Biography

Christiane Wagner (Germany) has been a visiting research professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) since 2019 and has developed research at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP) 2020-2021. In addition, she was a visiting research professor of aesthetics and science of communication at UNICAMP (Fellowship CAPES 2014–2018, qualification for a professorship, Habilitation, venia legendi). Both universities (USP and UNICAMP) are ranked as the best universities in Latin America. She began her higher education in Germany, then pursued her professional and academic career in São Paulo, maintaining a connection between Europe and the Americas. In 2014, she was awarded a doctoral degree1 in Germany in the science of art and aesthetics (Promotion recognized by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art – Anabin). She has a Ph.D. in the science of art and aesthetics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (magna cum laude), a Ph.D. in design and architecture (with honors), and a master’s degree in science of communication (with honors) from the University of São Paulo. Her dissertations for her USP master’s degree, USP architecture and design Ph.D., and Sorbonne aesthetics and science of art Ph.D. were each nominated for book publications by the respective examining boards. Upon her graduation, she attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, and later, in São Paulo, she majored in industrial design at the School of Fine Arts (Bachelor of Arts degree with first-class honors, 2003). In Berlin, she was awarded the Art Campaign Award, Neumann & Müller, 2006. Since then, she has developed her professional activities across Europe, Latin America, and North America. Her research lines concentrate on cultural, media, and image studies, as well as the interface of architecture, film, art, design, digital media, global visual media concerning international politics, postcolonial aesthetics, environmental, and urbanization issues. 

She has given lectures and participated in panel discussions as a visiting professor, an invited lecturer, or a researcher at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany; ACTE Institute, Æsthetica – Art et Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Universität Wien; School of Communication and Arts – University of São Paulo (USP); Institute of Arts – UNICAMP; Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP); The City University of New York (CUNY); Institut für Kunstgeschichte, FAU-Friedrich Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg; New York City College of Technology (City Tech); University of Hertfordshire, London, and in many international conferences.

Christiane Wagner is the editor-in-chief, founder, and creative director of Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine and a member of the College Art Association of America in New York. Since 2018, she has been editor of the ISA-RC57, an international research committee on visual studies and an executive board member of the ISA-RC14, also an international research committee on communication, knowledge and culture (both research committees pertain to the ISA, International Sociological Association. The ISA is a member of the International Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non- Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations).

Prof. Dr. Christiane Wagner is a scientific advisor of the São Paulo Research Foundation FAPESP in cooperation agreements with national and international research funding agencies, including the UK Research Councils, the Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR) in France, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany, and the European Commission. She is an associate editor of the culture magazine Revista Cultura e Extensão USP of the University of São Paulo, and a scientific committee member of the Center for Open Access in Science (COAS). Professor Wagner was also invited to participate in the annual QS Global Academic Survey 2020 and 2021, the World University Rankings of Quacquarelli Symonds Intelligence Unit (QSIU). She is also active in the German, French, European, and International Aesthetics Associations, and often participates in scientific advisory boards for master’s degrees, doctorates, and scientific committees for research projects. Also, she is certificated for peer review training and mentoring in the social sciences, arts and humanities by Web of Science Academy, Clarivate. She is a reviewer for many architecture, design, arts, media studies, and aesthetics journals.

Languages:  German, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Curriculum Vitae | Publication List | Scientific and Editorial Committees Membership

Relevant publications in the last six years

All publications are linked. To see, click on each publication year:

2016. “Kunstwerke der Neuen Welt” [Artworks of the new world, essay written in German]. Grin (February): 1-15.

2016. “Arte e realidade” [Art and reality, peer-reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Revista de Cultura e Extensão USP, University of São Paulo, (March): 41-51.

2016.“Kitsch, Reminiscências Estéticas e Jeff Koons” [Kitsch, Aesthetics Reminiscences and Jeff Koons, peer-reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Revista Visuais, Institute of Art, UNICAMP, (September): 64–80.

2016. “Aesthetic Experience: Visual Culture as the Masterpiece of Nonhumanity” [peer reviewed article]. On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 2, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, (November): 1-12.

