Colloquium: Joachim Sauter, "The Renaissance of Space"

April 5, 2010




For the last two decades the Internet has served information and entertainment to the isolated computer screen at home. The movement seems to have triggered a counter-reaction, and brought the desire to go back into public spaces (museums, exhibitions, showrooms, operas, theaters) to experience information and entertainment in a physical form shared together with other people.
In contrast to pre-digital communication in public spaces, the audience is now computer literate and has radically different perception. Designing spatial communication today requires an understanding of how to integrate the qualities of "new media" into the design of a narrative and experiential space. This presentation will discuss technological installations and environments in museums and stages, and for public art.


After graduating from Berlin's Academy of Fine Arts, Joachim Sauter studied at the German Academy for Film and Television. Since the early 1980s, he has been working as a media artist and designer. From the beginning, Sauter has focused on digital technogies and is experimenting with how they can be used to express content, form, and narration. Fueled by this interest, he founded ART+COM in 1988 together with other artists, designers, scientists, and technologists. Their goal was to research this new up-and-coming medium in the realm of art and design. He has shown his work at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stejdilik Museum (Amsterdam), Museum for Contemporary Art (Sydney), Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), Kunsthalle (Wien), the Venice Biennale, ICC (Tokyo), and the Getty Center (Los Angeles). He has received several awards, including the Golden Lion at Cannes, the D&AD Black Pencil, the Ars Electronica Interactive Award, the Los Angeles Interactive Media Award, the Prix Pixel INA, the BAFTA British Academy for Film and Television Interactive Award, ADC New York and ADC Germany Gold, the Grand Clio, the Red Dot Grand Prix, the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Gemany, and many other national and international awards. He is currently professor of new media art and design at the University of the Arts, Berlin, and an adjunct professor at UCLA.

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