Michael Rottmann is an art historian and media theorist and works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute Experimental Media- and Design Cultures (IXDM) at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel.
After a professional training as IT-merchant he studies in art, art history, mathematics and philosophy in Stuttgart, Vienna and Berlin.
He gratuaded with a thesis about "analogue and digital images", treating both in a historical, mediatheoretical and computer scientifically perspective (submitted at State Academy of Art Stuttgart, supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Huber).
2004-2007 he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Education Ludwigsburg (Germany). 2007-2008 he co-curated at mumok - Museum of Modern Art Vienna und Technical University Vienna the exhibition "Genau und anders" and launched the online-exhibition of the collection of historical mathematical models at TU Vienna.
2008-2012 He was a doctoral fellow in the DFG research training group »notational iconicity« at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. 2013 He was conferred a doctorate at the Institute of Art History at Freie Universität Berlin with the dissertation »Geometries, Numbers, Diagrams. Fine Art in New York around 1960 in the Mirror of Mathematics« (supervised by Prof. Dr. Gregor Stemmrich and Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann), supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and Landesgraduiertenstiftung Baden Württemberg).
2013-2014 He did research and wrote a book about artist Heinz Gappmayr, commissioned by Klocker Foundation Innsbruck (A). 2014-2017 He worked as an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Art History, University of Graz (A), at the Institute of art history, -didactics and -mediation, University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the Institute of Art and Education, University of Art and Design Linz (A). 2015 He wrote a book about artist Philip Loersch. He was 12/2015-02/2016 and 09/2017-08/2018 Postdoc-fellow and is since 09/2018 senior researcher at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel at the Institute of Experimental Design- and Media Cultures (IXDM)