Academic dialogue

It is one of the main objectives of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation to encourage academic exchange on the subject. In collaboration with partners from an international network of museums, universities and other institutions, the Foundation develops ideas and creates platforms to enable the dialogue among interested members of the public and artists, critics, curators and scientists. To this end, the Foundation holds events on current developments in the photography scene and organises symposia, lectures and artist talks.


Event series with C/O Berlin

In collaboration with C/O Berlin, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is organising a series of events entitled "WATCHED! Surveillance Art & Photography". They consist of discussion panels or lectures examining issues such as surveillance, Big data and the collective display of private moments online from different perspectives. How do we experience camera surveillance or governmental data retention but also the countless possibilities for self-monitoring and self-portrayal offered by social media? What are the new technologies and options we welcome into our lives that make the notion of privacy increasingly obsolete and how do they alter our perception? How do artists respond to these developments? These are some of the questions addressed by the speakers, among them artists and media experts as well as sociologists, psychologists, legal experts and politicians.

The event series kicked off on 30 June 2016 with the lecture "The Changing Gaze - From Observation to Surveillance" by Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator for Photography SFMOMA, San Francisco, focusing on the altered reception of photography against the backdrop of the problems arising from surveillance. Here is a video recording of this lecture.

The second event on 15 September was the panel discussion entitled "Privacy vs. Street Photography". The five experts Julia Reda (EU-politician), Beat Streuli (artist), Sebastian Graalfs (lawyer), Reto Klar (picture editor) and Prof. Dr. Christian Chychowski (lawyer) were discussing the boundaries of photography in public space. Chair of the debate was Dr. Friedrich Tietjen.
Podcast of this panel discussion (in German)

The third panel discussion about "The public selft" took place on 13 October 2016 with
Hasan Elahi (artist und media expert), Harald Welzer (sociologist), Florian Mehnert (artist) and Catarina Katzer (cyber psychologist). Moderated by Anne-Christin Bertrand of C/O Berlin and Anne-Marie Beckmann of Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, they discussed the displacement of private life into public space and the associated effects.
Further information about this panel discussion

The fourth event took place on 1 December 2016 and was dedicated to the topic "Big Data". Heiko Maas (Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection), Sophie Mützel (sociologist specializing in "media & networks") and the artist and author James Bridle discussed the benefits and risks of our transparent lives in times of digital exploitability of data. The panel discussion was moderated by the chief correspondent of Deutsche Welle and TV presenter Melinda Crane.
Podcast of this panel discussion (English and German)

The fifth "Watched" event was a lecture by urban sociologist Dominik Haubrich on why our society increasingly feels unsafe despite extensive security measures using surveillance. Together with curator Ann-Christin Bertrand, he spoke on the artistic response to the ambivalence of the security regime in the works featured in the current exhibition entitled Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography. The event took place on 30 March 2017.

The event series ended with a lecture of artist James Bridle on 20 April 2017 entitled "Seeing Machines".

All events took place at C/O Berlin in the Amerika-Haus Berlin.

Artist Talks

As part of a series The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation hosted an artist talk with Syrian photographer Hosam Katan on 29 November 2016. The photographer presented his work and reported on his personal experiences in the conflict zone.

The young Syrian has been documenting the ongoing civil war in his hometown of Aleppo through his work since 2011. He presents different facets of civilian lives during the conflict. His pictures depict destroyed buildings, battle situations and everyday scenes of local people. With his feeling for the right moment, Hosam Katan creates impressive images from the perspective of an immediate observer that go beyond the pure documentation of events.

Hosam Katan was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1994 and began working as a photographer for the Aleppo Media Center at the age of just 18. Shortly thereafter, the photographs of his embattled hometown were published by the news agency Reuters and found their way into various magazines and newspapers, including Stern, The New York Times and The Telegraph. He left Syria via Turkey at the end of last year and came to Germany as a refugee, where he completed a guest semester at the Offenbach University of Art and Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach) in spring 2016. Katan has received several awards for his work, including the Nannen special prize and a special prize for photography from Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, which was awarded jointly with the Offenbach University of Art and Design.