Bengt Sjölén

Written by Kalle Pakkala on March 24, 2009.

Bengt Sjölén is an indepedent software and hardware designer/hacker/artist based in Stockholm with roots in the home computer demo scene.

He is not part of one single group but rather collaborates with several networks like Teenage Engineering, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, or aether architecture in Budapest, Hungary. Collaboration is often in the form of peer production where the network is the author rather than the individual and where not only the network is crossing discipline boundaries, but each individual participant is too, creating a sum that is bigger than it’s parts by sharing and cross-breeding of ideas.

Bengt is doing projects in the contexts of media art, science, sound, visuals, architecture and technology. He experiments with, amongst other things, programmatic generation of design, function, hardware and software, for example customizing computer-controlled machines with parts manufactured by the same machines to enable rapid prototyping of electronics and mechanics prototypes from generated designs bypassing the traditional processes and economics of prototype design and manufacturing.

His work has been exhibited internationally in places like Synthetic Times Exhibition(Beijing, China), NTT ICC(Tokyo, Japan), Biennale of Architecture(Venice, Italy).

04. April 10:00 Kiasma seminar room Digital Craftsmanship seminar

Bengt Sjölén (SE)