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Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Dr.h.c. Oliver Grau, MAE

Chair Professor for Image Science

Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Dr.h.c. Oliver Grau, MAE

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Danube University Krems
Chair Professor for Image Science
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems

Oliver Grau was appointed first Chair Professor for Image Science in the German speaking countries at the Center of Image Science at Danube University in 2005. More than 350 lectures and keynotes at conferences worldwide, including the Olympic Games culture program and the G-20 Summit.StanfordU, Berkeley, TATE, University of Westminster, Hong Kong CityU, Sorbonne, Freie Universität Berlin, University Melbourne, G20 Wirtschaftsgipfel Seoul, Louvre, Kulturprogramm Olympische Spiele Beijing/Tsinghua University, Georgia Tech, New School NY, Whitney Museum, Charkov National U, National Museum Brasilia, U Sao Paolo, Damaskus University, YonseiU Seoul, Art Center Garage Moskau, Warburg Haus Hamburg, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, DEAF, ISEA, CIHA, Herzog Ulrich Bib. Wolfenbüttel, UC London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Millenium Museum Beijing, National U. Singapore, Universität Heidelberg, Chuo U. Tokio, Ann Arbour, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, "Nobelpreisträger Vortragszyklus" POSTECH, York U Toronto, ÖNB Wien, UBC Vancouver, Goethe Buenos Aires, National U. Bogota, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Chicago Arts Inst., Akademie der Künste Berlin, ARCO Madrid, DukeU uvm. Since 1996, invited lecture tours have been supported and multiplied by the Goethe Institut, and since 2006 also by the Austrian Culture Forum.

Grau's book “Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion”, MIT Press 2003 (Book of the Month Scientific American) is with approx. 1200 citations internationally the most quoted art history monography of the last decade (H-Index) and received more than 90 reviews. It offered for the first time a historic comparison and evolution in image-viewer theory of immersion and a systematic analysis of the triad of artist, artwork and beholder under the conditions of digital art.

He has received several awards and his publications are translated in 15 languages. His main research is in the history of media art, immersive images, emotion and immersion, the history of telepresence and artificial life and digital humanities.

About his research, the media reported: FAZ, Tagesspiegel, ORF, Wall Street Journal, NZZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Standard, Nature, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, SFB, Berliner Zeitung, Die Presse, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk, Wired, Scientific American, European Photography, Museums Journal, Svenska Dagbladet, Syrian Arab News SANA, Estado de Sao Paulo u.a Grau was founding director of the MediaArtHistories Conference Series, (Banff 2005, Berlin 2007, Melbourne 2009, Liverpool 2011, Riga 2013, Montreal 2015, Krems/Wien 2017, Aalborg 2019). The volume MediaArtHistories, MIT Press 2007, received more than 50 international reviews. His volume "Imagery in the 21st Century", MIT-Press 2011 expanded the context of Image Science.

Grau led other projects of the FWF, ARC, VW, EU, BBAW and others. He conceived new scientific tools for image science and directed the project "Immersive Art" of the German Research Foundation (DFG) developing the first international archive for digital art (ADA, since 1999). Since 2005 Grau is also head of the database of Goettweig’s Graphic Print Collection, Austria's largest private collection with 30.000 works, from Duerer to Klimt.

He was responsible for the development of the international master programs MediaArtHistories, MA, Crossmedia, MSc and Image Science, Media Arts Cultures (Erasmus +). From 1998 to 2005, Grau taught and researched at the Humboldt University Berlin and worked as a professor at various international universities.

