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.
- net.art - Materialien zur Netzkunst, Nürnberg 1999. (German)
- net.art 2.0. Neue Materialien zur Netzkunst / New Materials Towards Net Art, Nürnberg, 2001.
- Harun Farocki – Vom Guerrillakino zum Essayfilm. Werkmonographie eines Autorenfilmers, Berlin: b_books, 1998; 2nd ed., Berlin: b_books, 2002, 279 pp. (German)
- editor, Kino-Sine: Philippine-German Cinema Relations, Manila: Goethe-Institut and Anvil, 2007. (English)
- Schleifen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops, Berlin, 2015. (German)
- editor, A Reader in International Media Piracy: Pirate Essays, Amsterdam University Press, 2015, 254 pp.  (English)
- Petra Heck, "E-mail interview with Tilman Baumgaertel on exhibiting/storing net.art", Dec 1999.
- "Der kleine Ausschlag für eine große Entscheidung. Interview mit Harun Farocki über den deutschen Herbst", Jungle World 41 (1997), HTML. (German)