MONIKA FLEISCHMANN & WOLFGANG STRAUSS
“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.”
Research Artists Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss describe their work on Information Visualization and Evocative Interfaces as Aesthetic Spaces of Experience or Knowledge Art [Wissenskunst]: How Knowledge evokes through interactive environments. Their artistic research is based on two areas: to study bodily perception in interactive environments (Liquid Views); and to experiment how knowledge can be unfolded with digital media (Media Flow).
Fleischmann & 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 team of up to 50 artists and scientists from allover the world realized ahead of its time interfaces and applications.
They built up netzspannung.org, one of the first media art archives and knowledge platforms based on semantic structuring of information (netzspannung.org/about). Netzspannung.org 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 of their works has been awarded (Golden Nica of Ars Electronica) and exhibited worldwide over the last 26 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.
Since 2010, most works of Fleischmann & Strauss are part of the collection of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany: Intersections of architecture and performance art that create participatory environments: YOU become a data performer. Their artistic research is documented on netzspannung.org (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.
Monika Fleischmann / FB actual https://www.facebook.com/Monika.FleischmannStrauss
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2014 - Momentum Women Art Technology - http://bit.ly/1smbXMZ
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YouTube Videos Fleischmann & Strauss - http://bit.ly/1opaWp7