Chris Ziegler is a director, performer, artist and architect working in the performing and digital arts. 2013 - 2021 he hold a position of Professor of Interactive Media at Arizona State University (USA). In May this year he returned back to Europe to work in digital theatre productions.
As a member of the European Theater Lab of the European Theater Convention (ETC), he developed „Stage your City“, a participatory digital theatre production at Théâtre de la Manufacture Nancy (France), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany), Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre Tbilisi (Georgia) and Det Norske Teatret Oslo (Norway) in 2016 - 2018. He is currently developing a virtual play introduction at the Staatstheater Kassel using augmented reality and motion tracking.
Since 2002 he has been an associate artist at the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM). He was a lecturer, researcher and developer for the artistic research laboratory SINLAB at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He works in various research projects at the International Choreographic Centre in Amsterdam (ICKAmstrdam) and the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (AHK) and the University of Utrecht, among others, where he developed numerous projects on the possible applications of new media in the training and documentation of dance. His teaching assignments have taken him to the Hochschule für Gestaltung / Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie HfG / ZKM Karlsruhe, the Institute for Interface Cultures at the Kunstuniversität Linz, the University of Baltimore County (UMBC) Baltimore, Concordia University Montreal, the Studio for Interactive Arts and Technologies SIAT Vancouver, LaSalle University in Singapore and the School of Creative Media at City University, Hong Kong, and to the Zurich University of the Arts, where he will take up another teaching assignment in autumn 2021.
His creative and artistic career began in 1994 at the ZKM Karlsruhe with the production of multimedia projects for the Ballet Frankfurt, Goethe Institute, in collaboration with international artists and for festivals. These CD-ROMs and installation projects received various awards such as the golden Nika of the Ars Electronica (Linz). His research has taken him to the Amsterdam Hochschule AHK, Utrecht University and the Choreographic Centre Amsterdam, where he has developed numerous projects on the possible applications of new media in the education and documentation of dance. Since 1999 he has produced his own stage pieces and also works as a video artist and scenographer with renowned theatre directors and choreographers at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Wuppertal Opera, the Karlsruhe State Theatre, the Bern Concert Theatre and the New Opera in Vienna, among others. In 2007 he was invited by Nike Wagner to the Kunstfest Weimar to conduct the first Dance Media Academy. He was an associate artist in the EU dance network D.A.N.C.E, the Dance Apprentices Across Europe, founded by leading choreographers Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj to develop postgraduate modern training for dancers.
In 2001 he received the „Junge Kunst und Neue Medien“ Award in Munich, in 2004 the Kunstpreis für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg. He was nominated for the Monaco Dance Forum Award 2006 and won several design awards for his CD-ROM works such as the New York I.D. Magazine Bronze Award 2000 and the Silver Award 2001, the „New Voices New Visions“ Award New York 1996 - presented by Laurie Anderson...