Grau is reviewer for international foundations (DFG, NSF, ARC, SNF, MPI, DAAD and editorial board member of international journals. Grau was among the first elected members of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science & Leopoldina, 2014 he received a doctor h.c.
Archive of Digital Art
Database Graphic Collection Goettweig

Current Lectures and Keynotes
  • FRANKFURT/MAIN: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Konferenz zur Bewahrung digitalen kulturellen Erbes, 28./29.11.2018
  • CHICAGO: School of the Art Institute (SAIC), 1.11. 2018
  • TYUMEN Institut for Social Sciences and Humanities of Tyumen State University 11.10. 2018
  • TOMSK Tomsk State University, Institute for Arts and Culture, 9.10. 2018
  • FLORENZ: EVA 2018, Electronic Imaging in the Visual Arts: International Conference, University of Florence, 9.-10.5. 2018
  • PARIS: École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Ende April 2018
  • BRÜNN: Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, 11.4. 2018
  • SINGAPORE, Nanyang Technological University, ‘Multiverse’ Symposium, Keynote 2/2018
  • KÖLN, Museum Ludwig & Wallraf Richartz Museum, 16.01.2018, Kinosaal Museum Ludwig.
  • INNSBRUCK, Universität Innsbruck, Digital Humanities Austria, 12 Jahre Digital Humanities in Forschung und Lehre am DBW, 6. 12. 2017
  • WIEN, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Re:Trace, Round Table, Six decades of Digital Arts & museums - a new infrastructure, 25. 11. 2017.
  • SINGAPORE, Lassale College of the Arts, Media Art Histories and the Political Iconography of Information Societies, 3.8.2017
  • HANNOVER, NDR Kultur, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, "Die Kunst und das Digitale", 4. Mai 2017 (Vortrag und Podium).
  • MÜNCHEN, Festival KINO DER KUNST, 20. April 2017, Symposiumsvortrag.
  • BANGKOK, International Conference on Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (ICHSSE), Januar, Keynote
  • JERUSALEM, Open University, invited lecture, June 2016
  • CUENCA, Cuenca and its collections and archives of contemporary art, Keynote, 22.04.2016
  • AARHUS, University, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Art Histroy, 15.04.2016
  • BONN, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 26.02.2016
  • BERLIN, Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen, 07.02.2016
  • GRAZ, University Graz, Institut of Art History, evening Lecture, 16.12.2015
  • BUDAPEST, Museum Ludwig, MAPS Media Art Preservation Symposium, Keynote, 7.12.2015
  • WIEN, Challenges of Digital Art for our Societies, International Conference, lecture, MUMOK, Dec 4, 2015
  • PARIS, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), evening Lecture, 15.11.2015
  • MONTREAL, International Conference on the Histories of MediaArt, Science and Technology, Lecture-Presentation, Nov. 7, 2015
  • LISBON, International Conference “Stereo and Immersive Media”, Universiade Lusófona, October 7-9, 2015, National Archive of Torre do Tombo, Keynote, Oct 7th. 2015
  • MEXICO CITY, International UNESCO Forum “Virtual Humanities for Sustainable Memory of Graphic Cultural Heritage”, Casa Barragan, Keynote, Sep. 24, 2015
  • LODZ/WARSHAW, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) conference, University of Lodz and University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw, Keynote 19.06.2015
  • BELGRAD, University, Faculty of fine Arts, 21.05.2015
  • MURCIA, Media Art Futures Festival, Keynote, 15.04.2015
  • ISTANBUL: "Amber Art and Technology Festival" (invited Lecture), 23.01.2015
  • HONG KONG: 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia (VSMM 2014), City University Hong Kong, Keynote, 12.12.2014
  • MOSCOW, "What is Philosophy of Art Today?", Moscow Biennale and Polytechnic Museum, 29.11.2014
  • SAN FRANCISCO: University Berkeley, Goethe Institut, Internationale Konferenz: "Image as Location: Books in Browsers" in Kooperation mit der Frankfurter Buchmesse in San Francisco, 22. 10. 2014.
  • BASEL, Haus für elektronische Künste (Hek) in coop. mit Kaserne Basel und Museum Tinguely, Conference "Portable Reality", Keynote, 26.09.2014
  • MÜNCHEN, Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Zentrum Digitale Geisteswissenschaften: "VERLUST DER (DIGITALEN) GEGENWARTSKUNST : Bildwissenschaftliche Perspektiven & das Archiv 2.0 in den Digitalen Geistswissenschaften", eingeladener Abendvortrag, 10.06.2014
  • ORADEA, Festvortrag aus Anlass der Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde an Prof. Oliver Grau, Universität Oradea, Aula Magna, 26.05.2014
  • LONDON, University of Westminster in collaboration with the Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society, International Conference: "All About Imaging", Keynote, 22. 5. 2014.
  • LONDON, Tate Britain, Culture Value and the Digital, 21.05.2014
  • GRAZ, Universalmuseum Joanneum - Schloss Eggenberg & Alte Galerie, Arbeitskreistreffen der Leiter der Graphischen Sammlungen von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz "Bildung und Vermittlung", 09.-10.05.2014
  • ROM, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, University Roma Tre, 29.04.2014


