Art+Com founder Prof Joachim Sauter talks about 3 fascinating kinetic projects he developed for BMW, Otto Bock and Deutsche Bank.

BMW: See 714 metal spheres, hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually-controlled stepper motors and covering the area of six square meters, animate a seven minute long mechatronic narrative.

Otto Bock: For the World Expo Shanghai 2010 Art+Com interprets the theme of movement with a dynamic yet poetic mirror installation. One hundred prosthetic hands arranged in a matrix revolve around their own vertical axis, the movements being controlled by motors. The mirrors they hold reflect the beam of a floodlight into the room and onto the wall opposite.

Deutsche Bank: The Bank’s Logo by Anton Stankowski serves as starting point for the spatial design and is now translated into three-dimensional narrative space.

About the speaker

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.

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