Valentin Spiess

CEO, IART, BASEL, SWITZERLAND
He disrupted the art scene with a combination of art and engineering, producing spatially immersive installations that challenge convention

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN

As Chairman & CEO of iArt, Valentin specializes in the conception, planning, and execution of media solutions for exhibitions, museums, architectural projects and outdoor spaces.

He created the media effects for the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

He has won several awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

His nonprofit innovation network Fluxdock extends iArt’s interdisciplinary and agile methods to a network of companies by making appropriate infrastructure and tools available for collaboration.

Hear Valentin speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2020 about why he believes media architecture can make structures communicate with communities, accentuate project vision, and enhance the brand experience.

About iart

Founded in 2001 and based in Basel, Switzerland, iart realizes projects at the cutting edge between media, art and technology. The company meets complex design challenges by leveraging its background as an engineering firm to serve as an interdisciplinary competence center.

With the combined skills of its team, iart has realized a number of highly innovative, large-scale projects such as the kinetic façade of the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the interactive technology of the Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the media of the exhibition ‘Universe of Particles’​ at CERN in Geneva and the interactive façade of the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The company has received numerous awards for its work, including the Cannes Lions Innovation Grand Prix 2014, Media Architecture Biennale Award 2014, Swiss ICT Award 2014, and a Gold Cube at the 94th ADC Global Awards.

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BIOGRAPHY

Valentin Spiess, a qualified electrical engineer, has been working in the field of new media since 1993. At first he created media installations in cooperation with artists and was the technical manager for various festivals and theatrical productions. In 2001 he set up the company iart as an engineering office for the planning and realisation of media projects. In the same year he and a small interdisciplinary team realised the media for the Museum of Communication in Berne and then created the media effects for the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

iart’s activities encompassed hardware and software development and the conception, planning and realisation of media. Today Valentin Spiess heads a team of over 40 people specialised in the conception, planning and execution of media solutions for exhibitions, museums, architectural projects and outdoor spaces. In 2016 Valentin founded the nonprofit innovation network Fluxdock. It extends iart’s interdisciplinarity and agile methods to a network of companies by making appropriate infrastructure and tools available for collaboration.