The Archaeology of Future
Organized by the department of DIGITAL ARTS/Ruth Schnell/Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Michael Saup (media artist, Berlin) will speak about his artistic work embracing the subjacent forces of nature and society such as the nuclear force, materialistic media metrics, fossil and infossil transformations, atomic coding and new world models. “Sometimes, it felt like the inner workings of the universe made visible. It revolved slowly, then grew in complexity until it seemed, in substance if not style, like a collaboration between da Vinci, Picasso and Stephen Hawking.” (Evening Post, New Zealand, 1995)
Michael Saup is an artist, instrumentalist, filmmaker, teacher, activist and coder. He started off with video and film, pioneering the field when using software as an artistic media. He has repeatedly shown in museums, festivals and theatres around the globe, won much recognition and produced collaborative works with key figures of diverse contemporary art disciplines. After having retreated many years to the desert and the forest he is currently based in Berlin.
He has acted as professor of Digital Media Art at HfG/ZKM University in Germany and as the founding director of the Oasis Archive of the European Union. He is the co-founder of the Open Home Project, a humanitarian initiative to help people affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. Michael Saup’s work focuses on the underlying forces of nature and society; an ongoing research into what he calls the “Infossil Archaeology of Future”.