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RESEARCH IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDIA ARTS EDUCATION AT SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY LEVEL


Curriculum vitae | short bio

Education and professional career



Higher education and qualifications

Since 2010 researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Institute of Vocational and General Education and research co-ordination of "MediaArt@Edu" (2012-15) as well as the European ERASMUS+ research project "Show Your Own Gold" (2014-17). Habilitas thesis on the artistic as dimension for shaping and design-based practice in digital media education and research (ongoing).

2004 Dr. phil. (Ph.D.) at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel on integrated media education based on aesthetics and computer science through shaping processes with children and adolescents in Mixed Reality learning spaces didactic and methodical suggestions for a new field of art and media education" (Oberhausen, 2006)

2001-2004 PhD-student at the Institute of Art History at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, interdisciplinary dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kuder, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herczeg, Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) at the University of Lübeck

1986-1993 Studies of Visual Arts/art education at the University of Osnabrück, Focous: Painting at the studio of Prof. Dr. H. Girke and Collage (Prof. R. Mordmüller);
art eduation (Prof. K. Sliwka) und literature (Dr. H. Höfer) / media (applied aesthetics and media research, Prof. Dr. W. Becker); General and comparing literature studies (Prof. Dr. W. Asholt)

1994 Magister Artium M.A. (master of arts), at the University of Osnabrück
foundation of the art studio Nobbenburger Straße 13, Osnabrück together with Gudrun Omnis, Detlev Serkowsky and Marion Tischler;
free lance art educator/ art pedagogue, Zusammenarbeit mit BAUKLÖTZE, Architecture & Urban Development, (Dipl. Ing., architect Frank Otte) Osnabrück; internship at the Goethe-Institut Lille, France, cultural programme, exhibition: Art acclame, Art diffame

1995-1997 Post graduate scholarship by the European Union for Pedagogy of Media Technology (Diploma), at the
GraTeach, Qualification Centre of the Graphic Industry for Multimedia, Networks and Desktop Publishing/Digital Printing, Kamp-Lintfort, North Rhine-Westphalia;
Audiovisual and interactive media, Video, 3D-Animation, digital photography, Multimedia, Authoring systems; Focus on Multimedia-conception and Storyboard-Development;

1996 Internship at the Institute for Artistic Media (IkB) Saxony-Anhalt, media art festival CLUSTER IMAGES
Diplom project digital landscape/park Duisburg Nord, Project group Via DuiNor in co-operation the the Institute for Media Integration at the Europe-University Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder, department of Language, Linguistic Communications and Media Research (Prof. Dr. H. Schröder), in co-operation with Wojciech Nowak and Anne-Katrin Stammer

1997 Diploma in Pedagogy of Media Technology (Medientechnikpädagogik)


Professional career

2012 research coordination and project management of the research project "MediaArt@Edu" (ACRONYM) focusing on artistic approaches to media literacy and the development of new concepts to support digital media literacy of young people in vocational preparation and vocational orientation programs, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT's Institute for Vocational and General Education, 2014 research co-ordination of the European ERASMUS+ research project

2011-13 Accompanying research of the model-project initiative focusing on quality development and quality assurance, evaluating 10 national national projects, promoted by BIBB, the federal institute for vocational education and training, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research(BMBF), based at the KIT's Institute for Vocational and General Education.

2010 Karlsruhe Institute of Technologya/a> KIT's Institute of Vocational and General Education; post doc researcher at the Karslruhe Institut of Technology KIT, university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and national large scale laboratory of the Helmholtz Association, KIT research focus "Humans and Technology"; teaching and research at the Institute of Vocational and General Education ; initiation and co-ordination of the IBP-GirlsLab-initiative focusing on artistic approaches to engage girls and young women in technology in education.

2009-10 lecturer at the University of Flensburg, in co-operation with the Department of Visual Arts at the Art Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (Profa. Dra. Maria Cristina Biazus)

2009 Foundation of the Media Arts Education Hub for media, arts, education and research

2007-9 Professor (Vertretungsprofessur, W3) for Media Pedagogy at the Institute of Media in Education at the University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Since 2005/06 Visiting Professor and lecturer at the Kunstuniversität Linz, University of Art and Industrial Design, Institute for Art and Design, Department of Art Education (O. Univ. Prof. Mag. art. Dr. Angelika Plank). In co-operation with the academic secondary school Bundesrealgymnasium Hamerling (Mag. Katrin Proprentner, Art teacher) and the Ars Electronica Center (Mag. Nicoletta Blacher, Head of Department Museum).

