Joachim Sauter’s The Renaissance of Space Presentation
With installations everywhere from Tokyo to Berlin, there can’t be many figures as well-versed on the potential for immersive and reactive artistic experiences to affect spaces in a global way as Joachim Sauter.
His contention – that after 15 years staring at screens, looking for information we’re ready to start exploring the potential for digital experiences in physical space – is one that’s borne out in the most literal sense by our London and New York events; everything here is an example of immersive and reactive art at its most engrossing.
His work covers everything from technologies that use augmented reality (dinosaurs in Berlin’s Natural History Museum becoming digitally fleshed out through the use of cameras and 3D modelling software), to mixtures of digital and physical reactions; one of the most impressive of his examples was a Tokyo installation in which the footprints of participants go from ripples of LED lights to physical waves on a nearby water feature. Much of it has to be seen to be believed (perhaps proving his point), but the central argument of much of his work is the same: that we’re in the midst of a digitally enabled “renaissance of the space.”