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29 Apr 2008

MediaArtHistories - Call for Application

IMAGE: Ariel view of Wachau, an UNESCO world heritage landscape, NÖ-Werbung Aggstein, Donau; Paul Sermon, Telematic Dreaming.

First International Master of MediaArtHistories


0043 2732 893 2569
0043 2732 893 4551

Danube University Krems
Dr. Karl Dorrek Strasse 30
A-3500 Krems

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(Low residency; English language, open for applications now)


 The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories at the Department for Image Science offers a two-year low residency course of study leading to an M.A. degree. It conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others.

Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of Interaction & Interface Design, Social Software, Immersion & Emotion and Artistic Invention. Using online databases and other modern aids, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology will be discussed.

MediaArtHistories MA is based on the international praxis and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. What are the conditions necessary for a wider consideration of media art works and of new media in these collections of the international contemporary art scene? And in which way can new Databases and other scientific tools of structuring and visualizing data provide new contexts and enhance our understanding of semantics?


Further Information:





Prof. ERKKI HUHTAMO, UCLA / Professor of Media History and Theory Department Design, Media Arts, FIN

Prof. Dr. LEV MANOVICH, University of California, San Diego, USA

Dr. CHRISTIANE PAUL, Whitney Museum, New York / Curator for New Media, USA


Dr. GERFRIED STOCKER, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz


Prof. Dr. PAUL SERMON, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Dr. JASDAN JOERGES, Micromovie, Berlin, GER

Dr. STEVE DIETZ, Curator for New Media and Director of ISEA 2006, USA

Prof. Dr. OLIVER GRAU, Donau-Universität Krems / Head Department for Image Science, GER/AT

Prof. Dr. EDWARD SHANKEN, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

Prof. CHRISTIAN HÜBLER, KNOWBOTIC RESEARCH, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich HGKZ, CH

Prof. Dr. FRIEDER NAKE, University Bremen / Professor for Computergraphics and interactive systems, GER

Prof. MACHIKO KUSAHARA, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, JAP

Prof. MONIKA FLEISCHMANN, Fraunhofer Institute, Bremen, GER

MARGIT ROSEN, MA, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, GER

Prof. Dr. MIKLOS PÉTÉRNAK, Intermedia/Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, HUN

Dr. Sylvia GRACE BORDA, University of British Columbia, CAN

Dr. Martina LEEKER, University Bayreuth, GER


DANUBE UNIVERSITY – located in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners. Students come twice a year for 2 week blocks to Monastery Göttweig in Austria.


With its new modular courses the DEPARTMENT FOR IMAGE SCIENCE at Danube University offers an educational program internationally unique. Without interrupting the career students have the opportunity to learn through direct, hands-on experience, social learning in small groups and contacts with labs and industry. They gain key qualifications for the contemporary art and media marketplace.

The Center in Monastery Göttweig, where most MediaArtHistories courses take place, is housed in a 14th century building, remodeled to fit the needs of modern research in singular surroundings. International experts analyze the image worlds of art, science, politics and economy and elucidate how they originated, became established and how they have stood the test of time. The innovative approach at the Department for Image Science is reinforced by praxis-oriented study.



APPLICATIONS for the next course start will be accepted until May 5, 2008
(rolling admissions).



Module dates:

May 17 - May 27, 2008

Market of Media Art / -Management

Preservation of Digital Art

Sources of Digital Art and former Forms of Computer Graphics

Historicizing Art and Technology

Cybernetics in MediaArtHistory

Gender aspects of Media Art

Law and Copyright


November 24 - December 7, 2008

Introduction to Interfacedesign

Locative Media: Augmented Space

Digital Tools and their programming

From Telematic Images to Micromovies

Immersion & Emotion

Design & Function of Knowledge Space

Medial performance, theater und opera



May 4 - May 15, 2009

Strategy of networks

Ambient Intelligence

Planning festivals

Exhibiting & Curating

Media Art Exhibiting, Curation and Collection

Digital Art Archiving and Preservation

interdisciplinary and intercultural work



November 2 - November 12, 2009

MediaArtHistories & Media Archaeology

Media Theory and Theory of multimedia-based systems

Theory of perception


Art & Science - History of Science

Spaces of interaction and their planning

Social Software




Sabine Weber, MSc

Department for Image Science

Danube University

Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems

Tel: +43(0)2732 893-2569