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Oliver Grau
* 1965, currently based: Danube University, Austria
Affiliated institution: Head of Department -- Chair Professor Image Science --- ---

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Oliver Grau – artist profile”. (retrieved 2015-28-11). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Oliver Grau artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2015-28-11}
Oliver Grau was appointed first Chair Professor for Image Science in the German speaking countries at the Center of Image Science at Danube University in 2005. More than 300 lectures and keynotes at conferences worldwide, including the Olympic Games culture program and the G-20 Summit.

He has received several awards and his publications are translated in 14 languages. His main research is in the history of media art, immersive images, emotion and immersion, the history of telepresence and artificial life and digital humanities.

Grau's book “Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion”, MIT Press 2003 (book of the month Scientific American, received more than 80 reviews and is with 850+ citations internationally the most quoted art history monography of the last decade (H-Index), It offered for the first time a historic comparison and evolution in image-viewer theory of immersion and a systematic analysis of the triad of artist, artwork and beholder under the conditions of digital art.

Grau was founding director of the MediaArtHistories Conference Series, (Banff 2005, Berlin07, Melbourne09, Liverpool11, Riga13, Montreal15). The volume MediaArtHistories, MIT Press 2007, received more than 50 international reviews. His volume "Imagery in the 21st Century", MIT-Press 2011 expanded the context of Image Science.

He conceived new scientific tools for image science and directed the project "Immersive Art" of the German Research Foundation (DFG) developing the first international archive for digital art (ADA, since 1999). Since 2005 Grau is also head of the database of Goettweig’s Graphic Print Collection, Austria's largest private collection with 30.000 works, from Duerer to Klimt.

Grau is reviewer for international foundations (DFG, NSF, ARC, SNF, MPI, DAAD and editorial board member of international journals. Grau was among the first elected members of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science & Leopoldina, 2014 he received a doctor h.c. 2015 he was elected into the Academia Europaea

2015 Elected into the Academia Europaea
2014 Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) from the University of Oradea
2014 Co-Development of the master programme 'Data Studies' at Danube University
2013 Research grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for the project AT.MAR including the development of the Archive of Digital Art (former Database of Virtual Art)
2012 The publication 'Virtual Art - From Illusion to Immersion' became one of the most cited books in the field of art history (Source: H-Index)
2011 International Declaration "Media Art Needs Global Networked Organisation and Support"
2011 Key note lecture in Seoul (Korea) for the lecture series 'Humanism 2.0 in the digital age'
2011 Host of the conference of Austrian art historians ('Tagung österreichischer Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker'), 30.09.-02.10.2011
2010 - 2013 Research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project "Reconsidering Australian Media Art History in an International Context"
2010 Key note at the 'tech+ forum 2010' in association with the G-20 Summit Meeting, by Invitation of the Ministry of Knowledge
2008 Director of the Second International Conference on Image Science at Goettweig Monastery
2008 Development of the master programme 'Cross Media' at Danube University
2006 Inauguration of the Danube TeleLectures Conference Series
2006 Development of the master programme 'Media Art Histories' at Danube University
2005 Chair Professor and Head of the Department for Image Science at the Danube University Krems
2005 Founding Director of "Refresh! First International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology"
2005 Visiting Professor at the University of Caxias do Sul
2005 Visiting Professor at the University of Siegen
2005 Head of the Database of the Graphic Art Collection of Goettweig Monastery
2005 Development of the master programme 'Image Science' at Danube University
2003 Habilitation from the University of Art and Design Linz
2003 Research Scholarship from the Villa Vigoni
2002 - 2005 Establishment of the MediaArtHistory Conference Series
2001 - 2005 Assistant Research Professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin
2001 - 2002 Visiting Professor at the University of Art and Design Linz
2001 Voted Member of the "Young Academy" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina
2000 Most cited monograph in Art History according to H-Index
1999 - 2005 Initial Development of the Archive of Digital Art (former DVA) at the Humboldt University of Berlin
1998 - 2005 PhD in Art History at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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ISTANBUL: "Amber Art and Technology Festival"

Invited Lecture AMBER FESTIVAL 17 dec 2014 – 21 feb 2015


HONG KONG: 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia (VSMM 2014), City University Hong Kong OUR DIGITAL CULTURE THREATENED BY LOSS: The Complex Expression of Digital Art and its Impact on Archives and Image Science/Digital Humanities


Conference 'Image as Location' (San Francisco)

