Florian Göttke is a visual artist, researcher, and writer based in Amsterdam. He investigates the functioning of public images and their relationship to social memory and politics, combining visual modes of research (collecting, close reading, and image montage) with academic research. His book Toppled about the fallen statues of Saddam Hussein, is a critical study of image practices of appropriation and manipulation in our contemporary media society. Toppled was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award for documentary photography in 2011.
In 2019, Göttke finished his PhD in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Art Institute about the peculiar practice to hang or burn effigies—scarecrow-like puppets representing politicians—as a form of political protest. His dissertation entitled "Burning Images: Performing Effigies as Political Protest" combines two discursive narratives: a linear text and a parallel assemblage of images. Image narrative and text are like the two voices in a musical composition, each in turn taking the lead to introduce themes, structure the work, direct the reader, set tempo and rhythm, halt the attention or accelerate the flow.
His dissertation was published in 2021 under the title Burning Images: A History of Effigy Protests with Valiz, Amsterdam.
Florian Göttke @DAI:
COOP study group: Making Nothing Out of Something: Improvising writing and publishing in relation to practices of resistance. ~ Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke, Werker Collective (Rogier Delfos & Marc Roig Blesa). Partner: Open! / 2018-2019
COOP study group: Topologies of Touch ~ Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke, Marianna Maruyama ~ Partner: Open! / 2017-2018
COOP Academy 1: (Against) Neuralgia: Care of the Brain in Times of Cognitive Capitalism ~ Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke ~ Partner: Open! / 2016 - 2017
COOP Academy: Between Animals or Beyond Being Human ~ Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke ~ Partner: Open! / 2015 - 2016
COOP Academy : Affective Images: How Public Images Produce Affect in a Digital Age ~ Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke ~ Partner: Open! / 2014-2015
APRiCot PHASE 1: Associate PhD Research Collective / 2014 - 2016
Outside Academy: New World Academy # 4, by Jonas Staal at BAK, Utrecht. 2013-2014
Outside Academy: Masterclass “Preemption, Politics, Alternatives” with Cynthia Weber in the framework of “See You in The Hague”, Stroom Den Haag. / 2013-2014
Autonomy Reader, assistant editor / 2012-2013
Cappadocia Water Re-sources / 2008-2009
Ruffles and Fray / 2007-2008
The Newton Project / 2007-2008
The Expanding Pie / 2007
The Hole in the Brain / 2006