lorenz potthast

I am a Media Artist and Educator with an interdisciplinary design background, technological interest and cultural empathy. My work deals with digital technologies in two different ways: On the one hand it investigates the implications of a transforming digitalized and globalized world through research and analysis while on the other hand it uses the possibilities of Digital Media as a new way of playful, artistic expression.

Currently I am working as a co-founding member of the Collective for Audio-Visual Art Xenorama, as former coordinator and now Digital Trainer of the Digital Impact Lab of M2C Institute in Bremen, Gröpelingen and as independent Media Artist. Also I have a teaching position for „Audio-Visual Articulation“ at the University of the Arts Bremen and am frequently giving lectures and workshops at different occations.

My works were shown among others at ZKM Karlsruhe, National Arts Center Tokyo, Museum of Moving Images New York, the ISEA2018 in Durban, South Africa, Schlosslichtspiele at ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, CCCB Barcelona, Techkriti Festival in India, European Media Art Festival, and published in several magazines including neural magazine, WIRED, The Guardian and Fast Company. My projects won several national and international awards, including twice the New Face Award at Japan Media Art Festival, Innovation by Design Award New York, the Annual Multimedia Award Germany and the annual Award of the University of Arts Bremen.

I studied Digital Media MA and Integrated Design BA at the University of Arts in Bremen with excurses to Interaction Design at the IUAV Venice and internships at various media art and design studios. Inbetween I worked as Multimedia Centre Coordinator at the BAT Centre in Durban, South Africa. I was one of the initiators of MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS, a platform for intercultural exchange with refugees that I later coordinated through a lectureship at HfK Bremen.

exhibitions & performances

COLLUMINA International Light Art Project
26.10 – 30.11.2023 – Gallery Seipel, Cologne, Germany

STRATA (with Xenorama)
3.-21.05.2023 – Waterlight Festival Brixen, Italy

Polytope XIa (by students of HfK Bremen)
19.- 21.04.2023 – Speicher XIA, Bremen, Germany

Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens
04.06.2022 – SHARE Festival – Turin, Italy

26.03.2022 – VideoKunstNacht – Kunstverein Kleinmachnow, Germany

MIMESIS (with Xenorama)
15. -16.10.21 – LICHTSTROM Festival Ingolstadt, Germany

10.12. – 20.12.20 – Junge Kunst Wolfsburg

KORRELATION (with Xenorama)
5.9. – 29.11.20 – Seasons of Media Arts Festival, ZKM |Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe

Luminale – Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design
12. – 15.03.20 – Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

„Woanders“ (with Xenorama)
4. – 7.12.2019 – HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany

Farewell event MOSAiC Expedition
20.09.19 – Tromso, Norway

Schlosslichtspiele (with Xenorama)
08.08. – 15.09.19 – Palace of Karlsruhe, Germany

Lichttage Stendal
18. – 20.10.18 – Stendal, Germany

Co Nás Spája (with Xenorama)
10.09.18 – German Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia

24th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA)
23.6. – 30.6.18 – KZNSA Gallery / Beachfront, Durban, South Africa

Human+ Rome
27.2. – 01.07.18 – Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

EVI Lichtungen (with Xenorama)
25. – 28.01.18 – St.-Andreas Church, Hildesheim

TEMPS D‘IMAGES Festival (with Xenorama)
19. – 20.01.2018 – tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf

Japan Media Art Festival (with Xenorama)
16. – 28.09.2017 – Tokyo Opera Hall, Japan

SEE Djerba
21. – 31.07.2017 – Djerba, Tunisia

BLICKLICHTER solo exhibition
21.01.2017 – Kunst- und Kulturhaus Rechenzentrum, Potsdam, Germany

01. – 04.09.16 – Dar Sharif, Tunis, Tunisia

Schlosslichtspiele (with Xenorama)
07.08. – 17.09.16 – Palace of Karlsruhe, Germany

PLATINE Festival for electronic arts and alternative play forms
15. – 18.08.16 – Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany

FIMG (International Mapping Festival Girona) (with Xenorama)
18. – 24.07.16 – Girona, Spain

Luminale Light Art Festival
30.3.-4.4.16 – Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

19th Japan Media Art Festival
03. – 14.02.16 – The National Art Center, Tokyo

Human+ Exhibition – The Future of our Species
06.10-10.04.15 – CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

ZKM GLOBALE (with Xenorama)
08.08. – 11.09.15 | Karlsruhe, Germany

QUARKS Festival
05.-07.02.15 | BITS Pilani, Goa, India

Ars Electronica Festival for art, technology and society
04.09 – 08.09.14 | Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria

