2020-03-12

BE\\LONGING

BE\\LONGING

180° Projection Mapping on Alte Oper Frankfurt
Premiered in March 2020
Commissioned by Luminale
Projected onto Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

Digitization has created an abstract world of data, media and algorithms. Social media, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and blockchain technology are shaking up firmly established social structures. Already at the end of the 18th century there were similar developments, as the Enlightenment was introduced into society as the rationalization of nature from which Romanticism developed as a juxtaposition. BELONGING aims to artistically examine how such a digital romanticism could look like today.

The façade of the Alte Oper, depicts a journey from binary, digital structures to sensual plays of light and a surreal experience of seemingly impossible scenarios. Beyond figurative representation, information carriers and wild spectacle, we glide through atmospheric structures of virtual architecture, where we might lose and find ourselves anew, connect and resonate.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)
Support: Simon Knop-Jacobsen, Matti Thölert

Guests:
Double Bass: Marcel Siegel
Alto Saxophone: Richard Steinert
Clarinets: Jolanta Rüffe, Carola Vagedes

Supported by Degussa, Stadt Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt

Glitch Projection Mapping
Projection Mapping Romanticism
Projection Mapping onto Alte Oper Frankfurt

2019-12-04

WOANDERS

WOANDERS

Media-Scenography for music performance
Premiered in December 2019
Commissioned by Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
Concert by Masha Qrella

Based on the poetry by the author and filmmaker Thomas Brasch from the former GDR, the musician Masha Qrella and her ensemble have developed a theatrical concert around the topic of identity conflicts, named »Woanders« (German: »somewhere else«). Xenorama augmented the concert with contextual stage mapping and animations, surround sound design and an audio-visual multi-channel installation in the foyer of the HAU/Berlin where the premiere took place.

In a manifold media scenography comprised of moving images and immersive soundscapes — stretched out across the entire venue and entangled with the pop-concert — questions evolving around displacement, connection and identity were raised and collectively experienced by the audience. Guests from various fields in contemporary art have furthermore galvanised the feeling of connection amid prevailing identity conflicts.

Credits:

Media scenography: Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)

Idea & Composition: Masha Qrella
Texte: Thomas Brasch
Music: Masha Qrella, Andreas Bonkowski und Chris Imler
Guests: Andreas Spechtl, Tarwater, Dirk von Lowtzow, Marion Brasch
Sounddesign: Tadklimp
Video concept: Diana Näcke
Stage & Costume: Emma Cattell
Technical  Direction & Lighting design: Max Wegner
Dramaturgy & Production Management: Christina Runge
Project management & finances: Anke Marschall
Artistic collaboration: Marion Epp


2019-09-20

AUFBRUCH MOSAiC

AUFBRUCH MOSAiC

Interactive floor projection for MOSAiC expedition
Premiered in September 2019
Commissioned by Alfred-Wegner-Institut
Produced for MOSAiC-Expedition farewell event
Presented in Tromsø, Norway

Together with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research we created an interactive installation for the MOSAiC expedition in which hundreds of scientists from 19 nations are working on the POLARSTERN icebreaker and be frozen in the Arctic ice for one whole year.

A large, glowing ice floe is projected onto the floor and accompanied by atmospheric arctic sounds. When the visitors enter the floe, the movement of their feet crackles and breaks the ice underneath them. As they move through the projection, they pull a trail of light behind them and expose the underlying water that slowly closes after a while.

The installation was originally developed for the boarding of the captain and the expedition leader at the farewell event of the MOSAiC expedition in Tromsø, Norway, but has been extended and showcased at other occasions as well.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)

Support: Alperen Sahin, Simon Knop-Jacobsen

Installation at Luminale Frankfurt


2019-09-12

POLARSTERN FAREWELL

POLARSTERN FAREWELL

Projection on ship for expedition farewell
Premiered in September 2019
Commissioned by Alfred-Wegner-Institut
Produced for MOSAiC farewell event
Presented in Tromsø, Norway
Projected onto POLARSTERN icebreaker

In September 2019, the German research vessel FS POLARSTERN departed for the largest Arctic expedition of our time: hundreds of scientists from 19 nations are working on the MOSAiC Expedition, during which the ship will be frozen in the Arctic ice for one whole year.

In collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research we accompanied the farewell event in Tromsø, Norway, and the departure of the ship and the crew with a custom fitting projection onto the ship

Before the icebreakers’ cast off, the POLARSTERN facade was turned into a projection canvas that combined atmospheric polar research footage and animations with historical archive material from the legendary Fram expedition. At the end, the data to be collected by the expedition, to better understand the global climate, was previsualized in an abstract simulation.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)
Support: Alperen Sahin, Simon Knop-Jacobsen

Media Technology Rental: Audionor

Behind the Scenes


2019-08-24

A SECRET ARCHIPELAGO

A SECRET ARCHIPELAGO

Immersive Audio Book Installation
Premiered in August 2019
Created for „Localize Festival - Islands“
Installed at Freundschaftsinsel, Potsdam

What does the word »island« mean to you? What feeling does it evoke?

Installed beneath the pergola of the Botanical Garden on the Freundschaftsinsel (»Isle of Friendship«) in Potsdam, various personal takes on the notion of »island« have been interwoven in the walkable audio book, »a secret archipelago«. Poems and literary quotations as well as personal accounts are recited in eight different languages — simultaneously translated and accompanied by versions in German. The parallel pairs of spokes(wo)men have never met in person and could only identify one another by the sound of their voices. Distributed across five linearly-aligned speakers and embedded in an ocean of insular soundscapes and musical scores, an archipelago of distinct individual voices unfolds.

Developed in the context of the Localize Festival and this years’s topic of »islands«, the installation furthermore provided portraits of the spoke(wo)men focusing only the back of their heads along with all the recited texts in both floating laminated sheets as well as book format.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)

Violin: Katja Braun
Uilleann Pipes: Peter Reibsch
Guitar: Maki Roots

Thanks to:
Localize e.V., Rima Hammami, Kaj Braune, Robert Kugler, Julia Coster-Longman, Elias Amler, Laura Speicher, Kitty Connell, Lukas Sweetwood, Masha Kurella, Alperen Şahin, Ben Shephard, ZKM Karlsruhe, Stanley Connell, Lina Rothaug, Ai Qyinh Vo, Tina Faßhauer, Hanno Jacobs

 

Spokes(wo)men in unidentified order:

Sophie Braun, Giuli Piel, Achim Wannicke, Simon Berger, Charlotte Gröbel, Alexios Grammatikopoulos, Lea-Nora Härtel, Nora Fritz, Simon Knop-Jacobsen, Amber Bongard, Timothy John Connell, Beatriz Silva Aranda, Philip Baumgarten, Heinrich Weber, Tilman Böhnke, Brigitta Kurella, Samira Bakkar, Sandeep Dasari


2019-08-08

WALLS OF PERCEPTION

WALLS OF PERCEPTION

Projection Mapping for ZKM Schlosslichtspiele
Premiered in August 2019
Produced for Schlosslichtspiele 2019
Curated by ZKM | Centre for Arts and Media
Projected onto the castle of Karlsruhe

Inspired by the psychedelic art and philosophy of the 60s, the projection show “Walls of Perception” describes the mind-expanding journey of a fictive protagonist. Influenced by works of the OpArt and the progressive and experimental music of the time, the projection investigates how the perception of reality and our relation with media have changed since than and which long lasting role those times play until today.

Existing structures – represented by the architecture of the Karlsruhe City Palace – are shown, rearranged, changed and finally overcome. Kaleidoscopic spaces, otherworldly arrangements and seemingly impossible scenes end in an atmospheric representation of infinity.

Xenoramas third show at the Schlosslichtspiele so far has been developed within the theme “ZKM – Summer of Love”, curated by ZKM.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)

Documentation support by Alperen Sahin, ZKM | Centre for Arts and Media and others
Drums: Matti Thölert
E-Bass: Marcel Siegel
Additional Vocals: Polina Borissova

 

Making Of


2018-11-05

SCREENIZATION: AUTONOMY

SCREENIZATION: AUTONOMY

Experiment on pixels creating a swarm screen
Presented in November 2018
Produced as part of series of "Screenization" Experiments

What if pixels could be spread like paint? What if they would not need to know about their position and context in relation to the “bigger picture”? What if individual pixels became autonomous, in the sense of power supply, input and output? What if they could memorize the content that they are showing?

For this experiment, a series of autonomous pixel units were build, each consisting of a light sensor, a micro processor and a light emitting diode. Whenever a unit receives a certain light signal, it starts recording the following sequence of light intensities and is afterwards able to replay it. These “Spatial Pixels” can be equipped with magnets or adhesive parts, so they can be distributed on almost every surface. Using a directed light source, like a projector with a custom-fitting projection, to “imprint” the sequences it is possible for the pixels to act as sort of swarm screen, working together without having to know about the context or each other. To demonstrate the principle functionality, fifty autonomous pixel units have been built and presented in an experimental setup.

