»If we don't support media art and digital culture, the quality of life gets lost through the dominance of the machine.«
»Wenn wir digitale Kunst und Medienkultur nicht unterstützen, wird die Qualität des Lebens durch die Dominanz der Maschinen verlorengehen.« Monika Fleischmann. In: DFG Kongress: Bildung in der Wissensgesellschaft: Zwischen Sinnenreich und Cyberspace, Universität Giessen
"I want to visualise the impact of technology on society, to understand that increasingly we inhabit two worlds: the one we live in with our bodies and the one inside computer networks." In: Women, Art and Technology, Judy Malloy (2003)
Born in Karlsruhe, grown up in Donaueschingen, lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, today in Berlin and Gargnano. Studied art education, theatre studies, philosophy, computer graphics, fashion design in Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, Stanford. Her multidisciplinary background made her an expert in the world of digital media, new media art and media studies. Digital Culture and Knowledge Media were main research topics at Fraunhofer Research Society over decades.
» YouTube - Fleischmann & Strauss 1987-2011
» Performing Data exhibition (Video) » Interview » Catalog - (pdf, en/pl)
» Momentum: Women / Art / Technology
» eMail: monika [at] fleischmann-strauss.de
MONIKA FLEISCHMANN & WOLFGANG STRAUSS
artistic and scientific work of new media pioneers Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss is internationally
recognized, exhibited and awarded. At the intersection of art, science,
technology and society they develop methods, models and works to link real and virtual
space in an emerging media-culture.
In 1987 Fleischmann & Strauss started to work together 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. The CAT feasability study on Communication of Art & Technology was supported by the Fedral Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) and accompanied with generous funding for the media art research archive & 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 Labs. Applications & tools of MFWS such as Semantic Map, PointScreen, Interactive Poster
were awarded groundbreaking products of the 21
century in 2008.
From 2008 - 12 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. In 2011, the exhibition Performing Data - Monika Fleischmann | Wolfgang Strauss, a review of their work was shown at Laznia CCA in Gdansk, Poland and was supported by the german IFA | Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Catalog - (pdf, en/pl). 2012-13 the ZKM | Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany presents: Inter-Facing the Archive. The Media Art Portal netzspannung.org (Images on Facebook).
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS |BERUFLICHE TÄTIGKEIT - MONIKA FLEISCHMANN
Studies of Fashion Design in Zurich, Visual Arts, Art Education, School- and Theatre Play in Berlin. Worked in fashion industry in Germany, France and Italy.
» Since 1987 Studio for Architecture & Digital Media in partnership with Wolfgang Strauss;
» 1988 - 1992 Co-founder and Vice President of Art+Com e.V., Berlin. Institute for the future of the new media in the realm of art, architecture, design & communication;
» 1990 - to date Founding Member of La Premiere Rue, European Center for interdisciplinary cultural projects at Corbusier-Unité, Briey-en-Forêt, France;
» 1992 - 1993 Fellow at Academy of Media Arts Cologne [KHM] Cologne, Germany and Research Fellow, GMD-German National Research Center for IT, St Augustin;
» since 1994 - 1997 Leadership of research groups, Research Artist and Scientist at GMD Institute for Media Communication, Sankt Augustin (D) bit.ly/KDLcEn;
» 1997 - 2008 Head of Research Department Media Arts & Research Studies, the Fraunhofer IMK - MARS – Exploratory Media Lab bit.ly/188U8bd;
» 2008 - 2013 Research Artist & Scientist on Digital Culture, Knowledge Media - Arts of Knowledge at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analyze and Information System (IAIS);
» since 10/2012 to date: Independent research on the international development of media art.
HONORARY APPOINTMENTS |EHRENÄMTER - MONIKA FLEISCHMANN» Evaluation of MA in Professional Media Creation, SAE - Folkwang, Bochum-Essen
» Ehrenamtliche Mitarbeit an dem Buch: 'Friedrichshain kocht' des Berliner Büchertisch, das u.a. durch Crowdfunding finanziert wurde
» since 2013 Member of MIMA ART Board - MIMA | Munich Institute of Media and Musical Arts. Appointed by Klaus Wolfgang Wildner
» 2013 ERC Reviewer for Synergy Grants, Brussels;
» 2009-2013 Member of the ERC European Research Council: Bringing Great Ideas to Life. Panel "Cultures and cultural production: literature, visual & performing arts, music, cultural and comparative studies" for Starting Grants to support investigator-driven frontier research. Appointed by Helga Nowotny. => Research Enquiry Service
» since 2011 Member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture bit.ly/1cxB60H;
» since 2008 Hon.-Prof. for Media Theory & Interactive Media Art, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen appointed by Helmut Eirund.
