16 April 2017

Emanuel Goldberg.
Architect of Knowledge

Technische Sammlung Dresden

– 24 September 2017



The scientist Emanuel Goldberg (1881–1970) was a university professor at the Royal Academy of Graphic Arts and Book Trade in Leipzig – today’s Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB). Seen as a visionary in the field of media technology, his research on photography as well as in reproduction and copying methods, aerial photography and microfilm technology made a significant contribution to the knowledge management of the future. In 2013, the artists’ group Weltformat was set up at the HGB, to research his scientific work. In this exhibition, the group takes a photographic look at contemporary image production at the interface between art and science.


In addition to the panorama wall entitled “Preposition”, two showcases designed by the artists, are devoted to Goldberg’s debates on sensitometry and the determination of light sensitivity. Here, originals are combined with reproductions and comparative aesthetic studies. The source of materials for the aesthetic debate between this group of artists is Goldberg’s legacy of several thousand documents of business and private correspondence as well as documents relating to Goldberg’s scientific research. Over a hundred photographs, film documents, tools, experimental apparatus and working materials from Goldberg’s work as a researcher and inventor have been gifted to the Dresden Technical Collections to provide a safe home for these documents and objects and to make them accessible for future research and publication projects. In addition to the artistic contributions by the Weltformat group, the exhibition presents photo and film installations, replicas of Goldberg’s machines for pattern recognition as well as models of his “knowledge machine”. The exhibition also includes a film presenting Goldberg himself, as teacher, author and exhibition organiser.

The exhibition is a collaborative project between the TU Berlin, HGB Leipzig, the Centre for Media History Research at Bournemouth University and the TU Dresden. Information on the opening hours and entrance fees are available online.


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