Tilman Baumgärtel

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Tilman Baumgärtel is a writer. He lives in Berlin and teaches media studies at Hochschule Mainz. Previously he was a professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila (2005-2009) and at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (2009-2012). He has written or edited nine books on various aspect of media culture, including internet art, computer games, the aesthetics of loops and the director Harun Farocki.

He studied German literature, media and history at Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf and SUNY Buffalo (1987-91). Between 1993-95 was an editor at the publishing-house Verlag Rommerskirchen; from 1995 he worked as a freelance writer in Berlin, and from 1999 as editor of the daily Berliner Zeitung. Contributed to Telepolis, Die Zeit, die tageszeitung, Spiegel-Online, and other publications. Member of Mikro collective.


  • Harun Farocki – Vom Guerrillakino zum Essayfilm. Werkmonographie eines Autorenfilmers, Berlin: b_books, 1998; 2nd ed., Berlin: b_books, 2002, 279 pp. Author. (German)
  • net.art. Materialien zur Netzkunst, Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 1999, 179 pp. Author. [1] (German)
    • Tīkla māksla, trans. Ilva Skulte, Riga: Petergailis, 2001, 168 pp. (Latvian)
    • Net.art: võrgukunsti materjalid, trans. Medea Jerser, Tallinn: Eesti Kunstiakad, 2006, 367 pp. (Estonian)
  • editor, install.exe/JODI, Basel: plug in, and Berlin: Merian, 2002, 109 pp. Exh. catalogue. Editor. [2] (German)/(English)
  • The Calamansi Cookbook: An Expat's Guide to Eating Well in the Philippines, Manila: Anvil, 2009, 180 pp. [6] (English)
  • Schleifen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops, Berlin: Kadmos, 2015, 352 pp. Publisher. (German)
  • editor, Texte zur Theorie des Internets, Stuttgart: Reclam, 2017, 360 pp. Excerpt. Publisher. (German)
  • editor, Texte zur Theorie der Werbung, Stuttgart: Reclam, 2018, 348 pp. Excerpt. Publisher. (German)
  • Now and Forever: Towards a Theory and History of the Loop: A Secret Acoustic History of the 20th Century, zer0 books/John Hunt Publishing, 2023, 408 pp. Publisher. (English)