Dr. Maike Aden
Maike Aden with Diario N° 1 (1975) by Mirtha Dermisache



Dr. Maike Aden is a German art historian and musicologist based in Paris, working in the academic field as well as in exhibition institutions. 



Centre of interest

  • History and theory of art and music of the 20th century
  • Concepts and strategies of the independent network scenes in the 1960s and 70s and their appropriation in recent discourses and practices
  • Sound in Art and Poetry
  • Writings by visual artists
  • Research-based university studies: visualizing and reflecting ambiguous and informal knowledge


Particular projects

  • Acoustic experiments by visual artists and poets in the 20th century
  • Ulises Carrión (1941-1989)
  • Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) and his artistic reception
  • Archiving, cataloging and exhibiting publications by artists
  • Artistic strategies of recording as mode of research     



  • Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in art history on the artistic reception of Bas Jan Ader, University of Bremen
  • Magistra Artium (M.A.): art history and musicology, University of Bremen
  • 1st and 2nd state examinations: Teaching profession for music, University of Osnabrück


Professional practice


  • Lecturer: Catholic University ICP, Paris
  • Research consultant/curator: various European archives, museums and universities
  • Author of monographs, essays and scientific treatises


                     Before 2012

  • Scientific evaluator: European Network for Visual Literacy, Mozarteum University Salzburg
  • Lecturer: Institute for Art and Art Theory University Cologne / Faculty of Fine Arts Porto
  • Research associate: Interdisciplinary research group at the Institute for Kath. Theology, University of Münster / TU Dortmund
  • Empirical researcher: Fine Arts school pilot project, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Empirical researcher: Interdisciplinary research program at the IPN-Leibniz-Institut Kiel

  • Post doc: Institute for Art History, Film Studies, Art Education at the University of Bremen

  • Member of the art education team: documenta 12, Kassel

  • Teacher for music: Music schools and public schools in Freiburg i. Br. and in Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen
  • Singer: a.o. Vocal Ensemble Alsfeld  / Organist: Friesland



  • Research Network Artists' Publications, Bremen
  • Arbeitskreis Künstlerbücher (association of institutions and scientists in the field of artists' books in German speaking regions)
  • AG Künstlerbücher|RDA und Sondermaterialien (working group artists' books|RDA), Committee for Standardization at the German National Library)
  • BDK, Hannover, Berlin