Transmediale Vorspiel

28.01 – 05.02.2015


With increasing amounts of data available, the quantified reality seems hard to contest, yet is far from representing the truth. Although technology allows us to measure, record and represent data seemingly objectively, the choices of how and what to measure intimately embody an attitude and a bias. In the context of Transmediale Vorspiel 2015, designtransfer takes a look at objects and stories that emerge when data is measured, represented and made tangible.

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6pm

Exhibition: 28 Jan – 5 Feb 2015; Tue-Fri, 10am – 6pm

The exhibition shows results of MEASURING INSTRUMENTS and TECHNOLEGACY, two projects of the Digitale Klasse at the Berlin University of the Arts led by Prof. Joachim Sauter and Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä. MEASURING INSTRUMENTS deals with the meanings that emerge in the act of measuring. An instrument is a tool through which actions are performed. They can be highly expressive and serve as an extension of the human body. The narratives that come up when the human meets the technological tell us something about ourselves far beyond numbers. Sometimes, the intended use of a technology is even turned upside down. Who could have foreseen that a protocol intended to send status diagnostics of a network would become an omnipresent cultural phenomenon called SMS? TECHNOLEGACY presents “old“ technologies and their original purpose, then turns to look at them from the present, re-appropriating them anew.

Also on display are works produced in the workshop STATE OF MATTER by Stefan Schwabe, Jannis Hülsen and Clemens Winkler, dealing with the hands-on experimental exploration of abstract materials. Starting with the basic materials flour and water, participants cultivate tools and develop a consistent language. With more ingredients added in the course of it, the workshop becomes an intense examination of materials, their particular composition as well as their interaction among each other.

digital class projects by:
Ann-Katrin Krenz, David Friedrich, Florian Born, Hye Joo Jun, Iohanna Nicenboim, Lorenz Raab, Maja Dika, Michael Burk, Valerian Blos


Exhibition in the Cloud - Berlin

29.2 - 1.3.2013 Website


UdK Berlin / Designtransfer Eeinsteinufer 43-53 Berlin

Professors Joachim Sauter & Jussi Ängeslevä ( UdK) and professors Anthony Aziz, Zhang Ga, Nora Krug (Parsons).

Following our vision, "The individual outcomes of this interdisciplinary workshop will be downloaded from the cloud at several locations world-wide and each iteration will be a unique manifestation as the contents of the show are modified and refined as with any prototyping process", the 2nd installment of our Exhibition in the Cloud took place in Berlin at the Designtransfer gallery of the Berlin University of the Arts.


Exhibition in the Cloud - New York

9-21.9.2012 Website


THE ARONSON GALLERY at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Avenue New York Prototype: Exhibition in the Cloud

Professors Joachim Sauter & Jussi Ängeslevä ( UdK) and professors Anthony Aziz, Zhang Ga, Nora Krug (Parsons).

Prototype: Exhibition in the Cloud is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) which seeks to challenge and reinvent received notions of prototyping, extending its design and industrial origin to encompass artistic imagination.

Invoking the image of cloud computing, “prototype” here means a state of constant transformation and becoming. Like a cloud, it is amorphous and malleable, unstable and precarious. Instead of achieving a functionalist goal-oriented objective, prototyping-in-the-cloud becomes a mechanism of repetition in difference; always self-renewing and regenerating, revealing its infinite potential though chance, adaptivity and ephemerality in materiality. To prototype therefore is to invent the unforeseeable, to cast a shape that is at the same time formless. To prototype is to imagine the ineffable and to create polymorphic manifestations that are at once crystallized and fleeting. It is as much a way of cultural intervention as a mode of formal exercise in which memories, histories, locations and relations are engendered, tested, reiterated and distributed — each a raw model of its own unique presence and by its own means. The exhibition adapts to the environment in which it is produced. With the cloud database serving as a structural platform for the project, each material extension of the exhibition becomes a prototype in and of itself, and as such, a tangible experience.

The project is a collaboration that takes place between two geographical locations, using the cloud as a communication channel, tool and archival form for the exhibition. New York and Berlin are both centers of global cultural production and significant platforms for local artistic experimentation. The participants come from a spectrum of disciplines including Design and Technology, Communication Design, Interactive Design, Fine Arts, Photography and Illustration.

In June 2012, thirteen Parsons students travelled to Berlin to participate in a week-long workshop at the UdK. In November of 2012, a group of students from the Digital Media class at UdK/Berlin travelled to New York to complete the project and install the first of several iterations. A second version of the exhibition has now been downloaded from the cloud and takes place here in Berlin. The content of the show will remain dynamic as the participants continue to upload new versions of their prototypes. Future iterations can then be downloaded at additional sites globally.

The Parsons + UdK team would like to thank Sven Travis and Anne Gaines in the School of Art, Media and Technology for all their support on this project. We would also like to thank Angelika Theuss in the office of International Exchange at UdK/Berlin for her advice and guidance in the early stages of this project. Additionally the Hybrid Plattform (http://hybrid-plattform.org/) has been instrumental in helping with resources, organizing logistics and helping the exhibition come together. Thank you.


DMY 2010



Digitale Klasse lead by Prof. Joachim Sauter & Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä looks critically at the emerging trends in digital media and culture. Instead of focusing on specific tools, the department’s ethos is to question the status quo and to experiment with possible futures. Mixing programming, electronics and mechanical systems design to traditional visual communication skill sets, the resulting works balance between design and art. This show attempts to convey the general attitude by showcasing a series of projects from recent years.


IDD meets Digitale Klasse

4.-7.3.2010 in Tokyo


This group show was created this year to celebrate the initiation of an international exchange program between Tama Art University and the Berlin University of the Arts. This program allows Tama students to study in Berlin, in exchange for which UDK students get the opportunity to study in Tokyo.

By attending lectures together, sharing meals, sharing studio space, and collaborating on a group show, students from both universities are provided with an excellent forum to speak about their artwork and discover new ideas and artistic possibilities. We created this exhibition not simply as a means of displaying our artwork, but rather as a place to initiate new exchanges and catalyze new ideas.

Selected works from the Extended Photography and Indie Design semesters are shown in the exhibition.



Lange nacht der Museen



Computational photography at Museum für Kommunikation as a part of the Long night of the Museums in Berlin


International Festival of Experimental Intermedia



International Festival of Experimental Intermedia, UM'09 Lisboa, Portugal. Four works from the digital class dealing with extended photography and one performance were exhibited at the International Festival of Experimental Intermedia, UM'09 in Lisboa, Portugal. Additionally professor Ängeslevä gave a workshop on Computational ways of seeing, and lectured on the same subject in the festival programme. The students of UdK also met with the students of Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, in a presentation series and an informal exchange, discussing and comparing the approaches and methodologies of the universities.


Pixelache 09



Pixelache 09 exhibition in the ground floor of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art featured a collection of works from the themes “Beauty of Data” and “Indie Design”, both looking at the aesthetics and game-changing qualities of rapid manufacturing and the merging of digital and physical manufacturing processes and methods.


Campus 2.0 at Ars Electronica



Campus 2.0 at Ars Electronica 2007 showcased works from the Sacral Design semester, under the theme of Neoanalog. According to Mischa Schaub, "These include a renaissance of tangibility as a relief from the sensory impoverishment of digital technology. Through research into an expanded concept of handicrafts, we want to open up more intuitive ways of dealing with high tech to users of the complex functions of leading-edge products. Neoanalog refers to the design of this digital tangibility."