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Stephan Schwingeler

@ Stephan Schwingeler, Photo: Kevin Momoh

Year of birth, place


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  • Media Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art


Prof. Dr. phil. Stephan Schwingeler (*1979) is professor for Media Studies at HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts.  His first book deals with the topic of space in video games and is one of the first art historical publications in the field of Game Studies. His Ph.D. thesis and second book examines the practices and strategies of Game Art and artistic video game modification from the perspective of art history and media theory. In the last couple of years he was also Professor for Game Design in Stuttgart and was responsible for running the GameLab at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Among other exhibitions and events he was responsible as a curator for the exhibition „ZKM_Gameplay” at the internationally renowned ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. His exhibition “Global Games” presents videogames as political media. Based on “Global Games” the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with ZKM, is currently touring worldwide through over 40 countries across the globe. Other curated exhibitions include „New Gameplay“ at (Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea), „Digital Games“ (Ludwigforum, Aachen, Germany).


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