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Biography

I am Media & Game Artist; Experimental Game Design Researcher; Playful Hacker; Visionary, Creative & Excentrical Thinker, Gamificator of Innovation and a Passionate Gamer.

I playfully started to understand the computer and its software, particularly games, as a toolset for the creation of digital worlds. So I began to see games in the same way I saw my LEGO bricks from the material world: small individual pieces that could be modified to create something larger and whole. Throughout my life, I have also used games as a toolset for my artistic work in the field of digital media art.

I studied Media Art / Game Art at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, where I have also co-founded the GameLab Karlsruhe and held seminars and workshop about artistic game design. In 2010 I started, with the release of the game 1378(km) - my pre-diploma project – a huge controversy and discussion in Germany, if a game is allowed to handle about the inner-German border situation. My artistic works (computer games) were shown in exhibitions all over the world such as in the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), Museum of Contemporary Art (MNK) Karlsruhe, Centre for Contemporary Art (DOX) Praque, ART Moscow, Computerspielemuseum Berlin and many more.

In 2012 I started as doctoral researcher at RMIT University’s GEElab Europe where I am investigating Hacking as a Playful Strategy for Designing Artistic Games. I am interested in a playful use of emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI), to transform them into artistic, gameful and experimental entertainment by linking diverse academic disciplines. Resumed this can be seen as Gamification of Innovation.

Beside all this fancy technology, conceptual and theoretical work I like it to be offline in the nature, photography, cooking, making music and doing sports.

Education & Training

  • Promotion 2015

    Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Media): Game Art, Experimental Game Design, Neurogaming, Virtual Reality

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Games and Experimental Entertainment Laboratory (GEElab) Europe

  • Diploma 2012

    Diploma of digital Media and Game Arts with distinction

    University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe | ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2013
    Best German Game of the Year 2010

    The Serious Game 1378(km) was noted as one of the best German Games of the last 25 years by the online presences of the newspaper WELT and ComputerBILD Spiele.

  • 2012
    Outstanding Artist Award

    The Serious Game Frontiers (developed by goldextra) was awarded with the Austrian Outstanding Artist Award  in the field of Interdisciplinarity.

  • 2010
    Gunther Schroff-Scholarship

    »Oh! Camp — das Kunst und Designcamp für Schüler« (www.oh-camp.de)

    Fördergesellschaft für Kunst und Medientechnologie

Known from the Media

German

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International

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Exhibitions

  • 2013
    ZKM_Gameplay: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

    In June 2013 a newly designed exhibition called ZKM_Gameplay was opened at the Media Museum of ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany. Beside more than 80 artistic computer and console games also Jens M. Stober’s serious game 1378(km) is exhibited.

  • 2013
    Gamescom Cologne

    At the Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Jens M. Stober was showing experimental and gameful approaches on the Oculus Rift at the booth of GEElab, the city of Karlsruhe and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

  • 2013
    BEYOND Festival 2013: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

    At the 3D-Festival BEYOND 2013 at ZKM Karlsruhe Jens M. Stober exibited his doctoral research project Ride Your Mind (RYM) and two works of the experimental artistic virtual reality game series VOID. The Festival took place from 03. to 06. October in Karlsruhe. The two games of VOID were presented by ZKM_Gameplay – The Game Platform at the ZKM Karlsruhe and have been very popular by joung visitors and the enormous interest in the Oculus Rift HMD.

  • 2013
    Im Schatten der Gewalt: Neue Galerie Dachau
  • 2012
    ART Karlsruhe
  • 2012
    AMAZE INDIE CONNECT

    In the exhibition at this year’s AMAZE-Festival in Berlin Jens M. Stober will show his work 1378 (km). A premiere for Berlin. To see from 26 to 27 April 2012.

  • 2012
    CeBIT

    At the CeBIT 2012 Jan Cordes and Jens M. Stober, students of media art at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe show in cooperation with the Karlsruhe young startup company “inreal Technologies GmbH”, a specially developed work for the Virtual Reality. The two media artists were given the opportunity and the confidence to investigate the new technology of “inreal” in an artistic and demonstrative application at the IT-fair. Shown at the CeBIT in Hall 15 Stand A26 at inreal Technologies. CeBIT takes place from 06 To 10 March 2012 at the exhibition center Hannover.