Since 2006 co-operation with Common Ground, Australia, in the context of the Arts in Society Conferences. (s. International Symposium on the Arts in Society , New York und Arts in Society Conference Kassel), member of the "International Advisory Board for the Arts Conference and Journal , Common Ground, Australia. In co-operation with Dr. Tressa Berman, arts conference director, and Prof. Dr. Bill Cope, Research Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Director, Common Ground, Adjunct Professor, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne

2004-2006 researcher at the University of Flensburg, Visual Arts at the Institute of Aesthetic and Cultural Education (Prof. Dr. Manfred Blohm),

Research project: MediaArtLab@School - "Creative Media competence through Hypermedia- and Mixed Reality-Systems in the framework of aesthetic research projects at University and School", funded under the German Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsprogramm (HWP). Development of the Laboratory School of Art and Media Education at the UNESCO-Project School Flensburg; in co-operation with the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) at the University of Lübeck (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herczeg).

Since 2004 lecturer at the department 4, study area of "Aesthetics, Communication and Media" at the University of Applied Science in Frankfurt am Main, Mixed-Reality-environments in learning processes

From 2001-2003 researcher at the FORUM for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts and Design in Kiel in the interdisciplinary BLK-model project "Theory and Practice of Integrated Arts, Design and Computer Science in Education" (ArtDeCom), funded by the German Bund-Länder-Commission in the "Cultural Education in the Mediea Age-programme (KuBiM)", in co-operation with the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) at the University of Lübeck (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herczeg) and the Institute of Art History at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Dr. Ingrid Höpel)

2001-2004 Lecturing and research at the for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts and Design in Kiel Institute of Art History at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel in the field of art education with digital media, didactics of arts and media (integrated aesthetic and informatic Mixed Reality-learning spaces)

1999-2003 lecturer at the Centre for Distance Learning at the University of Lüneburg, Online-tutor in the international Online-course "Certificate in Online Education and Training" in co-operation with Dr. habil. Peter Weber and Michael Ribold, in co-operation with the Institute of Education, University of London

1998-2000 researcher at the Institute for Technology and Education (IT+B) at the University of Bremen (Dep. of informatics/electronical engineering, Prof. Dr. D. Gronwald), international research projects at the interface between shaping of technology, educational technology and vocational education (Projects)

1997 Project manager for Interactive Concepts, at the agency Motiva Media, Technologiezentrum W-tec Wuppertal; NRW


Lecturer for Design at the InterACTIV Multimedia-Academy NRW, GmbH, a company of the CUBIS-Group and ACTIV-CONSULT, Dortmund (head: Werner Beermann)


Honorary posts, expert committees, guest visits and appointments

8/2008 University of OSAKA, Japan, Prof. Dr. Kinichi Fukumoto, Congress Chair of the InSEA World Congress 2008, 5-9. August, Osaka, Jp, Congress Theme: Mind + Media + Heritage

7/2008 National University of Singapore, LEF@ISEA ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Artistic Director ISEA 2008: Gunalan Nardarajan

11/2008 Department of Visual Arts at the Art Institute and NESTA Research Group at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (Profa. Dra. Maria Cristina Biazus), funded by the Goethe Institute Porto Alegre

2/2007 Visit of the Tisch School of the Arts at the New York University in the framework of the International Symposium on the Arts in Society (see lectures, and Bank Street College, NY as well as the education department of The American Museum of Natural History, New York, (Prof. Roberta Altman, Professor of Art and Museum Education)

2007 presentation of the UNESCO'S Educator's Kit on the Arts in Society Conference, Common Ground, Au, for the UNESCO Digi Arts/Young Digital Creators, Ms Doyun Lee, Coordinator UNESCO Digi Arts/YDC, Paris

