The artistic and scientific work of new media pioneers Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss is internationally recognized, exhibited and awarded. At the intersection of art, science, technology and society they develop methods, models and works to link real and virtual space in an emerging media-culture.
In 1987 Fleischmann & Strauss started to work together on the topic of Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality combining real objects and virtual environments. In 1998 they carried out the requirements of an online competence centre for art, culture and new media. The CATfeasability study on Communication of Art & Technology was supported by the Fedral Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) and accompanied with generous funding for the media art research archive & platform netzspannung.org.
In 2002 the Fraunhofer IMK – MARS Exploratory Media Lab was invited by Itau Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil as one of the 15 internationally recognized Art & Technology Labs. Applications & tools of MFWS such as Semantic Map, PointScreen, Interactive Poster were awarded groundbreaking products of the 21 century in 2008.
From 2008-09 their online archive for media arts is exhibited at ZKM Center for Art & Media Technology in Karlsruhe: Netzspannung.org – Performing the Archive. At the same time one of their first media art works Liquid Views of 1992 was presented in Seville, Spain in YOUniverse at BIACS (2008/09). Liquid Views and netzspannung.org were also part of the YOUser II exibition at ZKM in Karlsruhe 2009 and of Ars Electronica History Lounge 2009. In 2011, the exhibition Performing Data – Monika Fleischmann | Wolfgang Strauss, a review of their work was shown at Laznia CCA in Gdansk, Poland and was supported by the german IFA | Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.