Martin Backes, born in 1977 in Germany, is an artist, designer, creative technologist, director, hacker and composer. He studied media art and design at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Joachim Sauter (ART+COM) and Prof. Dr. Alberto de Campo. Furthermore he studied Sound Studies (M.A.) at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk), Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze, Prof. Carl-Frank Westermann and Prof. Sabine Breitsameter. In 2009 he received a grant for the Master`s Program “Sound Installation” run by Prof. Christina Kubisch. In his works, he often uses media technologies to reflect certain functionalities, effects, ideologies and human perception. Backes cross-border and experimental field of activity in the intermediate area of art and science ranges from sculptural and multimedia sound works to interventions in public spaces and installations, as well as radio plays and computer/video works. His work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals: CTM (DE), BIAN/Elektra (CA), EMAF (DE), New Aesthetic Expo (NL), Mediamatic Amsterdam (NL), MuseumsQuartier Wien (AT), TEDx (ES), International Spy Museum (US), Belgrade City Museum (RS), Mochvara Gallery (HR).
Besides his experimental work, he is working as a creative director & technologist, audiovisual consultant, sound & media designer and lecturer. Martin Backes is co-founder of aconica – a creative studio and laboratory as well as a creative workshop constantly working on commercial, artistic and independent projects in the fields of culture, industry and research.

Curriculum Vitae

Martin Backes lives and works in Berlin, Germany
since 2014 Lectureship at SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk), Berlin, Germany
2010-2014 Media Art and Design Studies, UdK, Berlin, Germany
since 2009 Lectureship at the University of Applied Science (btk), Berlin, Germany
since 2009 Director at aconica – creative lab for sound + media, Berlin, Germany
2009 Master Programm Christina Kubisch, Artsummer 09 Schwaben, Germany
2009 founded aconica, agency for sound design and interactive media, Berlin, Germany
2008 worked as a Sound Designer for Native Instruments GmbH, Berlin, Germany
2006-08 Master of Arts „Sound Studies“, UdK, Berlin, Germany
2006 founded Studio Martin Backes, Berlin, Germany
2005 works as a freelance Sound Designer
2002-2003 worked as Radio DJ and Producer, DJ-sets.com, Berlin, Germany
since 2001 works as music producer, composer and sound engineer
since 1999 DJ, several residencies
1995-1998 worked as a brewer and maltster, Werneck, Germany
1977 born in Rosenheim, Germany


2013 GASAG Artprice 2014, Germany
2012 INDEX Award 2013 (Category ‘Community’), Denmark, Copenhagen
2011 THE LEO Award (Most successful combination of image and sound) – Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany


2009 Abbey Irsee, in cooperation with University of Augsburg and Schwabenakademie Irsee, Germany
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