Anna is a media artist and educator based in Munich, who works within the field of wearable technology and electronic textiles. She has been lecturing at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München since 2011, and is an avid member of the Munich maker scene. Anna has a long-term experience in conceptualising and facilitating workshops around Wearables and Creative Technologies, both for adults and children. In May 2016 Anna has developed and produced a DIY e-textile kit “Glow-Bots: Nähen mit LEDs” with KOSMOS publishing house. In May 2017 her book “Wearables für Maker” has been published by Franzis Verlag.
Anna has been collaborating with a range of international institutions, such as Victoria & Albert Museum and Chelsea College of Arts in London, transmediale Berlin, ars electronica Linz, The New Institute Rotterdam, Universität St. Gallen, Bayerisches Nationmuseum, Lothringer13 and PLATFORM in Munich, to name a few.
She also has a passion for illustration and has expanded the London-initiated project the “100 Word Pilgrimage” in 2014, by organising and curating an exhibition and an alternative Munich city tour. This project involved 26 local artists and 7 London-based artists, and was supported by Kulturreferat München.
For regular updates on recent projects and work in progress, please visit her blog.
2011-2012: MA Interactive Media (distinction), Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
2007-2010: BA Arts & Multimedia (distinction), minor subject: Media Computer Science, LMU Munich, GER
2011-present: Lecturer at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Department of Art Sciences
+ developed a variety of seminars on Wearable Technology and Computational Crafts, e.g. STEAM concepts for school children, designing social wearables for people with special needs, etc.
+ cooperated with SPIELKultur e.V. educators working with children and young adults, OSA – critical media art collective from London, Marta Kisand – automotive e-textile designer, Milbertshofen cultural centre, Gärtner Platz, etc.
2015-2017: Educational writer / Designer / Concept developer for publishing houses
+ conceptualised and written the book „Wearables for Makers“ – an introduction to wearables. produced photographs, illustrations and graphics, and set the book layout.
+ interviewed leading e-textile practitioners to include in the book. Published by Franzis Verlag in May 2017. (Full-length interviews published in my blog)
+ developed an e-textile kit „Glow-Bot: Sewing with LEDs“, published by KOSMOS Verlag. Co- designed and written the manual, product design and material sourcing
2012-present: Self-employed Workshop Producer and Educator in Wearables and Creative Technology
+ concept and delivery for different partners, venues and audiences. Past collaborations include: V&A Museum London, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich, University St. Gallen Switzerland, Galeries Lothringer13 and PLATFORM, Make Munich maker fair, etc.
+ long-year cooperation with local media paedagogical organisations, such as SIN-Studio im Netz, JFF Institut, SPIELKultur e.V., FabLab München, KJR, Bundeszentrale für Polische Bildung, etc.
Jan. – Oct. 2018: Project Coordinator and E-Textile R&D for EU-awarded project “FlexAbility – an E-textile Interface Kit for People with Physical Disabilities”. Developed in collaboration with California-based Lara Grant and Adrian Freed.
+ Project management and administration
+ Managed project budgeting and accounting
+ Conducted user research, rapid prototyping and testing at Pfennigparade
+ Supervised and produced video documentation
+ ARS Electronica, Linz AU, STARTS Prize Exhibition, 2018
+ Contemporary Art Centre Ponce sur le Loir FR, E-textile Cuvet, 2016 & 2017
+ Woolpunk NYCxDesign New York USA, 2017
+ Science-Fiction Festival Munich, 2017
+ Stadtmuseum München, Trash or Treasure, 2017
+ ARS Electronica Linz AU, Yami Ichi Internet Market, 2015
+ Transport Museum London UK, Serco Illustration Prize, 2014
+ PLATFORM Munich, 2014
+ UAMO Urban Art Festival Munich, 2014
+ The New Institute Rotterdam NL, „Evil Media“, 2013
+ Transmediale Berlin, „Evil Media“, contributor, production and communication assistant, 2013
+ W3 Gallery London UK, 100 Word Pilgrimage, 2013
+ Chelsea College of Arts London UK, 2012
+ Wear Sustain Final Event, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium, 2018
+ Victoria & Albert Museum, E-Stitches, London UK, 2018
+ Wearables with Impact: Zündfunkt Netzkongress 2017, BR2 München
+ Social E-Textiles Panel, E-textile SummerFest, Paillard FR, 2017
+ “Wearables for Makers” Book Presentation, Paillard FR, 2017
+ Enabables: public presentation at FabLab, 2017
+ Salon Interaktiv Medienherbst München, 2016
+ Glitch Art Exhibition Opening, Museum am Schafhof, 2015
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES:
+ Hans Sauer Stiftung, residency at the Maker Space TUM, 2018
+ WEAR Sustain, EU Horizon Funding, 2018
+ eTextile SummerCamp, Ponce sur le Loir, FR, 2016 & 2017
+ Schmiede New Media Art Residency, Hallein Austria, 2016
+ PLATFORM Guest studio and funding for international exhibition production, Munich, 2014
+ Funding from Munich Art Council for production of an exhibition and international artist exchange, Munich 2014
+ Serco Illustration Award, London Museum of Transport, UK, 2014
+ Interview for Feierwerk: Wenn Kinder zu Makern werden, 2018
+ Interview for Institute of Art and Ideas: Germany issue of “Technology and Creativity” – New Renaissance Pioneer, 2018
+ Interview for radio BR2: Social use of Wearables, 2017
+ Interview for TV BR1: “Die Makerinnen”, studio visit and during workshop at Make Munich, 2016
+ Interview for “Junge Leute”, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 2014
+ Interview for BR2 on the project “100 Word Pilgrimage”
+ Blogs: Mucbook, Arts in Munich, Munich Artists
+ Blumenkranz, Anna (2017): Wearables für Maker: Experimentieren, Nähen, Gestalten. Der kleine Hacker Reihe. Franzis Verlag, München. ISBN-13: 978-3645653510
+ Blumenkranz, Anna (2015): AllesKönnerKiste “Glow-Bot: Nähen mit Elektronik“. KOSMOS Verlag, Stuttgart.
+ Blumenkranz, Anna (2014): Introduction to a Virtual Space Gallery Exhibition: I forgot my password and my doppelgaenger will destroy me.
+ Blumenkranz, Anna (2013): Punch Card, Evil Media Exhibition produced for transmediale, Berlin.