Mate Steinforth is the creative director of SEHSUCHT BERLIN. He has been a digital artist for more then 20 years. In his teen years he became active in the computer art subculture called Demoscene and eventually began working as a graphic artists for computer games. He studied graphic design at University of Applied Arts Hildesheim and the University of Madrid, Facultad de Bellas Artes.
In the early 2000s he began focussing on animation, particularly the Performance art of VJing. Under his VJ alias of mateuniverse, he has toured Europe. He could perform at various art and electronica events in Europe and abroad with his moving pictures work being screened at festivals and on TV.
In 2002, he moved to Madrid to work as an Art Director in the graphic studio Juan Dela Mata. In 2006, he moved to New York to become a creative director at the production company PSYOP. In 2009, he moved back to Germany to head up the Berlin branch of SEHSUCHT.
Next to his professional work he always tries to spend time on collaborative projects, directing animated shorts and short clips. His works include the projects PSST! Pass It On 1+2, Getty Images The Next Big Idea, Advanced Beauty, Coalition Of The Willing and the Resonance Project.