Dr. Hanna Barbara Hölling


Dr. Hanna Barbara Hölling Forschungprofessorin

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Bern University of the Arts
    Schwabstrasse 10
    3018 Bern


  • Media art, video art, performance, installation, art since the 1960s, Fluxus, conservation philosophy, pholosophical aesthetics, landscape and environmental politics

  • Hanna's work focuses 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 specifically on the notions of authenticity, intentionality, and the epistemic dimensions of conservation, that is, knowledge derived from, and generated by, diverse practices, theories, and cultures of conservation.


  • Dr. Hanna B. Hölling is Research Professor at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. She also teaches at the Department of History of Art, University College London. Before that, 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 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. Hanna's research was generously supported by research foundations in Europe, UK and the USA. Her work appeared in the form of two monographs, three edited volumes, and essays in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies.