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*_ The activities of the group susigames focus on the development of alternative applications, developer tools and games software for commercial consoles, home computers, and mobile devices.
The group was founded in 2003 by Ole Ciliox, Richard Gutleber, Jörg Radehaus, Hansgeorg Schwarz, Nikolaus Vahrenkamp and Kai Welke, and was joined by Thomas Hawranke in 2005.
A starting point for the activities of susigames was the fact that commercial games for mobile phones or mobile consoles developed at that time did neither take into account the then emerging new heterogenous groups of users nor did they, despite of low development costs and low economic risks, introduce new forms of gaming or technological innovation.
Based on this observation, the group started developing alternative games for mobile phones and mobile games consoles, such as »ZzZzZ«, »5 Glory Holes« or »susipong«, some of which were also introduced into the commercial sector.
At present, susigames focuses on the field of »pervasive gaming«, a form of computer games merging the virtual gaming space and the physical world thus creating new interactive experiences.][

Short bios of current members ::

Ole Ciliox
since 2001 studies in Computer Science, TU Karlsruhe [D]
2003 founding member of susigames
since 2005 studies in Media Art [minor], State Academy of Design [HFG], Karlsruhe
since 2005 free-lance work for Neon Studios/Keen Games, Frankfurt/M.

Richard Gutleber
since 2000 studies in Media Art, State Academy of Design [HFG], Karlsruhe
2003 founding member of susigames
2005 AVU, Prague / New Media II

Thomas Hawranke
2003 completion of education in Media Design
since 2004 studies in Media Art, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne [D]
since 2004 Creative Director with blanx, Cologne [D]
since 2005 member of susigames

Nikolaus Vahrenkamp
1997-2005 studies in Computer Science, TU Karlsruhe [D]
2002 founding member of the artists group »Zentralin«
2002/03 studies inMedia Art, State Academy of Design [HFG], Karlsruhe
2003 founding member of susigames
2005 free-lance work in the field of real-time graphics applications

Kai Welke
1997-2005 2005 studies in Computer Science, TU Karlsruhe [D]
2002 founding member of the artists group »Zentralin«
2002/03 studies inMedia Art, State Academy of Design [HFG], Karlsruhe
2003 founding member of susigames
2005 Scientific assistant, ATR Japan

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Grants and Awards [selected]
· since 2006
Associated artists, ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

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Projects [selected]
· »EdgeBomber«, 2006 [game installation]
· »5 Glory Holes«, 2004 [game for mobile phones]
· »susipong«, 2005 [game for JAVA supportig mobile phones]
· »stickiesWorld«, [game installation]
· »ZzZzZ - awake«, 2004 [console game]
· »stickiesWorld«

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Exhibitions/ Presentations [selected]

2009

DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2009: »A MAZE. - First Step, Celebrating the Convergence of Games and Design«, KIM / Fotoshop, Berlin [D], 06/03-06/2009 - presentation of »SusiCresses«

»Uncharted: User Frames in Media Art«, santralistanbul, Istanbul [TR], 03/21-08/16/2009 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«, »SUSIPONG-Arena«

»YOU_ser 2.0: The Celebration of the Consumer« ZKM | Karlsruhe [D] - 05/01-08/30/2009 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

Techfest 2009: »Breakthroughs«, Indian Institute of Technology [IIT], Bombay [IND], 01/24-26/2009 - presentation of: »EdgeBomber«

2008

»Next No. 5: Mindblowers«, Arhus [DK] - 04.-06.04.2008 - presentation of: »EdgeBomber«

2007

»STRP Festival«, Eindhoven [NL] - 23.-35.11.2007 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»WIRED NextFest«, Los Angeles [USA] - 13.-16.09.2007 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»pong.mythos«, [an exhibition of the Computerspiele Museums, Berlin], Kornhausforum, Berne [CH] - 17.08.-16.09.2007 - presentation of »susipong«

»FILE 07«, Sao Paulo [BR] - 14.08.-09.09.2007 - presentation of »Stickies World 2«

»Interactivity«, ARTLABS, Sibiu (RO) - 23.06.-05.08.2007 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»upDate: susigames«, [lecture and project presentation], ZKM | Karlsruhe - 22.02.2007 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

2006

»pong.mythos«, [exhibition of the Computerspiele Museums, Berlin], Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt/M. [D] - 25.11.2006-21.01.2007 - presentation of »susipong«

»Mine Digital Art Festival 06«, Aalborg [DK] - 28.-29.10.2006 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»London Games Festival«, Dana Centre, London [UK] - 02.-06.10.2006 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»Pixel-Analogien«, Lucky Loft-Galerie, Hamburg [D] - 07.-10.09.2006 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»pong.mythos«, [exhibition of the Computerspiele Museum, Berlin], Games Convention, Leipzig [D] - 23.-27.08.2006 - presentation of »susipong«

»Lange Nacht der Informatik«, Faculty of Informatics, Karlsruhe University - 14.07.2006 - presentation of »EdgeBomber«

»Altitude 06«, Academy of Media Arts Cologne [D] - 12.-15.07.2006 -presentation of »EdgeBomber«

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ZKM departments
· Institute for Visual Media

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Works in connection with the ZKM
· »EdgeBomber«, 2006

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Recommended Links
· susigames: Homepage

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