  • 2011
    Vision. Das Sehen: Neues Museum Weimar
    Vision. Das Sehen: Neues Museum Weimar
  • 2011
    ART Moscow: New Culture Festival
  • 2011
    DOX, Center for Contemporary Art: The Lucifer Effect

    The Lucifer Effect is an exhibition at DOX Prague in Czech Republic. It is inspired by the book with the same titel of the American psychologist Philip Zimbargo and wants to show how people can surprisingly easy turn to evil. The works Frontiers and 1378(km) are shown there. The Exhibition takes place from the 14. October 2011 – 02. January 2012.

  • 2011
    Computerspiele Museum Berlin
  • 2011
    Museum of Contemporary Art | ZKM: The Global Contemporary

    The Global Contemporary – Artworlds after 1989 is an exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe(MNK). The MNK is part of ZKM Karlsruhe. Jens M. Stober shows his work 1378(km). The exhibition takes place from 17. September 2011 – 02. May 2012.

  • 2011
    Spielsalon: Festival of Author-Games

    From 13th to 17th July 2011 the first Festival of Author-Games (SPIELSALON) takes place at Kassel Kunstverein. The “Spielsalon” reflects new artistic developed computer-games in a theoretical and practical way . Is is an event of the University of Art Kassel supported by the Hessian Movie- and Media academy.

  • 2011
    Art and Exhibitions Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn

    A competition with a long tradition. Every two years selected German art students show their works in a competition. In 2011, the 20th time. The works are shown at the Art and Exhibitions Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. It is shown “the best, most interesting, irritatin, most notable young artists have to offer at present in Germany. Jens M. Stober shows his work 1378(km).

  • 2010
    European Media Art Festival (EMAF)

    At the EMAF 2010 in Osnabrück the Serious Game Frontiers by goldextra is exhibited. Jens M. Stober is Lead-Designer of the game.

  • 2010
    World of Games: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Talks

  • 2014
    Practice Research Symposium Barcelona
    Practice Research Symposia are crucial to the organisation of ADAPT-r. At the seminars early stage researchers present their research in architecture/design/arts to the public and to an international panel. Fellows take this opportunity to communicate their research to a public of peers and receive valuable feedback making the seminars an integrated part of the research development.
  • 2013
    F.R.O.G. – Future and Reality of Gaming

    Vienna’s annual GamesConference, “Future andReality of Gaming” (FROG13), offers an open and international platform for leading game studies researchers and scholars, game designers, researchers and scholars from various other fields, education professionals, and gamers from around the world.

    The main objective of FROG13 is to explore the “Context Matters” in regard to questions of player communities, challenging or problematic play settings, game theory and development, impact of games and cultural facets of play. FROG13 is jointly organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Familyand Youth, the City of Vienna, wienXtra, the MIT Game Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Drexel University andthe Danube-University Krems. The ViennaGamesConference is a key element of the “Game-City”, a high profile event bringing together representatives of the games industry, non-profit organizations, academia andthe general public to enjoy and discuss the current state of computer games, digital youth cultures and games research. Be a part when the magnificent Vienna Town hall converts into a vibrant playground for players, fans and games researchers.

    Jens M. Stober gives a talk about his doctoral research topic “Hacking as Playful Strategy for Designing Artistic Games” and he presents a poster of the concept behind Ride Your Mind (RYM).

    Vienna City Hall, Austria, Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September 2013

  • 2012
    Games for Change – Australia & New Zealand

    The first Games for Change Festival Australia and New Zealand is hosted by the RMIT University and theGEElab. Jens M. Stober gives a talk “Behind the Games Frontiers & 1378(km)”. Games for Change takes place at the new RMIT Design Hub in the heart of Melbourne from 15 to 16 November 2012.

  • 2012
    Clash of Realities

    At the International Computer Game Conference Cologne “Clash of Realities” in 2012, Jens M. Stober, co-founder of GameLab Karlsruhe at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, reports about the development process of the serious game “Frontiers”.

  • 2011
    Gulasch Programmier Nacht (GPN) - Chaos Computer Club

    Jens M. Stober gives a talk about: “Computergames, Art and Sedition – about the Serious Game 1378(km)” at GulaschProgrammierNacht 11 of Entropia e.V. CCC Karlsruhe.

  • 2011
    First International Symposium for Postdigital Narratives

    Jens M. Stober gives a talk about: “Computergames, Art and Sedition – about the Serious Game 1378(km)” at GulaschProgrammierNacht 11 of Entropia e.V. CCC Karlsruhe.

  • 2010
    Gulasch Programmier Nacht (GPN) - Chaos Computer Club

    Jens M. Stober gives a talk  about: ”Modding in Game-Engines” at GulaschProgrammierNacht 10 of Entropia e.V. CCC Karlsruhe