Ingo Günther grew up in Germany, studying Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Frankfurt University (1977) and sculpture and media at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Early sculptural media works and journalistic projects were pursued in TV, print, and the art field. He played a pioneering and crucial role in the evaluation and interpretation of satellite data for internationally print media and TV news. From the 1990s he worked as artist, correspondent and author for German and Japanese news media. In 1989 he started the Worldprocessor project and founded the first independent TV station in Eastern Europe (Channel X, Leipzig). Research in Cambodian, Burmese and Laotian refugee camps inspired the Refugee Republic project (since 1992). After becoming a founding professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in 1990, he was professor for media economics at Zurich University of the Arts and visiting professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts and most recently at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Ingo Günther is a frequent contributor to Foresight magazine, Tokyo. He maintains an office in New York.