Arnim trained and worked as a photographer and audio-visual media designer in his native Germany, before moving to the UK to study scenography, receiving an MA at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. He is the founder member of Pixelbox Ltd, which specialises in designing dynamic performance environments, blending lighting, motion graphics and video projection, animation and film-making. His lighting and projections have been seen not only in theatres around the world, but also in a zoo, a monastery, an abandoned pub, St Paul’s Cathedral and deep down in a cave in the Forest of Dean. Performances in the UK, China, Canada, the USA, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Denmark have spanned diverse arts forms, from theatre to opera and ballet via puppetry, Indian dance, experimental music and children’s shows.
Recent designs include: The Bloody Irish (Dublin, broadcasting on US television and Broadway, NY, in 2016); The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Lamentations (Vocalconsort Berlin); Best Man (Everyman, Cork); Alice in Wonderland (Polka Theatre); Leviathan (Matadero Madrid); Cougar – the Musical, Stars in the Morning Sky and One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Piaf, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Gypsy and Hello, Dolly! (Curve, Leicester); Ghosts in the Walls (RSC); BBC’s Grandpa in My Pocket (Nottingham Playhouse and touring); The Awkward Squad (Arts Theatre, London); The Rememberers (Birmingham Rep with Apples and Snakes); Wander (Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong); Take (Washington DC); Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre); The Death of Harry Leon (Ouroboros Theatre, Dublin) and the National Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry.
Past designs have been science-fiction opera The Pitchshifter for leading Dutch contemporary music ensemble Insomnia; award-winning Rumblefish, Looking for J J, Road and Lord of the Flies (Pilot Theatre); bricks-in-space spectacle Life on Mars (Legoland worldwide); the appearance of hundreds of angels inside St Paul’s Cathedral for the City of London Festival; Joe Guy (Soho Theatre); The White Album (Nottingham Playhouse); The Long Road (Curve, Leicester); The Saint of Bleecker Street (Peacock Theatre, West End); Amour (Ovalhouse, London, and the Dance Centre, Toronto); Mine, Moll Flanders, Metropolis and The Importance of Being Earnest (KAOS Theatre); Paradise (Birmingham Rep); Angels in America (Sheffield Crucible); Oliver! (Liverpool Playhouse); Mozart’s Mass in C minor (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (Snap Theatre); The Wall, King and Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (Midlands Arts Centre); Bryony Lavery’s Shot Through the Heart (Pentabus Theatre); A Hard Day’s Night (Hull Truck Theatre Company) and The Suicide and An Inspector Calls (Theatr Clwyd).
Arnim also works as a photographer and graphic designer and lives in Warwickshire with his family, an overly dramatic cat and Lottie the dog. He enjoys playing drums and experimental cooking for fearless friends.