Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. Dr.h.c. Oliver Grau, MAE
Chair Professor Image Science
Danube University Krems
Oliver Grau is a world-renowned academic whose book Virtual Art (2003) is the most internationally quoted art history monograph of the last decade. He has received several awards for books including Mediale Emotionen (2005), MediaArtHistories (2007), Imagery in the 21st Century (2011), and On the Visual Power of Digital Arts (2016). Oliver Grau’s research spans the history of media art, immersive images, emotion and immersion, the history of telepresence, artificial life and digital humanities. He was appointed first Chair Professor for Image Science in the German speaking countries at the Department for Image Science at Danube University in 2005. He has presented keynotes at conferences worldwide, including the Olympic Games and the G-20 Summit and was founding director of the MediaArtHistories Conference Series. He developed new international Master Programs in Image Science, Media Art Histories, Data Studies and MediaArtsCultures, an Erasmus Joint Master of Excellence with four partner universities. He conceived new scientific tools for image science, a.o. the first and largest international archive for digital art (ADA, since 1999, http://www.digitalartarchive.at).
Since 2005, Oliver Grau has been also head of the Goettweig’s Graphic Print online-archive (www.gssg. at). Grau serves as editorial board member of several international journals. In 2014 he received a doctor h.c.; in 2015 he was elected into the Academia Europaea, Europe’s Academy of Science.
This lecture will focus on the emerging relationship of MediaArtHistory, which connects the history of art, media and technology, forming an integral element of Image Science. Although many people view virtual reality as a totally new phenomenon, it has its foundations in an unrecognized history of immersive images, often with the aim to create emotional responses. Indeed, the search for illusionary visual space can be traced back to Antiquity, Renaissance and Baroque illusion spaces and 19th century panoramas. The keynote retells art history as media history, describes the metamorphosis of the concepts of the image and relates it to interaction, interface design, telepresence, and genetic images.