TYPO London 2011 Places

Joachim Sauter

Joachim Sauter has been working as a media designer since the early 1980s. From the beginning, he focussed on digital technologies, and is exploring how they can be used to express content and narration. Fuelled by this interest, he founded ART+COM in 1988 along with other artists, designers, scientists, and technologists. Their goal was to do practical research into what was, at the time, a new and up-and-coming medium in the realm of art and design. He still heads up that interdisciplinary team. Since 1991 he has been a professor of “new media art and design” at Berlin’s College of the Arts, and since 2001 an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Talk: Friday 11:00 Logan Hall
Renaissance of Space
We generally see a renaissance of the physical world as a reaction onto now nearly two decades of communication in the virtual world of the internet. We see an increasing number of people leaving the isolated situation in front of a computer at home, going into a museum and other narrative spaces to experience information in a physical environment together with other people.
The big difference in designing these narrative spaces compared to the design approach in the pre-digital times is that the visitors are now computer literate and know about the qualities of the digital medium such as interaction, collaboration, networking and want to find them also in the physical space.
The presentation will review key-projects projects from ART+COMs 23 years history and traces the development of new media from screen to space.