Jenny Nachtigall is an art historian and writer based in Berlin. Since April 2019 she is a guest professor for art history and theory at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Previously Nachtigall was a lecturer in aesthetic theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (2014-19) and has taught at University College London and at Humboldt University Berlin. Nachtigall’s research interests include the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on questions of mediality, form and mass culture. She currently works on completing her first monograph, Form as Contradiction. Berlin Dada's Impossible Formalismsas well on the tangled legacies of a “fractured vitalism” in art and theory.Recent publications include "Vitalism/ Living Form” (2018, in Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930, ed. Franke, Holert), “On the Aesthetics of (a Fractured) Vitalism“ (2019, in Post-Apocalyptic Self-Reflection, ed. Widmann, Preston) Hybrid Ecologies (forthcoming, ed. with Muhle, Kesting, Witzgall) and Klassensprachen – Written Praxis, (2017, ed. with Ammer, Birkenstock, Stakemeier, Weber).She writes a.o. for art-agendaArtforum and Texte zur Kunst. 

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