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Greg Niemeyer’s Biography 


Born in Switzerland in 1967, Greg Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography. He started working with new media when he arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1992. He received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center.

In 2001 he was appointed at UC Berkeley as a Professor for New Media in Art Practice. He co-founded and directed the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences.

Greg Niemeyer’s work focuses on mediations between individuals, communities and environments. These mediations rely on data manifestations. Data manifestations are materializations of abstract data in the way people can feel. Sea water levels can become compositions for Carillons. Climate data stored in the Vostok Ice Core can become an audio tour. The myriad ways in which nodes in networks can connect to define emergent ways of life can become a gallery exhibit or a multimedia concert.

Niemeyer's work includes collaborations across disciplines and across media from gravure etchings to VR, always with an eye for the poetic foundations of technical protocols.

Selected projects include Gravity (Cooper Union, NYC, 1997), PING (SFMOMA, 2001), Oxygen Flute (SJMA, 2002), Ping 2.0 (Paris, La Villette Numerique, 2004), Organum Playtest (BAMPFA 2005),  Good Morning Flowers (SFIFF 2006, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2006), Maldives Pavillion (Venice Biennale, 2013), gnosisong (CCD Mexico City, 2015), //supraliminal (ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2017), Sonic Web (ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2018),,,, and


1997 MFA, Stanford University, Department of Art and Art History, specialized in New Genres

1990 Professional Degree (BFA equivalent) in Photography, Ecole d’Arts Appliqués, Vevey, CH

1986 Matura in Classics, Kantonsschule Rämibühl, Zürich, Switzerland


2019 Quantopia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

2019 Network Paradox, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

2018 Rain Bell, Databeers, Malaga, Spain

2018 Cave Bell, Riddoch Museum, Mount Gambier, South Australia

2017 Open Codes, Sonic Web Installation at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe

2017 SOHOsonus, Concert at Berkeley Art Museum, BAMPFA Full Concert Series

2017 supraliminal, installation at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016 gifCollider, Berkeley Art Museum, first art installation on public screen.

2016 Tsar Bell and 0.9 Subsonic Traveling Installation including Bergen Assembly, Norway

2015 GNOSISONG, collaboration with Chris Chafe, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

2015 Within 2, collaboration with Tarek Atoui, Berkeley Art Museum

2015 Natural Frequencies, Installation and Concert in Honor of Sather Tower (02/03/15)

2014 Polartide 2.0, Stanford University, Hoover Tower (Concert with Tiffany Ng, Carillonist)

2014 Polartide (Spillover), Sather Tower, UC Berkeley (Concert with Tiffany Ng, Carillonist)

2014 Polartide (Gulf), Bok Tower, Lake Wales, Florida (Concert with Tiffany Ng, Carillonist)

2013 Polartide 2.0, Sather Tower, UC Berkeley(Concert with Tiffany Ng, Carillonist)

2013 Polartide, Venice Biennale, Maldives Pavillion (Installation)

2012 Equimano, Ecce Homo Ludens Exhibit, Musee du Jeu, La Tour de Peilz

2011 Tomato Quintet 3.0., National Art Museum of China: Translife Triennial of New Media

2010 Tomato Quintet, San Jose, SJ01 Exhibit

2009 The End of Winter, Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, Jan 21 to April 1, 2009

2009 Scalable Relations, Beall Center for New Media, Irvine, CA, Jan 9 to March 14, 2009

2008 Reset/Play, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin TX, September 6 to November 2

2008 Black Cloud Citizen Science League, Machine Project Gallery, Los Angeles,

2007 Tomato Quintet, Machine Project Gallery, Los Angeles, August 22 to September 1, 2007

2007 Return to Balance, Falaki Gallery, May 1 to May 10, 2007, Cairo, Egypt

2006 Bounce // San Jose, ISEA ZeroOne Festival 2006: August 7-13, San Jose, CA

2006 Good Morning Flowers: Flaherty Film Seminar, Vassar College, NY

2006 Good Morning Flowers, Version 25: Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2006 Organum Playtest Version 41: Swiss Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

2006 Away from the New, Version 20: SF International Film Festival, Pocket Cinema Show

2005 Organum Playtest: Banff Center, Canada: The Art formerly known as New Media

2005 Organum Playtest: ResFest New York, ResFest San Francisco

2005 Organum Playtest: Vancouver, New Horizons Game Exhibit, DIGRA 2005

2005 Organum Playtest: San Francisco, New Langton Arts

2004 La Villette Numérique. Paris, France: Ping 2.0 Antidata

2003 ETH World Center, Zurich, Switzerland: Organum Screening

2003 Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, Texas: Organum Guided Tour

2003 Townsend Center, UC Berkley: Organum Film Stills

2003 Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley: Organum Screening

2002 New Langton Arts, Annual Benefit Group Show

2002 Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology: Oxygen Flute

2001 San Jose Museum of Art: Oxygen Flute, with Chris Chafe

2001 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 010101: PING, with Chris Chafe

2000 Cantor Art Center and Refresh: The Art of the Screensaver

1999 Xerox PARC Gallery, Palo Alto, Flash Language Cards

1999 Cantor Art Center: Fly Through the Human Body

1998 New Langton Arts, SPEED, Group Show

1997 LACE, Los Angeles Annual Benefit Group Show

1997 ArtExpo, Los Angeles: Landscape with Campsite, Commissioned Installation

1997 Triton Museum, Santa Clara: California Photography, Group Show

1997 Stanford University, Art Gallery: MFA Exhibit, Group Show

1997 Cooper Union, New York: TECHNOSEDUCTION, Group Show

1997 Arizona State University, Memorial Union: Credit History, Solo Show

1996 Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose: Location, Location

1996 Palo Alto Cultural Center, Radius Award Group Show

A link to a downloadable bio is here.