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Herbert W FRANKE    


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Herbert W Franke (Germany) Born 1927
Lives and works in Germany

Herbert W Franke

14 May 1927 Born in Vienna, Austria
1945 - 1950 Studied at the University of Vienna:

Physics,Mathematics, Chemistry,
Minor Subjects: Psychology, Philosophy,
1950 Dissertation on the subject of electrooptic,
Promotion to Dr. phil.

1951 Collaboration at the Technical University Vienna- Subject: Electro-technics, Dicscovery of a method to date secondary lime

1952 - 1957 Worked for the Industry at Erlangen, experimental Photograpy

Since 1955 Analoggraphics-Design of the oscillations on the the screen of a cathode ray oscillograph

Since 1957 Freelancer, lives south of Munich, bookpulications with different publishers

Magazinearticles, Lectures, Radioshows, Filmscripts, Consultant for the Industry, Subjects: representations of different areas of natural sciences; special subjects: Physics, theoretical chemistry, scientifiy photography, visual perceptions, realtionship between art and technology, futurlogy, scientific and practical spaeology - expeditions into (mattockcavesystems)

Since 1957 Basic research into the dating of secondary lime with the (Radiokohlenstoff)together with Prof.Dr.K.O.Münnich of the II. Institute of Physics at the University of Heidelberg; in the following years many collaboartive projects with Prof.Dr.M.A.Geyh of the lowersaxon regional authorities at Hannover

Since 1962 experimental aesthetics

Since 1965 Application of the dating with (Radiokohlenstoff)to solve several palaeoclimatic problems together with Prof. Dr. M.A. Geyn, Lowersaxon regional authorities for (Bodenforschung), Hannover-Buchholz

1965 Together with A.Porter head of the course "Photography and Art in the modern times" at the International College, Alpbach

1968/1969 Head of the tutorial "Cybernetics and Informationtheory" at the University, Frankfurt/Main

1969 Research into Futurology together with Prof.Dr.Dr.E.H.Graul, University Marburg/Lahn

From 1970 Computergarphics with digital mainframe computers in cooperation with the Siemens research laborotory at Munich

1971 Completion of the physical-chemical Modelconcept of the stratigraphy of form of sinter

1971 Experminents with the Imagememory N in collaboration with the Siemens Nuclearlabrotory at Erlangen

1973 Computeranimation: "Projection, Rotation" and else. - Used as part of multimedia presentations

1973 - 1997 University Teaching Position for "Cybernetic Aesthetics" (later called Computergraphics - Computerart) at the University of Munich

1974 Head of the Researchgroup "Can you measure Art?" at the International Forum for Music at Breitenbrunn (together with Prof.Dr. S.J.Schmidt)

1975 Researchtrip to Israel to reconstruct climatephases in the iceage, supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

1979 Systemanalysis for broad applicable graphics program for small computers

1979 University Teaching Position for "Introduction into Science Fiction Literature" at the (Hochschule für Gestaltung) at Bielefeld

1979 Cofounder of the Ars Electronica Festival at Linz, Austria

1979/1980 University Teaching Position "Introduction into (Perceptionpsychology)"

1980 Awarded the title of a Professor from the Austrian Ministry for Education and Art

1984 - 1998 University Teaching Position for "Computergraphics and Computerart" at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

1987 Award for Computerart of the German Association of Softwaremanufacturers e.V.

1989 Creation and Presentation of a "Digital Ballet" part of the ARTWARE, Hannover

1992 Karl-Theodor-Vogel-Award for Technic-Journalism

1993 Cofounder of the "Medialaboratory Munich e.V."

1996 Computeranimation "Polyeder" with the System "Mathematica"

Since 1996 Participation at several events on the subject of Mediaart, Speleology and Science Fiction

Since 1998 Worked on the subject "Animation with Mathematics", a book with CD was published about this subject in march 2002, Springer- Verlag, Heidelberg


Appointed Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft fürv Photogrphie, Member of the Art Research Center, Kansas; Appointed Member of the German PEN-Club; Appointed Member of the Writerconvention, Graz; Member of the Gesellschaft der Bildender Künste "Künstlerhaus" of Austria ; Corresponding Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Litrature, Paris, 1994-1999; Advisory Correspondent of "Leonardo", 1995-1997; Honorary Member of ISEA (Inter-Society for Electronic Art), Rotterdam; Member of Ars Mathematica, Paris

Publications on Franke:

Mariangela Sala: La Fantascienzia Tedesca di Herbert W. Franke, Dissertation at the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano 1974/75 Franz Rottensteiner(Publisher): Polaris 6, Ein Science-Fiction-Almanach, dedicated to Herbert W. Franke, Phantastische Bibliothek Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1982 Gerhard Dotzler (Herausgeber): computer art faszination (dedicated to Herbert W. Franke on his 65 birthday), Medieninstitut computer art, Frankfurt am Main 1992 Eva Katharina Neisser: Virtuelle Realität in den Werken Herbert W. Frankes, Dissertation for the M.A.,University, Cologne, 2000