Thorsten Bauer/DE

The social dimension of lighting design in the today’s digital age

Presentation date: 24. October
Presentation time: 17:45

The digital age is consistently expanding into our everyday lives. The blending of the digital with the analog is a leading megatrend of our time. Our cities, facades and urban spaces will be dynamic and digitally permeated. One of the greatest challenges lies in the different nature of the components that make up such interventions.
From the world of film and theatre, we know the dramaturgical principle of the “fourth wall” – the imagined wall that separates the actors from the audience. The speaker will elaborate on this and show what little purpose it serves to create urban media installations that provoke social separation or enhance this negative development. Designers, urban planners, architects and sociologists must make a combined effort to develop a new grammar for sustainable digital urban culture.

Thorsten Bauer/DE, Urbanscreen

Thorsten Bauer is anan award-winning creative director, media artist, entrepreneur and curator, working in the field of spatial media installations since 2001. As the the co-founder of Urbanscreen GmbH Co Kg, he is considered to be one of the pioneers of projection mapping. He is the curator of the Elbphilharmonie Media Wall and acts as a juror in numerous light – and media art – festivals.With his latest project, Augmented-Architecture.com, he deals with the development of sustainable digital urban culture. Besides his artistic work, the design of media facades in combination with a strong programmatic concept has been his main focus over the last years.

Thorsten was born in 1975, studied Musicology and Sociology in Hamburg and performed as a musician and video artist. He has been working on media concepts for the public sphere since 2004 when he established Urbanscreen.
Besides his design and media architecture work, Thorsten dedicates a large part of his time to discussing and exchanging ideas with specialists in the field of new media on an international scale. This he achieves through lectures and presentations at symposia around the world as well as through teaching activities – workshops and master classes – and through publications. This has enabled him to continually develop his interest in the theoretical debate in this field over the last few years, and expand his know-how when it comes to effective but responsible digtal place-making.