Gerfried Stocker is a graduate of the Institute for Telecommunication Engineering and Electronics in Graz. Since 1990, he has been working as an independent artist. In 1991, he founded x-space, a team for the realization of interdisciplinary projects. In this framework numerous installations and performance projects have been carried out in the field of interaction, robotics and telecommunication. Stocker was also responsible for the concept of various radio and network projects and the organization of the worldwide radio and network project Horizontal Radio. 1992/93 he was responsible for the program of "Steirische Kulturinitiative". Since 1995 Stocker has been the Artistic Director of the Ars Electronica Festival and the Managing Director of the Ars Electronica Center Linz.