Daniel Franke (b. 06.09.1982) is an Artist, Curator and Music Video Director living and working in Berlin. He studied Visual Communication and Media Art at the UDK Berlin and completed his master thesis studying under Joachim Sauter and Alberto DeCampo in 2011.

He is also one of the founders of LEAP (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance), a non-profit interdisciplinary project for emerging, digital media arts and performance that aims to initiate the dialogue between art, science and technology. LEAP’s central concept is based on experimental research in digital technologies and media, which shape and change our present and future society and stimulate new discourses, discussions and questions. The human being (or body) is thus in performative interaction with these technologies and their impact on society and culture. It stands in a transformative process with its environment and thus is prompted to challenge the limits of its exterior and interior. LEAP’s conceptual and substantive program deals with the discussion of new discourses, critical issues and provides a bridge between theory and practice. In September 2013 LEAP presented Art Hack Day Berlin ‘’Going Dark’’ the first in a two part organisational and curatorial collaboration between transmediale, Art Hack Day and LEAP which culminates in the festivals central exhibition Art Hack Day Berlin : Afterglow.

In his own work he challenges our understanding of the digital, aiming to view it in the context of a physical perception in the field of animation. He thereby transforms practises known from classical animation into tangible expressions in the “real”, factual and bodily world to explore and visualise complex coherences.



2014 Netz – Vom Spinnen in der Kunst, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel D
2014 Synthetisch Vernuenftig @LEAP, Berlin D
2014 Transmediale – afterglow, Berlin D
2013 Art Hack Day Berlin 01 “Going Dark” @LEAP, Berlin D
2012 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz AT
2012 Transmediale – Vorspiel, LEAP, Berlin D
2011 do it! @ ts2- mov it! Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam NL
2011 PROTOCOL – official opening of LEAP, Berlin D
2011 Transmediale HKW, Berlin D
2011 UDK Meisterschuerler Ausstellung at LEAP, Berlin D
2011 Neonchocolate Gallery, Berlin D
2010 Operative Performances, Group Exhibition, Berlin D
2010 FORMBEFUNDE prozedurale anamorphosen, Group Exhibition, Berlin D
2009 HBC Reopening Exhibition, Berlin D
2008 HBC Opening Exhibition, Berlin D
2006 Media Facade Vattenfall Haus, Berlin D
2006 Video Installation “Lange Nacht der Museen”, Vattenfall Haus, Berlin D



2014 LE CUBE, Paris F
2012 CINEDANS Festival,  Amsterdam NL
2012 Public Art Screens, Stavanger, NO
2012 Visuelt Screening, Oslo SE
2012 Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen DE
2011 Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen DE
2010 official selection onedotzero, London UK
2010 Toronto Film Festival, Toronto CA
2009 Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen DE
2009 26. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, Kassel DE
2009 Bolzano Shorfilm Festival, IT
2009 official selection onedotzero, London UK



2013 Preise zur Auszeichnung künstlerischer Projekträume, Berlin – mit LEAP, D
2012 Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica 2012, Linz AT
2011 Postgraduate scholarship of the state Berlin (NaFög)
2011 MuVi-Award Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, D
2011 Transmediale Award – Nominated for Spatial Sound Sculpture
2010 EUROPRIX 2010 Quality Seal for “Durchsehen Exp. 01”
2010 Artist-in-residence: .HBC, Berlin
2009 MuVi-Audience-Award Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen for “Zum Koenig geboren”
2009 red dot: best of the best (junior award) for “Zum Koenig geboren”
2009 red dot award: communication design 2009 for “Zum Koenig geboren”



2014 Synthetisch Vernuenftig @LEAP, Berlin D
2014 Obsessive Sensing @LEAP, Berlin D
2014 Art Hack Day Berlin “afterglow” @transmediale, Berlin D
2013 Art Hack Day Berlin “Going Dark” @LEAP, Berlin D
2013 Computing the Physical @LEAP, Berlin D
2013 Abstrakte Welten Realisieren – transmediale Vorspiel @LEAP, Berlin D
2011- 2012 verschiedene Ausstellung @LEAP, Berlin D



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