Sascha Pohflepp

Sascha Pohflepp is a German-born artist, designer and writer whose work has been known to probe the role of technology in our efforts to understand and influence our environment. His interest extends across both historical aspects and visions of the future and his practice often involves collaboration with other artists and scientists, creating work on subjects ranging from synthetic biology to geo-engineering and space exploration. More...

Grants and Residencies include an EPSRC grant in 2011 and residencies in the Synthetic Aesthetics project and at Art Center College Pasadena in 2010. In fall/winter 2013 Sascha Pohflepp is an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam, New York City. Recent exhibitions include Talk To Me at MoMA New York, Pre-history of the Image at STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven, Science Fiction: New Death at FACT Liverpool, Multiplicity at Mixed Greens Gallery New York and an online project for opti-ME* at Auto Italia London.

From 2004 to 2007 he was a contributing editor to We-Make-Money-Not-Art and his writing has since been published on various platforms including Volume, Under/Current and 60pages. Since 2013 Sascha Pohflepp has been an editor with VVVNT Magazine. His essay on the notion of living machines is part of the book Synthetic Aesthetics, which is out now on MIT Press.

Sascha Pohflepp holds a diploma in media art from The Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (RCA) London, where he has also been leading the annual synthetic biology project.

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Awards, grants and commissons

MAD Museum Studio Residency, New York City, USA
Commission Artefact Festival, BE
Eyebeam 2013 Fall/Winter Residency, New York City, USA
Commission EDF Foundation Paris, FR
Commission Goethe Institute Moscow, DE
Synthetic Aesthetics Residency, Stanford University, USA / University of Edinburgh, UK
EPSRC Knowledge Transfer grant, UK
MDP Summer Residency 2010, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA
Telefonica VIDA Award 12.0 (special mention), ES
Bursary of the Royal College of Art 2007, UK Award, DE
Backup.Clipaward 2004, Bauhaus Weimar, DE
Kurz & Schön Award, Academy of Media Arts (KHM), DE
DAAD travel grant with the Berlin University of the Arts, DE

Curatorial projects

Island Physics (with A. N. Fischer and C. Woebken) at Eyebeam, Governors Island, New York, USA

Solo and duo shows and projects

The Currency of Living Matter (online), curated by J. Jaeckle, part of opti-ME* at Auto Italia Live, London, UK
The Society for Speculative Rocketry, Eyebeam, New York City, USA

Super-Position, So Weit, die Zukunft/So Far, the Future gallery, curated by Rebecca Lynch & Andreas Pohancenik, Vienna, AT
Camera Futura, duo show with Liam Young, part of New Order, curated by Katja Novitskova & Rory Hyde, Mediamatic Fabriek, Amsterdam, NL

Selected group shows

How Things Don't Work, curated by A. Clarke, J. Hunt and F. Raby, Parsons/The New School, New York City, USA
Multiplicity, curated by Marco Antonini, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York City, USA
LISTE Basel, with Haus für Elektronische Künste (HEK), curated by S. Himmelsbach, Basel, CH
Science Fiction: New Death, curated by Omar Kholeif, FACT, Liverpool, UK
V&A Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Obsessive Sensing, curated by LEAP, Lab for Emerging Arts and Performance, Berlin, DE
The Prehistory of the Image, curated by Hicham Khalidi, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, BE
Photographing the Future, curated by E. Ruelfs and E. Lazareva, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, DE
Eyebeam Annual Showcase, curated by Roddy Schrock et al., Eyebeam, New York City, USA

Grow Your Own, curated by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg et al., The Science Gallery, Dublin, IE
Ficções Radicais/Radical Fictions, curated by Gisela Domschke, Insituto Tomie Otake, São Paulo, BR
Bunny Smash, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, MOT Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
Going Dark, Art Hack Day Berlin, LEAP Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance, Berlin, DE
Biodesign, curated by William Myers, The New Institute, Rotterdam, NL
eCONSCIOUSNESS, curated by Semen Erokhin, Central House of Artists, Moscow, RU
The New Atlantis, curated by Elisa Linn, Lennart Wolff & Judith Lavagna, KMTemporaer, Berlin, DE
Glitch, curated by Nora O Murchú, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Dublin, IE
En Vie/Alive, curated by Carole Colet, EDF Foundation, Paris, FR
Die Zukunft Fotografieren, curated by Esther Ruelfs and Ekaterina Lazareva, NCCA National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, RU
Abstrakte Welten Realisieren, curated by LEAP, LEAP/Transmediale, Berlin, DE

Micro Impact, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
The Mile Long Gallery, curated by The Quasimodo Project, Charlotte, NC, USA
Toolkit, curated by Germaine Koh, MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Talk To Me, curated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA
Curious Minds, curated by Alex Ward, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Quod Erat Demonstrandum, curated by Sarah Cook, LJMU Gallery, Liverpool, UK
What If..., curated by Dunne & Raby, The National Museum of China, Beijing, China
Hyperlinks, curated by Zoë Ryan, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Variable Future, Bòlit Contemporary Art Center, Girona, Spain
Where Is The Green Rabbit?, Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
TransNatural 02, Curated by Hicham Khalidi and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, De Trouw, Amsterdam, NL
BYOB Bring Your Own Beamer, curated by KERNEL, The Woodmill, London, UK
Prédiction, curated by Benjamin Loyauté, Saint-Etienne Biennale, Saint-Etienne, France

Persistence of Vision, curated by Andreas Brøgger & Karen Newman, FACT, Liverpool, UK
Maps and Legends, curated by Valentina Tanni, Rome Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
HAIP, Kiberpipa, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Made Up, The Wind Tunnel Gallery, Pasadena, CA, USA
They Go Round and Round, curated by Carson Chan, 0047 Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Repair, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
What If..., curated by Dunne & Raby, The Wellcome Trust, London, UK

Decode: Digital Design Sensations, V&A Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
What If..., curated by Dunne & Raby, The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
RCA Show Two, Royal College of Art, London, UK

UNTETHERED, curated by Sarah Cook, Eyebeam, New York City, NY, USA
Traveling Without Moving, curated by Susanne Jaschko, OBORO Gallery, Montréal, Canada

Dislocate, curated by Emma Ota, Ginza Art Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan
Second City, curated by Aram Bartholl, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
We Are All Photographers Now, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

An Electromechanical Mandala, workshop curated by Douglas Irving Repetto


Visiting faculty at Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, DE
Visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art (RCA), Design Interactions department, London, UK
Visiting lecturer at Art Center College of Design, MDP department, Pasadena, CA, USA
Guest critic at The Architectural Association (AA), Unit 6, London, UK
Guest critic at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design, New York, NY, USA


2009 MA (RCA) Design Interactions, Royal College of Art London, UK
2006 Diploma Berlin University of the Arts (UDK), Germany
2004 Guest term École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) Paris, France

Full CV on request