Four Questions for… Joachim Sauter

Just two months to go until TYPO London kicks off! We would like to use the remaining time to introduce the speakers and their work. We sent all TYPO London 2011 speakers a questionnaire and got a whole bunch of interesting and charming feedback. Let’s start with… Joachim Sauter.

“Resonance – Reflective Kinematronic II”

“Anamophotic Kinetic”

What work are you particularly proud of? What work best represents your style or approach?

For some years I am into computational mechatronics. The breakthrough was the “kinetic installation” for the BMW Museum. Other kinetic sculptures followed, for instance “mobility – refelctive kinematronic II” for the Shanghai Expo, the installation “Resonance – Reflective Kinematronic II” for the KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and the recently opened “Anamophotic Kinetic” for the Deutsche Bank headquarters.

As TYPO is all about design: are there any examples for very good and not so good design you recently ran across?
Yesterday one of our designers came up with an old sundial his dad, Albrecht Kloeckner, designed in the past:

Required reading: What are currently your favorite interesting/beautiful publications/books/interesting links?
Three books about media installations:


Joachim Sauter

Media Designer (Berlin, Germany)

After graduating from the academy of fine arts in Berlin, Joachim Sauter studied at the 'German Academy for Film and Television', Berlin. Since the early 1980s, he has been working as a media artist and designer. From the beginning, Joachim Sauter has focussed on digital technologies and is experimenting how they can be used to express content, form, and narration. Fuelled by this interest, he founded ART+COM in 1988 together with other artists, designers, scientists and technologists.Their goal was to practically research this new up-and-coming medium in the realm of art and design. Until now, he is leading this interdisciplinary group. In the course of his work he was invited to participate on many exhibitions. Beside others he showed his work at 'Centre Pompidou' Paris, 'Stejdilik Museum' Amsterdam, 'Museum for Contemporary Art' Sidney, 'Deichtorhallen Hamburg' , Kunsthalle Wien, 'Venice Biennial','ICC' Tokyo, 'Getty Center' Los Angeles, MAXXI Rom. He received several awards like the 'Golden Lion, Cannes', the 'D&AD Black Pencil', the 'Ars Electronica Interactive Award', the 'British Academy for Film and Television Interactive Award', ADC New York and ADC Germany Gold, the 'Grand Clio', the 'Red Dot Grand Prix', the "Designaward of the Federal Republic of Gemany" and many other national and international awards'. Since 1991 he is full professor for "New Media Art and Design" at the 'University of the Arts' Berlin and since 2001 adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.

The theme for this year’s TYPO London is places. What are your favorite places in London? Where do like to hang out? Any places you would be willing to share?