OLIVER GRAU
Germany | 1965

Is a German art historian and media theoretician with a focus on image science, modernity and media art as well as culture of the 19th century and Italian art of the Renaissance. He is currently Professor of Image Science and Head of the Department for Image Science at the Danube University Krems. Grau has conceived new scientific tools for the humanities/digital humanities, he managed the project “Immersive Art” of The German Research Foundation (DFG) whose team started developing in 1998 the first international archive for digital art written on an open source platform at the Danube-University Krems and has since been followed up by a number of spin-off projects. Since 2000 the DVA was the first online archive to regularly stream video documentations. Since 2005 Grau is manager of the database of Goettweigs Graphic Collection, Austria’s largest private graphic collection that contains 30,000 works, ranging from Albrecht Duerer to Gustav Klimt. Grau developed new international curricula for image sciences: MediaArtHistories MA, academic expert programmes in Digital Collection Management and Exhibit Design, Visual Competencies and the masters course in Image Science. Moreover with the Danube Telelectures a new interactive format of lectures and debates came into being that is streamed worldwide.

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