Thomas Dreher studied since 1978 art history, philosophy and classical archeology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Since 1985 he has written articles, critiques and reviews for art magazines (“das kunstwerk” , “Artefactum”, “Artscribe”, “Wolkenkratzer”, “Kunstforum” etc.)
The following links are directed to his writing.
1986-1987 scholarship of Lower Saxony for the Central Institute for Art History (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) in Munich. 1988 doctorate (thesis on “Conceptual Art in America and England 1963-1976”, Peter Lang, Frankfurt a. M. 1992, in German). 1991 participation in “Kunst als Grenzbeschreitung: John Cage und die Moderne/Art as a Means to Walk on Limits: John Cage and Modern Times”, Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst/State Gallery for Modern Art, Munich. 1995-2000 preparations for and completion of “Performance Art since 1945: Action Theater and Intermedia” (Munich 2001, in German) as a part of the DFG (German Research Foundation)-Project “Das Problempotential der Nachkriegsavantgarden/The Problem Potential of the Postwar Avant-gardes” (supervisor and co-editor: Prof. Georg Jäger).
Since December 1999: Lessons in NetArt for IASL (International Archives of Social History of German literature) online (site of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Institute of German Philology, Munich). 2007 Prix Ars Electronica (in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Medien.Kunst.Forschung), Linz: Media.Art.Research Award: The website “IASLonline Lessons in NetArt” receives an “Acknowledgement of a Contribution to the Field” (in 2007: network-based art forms). From October 2011 to December 2012 “History of Computer Art” was published chapter by chapter (IASLonline Lessons in NetArt: Theory). The English translation followed from August 2013 until June 2014 (PDF). January 2015: Curator of “Viennese Actionism and Action Theater in Munich“: 2 lectures (Oliver Jahraus, Thomas Dreher), 2 actions (FLATZ, Alexeij Sagerer & proT). Event in the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
He lives in Munich.