Armin Medosch

Armin Medosch (1962–2017)

Bruce Sterling reports at Wired that the Vienna-based artist, writer, and curator Armin Medosch has died. His practice mainly dealt with media culture, wireless networks, online communities, and the history of art and technopolitics. The author of New Tendencies: Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution (1961–1978) (2016), published by the MIT Press, Medosch studied German literature and philosophy at Graz University from 1982 to 1985 and theater direction at the Academy for Music and Drama in Graz during the same period. In 1985, he moved to Vienna and in 1986 founded the Radio Subcom art group.

He was part of a group of artists in the early 1990s that commandeered a former GDR transport ship—the Kunst-Raum-Schiff, MS Stubnitz—and repurposed it as a moving center for experimental electronic culture. He curated and organized exhibitions and symposia in Rostock and Hamburg in Germany, Malmö, and Saint Petersburg. With Stefan Iglhaut and Florian Rötzer, he also curated the exhibition and symposia “Telepolis,” about the interactive and networked city of Luxembourg, in 1995. In 1996, he became the cofounder and editor of a groundbreaking online magazine, also called Telepolis, which he worked on until 2002. Telepolis won the European Online Journalism Award in 2000 for investigative reporting, as well as the Grimme Online Award in 2002 for media journalism.

He was an associate senior lecturer in the master’s course on interactive digital media at Ravensbourne College, London, from 2002 to 2007. In 2009, Medosch founded the Technopolitics working group with Brian Holmes; since 2011, the group has been regularly hosting talks and workshops with guests in Vienna. Their Technopolitics Timeline was first displayed in the exhibition “Social Glitch: Radical Aesthetics and the Consequences of Extreme Events” at the Kunst Raum Niederösterreich in 2015 and later in exhibitions at MAK in Vienna in 2016 and nGbK Berlin in 2017. Medosch received his Ph.D. in arts and computational technology from Goldsmiths in London in 2012.