Marietta Kesting supports the Director in coordinating the core project Reduction and its current focus Models and in planning project-related events and publications. Her research focuses on media, arts, technology, and cultural studies — always in dialogue with postcolonial and queer studies.
Before joining the ICI Berlin she held the position of Junior Professor for Media and Art Theory at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich 2016–22 and a Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna from 2008–11 and at the interdisciplinary laboratory ‘Image Knowledge Gestaltung’ at Humboldt University from 2014–16. Her PhD, Affective Images of Post-Apartheid: Documentary Perspectives on Migration, Xenophobia, and Gender in South African Film and Photography (2015), was funded by the DFG and nominated for the Humboldt Prize. From 2015–18 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, in the FWF project ‘A Matter of Historicity: Material Practices in Audiovisual Art’. She curated film programmes for the cinema of the mumok museum in Vienna and the photo-exhibit ‘Now you see me, now you don’t’ for the National Theatre of Mannheim; she also directed several essayistic films. Kesting has been part of the publishing collective b_books, Berlin since 2004 and a member of the editorial board of FKW *Journal for Gender Studies and Visual Culture* since 2017. She writes for Texte zur Kunst, Social Dynamics, and FKW Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur, among others.