Credits:

Process

Thinking further, with improvements in the electronic engineering and by reducing the size and production costs, a larger scale production would enable for a whole new field of screenic applications. In theory, three of the fundamental functionalities could also be realized with the technology of LEDs alone: Obviously they can emit light, but also they can be reverse-biased to generate electricity and to act as light sensors.

This experiment was part of project “Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens”, which combines a detailed examination of the historic development of screens and theoretical thoughts about the essence of screenic properties with two experimental infrastructures to make speculations about screens of the future tangible. You can find the theoretical background in the PDF and some more context here.

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SCREENIZATION: MATERIALITY

SCREENIZATION: MATERIALITY

Sculpture consisting purely of screenic material
Presented in November 2018
Produced as part of series of "Screenization" Experiments

What if screens could be shaped into any form? What if every surface could gain screenic properties? What if the screen’s quality to change its appearance left the flat rectangle that it is currently bound to? What would happen to our expectations of forms and materiality, if every surface could gain the ability to change its appearance?

A screenic sculpture was built, that consists of a thin mold of semi-transparent plastic, cast from epoxy resin. The form of the object is deliberately designed as a “non-shape”, not representing any known form and also the materiality of the plastic is strangely unfamiliar. Following the tendency of screens for self-effacement, the materiality and surface condition of the object step back in favor of its content: The appearance of the sculpture is defined purely by its screenic materiality. As a mock-up of a screenitized object, the sculpture simulates the behavior of screenic properties outside a flat rectangle. Regardless the technologies used, the sculpture questions our understanding of shape, material and surface in a world where screens are increasingly dominating our visual perception.

Credits:

Process

In the inside three mini-projectors are mounted with a custom-built short-throw lens system. A specific projection setup creates a seamless coverage that fills the whole object from the inside. The projectors are battery driven and wireless connected, and therefore allow for the sculpture to be moved around in space freely without limitations or shadowing. The images shown on the surface can reach from abstract shapes to concrete depictions and are controlled by an external computer. A parallel existing digital version of the object is used to merge virtually simulated properties with the physical appearance of the object in real-time.

This experiment was part of project “Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens”, which combines a detailed examination of the historic development of screens and theoretical thoughts about the essence of screenic properties with two experimental infrastructures to make speculations about screens of the future tangible. You can find the theoretical background in the PDF and some more context here.

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2018-10-10

FORMATIONEN

FORMATIONEN

Audio-reactive tower projection
Premiered in October 2018
For the 4th Edition of Stendaler Lichttage
Projected onto the Uengelinger Tor

For the Stendaler Lichttage we realised a projection onto the Uenglinger Gate, in which light and sound merge into an immersive experience.

The theme of this year’s festival was the life of Johann Winckelmann, who is seen as the founder of modern archeology. In our projection, we were imagined how Winckelmann described the Uenglinger Gate as one of the oldest and most beautiful gates in the country.

After a first capturing of the shape, the properties and the structure of the building are shown more and more in detail. The abstract, graphic animations are included closely intertwined with the music or are even sound-reactive.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)

Double Bass: Marcel Siegel
Additional Piano: Stefan Schenke
Additional Voices: Polina Borissova, Luana Rossetti
Drone Footage: Flightek

Making Of


2018-09-07

ČO NÁS SPÁJA

ČO NÁS SPÁJA

Architecture Projection Mapping
Premiered in September 2018
Presented on the occasion of the German-Slovakian Day
Projected on the German Embassy, Bratislava

The German embassy hosted the festivities in the heart of Bratislava in the course of the 25th anniversary of German-Slovakian friendship (Slovensko-Nemecký Deň).

The building of the German embassy was the main scene of the event, the magnificent façade of which was artfully staged by an architectural mapping.

Čo Nás Spája (“What Unites Us”) is a reminiscence about the mutual history of both countries as we carried out an aesthetic journey through the geographic, cultural, historical and political relations between them.

Credits:

Making Of

In this project we were also responsible for the complete technical setup. A projector had to be mounted inside the opposite building in a very difficult angle. The Sound-Setup had to be solved by using a remote connection, which added some complexity to the technical solution.