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As part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) presents a lecture by German media artist and designer Joachim Sauter entitled ‘Get Physical: from screen-based to tangible computational design’ on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6 pm at the atrium at VCUQatar. The lecture is open to the public.

As the world becomes increasingly digital and our communication virtual our desire for the tangible gets stronger again. To illustrate that counter movement from the virtual back to the tangible in the field of digital design, projects from ART+COM’s 25 year history will be presented during the lecture, starting with the earlier exploration of new media in the virtual realm leading up to the latest development in the tangible world.

After graduating from the academy of fine arts in Berlin, 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 focusing on digital technologies and 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. He leads this interdisciplinary group until the present.

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies.

In the course of his work, Sauter has been invited to participate in many exhibitions showcasing 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, Rome, among others. He has received several awards including 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 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, and many other national and international awards. Since 1991 he has been working as a full professor for New Media Art and Design at the University of the Arts Berlin and since 2001 as adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking.