After his graduation in December 2003 at the Utrecht school
of the Arts, with the abstract computer game called qbic presented
a. o. at the international games research conference "Level
Up" in Utrecht.
During his studies, he developed
experimental games that use real world properties as game
elements. He used a web cam in the game For The Birdz as
a motion tracking device; in the game Wanderer GPS signals
are used to monitor people"s motions and in the game CollecTic
existing WLAN points are used as game elements.
successful art installation is Reaction Machine. A machine
constructed out of different kind of technology, that plays
with the intimate field of tension between people. It was
already presented at several public events, a. o. the design
conference "Profile Intermedia" in Bremen (Germany) and
in MART Museum of Modern Art in Rovereto Italy during the
"Participatory Design Conference".
Jonas Hansen set up the foundation Stichting
z25.org together with three colleagues. Stichting z25.org
is a foundation that supports young New Media artists and
initiates projects in which digital media is combined with
traditional narrative art forms. With "Stichting z25.org" he worked on
interactive theater performances and installations like
the dance performance 4by3 and the RFID installation Dat-a,
presented in theaters in Utrecht.
During his studies and with "Stichting z25.org"
Jonas worked on different kinds of multimedia projects,
like 3D animations, computer games, interactive theater
performances and installations. One of his first projects
was being co-author of the 3D animation Intentio Luminis,
which was nominated for the student contest of the Holland
Animation Film Festival 2002.
Next to his practical
work Jonas does theoretical research on games, especially
their relation to art and performance. He also gives workshops
in 3D stage design, "Machinima" - making films with games
and "Physical Computing" with Max/MSP and Arduino.
2007 he works at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne as a
researcher and teacher in 3D Animation and interaction.
Jonas Hansen (formerly Hielscher) participated in the Test_Lab: PLAY! on July 12, 2007, and in the Test_Lab: Better Than Reality on December 11, 2008.