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
Media-Scenography for music performance
Premiered in December 2019 Commissioned by Hebbel am Ufer, BerlinConcert 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.
Idea & Composition: Masha Qrella
Texte: Thomas Brasch
Music: Masha Qrella, Andreas Bonkowski und Chris Imler
Guests: Andreas Spechtl, Tarwater, Dirk von Lowtzow, Marion Brasch
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
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.
Violin: Katja Braun
Uilleann Pipes: Peter Reibsch
Guitar: Maki Roots
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
Download: Printed Text Book (GERMAN)
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
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.
Audio-reactive tower projection
Premiered in October 2018 For the 4th Edition of Stendaler Lichttage Projected onto the Uengelinger Tor
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.
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.
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.
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
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.