Tina Frank’s designs for the experimental electronic music label Mego during the mid ’90s crash analogue and digital imagery together in an often raw, confrontational approach that still retains a contemporary edge more than a decade later. It’s difficult to discern whether the cover imagery for Fennesz’s Endless Summer depicts a longed-for heatwave or a post-apocalyptic nightmare, an uncertainty further emphasised by the deliberately uneasy manipulation of depth, colour and texture.
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Tina Frank teaches as professor for graphic design and photography at the Arts University Linz, Austria. Her working fields are music-related design, web design, guiding systems, digital realtime-visualisation and video. She has performed at music, film and multi-media festivals around the globe with musicians such as Oren Ambarchi, Chicks on Speed, Florian Hecker, Peter Rehberg, General Magic, Mia Zabelka and many more. She runs her design studio Tina Frank Design in Vienna.
Taschen Books listed Tina Frank in their book Graphic Design for the 21st Century among the top 100 graphic designers worldwide. In 2002 a compilation of her works entitled ‘ Fuzzy Motion – Pictures Without Legs 1995-2002′ was released by the Japanese Label Gas. In 2003, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London curated a solo show of her works. In 2006 the video Chronomops received first prize at diagonale 06 for best innovative, experimental-, animation- or shortfilm 2005/2006. In 2006 the legendary american label Asphodel released its premiere DVD release Fateless – a collaboration of Australian duo, turntablist Martin Ng and guitarist Oren Ambarchi, with visual artists Tina Frank and Robin Fox. The international acclaimed digital film festival resfest presented a solo show of her video works. Performances and contributions to exhibitions, such as Ars Electronica, Linz; Centre Pompidou, Paris; or ICC, Tokyo, and many interviews in magazines are evidence of Tina Frank’s activities as a design and video artist.