Hanna Hölling obtained her Ph.D from the University of Amsterdam in 2013 with a thesis on multimedia installations, titled Re:Paik: On Time, Changeability, and Identity in the Conservation of Nam June Paik’s Multimedia Installations .
In its revised form, this book is in preparation for publication at the University of California Press. Her recent publication Revisions-Zen for Film (Bard Graduate Center New York/The University of Chicago Press, 2015) accompanied an eponymous exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery in New York (September 17, 2015—February 21, 2016). She works with clairvoyance on the intersection of art history and theory, material culture studies, and conservation. She teaches at the Department of History of Art, University College London. Prior to this, Hanna was the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture in New York (2013-2015). Bard Graduate Center invites applications for two one-year postdoctoral fellowships funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology). These fellowships are available to individuals with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and each of the appointed humanities-trained fellows will join a conservation team at a New York-area museum and work together on a joint project. The participating institutions are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division.
Hölling’s fellowships and awards include, among others, the Getty Residency / Getty Conservation Guest Scholarship (2016-17), a Visiting Scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2015), and a four-year fellowship at the University of Amsterdam, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2009-13). Hanna has also been head of conservation at the ZMK Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, and has lectured at the University of Amsterdam, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, and other universities in Europe and the United States.
2016/2017 The Getty Residency
Research project Object in Flux funded by the Getty Foundation at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
2015 Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Research project Conservation and Contingency, research group Art and Knowledge (Prof. Sven Dupré)
2013/2015 Bard Graduate Center, New York and Museum of Modern Art, New York
Research project Fluxus Matters, 2014-2015 partially in cooperation with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection Archive
2009/2013 University of Amsterdam
Collaborative research project New Strategies for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO.
2010/2011 Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) Amsterdam
Researcher on the project Obsolete Equipment by PACKED, in cooperation with MuHKA, S.M.A.K., Kröller-Müller Museum and Stedelijk Museum
2009/2011 The Courtauld Institute of Art London
Research Forum Participant on the project The Material Life of Things
1999 Cologne University of Applied Sciences, German Foreign Ministry
Researcher on the German Apsara Conservation Project GACP in Cambodia
This following book completed at the University of Amsterdam (doctoral dissertation, September 2013) poses questions that consider the constitution of conservation objects in relation to our understanding of what the artwork is and how it functions within a certain historical moment.
Hanna Hölling, Revisions—Zen for Film. New York and Chicago: Bard Graduate Center, The University of Chicago Press, 2015. This book, which accompanies an eponymously titled exhibition at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York, examines Zen for Film, also known as Fluxfilm no. 1, one of the most evocative works by Korean-American artist Nam June Paik.
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