Anna is a media artist and educator based in Munich, who works within the field of wearable technology and electronic textiles. Her key interest lies in critical exploration on the intersection of art, technology and society.
She has been lecturing at various universities since 2011, and is an avid member of the Munich maker scene. She is speaking at conferences, frestivals and research institutions, and her work is being internationally exhibited.
She has also been developing soft interactive interfaces in the field of social design, which have been awarded by EU grants WEAR Sustain (2018) and WORTH partnership project (2020).
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
2020-present: at University of Applied Science Augsburg, Department of Design
2019: Summer academy at Hochschule für Design Schwäbisch Gmünd
2019: Fachtagung at Kunstuniversität Linz (University of Arts)
2011-2017: 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
2020-present: Researcher & E-textile Designer for EU-awarded project “Vibro-Tactile: therapeutic interactive textiles for people suffering from anxieties, altzheimer or stroke patients.” (WORTH partnership project) In collaboration with UK-based Annie Lywood and France-based Maurin Donneaud.
+ textile research & design for soothing, engaging & therapeutic needs
+ user needs and user experience
+ incorporation of hard electronics into soft interfaces, interplay of vibration and tactile textures.
Jan. – Oct. 2018: Project Co-Coordinator and E-Textile Researcher and Designer for EU-awarded project “FlexAbility – an E-textile Interface Kit for People with Physical Disabilities” (WEAR Sustain program) 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
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.
+ 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
+ Lightning Talk & Panel discussion. Das Digitale Objekt II, Deutsches Museum, München, 2019
+ Social Wearables, Make Munich, München 2019
+ Research Creation, Muffathalle, München 2019
+ Outsmart Technology, AI & Fashion, Stylight, München 2019
+ 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:
+ WORTH Project, EU Funding (with Annie Lywood and Maurin Denaud), 2020
+ 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, 2019
+ 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.