WOLFGANG STRAUSS


BIOGRAPHY |BIOGRAFIE

"Als 'ökologische' Ästhetik umfasst Architektur sowohl den Bau architektonischer, äußerer Räume als auch die Gestaltung elektronischer, nach innen wirkender Bild- und Klangräume." Wolfgang Strauss, 2006  

WOLFGANG STRAUSS
is a German architect, media artist and scientist. Born near Nuremberg, grown up in Neuendettelsau, he studied and worked in Berlin and Bonn, today he works in Berlin and Gargnano. He is a Research Artist at Fraunhofer IAIS, Sankt Augustin and since 2009 Guest-Professor for Experimental Interaction in the HCI Master at University Siegen. Since 1987 Wolfgang Strauss works in partnership with Monika Fleischmann on media art installations and the concept of interactivity. (CV Jan/2013)

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Strauss taught Architecture as assistant of Prof. Ingeborg Kuhler at University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin (former Hochschule der Künste) and has been head of R & D for interactive and mixed reality environments at Fraunhofer research institutes (IAIS | IMK), were he built up the MARS Exploratory Media Lab since 1997 together with Fleischmann. Before, he was a co-founder of Art+Com e.V. Berlin, a fellow of Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln and research fellow at GMD Institute for Media Communication Sankt Augustin. He was appointed Guest Professor for Interactive Media Art at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Kunsthochschule Kassel and University Siegen. Strauss has conducted international invited lecture tours, received numerous awards, and produced international exhibitions.

Wolfgang Strauss creates real buildings as well as electronic architecture, knowledge space and digital archives. He has produced a large number of media art and design objects and environments on the topics of networked information space and the visualisation of knowledge. His recent R+D activities ranging from knowledge discovery, artistic installations and interventions in public space (Energie-Passagen), applications (Interactive Poster) or intuitive interfaces (Virtual Balance) such as the patented PointScreen interface or new scientific tools. In 1998/99 he conceived the internationally recognized online archive for media art and electronic culture - netzspannung.org in cooperation with Monika Fleischmann.

Track record: International invited lecture tours, numerous awards, international exhibitions and publications on media art, mixed reality, pervasive computing, interface and interaction design. He published more than 100 scientific papers, artistic essays and theoretical articles, and received 22 awards – amongst them the Golden Nica for interactive Art of Ars Electronica, the iF communication design award for Energie-Passagen in 2005, and for Medienfluss Internet-Browser in 2007/08 and the Medida-Prix for netzspannung.org in 2005/2010.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS |BERUFLICHE TÄTIGKEITEN

Studies in Architecture and Visual Communication at Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Germany. Engineer Architect Diploma of (today) UdK Berlin.
» 1973-1978 Five Years practise of Architecture and Exhibition-Design at young architects offices in Berlin (Jasper Halfmann & Klaus Zillich, Christoph Langhof, Pascal Schöning).
» 1984-1989 Assistant Teaching with Prof. Ingeborg Kuhler at HDK Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Architecture Department.
» Since 1987 Partner in the Studio for Architecture & Digital Media, ArtWork, Berlin/Bonn.
» 1988-1992 Co-founder & Director of Raumlabor at Art+Com e.V., Institute for digital art, architecture, design & communication, Berlin
» 1990-1996 Summer Academies at and Founding Member of La Premiere Rue, European Center for interdisciplinary cultural projects at Corbusier-Unité, Briey-en-Forêt, France.
» 1992-1993 Fellowship at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne.
» 1993-1995 Research Fellow at GMD, German National Research Center for IT,  Sankt Augustin, Germany
» 1995 -1998 Guest Professor at German Arts Academies in Saarbrücken and Kassel
» 1996 Curator of Art Gallery, ACM Multimedia, Boston: Storytelling after Cinema.
» 1998-2002 Expert Group: Entwicklung multimedialer Gestaltungskompetenz, Academy Remscheid, Germany
» 1999 - 2000 Fellow at GMD-Institute for Media Communication, Sankt Augustin, Germany
» since 2001 Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IAIS - MARS Exploratory Media Lab, (former GMD-IMK), Sankt Augustin, Germany
» 2000 Member of EU Consortium for the Research Program: Expression. Partner: Starlab, Brussels, Belgium
» 2002 Member of the Evaluation-Team of Acquin – Accreditation Institute for the Media Program of Multimedia Akademie München
» Since 2009 he is Visiting Professor for Experimental Interaction in the interdisciplinary HCI Master Programme of FB 5 Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien at University Siegen

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MONIKA FLEISCHMANN & WOLFGANG STRAUSS

The artistic and scientific works of Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss is internationally recognized, exhibited and awarded. At the interface between art, science, technology and society they develop methods, models and works to link real and virtual space in an emerging media-culture.

In 1988 Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss started to work on the topic of Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality combining real objects and virtual environments. In 1998 they carried out the requirements of an online competence centre for art, culture and new media. This feasability study on Communication of Art & Technology (CAT) was supported by the BMBF and accompanied with generous funding for media art research platform netzspannung.org.

In 2002 the Fraunhofer IMK - MARS Exploratory Media Lab was invited by Itau Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil as one of the 15 internationally recognized Art & Technology LabsSemantic Map, PointScreen, Interactive Poster were awarded groundbreaking products of the 21 century.

In 2008/09 their online archive for media arts is exhibited at ZKM Center for Art & Media Technology in Karlsruhe: netzspannung.org – performing the archive. At the same time one of their first media art works Liquid Views of 1992 was presented in Seville, Spain in YOUniverse at BIACS (2008/09). Liquid Views and netzspannung.org were also part of the YOUser II exibition at ZKM in Karlsruhe 2009 and of Ars Electronica History Lounge 2009.

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