netzspannung.org is a platform for interactive art and media art education. Netzspannung.org has been online since 2001, and defines itself as a tool for researching, reflecting upon, and imparting electronic culture. The platform for the theory and practice of media art offers over 2,500 work descriptions, texts, images and videos for the purpose of interdisciplinary education in art, design and informatics. Every month, between 100,000 and 150,000 international visitors take advantage of the cost-free access to over 200 hours of lectures and experimental teaching and learning modules for schools and universities.
Thematic Content Areas
The focus of netzspannung.org lies on interactive media art in the context of interdisciplinary artistic-research, archiving and publication, as well as in the participation of the digital media › community. Netzspannung.org includes editorial and open channels. Peer-reviewed content, editorial contributions and user contributions generated a growing pool of information in the period of 2001-2009. Media Artists from around the world use the platform through an integrated translation tool.
Interfaces and Data Performers
Netzspannung.org connects structure and content of the archive with innovative interfaces. Classic search with the Archive Browser is complemented by intuitive tools for finding and discovering knowledge. Navigation through data space is supported by Semantic Maps. The Media Flow orchestrates the database as a stream of images and voices: The archive speaks.
Authors, Partners, Funding
Netzspannung.org was developed by the MARS – Exploratory Media Lab of the › Fraunhofer IAIS under the direction of artists and scientists Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss. Partner were authors, academics, media-art institutions, museums, the KUBIM project, the Burda Academy and other publishers.
Sponsors of netzspannung.org were the BMBF: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Senator for Economy and Ports Bremen and the Fraunhofer Society. More about the evolution of netzspannung.org (1998 – 2009).
As of 2010, the action radius of netzspannung.org widens through cooperation with an exhibition space, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
netzspannung.org was being developed at the MARS Exploratory Media Lab, Fraunhofer Institute for Communication in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany as one of the first e-teaching platforms based on semantic structuring of information under the direction of Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss.