About imagomat

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The Story of My Life (abbreviated)

Heiko Wichmann

Born 1966 in Bremen, Germany, I studied Philosophy and German Literature in Hamburg until 1996. Since the early 90s - when I was working as system administrator at the Macintosh Computer Pool of the University - I'm using the Macintosh Computer OS. In 1994 I wrote an essay about Macintosh shareware games for Neid magazine #2.

Together with Claudia Reinhardt and Ina Wudtke I was one of the founding members of the Neid magazine/project. In the Neid magazine I published essays about Donna Haraway’s notion of Cyborgs (1994), music exchange and the internet (1994), and club culture (1996). During that time I set up the Neid web site.

In the first half of the 90s I was also contributor of the computer network The Thing. The Thing joined artists and intellectuals from New York, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt/M. and Berlin via dial-up modem connections. In that pre-internet virtual space I was involved in intense discussions with Jordan Crandall, Michael Krome, Christoph Schäfer, Pit Schultz, and many others. Hans-Christian Dany introduced me to The Thing. With Hans-Christian I also worked at the editorial board of Spuren, a renowned art and literature magazine published at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Director of the magazine was Karola Bloch, while editorial work was headed by Hans-Joachim Lenger. For Spuren magazine I interviewed DJ Westbam and writer/poet Marcel Beyer. Together with Kathrin Busch I wrote an essay about Maurice Blanchot. Manfred Geier was also taking part in the editorial meetings of Spuren; he used to point out the human conditions and phaenomenological constraints of philosophical questioning.

On January, 3rd, 1995, I did a lecture about Virtualization of Art at the Neue Kasseler Kunstverein.

In 1996 I graduaded from University. I wrote my thesis on Friedrich Nietzsche and his concept of genealogy. My graduation was examined by Bernhard Taureck and Marianne Schuller.

Since my graduation from University I was working as employee at Zweitwerk GmbH (run by Stephan Selle and Carsten Scheid-Steffani). There I developed and deployed media asset management software for the publishing and marketing industry.

I participated in Christoph Schäfer’s Park Fiction activities by attending the weekly meetings of the group at the GWA in St. Pauli.

Caused by unknown body dysfunctions, my younger brother Gerd lived in Persistent Vegetative State for five years before he died in 2002.

Since July 2005 I was working as Software Engineer for Adobe Systems in Hamburg. I was a member of the international core software development team for the Dreamweaver desktop software product.

2007 I lived and worked in San Francisco for three months.

In 2008 I left Hamburg together with my wife and daughter to live in Lüneburg.

In 2009 I refurbished the German Wikipedia article on Diedrich Diederichsen and compiled a comprehensive list of his numerous writings. I also take care of his twitter account.

Since May 2010 I was working as Senior Software Developer at apploft in Hamburg. apploft offers native development of mobile apps for iOS and Android. I went back from Lüneburg to live in Hamburg again.

In October 2011 I independently published a system monitor app for iPhone and iPad: “PowerBoard”.

Together with Hans Nieswandt I redesigned his website at

From 2013 until 2019 I took care of the iPhone and Android apps for the web radio station ByteFM.

For the re:publica conference I created and published a personal schedule planning app in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and in 2019.

2017 I released the casual arcade-style game Emojiplode for iPhone and iPad.

2023 I released TV Set, an iptv app, for iPhone, iPad, tvOS, and Mac (Catalyst).

Since 2018 I work as Senior Software Engineer at AUSY Technologies Germany (formerly named Pentasys).

You can follow my random thoughts and musings on Twitter.

My business profile can be found at Xing.



Imagomat is my personal web site which started as a platform for iTunes visualizer plug-in development. The web site is set up since 2004.

Audio visualization can be more than pure eye candy. In contrast to screen savers audio visualization is bound to acoustic signals, while in contrast to oscilloscopes audio visualization is free to use colors and shapes of any form.

I described the aesthetic potential of audio visualization in a paper called:
Die Farbe des Klangs ist der Klang der Farbe
The color of music is the music of the color
The text was published in issue #10 of Neid magazine, and on March, 28th it was presented at the 3. Berlin Biennale for contemporary art.



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