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Station Rose/STR was founded by musician
Gary Danner & visual
artist Elisa Rose in Vienna
in 1988 - as an open media lab, after they had graduated from
the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1987.
From 1988-1991 Station Rose was located in today´s
art center of the city, in the 4th district (Margaretenstrasse
Since the opening of STR Elisa Rose & Gary
Danner were equipped with digital tools. Gary had a Prophet 2000
sampling keyboard on from 1986, and Elisa bought her first computer,
Amiga 500, in 1987. During the Viennese phase they were travelling & performing
a lot, too. They went to >Cairo, Egypt for an 8 month postgraduate-grant
(again with computer & sampler). In 1990 they came to San
Francisco to perform at the Cyberthon festival, and fell into
the WELL people, which should become a(n online) relationshi
p until now. They got in touch with the worldwideweb during a
project in Tokio,Japan, in 1993.
Since 1991 the STR-headquarter is located in
In the same year STR went online. They became involved in the
WELL, the computer conferencing system, on a daily basis.
On from the beginning the activities of STR spanned
from art production, DVD-, CD-, CD ROM- and vinyl productions,
research (on Virtual Realities; in cooperation with the Austrian
Ministry of Science and Research), to exhibitions, lectures and
performing in the underground, museums, galleries and the net
At the end of the eighties STR started their
Gunafa Clubbings (Skala/Vienna, XS/Frankfurt), the first online-clubevents
worldwide, incl. live media jamsessions, releasing the cult vinyl "Dave" in
1992. On from 1992, STR focussed their attention on programming
CD ROMs (on their own label "Gunafa", founded in 1993)
and in the internet. This period saw the release of 4 CD ROMs
and various audio products. Their "pioneering work in the
field of multimedia" (Timothy Leary) got them numerous invitations
to avantgarde media festivals worldwide.
STR perform live and produce as an audio-visual
band in the unique Station Rose method. A jam session (Gary Danner:
Music, Elisa Rose: Visuals) begins as a flow- on the workstations
connected by MIDI - where structures are developed, a beat is
chosen and then, only after ecstatic hours of creating, when
the brand new track looks ripe, it is saved on the right medium
(DVD, DV, CD, DAT, Internet, etc.).They have started their label "Gunafa" mid
90ies. Since 2006 they are using it intensly again, now as an <online
label>. So far 4 releases can be found at iTunes and most
Since January 99 they STReam live at stationrose.com.
So far almost 200 webcasts have been performed. The schedule
can be found on the website, or through the STR-newsletter. STR
can be found at stationrose.com, myspace & youtube.
STR have performed live and lectured at (selection):
Ars Electronica, Transmediale Berlin, Viper/CH, Museum Ludwig,
Kunsthalle Schirn, Staedelschule Frankfurt, Cyberthon/San Francisco,
Montevideo/Amsterdam, MAK Wien, Museumsquartier Wien, Rhiz,
Wien, V-stream21", Uni Linz, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm,
Frankfurt, ICA, London, Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Goldfinger club,
Frankfurt, Art Frankfurt, gallery Detterer, Frankfurt, gallery
[DAM] Berlin, gallery Gawlik & Schorm, Wien, gallery Troester & Schlueter,
FFM, Steirischer Herbst, Graz "Mediale", Hamburg, "Chromapark",
Berlin, Depot, Vienna "Burning the Interface", Sydney, "Nature
One Festival", "Crosslinks", Berlin, "Next
5 Minutes 3 Festival", Amsterdam, Le Batofar, Paris, Kunstverein
Salzburg, Kunstraum Innsbruck/ medien.kunst.tirol, Blasthaus,
San Francisco, Generali Foundation Vienna, Rotari, Ostklub,
Frankfurt, t-u-b-e, Munich, WMF, Berlin, U60311, Frankfurt,
Cafe Royal, Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier, Wien,
INPUT 2007, "Second City/Capture Your City" Ars Electronica
In 1996 STR have been german hosts in Howard
Rheingold´s virtual community Electric Minds, which was
named one of the ten best web sites of 1996 by Time magazine.
The same year STR had a record deal with Sony Music.
They won the Prix Ars Electronica 1995 (Honorable
Mention) for the website, and became No.1 of the WELL´s
2002-2004 Elisa Rose and Gary Danner shared a
professorship at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt,
where they had been teaching Media Production.
They are credited to have produced the first
art CDROM (in 1992), as well as being one of the first audio-visual
digital artists/bands. Their audio-visual online Gunafa Clubbings
(starting 1992) are legendary. Their electronic music together
with art of projection & the net, played in realtime, can
be seen years before the VJ-movement & before more audio-visual
artists came up. Their netart-projects - starting as early as
1992 have to be counted 4-5 years before netart got listed.
From 2002-2006 they had a regular TV show at
hr-fernsehen/ARD Digital called "Best of Webcasting",
one of the rare art projects on TV. The DVD & CD "Best
of Webcasting" is still available .
Station Rose is credited with inventing the term "Digital
Bohemian" in 1994 ,12 years before the german version of
this term should be published by a german publishing house.
In 2008 Station Rose celebrated 20 Digital Years.