2017. “Poïésis: entre la raison et la sensibilité. Les nouveaux médiums de l’art” [Poïésis: between reason and sensibility. The new mediums of art, peer-reviewed article written in French]. Paper presented at the Third ISA World Forum Vienna and published in Mises en scène du politique contemporain Theatricalization of the Contemporary Politics. French Journal for Media Research, (November): 17 – 40.

2017. “Visual Narratives: Image and Consciousness of Social Reality” [peer reviewed article]. Center for Open Access in Science – COAS, Open Journal for Sociological Studies, OJSS, 1(2), (December): 73-82.

2018. Estética Urbana: aspectos filosóficos e sociais da beleza metropolitana e seu reverso [Urban aesthetics: philosophical and social aspects of metropolitan beauty and its reverse, book written in Portuguese]. NEA.

2018. “Reflexões preliminaries sobre arte e sociedade” [Preliminary reflections on art and society, peer reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Revista de Cultura e Extensão USP, University of São Paulo, (May): 29-40.

2018. “Rationality: Beyond Aesthetics and Communication” [peer-reviewed article]. Proceedings book of 1st International e-Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Center for Open Access in Science – COAS, (June): 1-12.

2018. “Art and Perfect Illusion: From Architecture to Cinema. On the Era of Technological Convergence” [peer reviewed book chapter]. In Image Evolution. Technological Transformations of Visual Media Culture. Yearbook of Moving Image Studies, edited by Lars C. Grabbe, Patrick Rupert-Kruse and Norbert M. Schmitz. Marburg: Büchner-Verlag, 34-57.

2019. “What Matters in Contemporary Art? A Brief Statement on the Analysis and Evaluation of Works of Art” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 1, nº 1, (March): 68-82.

2019. “To what extent is Bauhaus even possible nowadays?,” edit. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 2, no. 2 (June), 138 pages.

2019. “Aesthetic and Social Values of Bauhaus” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 2, no. 2, (June): 71-82.

2019. “To What Extent is Bauhaus Even Possible Nowadays?” Interview with Bernhard E. Bürdek, author of the book Design: History, Theory, and Practice of Product Design. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 2, no. 2, (June): 85-91.

2019. “Visual Arts and Empirical Aesthetics: Designing the Technical Aspects of Art” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 2, no. 2, (June): 93-114.

2019. “Artworks and the Paradoxes of the Media-Transmitted Reality” [peer reviewed article, original scholarly paper]. In Proceedings book of International Congress of Aesthetics and Art and Media, AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (October): 71– 85.

2019. “Aesthetics and Cultural Aspects of Bauhaus Towards a New Conception” [peer reviewed article]. In Proceedings book of the 21st International Congress of Aesthetics and Serbian Architectural Journal, volume 11, (November): 463-472.

2020. “La coupole : pour une structure esthétique et dominante de la société” [The cupola: for an aesthetic and dominant structure of the society, peer reviewed article written in French]. Grin (January): 1-14.

2020. “The Democratization of Art. Media and the Art of Publishing on Art” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 5, no. 5, (March): 93-113.

2020. “Design: novas ideais, sustentabilidade e aspectos estético-sociais” [Design: new ideas, sustainability, and aesthetic-social aspects, essay written in Portuguese]. Revista H&C (February): 1-10.

2020.“Arte, cultura e tecnologias de comunicação em face da crise mundial” [Art, culture, and communication technologies in the face of global crisis, essay written in Portuguese]. Revista H&C (April): 1-10.

2020. “Challenges: Reason and Reality. Can Advances in Science end Philosophy?” [critical review]. In Research Group on Intelligence Technologies and Digital Design, coordinated by Professor Winfried Nöth.

2020. “The Postmodern Avatar. The Changing World of the Arts and Jeff Koons” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 6, no. 6, (September): 123-142.

2020. “A arte do design: a busca pela bela e boa forma” [The art of design: seeking the beautiful and good form, essay written in Portuguese]. Revista H&C (October): 1-10.

2020. “A Democratic Enlightenment: The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics” [a critical review of the Morton Schoolman’s book]. Visual Studies Journal, Volume 36, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, (November): 1-4.

2020. “Cidade e desafios. Projeção e percepção do tempo-espaço e soluções digitais” [City and challenges: projection and perception of time-space and digital solutions, peer reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Journal of the University of São Paulo, Jornal da USP (November): 1-18.

