Growing up I spent a lot of time in many different places: a village commune, white picket fence suburbia, the divided city of Berlin and an esoteric community on a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. When I remember my past, my life seems not like that of a single person but one of several different people. But some things nonetheless remained constant.
From a very early age I learned to play instruments. I started with the piano and later learned to play the guitar, bass and drums. I always enjoyed telling stories: some of them designed to keep me out of trouble (with limited success) and others just for fun. I also developed an early interest for computers and computer games.
I never liked school and I quickly became a master of procrastinating and avoiding classes with the exception of those attended by girls I liked and subjects I really enjoyed. As a result, I learned most of what I know from films which, as it turns out, is not a bad education. However, with a few memorable exceptions, I received spectacularly bad grades and eventually stopped trying.
At University, I studied philosophy but I quickly discovered that most of the interesting questions don’t have an answer. Instead, I learned to think in a structured way. This is a useful skill in itself because it can be applied to almost anything.
Change also continued later in my life. Over the years I worked – among other things – as a paperboy, a dishwasher, a construction worker, a goldsmith, a farmhand, carpenter, secretary, circus light operator, jazz musician, bus driver, finance manager, composer and film producer. I frequently moved between different places like Bremen, Berlin, Killeberg, Oxford, New York, Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Most of my friends are scattered all over the globe.
In 2009 I had an idea for a project called “Professor S.” out of which came a company called LUDINC. “Professor S.” is a new kind of learning game where kids get to talk to the characters of an interactive time travel web-series. They can send and receive messages, videos and even real objects using a little time machine. This video explains how that works. Making “Professor S.” drew on all the skills I had learned over the years and would not have been possible, without everything that came before.
This blog is part biography, part diary and a way to keep track of projects and places I have visited. Please feel free to ask me questions or leave a comment.