Thomas Dreher studied since 1978 art history, philosophy and classical archeology
at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Since 1985 he has written articles, critiques and reviews for art magazines
("das kunstwerk", "Artefactum", "Artscribe",
"Wolkenkratzer", "Kunstforum" etc.).
1986-1987 scholarship of Lower Saxony for the Central Institute for
Art History (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) in Munich.
1988 doctorate (thesis on "Conceptual Art in America and England
1963-1976", Peter Lang, Frankfurt a. M. 1992, in German).
1991 participation in "Kunst als Grenzbeschreitung: John Cage und
die Moderne/Art as a Means to Walk on Limits: John Cage and Modern
Times", Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst/State Gallery for Modern
1995-2000 preparations for and completion of "Performance
Art since 1945: Action Theater and Intermedia" (Munich 2001,
in German) as a part of the DFG (German
Research Foundation)-Project "Das Problempotential der Nachkriegsavantgarden/The
Problem Potential of the Postwar Avant-gardes" (supervisor and
co-editor: Prof. Georg Jäger).
Since December 1999: Lessons in NetArt for
IASL (International Archives
of Social History of German literature) online (site of
the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Institute of German Philology,
Ars Electronica (in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
Medien.Kunst.Forschung), Linz: Media.Art.Research Award: The website
"IASLonline Lessons in NetArt" receives an "Acknowledgement
of a Contribution to the Field" (in 2007: network-based art forms).
From October 2011 to December 2012 "History of Computer Art"
was published chapter by chapter (IASLonline Lessons in
NetArt: Theory ). The English translation
followed from August 2013 until June 2014 (PDF).
January 2015: Curator of "Viennese
Actionism and Action Theater in Munich": 2 lectures (Oliver
Jahraus, Thomas Dreher), 2 actions (FLATZ, Alexeij Sagerer & proT).
Event in the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
Key activities: Intermedia Art, esp. Performances,
and Context-Reflexive Art, Computer Art, NetArt.
Texts on Thomas Dreher: Intermedia Art and academia.edu, slides on
informations and tips on Facebook.
He lives in Munich.
Dr. phil. Thomas Dreher