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Susanne Jaschko

Researcher in Residence, 2005

A research project on the temporal and spatial design of new media-based installation art, its perception and influence on the visitor's behavior

Susanne Jaschko is a Berlin-based independent curator and researcher in media art. From 2000-2004 she was deputy director and curator at transmediale – international media art festival berlin. Her curatorial and scientific work predominantly focuses on interactive art and the digital moving image. Her work with the festival primarily involved curating the exhibitions and strengthening international collaborations.

She has been a guest lecturer at the Statens Kunstakadmie in Oslo, Norway, and Leipzig University, Germany, where she taught in the department of media science and communication. She also teaches internationally and makes presentations on media art and culture.

Ms. Jaschko holds a Ph.D. from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Hochschule Aachen, Germany, where she wrote her thesis on Self-portraiture and self-understanding in the painting of the GDR from 1945 to the '80s.

Ms. Jaschko’s research project at the Daniel Langlois Foundation’s Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) will focus on the spatial "reality" of works of art.

Her research will be based on the substantial resources at the CR+D, such as the Steina and Woody Vasulka fonds and most notably the video installations. It will also draw from the general documentation available on projects that have been supported by the Foundation, such as those by Jessica Loseby, Luc Courchesne, David Rokeby and Adam Zaretsky.

Ms. Jaschko’s objectives are to analyze relevant historic and current media art pieces and their respective spatial and temporal conditions and to show the artistic development from early works to contemporary pieces in reflecting on those conditions. Her aim is to reveal the differences between the expected and actual behavior of visitors in time and space-based media art works and in doing so support the refinement of future art production. The cultural differences in the temporal and spatial character of the works will be determined by applying an intercultural perspective. By discovering and unfolding patterns and principles of temporal and spatial design that help to define and categorize media art installations, Ms. Jaschko hopes to raise awareness about the relevance of a work’s temporal and spatial dimensions and perceptions and enhance curatorial work with new media art. And finally, by closing the gap between conventional technology-orientated research on media art and contemporary art theory/science, she is confident that the teaching of media art theory and practice can be improved.

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