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Jaanis Garancs (b. 1973) is a media artist and consultant in areas of interactive installations, multi-media performance, creative projects with Virtual Reality and Internet. He received the Masters in Audiovisual Media degree in 2003 from the Academy of Media Arts (KHM ), Cologne, Germany.
Awards for creative work include Prix Ars Electronica 1998 Award of Distinction (2nd Place - within E-Lab team), Linz, Austria; Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) Artist-in-Residence Award (2003); Honorary Mention - 6th International Browserday, Amsterdam (2002). Nominations for netzspannung.org Digital Sparks (German student award) in 2002 and in 2003. Grants and scholarships during 1995-2003 include Swedish Institute, Rotary Club Stockholm, Hamburg Ministry of Culture; Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation, and some others.
Recent interactive installation exhibitions have taken place at USF Contemporary Art Museum, Florida, USA; Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France; Pompidou Centre, Paris, France; IMC EXPO/Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Art+Communication, Riga, Latvia, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 2002 [KHM Campus collection]; as well as various individual and group projects at VISION, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary, 2002 [BIOS project], EXPO 2000 German Pavilion; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art 1999 [Baltic Sea Media Space]; Ars Electronica Festival 1998 and 1997 [OpenX sections], National Museum, Riga, Latvia (1998); Cultural House Stockholm 1998 (ArtGENDA).
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Guest-Lecturer: Liepaja University, Latvia (2008/2009); Researcher: EU funded consortium LIVE, Institute for Imaging Technologies, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany (2006-2008); Short-time Expert for Phare (EU programme) & NUTEK Agency (Sweden) project in Riga (2002); External Expert for the Phare project in Klaipeda, Lithuania (2001 and 2002); Creative Director of Virtual Culture Riga project, comissioned by Latvian Ministry of Culture (2001); Short-time project consultancy for Interactive Institute Stockholm (1999); Assistant for VEMM Virtual Museum pilot project for Moderna Museet & KKH & KTH Stockholm (1996-1997); Research project at Ericsson Media Lab, Stockholm (11 months, 1995-1996)
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During last years, Garancs
has also contributed presentations on his individual/group work and
related topics in digital media at over 30 international media culture
events and places - such as ISEA 2004 Helsinki; Art+Communication, Riga (2003, 2001 and
1999); V2, Rotterdam (2002), Muthesius Academy, Kiel (2001), Digitale'99,
Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Konstfack and ArtNode, Stockholm (both 1999),
Next Five Minutes 3 (1999) Amsterdam/Rotterdam; DEAF Amsterdam (1996)
Jaanis Garancs was born in Latvia in 3.august, 1973. He studied classical music during his elementary school in Riga, and also received deepened classical art education in secondary (high) school. Afterwards he studied painting at the Latvian Academy of Arts (1992-1995), combining painting, video and computer experiments. During 1995-1999 concentrated on video, computer 3D animation at the Royal Art College-University (KKH/Mejan) in Stockholm, then later at Hamburg Academy of Arts (HfbK) visual communication dept., (1999/2000), while in Hamburg, working also on several Internet group projects and consultancy. In 2000 entered Media Arts Department at KHM, Cologne. Since that time the attention shifted more towards Virtual Reality as live multimedia performance environment.
He has been a co-founder of the creative team of the E-Lab/RIXC (since 1996).