Established in 1995 and located in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau, the Danube University Krems is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education. The Department for Image Science is embedded in the Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture. It is an internationally unique institution for research and innovative teaching on all forms of images. The far-reaching transformation process of contemporary art and culture and their institutions triggered by new media are at the center of the interdisciplinary research focuses. Answers are given to the image revolution that today pervades fields of our society. Professional fields which deal with images receive a broad theoretical and practical survey over the historical and most current forms of images and imaging. From print graphics to micromovies, from film and photography to Media Art, the study at the Department for Image Science covers large parts of art and image history with original sources. Image worlds from art, science, politics and economy are analysed and their origin, development and preservation are taught by an international faculty, at this point 120 scholars from various nations and disciplines. The innovative approach of the Department for Image Science with the close connection to practice is strengthened by the development of innovative databases for images and videos such as the “Archive of Digital Art” (www.digitalartarchive.at). Within a research project funded by the Austrian Science fund, a bridge-building meta-thesaurus between traditional/historical art and media art is currently being developed.
Faculty of the MediaArtHistories program have included: Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Roger MALINA, Jens HAUSER, Ana PERAICA, Jeffrey SHAW, Jussi PARIKKA, Martina LEEKER, Sean CUBITT, Oliver GRAU, Christa SOMMERER, Edward SHANKEN, Frieder NAKE, Machiko KUSAHARA, Nat MULLER, Monika FLEISCHMANN, Knowbotic Research, Andreas LANGE, Christopher SALTER, Darko FRITZ and others.
Department Head and Research Chair Professor Oliver GRAU is internationally renowned as a leading figure of the new discipline Image Science with a focus on Media Art Research (Art&Science). In 2005, he was appointed the first Chair Professor of Image Science in the German speaking countries at Danube University Krems. He was invited to more than 280 lectures world wide, is translated in 13 languages and received various awards. His book “Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion”, MIT Press is the most quoted book in Art History worldwide since 2000. He has chaired various research projects and developed new international curricula for Image Science MA and MediaArtHistories MA. Since 2002, he has initiated interdisciplinary conferences of scholars engaged in media art and its history.