Jonathan Kirn

Media en Performance Studies

In my PhD project I am researching how aesthetics can be thought as a critical, performative practice, building on Karen Barad’s agential realism and Theodor W. Adorno’s aesthetic theory. Specifically, I am interested how aesthetics can help to understand transitions between different media and how they influence the placement of boundaries between nature/culture and human/non-human. As a case study, I am, looking at phenomena from cymatics (the visualisation of wave effects) in the intersection of arts and physics. Furthermore, I am interested in ecology – both in the sense of sustainability and in that of asking for modes of living with and within the more-than-human world – and its relation to neoliberal ideals of productivity. 

In addition to my research I work as a freelance production manager and dramaturge. In recent projects I collaborated among others with the performance collective neco_nart, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen and Ensemble Modern.

I hold a master’s degree in Dramaturgy from Goethe University Frankfurt and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.