Genius Loci International Video & Facade Mapping Festival
15.8 – 17.08.14 | Ohm-Krüger-Haus, Weimar, Germany

European Media Art Festival
23.4 – 25.05.14 | Kunsthalle, Osnabrück, Germany

Luminale Light Art Festival
30.3.-4.4.14 | Naxos Halle, Frankfurt, Germany

Techkriti Festival
30.3.-4.4.14 | Kanpur, India

Messe Kunst und Handwerk
29.11. – 08.12 | Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany

25.-26.10.13 | Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany

Imagine Science Film Festival
14.10.13|Made in NY Media Center, New York, USA

World Summit on Innovation and Entepreneurship
09. – 11.10.13 | Museum of Moving Images, New York, USA

Innovation by Design Conference
02.10.13 | New York, USA

This Happened
06.09.13 | Kulturhaus III&70, Hamburg, Germany

Fusion Festival
27. – 30.06.13 | Lärz, Germany

Toolkit Festival 3
09. – 14.05.13 | Officina delle Zattere, Venice, Italy

Enter Festival 6: Biopolis
02. – 12.04.13 | National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic

achievements & awards

May 2022
Art Directors Club – Gold Award (Category Public Space) for Open Space Project (with Xenorama)

Jun 2022
Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens
Honorary Mention – SHARE PRIZE XIV – Turin, Italy

Mar 2022
Shortlist Videomapping Award – Lille, France

Sep 2021
3rd Prize: „Kunst am Bau – Nördliche Hafeninsel“ – Stralsund, Germany

Sep 2021
Shortlist LUMEN Prize – London, UK

Jun 2021
Nomination: Media Architecture Biennale Award – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sep 2020
„Print Your World“ Project – Digital Impact Lab
RUDER Media Competency Price

Jun 2019
LIVING BUILDINGS (with Xenorama / Brigitta Bungard)
1st Prize: Design Prize Brandenburg – Category „Communication Design)

May 2018
Master Thesis: „Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens“
HEC sponsorship

Sep 2017
RADIX (with Xenorama)
New Face Award: Japan Media Art Festival, Entertainment Art Category

Feb 2017
Special Prize: University of the Arts annual Award

October 2016
Scholarship: Deutschlandstipendium

September 2016
RADIX (with Xenorama)
Shortlist: LUMEN PRIZE

July 2016
RADIX (with Xenorama)
1. Prize: Micromapping Category at FIMG (International Mapping Festival Girona)

June 2016
Nominee: German Design Award 2017

February 2016
Do You Agree?
Annual Award HfK Bremen – Special Prize Digital Media

December 2015
Communication with the Future – The Petroglypomat
New Face Award: Japan Media Art Festival, Interactive Art Category

October 2014
Communication with the Future – The Petroglypomat
3rd Prize: Frese-Design-Award

September 2014
A tale on Textile – The Colony
Best Of selection: Ars Electronica Animation Festival

June 2014
Moya Façade with Xenorama
Winner Open Call: Genius Loci Festival Weimar

March 2014
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Design for Experience Award, Category: Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences

November 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Annual Multimedia Award, Students

October 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Winner: Innovation by Design Award, Category Concepts

June 2013
Decelerator Helmet
Selection: OUTPUT Award 2013

October 2012
Doorhandle „welcome“
1. Price: Zinc Design Award

teaching & workshops

Each winter semester since 2020
Lectureship: „Audio-Visual Articulation“
Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

2019 – Now
Over 50 Workshops, Activities and Trainings with young adults on topics like 3D Animation, 3D Printing, LEGO Robots, micro:bits, media literacy, Virtual Reality etc.
Digital Impact Lab Bremen

Workshop „Basics of Projection Mapping“
HfK Bremen

Workshop: „Working with nature‘s structures“
WATER LIGHT HUB Symposium, Brixen, Italy

Workshop „Audiovisual Design with professional light and media technology“

Speicher XIA, Bremen

Summer Semester 2023
Lectureship: „Expanded Animation“

Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

Winter Semester 2021/22 – Now
Lectureship: „Audio-Visual Articulation“
Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

Winter Semester 2022/23
Lectureship: „Beyond the Screen“

Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

16. – 27.05.22
DAAD Summerschool: Durban University of Technology (South Africa) and University of the Arts Bremen, exchange with 20 students

Summer Semester 2022
Lectureship: „Polytope XIa – Audiovisual Performance“
Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

