Canadian born media researcher and architect Stephen Kovats is artistic director
of transmediale, Berlin's festival for art and digital culture.
Previously he was chief program curator at V2_Institute for the
Unstable Media, Rotterdam and initiator of the Electronic Media
Interpretation Studio at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Through these organisations and independently he has applied his
interest in the dynamic relationships between media, political, and
electronic space in projects, conferences and festivals which aimed at
strengthening the role of art and technology upon the active
transformation of societal and cultural landscapes.
In the 90's he initiated and directed 'ostranenie - the
international electronic media forum' at the Bauhaus Dessau which
examined the role of media art and broadcast culture within the
transformation process in Eastern and Central Europe. Other major
projects included a yearly series of Central European Media Art
Picnics, the Archi-Tonomy workshops and the biannual 'DEAF' festival in