Issue 001: Kinetic ft. Christopher Bauder

Issue 001: Kinetic ft. Christopher Bauder

Letter from the Curators

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural issue of Physical.Digital Weekly.

We're beginning this newsletter to expand on what we've already been doing: finding inspirational work that transcends the boundary between the physical and digital worlds and bring it to a wider audience.

This won't be a place full of top-ten lists or instructions. This is meant for one purpose—we want to broaden the conversation about design and traditional barriers that are beginning to break down.

It's meant to inspire, to conjure an emotional response, to give you a moment (no matter how brief) to sit and reflect, and to see the world a little differently.

Each week will feature a unique theme, with our interview and curation for the week fitting that theme. This week is "kinetic." It seemed only fitting as we move into new chapters.

We couldn't be happier that our friend, Christopher Bauder, agreed to be our first interviewee. A pioneering artist that's used kinetic motion in his work for nearly thirty years, he's truly one of a kind. We hope you enjoy reading our chat with him.

Thanks for joining us on this little adventure,
Lee & Dorothy


Christopher Bauder started creating large scale spatial art installations and lighting design after finishing his studies in the Digital Media Class at the Berlin University of the Arts. His projects focus on the translation of bits and bytes into objects and environments and vice versa. Space, object, sound, light and interaction are the key elements of his work.

In 2004 he founded the multidisciplinary art and design studio WHITEvoid as a necessity to realize his large scale art and design pieces and environments. The studio is comprised of specialists in interaction design, media design, product design, interior architecture and electronic engineering. In 2013, Bauder founded KINETIC LIGHTS specializing in engineering and manufacturing professional kinetic lighting equipment.

Christopher joined us to talk about his relationship with Berlin, his newest installation VEKTOR, and gave potent advice for up and coming artists.

Check out a few excerpts from our conversation about process and collaboration:

I'm very much still influenced by how the lighting affects the people in the club. More than people actually know. How can the combination of music and lights bring you into another state, change your mood, change your attitude, change your emotions...How can I stimulate the human brain to push it in different directions?

I have so many ideas that I cannot possibly even realize them, even with a big team...If you want to create on a larger scale, you need to work with a team.

And we cover larger questions about art itself:

Who is a real artist? And what is even the definition of that today? ...I mean, that's the main question that everybody's asking...this is now all becoming a huge blur...I have crazy ideas in my head. I cannot get them out with my hand. It's impossible. But with AI or with prompting, I can realize the craziest stuff.

Open February 1st, 2024, VEKTOR - Memories in Light & Sound is Christopher's latest audiovisual installation at Kraftwerk Berlin. In his most personal work to date, Bauder fuses kinetic light from 50 moving lasers with a self-composed three-dimensional soundscape to create a synaesthetic work of art. Moments and memories from his life are pro- cessed into an abstract light art experience. Visitors are submerged in a wondrously fascinating sound and imagescape. With VEKTOR at Kraftwerk Berlin, Bauder is also returning to one of his absolute favourite venues. After SKALAR and DEEP WEB, VEKTOR is his third monumental installation in this unique industrial cathedral.

Kinetic Curated

If you enjoy our featured artist, here are other projects you might like:

Flux by Collectif Scale is an incredibly, dynamic marriage of light, sound, motion. This synchronized performance is at LUNA this week.

"Oceans" from Breakfast is a kinetic sculpture that embodies the dynamism of the world’s oceans within the arid landscape of Las Vegas. Crafted from 483 motorized elements known as “Brixels,” this piece mimics the movement of the sea’s surface.

“Loops” from SpY is a large-scale kinetic artwork permanently installed at the atrium of Inselspital, the largest hospital in Switzerland. The piece presents a new paradigm for site-specific installations in the re-envisioning of hospitals as more humane environments.

Exhibited all over the world, Anthony Howe's kinetic sculptures invoke a sense of dynamism not typically found in physical installations.

Dancing Particles by Art + Com features 168 metal spheres moving in synchronicity above a water basin situated at the entrance hall of the Silks Club. Like a mirror, the waveless surface of the water reflects the spheres when forming moving shapes in an elaborate 50-minute choreography.

Contours by artist Reuben Margolin, is comprised of 1089 strings, two aluminum helices, three compact electric motors, and a matrix housing over 6000 pulleys.

Divergent Inspiration

We believe some of the most powerful inspiration comes when we least expect it. Each week we'll share something that has us excited, outside of our normal source of material.

I've lost count of the countries I've explored and the kilometres I've covered in recent years. Although I love travelling, there's definitely room for improvement. My curiosity was piqued recently by the innovative Swiss aviation startup, Sirius Aviation. They've unveiled the world's inaugural hydrogen-powered Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, the Sirius Jet, in collaboration with BMW's Designworks and Sauber Group. Set to launch in 2025, it boasts a 1,150-mile (1,850 km) flight range… my bags are packed!


I used to not be a fan of New Years resolutions, but since stumbling across the framework in Tools of Titans years ago, I've become a convert. While I don't subscribe to everything Tim Ferris publishes, I've really enjoyed categorizing my goals each year into "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise" and that gives me a great excuse to pick this book up off the shelf and give it another read.


This newsletter is brought to you by
Lee Billington & Dorothy Di Stefano.