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Fleischmann Monika & Strauss Wolfgang
German artists and scientists, pioneers of interactive media art.
 
Since the very beginning of their artistic and scientific activity they have used computer both as a tool and medium. Their experimental research focuses on the interactivity in art and knowledge environment, as well as on the expanded and networked space used as interface. Learning new things from old things is one of the working methods applied to new media that they have invented for their use. Their ideas concerning visual presentation of information and computer-oriented models of navigation and dialogue have for twenty years now influenced the development of modern technoculture in the context of interactivity.
 
The work of Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss has earned them a Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica and numerous other honorary awards, and is constantly archived by ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe.
 
Monika Fleischmann is a German media artist and scientist and Professor for Media Art and Theory of the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. Since 1997 she has been Head of Media Arts & Research Studies, the MARS – Exploratory Media Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS. Her multifaceted education – digital media, visual arts, theatre play and fashion design – makes her an expert in media arts & technology, media art education, curating digital media (arts) and scenography.
Her main research topic is to extend the concept of communication through interaction and participation on the base of perceptive processes. In 1999 she started – together with Giaco Schiesser and the Knowbotic Research group – a New Media Department at the University for Art & Design in Zürich. In 2000/01 the Time Fast Forward magazine ranks Monika Fleischmann among the “People to Watch”. Her work is internationally recognized and awarded: In 1992, “Home of the Brain” (first artistic HMD – VR Installation) got the Golden Nica of Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
 
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