Florian Cramer 官無名

my up-to-date c.v. - if you need my bio for an event, please don’t copy/paste it from other sites, because they are likely to contain outdated information.

short bio

Florian Cramer [Taiwanese name 官無名] (1969), reader/practice-oriented research professor in Autonomous Art and Design Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

(photo by & at ook_ 2023)
(photo by & at ook_, 2023)


My up-to-date publication list can be found here.

Most recent:

Lumbung, Commons and Community Art, co-authored with Simon Kentgens, Rotterdam: HumDrumPress, 2023, 136 pages (print and Open Access)

A Near-sighted Falling into Technology: Through the Looking Glass of Art Practice as Human Self-Experimentation, Accidents and Coincidence, co-authored with Elaine W. Ho, in: Joke Brouwer & Sjoerd van Tuinen (eds.), Technological Accidents, Accidental Technologies, Rotterdam: V2_ Publishing, 2023, pp. 60-80

Making Matters. A Vocabulary for Collective Arts, editorial committee: Florian Cramer (WdKA), Anja Groten (Hackers & Designers), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Pia Louwerens, Marie-José Sondeijker (West Den Haag), Janneke Wesseling (Leiden University), with contributions by among others Display Distribute / Elaine W. Ho, Feral Atlas / Lili Carr & Feifei Zhou, Jatiwangi art Factory / Bunga Siagian & Ismal Muntaha, Dani Ploeger, Kate Rich, Femke Snelting, Olu Taiwo, Z. Blace, Amsterdam: Valiz, 2022

Artistic Research: Dead on Arrival?, published in Henk Slager (ed.), The Postresearch Condition, Utrecht: Metropolis M Books, 2021 (and as grey literature by 展銷場 Display Distribute)

Postdigital: A Term That Sucks but Is Useful (interview by Petar Jandric), in: Postdigital Science and Education, Vol. 3, 966–989 (2021), Springer

I blog and do photo journalism, mostly on Rotterdam’s DIY arts, on the social network diaspora.

My moving images are here.

longer bio

I am a reader (in Dutch: lector, in Canadian English: research chair in Research-Creation, in non-UK English: practice-oriented research professor) in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, an art and design school which is part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam).

I do my best to teach, on a project basis, in as many departments of my school as possible, both on the B.A. level and in the different Masters programs of the Piet Zwart Institute (which is part of Willem de Kooning Academy).

Within the research department of my school, I am specialized in Autonomous Practices, one of our three B.A. graduation profiles. The Autonomous Practices curriculum and projects are looking into new ways of defining, creating and experimenting with autonomy in the arts and elsewhere, as opposed to traditional, and now often problematic, Western paradigms of aesthetic and artistic autonomy.

Currently, I am a supervisor in the Dutch Professional Doctorate Arts + Creative pilot program as well as a co-supervisor of PhD candidates at Leiden University and University of Amsterdam.

I have co-supervised two research projects funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), respectively its applied-science branch SIA:

Outside my school, I am an associate member of the Pearl River Delta-based 展銷場 Display Distribute collective, operating as the Rotterdam Relay Center of its 後勤慢遞 LIGHT LOGISTICS courier service. I also run the weekly radio program "Mixed Business" on Radio WORM, am a student/tutor in the BananSkole and board member of Stichting Lezeren, an artist-run non-profit organization for free Dutch language and literacy courses.

I am on the academic advisory board for the arts magazine Neural and of APRJA, a peer-reviewed Open Access journal published by the media studies department of Aarhus University, Denmark, and on the advisory board of PASS, the Center for Practice-Based Art Studies of University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

education / diplomas

I studied Literature and Art History at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Konstanz and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My teachers were (among others) Barbara Naumann, Renate Lachmann, Sara Lennox, Samuel Delany and Gert Mattenklott. In 1988, I took a summer course in moving images and filmmaking with Werner Nekes and Dore O., in 2010, a 16mm film workshop with Robert Todd and a radio play workshop with Felix Kubin, in 2011, an 8mm film workshop with Dagie Brundert.

past work

I have been working at Willem de Kooning Academy (and its department Piet Zwart Institute) in Rotterdam since 2006 (preceded by a research fellowship in 2004), as a reader/research professor since 2008. Confusion about this may result from the renaming and reorganization of departments in which I worked.


