Wolfgang Strauss

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Wolfgang Strauss is a German architect, media artist and scientist. He studied Architecture at the Hochschule der Knste in Berlin. In 1984 his professional career has started by assistant teaching and practising with German architect Prof. Ingeborg Kuhler. Since 1987, when he co-founded Art+Com in Berlin, he has produced a large number of interactive installations in cooperation with media artist Monika Fleischmann. In the R&D field Strauss has been lead scientist for Mixed Reality Spaces (Wissensraum / Wissensknste) at the Fraunhofer IMK - MARS - Exploratory Media Lab since 1997. In 2005 he has initiated the eCulture Factory of Fraunhofer IAIS to bring good ideas to the right people. With his artistic research he creates real and virtual architecture, knowledge spaces and playfull interfaces. His main focus is on staging the thinking space that surrounds the human. Exemplary work can be seen in the ZKM exhibition YOU_ser - the century of the consumer. He has 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. He had guest professorships, fellowships, lectures and talks internationally. Recently he is teaching designing interaction for digital media students at Hochschule Bremen.

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Fleischmann, Monika, Strauss, Wolfgang, Kluszczyński, Ryszard W., Kerkhove, Derrick de and Farulli, Luca (2011): Performing Data - Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss. Gdansk, Poland, National Centre for Culture, Warszawa in collaboration with Laznia CCArt 2011

Performing Data is a review of Fleischmann and Strauss body of work from Virtual Reality (Home of the Brain) up to Mixed Reality (Murmuring Fields or Energie-Passagen), from Fluid (Liquid Views) to Rigid (Rigid Waves) up to Floating Interface (Media Flow). Performing Data | Performowanie danych. Monika Fleischmann&Wolfgang Strauss. The catalog with DVD and essays by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Derrick de Kerckhove, Luca Farulli, was released in September 2011 (en/pl). Editors: National Centre for Culture, Warszawa 2011 in collaboration with Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, 2011. ISBN 978-83-61587-55-2 (en/pl) http://fleischmann-strauss.de/resources/Performing_Data_09_2011_Monika_Fleischmann_Wolfgang_Strauss.pdf http://www.eculturefactory.de/CMS/index.php?id=792

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (2009): Berechnete Gedanken - Interaktivitt als mediale Spiegelung. In: Matzker, Reiner and Dreyer, Ursula (eds.). "Medienwissenschaft. Teil 8: Verstndigung ber die Verstndigung. Aspekte der Medienkompetenz". Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing Grouppp. 11-128

In diesem Artikel beschreiben wir die Evolution von Interaktivitt in der Medienkunst, die einhergeht mit der Entwicklung von Vernetzungsstrukturen und der Herausbildung disziplinbergreifender Arbeitsweisen. Am Beispiel eigener Werke interaktiver Medien-Kunst der vergangenen 20 Jahre zeichnen wir die Entwicklung und Vernderung digitaler Medien von einer neuartigen sthetischen Erfahrung ber eine verstrkte Raumorientierung bis hin zum kulturellen Wissens- und Gedchtnisspeicher nach.

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (2008): Digital Sparks 2008. Sankt Augustin, Germany, Fraunhofer IAIS

Wettbewerb und Talentscout fr studentische Medienprojekte der Fachbereiche: Mediengestaltung, Medieninformatik, Medienkunst, Mediale Architektur. (Online-Book. http://netzspannung.org/digital-sparks/documents/digital-sparks_08.pdf

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (2008): Staging of the Thinking Space. From Immersion to Performative Presence. In: Seifert, Uwe, Kim, Jin Hyun and Moore, Anthony (eds.). "Paradoxes of Interactivity". Bielefeld, Germany: Transcriptpp. 266-281

The term media art is used here for artistic activity which either uses or schematises digital technology interactively. Media art begins where the traditional film genre ends: with interactive and process-related digital narratives. The cinema builds up a relationship between audience and presentation, and the viewer is promised a collective experience. By contrast, interactive storytelling offers the observer an individually tailored encounter, where the YOU_ser is navigating the story. Based on rules of staging, media art conjoins with other cultural forms of expression such as performance, dance, theatre, film, architecture, sound, design or fashion. Media art gets its poetic strength from the new possibilities of interacting with its audience and from the cross-over between cognitive science and arts. In the last two decades, the authors have carried out media art research in institutes like Art+Com in Berlin, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and at Fraunhofer Institutes.

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (2005): Implosion of Numbers - Performative Mixed Reality. In: Flachbart, Georg and Weibel, Peter (eds.). "Disappearing Architecture". Basel, Switzerland: Birkhuser Baselpp. 118-131

On the basis of their artistic work Fleischmann and Strauss show how they connect digital processes with everyday experience, virtual space with physical space. As part of their work they develop interfaces that place people at the center of a process, that looks for intercultural, ethical and aesthetic discourses under digital conditions. They understand their work as artistic research in mixed-reality environments. They talk about the complexity of todays world effected by digital processes and in-/tangible Interfaces. They present their work and show the hidden secrets behind things and reflect technical developments or create a critical and emotional confrontation with them. Media art as a mirror of the world!

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Novak, Jasminko, Fleischmann, Monika, Strauss, Wolfgang, Wurst, Michael, Morik, Katharina, Kunz, Christoph and Ziegler, Jrgen (2003): Verbindung heterogener Experten-Communities durch die Entdeckung, Visualisierung und Nutzbarmachung von stillem Wissen -- das AWAKE Projekt. In: Szwillus, Gerd and Ziegler, Jrgen (eds.) Mensch and Computer 2003 September 7-10, 2003, Stuttgart, Germany. .

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Strauss, Wolfgang, Fleischmann, Monika, Denzinger, Jochen, Groenegress, Christoph and Li, Yinlin (2003): Information Jukebox - A semi-public device for presenting multimedia information content. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 7 (3) pp. 217-220.

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (eds.) Proceedings of CAST01/Living in Mixed Realities, Conference on Artistic, Cultural and Scientific Aspects of Experimental Media Spaces 21-22. September, 2001, Schloss Birlinghoven, Sankt Augustin, Germany.

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Fleischmann, Monika and Strauss, Wolfgang (2001): Linking between real and virtual spaces: building the Mixed Reality stage environment. In: AUIC 2001 - 2nd Australasian User Interface Conference 29 January - 1 February, 2001, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. pp. 29-33.

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Krger, Wolfgang, Bohn, Christian-A., Frohlich, Bernd, Schth, Heinrich, Strauss, Wolfgang and Wesche, Gerold (1995): The Responsive Workbench: A Virtual Work Environment. In IEEE Computer, 28 (7) pp. 42-48.

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