» since 2008 Hon.-Professor of Media Theory and Interactive Media Art at the Digital Media Program, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen; international teaching (Goldsmiths - University of London, Universität Krems, Hyperwerk FHNW Basel, Universität Siegen);
» 2002-07 Member of the Control Board (Aufsichtsrat): Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin (KKB) GmbH - for the House of World Cultures, the Berlinale and the Berliner Festspiele - appointed by the German Federal Ministers of Culture Julian Nida-Rümelin (02), Christina Weiss (03-05), Bernd Neumann (06-07).
» 2002-07 Head of Advisory Board: House of World Cultures/Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
» 2005 Evaluation-Team of the Acquin – Accreditation Institute for the Digital Media Program of Bremen Universities and Academies with Jens Geelhaar, Bernd Fröhlich, Christoph Zydorek
» 2005 Member of the Finding Commission of Christina Weiss, Federal Minister of Culture, for the new Intendant of the House of World Cultures, Berlin with Max Hollein, Elisabeth Schweeger, Joachim Sartorius
» 2004 New Media Advisor for the Enquete-Kommission Kultur in Deutschland of the German Bundestag in Berlin.
» 2004 Reviewer of the Concept for an Institute for Digital Culture of Ars Electronica, Lentos Museum and Kunstuniversität Linz for the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, Vienna, Austria.
» 2003-06 Member of the Board of directors of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Media Communication (IMK), Sankt Augustin, Germany, appointed by Martin Reiser.
» 2003 to date: Member of the Board of Deutschland.de www.deutschland.de.
» 2002 to date: Editorial Advisory Board for the international Journal Technoetic Arts, appointed by Roy Ascott.
» 2002 to date: Member of Advisory Board of DigiArts, Virtual Library Projects of UNESCO, appointed by Roger Malina.
» 2001 Task Force Swiss Peer-Review - Evaluation Expert for »Swiss Programme of Media Studies«, Chair Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt, Delegierter für internationale institutionelle Angelegenheiten ETH (ex Vice-President), Zurich, Switzerland.
» 2000 Member of EU Consortium for the Research Program ExpressioN. Partner: Starlab, Brussels, Belgium.
» 1998-2002 Member of the Expert Group: Entwicklung multimedialer Gestaltungs- kompetenz, Academie Remscheid, Germany.
» 1998-99 EXPO2000 Hannover, Germany - Advisory Board Member for Knowledge: Information, Communication.
» 1997-98 Member of EU Consortium: Intelligent Information Interfaces (I3), Brussels.
» 1997 Strategic Research Foundation, Stockholm – Member of Review Board for the evaluation of two New Media Institutes - AMIT and MIMS in Stockholm and Malmö - with Andrew Lippmann - MIT Media Lab, Boston, Gillian Crampton-Smith - Royal College of Art, London, Jakob Nielsen – Sun, Denmark.
» 1996-2003 Goethe Institute«, Munich, Germany - Advisory Board Member for Media & New Media Art with Regina Wyrwoll, Siegfried Zielinsky a.o.
» 1996 Curator of Art Gallery, ACM Multimedia, Boston: Storytelling after Cinema.
» 1996 IN ART Festival, Teneriffa, Spain. Advisory Board Member with Karin Ohlenschläger, Roy Ascott, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Wolfgang Strauss. Producer: Telefonica, Spain.
HONORS | EHRUNGEN (selected) MONIKA FLEISCHMANN
» 1992 Golden Nica for Interactive Art for Home of the Brain, Ars Electronica, Linz, A;
» 2000/01 the TIME magazine ranks Monika Fleischmann among the People to Watch;
» 2002 the Fraunhofer IMK - MARS Exploratory Media Lab is internationally recognized as one of the leading 14 Art & Technology Labs;
» 2002 - 2007 Member of the Supervisory Board of the Confederation of cultural events in Berlin GmbH [KBB];
» 2003 - 2006 Member of the Board of Directors of the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication (IMK);
» 2007 US-Patent for PointScreen - Theremin inspired touchless technology, that takes in advance new cognitive models and bio-sensory interfaces;
» 2007 The Interactive Poster, the Semantic Map and the PointScreen are among the "ground-breaking ideas that" change our lives. Presented in 100 Products of the Future by Nobel Laureate TW Hänsch, Econ, Berlin;