Dr. Maike Aden








Dr. Maike Aden is a German art historian and musicologist based in Brussels and Paris.


Centre of interest

  • History and theory of art of the 20th century
  • Concepts and strategies of the independent network scenes in the 1960s and 70s and their approaches in recent art discourses and practices
  • Visualizing and reflecting ambiguous and informal knowledge in research-based university studies


Particular projects

  • Archiving, cataloging and exhibiting books by artists
  • Sounds and writings by visual artists
  • Ulises Carrión (1941-1989)
  • Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) and his artistic reception
  • Religious representations of the 20th and 21st centuries in practical theology
  • Artistic strategies of recording as practice of consciousness raising 



  • Doctorate (Dr. phil.): Bas Jan Ader and his Contemporary Artistic Reception, 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 commissioner/curator: 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
  • Action 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, Freiburg i. Br. / Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

  • Organist: Ostfriesland



  • Research Network Artist Publications, Bremen
  • AG Künstlerbücher|RDA und Sondermaterialien (working group artists' books|RDA), Committee for Standardisation at the German National Library
  • BDK, Hannover, Berlin