The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories 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 / 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-Universitaet Krems / Head Department for Image Science, GER/AT
Prof. Dr. EDWARD SHANKEN, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA
Prof. CHRISTIAN HUEBLER, KNOWBOTIC RESEARCH, Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst Zuerich 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
Mag. JEANNA NIKOLOV, Danube University, AT MARGIT ROSEN, MA, ZKM | Zentrum fuer 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 Goettweig 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.


May 17 – May 27, 2008
Law and Copyright
Market of Media Art / -Management
Important Media Art Institutions
Preservation ofMediaArtHistories & 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

May 4 – May 15, 2009
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

November 2 – November 12, 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

The Center in Monastery Goettweig, 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.

Sabine Weber, MSc
Department for Image Science
Danube University
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems
Tel: +43(0)2732 893-2569