I am professor and head of the international Master of Arts program ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building at Aalto University/ School of Art and Design Helsinki.
I coined the term Visual Knowledge Building, referring to “a visualization process of interconnected models of distributed socio-cultural encoded data representations and simulations that are structured and contextualized by a learning community.”
In my research I try to find answers to how real and virtual space interactions can generate novel forms of communicative, creative and social practices in global connected communities.
The last 20 years I worked as art and design teacher, media artist, graphic designer, author, multimedia-developer and university teacher. I am also serving as expert advisor and reviewer for a number of scientific and research bodies, including the European Commission and I have received several honors and scholarships.
My international activities as speaker, lecturer, invited scholar and researcher brought me to many institutions around the world, for example Oxford University–Internet Institute, Seoul National University–Design Talks, National Institute of Multimedia Education Tokyo, University of the Arts London, K.U. Leuven, University Hamburg, Bilgi University Istanbul, San Francisco de Quito University.
I am the author of Synthesis & Nullification. Works 1991 – 2011 (Springer Wien/New York, 2012), (In)visible. Learning to Act in the Metaverse (Springer Wien/New York, 2008), Virtual School – kunstnetzwerk.at (Peter Lang, 2003), and I have edited Mashup Cultures (Springer, 2010) and (e)Pedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building (Peter Lang, 2005).
Link to the university research database where you can find a complete list of my publications, research, artistic and other activities.
I am married to Barbara Sonvilla and we have two grown-up children, Felicitas Sonvilla and Silvius Sonvilla.
Contact: stefan.sonvilla-weiss at aalto.fi