Dr. Michael Baers

Affiliated Researcher

Current research: The Conflict in Western Sahara, Political/Cultural Solidarity With the Saharawi Within the Mediterranean and Europe, Medial Invisibility of Postcolonial Conflicts, Mass Media Images of War and Conflict, Artistic Research Methodologies.
Regional focus: Maghreb, Europe, cyberspace.
Dr. Michael Baers
Dr. Michael Baers


May 2018 - May 2020
Co-editor, bauhaus imaginista online journal—a journal focused on the international dissemination of Bauhaus persons, practices, and pedagogical models.
November 2016 - November 2017
Commissioned artist, Haus der Kulturen der Welt exhibition, Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (November 3 – January 8, 2018).
January 2016 - December 2016
Team of the research project, Necessità dei volti. A Dialogical Procedure, funded by neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin.
March 2017 - August 2017
Lecturer, Rethinking the Comic course, Universität der Künste Berlin.
November 2011 - May 2014
Commissioned artist, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Documentary Forum.
October 2008 - June 2010
Adjunct Faculty, Theory/Praxis and Advanced Studies, Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Odense.
October 2006 - January 2007
Guest Instructor, Writing for Artists, Artists’ Writing (seminar course); Brecht for Artists (with Yvette Brackman), Mur og Rum (Wall and Space) Department of the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen


October 2014
PhD (Very Good), PhD-in-Practice program of the Institute of Fine Arts and Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien. Title of dissertation: “The Inside of the Outside and Outside of the Inside: The Making of An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine in the Context of Art’s Interdisciplinary Turn”
June 2002
Master of Fine Arts, (Art and Critical Writing), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.
June 1990
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies), 1990 California College of Arts, Oakland.



2016, An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine. Hamburg: adocs verlag. 

Peer-reviewed Articles

2019, “Concerning Intent, Interpretation, Memory and Historical Ambiguity in the Conflict in Western Sahara,” Memory Studies Vol. 12 (3). London. Sage Publications, 294  – 306.

Book Chapters

2019, “Crime Story: Berlin’s Tiergarten and Perceptions of Public Space.” In: Sandra Bartolli (ed.), Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression: This Obscure Object of Desire. Zurich: Park Books 122 – 133.

2018, “What Comes Under, After, Beyond: Notes on Jeff Weber’s Kunsthalle Leipzig.” In: Jeff Weber, An Attempt at a Personal Epistemology. Amsterdam: Roma Books, 459 – 477.

2014, “Ett första steg mot en regional riskbedömning” (A First Step Towards a National Risk Assessment). In: Johanne Løgstrup, Åse Lovgren, Karolin Tampere (eds.), Reform. Aarhus: Antipyrine, 92 – 101 (in Swedish).

2014, “Eros Cannot Be Found on Facebook.” In: Alexandra Croitoru, Magda Radu, Dana Andrei (eds.), Dear Money. Bucharest: Salonul de Proiecte and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, 29 –  47 (in Romanian and English).

Media Publications

2019, “From Social Democratic Experiment to Postwar Avant-Gardism” (co-author: Iris Ströbel), bauhaus imaginista online journal.

2018, “A First Step Towards a National Risk Assessment,” e-flux journal, No. 91. (online journal).   

2014, “Vagaries and Vacillations: Some reflections on the making of An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine,” Vector – critical research in context. Critical theories and creative practices of research. Iasi: University of Arts George Enescu, 32 – 41; 43 – 58.

2012, “Michael Asher: Final Words and Unfinished Work,” e-flux journal, No. 39. (online journal)

2012, “No Good Time for an Exhibition: The Making of Picasso in Palestine,” e-flux journal, Nos. 33 and 34 (online journal).

2011, “Inside the Box: Notes from within the European Artistic Research Debate,” e-flux journal, No. 26. (online journal). 


06/02/2020, “The Outside of the Inside and the Inside of the Outside: Resuscitating the emancipatory pedagogical project of the historical avant-gardes after the emergence of postcolonial studies.” As part of Art, Spatiality, Politics Ringvorlesung, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin.

15/09/2015, “The Ballad of Picasso in Palestine,” lecture on my work with the Picasso in Palestine project, Malmö Academy of Art and Valand Academy, University of Gotebörg, Sweden.

Conference Papers

10/02/2020, “Give us time, give us time, and we’ll be a multitude: Notes on the artistic doctorate.” As part of EQ-Arts Creator Doctus (CrD) Workshop, Merz Akademie Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart.                                                       

26/10/2018, “The Nowhere of the Archive,” as part of The Conscience of an Archive, New Europe College, Bucharest.

18/05/2017, “Escape Routes: A proposal for the re-organization of artistic pedagogy at the graduate level,” as part of: Phase 3—How We Do Research, Muthesiuns University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel.

Teaching Activities

Wintersemester 20011/12
Guest Instructor, two-day workshop on narrative and Roland Barthes “A Lover’s Discourse,” Stockholm University of the Arts.
Winter Semester 2012
Guest Instructor, one-week workshop on Freud and Dora, Royal Danish Academy of Art.
Winter Semester 2010/11
Guest Instructor, one-week workshop on Benjamin’s dialectical image, Royal Danish Academy of Art.
Summer Semester 2010
Guest Instructor, One-week workshop on Brecht and Dialectics, International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah.
Winter Semester 2008
Guest Instructor, One-week workshop entitled “Foucault, Derrida, and the Concept of the Archive”, Bergen Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway.
Winter Semester 2007
Guest Instructor, workshop entitled “Mass Culture, Subcultural Identity, and Alterity: Readings in Cultural Studies”, Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Denmark.
Spring Semester 2007
Guest Instructor, workshop entitled “Mass Culture, Subcultural Identity, and Alterity: Readings in Cultural Studies”, Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Denmark.
Winter Semester 2007
Guest Instructor, Two-week workshop version of “Operative Drawing”, Bergen Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway.
Winter Semester 2005
Guest Instructor, two-part workshop entitled “Operative Drawing,” Det Fynske Kunstakademi Odense, Denmark.


  • Fellow, Kunstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, 2018 – 2019.
  • Recipient, award, 2014 Zed Grant in Artistic Research, Istanbul
  • Recipient, stipend and residency, IASPIS, Stockholm, November – January 2014
  • Recipient, working grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), fall 2006
  • Recipient, stipend and residency, DIVA (Danish International Visiting Artists) fellowship, March – June 2006


  • English: native Speaker
  • German: basic