Donation from the Saastamoinen Foundation promotes research of analogue image – Kerstin Schroedinger selected as university researcher

A research project funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation will focus on the meanings of analogue image in the era of digital image. The project enabled the recruitment of a university researcher, and artist-researcher Kerstin Schroedinger was selected for the three-year position.

Kerstin Schroedinger (PhD) was selected for the three-year university researcher position at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. Schroedinger will begin in the position on 1 May. Schroedinger secured the position through her extensive experience in research-based artistic work, active publishing activities, interest in teaching and supervision and a promising research plan, which focuses on the borderlines of the techniques used in analogue and digital image. 

Kerstin Schroedinger (b. Trier, Germany) is an artist-researcher who works in film, video, performance and sound. Her historiographic practice questions the means of image production, historical linearities, and the ideological assumptions of representation. Previously, Schroedinger has held positions such as visiting lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as well as assistant professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. Schroedinger’s works have been screened and exhibited at numerous contemporary art museums and events across the world, including at MoCA Toronto, Whitney Museum of American Art and Istanbul Biennial, and her works have been featured at international film festivals in Berlin and Toronto, for example.

The research project focuses on the affordances of analogue image in the era of digital image, and it was launched at the beginning of 2024 thanks to 180,000 euros in funding granted by the Saastamoinen Foundation. Within this project, analogue methods refer to both photography and moving image and related artistic work where light-sensitive materials serve as the surface where the image is produced. The research project examines photography and moving image at the intersection of analogue and digital technologie. This new research area will strengthen the international top competence in the field at Uniarts Helsinki.

“Fevzipaşa 1916. Clara auf der Veranda.” from Archiv für Zeitgeschichte der ETH Zürich, Teilnachlass Fritz und Clara Sigrist-Hilty, colourised by K. Schroedinger