Monika Fleischmann

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Institute for Media Communication and GMD Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik, Artist-Researcher

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2022

    Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss are pioneers of media art and virtual reality.  In 1987, they were co-founders of ART + COM in Berlin (The Billion Dollar Code). In 1996 they founded the MARS – Exploratory Media Lab (Media Arts Research Studies), and in 2005 the eCulture Factory at the Fraunhofer Research Association. Their awards include patents, the Ars Electronica Golden Nica (1992) and the SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Award in Digital Art (2018).

    Early work includes “Berlin-Cyber City” (1989), in which Fleischmann and Strauss memorialize aspects of Berlin’s history while imagining the city’s possible futures, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. A subsequent cartographically informed project “Semantic Map” (2001-04) traces neural networks, foretelling a method of data analysis now standard in artificial intelligence. In “Home of the Brain” (1989-1991), participants are introduced to virtual reality, while the iconic “Liquid Views” (1992) anticipates the selfie moment.


    Monika Fleischmann is a research artist and Head of Media Art Research & Studies (MARS) at GMD’s Institute for Media Communication. In 1988 she was co-founder of Art+Com, Berlin. Her multidiscipline background (fashion, design, art and drama, computer graphics) made her an expert in the world of art, computer science and media technology. The work of Fleischmann and her partner Wolfgang Strauss was awarded in 1992 at Ars Electronica in Linz with the Golden Nita. She is a member of Goethe institute’s advisory board for MEDIA and in the advisory board for the EXPO2000 – the world exhibition in Hannover. She is engaged in program committees on international confer­ences and competitions like Cyberconf and Cyberstar. She was ART Chair of ACM Multimedia ’96,


Last Known Location:

  • Berlin, Germany

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