He studied architecture at the College of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt and under Gustav Peichl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After working in the Stuttgart architect's office of Günther Behnisch he commenced as guest artist in the Institute for New Media in the Städelschule, Frankfurt, under Peter Weibel. In 1990 he founded his own artist studio and media laboratory in Frankfurt. From 1995 to 1997 headed the ARCHEMEDIA research institute at the College of Design in Linz, Austria. He was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, until he moved to the United States in 2001. Currently he is professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and operates his studio in Silverlake, Los Angeles, California. His large scale site specific works interrogate and explore the synergies between architecture and sound, technology and moving image. He works with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative and intense physical events, realized from hand held objects to architectural scale installations. Over the past two decades, his work has been increasingly focused on the field of public art and surveillance art.