bloc // February 18, 2013

Openings in New Media Research Project – Austria ⁄⁄

Open Media Art Research Position – Research Associate (Scientific

The AT-MAR project is accepting applications for upper level scientific
staff. A graduate degree e.g. a masters degree, its equivalent, or
higher is required. Previous experience in art historical or archiving
research projects is a plus. S/he will assist the principal
investigator, Chair Professor for Image Science, Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau,
and work on building of the meta- thesaurus together with the other team
members. S/he should be responsible, self-motivated, and have a strong
interest in media art, image science and/or art historian archives. In
addition to excellent writing and organization skills, s/he should be a
team player and have knowledge of database and archive work. Fluency in
English and German is expected. Understanding of information and
communication technologies will be an additional plus.

The position is part-time and will be based on a renewable, fixed-term,
1-year contract. (Employment according to the FWF-PEK terms Residence in
commuting distance to Krems, Austria will be required if appointed.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV and copies of
certificates and diplomas. Please send your application documents
(copies only) by February 20, 2013 to Astrid Adam, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek Str.
30, 3500 Krems, Austria or per E-Mail:

Open Media Art Research Position – Student Research Assistants

The Center for Image Science is pleased to announce the opening of 7
research assistance positions on the AT.MAR and AMAH research projects
under the supervision of the Chair Professor for Image Science, Prof.
Dr. Oliver Grau. These assistantships are on a free-lance basis and made
available to augment half the tuition of the MediaArtHistories Master of
Arts program. The students will gain invaluable experience working on
internationally leading research projects in the field of Media Arts.

Positions are available at averaged 5 or 10 hours per week and can be
completed alongside another part-time job and in conjunction with the
low-residency MediaArtHistories program. Austrian residence not
required. Application deadline for the first positions Feb, 30, 2013.
Applications will continue to be accepted throughout 2013.


New Project Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Innovative tools for the image sciences are being developed by
“Interactive Archive and Meta-Thesaurus for Media Art Research
(AT-MAR),” a project led by Professor Oliver GRAU, Chair of Image
Science. It is the first large FWF project of this category at the
Danube University. A “Thesaurus Bridge” will be developed, which will
enable comparative study of image phenomena from the Renaissance to the
present day.

Goal of the FWF project, which commences in February 2013 at the
Department of Image Sciences, is to develop an interactive and globally
networked online tool to support theoretical analysis of the image
revolution that is underway and to improve the precarious situation of
Media Art Research. The project will develop an entirely new kind of
thesaurus, which will function as a bridge between Media Art and
historical image genres, from the Renaissance to contemporary art. By
GÖTTWEIG (GSSG) using this meta-thesaurus it will be possible to
analyse systematically the afterlife of art historical themes in
contemporary Media Art. Further, it will be possible to identify not
only developments, but also discontinuities.

In advance of the project a declaration was adopted in Liverpool, which
in the meantime has been signed by over 400 international scholars,
academics, gallery and museum people, and artists.