Dorothée Elisa Baumann is a interdisciplinary cross-media artist and researcher in human science currently working on her research project and thesis on the history amateur photography. The red thread in her work is the relation between humans and technology and the question of alienation in relation to 'creativity'.
In her current project she is questioning ideological assumptions in the cultural practices of amateur photography with a special focus on seven case-studies (Brownie camera until the Drone camera) of the 20th and 21st century and the camera manual.
The 'protocol' and the 'script' is currently one of her essential element which she questions and challenges in her project by reading the manuals against the grain. Baumann articulates her work through different mediums such as photography, archival and mixed-media installations, traditional and digital collage, video works, performance, objects, operations and scientific writing.
Her research project is financed by the SNF Swiss National Research Foundation and the University of Bern Switzerland where she is a member of the interdisciplinary doctoral school Walter Benjamin Kolleg. Her work is currently being funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the University of Bern Switzerland. She is a member of the doctoral school Walter Benjamin and associated with the Institute of Social Anthropology (University of Bern, Switzerland) and in the U.S. affiliated with the Graduate Center CUNY P.h.D English Literature Program.