Christopher Bauder is light artist, designer and CEO at the same time.
Christopher Bauder (*1973) is the Creative Director of design studio WHITEvoid, which he founded after completing his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. In addition to his managerial role, he is ever furthering his career and passion as a light and media artist across the world. Bauder is also the founder and Managing Director of the innovative lighting technology manufacturer KINETIC LIGHTS.
Above all else, Bauder is best known for his expansive light art installations. In 2014 along with his brother Marc, he was responsible for the project LICHTGRENZE. The extensive outdoor installation was realized as part of the fall of the Berlin Wall’s 25th anniversary, and stretched over 15 km along the wall’s former route. In total, almost 8,000 balloon steles were specially developed and manufactured for the occasion by Christopher Bauder and his studio WHITEvoid.
Photo: Martin Diephold
Christopher Bauder, WHITEvoid, and KINETIC LIGHTS have already exhibited their installations and performances in many places around the world, including at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MUTEK Festival Montreal, CTM and Transmediale Berlin, Festival of Lights Lyon, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. His latest project SKALAR, conceived alongside music producer Kangding Ray, has already received more than 200,000 visitors in Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Mexico City.
The WHITEvoid studio works at the intersection between design and technology.
The creative team consists of specialists in lighting, product, and interior design, as well as electrical engineering, mechatronics, and media. The work is focused on translating the digital into the physical, from bits and bytes into real space. The installation components, along with the sound and light elements, interact with one another and the public, to form the foundation of the studio’s developments.
The expertise and combined collective work of 30 employees create these complex visual worlds. Computer-aided design and algorithms, along with the latest technical innovations, have formed the basis of a completely new media and event technology.
Light in its many forms and facets act as the guiding theme in all WHITEvoid's works. Hence, the theme of light becomes the common thread that ties the seven light-installation rooms within the DARK MATTER exhibition.
WHITEvoid's installations and products can also be seen in museums, exhibitions, fairs, festivals and concerts around the world, many of which have been awarded national and international prizes.
DARK MATTER redefines the interfaces between technology, creativity and interaction in order to create space for personal sensory experiences.
The exhibition introduces new and technical concepts, most of which will be made visible to the public for the very first time.
The employed technologies, such as KINETIC LIGHTS' computer-controlled synchronized winches and light elements, and the completely new HOLOPLOT 3D soundsystem, represent the absolute highest levels of modern technology. The groundbreaking combination makes DARK MATTER a unique high-tech location for audiovisual spatial experiences. DARK MATTER also functions as a research laboratory in which the interactions between these new technologies can be further analyzed and optimized. Each visit is thus a snapshot of what is currently technically possible and at the same time an outlook on the media technologies of the future.
It is only through the cooperation of the companies involved that DARK MATTER can become an experience that reaches the extreme limits of what is technically possible. And in some cases, becoming something that even redefines these possibilities.
ROOMS AND LIGHT INSTALLATIONS
3D SOUND SYSTEMS
KINETIC LIGHTS combines state-of-the-art lighting technology with exclusive design.
Most of DARK MATTER’s installations are based on developments by the innovative lighting technology manufacturer KINETIC LIGHTS, which have been either specially adapted or newly developed for the exhibition.
KINETIC LIGHTS is the world's leading producer of ‘kinetic lighting’, the specialized suspension of light elements in a wide variety of shapes which are artfully synchronized with the help of computer-controlled motorized winches. Within any particular space, the large-format floating light sculptures are comprised of hundreds, if not thousands of individual units.
The company has been constructing kinetic lighting systems for international productions for more than ten years. All automation and lighting systems from KINETIC LIGHTS are developed, planned, manufactured and programmed exclusively in Germany. The products are primarily used in architectural installations, music clubs, and at international stage shows.
Combining state-of-the-art technology with an artistic approach, KINETIC LIGHTS has developed a completely new lighting aesthetic that is unique to the art, event and entertainment industry worldwide.
HOLOPLOT offers unlimited possibilities for incredible sound experiences.
Giving every listener an unparalleled and memorable sound experience – this has been HOLOPLOT’s purpose since day one. Based on the guiding principle “Make every seat the best seat” the technology of the Berlin audio specialist offers outstanding studio sound quality throughout the audience area as well as unrivaled authenticity of the audio content – it thus elevates the definition of “immersive” to a new level.
The deep tech company HOLOPLOT has dedicated years of intensive research and development to attain realization of this vision. The result: A radically new, groundbreaking audio system that creates a product category in its own right in order to overcome the limitations of modern professional sound reinforcement systems. A technology that reshapes sound waves and optimizes them such that sound is targeted and projected exclusively to where it is desired – tailored to the individual circumstances and requirements of each installation. A tool that enriches the sound scenery with lifelike, clearly localizable audio objects – in perfect harmony with visual show elements.
HOLOPLOT Audio Systems offer practical performance benefits plus endless creative freedom – thus making a huge difference when transforming the ambitious and visionary DARK MATTER project into a multidimensional experience of light, space, and sound.
Through the support of our strong partners we can offer our visitors a unique experience at the highest technical standard. As a result, DARK MATTER becomes a memorable audiovisual experience always at the cutting edge of technology.
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