2021. “Visuelle Kommunikation und Medien. Transformationsprozesse des globalen metropolitanen Rhythmus” [Visual communication and media. transformation processes of the global metropolitan rhythm, peer reviewed article written in German]. Workshop proceedings, Interdisziplinärer Workshop New Tools for Old Problems, IZdigital, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Digitale Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, FAU-Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, (January): 1-20.

2021. “Image and Digital Media: The Concept of Mediated Reality” [peer reviewed book chapter]. In Yearbook of Moving Image Studies, Trilogy of Synthetic Realities I: Virtual Images, edited by Lars C. Grabbe, Patrick Rupert-Kruse and Norbert M. Schmitz. Marburg: Büchner-Verlag, 67-91.

2021. “Artes e democracia em questão” [Arts and Democracy at Stake, peer-reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Journal of the University of São Paulo, Jornal da USP (May): 1-19.

2021. “Media and Digital Interface: Designing Learning Spaces and Knowledge” [peer reviewed article]. In Teaching-Learning-Research: Design and Environments, edited by Laura Sanderson and Sally Stone. University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture, AMPS Proceedings Series 22.1: 336-347.

2021. “ONU, ordem global, e autonomia da arte: de Portinari a Rauschenberg” [UN, global order, and the autonomy of art: from Portinari to Rauschenberg, peer reviewed article written in Portuguese]. Journal of the University of São Paulo, Jornal da USP, (September): 1-10.

2021. “Structures of the Metropolis: The Image of Unity in Diversity” [peer-reviewed article by two scientific committee members of the magazine]. Art Style, Art & Cult Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 8, no. 8.1, part 1 (September): 11-35.

2021. “A Discussion with Morton Schoolman on a Democratic Enlightenment: The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics.” Interview by Christiane Wagner. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 8, no. 8.1, part 1 (September): 37-55.

2021. “Metropolis: Visual Dynamic and Democratic Ideals,” edit. Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, v. 8, no. 8.1, parts 1 and 2 (September), 316 pages.

2021. “Arte e educação no ambiente virtual” [Art and Education in the Virtual Environment, peer-reviewed article]. Proceedings book of International Digital Symposium. Spaces of Mediation: Drawing as Memory Practice. Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP): 185-198.

Forthcoming. “L’idéal du beau au risque de l’art contemporain. L’expérience esthétique sous l’effet des médias” [The ideal of beauty at the risk of contemporary art. The aesthetic experience under the effect of the media, peer reviewed article written in French]. Centre d’Études et de Recherches en Esthétique et Arts Plastiques, Les risques de l’art, Revue Recherches en Esthétique n° 27.

Forthcoming. “Fragments in Connection and Algorithmic Rule: Encoding the Urban Image in Motion” [peer reviewed article]. In Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data. University of Hertfordshire, London: AMPS Conference Proceedings Series.

Forthcoming. “Artistic, Cultural, and Political Interdependence: Cities in Motion Facing the Challenges of Technological Advances” [peer reviewed article]. In Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design. Conference Proceedings Series. The City University of New York (CUNY), New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

Relevant conferences and talks in the last six years

2016. “Poïésis: entre la raison et la sensibilité. Les nouveaux médiums de l’art” (presentation at the Third ISA Forum. ISA-RC14. University of Vienna, Austria, July 10-14).

2017. “Technology and Science as Fiction Narratives and Their Socio-Political Issues” (presentation at the 13th ESA Conference. Media Narratives RN18: Social Realities and Media in Society, Politics and Culture, Athens. (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities. Athens, Greece, August, 29-31).

2018. “Critique des médias vers une réalité incisive: le pouvoir et la perception de la violence” (presentation at the XIX ISA World Congress, ISA-RC14. Analyser le pouvoir et la violence dans les médias et les organisations. Toronto, Canada, July 15-21).

2018. “Power as Control: the Use of Technologies of Communication” (presentation at the XIX ISA World Congress. ISA-RC14. Globalization, New Media and the Culture of Real Virtuality: Emerging Patterns. Toronto, Canada, July 15-21).

2019. “Aesthetics of Media and Post-media Practices. Artworks and the Paradoxes of the Media-transmitted Reality” (presentation at the ICA 2019 Belgrade: 21st International Congress of Aesthetics. University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture. Belgrade, Serbia, July 22-26. Also moderation for the panel Aesthetics of Media and Post-media Practices).

