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I am a Media Artist with an interdisciplinary design background, technological interest and cultural empathy. My work deals with digital technologies in two different ways: On the one hand it investigates the implications of a transforming digitalized and globalized world through research and analysis while on the other hand it uses the possibilities of Digital Media as a new way of playful, artistic expression.

Currently I am working as independent Media Artist, since 2014 as a co-founding member of the Collective for Audio-Visual Art Xenorama with a studio at Güterbahnhof Bremen and as coordinator of the Digital Impact Lab of M2C Institute in Bremen, Gröpelingen since 2019.

I studied Integrated Design BA and Digital Media MA at the University of Arts in Bremen with excurses to Interaction Design at the IUAV Venice and internships at various media art and design studios. Inbetween I worked as Multimedia Centre Coordinator at the BAT Centre in Durban, South Africa. After returning I was one of the initiators of MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS, a platform for intercultural exchange with refugees for which I up to now coordinate through a lectureship at HfK Bremen.

My works were shown among others at the ISEA2018 in Durban, South Africa, Museum of Moving Images New York, Schlosslichtspiele at ZKM Karlsruhe, CCCB Barcelona, Techkriti Festival in India, National Arts Center Tokyo, European Media Art Festival, and published in several magazines including neural magazine, WIRED, The Guardian and Fast Company. My projects won several national and international awards, including twice the New Face Award at Japan Media Art Festival, Innovation by Design Award New York, the Annual Multimedia Award Germany and the annual Award of the University of Arts Bremen.

exhibitions & presentations

Farewell event MOSAiC Expedition
Tromso, Norway

08.08. – 15.09.19
Schlosslichtspiele (with Xenorama)
Palace of Karlsruhe, Germany

27.04. – 03.05.19
“Denkmalsturz” exhibition
Kulturbunker, Bremen

Lichtcampus Production „Inside Out“
Lichtcampus Wismar, Welterbehaus, Wismar

18. – 20.10.18
Lichttage Stendal
Stendal, Germany

Co Nás Spája (with Xenorama)
German Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia

23.6. – 30.6.18
24th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA)
KZNSA Gallery / Beachfront, Durban, South Africa

27.2. – 01.07.18
Human+ Rome
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

25. – 28.01.18
EVI Lichtungen (with Xenorama)
St.-Andreas Church, Hildesheim

19. – 20.01.2018
TEMPS D‘IMAGES Festival (with Xenorama)
tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf

16. – 28.09.2017
Japan Media Art Festival (with Xenorama)
Tokyo Opera Hall, Japan

21. – 31.07.2017
SEE Djerba
Djerba, Tunisia

BLICKLICHTER solo exhibition
Kunst- und Kulturhaus Rechenzentrum, Potsdam, Germany

01. – 04.09.16
Club Taher Hadded, Tunis, Tunisia

07.08. – 17.09.16
Schlosslichtspiele (with Xenorama)
Palace of Karlsruhe, Germany

15. – 18.08.16
PLATINE Festival for electronic arts and alternative play forms
Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany

18. – 24.07.16
FIMG (International Mapping Festival Girona) (with Xenorama)
Girona, Spain

Luminale Light Art Festival
Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

03. – 14.02.16
19th Japan Media Art Festival
The National Art Center, Tokyo

Human+ Exhibition – The Future of our Species
CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

08.08. – 11.09.15
ZKM GLOBALE (with Xenorama)
Karlsruhe, Germany

QUARKS Festival
BITS Pilani, Goa, India

23.10. – 01.01.15
EX_IT – BestOf HfK Exhibition
Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen, Germany

04.09 – 08.09.14
Ars Electronica Festival for art, technology and society
Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria

15.8 – 17.08.14
Genius Loci International Video & Facade Mapping Festival
Ohm-Krüger-Haus, Weimar, Germany

23.4 – 25.05.14
European Media Art Festival
Kunsthalle, Osnabrück, Germany

Luminale Light Art Festival
Naxos Halle, Frankfurt, Germany

07. – 09.03.14
Techkriti Festival
Kanpur, India

29.11. – 08.12
Messe Kunst und Handwerk
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany

Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany

Imagine Science Film Festival
Made in NY Media Center, New York, USA

09. – 11.10.13
World Summit on Innovation and Entepreneurship
Museum of Moving Images, New York, USA

Innovation by Design Conference
New York, USA

This Happened
Kulturhaus III&70, Hamburg, Germany

27. – 30.06.13
Fusion Festival
Lärz, Germany

09. – 14.05.13
Toolkit Festival 3
Officina delle Zattere, Venice, Italy

02. – 12.04.13
Enter Festival 6: Biopolis
National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic

achievements & awards

Jun 2019
LIVING BUILDINGS (with Xenorama / Brigitta Bungard)
1st Prize: Design Prize Brandenburg – Category “Communication Design)