Lecture at the Conference 'Image as Location' at the University of Berkeley/Goethe Institute (San Francisco, USA)


Conference 'Portable Reality' (Basel, CH)

Keynote at the international conference 'Portable Reality' at the Haus für elektronische Künste (Hek) in Basel

Exhibitions & Conferences
Congress :
Publications & References
Grau, Oliver and Sebastian Haller and Janina Hoth and Viola Rühse and Devon Schiller and Michaela Seiser. »DOCUMENTING MEDIA ART: Towards a social WEB 2.0-Archive for MediaArtHistories and an integrative Bridging Thesaurus.« Tagungsband des Vereins oesterreichischer KunsthistorikerInnen 18 (2016).
Grau, Oliver. »Our Digital Culture Threatened by Loss.« The World Financial Review (2014): 40-42.
Grau, Oliver. »Media Art's Challenge for our Societies.« In The Challenge of the Object: 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, edited by Ulrich Großmann, 990-994. Nürnberg: Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, 2013.
Grau, Oliver. »The History of Telepresence: Automata, Illusion and Rejecting the Body.« In Nature, edited by Jeffrey Kastner, 121-124. London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2012.
Grau, Oliver. »Gegenwartskultur vom Verlust bedroht.« Junge Akademie Magazin 14 (2012): 18-21.
Grau, Oliver. »Image Science & MediaArtHistories: New Infrastructures for 21st Century Digital Humanities.« In Mind and Matter: Comparative Approaches towards Complexity, edited by Günther Friesinger and Johannes Grenzfurthner and Thomas Ballhausen, 29-37. Bielefeld: transcript, 2011.
Grau, Oliver and Thomas Veigl, ed. Imagery in the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT-Press, 2011.
Grau, Oliver and Thomas Veigl. »Media Art's Challenge to our Societies.« In Imagery in the 21st Century, edited by Oliver Grau, 310-371. Cambridge, MA: MIT-Press, 2011.
Kisseleva, Olga and Oliver Grau. »Theory and Practice of Media Art: Aesthetic Parergons and Perspectives.« In First Post Industrial Contemporary Art Biennale, edited by NCCA. Ekaterinburg: NCCA, 2010.
Grau, Oliver. »Media Art & Digital Humanities.« Technology Imagination Future: Journal for Transdisciplinary Knowledge Design 4, no. 1 (2010): 1-22.
Grau, Oliver and Jonathan P. Bowen and Kia Ng. »Renewing Knowledge Structures for Media Art.« In EVA London 2010: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, edited by Alan Seal, 286-295. Swindon: British Computer Society, 2010.
Grau, Oliver. »Lembrem a phantasmagoria! Politica da ilusao do seculo XVIII e sua vida apos a morte multimedia.« In Arte, Ciencia e Tecnologia, edited by Diana Domingues, 239 - 260. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Editora UNESP, 2009.
Grau, Oliver. »Das Pionierarchiv der Medienkunst:« Kunstgeschichte aktuell 1, no. 9 (2009): 8.
Grau, Oliver. »Living Habitats - Immersive Strategies.« In Christa Sommerer - Laurent Mignonneau: Interactive Art Research, edited by Gerfried Stocker, 170-175. Wien, New York: Springer Verlag, 2009.
Grau, Oliver. Virtuelna umetnost. Beograd: Clio, 2008.
Grau, Oliver. »Media Art needs Histories and Archives.« In The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, edited by Seoul Museum of Art, 23-25 and 36-50. Seoul, Korea: Seoul Museum of Art, 2008.
Grau, Oliver. »The Recombinant Reality - Immersion and Interactive Image Spaces.« In Synthetic Times, edited by Fan Di'an and Zhang Ga, 72 -93. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
Grau, Oliver. Media Art Histories. Cambridge, MA: MIT-Press, 2007.
Grau, Oliver. »Remember the Phantasmagoria! Illusion Politics of the Eightenth Century and Its Multimedial Afterlife.« In Media Art Histories, edited by Oliver Grau, 136 - 161. Cambridge, MA: MIT-Press, 2007.
Grau, Oliver. »Arte Virtual.« In El Medio es el diseno audiovisual, edited by Jorge La Ferla. Manizales, Colombia: Universidad de Caldas, 2007.
