Roland Graf is an Austrian artist, architect and designer with a passion for simplicity and playful investigation leading him to cross many disciplines to design objects, intervene in public spaces and develop human interfaces.
Graf has designed several products available on the commercial market and has exhibited internationally. He is a co-founder of Assocreation, an artist collective working on a wide range of interactive installations and urban interventions – often manipulating the ground the public walks on. Assocreation’s most widely known work is the award winning art installation ‘bump’ (Prix Ars Electronica Distinction 2001): a set of two interactive sidewalks tangibly connecting pedestrians at two distant public spaces in real time. The collective has presented among others at the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industral, Gijón, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; CENTRALE for contemporary art, Bruxelles, Belgium; Katmandu International Art Festival, Nepal; Bienal de Valencia, Spain; Istanbul 2010 – European Capital of Culture, Turkey; as well as in the streets of New York, Detroit, Zurich, Copenhagen and Paris.
Graf is currently working on setting up a Daylight Media Lab, an Art & Technology research group dedicated at exploring daylight applications of optical components and entertainment electronics. Its aim is to develop novel sun-powered devices that push the boundaries of entertainment culture and technology outside of the living room changing the way people interact with outdoor environments and see daylight through the lens of technology.
Since his relocation to the USA in 2011, Graf has also been collaborating with communities at the heart of Michigan’s postindustrial society – such as “Camp Take Notice” in Ann Arbor or “Black Men for Social Change” in Flint – on public art and design/build projects.
Prior to joining the Stamps School of Art & Design faculty, Graf served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spatial and Sustainable Design at the Vienna University of Technology.