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We are guided by the belief that a world that can be seen and interpreted in different ways can also be changed



Who we are
Our founding members work in various disciplines of science, journalism, art, literature and photography. In our respective fields, we have long been concerned with questions that deal with the phenomena of the visual in modern cultures. We consider media and art under the cultural aspects of seeing and making visible.

The founding members are
Dr. Christine Blaettler Professor of Philosophy
Zora del Buono writer and cultural editor mare magazine
Thierry Gerber lawyer & private scholar
Edgar Herbst Recorder & Phantasist
Dr. Kirstin zu Hohenlohe Social and Cultural Anthropologist
Jann Jenatsch Deputy Managing Director Keystone-SDA
Heike Ollertz Professor for Photography
Barbara Stauss Photo director mare magazine and Studio Stauss
Matthias Steinke Business consultant
Miriam Zlobinski Visual historian and curator

Further members are
Tamas Deszö Photographer
Dr. Hennric Jokeit Professor of Neuropsychology and Photographer
Laszlo Liebman law student and treasurer of DEJAVU
Karl Heinz Steinle Historian
Questions we ask ourselves
What triggers a picture in the creator (a photographer, an artist) and in the viewer (a historian, a philosopher or a neurologist)? Is it seen differently? How does a photographer describe his own seeing in a text? What role does the caption play that can change the image and our perception of what is depicted on it. The basis of all our projects is an extended concept of images, which includes all types of images and their different contexts of use. The "image" goes beyond material images (e.g. photography) and includes virtually distributed images as well as immaterial images, such as pictorial imaginations, stereotypes and metaphors.
Our first steps
Our digital magazine ReVue has been online since April 24, 2021. The aim is to create publicity for our topic "Photography and Perception" and to provide the public with socially relevant information. The sections are called "Theory", "The Image in Its Time", "Fieldwork", "In Your Head" and "Columns". There is room for own content, but also for finished articles that fit thematically and are in some cases translated from English into German for ReVue.         

The books “Edition DEJAVU” and “DEJAVU Theorie” will supplement and expand on the topic "photography and perception".