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short bio

Florian Cramer (1969), reader in 21st Century Visual Culture/Autonomous Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

(photo by Goodiepal, 2018)

(photo by Goodiepal, 2018)


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

Most recent: Pattern Discrimination, a book by Clemens Apprich, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Hito Steyerl and myself, to be published by University of Minnesota Press and Open Access by Meson Press in 2018.

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

My video and film work is here.

longer bio

I am a reader (in Dutch: lector, 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 research projects are focused on DIY artist-run initiatives and self-organization as contemporary art.

I am currently co-supervising two research projects funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO):

I am also participating in the following two NWO/SIA-funded research projects:

Outside my school, I am a board member of De Player, a space for sound/performance art, PrintRoom, a space for artists’ books and DIY publishing and Herman, a venue for experimental pop music. I’m a member/tenant of Kunst en Complex, Rotterdam oldest surviving self-organized artists’ studio building, and a member of the artist-run analog filmmaking lab filmwerkplaats.

I serve as a member of the advisory commission/jury for the Grant Programme for Digital Culture of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

Outside the Netherlands, 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.

I am an activist in the political party BIJ1 and a member of its Rotterdam core team. I maintain the English-language Facebook page of Rotterdam BIJ1.

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.

past work

I have been working at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam since 2006 (preceded by a research fellowship in 2004), as a reader 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, Roberto Bui, 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, Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr, Wilhelm Hein & Annette Frick, Lukas Simonis & Ergo Phizmiz, Jan van den Dobbelsteen, Rasheedah Phillips, Frank Rowenta, Goodiepal & Pals, Woodstone Kugelblitz, Clara Balaguer.

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

group exhibitions & film screenings

conference co-organization

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, conference 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, conference on new forms of production and distribution of moving images, in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute and International Film Festival Rotterdam

2010:, 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

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
t.a.v. Florian Cramer
Wijnhaven 61
3011 WJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands