Petra Gemeinboeck
Since the beginning
Works in Surry Hills Australia

Petra Gemeinboeck is working in the area of interactive installation, currently based in Sydney, Australia, where she is Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Her artistic practice and theoretical research bring together the fields of architecture, computer science, media art and visual culture. In her works Petra creates scenarios of encounter in which spatial boundaries of the physical, the virtual, the social and the subjective become perforated and hybridized. Her interactive installations and virtual environments have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Thessaloniki Biennale 2009, Archilab 2004, Orléans, France, the Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA, and the InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan and have been featured in magazines such as ARCHIS and Computer Graphics World. Petra has published widely on the interrelations of physical and virtual spaces and issues of embodied negotiation in virtual environments.

Petra's doctoral thesis ‘Negotiating the Virtual: Inhabiting Architectures of Emergence and Remoteness,’ completed at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, is concerned with the conditions of a virtual reality, in which the virtual does not simulate another reality, but unfolds its own reality in the relationship with the temporary inhabitant. She received her Master of Fine Arts at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA and also has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.