Lecture and Case Study: „Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens“
IBSIC – Image Beyond the Screen International Conference – Lille, France

Spring 2021
Mentor: SKIP THE LINE Mentorship Programme

Winter Semester 2020
Lectureship: Audio-Visual Articulation
Digital Media, University of the Arts Bremen

21. – 25.09.20
DAAD Summerschool: Painting, Drawing and the Digital in Public Space
Durban University of Technology, South Africa & HfK Bremen

07. – 11.09.20

INTERFERENCE Festival Tunis & Digital Impact Lab Bremen

Workshop: „Virtuelle Projektionen/Überlagerungen“
Parallelwelten ExhibitionFAQ Gallery, Bremen, Germany

Summer Semester 2019
Lectureship: „Raumprojektionen“
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Design Department

22. – 25.03.2019
Workshop: „State of the Art – Projection Mapping“
Lichtcampus Wismar

Lecture: Research on Submarine Internet cables
DEEP SEA exhibition – Städtische Gallerie, Bremen, Germany

Since Summer Semester 2018
Integrated Design, University of the Arts Bremen

Workshop: EXPRESS YOURSELF/CITY (with PS2/Elektro Moon Vision)
Durban Art Gallery, South Africa

Lecture: „Site-specific Narrations and Screenization“
UNDER the RADAR Festival, Vienna, Austria

Lecture: „Projecting Realities“
EVI Lichtungen Hub

26. – 28.11.2017
Workshop: „Introduction to Projection Mapping“
HAWK Hildesheim, organized by Lichtungen

Workshop: „Art and digital Technology“
SEE Djerba Festival, Tunisia

Workshop: „Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity“
WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa

10.16 – 02.17
Tutor: Algorithmic Design
Course Rebranding Reality – HfK Bremen

Keynote and Discussion:The Real of Reality, International Conference on Philosophy and Film
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

14. – 18.03.16
Workshop: Introduction to visual programming with VVVV
University of Arts Bremen

05. -07.02.15
Keynote and Discussion: QUARK Festival

BITS Pilani Campus, Goa, India

Workshop: Rehabilitation Research Center Villa Berretta
Costa Masnaga, Italy

discourse & appearances

Jury Member: GOLDSTÜCKE Light Art Festival – Gelsenkirchen
September 2024

Moderation: IBSIC – Image Beyond the Screen International Conference – Video mapping conference

Featured: PALLETTES No. 6: TRANSPARENT“ Book – Hong Kong
March 2022

Featured: „ENDLOSE HORIZONTE“ Artist Book
Apr 2021

Featured: monopol – Magazin für Kunst und Leben
08.2019Berlin, Germany

Video Magazine: „Labocine – The Science of Cinema“ Issue
Jun 2019

Article: „Impact of Social Art in the People´s Smart Sculpture PS2“
Jun 2018 (With Martin Koplin et al.). In: Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art.

05.03.2017: Johannesburg, South Africa

TV-Documentary „Animal Vision“
Feb 2017 – Mona Lisa Productions, Lyon, France

„Idioty and Resistance“ Live-Radio-Theatre-Salon
26.10.2016: Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany

Panel Discussion: Futurale Filmfestival
Bremen, Germany

Panel Discussion: Gegenwartsakademie
Designxport, Hamburg, Germany

Featured: Victionary book No.6 – Transparency
Sep 2015

Interview: SA Creative Network
Aug 2015

Featured: WIRED

Featured: Discovery Channel Canada, Daily Planet

Featured: Design made in Germany

Featured: Creative Applications

Featured: Highlike book

Featured: The Guardian, The Observer
10.07.14 – London, UK

Featured: H2B Magazin, ZEIT Beilage
03.2014 – Germany

Featured: La Liberacion
03.02.2014 – France

Featured: WEAVE Magazin
20.1.14 – Germany

Featured: Deutsche Welle, Shift
13.1.14 – Germany

Panel Discussion: Salon D, PASSAGEN IMM Cologne
dreiform, Cologne, Germany

Panel Discussion: ArtistTalk Symposium
National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Interview:  Installation Magazin Vanguard
Issue 23 – Los Angeles, USA

Featured: Deutschlandradio Kultur
25.11.13 – Germany

Issue 10.13
Featured: Fast Company Magazine – New York, USA

Issue 32
Featured: Viewpoint Magazine – London, UK

Interview: Buten un Binnen,
05.06.13 – NDR

Corriere della Sera

Issue 44
neural magazine

Issue 08.12
PAGE Magazine