TEDxBerlinSalon 2013 "Redefining Perspectives" Joachim Sauter

After graduating from the academy of fine arts in Berlin, Joachim 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. From the beginning, Joachim Sauter has focussed on digital technologies and is 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. Until now, he is leading this interdisciplinary group.

In the course of his work he was invited to participate in many exhibitions. Beside others he showed his work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Stejdilik Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum for Contemporary Art in Sidney to name just a few.

Since 1991 he is full Professor for New Media Art and Design at the University of the Arts Berlin and since 2001 adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.


TEDxBerlinSalon 2013 "Redefining Perspectives" Onyx Ashanti

Beatjazz is what you get when you cross a sci-fi obsessed electronic jazz artist with a futurologist instrument inventor. The result of 20 years of conceptualization that has taken Onyx Ashanti on a conceptual journey from Mississippi to California to London to NYC and finally to Berlin, where he now resides. 

Onyx Ashanti sounds like the offspring of Roger Troutman, Timbaland, and John Coltrane. Having cut his teeth playing the southern California rave scene in the late 90's, he spent the first half of the the 2k's playing and recording with the likes of Soul II Soul, Basement Jaxx and Marshall Jefferson. The last three years has seen him take on the challenge of creating a new form of music for a new age.

Beatjazz is a completely live, improvised form of electronic music with no boundaries. Onyx creates all aspects of his self-created style, live, from scratch. He plays each part, one part at a time and builds one-of-a-kind sonicarchitecture. So, to aid in this concept, he has made use of cutting edge, 3D printing technology (the open source Reprap) to create a one-of-a-kind musical instrument to play it with. He calls it a beatjazz control interface, with which every motion and every breath is creating sound, which he transforms into space-age funky grooves.


TEDxBerlinSalon 2013 "Redefining Perspectives" Felix Schaefer

Exploring modern theatre, actor and theatre producer Felix Schaefer creates eschaton, where he combines Linear theatre with spectacular Performance Technology. His work as the European Manager for the Vospertron Performance Group allows him to access not only the group's technology, but also attracts never-thought-before collaborations. He will talk about his experience with audiences and how he attempts to redefine not only the viewers' but also the performers' perspectives.


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