Since more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier creates innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations, highly acclaimed by critics and audience.
His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theaters throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia.
Klaus Obermaier is visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice/Italy and at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca/Romania teaching interactive arts and performances. From 2016 to 2018 he was co-director of the Master for Advanced Interaction at IAAC (institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia) in Barcelona/Spain. He gives lectures at international conferences and institutions. Klaus Obermaier lives in Vienna and Barcelona.
In psychology the mirror stage describes the formation of the Ego via the process of objectification, the Ego being the result of a conflict between one's perceived visual appearance and one's emotional experience. This identification is what psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan called alienation. The interactive installation EGO re-stages and reverses the process of alienation by enhancing and deforming the mirror image by the movements of the users. Although an abstraction, it quickly becomes the self and reestablishes the tension between the real and the symbolic, the subject and the object.