Katharina Gsöllpointner is head of department International Programmes in Sustainable Developments at the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2019. There, she is also the main coordinator of the double degree master’s programme “Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments” which is carried out in collaboration with Tongji University Shanghai.
Katharina is a trained communication, media, and art theorist with a focus on digital art, media aesthetics, and with a long lasting passion for cross-disciplinary thinking and acting. From 1991 to 1995 she, together with Peter Weibel, was manager and curator of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
In her inter- and cross-disciplinary research and teaching she puts a special focus on the aesthetics of digital art, the cybernetics of art, as well as media and communication aesthetics. From time to time Katharina also makes art, or – as she has named it since the early 1980ies – ‘aesthetic research’.
Since the 1990s Katharina has conceived, directed, and managed a number of inter- and cross-disciplinary research projects on topics of media aesthetics, digital art, and the senses, e.g. ‘Art in the Context of New Technologies’ (1998 – 1999), ‘AESTHETIC KNOW-HOW. Language – Technology – Media’ (2007 – 2009) or ‘Digital Synesthesia’ (2013 – 2016).