Grau, Oliver. »“Vorsicht! Es scheint, daß er direkt auf die Dunkelheit zustürzt, in der Sie sitzen.” Immersions- und Emotionsforschung, Kernelemente der Bildwissenschaft.« In Wie sich Gefühle Ausdruck verschaffen, edited by Klaus Herding and Antje Krause-Wahl, 263 - 288. Taunusstein: Driesen Verlag, 2007.
Grau, Oliver. Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion. Tsinghua, China: Tsinghua University Press, 2006.
Grau, Oliver. »Integrando a arte-midia em nossa cultura. Historia da arte como ciencia da imagem.« In Imagem (Ir)Realidade. Comunicacao e cibermidia, edited by Denize Correa Araujo, 259 - 270. : Editora Sulina, 2006.
Grau, Oliver. »Integrating Media Art into Our Culture - Art History as Image Science.« Fu-Jen Historical Journal (2006): 553 - 570.
Grau, Oliver and Ernst Strouhal. »Phantasmagorischer Bildzauber des 18. Jahrhunderts und sein Nachleben in der Medienkunst.« In Rare Künste: Zur Kultur- und Mediengeschichte der Zauberkunst, edited by Brigitte Felderer, 461 - 480. Wien: Springer Verlag, 2006.
Grau, Oliver. »Kunst als Inspiration medialer Evolution. Überwindungsversionen der Kinoleinwand vom Stereopticon zur Telepräsenz.« In Das bewegte Bild: Film und Kunst, edited by Thomas Hensel and Klaus Krüger and Tanja Michalsky, 419 - 448. München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006.
Grau, Oliver and Andreas Keil, ed. Mediale Emotionen. Zur Lenkung von Gefühlen durch Bild und Sound. Frankfurt/Main: Fischer Verlag, 2005.
Grau, Oliver. »Das Sedanpanorama. Einübung soldatischen Gehorsams im Staatsbild durch Präsenz.« In Panorama: Virtualität und Realitäten - II. Internationale Panoramakonferenz in Altötting 2003, edited by , 38 - 52. : Verlag Koch - Schmidt - Wilhelm GbR, 2005.
Grau, Oliver. »Die visuelle Zukunft. Medienkunst - so vielseitig wie noch nie.« In DGPh intern (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie), edited by Vol.28. , 9 - 11. : 2005.
Grau, Oliver. »A história da telepresenca: automatos, ilusao e a rejeicao do corpo.« In Corpos Virtuais, edited by Ivana Bentes, 112-117. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Centro Cultural Telemar, 2005.
Grau, Oliver. »Database of Virtual Art.« In Ars Electronica 2005: Hybrid - Living in Paradox, edited by Gerfried Stocker and Christine Schöpf, 404-405. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2005.
Grau, Oliver and Ulrike Reinhard. »Datenbank für Virtuelle Kunst.« In Digitale Transformationen. Medienkunst als Schnittstelle von Kunst, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, edited by Monika Fleischmann, 207-209. Heidelberg: Whois Verlag, 2004.
Grau, Oliver. Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
Grau, Oliver. »Novas Imagens da Vida: Realidade virtual e arte genética.« In Arte e Vida no Século XXI: Tecnologia, ciéncia e criatividade, edited by Diana Dominguez, 285-303. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Editora UN, 2003.
Grau, Oliver and Christian Berndt. »The Database of Virtual Art: For an Expanded Concept of Documentation.« edited by Paris Ministère de la Culture et de la Communicacion, 2-15. : 2003.
Grau, Oliver. »Der Digitale Bau. Aktuelle Tendenzen der Raumvisualisierung und ihre Vorläufer.« Thesis. Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar , no. 3 (2003): 112-121.
Grau, Oliver. »Auf dem Weg zur Bildwissenschaft.« Gegenworte. Zeitschrift für den Disput über Wissen (Spring 2002): 25-29.
Grau, Oliver and Kiyofumi Motoyama and Yoshiomi Yamaguchi. »The Art of the Interface in Mixed Realities - Predecessors and Visions.« In ISEA 2002, 11th International Symposium on Electronic Art, edited by Masao Kohmura, 97-100. Nagoya, Japan: 2002.
Grau, Oliver. »Kunst als Inspiration medialer Evolution. Intermediale Etappen des Virtuellen im 20. Jahrhundert.« Intervalle 5, Schriftenreihe des Wissenschaftlichen Zentrums der Universität Kassel 5 (2002): 57-76.
Grau, Oliver. »Nowe obrazy z zycia: Rzeczywistosc wirtualna, sztuka genetyczna i transgeniczna.« Kwartalnik filmowy 35-36, no. XXI (2001): 108-119.
Grau, Oliver. »Das Sedanpanorama: Einübung soldatischen Gehorsams im Staatsbild durch Präsenz.« In Medien der Präsenz. Museum, Bildung und Wissenschaft im 19. Jahrhundert, edited by Jürgen et. al. Fohrmann, 143-169. Köln: DuMont, 2001.
Grau, Oliver. »New Images from Life.« In Art Inquiry. Recherches sur les Arts, edited by Ryszard KluszinskyVol.II (XI). , 7-25. Lodz: Grotesk, 2001.
Grau, Oliver. »Telepräsenz: Zu Genealogie und Epistemologie von Interaktion und Simulation.« In Formen interaktiver Medienkunst. Geschichte, Tendenzen, Utopien, edited by Peter et. al. Gendolla, 39-63. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2001.
Grau, Oliver. »Datenbank der Virtuellen Kunst.« In Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts 2001, edited by , 135-140. Berlin: 2001.
Grau, Oliver. Virtuelle Kunst in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Berlin: Reimer Verlag, 2001.
Grau, Oliver. »Zur relativen Interpendenz zwischen bildlicher Wirkung und reflektierter Distanzgewinnung.« In Vom Realismus der Bilder: Interdisziplinäre Forschungen zur Semantik bildlicher Darstellungsformen, edited by Klaus Sachs-Hombach, 213-227. Magdeburg: Scriptum-Verlag, 2001.
Grau, Oliver. »Verlust des Zeugen: Das lebendige Werk.« In Metamorphosen: Zur Veränderung der Gedächtnismedien im Computerzeitalter, edited by Götz-Lothar Darsow, 101-121. Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt: Fromann-Holzboog, 2000.
Grau, Oliver. »Datenbank der Virtuellen Kunst.« Kunstchronik 11 (2000).
Grau, Oliver. »Bildarchitektur - Zur Geschichte und Aktualität des bildlichen Illusionsraumes.« Arch+: Die Zeitschrift für Architektur und Städtebau , no. 149/150 (April 2000): 102-108.
Grau, Oliver. »The History of Telepresence: Automata, Illusion, and The Rejection of the Body.« In The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and Telepistemology on the Internet, edited by Ken Goldberg, 226-243. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
Grau, Oliver. »Rhizome_Raw: Database of Virtual Art, Humboldt University of Berlin.« Leonardo 8, no. 3 (March 2000): 5-6.
Grau, Oliver and j. Joerges. »Lebendige Bilder schaffen: Virtuelle Realität, Artificial Life und Transgenic Art.« In Sieben Hügel: Dschungel. Sammeln, Ordnen, Bewahren: Von der Vielfalt des Lebens zur Kultur der Natur, edited by B.-M. Baumunk, 47-53. Berlin: Henschel Verlag, 2000.
Grau, Oliver. »Into the Belly of the Image: Historical Aspects of Virtual Reality.« Leonardo 32, no. 5 (1999): 365-371.
Grau, Oliver. »Zur Kunstgeschichte der Virtuellen Realität: Eine Forschungsnotiz.« Kunstchronik: Monatszeitschrift für Kunstwissenschaft, Museumswesen und Denkmalpflege , no. 7 (1998): 354-355.
Grau, Oliver. »Vademecum digitaler Kunst, Söke Dinkla: Pioniere Interaktiver Kunst bis heute.« In Jahrbuch computer art faszination, edited by Gerhard Dotzler, 275-276. Frankfurt/Main: Dr. Dotzler Medieninstitut Verlag, 1998.
Grau, Oliver. »In das "lebendige" Bild: Die Virtuelle Realität setzt der Kunst neue Spielregeln.« neue bildende kunst. Zeitschrift für Kunst und Kritik , no. 6 (1997): 28-36.
Grau, Oliver. »Carbon vs. Silicon.« In SIMKLAAS, edited by , 14-27 and 46-57. Berlin: Gestalten Verlag, 1997.
Grau, Oliver. »Vom Zen des Tauchens.« Die Zeit (June 1997): 62.
Grau, Oliver. »Künstler für fünf Minuten.« c´t Magazin für Computertechnik , no. 6 (1997): 104-108.
Grau, Oliver. »Hingabe an das Nichts: Der Cyberspace zwischen Utopie, Ökonomie und Kunst.« Medien. Kunst. Passagen , no. 4 (1994): 17-30.