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Netzspannung.org and its groundbreaking interfaces create cognitive and data structures. What has been created here is a model for an international educational infrastructure that deserves imitation.” (Peter Weibel)
In most cases, that which has been concealed in digital archives is represented in lists and other index-card-like digital archives. As much as this form may be expedient for scientists, it has far less inspiring effects through the Internet, and on exhibition visitors.
Netzspannung.org has been online since 2001, and offers multiple accesses to valuable sources of knowledge. One interface here comprises the rubric “Tele-Lectures” by scientists and artists. Up to 150.000 international visitors access over 200 hours of Tele-Lectures and experimental study and teaching modules per month. Over 2.500 descriptions of works, texts, pictures and videos drawn from art design, music and computer science are available in the area “Archives”, and the e-Teaching platform. With current affairs, the rubric “Media Art Research” shows, among others, the extent to which artistic work is a research activity.
At the same time, Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss develop not only new processes of data acquisition, but also scenographically orchestrate the archive for the exhibition space. Thus, the “Media-stream Browser” transforms the passive archive into an interactive flow of information containing pictures and texts. The “Semantic Map” facilitates a visual navigation, and, with the aid of the semantic map, makes possible an individual discovery of interrelations and connections.
In his publication “100 Products of the Future”, physicist and Nobel Laureate Theodor W. Hänsch counts the “Semantic Map” among the pioneering ideas destined to transform our lives.
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.