Hanne König

PhD Project "Doing Body Politics - Uses of performative and aesthetic strategies in curatorial practices" (WT)

Curatorial practice is realized primarily in three ways: through language, programmatically, and spatially. The exhibition as a manifestation of curatorial work, as a complex of content conception and organization, is usually studied in terms of its visibility and thus in relation to the exhibited artworks and their encounter. By way of example, three curatorial positions will be examined that exhibit an explicit relationship to aesthetic practices, more specifically to poetry/fiction (linguistic, text-based), choreography/installation (spatial), and performance (programmatic).

Through this shift from a contextualizing, preserving to a "performative" practice (as I would like to call it for now), those structures through which meaning, and knowledge are to be produced in exhibitions and their contexts are critically questioned. The focus of the analysis is the changed addressing of the body. The discourse on the aesthetic experience of the receiving subjects is thus expanded, according to my thesis, to include the question of the body politics in which both the receiving and the represented, thematized, performed bodies are or were involved. This raises the question of whether the newly generated forms of experience are oriented toward a subjective individual experience or rather toward a communal, collective experience of a (to use Rebentisch's term) constantly reconstituting we.



Hanne König is a researcher and curator working on exhibitions, publications and in teaching. Her endeavors focus on feminism as a social impact as well as collective, collaborative and transdisciplinary working processes. Since 2017 she is an academic Associate in the Scenography and Exhibition Design department at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design. In 2020 she received a scholarship from the DFG-Research Training Group 2477 – Aesthetic Practice, where she is currently researching on the relation and dependencies between Curating and Aesthetic Practices like fiction, dance, choreography and performance.

since 04 / 2017 Artistic, academic associate in the Scenography and Exhibition Design department at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design



KAROLINA SOBEL: If you are ok, I'm ok
with Christina Scheib (among others)

02/ 2019

with Hanna Franke, Tiffany Erndwein, Lizzy Ellbrück and Christina Scheib


I hope you will consider what I arrange, but be skeptical of it
with artists Robert Hamacher, Wataru Murakami, Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz.
In collaboration with Marlene Oeken (exhibition design) and Yannick Nuss (graphic design)
In cooperation with Palermo Galery, Stuttgart


Fake It Till You Make It
with the artists Andrés Nuno de Buen (componist), Wataru Murakami (photographer, artist), Carlo Siegfried (exhibition designer, artist) and Mona Zeiler (artist)
In the context of: Simulation - about contemporary design strategies
Publication: Mind The Gap
AOC-Halle, KIT, Karlsruhe




Contemporary feminism, artistic protest and collective collaboration (Panel)


... but everybody calls me fiction! Feminist tales of the future.
Performative reading with Yannick Nuss at Badischer Kunstverein


Performative lecture, text collage for and with Carlos Gutierrez, Nina Laaf, Raphale Nagel and Pola Sperber


(concept, organisation, moderation)


"Vom Mann der in den Weltraum flog"
Immersive Räume und performative Objekte

with talks, panels, performative installations, performances and an exhibition
with Juliane Rebentisch, Benjamin Wihstutz, André Eiermann, Thomas Bo Nolsson and Rimini Protokoll
Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe


Lockerungsübungen - ein Symposium für Wolfgang Ulrich
Exhibition: Produktbibliothek - Eine essayistische Ausstellung



since 2018 for Schroeder Rauch (www.schroederrauch.com)
09/2018 Ekstase, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

ZEITHAUS Autostadt Wolfsburg
Both for and with Schroeder Rauch

and 2010-2011

Press at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2011 - 2014

Tutor at Scenography and Exhibition Design department at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design

09/2012 Summer School "Kritische Szenografie - Die Kunstaustellung im 21. Jahrhundert."
at Kunsthochschule Kassel


in 2017

Art Research, Exhibition Design & Curatorial Practice, Philosphy & Aesthetics at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design


Art History, Comparative Literature and Roman Philologies at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen




Office, Vectorworks, Indesign, Photoshop (basics)
German, Hungarian (native), English, Romanian, Spanish