Christian Ziegler

Christian Ziegler
Year of birth, place
1963, Karlsruhe, Germany
lives and works in
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics
At the ZKM
  • 1994 to 2002

Christian Ziegler is a digital artist on stage, director, performer and architect. In 2022, he returned to Europe following an eight-year teaching assignment as Professor of Interactive Media at Arizona State University’s School for Arts, Media and Engineering/Synthesis Lab.

He started his career at ZKM | Karlsruhe’s Multimedia Studio in 1994, where he was part of the core team of the »Improvisation Technologies« project, developing the design and the line animations of the prototypes and the final CD-ROM. »Improvisation Technologies« and several other CD-ROMs he designed won international design awards.

In 2002, he founded his theater company »movingimages« which focuses on the development of immersive stage environments as well as the production and direction of digital dance projects in collaboration with various choreographers. In addition, the company collaborates with renowned theater directors, at, for example, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Wuppertal Opera House, the Karlsruhe State Theater, the Konzert Theater Bern, and the Neue Oper Vienna.

Christian Ziegler joined several academic dance research projects with IRCAM Paris, the Choreographic Center ICKAmsterdam, Utrecht University, and AHK Amsterdam. In the European Theater Lab of the Europe Theater Convention he developed interactive technologies for digital theater productions at several European theaters using GPS and AR/VR. His latest theater production, ANA, uses AI and is supported by the VW Cultural Foundation.