ART+COM – communicating spatially with new media
By the mid-1980s an interdisciplinary group of designers, architects and artists coming from various departments of the Berlin University of the Arts and hackers from the ChaosComputerClub foresaw that the upcoming digital technology was not only a tool, but potentially a (mass) medium. Therefore ART+COM was founded as an non-profit organisation to explore the new mediums applied possibilities in the fields of art, design, science and technology.
In 1994 when ART+COM received commissions of commercial projects the organisation became officially a company with limited liability. Since 1998 the design studio is owned mainly by its employees, board members as well as the former organisation members.
From the very beginning ART+COM has pioneered the development of this medium, and has conceived and realized communication
formats, design principles and technologies that have become pervasive concepts in today’s world. Ranging from artistic installations and design-focused projects to technological innovations and inventions, ART+COM’s work includes different kinds of formats: Autoactive, reactive and interactive objects and installations, media-based environments and architectures.
Although often very complex, the projects are always driven by the content and not by the technology. Despite having grown and professionalised its operations, ART+COM remains dedicated to its original cause from 25 years ago: to design innovative and original projects to pave the way for the future of media-based communications.
Working in an interdisciplinary team creates new ways, new formats and new techniques.
ART+COM employs media artists and designers, software developers, media technicians and engineers, communication and product designers, scientiests and project managers.
Our team is motivated by the desire to shift boundaries through innovation and to develop new possibilities.
Board membership of companies in Germany and abroad since 1983. Andreas Wiek became managing director in 1991 of a company which went on to employ a staff of 4,500. Since 2000 he has been chairman and leading shareholder of ART+COM AG.
Prof. Joachim Sauter
Chairman and Head of Design
After studying visual communications and film Joachim Sauter was co-founding member of ART+COM, heading its creative department. Since 1991 he has been Professor of digital media design at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2001 he has also taken up the position of Professor of media design and art at UCLA. He exhibits internationally in museums and has received numerous awards in the area of media design and art.
Head of Development
During his studies of computer sciences he co-founded ART+COM and thus was substantially engaged with technical concepts and productions of medial spaces since the late 1980th. Additionally he was involved in setting up other companies specialised in 3D-visualisation and IT-development. After a break that he spent developing web applications, he returned to ART+COM in 2008 and became Head of Mobile Platforms and Telecommunications. In March 2011 he was appointed to the executive board. In his function as head of IT-development he is actively involved in the project development.