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Dr. Michaela Ott

Dr. Michaela Ott, Professor of Aesthetic Theories

Michaela Ott is professor of aesthetic theories at the HFBK Hamburg.

She is a philosopher, a film academic and a translator. She specializes in teaching on philosophical aesthetics and film theory, French philosophy, aesthetics and politics, aesthetics and ethics, theories of space, affection and affects, arts and knowledge, theory of (in)dividuation, biennal research, postcolonial theories, Afrian and Arab film.

Lectureships at University of La Jolla, California and ZHdK, Zurich


  • Welches Außen des Denkens? Wien/Berlin: Turia & Kant, 2018
  • Dividuations. Theories of Participation, London/NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
  • Affektionsbilder: ihre transkulturelle Migration, Hamburg: Avinus, 2016
  • Dividuationen. Theorien der Teilhabe, Berlin: b_books, 2015
  • Affizierung. Zu einer ästhetisch-epistemischen Figur, München: edition text und kritik, 2010
  • Deleuze – Zur Einführung, Hamburg: Junius Verlag, 2005
  • u.a. Hollywood. Phantasma / Symbolische Ordnung in Zeiten des Blockbuster-Films, München: Verlag edition text und kritik, 2005
  • Vom Mimen zum Nomaden. Lektüren des Literarischen im Werk von Gilles Deleuze, Wien: Passagen-Verlag, 1998


  • Re*: Ästhetiken der Wiederholung, hg. mit Hanne Loreck, Hamburg: materialverlag / textem Verlag, 2014
  • Timing of Affect. Epistemologies of Affection, hg. mit Marie-Luise Angerer und Bernd Bösel, Zürich: diaphanes Verlag, 2014
  • Virtualität und Kontrolle, hg. mit Hans-Joachim Lenger u.a., Hamburg: materialverlag / textem Verlag, 2010
  • Ästhetik und Politik, hg. mit Harald Strauß, Hamburg: materialverlag / textem Verlag, 2009
  • Artikel „Raum“, in: Ästhetische Grundbegriffe, Bd. V, hg. v. Karlheinz Barck u.a., Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2004, S. 113–148

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?