Bianka Hofmann

With over 20 years experience of initiating and directing projects, applying scientific knowledge to services, products, and workshops across science and research, health, software, (higher) education, art, and public engagement sectors. Highly passionate professional with expertise in project development, production, and communications.

Building bridges between participants, institutions, organizations, companies, and stakeholders — considering their aims and values — igniting trans-disciplinary interactions, cooperation, and co-creation that inspire engagement, learning, and knowledge transfer.

Drawing on the practical implications of my scientific studies in behavioral science, I specialized in transmitting scientific knowledge through interactive and artistic experiences.  Worked as a project developer in the applied fields of: scientific media production, exhibit design, documentary moving images, immersive experiences, communication theory and practice, workshop design, and in neurobiology of teaching and learning (teacher continuous professional development, kids’ college, parent training, programs for highly gifted and handicapped kids); trained as Communication Coach. Scientific publications in the fields of behavioral biology, visualisation, and art, tech, and science. Studied Behavioral Biology, Cognitive Science, Neurobiology, Psychology, Theory of Religion and Culture, Philosophy. Focus: Communications of highly evolved mammals and humans, interspecies-communication (degree equivalent to a mathematical-scientific study and several field studies on cetaceans), and evolution of symbol building and ritualization (diploma study comparative religion, interdisciplinary diploma thesis).

The topics of women and human rights, organic farming, member shops for organic food with regional suppliers, organic quality for cleaning agents and cosmetics, bicycle-friendly cities, new concepts for sustainable mobility, and environmentally sound building have been constants since my youth.

Recent References

SELECTED TALKS, POSTER & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

EXPLORING THE TISSUE OF EXISTENCE: Integrating Science and Art to look Beyond the Limits of our Perception; LASER talk and panel discussion as a part of the Medicine + Media Arts series; August 2021. Watch Here

Radiological Data in Clinical, Artistic, and Educational Practice: Lecture & hands-on with my colleagues Sabrina Haase at PLUS Paris Lordon Universität Salzburg, course on "Art and Medicine" in the inter-university focus on science and art between PLUS & Mozarteum, May 2021.

 

Panel discussion with Barney Steel from Marshmallow Laser Feast at the conference “Navigating the Postdigital – How Arts & Sciences Shape Our Future” at AIL by SOUND:FRAME, curator Eva Fischer, January 2020.

New Pathways in Communicating QuantumTechnology. Statement for the discussion at the networking event Entanglement Ongoing after the screening of the interactive artwork Quantum Logos at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019.

From STEM to STEAM – how and why Fraunhofer MEVIS injected STEAM. Guest-lecture at Stanford Department of Electrical Engineering January 31, 2019 by Bianka Hofmann within the EE376A Information Theory course.

Science + Art = The Next Generation of Researchers? Workshop by Bianka Hofmann and Sabrina Haase at the intersection of art, science, technology, media, and entertainment at the Raw Science Film Festival January 7, 2018, CA.

Flesh and Voxel: Making Sense of Medical Images | STEM to STEAM | UCLA, by Bianka Hofmann, Sabrina Haase and Alexander Köhn, January 8, 2018.

Poster at The Workshop AESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC: KLAS Knowledge Link Through Art & Science, November 27, 2017, Potsdam.

Dialog-oriented Sci-Comm: From "STEAM Imaging" to "Whose Scalpel" - An Artist-in-Residency including pupils. From the perspective of the scientific organization. Conference Talk and Panel Discussion at Ars Electronica 2017 - Symposium II - European Digital Art and Science Network: by Bianka Hofmann and Sabrina Haase within the panel Art and Science Residencies - Just a "Fly-by" or really a "Rendezvous"?

SELECTED INTERVIEWS, SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS, ARTICLES

What’s after Corona Crisis? Artists Shaping the Humane Future. Blogpost. B. Hofmann, Claudia Schnugg, 2020.


New Pathways in Communicating Quantum Technology
. B. Hofmann. Statement at the event Entanglement Ongoing, Ars Electronica 2019.

Quantum Logos – An artistic Approach to Quantum Physics. Ars Electronica, Interview, 2019

Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation – The Experimental Artist Residency “STEAM Imaging.” B. Hofmann (2019). MIT Press Journal Leonardo doi:10.1162/leon_a_01792

STEAM Imaging: When Art, Science and the Next Generation Converge. Ars Electronica, Interview, 2018

STEAM Imaging: An Experiment in Art & Science. Ars Electronica, Interview, 2017.


STEAM Imaging: A Pupils’ Workshop Experiment in Computer Science, Physics, and Sound Art. B. Hofmann, S. Haase, D. Black. SCIART MAGAZINE Special Topics August 2017: STEAM, 1. August 2017.

 

HONORS & AWARDS

Honorary Mention at the STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) Prize 2021, an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Research Partnership Development and Project Lead for the cross-sectoral project The Tides Within Us; Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia partnered with the R&D Engagement team at Fraunhofer MEVIS.

Industry Award for Best Visual Effects, Raw Science Film Festival 2020, CA, USA - SciArt producer and project developer of the short film “Quantum Logos (vision serpent).”
Media artists Mark Chavez and Ina Conradi teamed up with me and science communicator Bob Kastner.

Industry Award for Best Infographic, Raw Science Film Festival 2019, CA, USA - director and SciArt producer of the short film “Digital Medicine, Arts, and STEAM: BEFORE US LIES ETERNERDY,”
jointly with Alexander Köhn and Mathias Neugebauer.

 

Industry Award for Best Immersive Media, Raw Science Film Festival 2018, CA, USA - director and SciArt of the short film “Beauty of Blood Flow Analysis,”
jointly with Alexander Köhn and Mathias Neugebauer.
In addition, the web-based STEAM application Inside Insight I created with my colleagues Sabrina Haase and Alexander Köhn, was among the finalists in the category Best Educational Media at Raw Science Film Festival 2018.

The short film Beauty of Blood Flow Analysis” was nominated at the 12th Fulldome Festival in Jena, Germany, May 2018.

 

BOOK CHAPTER BASED ON INTERVIEWS


The project is presented (based on an interview with me) in The Practice of Art & Science, The European Digital Art and Science Network (Hatje Cantz, 2017), pp. 50 – 55.

Our experimental artist-in-residency project "STEAM Imaging" is discussed (based on interviews with me, the artists Yen Tzu Chang, and Sabrina Haase) in the book Creating ArtScience Collaboration – Bringing Value to Organizations, by Claudia Schnugg.

AFFILIATIONS

Advisory Board for the Medicine and Media Art Program UCLA Art Sci Center | Member

Artiscience Library, Edinburgh | International Advisor

Sci-Art Collective Quantum Travelers | Founding Member

Foundation Stiftung STUDIUM – Stiftung für Ost-West-Integration | Supporting Member, Patron