Research Interests
  • Art and Media History of Illusion and Immersion
  • History of the Concept of Telepresence and Telecommunication
  • Current questions on genetic Art and the subhistory of artificial life



Member of the Editorial Board of Referenced Scientific Journals 


International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, United Kingdom
IJArt Journal, United Kingdom
International Journal of Art and Technology, United Kingdom

International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media
SECOND NATURE: International Journal of Creative Media, Australia
EKFRASE: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur, Norway
JUNCTURES The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, New Zealand

Jordan Journal of the Arts


Editorial Board


Scientific Advisory Board of Interdisciplinary Research Center Humanities/Art/Technology at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland


Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft DFG (GER)
National Science Foundation NSF (USA)
Schweizer Nationalfonds SNF (SUI)
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD (GER)
European Research Council ERC (EU)

Awards and Distinctions

2015, Elected Member of the Academia Europaea (58 Nobel Laureates)
2014, Doctor h.c. in recognition for Oliver Grau's research by University Oradea
2011, Opening Speech POSTECH, South Korea (International lecture series for Nobel Prize winners and international top scientists), December 2011.
2010, Invitation by Ministery of Knowledge Economy of the Republic of Korea (MKE) for a lecture at G20 Summit/ “tech+ forum 2010”, Jamsil Gym, 09.11.2010.

2008, Invitation to the official cultural program of the  XXIX. Olympic Summer Games Beijing, Exhibition Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008, Lecture Tsinghua University, June 9, 2008.

2004, Honorary Media Award of the Humboldt University Society.

2003, Scholarship holder of the German-Italian Center Villa Vigoni.
2003, Book of the Month, Scientific American.
2002, InterNationes/Goethe Institute Funding for the translation of the publication „Virtual Art“.
2001, Election into the “Young Academy” (at Berlin-Brandenburgische Academy of Sciences (BBAW) and the Leopoldina.

Current Interviews


Iconic Turn

Korean Television 2009

Serbian Television 2010

Ukrainian State TV 2011

Radio Interviews (German)

hör!spiel!art.mix; Interview about Media Art on Bayerischer Rundfunk on September 5th 2008, 20:30 - 22:30h

"Kultur am Sonntagmorgen", August 18 - September 15, 2002, Sundays 9:30 a.m.:

Was ist ein Bild? Antworten der Kunst und Philosophie, der Neurophysiologie, der Medienwissenschaft und Kunstgeschichte / Eine Gesprächsreihe von Rainer B. Schossig
[What is an image? Answers of art and philosophy, neurophysiology, media studies and art history / A series of talks by Rainer B. Schossig]

Part V, broadcasted on Deutschlandradio on September 15, 2002:
The media scholar Oliver Grau


Cv Ograu English17 08.2016.pdf
Press Reviews Selection 2014
Reviews "Virtual Art"
Current Lectures And Keynotes 2014
Chaired Conferences
Publikationen Publications Og 09 2014