Joachim Sauter
Joachim Sauter in 2010
Born16 May 1959 Edit this on Wikidata
Schwäbisch Gmünd Edit this on Wikidata
Died10 July 2021 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 62)
OccupationArtist, sculptor, university teacher Edit this on Wikidata

Joachim Sauter (16 May 1959 – 10 July 2021)[1][2] was a German media artist, designer and technology entrepreneur. He was appointed Professor for New Media Art and Design at the Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK (Berlin University of the Arts) in 1991, and in 1993 he created Terravision (computer program), before pursuing a lawsuit against Google for infringing the patent.[3] He became an adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles in 2001.[4]

Early life and education

Sauter studied design at the UdK Berlin, and direction and camera at the German Academy for Film and Television, Berlin. He was using computers both as a tool and as a medium since the early stages of his work.[5] A pioneer of new media, he developed and shaped the field from the early 1980s on.


In 1988, he founded the new media design studio ART+COM with other designers, architects, technologists, and other artists and scientists. Their goal was to research the new medium in the realms of art and design,[6] emphasizing the translation of information (easily transmissible via new media) into physical spaces, offering a more communal, reality-grounded experience than could be achieved with computer monitors alone.[7] As Head of Design at ART+COM, Sauter led the interdisciplinary group’s innovative experiments, using new technologies to convey complex topics while exploring their potential for spatial communication and art.[4]

Personal life and death

Sauter was married and had a son. He died on 10 July 2021 following a serious illness.[8]

Projects with ART+COM (partial)



Exhibitions (partial)

See also


  1. ^ "IN MEMORIAM – Prof. Joachim Sauter (1959–2021)". ART+COM Studios. 11 July 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ "We mourn the death of our friend Prof. Joachim Sauter". Graft Lab. 2021-08-05. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  3. ^ "Gestalten mit digitalen Medien". Universität der Künste Berlin. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b "joachim sauter – who". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  5. ^ "Colloquium: Joachim Sauter, "The Renaissance of Space"". MIT Media Lab. April 5, 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Staff". ART+COM -. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  7. ^ "The Creators Project | Joachim Sauter". The Creators Project -. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  8. ^ "In memory of Joachim Sauter". n.d. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  9. ^ "joachim sauter – work – timescope | 1996-now". Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  10. ^ "joachim sauter – work – terravision | 1994". Retrieved 16 March 2022.