Christopher Bauder to deliver keynote at IALD Enlighten Europe

14th March 2023

(Europe) – The IALD has announced that Christopher Bauder, founder of art studio WHITEvoid, will deliver a keynote session at IALD Enlighten Europe.

A multiple [d]arc award winner, Bauder is an artist that works in the fields of light and installation art, media art, and live AV performance. He focuses 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.

Enlighten Europe will be held in June, in Bauder’s native Berlin, bringing together hundreds of lighting professionals to attend sessions and discuss topics of high importance to the industry.

Christopher Knowlton, IALD CEO, is delighted to have Bauder as the headlining speaker for this year’s event. He said: “Having seen first-hand the incredible artistry that Christopher Bauder has shared with the world, and the city of Berlin in particular, it is nothing short of perfect to have him attend Enlighten and share his insight on the design, interactivity, and engineering that he demonstrates in his work.

“Designers of all tenure and scale could benefit from his understanding of the intersection between architectural illumination and the human experience, to say nothing of his groundbreaking use of media and technology.”

Christopher Bauder has brought his installations and performances to events and spaces around the world, including Centre Pompidou Paris, MUTEK Montreal, Fete des Lumieres Lyon, The National Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and many more.

He is best known for his city-wide light art installation “LICHTGRENZE”, created in 2014 with his brother Marc Bauder, for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Bauder’s keynote will be the headlining session of the event which runs from 30 June through 1 July at the Café Moskau in the heart of Berlin. The conference schedule spans two days of thought-provoking discussions among the profession’s foremost experts to inspire and motivate, moving architectural lighting design into the future.

Returning to the continent for the first time since 2018, the IALD Enlighten Europe 2023 conference is eagerly anticipated and expected to mark the triumphant return of in-person networking and continuing education opportunities for the professional lighting design community across Europe and beyond.

arc spoke with Bauder about his studio’s design approach, its immersive artwork and its fascination with light, inside issue #122. Read the full interview online here.