Software Developer, Information Architect, Art Director, Berlin
For more than twenty years, Erik Stein has worked as a software developer, database designer, and art director with a focus on archives, strategic website content management, information architecture as an art form, and preserving and sharing of knowledge. He was co-founder of the early co-working space Bootlab, geared towards net criticism and critical practices regarding new technologies. Stein was also a member of publishing house and venue space b_books collective. He has worked with universities, print journals, art institutions, artists, and scholars to set up web-facing databases that make project and work history as well as collections and archives accessible from a technical, theoretical, and aesthetic point of view; including Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, scientific collections at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, RomArchive – the digital Archive of the Roma, Archive of neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin, Harun Farocki Institute, Cargo Journal/Website for Film, Media, Culture, the journal Texte zur Kunst, Merkur Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, and artists Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz, and Natascha Sadr Haghigian. Stein studied philosophy in Berlin and Paris.