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Dr Hanna Holling
Gower Street
Tel: +442031084032
Fax: +442079165939
  • Lecturer
  • Dept of History of Art
  • Faculty of S&HS
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Hanna Hölling is lecturer at the Department of History of Art, University College London. Prior to this, in 2013-15, Hölling was appointed as the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture in New York where she taught graduate seminars on conservation, art history and materialities in art within the curricular innovation Cultures of Conservation. Hölling’s fellowships and awards include, among others, the Getty Residential Grant (GCI, 2016-17), visiting scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (2015), and a four-year fellowship at the University of Amsterdam, funded by the NWO Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2009-13). In 2007-2009 Hölling was head of conservation at the ZMK Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, and has engaged in mentoring students and lecturing at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, University of Amsterdam, and other universities in Europe, United Kingdom, and the United States. 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 Multimedia Installations" (BoxPress 2013). In its revised form titled Paik’s Virtual Archive: On Time, Change and Materiality in Media Art this book was published by the University of California Press in February 2017. Her first monograph 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).

Research Themes
Research Summary

Hanna Holling’s primary research and teaching interests lie, among others, in the methodologies, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy in and of conservation, technologies of fine arts, art and media of the 1960s and 70s, and the concepts of time, identity, medium, and materiality both in artworks and in objects of material culture. In conservation, Holling focuses on a variety of recent and historic artistic media such as diverse types of lens-based works (film, video), installation, electronic art (including video sculpture), and performance. She is interested in the notions of authenticity, intentionality, and the epistemic dimensions of conservation, that is, knowledge derived from and generated by diverse practices, theories, and cultures of perpetuation of art and artifacts.

Teaching Summary

At UCL Department of History of Art, Hölling teaches courses related to media, materialities, and technologies in the art with special focus on the art and material culture since the 1960s, methodologies of making, ways of perpetuation of art and artifacts, and philosophies of conservation. Before joining UCL, she taught graduate courses on art and material culture of the 1960s and cultures of conservation at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York (2013-15). At Bard, she supervised graduate (master and doctoral) students and overseen doctoral exams. In 2008-2013, she taught individual seminars at the University of Amsterdam and other universities in Europe and the UK. Over the past year, as a guest lecturer, she was invited to offer classes at the Institute of Fine Arts/New York University, Columbia University, Royal Danish Academy of Fines Arts in Copenhagen, and Harvard Art Museums/Harvard University, among others.

24-MAR-2017 – 24-AUG-2017 Guest Scholar Getty Conservation Institute The Getty Center, Los Angeles, United States
01-OCT-2015 – 30-NOV-2015 Visiting Scholar Art and Knowledge Research Group Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany
01-AUG-2013 – 01-JUL-2015 Andrew W Mellon Visiting Professor Material Culture Studies Bard Graduate Center, United States
01-SEP-2009 – 31-AUG-2013 Research Fellow Art History and Cultural Studies University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 – 2009 Head of Conservation Department of Conservation Center for Art and Media, Germany
Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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