Karl Baumann is an experimental documentary filmmaker, lifelong student, educator, and digital artist. He specializes in media theory and cultural analysis that examines perception and memory within global systems of power. After completing an MFA in Digital Art New Media (DANM) at UC Santa Cruz, Karl has increasingly focused on playable media and games studies as a way to inform interactive system designs for constructing politically engaging experiences. As part of his social and pedagogical practice, Karl has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula to teach media literacy and participated heavily in Occupy Oakland. His most recent art work explores immersive and mobile modes of cinema to utilize interactive interfaces and the pleasures of urban space for understanding the dynamics of history. His research analyzes emerging media networks by looking at both complex socio-political genealogies as well as personal experiences and desires. In addition to his locative media project, Karl has produced three feature documentaries as well as multiple short abstract and non-fiction video works, both within the US and internationally.
ASeeking Silicon Valley is the opening gallery show of the Zero1 Biennial 2012. As co-curator Dooeun Choi discussed, the show attempts to explore the social and personal elements of technology after years of new media art being tied merely to the formal affordances.