Here is an overview of the interviews with image workers and image thinkers:

click on the names to read the individual interviews or read here about the interview concept.


information science

(particle) physics




science history

media theory

art history



political science


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Thomas G. Dietterich

David Jensen

Frieder Nake

Jennifer Neville

C. David Page

Lutz Priese

Joseph Weizenbaum

Michael Werman

Reinhard Wilhelm

Erwin Flückiger

Andreas Glindemann

Jens Kube

Harald Lesch

Jakob Staude

Woody Vasulka

Peter Weibel

Ludger Brümmer

Peter Geimer

Barbara Könches

Christa Maar

Beat Wyss

Jean Baudrillard

Andreas Schelske

Helga de la Motte-Haber

Ekkehart Krippendorff

Robert Hopkins

Dominic M McIver Lopes

Eva Schürmann

Peter Sloterdijk

Lambert Wiesing

Klaus Rehkämper

Corvalis/ Oregon
Madison/ Wisconsin
Koblenz/ Germany
Berlin/ Germany
Jerusalem/ Israel
Saarbrücken/ Germany
Bern/ Switzerland
Garching/ Germany
Ny Alesund/ Spitsbergen, Norway
München/ Germany
Heidelberg/ Germany
ZKM  Karlsruhe/ Germany
ZKM  Karlsruhe/ Germany
ZKM  Karlsruhe/ Germany
Berlin/ Germany
ZKM  Karlsruhe/ Germany
München/ Germany
Stuttgart/ Germany
Paris/ France
Lübeck/ Germany
Berlin/ Germany
Berlin/ Germany
Sheffield/ UK


Oct. - Dec. 03
05/04 (in progress)
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images in the professional field

images structure data catching topological relationships

currently in transcription

images play a crucial role

showing different aspects and relations of data

images for communicating a result to a human expert

very abstract notion of image

images behave like a message

"We are just starting to understand movement."

explaining algorithms on data structures via images

interview still in progress

spectra are more important than images

necessary represenation of measurement data

avoids images because of its abundance of information

currently in transcription

"I don't believe in images."

ZKM as an institution of basic reseach in images

pereceptual inequivalence of visual and auditiv sensations

I live from images: talking and writing about

a structure of thinking behind my relation to images

images play a crucial role in a media enterprise

my profession is to talk about images if they are art

resort from theorie in the magic of trivial images

images as iconic space for social interaction

images play a role because of a wider notion of art

political sciences have not cared systematically about images

still in transcription

work on the value of images

images as ways in which we are (per-)forming world- and self-relations

thinking relies on images, metaphors and figures

images as media are the object of my reserach

question if mental images are really images

How do you perceive digital images?

a pixel doesn´t necessarily corresponds to anything

you won't see the difference

you don’t really get a sense that there is more to that picture than what you are looking at

"just made to be an accurate depiction"

"I don't differ between digital images and images"

drawing: taking images out of of the world and putting them into the computer

digital images as everyday experience

a poorer astronomy: by a lot of intermediary you loose the direct contact

The question of Microesthetics: What happens between two frames?

generation problem: "I grew up with printed reproductions of paintings"

the time decides which medium is adequate for a certain purpose

positive resistance

digital images increase interesting communication

the eye can't see the difference

digital simulation - a phenomenon in the tradition of thinking

we have to study the psychological effects of images

classical <-> digital techniques
- a difference?

concrete against discrete

machine made images are much more precise

molecular graphic as traditional image with 3d ability

screen images: the poverty of pictorial representation

a lot of people in the imaging process have no idea about the final use

I still see analogue images

low trust in digital images in private field

a new camera by linking different imaging processes

better quality & accessibility via databases

very different arrangement in the structural the operational sense

0% materiality: digital images as deontological phenomena

3d-images with space construction like Renaissance

the virtual image is no image it is a synthetic object

algorithms as pictorial filter

utopy since Varèse: fixing a musical idea by a machine

not as good as before

The hermeneutic apparatus connected with the eyes makes a difference.

