Florian Cramer

Florian Cramer


Florian Cramer investigates the transformation of art disciplines in the 21st century. Globalization and new media call into question the notions of “art” and “design” with their legacies in Western 19th/20th century aesthetics. This manifests itself, among others, in new contemporary visual culture phenomena, and a crisis of traditional concepts of (intellectual) property and authorship. The focus of Florian’s research is on contemporary art and on publishing, and their transformations in a post-digital age.

As a reader/research professor, Florian Cramer is closely affiliated to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute.

Florian Cramer


born in 1969 in Berlin, Germany


  • 2006 Dr. phil. Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, thesis: Exe.cut[up]able Statements: Poetische Kalküle und Phantasmen des selbstausführenden Texts, 2011, Wilhelm Fink, München
  • 1998 M.A. Comparative Literature, Art History and German Philology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1989-1998 studied Comparative Literature, Art History, German Philology and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Konstanz and University of Massachusetts at Amherst


  • since 2008: Reader/research professor new media and 21st century visual culture, Rotterdam University of Applied Science
  • 2011-2015: public program developer at WORM, cultural venue in Rotterdam (part-time)
  • 2011-2015: Director Research Center Creating 010
  • 2010-2011: Director Piet Zwart Institute
  • 2006-2010: Course Director of the Masters program Media Design and Communication, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Science
  • 2005: Research fellow Piet Zwart Institute
  • 1999-2004 lecturer/junior faculty Comparative Literature, Peter Szondi Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

advisory boards

public lectures and keynotes (selection):
2015 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Bath Spa University (UK), BEK Bergen (Norway), Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany), University of Coimbra (Portugal), 2014 Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Germany), ICA London (UK), 2012 Electronic Literature Organization (USA), 2013 University of Tasmania (Australia), 2008 Design Biennial St. Etienne (France), 2007 ars electronica Linz (Austria), 2006 V2_ Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2005 Aarhus University (Denmark), 2005 Brown University (USA), 2004 Tate Modern London (UK), 2003 Goethe Institut Barcelona (Spain), 2003 Macros Center Moscou (Russia), 2002 ICC Tokyo (Japan), Digital is not Analog Bologna (Italy), 2001 transmediale.01 Berlin (Germany), 1998 Softmoderne Berlin (Germany).


  • 2007 ars electronica media.art.research.award, Austria
  • 2002 samen met Sebastian Luetgert: honorary mention software award transmediale.02, Berlin, Germany
  • 1998 Pegasus electronic literature award, IBM/Die Zeit/Radio Bremen, Germany

English, Dutch, German, French, Latin

IT skills

  • programming language: Perl, Bourne Shell, C (limited)
  • markup languages and document formats: XML, (X)HTML, LaTeX, ePub, MultiMarkdown
  • moving image: DaVinci Resolve, Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, ffmpeg