About Us

Michael Saup

photo by Alex Adler

Michael Saup started off with video and film, pioneering the field when using software as an artistic media in the 1980’s, connecting light patterns, music and visuals. Among his works are sound driven computer animations, interactive concerts and interactive site-specific light installations.

Since 1989 Michael Saup has taught at many universities. He has acted as digital media art founding professor of ZKM University, the biggest institution within the field in Germany. Early 2000’s his Weapons of Mass Education workshops were given in India, Afghanistan, Morocco and Europe.

The German artist has repeatedly shown in major 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 this nomad is now based in Berlin. After the Fukushima nuclear accident he acted as the co-founder of the Open Home Project, inviting people living in Japan to start a new life abroad.

Awards & Exhibitions


  • 1995 Prix Ars Electronica for interactive art for the project ‘binary ballistic ballet’
  • 1996 Ars Digitalis , Academy of Arts in Berlin 1996
  • 2000 Excellence Award, Media Arts Festival Tokyo

Exhibitions, performances and festivals

  • Imagina, Monte Carlo, 1993
  • X94, Academy of Arts in Berlin, 1994
  • Siggraph, Orlando, 1994
  • Art gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1994
  • Venice Biennial in cooperation with Constanze Ruhm, Peter Sandbichler & Kay Fricke, 1995
  • Festival International du Nouveau Cinema & Video, Montreal, 1995, 2005
  • Dutch Electronic Art Festival, V2 Rotterdam, 1995
  • Eidos Telos, Frankfurt Ballet, 1995
  • Ars Electronica, Linz, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2005
  • Digitale96, Cologne, 1996
  • Ich Phoenix, Gasometer Oberhausen, 1996
  • World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 1995, 1997, 1998
  • Wellington International Festival of the Arts, 1998
  • Connected Cities 1999
  • Artlab Prospect 5, Spiral Art Center, Tokyo, 2001
  • Banquet, Karlsruhe, Madrid, 2003
  • Viper, Basel, 2003
  • Profile Intermedia, Bremen, 1998, 2002, 2005
  • ZKM Karlsruhe, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • BAM, Santiago de Chile, 2013
  • Luminale, Frankfurt am Main, 2014

Portrait by Kaho

Drawing by Kaho, Tokyo, 3 years old

Andreas Erhart

Andreas Erhart is co-directing 1001 SUNS.

With the help of

  • Julian Boyd, phirefones.com, Los Angeles
  • Julia Herzog, Berlin
  • Kutluer Yilmaz, Berlin
  • Verena Vargas, Berlin
  • Karl Wild, Berlin
  • Acci Baba, Berlin
  • Shuichi Fukazawa, Tokyo
  • Neary, Berlin
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