May 2018
Master Thesis: “Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens”
HEC sponsorship

Sep 2017
RADIX (with Xenorama)
New Face Award: Japan Media Art Festival, Entertainment Art Category

Feb 2017
Special Prize: University of the Arts annual Award

October 2016
Scholarship: Deutschlandstipendium

September 2016
RADIX (with Xenorama)
Shortlist: LUMEN PRIZE

July 2016
RADIX (with Xenorama)
1. Prize: Micromapping Category at FIMG (International Mapping Festival Girona)

June 2016
Nominee: German Design Award 2017

February 2016
Do You Agree?
Annual Award HfK Bremen – Special Prize Digital Media

December 2015
Communication with the Future – The Petroglypomat
New Face Award: Japan Media Art Festival, Interactive Art Category

October 2014
Communication with the Future – The Petroglypomat
3rd Prize: Frese-Design-Award

September 2014
A tale on Textile – The Colony
Best Of selection: Ars Electronica Animation Festival

June 2014
Moya Façade with Xenorama
Winner Open Call: Genius Loci Festival Weimar

June 2014
Table Football Tournament of the HfK
2. Winner (Together with Benedikt Jährling)

March 2014
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Design for Experience Award, Category: Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences

March 2014
Table Football Tournament at dreiform
2. Winner (Together with Elena Burggraf)

November 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Annual Multimedia Award, Students

October 2013
Bremer of the Month, Bremer Magazine

October 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Innovation by Design Award, Category Concepts

June 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Selection: OUTPUT Award 2013

October 2012
Doorhandle „welcome“
1. Price: Zinc Design Award

lectures & workshops

Workshop “Virtuelle Projektionen/Überlagerungen”
Parallelwelten ExhibitionFAQ Gallery, Bremen, Germany

22. – 25.03.2019
Workshop „State of the Art – Projection Mapping“
Lichtcampus Wismar

Lecture: Research on Submarine Internet cables
DEEP SEA exhibition – Städtische Gallerie, Bremen, Germany

Since 10.2019
Integrated Design, University of the Arts Bremen

Workshop: EXPRESS YOURSELF/CITY (with PS2/Elektro Moon Vision)
Durban Art Gallery, South Africa

Lecture: “Site-specific Narrations and Screenization”
UNDER the RADAR Festival,Vienna, Austria

Lecture “Projecting Realities”
EVI Lichtungen Hub

26. – 28.11.2017
Workshop „Introduction to Projection Mapping“
HAWK Hildesheim, organized by Lichtungen

Workshop „Art and digital Technology“
SEE Djerba Festival, Tunisia

Workshop “Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity”
WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa

10.16 – 02.17
Tutor Algorithmic Design
Course Rebranding Reality – HfK Bremen

The Real of Reality, International Conference on Philosophy and Film
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Futurale Filmfestival
Bremen, Germany

Designxport, Hamburg, Germany

14. – 18.03.16
Workshop: Introduction to visual programming with VVVV
University of Arts Bremen

05. -07.02.15
QUARK Festival

BITS Pilani Campus, Goa, India

Rehabilitation Research Center Villa Berretta
Costa Masnaga, Italy

Salon D, PASSAGEN IMM Cologne
dreiform, Cologne, Germany

ArtistTalk Symposium

National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic

press & publications

Jun 2018
Impact of Social Art in the People´s Smart Sculpture PS2 (with Martin Koplin, Igor Nedelkovski, Christian Geiger, Carl Skelton, Aura Neuvonen, Stephan Siegert, Olga Sismanidi, Elwira Wojtunik-Lang, Popesz Csaba Lang). In: Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art.

Nov 2017
Film magazine “Labocine” – “Psychological Architectures” Issue

Feb 2017
TV-Documentary „Animal Vision“ – Mona Lisa Productions, Lyon, France

Jan 2017
Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung

“Idioty and Resistance” Live-Radio-Theatre-Salon
Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany

Sep 2015
Victionary book No.6 – Transparency

Aug 2015
Interview: SA Creative Network


Discovery Channel Canada, Daily Planet

Design made in Germany


Creative Applications

Highlike book

The Guardian, The Observer – London, UK

H2B Magazin, ZEIT Beilage – Germany

La Liberacion – France

WEAVE Magazin – Germany

Deutsche Welle, Shift – Germany

Issue 23
Installation Magazin Vanguard – Los Angeles, USA

Deutschlandradio KulturGermany

SAT1 Regional – Hannover, Germany

Issue 10.13
Fast Company Magazine – New York, USA

Issue 32
Viewpoint Magazine – London, UK

Buten un Binnen, NDR

Corriere della Sera

Weser Kurier

Issue 44
neural magazine

Issue 08.12
PAGE Magazine