Daniel Irrgang is deputy research group lead at the “Inequality and Digital Sovereignty” research group (Berlin University of the Arts) at Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. His research focusses on visual depictions of information from a media theory / cognitive studies perspective (“diagrammatics”), interface as well as general HCI paradigms and media archaeological studies, among other fields. Currently he is working on a critique of transhumanist and Californian Ideology narratives.
Daniel is affiliated researcher with the centre Art as Forum at the University of Copenhagen. He has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship grant, with Art as Forum as host institution, starting from September 2022 (European Commission/REA Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Individual Fellowship).
From January 2018 until November 2019 Daniel was coordinator of the research seminar “Critical Zones” with Bruno Latour at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe; he has been also a contributor to the exhibition publication at MIT press and continuous to contribute to the exhibition for the time of its opening as web editor of the research section of the ZKM exhibition website.
Daniel holds a PhD in media studies (Berlin University of the Arts) with a thesis on diagrammatics, expanded mind and expanded hermeneutics in connection with Vilém Flusser’s concept of “technical image”. He studied communication in social and economic contexts (M.A.) at Berlin University of the Arts.
From 2016 until July 2019 Daniel has been a research associate (media theory/art studies) as well as assistant to the rector at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. From 2013 to 2016, he has been a research associate at the chair for media theory at Berlin University of the Arts and supervisor at the Vilém Flusser Archive.
Daniel is editor, together with Alice Soiné and Florian Hadler, of the journal Interface Critique and, with Siegfried Zielinski and Marcel René Marburger, of the book series International Flusser Lectures.
As part of the exhibition “Without Firm Ground—Vilém Flusser and the Arts,” organized by ZKM Karlsruhe, Berlin Academy of Arts, and the Vilém Flusser Archive, he published, together with Siegfried Zielinski and Peter Weibel, the tri-lingual edition Flusseriana—An Intellectual Toolbox (Minneapolis 2015). Daniel is a fellow on the research project “Archaeology/Variantology of the Media” and co-edited vols. 4 and 5 of Variantology—On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies (Cologne 2010 and 2011), including the German anthology (Berlin 2013). In collaboration with a rotating editorial team, he published the proceedings of the “Forum on the Genealogy of MediaThinking” (Berlin 2013–2017).
From 2008 to 2016, Daniel was a founding member of the communication agency AFKM, Berlin.