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Siegfried Zielinski

Year of birth, place
1951, Butzbach, Germany
lives and works in
Berlin, Germany
Biography

Siegfried Zielinski, born 1951, is professor for Media Theory and Variantology of the Media at Berlin University of the Arts. He is also Michel Foucault Professor for Techno-Culture and Media Archaeology at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, and director of the International Vilém-Flusser-Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts. He succeeded Peter Sloterdijk as head of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 2015.

Siegfried Zielinski studied theatre, modern German literature, linguistics, semiotics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory in Marburg  and at the Freie Universität Berlin and the TU Berlin. The major focus of his studies was on the field of advanced technical media.

In 1979 he wrote and directed the documentary film »Responses to HOLOCAUST in Western Germany« which is collected at Paley Center for Media in New York. He graduated in the same year with a thesis on Veit Harlan. His Ph.D. thesis, finished in 1985, on the History and Cultural Technique of the Video Recorder became the book »Zur Geschichte des Videorecorders«. His habilitation, in 1989, was on high-definition television.

In 1989 he took up his first full professorship in audiovisual studies at the University of Salzburg in Austria, where he set up a department for teaching, research, and production of “Audiovisions.” In 1993, Zielinski was appointed Professor of Communication and Audiovisual Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne; where, in 1994, he became its Founding Director. In 2001, he returned to teaching and research, focusing on history and theory, developing his multi-dimensional (or non-linear) approach to diverse genealogies of media which he calls an archaeology or variantology of media.

Notable works are: »Veit Harlan« (R.G. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1981), »Zur Geschichte des Videorecorders« (Wissenschaftsverlag Spiess, Berlin, 1986), »Audiovisionen« (Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1989), »Archäologie der Medien« (Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2002), »[... nach den Medien]« (Merve, Berlin, 2011) . He is also the editor of the five volumes »VARIANTOLOGY. On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies« (König, Köln, 2005-2011).

[2016]

  • Cover der Publikation »Siemens Medienkunstpreis 97«
    • Michael Roßnagl and Heinrich Klotz (Eds.)
    • Siemens Medienkunstpreis 97
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 1997
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: German
    • 5

      Heinrich Klotz, Michael Roßnagl 

      Vorwort 

      8

      Vilém Flusser 

      Universalsprachen 

      ...
  • Cover der Publikation »Net_Condition«
    • Peter Weibel and Timothy Druckrey (Eds.)
    • Net_condition
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • »net_condition: art and global media« is the first book to investigate the social, economic, political and artistic consequences of the networked media enveloping the planet. It brings together scholars, theorists, activists, and artists in both...

  • Cover der Publikation »Sciences of the Interface«
    • Hans H. Diebner, Timothy Druckrey and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Sciences of the Interface
    • Genista, Tübingen, 2001
    • Anthology, Conference proceedings, Audio CD
    • Language: English
    • Die im März 2001 erscheinende englischsprachige Publikation  »Sciences of the Interface« umfasst Beiträge des gleichnamigen internationalen Symposiums, das vom 18. - 21. Mai 2000 im ZKM_Karlsruhe stattfand (Kooperation: Kunsthochschule für Medien...

  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
    • Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Future Cinema
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • One aspect of our globalization is the development of a worldwide network of technological standards and production, distribution, and presentation norms necessary in order to recoup, via distribution to the mass global market, vastly increased...

  • Cover der Publikation »05-03-44. Liebesgrüsse aus Odessa«
    • Ecke Bonk, Peter Gente and Margit Rosen (Eds.)
    • 05-03-44. Liebesgrüsse aus Odessa
    • Merve, Berlin, 2004
    • Anthology, Festschrift
    • Language: German and English
    • Peter Weibel zum 60. Geburtstag. 72 Beiträge dokumentieren die Vielfalt der Tätigkeiten Peter Weibels.

  • Cover der Publikation »Record Again!«
    • Christoph Blase and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Record Again!
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2010
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German and English
    • The present volume is the second part of the restoration project »40yearsvideoart.de«. The goal was to save video material threatened with disappearance and to rescue forgotten material. The project succeeded in retrieving a large number of...

  • Cover der Publikation »Der Stand der Bilder. Die Medienpioniere Zbigniew Rybczynski und Gabor Body«
  • Cover der Publikation »State of Images. The Media Pioneers Zbigniew Rybczynski and Gabor Body«
  • Cover der Publikation »Digital Art Conservation«
    • Bernhard Serexhe (Ed.)
    • Digital Art Conservation
    • Ambra V, Wien, 2013
    • Anthology
    • Language: German
    • Are you born-digital? This could be the ultimate, decisive question in the future when it comes to preserving and making the art of our time accessible for future generations. This book presents the results of the »digital art conservation«...

  • Cover der Publikation »Digital Art Conservation (English)«
    • Bernhard Serexhe (Ed.)
    • Digital Art Conservation (English)
    • Ambra V, Wien, 2013
    • Anthology
    • Language: English
    • Are you born-digital? This could be the ultimate, decisive question in the future when it comes to preserving and making the art of our time accessible for future generations. This book presents the results of the »digital art conservation«...

  • Cover der Publikation »Digital Art Conservation (français)«
    • Bernhard Serexhe (Ed.)
    • Digital Art Conservation (français)
    • Ambra V, Wien, 2013
    • Anthology
    • Language: French
    • Are you born-digital? Telle sera la question décisive à l’avenir lorsqu’il s’agira d’exposer et conserver l’art de notre temps. Cette publication présente les résultats du projet »digital art conservation« initié en 2010 par le ZKM | Centre d’Art...

  • Cover der Publikation »Flusseriana«. Die Begriffe des Glossars sind auf dem weißen Cover als Tiefdruck sichtbar.
    • Siegfried Zielinkski, Peter Weibel and Daniel Irrgang (eds.)
    • Flusseriana
    • Univocal Publishing, Minneapolis, 2015
    • Anthology
    • Language: English, German, Portuguese
    • Freestyle thinking – that is Vilém Flusser’s intellectual modus operandi: challenging and offensive, paradoxical and audacious. His thought knows no disciplines or subjects, nor does it pay tribute to other academic frameworks or rituals. Above...

  • Cover der Broschüre »Bodenlos. Flusser und die Künste«: Portraitfoto von Viém Flusser
    • Without Firm Ground – Flusser and the Arts
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 2015
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and Englisch
    • With texts bearing programmatic titles, such as lnto the »Universe of Technical Images« and »Towards a Philosophy of Photography«, Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) became one of the most influential thinkers on communication and media in the latter...

  • Cover des Buchs »Allah's Automata«
    • Siegfried Zielinski and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Allah's Automata
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2015
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • The first Renaissance did not take place in Europe, but in Mesopotamia. In terms of the archaeology of media, the Arab-Islamic culture of knowledge and the related art of engineering essentially interposed between antiquity and the early modern...

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