about me

about me

Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy and Urban Affairs. His research focuses on the role of visualization and representation in urban governance and civic discourse; he has recently published three books on this subject and led a number of research projects on infrastructure legibility mapping formal and informal waste infrastructures.
He holds a Diploma Engineer Degree in Architecture from Technical University Vienna (2002) and a Master in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab (2008)and recently completed his PhD at the MIT Senseable City Lab. He was a founding member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 1995, where he was leading the Interactive Space department as a key researcher from 2002 – 2004. In 2004, Dietmar was a Japan Foundation Fellow at the IAMAS Institute in Gifu, Japan, followed by a full-time appointment for Animation and Interactive Media at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria. From 2006 to 2008 he was a researcher and master student in the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. From 2007-2009 he held a dual appointment as professor at the Art University Linz and key researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media Art Research.
In his artistic practice, Dietmar frequently collaborates with the sound artist Markus Decker and composers Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the label “stadtmusik”. His work has been extensively exhibited at international stage, including ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, the Sundance Film Festival, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Centre Georges Pompidou. Dietmar has won the NSF Visualization Challenge in 2011, received the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival (2007), the Art Directors Club Silver Award and received Awards from Transmediale (2003), and a Special Mention at the Wroclav Media Art Biennale (2007).