Electronic and Time-Based Art
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art and Performance, Purdue University


Fabian Winkler

Fabian Winkler


Fabian Winkler is an artist who employs new media technologies to initiate critical and often self-reflexive thought processes. His work combines elements of humor with historical, social and media-archeological research to create subversively beautiful and often discoursive objects. The materials and artifacts used for the production of these artworks possess a rich cultural context, which is important to the experience of the work.

Winkler holds degrees from State College of Design (HfG)/ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany and UCLA, Department of Design|Media Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Winkler is currently an Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University where he initiated and developed the area of Electronic and Time-Based Art in 2006.

Winkler’s works have been shown internationally, including the Center of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy; China Science & Technology Museum, Beijing, China; Subtle Technologies 2011 and 2004, Toronto, Canada; SIGGRAPH 2010, Los Angeles; Luminale 2010, Biennial for Light Culture, Frankfurt, Germany; Spark Festival 2010, Minneapolis; Ars Electronica 2009, Linz, Austria; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; ISEA 2006/ZeroOne San Jose; Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Videonale 10, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; the 7th and 6th Japanese Media Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Banff New Media Institute, Banff Centre, Canada; FILE2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil and lothringer13 gallery, Munich, Germany. Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in the L.A. Times, Kunstforum International, Süddeutsche Zeitung, N. Katherine Hayles’ book Writing Machines and Art Contemporain et Nouveaux Médias (collection Sentier d’Art) by Dominique Moulon.

Together with Dr. Shannon C. McMullen Winkler was awarded a National Science Foundation CreativeIT grant (2010 - 12) for an interdisciplinary project bringing together scientists, engineers and artists in a pilot study of creative collaboration at Purdue University investigating new images of nature in contexts such as climate change and global warming.

An ongoing collaboration between Winkler and McMullen, a series of artworks titled National Security Garden, explores the premise that gardens express ideas and social relations.

Photo on top of page by Kelly Allen.