|Herbert W. Franke|
Session IV ARTIST STATEMENTS
Herbert W. Franke
artist, scientist and writer, Egling
The legacy of Indiana Jones
“... Upon recognising Alissa's look of surprise and incomprehension, he fumbled in his desk's drawer and then pressed the copy of a text into her hands. „It's obvious you're not a historian.
It's not just about collecting and storing data, much more importantly it's about handling
it creatively. Only then does the historian's profession become socially relevant!...”
Herbert W. Franke will read out a short-story which he has written especially for this conference.
Herbert W. Franke was born in Vienna in 1927 and lives and works near Munich. From 1945 until 1950 he studied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Philosophy in Vienna. He then worked in industry for five years and then as a freelance publicist. Since the mid-1950s he has published articles about experimental photography and electronically generated art. From 1973 until 1998 lectureships for cybernetic aesthetics and computer- aided art at the University Munich and from 1984 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Herbert W. Franke has published more than forty books, several addressing the relationship between art and science. His utopian shortstories and novels have won him critical acclaim. Currently as Senior Fellow at the Zuse- Institut, Berlin he is working on a project „virtual worlds“. Parallel to the symposium, the exhibition “Herbert W. Franke. Wanderer zwischen den Welten” is on show at the ZKM | Media Museum - Project Room (16.10.2010 - 09.01.2011).