Without reflection no memory, without memory no flow of ideas, without flow of ideas no imagination.* MFWS 2013/2015


Our artistic research reflects an increasingly digitalized world of real and virtual presence. We invent emotional objects, allow data and the audience to perform in interactive stagings. Performing Data - as we call our media art - means experiencing the world as a metaphor. We visualize the present with mixed reality models. Participants become data performers and performance becomes the driving force for new knowledge. A space of thinking is created - a new kind of Denkraum. It's about reflecting on data and its impact on our existence.

Experience-Centered Design | Linking Real+Virtual Space  | Cultural Production (ERC)

Artistic Research | Designing Experience

Aesthetic Experience | Knowledge Arts | Performing Data

 Interactive works and emotional objects since 1987
Booklet Fleischmann & Strauss | MARS Exploratory Media Lab (pdf)

» Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss - Pioniere der Medienkunst. In: neugierig:denken! - Interviews und Dialoge Mike Weisser. Sept 2016

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onika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss. In: FLUXES#2. Interview by Alessandro Violante, August 2015 (pdf en/it)


Fleischmann & Strauss describe their work as a research milieu of interactive arts and digital archives: Knowledge Art [Wissenskunst] that generates Aesthetic Spaces of Experience through Interactivity. They develop rhetorical figures for performative data. Their artistic research has two focal points: to study bodily perception in interactive environments (Liquid Views, Home of the Brain, PointScreen); and to experiment how knowledge can be unfolded and evoked through the interface (Media Flow, Energy-Passages). Their projects create space for thinking and invite participants to act as data performers.

Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss have a long career in the creation of artistic research institutions. In 1987 they founded ART+COM in Berlin, the first German Research Laboratory for Art and Interactive Technology, in 1996 the MARS Exploratory Media Lab at GMD, the German National Research Institute for Information Technology in Bonn and in 2005 the eCulture Factory at Fraunhofer Research Society in Bremen. Their transdisciplinary research and development teams of up to 50 artists and scientists from allover the world realized ahead of its time interfaces and applications.

As Research Artists, they built up, a first new media art archive and eLearning-platform based on semantic structuring of information ( connects structure and content of the archive with innovative interfaces : The archive speaks (Media Flow). They are patent holders of novel interaction techniques for gesture based interaction (inspired by the theremin) and published more than 100 scientific or artistic articles. Many works has been awarded (Golden Nica of Ars Electronica) and exhibited worldwide over the last 27 years. The creation of knowledge within a networked information space - one of todays most important topics - was visualized with Energie-Passagen and performed in public space. Semantic Map and PointScreen were rated as groundbreaking products of the 21 century.

Most of their work
is part of the collection of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. Intersections of architecture and performance art create participatory environments: YOU become a data performer. Their artistic research is documented on (video) and was supported by EU, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and partners such as Burda Akademie (Iconic Turn, pdf), DAAD, Goethe Institute, IFA.


» Living between reality and virtuality. Remarks over the work of Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss. By Ryszard W. Kluszczyński. In: Performing Data 2011
» Voices, gestures, contact | Głosy, gesty, kontakt. By Luca Farulli. In: Performing Data 2011
» Externalizing Consciousness. Meditation on the work of Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss. By Derrick de Kerckhove. In: Performing Data 2011
» Performing Data. By Monika Fleischmann + Wolfgang Strauss. In: Performing Data 2011
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» Fluid Archives - Data Come To Me, in: Design Research Exhibition at OCT LOFT, Shenzhen, China. Dec 8, 2013 - March 8, 2014
» Liquid Views, in: INTER[IN]VENTION. Masterpieces from the Collection ZKM | Media Museum at Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal. Nov 29, 2013 – Mar 9, 2014 (press)
» Arsenale Venice - Premio Arte Laguna: Artists Exhibition March 2013
» Inter-Facing the Archive. The Media Art Portal, at ZKM_Medialounge, Karlsruhe. (Images on Facebook) 2012-13 
» - the Media Art Portal online 2001-2013 (Video en)
» Performing Data - Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, at Laznia CCA, Gdansk, Poland. Catalogue (en/pl) 2011
» Wissensarchive - Online Plattformen. Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg 2008
» Wissenskünste, Museum Weserburg Bremen, 2006. Intro by Söke Dinkla: Von der Medienkunst zur Wissenskunst.
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AWARDS (selected)

» 2017 Monika Fleischmann awarded with the 25 Women Inventors Award (Magazin)
» 2014 Prix Ars Electronica for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art (nominated)
» 2013 Arte Laguna Prize - Venice, Italy, Finalist
» 2010 Landmark Winner of Germany - Land of Ideas -, PR, nsp at ZKM
» 2009 German Design Award - Medienfluss Browser / Media Flow Installation (nominated)
» 2007 Three projects awarded as "100 groundbreaking products of the future" by Theodor W. Hänsch, Nobel Prize winning physicist - Semantic Map, PointScreen, Interactive Poster
» 2007 IF Communication Design Award, Germany - Media Flow Installation (PR)
» 2007 Landmark Winner of Germany, Land of Ideas - eCulture (PR)
» 2005 Audience Award - Medida-Prix of Germany, Austria, Switzerland - Medienkunst lernen |
» 2005 IF Communication Design Award, Germany - Energie-Passagen (PR)
» 2005 Internationaler Medienkunstpreis (Denkbilder / Art&Science), des SWR Baden Baden & ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany - with Semantic Map)
» 1992 Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica, Austria - Home of the Brain (Video)
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* Raumlabor of ART + COM, Berlin
* MARS - Interactive Experience Lab at GMD Institute Media Communication, Sankt Augustin
* Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Information Systems, Sankt Augustin
* Digital Media and Media Theory at University Bremen & University of Applied Sciences
* Media Aesthetic and HCI at University Siegen
* Interactive Art at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar/University of art and design
* Media Art at Kunsthochschule Kassel
* eCulture Factory - Impetus & Transfer Lab for eCulture, Bremen
* - media art platform and web-based archive to learn, find, explore & participate with knowledge discovery tools.   
* Aufsichtsratsmitglied, Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin (KBB)
* Programmbeirat, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
* ERC Panel - Culture and Cultural Production SH5
* European Expert Network on Culture
* MIMA ART Board | MIMA University
* Medienwerk NRW (pdf) & other international art & academic networks


Digital Arts - Unesco |Media Art Net - ZKM |IMA - Institute of Media Archeology |Database of Virtual Art | |Interaction Design Foundation MF+WS


About MF + WS on Wikipedia | about MARS Exploratory Lab |MARS Showroom Video |Performing Data Video + Catalog |Documented Projects (1987-2009)  |Media Flow-Browser of |Youtube Videos |Images of works |Reviews |Evaluation |Facebook MF+WS | FACEBOOK | |Linkedin MF+WS |Google Plus | - Curation Magazine  |Pinterest

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* References, Works, Artistic Based Research, Publications, Innovative Formats
* Workshops: Interactive Media Art, Inventor and Multi-Sensory Interface
* Conferences: International e.g. CAST01 - Living in Mixed Realities or eCulture Trends
* Tools for the Art of Tomorrow, Art and Entertainment, Public Performance.
* Videos on Youtube: eCulture Factory - Fleischmann + Strauss 
* Papers on Monika Fleischmann + Wolfgang Strauss