Conference on Visual Culture

Author: Nina Vollmer

At POSITIONS, the Conference on Visual Culture, you can find lectures and presentations from design, art, photography, architecture, and theory—curated by Philipp Neumann and Karen Laube. For a period of six years (2014 to 2019), the conference was part of the Leipzig design festival Designers’ Open, organized and curated by MZIN. This year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendants can get to know a selection of positions from Munich, Frankfurt/M., Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Halle/S., and Leipzig in the space of MZIN—including a one hour break with support by Café Treff (lunch break, at the museum).

Line-up 2023:

Patrick Thomas
The British designer works with print techniques, influenced by pop culture, signs, and symbols. His works in typography, poster design and other projects will be part of his presentation. The AGI-member teaches at ABK Stuttgart and is based in Berlin. (Lecture in English)

Sandra Doeller
The studio Bureau Sandra Doeller, based in Frankfurt/M., is working with corporate design, book design, editorial, and exhibition design for museums, clubs, and publishers. Sandra Doeller also teaches at Hochschule Mainz. (Lecture in German)

Lukas Feireiss
The Berlin-based curator, artist, and editor works in the broader field of research, art, design, urbanism, and architecture (books for publishers like Frame, Gestalten, Sternberg Press, Spector Books). He will ao. present the current publication Weak Signals. New Narratives in Art and Technology which was created with Florian Hadler and students of the UDK Berlin. (Lecture in German)

Anna Unterstab, Hân Lê
The latest part of the series Studienhefte Problemorientiertes Design by the Hamburg-based publisher adocs is titled Design Intersektional unter die Lupe nehmen (En: Looking at Design Through the Intersectional Lens)—a publication with research, strategies, and many voices that need to be heard. Anna Unterstab teaches information design at Burg Giebichenstein University of Arts and Design Halle and is based in Hamburg. Hân Lê runs a visual communication studio in Halle/S. (Lecture in German)

Fabian Reimann
The Leipzig-based artist is co-founder of the literature-magazine KRACHKULTUR and publisher of Another Earth Catalog and of the image-essay magazine freeman’s journal. He will talk about the latest co-edited book Buch Handlung Welt Bücher, which is about an important art book store in Hamburg. (Lecture in German)

Nicola Reiter, Verena Hägler
Verena Hägler is a photographer working with empirical urban research. Nicola Reiter works as a (book-) designer, while publishing her own projects. Their talk will be about RAND (a book they both edited, released by Spector Books), combined with readings, and joined by publisher Anne König. (Lecture in German)

The conference is supported by Museum der bildenden Künste (MdbK), the City of Leipzig, Café Treff, form and Slanted Publishers.

Free entry.
Please pre-register by sending an email to [email protected].


Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

November 5th, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information here.