Dr. des. Paul Heinicker

Koordinator im Projekt Medienpraxiswissen

Raum + Kontakt
Raum: GB 1/37
E-Mail: paul.heinicker@rub.de

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Short bio

Paul Heinicker is a design researcher investigating discursive design concepts with a focus on the culture and politics of diagrams and data visualisations. His practice covers image-led research as well as written analyses. He is a PhD student at the University of Potsdam at the Institute for Media and Art and has an interdisciplinary background in multimedia technologies (B.Eng.) and interface design (M.A.).


  • Heinicker, Paul; Kienbaum, Janna and Schneider, Birgit. 2023. More than Distant Viewing: Qualitative Views on Machine Learning as an Automated Analysis Method in Networked Climate Image Communication. DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly. 17:1.
  • Heinicker, Paul and Parnow, Jonas. 2022. Stoniness. Matter Journal Vol.3 No.1. https://doi.org/10.1344/jnmr.v3i1.38964.
  • Heinicker, Paul. 2022. Alt’ai. In: Gasperoni, Lidia. Experimental Diagrams in Architecture: 174-175. Berlin: Dom Publishers.
  • Heinicker Paul and Lukáš Likavčan. 2021. Planetary Diagrams. In: Parikka, Jussi and Dvořák, Tomáš. Photography Off The Scale: 211-230. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Heinicker, Paul et al. 2020. Alt‘ai. In: Bratton, Benjamin; Boyadjiev, Nicolay and Axel, Nick. The New Normal: 318-320. Zürich: Park Books.
  • Heinicker, Paul. 2020. Passim. Leonardo Journal Vol. 53 No. 1. 
  • Heinicker, Paul; Likavčan, Lukáš and Lin, Qiao. 2019. designing machine-to-machine interfaces for automated landscapes. ACM SIGGRAPH 2019. https://doi.org/10.1145/3306211.3320146.

Talks (Selection)

  • Affirmative visualisations as reference model. 10.2021. IEEE VIS Vis4DH. New Orleans (remote).
  • Modelling diagrams beyond anthropocentric scales. 09.2021. Fotograf Festival 11. Prague.
  • Stones that calculate – post-digital materiality. 03.2021. New Materialist Informatics. Kassel (remote).
  • Data as material versus data as reason. 08.2020. IEEE VIS Vis4DH. Salt Lake City (remote).
  • Counter-earths – planetary models beyond operational images. 05.2020. EGU General Assembly. Vienna (remote).
  • Models of and about AI. 01.2020. Transmediale Festival. Berlin.

Teaching (Selection)

  • SuSe 2020. University of Potsdam. Stones That Calculate. MA-Seminar.
  • WiSe 2019/20. University of Potsdam. On The Failure Of Data Images. MA-Seminar.
  • SuSe 2019. Digital Methods Initiative Amsterdam. Workshop.
  • SuSe 2019. Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. Tutor.