GRAZIELE LAUTENSCHLAEGER | media artist and researcher

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Graziele Lautenschlaeger is Brazilian media artist, curator and researcher in media history and theory. Her doctoral thesis, Sensing and Making Sense: Photosensitivity and light-to-sound translations in Media Art, has been defended at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is going to be published soon by transcript. She is interested in practices on the intersections between art and science, exploring the poetic and symbolic layers of technological artifacts, grounded mainly on theoretical references such as cybernetics, relational aesthetics, media archaeology and new materialism.

She graduated in Image and Sound from the Federal University of São Carlos (2002-2005). Her Master’s degree was conducted in the Architecture and Urbanism Department of the University of São Paulo, when she collaborated to Nomads.usp – Centre for Interactive Living Studies (2007-2010). In 2008 she was master exchange student in the Interface Culture Department at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. In 2010 she conducted lectures on Experimental Project and Interactive Installations disciplines at Uniara (Centro Universitário de Araraquara). She also worked as visiting researcher at Lagear (Graphics Laboratory for Architecture Experience), at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2010-2011). She was resident artist in the LabMIS program at MIS – Museu da Imagem e Som in São Paulo (2011) and at Salzamt Atelierhaus in Linz (2012). Between 2011 and 2013 she worked as cultural agent at SESC SP (The Social Service of Commerce in São Paulo), curating and producing programmes in media art, digital culture and dance.  Her PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (2014-2019) is going to be published as “Sensing and making sense: Photosensitivity and light-to-sound translations in Media Art” by transcript verlag next summer. Besides the artistic and academic production, she is currently marketing coordinator of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Brazil.

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Graziele Lautenschlaeger’s initiation in the Arts happened at the end of the 1990’s, when she got involved with an amateur theatre group in her hometown Rio Claro/SP in her youth. Appreciating being behind the scenes, she experimented a puppet theatre technique within a smaller group, namely the Japanese technique bunraku. The photographic documentation of the small group’s work led her to enjoy the photographic language more and more.

The interest in the camera as a mean of expression led her to graduate in Media Studies, where the previous interest in image and photography expanded to all aspects of audio-visual communication. In university she tried different animations and video poetry techniques. Meanwhile, the interest for digital media also emerged, culminating in her final graduation project [Homo_anonimus], an interactive installation and a computer game. The aesthetic explorations in the university were mostly based on collaborative creative processes.

She could further develop her interest in Media Art through the exchange with Architecture. Taking part in the research group Nomads.usp – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo, the move into this new field was mostly motivated by her interests on relationships between space and narrative, and the blurred borders between art, science and technology.

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anja Pratschke, her master thesis “Arte Programmata: entre acidente e controle” comprised an overview and systematization of her understanding of the aesthetics and creative processes of Media Art. Cybernetics and the work of Vilém Flusser were essential to the development of her research. In this period, being an exchange student at the Kunstuniversität Linz was a landmark in the formation of the artist. The contact with professors and artists like Laurent Mignonneau, Christa Sommerer, Gebhard Sengmüller, Andreas Weixler and others opened new creative possibilities. The extensively exhibited interactive installation “Don’t Give Up! About a history that doesn’t want to be told” is one of the results of that experience.

The sound-based installation “De Novo, Ercília”, done in collaboration with Rita Wu, evolved from the desire of getting rid of the dominance of image and projection techniques and of exploring possibilities of body engagement. As site-specific work, this project was part of the artistic residences at MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) in São Paulo and at Salzamt Atelierhaus in Linz, Austria.

The artist’s awareness of the role of Media Art in the constitution of knowledge spaces was enhanced by two main experiences: lecturing at Uniara (Centro Universitário de Araraquara) and participating as a visiting researcher at Lagear (Graphics Laboratory for Architectural Experience) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. José Cabral Filho, in the project “Tripartite network: collaborative experiments for ephemeral-hybrid architectures for information and communication spatialization”.

The participation in manifold exhibitions and the experience acquired while curating for two years Media Art programs at the cultural institution SESC in São Paulo led the artist to a higher professional maturity. From the challenges experienced in this institution, emerged the necessity to deepen specific issues of Media Art, leading the artist to her ongoing PhD research conducted at the Institut für Kulturwissenchaft of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Her current research deals with the materiality of Media Art, by creating a genealogy of light-sensitive materials and devices related to Media Art History. Looking at the operations related to the sensing phenomena in organisms and machines, she discusses the notion of translation of materialities, whereby “Self-portrait of an absence” is one of the methodological tools of her investigation.

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