to her work in the academe, she was Head of Conservation at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.


  • 2019-2020 Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum: Fluxus and the Material Legacy of Intermediality

  • 2019-21 Global Engagement Fund, University College London

  • 2019 Dean’s Strategic Fund Small Grant for Education and Research Activities, University College London

  • 2016-2017 Getty Conservation Scholarship, Getty Conservation Center / Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

  • 2013-2015 Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorship, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center, New York

  • 2010-2011 The Courtauld Institute of Art, London: The Material Life of Things Research Forum Fellowship

  • 2009-2013 Dutch Scientific Research Foundation NWO PhD Research Fellowship, University of Amsterdam


  • College Art Association CAA

  • Vereinigung der Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker in der Schweiz

  • International Council of Museums Conservation Committee ICOM CC

  • Institute of Conservation ICON