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Fabian Winkler

Fabian Winkler

Professor // Art and Design // Rueff School

Professor / Art & Design / Integrated Studio Arts, Studio Arts and Technology, Electronic and Time-Based Art // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

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Room: FPRD 202


Phone: (765) 494-0160

Fax: (765) 496-1198


Art, Culture & Technology

Fabian Winkler holds degrees from the Karlsruhe Univeristy of Arts and Design (HfG)/ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany and UCLA, Department of Design|Media Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Winkler is currently an Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University where he initiated and developed the area of Electronic and Time-Based Art in 2006. Winkler was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art 2003-06.

Winkler’s solo and collaborative works have been shown internationally, including VISAP ’14 Paris, France and VISAP ’15 (School of the Art Institute of Chicago); the Center of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy; China Science & Technology Museum, Beijing, China; Subtle Technologies 2011 and 2004, Toronto, Canada; SIGGRAPH 2010, Los Angeles; Luminale 2010, Biennial for Light Culture, Frankfurt, Germany; Spark Festival 2010, Minneapolis; Ars Electronica 2009, Linz, Austria; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; ISEA 2006/ZeroOne San Jose; Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Videonale 10, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; the 7th and 6th Japanese Media Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Banff New Media Institute, Banff Centre, Canada; FILE2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil and lothringer13 gallery, Munich, Germany. Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in the L.A. Times, Kunstforum International, Süddeutsche Zeitung, N. Katherine Hayles’ book Writing Machines and Art Contemporain et Nouveaux Médias (collection Sentier d’Art) by Dominique Moulon.

Together with Dr. Shannon C. McMullen Winkler was awarded a National Science Foundation CreativeIT grant (2010 - 12) for an interdisciplinary project bringing together scientists, engineers and artists in a pilot study of creative collaboration at Purdue University investigating new images of nature in contexts such as climate change and global warming.

An ongoing collaboration between Winkler and McMullen, a series of artworks and strategies at the intersection of nature and technology defined by the artists as “Critical Gardening,” explores the premise that gardens express ideas, ideologies and social relations.