1989-today: project-based collaborations with Lloyd Dunn, Stewart Home, John Berndt, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, Istvan Kantor, Luther Blissett/Wu Ming 1, Eva & Franco Mattes, Heinrich Dubel, Sebastian Luetgert, Rafael Horzon, Cornelia Sollfrank, Alan Sondheim, mez breeze, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Katrien Jacobs, Coolhaven, Jeroen Kuster, Mariëtte Groot, filmwerkplaats collective, Sato Endo, Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr/Echo Park Film Center, Wilhelm Hein & Annette Frick, Lukas Simonis & Ergo Phizmiz, Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen, Rasheedah Phillips, Moor Mother, Frank Rowenta, Goodiepal & Pals/BananSkolen, Woodstone Kugelblitz/The Voluntary Fire Brigade of the Apocalypse, Clara Balaguer, Johanna Monk, Dalin Waldo, Lula Valletta, Marc van Elburg, Elaine W. Ho, Simon Kentgens, De Aanschouw Rotterdam.

2002-2004 moderator, with Tilman Baumgärtel, rohrpost mailing list, German-language forum on Internet culture founded in 2001

2002-2003 editor, with Alan Sondheim, of the unstable digest on the Nettime mailing list.

2002-2003 editor, with Alexei Shulgin, Olga Goriunova, Alex McLean, Amy Alexander, of the software art repository runme.org

group exhibitions / film screenings / residencies

conference co-organization

2024: Collective Communities / The Autonomous Fabric of Rotterdam, a conference on artist-run spaces and collectives in times of gentrification, changing demographics and digital platform capitalism, in collaboration with Roodkapje Rotterdam

2020: Making Matters II, on collaborative material practices in the arts, with among others Display Distribute, Jatiwangi art Factory and Garnet Hertz, in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts/Leiden University, West Den Haag, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Waag Society.

2019: The Autonomous Fabric, on DIY spaces and self-organization in Rotterdam, in collaboration with the Autonomous Practices tutors of Willem de Kooning Academy and many artist-run/DIY spaces in Rotterdam.

2019: Making Matters, on Critical Making and material practices in the arts, in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts/Leiden University, West Den Haag, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Waag Society.

2019: Urgent Publishing, on new publishing strategies in the age of populism and fake news, in collaboration with Institute of Network Cultures & ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem.

2014-2017: Zine Camp, Rotterdam’s zine (making) fest at WORM, in collaboration with main organizers Amy Suo Wu, Tim Braakman, Rachel Sender, Kimmy Spreeuwenberg.

2014: Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts, in collaboration with Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands & publishers Valiz, Bis and NAi010

2012: Het Boek uit de Band, on electronic book publishing, in collaboration with Institute of Network Cultures & e-boekenstad, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands & Amsterdam Public Library

2011-2014: Imagine an Audience, on new forms of production and distribution of moving images, in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute and International Film Festival Rotterdam

2010: viralcommunication.nl, conference on memes and social media, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

2009: print/pixel, conference on electronic publishing, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

1999-2004: Wizards of OS, conference on Free Software/Open Source and Culture, Berlin

advisory board and jury work in the past

2016-2022: board member De Player/De Layer, a space for sound/performance art

2018-2022: board member PrintRoom, a space for artists’ books and DIY publishing

2019-2022: board member (A)WAKE, a space for the in-between voices with multiple cultural backgrounds

2017-2019: board member Herman, a Rotterdam-based DIY venue for music, performance and poetry

2016-2019: advisor (= jury member) Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Deelregeling Digitale Cultuur

2013-2014: board member OPEN! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2010-2012: board member Stichting WORM, Rotterdam

2008-2010: jury member netznetz, City of Vienna, Austria

2002: jury member read_me festival, Moscow, Russia

2001: jury member transmediale.01 software award, Berlin, Germany



Willem de Kooning Academy
Research Station
t.a.v. Florian Cramer
Wijnhaven 61
3011 WJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands