Annual theme "Power of Material/Politics of Materiality" 

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2012/13)



Material Engagement

with Sofia Hultén and Colin Renfrew


Colin Renfrew


Sofia Hultén (*1972, Stockholm) lives and works in Berlin and has been a guest professor at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in 2012. The works of the Swedish artist have been presented in numerous international group exhibitions, amongst them, Kunstverein Frankfurt, the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, the Guangdong Museum in Guangzhou, the Skulpturenpark Köln, the Moderna Museet Stockholm, Kunsthalle Glarus, Today Art Museum Beijing and the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen. Her solo shows include Künstlerhaus Bremen, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Konrad Fischer Galerie Düsseldorf and Berlin, Langen Foundation in Neuss and the Kunstverein Braunschweig. Hultén took part in the IASPIS Residency Program (2007) is a scholarship holder of Stiftung Kunstfonds (2009) and was awarded the 2011 Moderna Museets Vänners Skulpturpris.


Colin Renfrew, Prof. Dr. em., was Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge from 1987 to 2004 and later became the director of the McDonald Institute for Archeological Research, where he still researches as a Senior Fellow. One of his two major focuses of research lies on early European cultural development and is based on a number of crucial archeological excavations on the culture of the early Bronze Age in Aegean. The other one is dedicated to the development of the Material Engagement Theory, which considers the cognitive as well as physical aspects of human involvement in the material world. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, won a number of international prices and in 1991 was made a Life Peer as Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.