zentralwerkstatt.org is a portfolio of my work at the interface of computation and aesthetics; current research topics include the ontology of machines and the conservation of digital art.

My name is Fabian, I am a doctoral student, Graduate Student Researcher, and Regent's Fellow in the Media Arts and Technology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a collaborator of STAGE lab at the University of Chicago. Before, I worked at ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, where I curated and managed several large-scale exhibitions. I received my Dipl. degree from the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen, Germany, where I was a student of composer and director Heiner Goebbels and a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Full CV available on request.

April 2016

I am giving a talk titled "[machine here]. Non-representation as a Mathematical Strategy in the Construction of Alan Turing’s Imaginary Machine" at the conference and exhibition [image here] at Harvard University.

February 2016

I am giving a talk on "The Conservator’s Task. The Case for Programmable Logic Devices as a New Tool for the Conservation of Digital Art" at the conference Hands on History. Exploring New Methodologies for Media History Research at the University of London.

November 2015

I am giving a talk on "Conceptual Superposition. The Aesthetics of Quantum Simulation" at this year's SIGGRAPH Asia conference in Kobe, Japan.

June 2015

Together with Juan Manuel Escalante I edited the exhibition catalog Open Sources which also includes my essay "The Poetic Algorithm or What Happened To Software Art?". Juan Manuel Escalante also put together a wonderful report on our curatorial and design process here.

December 2014

The exhibition catalog to the grand Sasha Waltz retrospective at ZKM | Center for Art and Media is finally being published by Hatje Cantz and includes my essay "Beyond the Scenes. Sasha Waltz's Objects and Installations Between Theater and the Visual Arts"

October 2014

I am curating an exhibtion on independent cinema legend Jonas Mekas at ZKM | Center for Art and Media. Here's Jonas' view of the opening night, and here's my exhibition essay.

September 2014

SWR2 did an interview with me on different aspects of my work a while ago. Listen to it here (in German).

August 2014

Open access to my diploma thesis "Information, Konzept, Berechenbarkeit. Zum Computer als Medium der Kunst" is here (in German).

Projects and publications coming soon for this website revision.