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


2019-08-24

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


2018-10-10

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.

2018-06-06

VORTEX LUCIS

VORTEX LUCIS

Interactive Installation
Premiered in June 2018
Produced for Stadt für eine Nacht 2018
Presented 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.

Credits:

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

Mock-Up Construction: Nindya Nareswari
Documentation: Moritz Richartz, Nindya Nareswari

Making Of


2018-01-15

LUX EXCELSIS

LUX EXCELSIS

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”.

Credits:


2018-01-12

RESONANCE

RESONANCE

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.

Credits:

Created by Xenorama (Lorenz Potthast, Marcel Bückner, Moritz Richartz, Richard Oeckel, Tim Heinze)
Stage Design: Xenorama
Interactive Choreography: Xenorama

Dancers: Ana Gudiño Aguilar, Daniel Luka, Nikolai Kemeny
Additional Composition & Music: Roman Babik
Dramaturgical Advice: Sarah Petronio, Heinz Voss

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

Making Of


2017-07-15

HAMSAAT AL-BIR

HAMSAAT AL-BIR

Community Project about an Abandoned Well
Premiered in July 2017
Produced at SEE DJERBA Festival, Tunisia
Presented at the B’ir Ar-rumi, Houmt Souk

As guest artists at the SEE DJERBA festival on the island of Djerba/Tunisia we found an abandoned well — the B’ir Ar-rumi بئر الرومي — in the heart of Houmt Souk حومة السوق which had been the last source of drinking-water for the entire island before its closure several years ago.

After restoring the dilapidated area we developed an interactive installation wherein visitors could unveil parts of the structure as well as voices of local citizens which told its story in both Arabic and German. The installation thus brought back a stream of water through responsive light and sound and thereby resuscitated the significance and value of the well for the city.

Meanwhile, the well got repainted with rich calligraphy, the area is being carefully maintained and kept clean. It has regained its value and attraction as welcoming place to spend time in Houmt Souk.

Credits:

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

Many thanks to SEE DJERBA Festival, Aymen Gharbi and Bettina Pelz for inviting us. Thanks also to all engaged helpers of the SEE DJERBA community.

Making Of

This was the first project we realized in this constellation, so we layed the foundation for many of our later workflows and strategies.