Art and Media Studies


Dr. Konstantin Butz

Dr. Konstantin Butz

Academic-artistic staff
Art and Media Studies

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Konstantin Butz has studied American Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen and at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2002-2007). He completed his dissertation as a scholarship holder of the a.r.t.e.s. Research School at the University of Cologne in 2011. In his doctoral thesis he conducts an analysis of the subculture of American skate punk. Since October 2012 he is artistic/academic staff member of the Theory department at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (focus: subcultures).



Grinding California – Culture and Corporeality in American Skate Punk. Bielefeld: transcript, 2012.


"›Coolonialismus‹ – Wie das Skateboard nach Schleswig-Holstein kam." Pop. Kultur & Kritik (Bielefeld: Herbst 2014). 162-173.

"Playground of the Undead: Zu Joscha Steffens gleichnamigen Fotoserie." Journal der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln #1 (October 2014). p. 20.

"The Art of Failure." Interview with Prof. J. Jack Halberstam. Off Topic #5 (February 2014). 44-51.

"Pauses and Interludes: The Subcultural Vigor of »Doing Nothing«". Catalog contribution for the exhibition Pause – Computer Games and Cultural Contingencies at the Temporary Gallery Cologne. Curated and edited by Thomas Hawranke and Karin Lingnau. Köln: November 2013.

"Akademisches Wellenreiten." Rezension zu Kristin Lawler „The American Surfer – Radical Culture and Capitalism“ Pop. Kultur und Kritik. March 2013. 

"Backyard Drifters: Mobility and Skate Punk in Suburban Southern California." Pirates, Drifters, Fugitives: Figures of Mobility in the US and Beyond. Eds. Heike Paul, Alexandra Ganser, Katharina Gerund. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2012. 175-194.

"How to... surf concrete(ly)." Off Topic #4 (January 2013). 113-115.

"The Californian Safety Pin – Excerpts from a Journey to the Origins of Skate Punk." 
HUCK Magazine #25 (March/April 2011). 58-64.

Interview with Steve Alba and Lance Mountain. The Skateboard – The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History. Ed. Ben Marcus. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2011. 160-162.

"Bewegung als Präsenz – Über die Kunstwerke von Christina Kramer" (with Corinna Kühn).
Catalog contribution for the exhibition 'Präposition' by the artist Christina Kramer at the A.R.T.e.s. Galery in Cologne. Cologne: A.R.T.e.s. Galery, November 2010. 5-7. 

"Rereading American Hardcore: Intersectional Privilege and the Lyrics of Early Californian Hardcorepunk.“ aspeers #1 (Leipzig: April 2008). 131-158. 

Lectures / Workshops

"Grinding California: skateboarding y hardcore punk en la decada de 1980." Lecture in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish. ›Conferencias de las Artes‹ at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia, September 29th, 2015.

"Safety Pins and Swimming Pools: Skateboarding and Punkrock In 1980s California." Opening Lecture for the ›Salon Seminar Lectures‹ of the Cultural Studies Ph.D. Programms at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, September 9th, 2014.

"Wie das Skateboard nach Schleswig-Holstein kam." Lecture in the ›Subkultur‹-Series at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, July 9th, 2014.

"Bikinis, Zombies, and Wild Riders of Boards: Thrasher Magazine and Skateboard Journalism in the 1980s." Paper at the international Conference "American Rock Journalism" at the University of Siegen, March 1st, 2014.

"The Grind of the Voice." Paper at the first international conference of the European Sound Studies Association at Humboldt-University Berlin, October 4th, 2013.

"Producing a Suburban Seascape: Teenage Appropriations of (the) American Concrete." Paper at the conference "Urban Popcultures" in Prague, May 14th, 2013.

"Safety Pins & Swimming Pools." Lecture at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, April 11th, 2013.

"'The Promise of Potentiality': Thoughts on Critical Disability Studies – A Response to Professor Dan Goodley." Response Paper at the conference "Contact Zones: Culture, Disability, Theory – Encounters between Disability Studies and Cultural Studies" at the University of Cologne, October 26th, 2012.

"Intersectionally Considered: The Californian Skate Punk Body.“
Paper at the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, March 13th, 2010.

"Kunst und Wissenschaft im Dialog." Chair at an interdisciplinary discussion with artists and academics.
A.R.T.e.s. Galery in Cologne, December 2nd, 2010.

"The Californian Body in Rebellion."
Paper at the Bavarian America Academy in Munich, May 11th, 2009. 

"Divided We Skate - United We Fall: The ‚Coolonial’ Habits of Skateboarding."
Paper at the Graduate School of North American Studies in Berlin, June 28th, 2008.

"Zirkuläre Aneignungs- und Inszenierungspraktiken privilegierter Jugendlicher: Kalifornische Subkulturen in transatlantischer Bewegung.“ Workshop contribution at the University of Hamburg, January 26th, 2008.  

"Rereading American Hardcore: Intersectional Privilege and the Lyrics of Early Californian Hardcorepunk.“ Paper at the Post-Graduate-Forum of the DGfA an der Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, November 4th, 2007. 


25 Years and Beyond: West Coast Art of the 1990s. at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With Prof. Johannes Wohnseifer (SS2015)

Arbeitskreis Subkultur (Workshop »Subculture«). at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck. (SuSe 2015).

California (Dreamin'). About the »Myth of California«. at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With Dieuwke Boersma. (WS 2014/15).

Skateboarding: Art, Culture, Body, and Discourse. Seminar at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With Prof. Johannes Wohnseifer (SuSe 2014).

Suburbia: Film, Kunst, Literatur, Musik. Seminar at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (WS 2013/14).

Subkultur: Theorie und Empirie. Seminar at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (SuSe 2013).

"Locals Only": Youth Culture in Southern California. Seminar at the English Department of the University of Cologne (WS 2009/10).

Analyzing the Popular: Critical Approaches to American Youth Cultures. Seminar at the English Department of the University of Bremen (SuSe 2008). 

Teaching Assistant for the German Department at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (09/2004-05/2005).

Conferences | Curating

»Subkultur« – public lectures and films. With Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck. Ongoing since October 2012.

Re/Visions of American Studies. Graduate Conference at the University of Bremen, July 2009 (with Katharina Gerund and Carsten Junker).