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Friedrich Kirschner

The Society for Cultural Optimism develops situated social games that engage participants through overwhelming optimism. They strongly believe that someplace north-east of cynicism, popular culture can be fun and engaging.

For his residency at The Cube, Friedrich teams up with other members of the Society for Cultural Optimism to simulate an alternate reality through social interventions, performances and interactive content on The Cube itself. They will investigate a time and place in which The Cube transforms the everyday as a conduit to the virtual, and they will invite the public to help in their research and implementation.

This residency is presented by Ars Electronica and QUT.


Friedrich Kirschner is a theatre director, software developer and digital artist. He re-purposes video-game structures and technology to create participatory performances and real-time interactive experiences. His work has been shown at various international animation festivals and exhibitions, including the Laboral Gameworld exhibit in Gijon, the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Ottawa international Animation festival, the Seoul Media Art Biennale and the Berlin concert hall. He was the director of the Machinima Filmfest in New York in 2008. Friedrich is currently Professor for digital media in Puppetry at the University for performing arts "Ernst-Busch" in Berlin.