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Sascha Pohflepp

Sascha Pohflepp (b. 1978, Germany) is interested in past and future technologies, what they mean to us as historical beings and how they inform which worlds come true and which worlds are discarded. In his practice he aims to create social objects in which we can see ourselves differently.

Most recently, his work has been shown at MoMA New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Wellcome Trust, Ars Electronica Festival, and the V&A Museum. Together with his collaborator Daisy Ginsberg, he received a special mention at the 2010 VIDA award for art and artificial life. In 2010 he was a researcher-in-residence at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and throughout 2011 he has been a resident in Synthetic Aesthetics, an NSF/EPSRC-funded research project focussing on synthetic biology. He occasionally contributes to Webby-winning art and technology blog We-Make-Money-Not-Art.com. He holds a degree from The Berlin University of the Arts and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London.

Karsten Schmidt

Karsten Schmidt (b. 1975, Germany), also known as Toxi, is the director of PostSpectacular, the London-based design studio. Code as a creative tool and open-source technologies lie at the heart of his practice. Schmidt believes in building his own tools, and his work stretches the possibilities of design through interdisciplinary practice and collaborative working. He was an early contributor to Processing.org, a website by Ben Fry and Casey Reas housing open-source programming language.
His work is exhibited internationally, including at MoMA, New York. Recent projects include Forever, a generative multi-platform installation with designers Universal Everything (V&A, 2008) and a generative design identity for the onedotzero Adventures in Motion Festival 2009. The V&A has commissioned Schmidt to create an open-source marketing identity. Visitors to the Decode website are invited to download Schmidt's code, recode it and change the appearance of the exhibition's marketing campaign. 

Social Collider, 2009
Karsten Schmidt and Sascha Pohflepp have used the micro-blogging platform Twitter to create visualisations of conversations happening online. These visualisations trace the development of events, popular words and movements over a selected period of time.

Use mouse to activate Social Collider.
Custom software (Java script)
Courtesy of the artists 

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