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Dr. Michael Rottmann is an art historian and media theorist.

After a professional training in IT and some programming experiences he did studies in art, art history, mathematics and philosophy at State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, University Stuttgart, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Freie Universität Berlin.

2004-2007 scientific assistant at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at University of Education Ludwigsburg (Germany). 2007-2008 curator at 
mumok Wien (exhibition "Genau und anders") and Technical University Wien (online-exhibition of the collection of historical mathematical models).
2008-2012 doctoral fellow in the DFG research training group
»notational iconicity« (Schriftbildlichkeit), Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin, where he completed the PhD-program and he was conferred in 2013 a doctorate (Dr. phil.) in art history with a dissertation on the relation of mathematics and the fine arts in New York around 1960 (book »Gestaltete Mathematik«).

12/2013-07/2014 Postdoc fellow
at Klocker Foundation Innsbruck (A) writing a book about Austrian artist Heinz Gappmayr. 2015 He wrote a book about artist Philip Loersch. 2014-2017 teaching appointments 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). 12/2015-02/2016 and 09/2017-08/2018 Postdoc fellow and 09/2018-12/2022 senior researcher and PI at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel at the Institute of Experimental Design- and Media Cultures (IXDM). 01/2023-06/2023 Postdoc at the Institute for Art and Architecture (IKB) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since then visiting lecturer at Hochschule Düsseldorf (WS 2023/24...) and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (SS 2024).
Michael Rottmann gave lectures at Universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Poland and Portugal as well as in museums and galleries - amongst them mumok Vienna, Kunstmuseum Basel and Galerie 5020 Salzburg. He wrote for Texte zur Kunst Berlin, artmagazine Vienna and Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaften (ZfM). His work was supported by Landesgraduiertenstiftung Baden Württemberg, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD), German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), Klocker Foundation, Swiss Government and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

 In Tim Otto Roth´s web-based media installation Imachinations at  mumok Vienna 2008. Foto: the artist.