Hans-Christoph Steiner spends his time designing interactive software with a focus on human perceptual capabilities, building networks with free software, and composing music with computers. With an emphasis on collaboration, he has worked in many forms, including responsive sound environments, free wireless networks that help build community, musical robots that listen, software environments that allow people to play with math, and a jet-powered fish that you can ride. To further his research, he teaches and works at various media art centers and organizes open, collaborative hacklabs and barcamp conferences. He is currently teaching courses in dataflow programming NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Hans-Christoph’s research focuses on making software tools enable read/write literacy. He is one of the primary developers of Pure Data, a graphical dataflow programming language. He also is an active sound designer and artist, and draws the inspiration for shaping the software he works with from the creative projects he works on.
Hans-Christoph’s solo work has been performed at Tonic New York, inside the Croton Aqueduct, and inside the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel. Group projects that he has collaborated on have been exhibited at the Guggenheim New York, Cartier Foundation, Lille2004 European Cultural Capitol Festival, Robodock, Wood Street Gallery, and strip malls around the New York City area. He has given talks at SRI, Eyebeam, Hangar/Barcelona, LocationOne, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Geidai Tokyo National University, and dorkbot NYC and Madrid, presenting a range of topics from art projects to music programming to intellectual property. His work has been covered by the BBC, New York Times, Wired News, Popular Science. Steiner received his Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
He is currently working on new visual programming platforms and free, open-source media arts curricula and teachers’ guides. This is Hans-Christoph’s second appearance at an Art && Code event; video of his lecture at the March 2009 symposium can be seen here .
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