Vita

Claudia Peppel is in charge of Academic Coordination and Communication at the ICI Berlin. She guides the implementation of public conferences, lectures, and other events by ICI Fellows and invited guests.

Before joining the ICI Berlin, she held positions at the Berlin University of the Arts, the TU Darmstadt, and in a film company. Her research focuses on literary and cultural studies, as well as aesthetics, art history, and visual studies. She studied Italian and French languages and literatures, as well as psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Sapienza Università di Roma. She was a fellow of the German National Endowment (DFG) and part of the research programme ‘Technology and Society’ at the TU Darmstadt and affiliated with the DFG programme ‘Zeiterfahrung und ästhetische Wahrnehmung’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She has taught at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Claudia Peppel’s monograph (doctoral thesis) explores the manichino of the Metaphysical Art of Giorgio de Chirico and his contemporaries. In the early 20th century, as mechanisation, mass culture, and mass production lead in a variety of ways to a heightened awareness of and engagement with abstraction and alienation both in society at large and in the arts, the manichino (or mannequin) was one of the most unusual responses in the visual arts. Its position as a modern object vacillates between art, fashion, and the emerging commodity fetishism.

She has co-organized various events at the ICI Berlin, for example, Resonant Bodies – Landscapes of Acoustic Tension (with Zeynep Bulut and Brandon LaBelle), Twice a Refugee (with Anaheed Al-Hardan), and But I Digress and Waiting (with Corinna Haas and Arnd Wedemeyer).

Claudia Peppel curated several exhibitions, including Unfinished, Along the Lines, The Waiting Room (with Cristina Baldacci, Francesco Giusti and Clio Nicastro), Je suis parti faire un tour at KunstRaum Ko gallery in Berlin, and Mon monde est l’ambiguïté at the Musée de l’Échevinage 
in Saintes, France.

In addition, she is interested in food cultures and sustainable food practices.

Selected Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  • Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, vol.1-3, co-ed. with Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Verlag, 2006, 2007, and 2008)
  • Der Manichino – Von der Gliederpuppe zum technisierten Kultobjekt. Körperimaginationen im Werk Giorgio de Chiricos (Weimar: VDG, 2008)
  • Vegetarian Dinner Party (Thun/Gwatt: Werd & Weber, 2014)

Articles

Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  • Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, vol.1-3, co-ed. with Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Verlag, 2006, 2007, and 2008)
  • Der Manichino – Von der Gliederpuppe zum technisierten Kultobjekt. Körperimaginationen im Werk Giorgio de Chiricos (Weimar: VDG, 2008)
  • Vegetarian Dinner Party (Thun/Gwatt: Werd & Weber, 2014)

Articles

  • ‘Entlarvung der Puppe. Arbeiten von Tony Oursler und Jean-Pierre Khazem’, in Puppen – Menschenbegleiter in Kinderwelten und imaginären Räumen, ed. by Insa Fooken, Jana Mikota (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014), pp. 286-95
  • ‘The Guest. Transfiguring Indifference in Teorema’, in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 105-16
  • ‘Der Körper der Puppe’, in Phantasmata – Techniques of the Uncanny, ed. by Fabio Camilletti, Martin Doll, and Rupert Gaderer (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2011), pp. 157-71
  • ‘Impassively True to Life’, in Image & Narrative: Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative, 13.1 (Spring 2012) <http://www.imageandnarrative.be/index.php/imagenarrative/article/view/224/187>, pp. 64-79
  • ‘Ernste Spiele – Serious Games als neue Tendenz der Computerspielkultur’, in Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, 3, ed. by Claudia Peppel and Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Berlin, 2008), pp. 28-31
  • ‘Second Life – oder warum gestalten Menschen Avatare?’, in Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, 2, ed. by Claudia Peppel and Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Berlin, 2007), pp. 18-19
  • ‘Musterunternehmen’ with Hanna Huber and Bastian Unterberg, in Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, 2, ed. by Claudia Peppel and Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Berlin, 2007), pp. 118-19
  •  ‘Technik, Kunst und digitale Kommunikation’, in Jahrbuch für digitale Kommunikation, 1, ed. by Claudia Peppel and Thomas Schildhauer (Berlin: UdK Berlin, 2006), pp. 8-9
  • ‘Warenkörper und Kunstfigur: Der Maninchino als ästhetisches Phänomen’, in Menschenkonstruktionen: Künstliche Menschen in Literatur, Film, Theater und Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, ed. by Gisela Febel and Cerstin Bauer-Funke (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2004), pp. 93-106
  • ‘Der Teint der Technik. Industrielles Finish am modernen Objekt’, in Ästhetik und Kommunikation, 113 (2001), pp. 97-105