Matthias Bruhn, Dr. phil., studied History of Art and Philosophy in Hamburg, and from 1997-2001 was head of the digitisation project “Warburg Electronic Library” and the Political Iconography Research Centre in Warburg Haus at the University of Hamburg. After trips to the USA, Stuttgart and Cottbus, from 2005 he was head of the research group “Das Technische Bild” (“The Technical Picture”) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and was head of the Excellence Cluster “Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor” (“Illustration, Knowledge, Design. An interdisciplinary laboratory”) at the same university. During the 2016/17 academic year he is the acting professor of Art Studies at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design. Publications include: Bildwirtschaft (Picture Economics), 2003; Modernisierung des Sehens (Modernisation of Visuals), co-published with Kai-Uwe Hemken, 2008; Das Bild (The Image), 2009; Postdemokratie (Post-democracy) (with Nikola Doll), 2015; Bilder der Präzision (Pictures of Precision) (with Sara Hillnhütter, to be published in 2017). He has also been the co-editor of the annual Bildwelten des Wissens (Pictorial Worlds of Knowledge) since 2006.