2006 Development of a university cooperation to establish interdisciplinary teaching for students of computer science at the Institut für Medieninformatik und Technische Informatik (Institute of Computer Science) at the Fachhochschule Flensburg (University of Applied Sciences) in co-operation with Prof. Klaus Hoefs, professor for computer science and art education students (Bachelor/Master of Arts) of the University of Flensburg (Prof. Dr. M. Blohm)

2007 Member of the programm committee of the workshop "Mixed Reality - information meets energy" initiated and organised by Prof. Dr. Willi Bruns und Dr. Bernd Robben, artec, University of Bremen, Germany in the framework of the annual meeting of the German Association of Computer Science Gesellschaft für Informatik GI, Bremen, 24.-28.9.2007

2007 Member of the "International Advisory Board for the Arts Conference and Journal , Common Ground, Australia. (scope) in co-operation with Dr. Bill Cope, Research Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Director, Common Ground, Adjunct Professor, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne

2007 Reviewer at Furtherfield.org, a London based online platform for the creation, promotion, and criticism of adventurous digital/net art work for public viewing, experience and interaction: "Furtherfield creates imaginative strategies that actively communicate ideas and issues in a range of digital & terrestrial media contexts; featuring works online and organising global, contributory projects, simultaneously on the Internet, the streets and public venues. Furtherfield focuses on network related projects that explore new social contexts that transcend the digital, or offer a subjective voice that communicates beyond the medium. Furtherfield is the collaborative work of artists, programmers, writers, activists, musicians and thinkers who explore beyond traditional remits. Furtherfield is a non-profit organisation. We aim to develop a sustainable model for the promotion and support of networked and distributed creativity." , in co-operation with Marc Garrett

2005/06 Initiation of a cooperation of learning venues at the Kunstuniversität Linz, to bring together Art Education (Prof. Dr. Angelika Plank) and the Ars Electronica Center AEC (Mag. Nicoletta Blacher)

2006 development of a research co-operation, Pontydysgu, the Bridge to Learning, Wales (Director: Graham Attwell)

2006 Reviewer for the Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefond WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund)

2006 External examinator/expert in the framework of the distance education study programme "Medien und Bildung/ Media & Education" at the University of Rostock

2006 Member of the ISEA Pacific Rim NewMedia Summit 06 Education working group, San Jose State University, Ca

8/2006 Invited guest at the San Jose State University, California in the context of the Pacific Rim New Media Summit, preconference of the ISEA Zero0ne Media Art Festival, initiated by Roger Malina and Joel Slayton, CADRE Laboratory for New Media and Leonardo/ISAST 2006 guest editor of the ISEA newsletter special on media art education, invited by the Inter Society of the Eletronic Arts, to appear 2006

2006 Introducing the "InSEA meets ISEA-Initiative", published on the InSEA Europe Web site.

2005 Member of the German UNESCO delegation, expert of "cultural education"(a titre personelle) in the framework of the UNESCO-World Conference on Arts Education, Building Creative Capacities for the 21st Century, Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 March 2006 by the German UNESCO-Commission, Bonn,

20072007 presentation of the UNESCO'S Educator's Kit on the Arts in Society Conference, Common Ground, Au, on behalf of UNESCO Digi Arts/Young Digital Creators, Ms Doyun Lee, Coordinator UNESCO Digi Arts/YDC, Paris

2005 Member of the exam board at the Ministry of Education, Research, Science and Culture of the Land Schleswig-Holstein for the examination in the subject of art

Since 2005 editor of the Web log Media Arts Education

Statement on pedagogy
I intend to think out of the box of the average learning system established at most of the public schools. My interest in education through arts and design processes is based on an interdisciplinary approach bringing together the arts, education as well as computer science. I have an interest in developing and researching a new learning culture based on constructivism, informal learning scenarios, learning partnership venues and open pedagogies shaped by the learners themselves. My concept of learning through the arts is crossing the borders of curricula of arts, design, drama, play and computer science. Contemporary arts and media technologies are integrated in the education processes and teacher training with art educators and arts education students to bridge the gap between education and the technological developments we are facing at school and university level. I see my own aesthetic practice as basis for mediating arts and initiating creative processes of thinking and acting.


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