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 did his PhD 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 2023. Ruhr University Bochum. Data Visualisation for Media Studies. BA-Seminar.
  • SuSe 2023. University of Potsdam/FH Potsdam. Introduction to Visualisation Critique. BA-Seminar.
  • SuSe 2020. University of Potsdam/FH Potsdam. Stones That Calculate. MA-Seminar.
  • WiSe 2019/20. University of Potsdam/FH 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.