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.
Double Bass: Marcel Siegel
Alto Saxophone: Richard Steinert
Clarinets: Jolanta Rüffe, Carola Vagedes
Supported by Degussa, Stadt Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt
Premiered in June 2018 Produced for Stadt für eine Nacht 2018Presented at Schinkelhalle, Potsdam, Germany
Vortex Lucis is an explorative interactive light and sound sculpture. The sculpture investigates various phenomena and anomalies of light within the domain of black holes.
Black holes do not only attract matter — light, likewise, cannot escape its immense gravitation. Based on the notion that visitors of the installation represent sources of light (and sound) which are being attracted by the vortex in the centre, the installation investigates various aesthetic and atmospheric renditions of this phenomenon. The spectators thus become part of the sculpture and form visual and acoustic events based on their presence in the given space — as an audiovisual simulation of a gravitational field.
Architecture Projection in Church Vault
Premiered in January 2018 Produced for EVI Lichtungen Festival Presented at St. Andreas Kirche Hildesheim
In religious and spiritual contexts, the terms light and height are often associated with a universal and ordering power — similar to mathematics and geometry in the field of natural science.
The nave of the St Andreas church in Hildesheim is characterized by a 90-foot high stellar vault, which connects and subdivides the individual sections of the church ceiling.
In an audiovisual architectural projection, the geometric structure and the resulting conception of space are explored, as well as the meaning of the firmament — which is implicit in the metaphor of “star vault”.
Interactive Tap Dance Performance
Premiered in January 2018 Produced for TEMPS D‘IMAGES Festival Presented at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf Together with Luka Tap Productions
In Tap Dance, the performers act as dancers and musicians at the same time. In cooperation with an advanced Tap Dance ensemble lead by Daniel Luka, we extend this symbiosis on the visual and sonic level to create a unique fusion of sound, body and light.
In the course of several phases, the performance follows the dancers on a journey from the origin of Tap Dance through scenes of challenging choreography and spontaneous improvisation towards a multi-sensory climax.
Through specialized tracking technology, live processing of the Tap sounds and omnidirectional interaction, the audio-visual stage realm becomes an active participant of the performance that responds to the movements of the dancers.
Supported by the cultural affairs office of Düsseldorf and the EU-Project “The People’s Smart Sculpture”
Funded by the program “Creative Europe” of the Europian Union.
Additional support by Neumann&Müller and the Hochschule Düsseldorf
Digitally Augmented Projection Sculpture
Premiered in March 2016 Produced for Luminale Lightning Biennale Originally presented at Senkenberg Museum Frankfurt
Radix is a wooden root sculpture augmented by projection and sound. The sculpture is brought to life as a fictional entity: part organism, part apparatus.
In an ongoing play of light and sound the object undergoes a metamorphosis from its initial natural shape towards a technical formation while the two aspects strive for dominance. The project questions the relation between nature and technology and their connections and dependencies.
The spatial shape of the root was captured through 3D scanning technology and extended through 3D printed polygon elements. Using the virtual replication of the root, the original visual and auditory perception of the wooden object and its properties and qualities can be scrutinized and augmented. Thus, the sculpture explores the dichotomy between organic structures and digital aesthetics.
Projection Mapping on Palace of Karlsruhe
Premiered in August 2015 Presented at Schlosslichtspiele GLOBALE Curated by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Produced for Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe
What if architecture could manifest from a dream?
This question lies at the core of the Projection Mapping for the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe that was projected on the palace in the city center. The show narrates a vision of the margrave Karl Wilhelm, which inspired him to build the majestic palace as the centre of a geometric city. Decoupled from physical borders the scope of possibility is transcended while the dreamer develops a lucid consciousness and gains control over the events. Before the inner eye the ideal palace is created while challenging its actual appearance.
The festivities were part of the GLOBALE, curated and organized by ZKM – Centre for Arts and Media.