2019. “Aesthetics of Architecture. Aesthetics and Cultural Aspects of Bauhaus Towards a New Conception” (presentation at the ICA 2019 Belgrade: 21st International Congress of Aesthetics. University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture. Belgrade, Serbia, July 22-26).

2020. “Art as a Source of Solidarity” (presentation at the International Web-Workshop. Impact of COVID-19 on Society & Culture, DAV Post Graduate College, Varanasi, India, April 29 – May 3). 

2020. “Urban Aesthetics: Cities, Cultural Heritage of Humanity” (Lecture as part of the discipline Heritage Interpretation: Museum, Culture and Society at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo, on September 30).

2020. “Modern Masters: Modern Aesthetics” (Lecture as part of the discipline Musical Iconography and the Relationship between Music and Visual Arts in Contemporaneity at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo, on September 16).

2020. “Media and Digital Interface: Designing Learning Spaces and Knowledge” (presentation at the conference Teaching-Learning-Research: Design And Environments, Manchester School of Architecture, University of Manchester, 02-04 December).

2021. “Visuelle Kommunikation und Medien. Transformationsprozesse des globalen metropolitanen Rhythmus” (presentation at the workshop New Tools for Old Problems. IZdigital, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Digitale Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, FAU-Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, on January 9).

2021. “Environmental Aesthetics and Socio-Territorial Conflicts throughout Media” (session organizer and chair, Research Committee: ISA RC14, session to IV International ISA Forum, Porto Alegre, February 23–27).

2021. “Inequality, as a Fact and a Permanent Image of Investigation” (session organizer and chair, Research Committee: ISA-RC57, session to IV International ISA Forum, Porto Alegre, February 23–27).

2021. “The Visual Claim through Images of Children” (presentation at the Research Committee: ISA-RC57, session: Visualities of Childhoods – Images of Innocence, Vulnerability, and Inequality, organized by Lars Alberth, Leuphana University Lüneburg and Gary Bratchford, The University of Central Lancashire at the IV International ISA Forum, Porto Alegre, February 23–27).

2021. “Challenges to Investigating the Image of Social Inequality as Fact” (presentation at the Research Committee: ISA-RC57, session: Visualising Uneven Distributions of Power, organized by Gary Bratchford, The University of Central Lancashire and Ruthie Ginsburg, Beit Berl College at the IV International ISA Forum. Porto Alegre, February 23–27).

2021. “The Arts: Conscious Creativity and the Power to Inspire Change at the Horasis Visions Community Extraordinary Meeting” (session organizer and chair, panel subject: Artistic expression has always made suggestions about the future: and has inspired us to cut the wonton waste of environmental resources to develop products, services and concepts for the collective interest. How can we use the arts to change the world for the better? What are the key issues that can be affected through the creative medium? Virtual Event, March 18).

2021. “Artistic, Cultural, and Political Interdependence: Cities in Motion Facing the Challenges of Technological Advances” (presentation at the conference Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design, The City University of New York [CUNY], New York City College of Technology [City Tech], New York, June 16-18).

2021. “Fragments in Connection and Algorithmic Rule: Encoding the Urban Image in Motion” (presentation at the conference: Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data, University of Hertfordshire, London, June 28-30).

2021. “Art and Education in the Virtual Environment” (presentation at the IV International Digital Symposium, Spaces of Mediation: Drawing as Memory Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, on August 25).

Overall Academic Factors

Complete works published, see ORCiD (books, peer-reviewed articles, essays, and proceedings of international conferences) and publication list.

Notes:

1. Academic degrees and some professional titles are protected by law in Germany. In this respect, the use of degrees acquired abroad is also regulated by law. My legally obtained French-language doctoral degree from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Diplôme National de Docteur en Esthétique et Sciences de L’Art, mention très honorable) was authorized in the abbreviated form “Dr.” (Doktorat) to be registered in my German identity document (Dr. Christiane Wagner) since 2014. That evaluation was made by the Central Office for Foreign Education in the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (das “Diplôme de Docteur” entspricht einer deutschen Promotion und kann daher auch in der Form “Dr.” ohne Herkunftsangabe geführt werden).

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