renewals in the history of pictures not caused by technique

the scale of pixel based images

pixel: regular and exact limitation

De Chirico and nanotechnology: the problem of scale

Malewitsch's black square as formal archetype of a pixel

formalization begins with Alberti

what we perceive as image depends on the interface

work on the value of images

computer images are mosaics - elements can be driven and changed

images in mathematics

"BN diagram corresponds to a mathematical formula"

no images in mathematics but "mental content"

space doesn't come through when I just see the math equation

images help to communicate the intuition of the mathematics

"I imagine a proof as an image"

a proof can’t be done with pictures as it is done in the end with symbols

aesthetics of mathematics are more important than images

algorithms as untouchable area: you can’t open a box to change an image

arts and maths have in common that they are inutility

you see the representing geometry in Massacio's Trinita

"deep connection between visualising and mathematics"

Alhambra or the music of Bach: Do you feel the maths?


"Art is based on axioms too - or better to say on paradigms."

mathematics in the music of Bach let me feel a kind of constraint

two traditions in mathematics: a classic based on harmony and a dark modern one

difference between working with code in music and mathematics

mathematics and logic in music exist since Pythagoras


mathematics is also a kind of physicalization in the sense of causal processes

feeling: a vague notion


infinity as asymptopia - it doesn´t tell you very much of how it would behave in reality

modern mathematics: embedding finite problems in the continuity of infinity

"The concept is that it goes on forever but in reality it's a sort of truncated in my head."

"infinity is a pain for me"

"I consider infinity as a figure like
5 or 7"

"There are things which are not computable."

"Thinking about infinity seems all right, but a lot of things can be wrong."

applicable as model but not imaginable

the sublime is not man's work

After Kant an aesthetic idea is what exceeds conceptions.

infinity of the universe transcends the imagination


images can lead us astray proofing something about an algorithm

absolutely no trust: I know how they are made

It is all so nebulous, diluted.

low trust in digital images in private field

the web has fundamentally changed our trust in images

I don't look at images published only in the internet

the world is illusion, it has no reality

trust: a new parametre of social orientation

I do trust historical photographies

you can trust digital images because of their witness

Under the conditions of complexity you are condemned to trust.

oldfashioned question

we need to learn that images are able to lye

web based images and their place

images in the web: giving many users in many places the same experience

the web didn't change my experience of images

web based images as a radical jeopardize of classical images

no place

internet adress as the most stable location

internet as absorbing medium beyond time and space

internet seldom used

virtual images: "they move around with me"

images as "content"

technic doesn't work with information but just with data

It’s that ability to have this entity be both a logical statement and a number.

no symbolic desire: images in the web are no longer really images

"content" as a progessive attack of the communication industry against modernism

content is just a commercial notion to sell information

digital media not just as code : "they should be viewed as systems"

"content" doesn't implicate content

images and data

molecular biology: images are now replaced by networks

pictures as basic tool to find relevant information in datamining

I take large pictures to get get a one line description.

difference between generic data and data for applications
quantity of measurements decides if we can talk about an image classical painting comparable with physical measurements

images are not used anymore to understand the world, but the data

code as non-visual representation of sound

interpretation of an image and the findings - neurology needs to differ

reception of art as a changing recontextualisaton of image data

images as measures (Peirce)

the notation is just the skeleton of a work, you still need some flesh around

images invite to interpret too much

relation abstract images/music

images spatially have richer relationships than music

you find patterns in sound representations as easily as in visual ones

I don’t immediately see a relationship

"If I hear music and I close my eyes, then I see colors and pictures."

music and abstract art: parallels in formalization

The idea of uniting audiovisual aesthetics is so obsolete.

anthropological affinity between seeing and hearing

no semantic parallel between a melody and a dancer on a stage

no analogy: abstract images as cool phenomena

music and visual images converge in the notion of an inner image

in music the ordinary world has disappeared

images: higher of potential of identification than music

complex relationship between pitures and music

one of the great puzzles of the last 100 years

an image making analogue to music

music as concept to talk about abstract images

hubble deep field
hubble deep field
star spectra
viola guggenheim
byzantine mosaics
las meninas velazquez
las meninas velazquez