Friedrich Kirschner is a filmmaker, theatre director, software developer and digital artist. He re-purposes video-game structures and technology to create participatory performances, real-time interactive experiences, and animated narratives and short films.
Since 2012 he has been Professor for Digital Media in Puppetry at the HfS Ernst-Busch, University for Performing Arts in Berlin.
In 2014 he established with Christiane Hütter, The Society for Cultural Optimism. They develop site specific social games that engage participants through overwhelming optimism.
Friedrich’s works have been shown and performed at many international animation festivals and exhibitions, including the Laboral Gameworld exhibition in Gijon, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Seoul Media Art Biennale. He was director of the Machinima Film Festival in New York in 2008, and joined Eyebeam as a fellow in the Production Lab. He is also a board member of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences.