Florian Cramer

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Born Berlin, West Germany (now Germany)
Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Florian Cramer (1969) is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and theorist. He is a reader in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, an art and design school which is part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam).

Florian Cramer studied literature and art history at FU Berlin, Universität Konstanz and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received an MA in comparative literature, art history and modern German philology from Freie Universität Berlin (1998), and PhD in comparative literature from the same university (2006). Afterwards, he worked as lecturer in Comparative Literature, FU Berlin (1999-2004). He administrated rohrpost mailing list (with Tilman Baumgärtel, 2002-2004), and co-edited Unstable Digest of code poetry on nettime list (with Alan Sondheim, 2002-2003). He also created the combinatory poetry site Permutations, was involved in Neoism as fictioneered on Neoism.org, and collaborated on the Runme.org software art repository (2002-2003). He has published on arts, modernism, literature, information technology and (sub)culture.

In 2004, Cramer visited Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, as a Media Design research fellow, wrote the essay Words Made Flesh, Code, Culture, Imagination and worked with students in workshops and tutorials. In summer 2006, he returned as the new course director of the Media Design master program, and later served as the director of the Institute (2010-2011). Since 2008 he has been a reader at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, an art and design school which is part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). He teaches, on a project basis, in different departments of his school, both on the B.A. level and in the different Masters programs of the Piet Zwart Institute (which is part of Willem de Kooning Academy). From 2011-2015 he also served as director of Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam, a centre focusing on two areas of research: Communication in the Digital Age and Cultural Diversity.

Cramer is a board member of De Player, a space for sound/performance art, PrintRoom, a space for artists’ books and DIY publishing and Herman, a venue for experimental pop music. He is a member/tenant of the self-organized artists' studio building Kunst en Complex, and a member of the artist-run analog filmmaking lab filmwerkplaats. He is an activist in the political party BIJ1 and a member of its Rotterdam core team. He was also a part-time program developer at WORM, the Rotterdam-based Institute of Avantgardistic Recreation (2011-2015).

He is on the academic advisory board for the arts magazine Neural and of APRJA, a peer-reviewed Open Access journal published by the media studies department of Aarhus University, Denmark.

Since 2006, he lives in Rotterdam.

Words Made Flesh, 2005, Log, PDF, HTML.
Exe.cut(up)able statements, 2011, Log, PDF, TeX.



  • with Stewart Home, The House of Nine Squares: Letters on Neoism, Psychogeography and Epistemological Trepidation, 1997.
  • with Clemens Apprich, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, and Hito Steyerl, Pattern Discrimination, Lüneburg: meson press & University of Minnesota Press, 2018, xii+123 pp.

Book chapters, papers, articles[edit]

  • with Ulrike Gabriel, "Software Art", 15 Aug 2001, PDF; repr. in DIY Media: Kunst und digitale Medien: Software, Partizipation, Distribution. Transmediale.01, eds. Andreas Broeckmann and Susanne Jaschko, Berlin: Berliner Kulturveranstaltungs, 2001, pp 29-33 [4], repr. as "Software Art and Writing", American Book Review 22:6, Sep-Oct 2001 [5]; repr. as "On Software Art", in Rhizome, 20 Sep 2001. Written 15 Aug 2001.
  • "Post-Digital Writing", Electronic Book Review, 12 Dec 2012. Originally given as the keynote lecture at the Electronic Literature Organization conference, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 22 Jun 2012.
    • "Postdigitales Schreiben", in Code und Koncept. Literatur und das Digitale, ed. Hannes Bajohr, Berlin: Frohmann, 2016, pp 27-43. [6] (German)
  • "What is 'Post-digital'?", A Peer-Reviewed Journal About "Post-Digital Research" 3:1, Aarhus: Digital Aesthetics Research Center, with Berlin: transmediale, 2014.
  • "When Claire Bishop Woke Up in the Drone Wars: Art and Technology, the Nth Time", in across & beyond: A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions, eds. Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka, and Elvia Wilk, Berlin: Sternberg & Transmediale, 2017.
  • with Clara Lobregat Balaguer, The Moral of The Xerox: Missalette, Cologne, 2017. Zine. Excerpt, Excerpt.

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