For the fourth time, the Performing Arts Festival Berlin (PAF) will present theatre and performance, puppet and music theatre, dance, installations, new circus as well as site-specific performances on stages and at unusual locations throughout the city over six days. The PAF Campus will take place for the first time in 2019: Our students, among students from various Berlin universities and faculties are invited to discover the festival, its programme and the various venues in a specific campus programme and joint theatre visits with each other and for themselves.
“Die Fledermaus” is a semester collaboration between the Master’s programme Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum and the directing students of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. The realizations envolved under the mentoring of Prof. Claus Unzen and Prof. Sven Holm can be seen at the HfM’s Studio stage and the Delphi Theater. In the whirlpool of waltz and gallop, of “Reihumküssen” (row kisses) and champagne, Johann Strauss will experience the legendary operetta in three readings, and in the interplay of the spatial dispositions of living room, festival hall and prison cell he will spur on the present of the bourgeois class. The game of confusion is also presented by students from various singing classes from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music.
Premiere on 18 May in the studio hall of the HfM, Charlottenstr. 55,
Premiere on 05 June at Theater Delphi.
Further information at: https://www.hfm-berlin.de
In the concepts for the interior design of the actually empty space for a theater performance, the relationship between stage and audience is of initial interest. The form of setting up a stage in a concrete theatre space always depends on the character of the text in its historical period and the habits of the actors and their audience. As an example, the lecture questions the consequences for the scenic play and the authenticity of the performance. At the Berlin Schaubühne, Jan Pappelbaum has the ideal universal theatre space in which he consistently incorporates his insights into the stages of further performances. In the lecture he talks about his experiences and makes his interest in the self-evidence of contemporary aesthetics comprehensible by researching and using concrete materials and situations from everyday life, using documentary photographs.
Lecture: Jan Pappelbaum
Thursday, 09. Mai 2019 um 19 Uhr
Location: TU Berlin, Studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstraße 76, 13355 Berlin
Free entry, lecture is held in german
Jan Pappelbaum was born in Dresden in 1966 and studied architecture in Weimar until 1993 following his apprenticeship as a bricklayer. Thereupon he worked as a freelance stage designer until 1999 when he became a permanent head of the Schaubühne Berlin. Since then he has been responsible for the design of more than fifty stage sets and furnishings. At the same time he worked as a freelance stage designer abroad at opera houses and exhibition architectures in Frankfurt and Dresden.
If one takes exhibitions seriously as independent media, it becomes clear that with each exhibition something unmistakably new emerges from the actors involved – from concepts, objects/collections, texts, spaces, sounds, installations, persons, etc. – something unmistakably new. Exhibitions show something that cannot become visible in any other way, i.e. that is owed to the specific logic of precisely this medium. What kind of logic is this and what are the challenges to curatorial and scenographic work against this background?
The thesis is that the concept of exhibitions as independent media (which is quite new) cannot do without the concept of directing, which creates relationships between the highly diverse participants, mediates between their claims to representation, explores possibilities of translation between the concept of content and science and aesthetic and spatial designs, and makes certain settings in the sense of an overall direction. The lecture revolves around the concept of exhibition direction using examples and presents the interface between curatorial and scenographic practices for discussion.
Lecture: Prof. Nicola Lepp
Wednesday, 17th April 2019 7pm
Location: TU Berlin, Studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstraße 76, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Link to the Facebook event follows
Nicola Lepp is a cultural scientist and exhibition organizer. Since 2015 she has been Professor of Culture and Communication at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences.
Exhibitions include GRIMMWELT, Kassel 2015; Museum der Gefäße Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin 2013; PSYCHOanalyse. Sigmund Freud zum 150. Geburtstag, 2006; Der Neue Mensch. Obsessionen des 20. Jahrhunderts, 1999.
Photo © Jan Bitter
During the last two years the artist’s CyberRäuber have successfully brought theatre experiences, stages and actors into virtual reality. However VR has far broader implications that can help to transform the theatre stage as well as augment acting as we know it today. Building impossible stage sets and merging the physical world with virtual objects and spaces is only the beginning. Giving actors new ways of expression and interaction while transforming the stage will be the topic of this talk.
Lecture: Marcel Karnapke (CyberRäuber)
Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 at 7 pm
Location: TU Berlin, studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin
Lecture is held in english, free entry
Link Facebook Event
Today’s virtual and augmented reality technologies are prone to reshape the future of many different areas and trades first and foremost the entertainment industry. In this talk we are going to look at the lessons learned within the last two years of working on concept and examining ideas that have the potential to enhance and transform the theatre stage by utilizing these novel technologies in unconventional ways. Theatre has in a sense always been about creating artificial worlds through the usage of narrative and visions in the form of varying stage sets to give the audience a notion of presence within the play. Building upon these notions we are going to ask what virtual and augmented reality can bring to the table especially when combined with established stage departments like lights, audio or video projection.
Furthermore we are going to talk about ideas that merge the built physical stage set and transform it with the help of these technologies into a shapeshifting plane of possibilities. Lastly we will look at the implications for the actors as well as the directors. We will ask the question, is it possible to bridge the gap between the complexities of the technology to establish an interface for the non-tech-savvy crowd?
Marcel Karnapke lives in Berlin and is developer, lecturer and co-founder of the artist collective “CyberRäuber”, which realizes new formats and applications for Virtual Reality in a theatre context. For Cambridge University (UK) he has developed virtual museums for the dissemination of archaeological research results. This has also resulted in interactive and narrative 3D formats, such as films and virtual reality applications, through which the viewer can experience a virtual 360° experience. In 2017, in collaboration with Schauspiel Dortmund and directed by Kay Voges, the VR play “Memories of Borderline” was created, which was shown both at the Theatertreffen Berliner Festspiele and at Ars Electronica. His work focuses on 3D reality reconstruction in the field of architecture as well as the digitization of complete stage sets of classical theater. New is the full-body recording of performers from the field of dance and the performing arts in the form of VR holography for VR and AR applications. Marcel is the winner of the 3D Guild Award of the International 3D Summit in Liege, Belgium and in 2017 he won the Halo Award in Gold of the VR Days in the category Best 3D VR Animation Film with “Pitoti Prometheus”.
This lecture is part of the workshop “Im/material theatre spaces” by DTHG e.V. (Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft) within the framework of the project “Theatre Landscape”, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media – in the European “Sharing Heritage” Year.
(c) Photo: CyberRäuber
Interdisciplinary workshop open for 5 guest students.
Lecturer: Lila Chitaytat, Tel Aviv
Dates: 25 June to 5 July 2019 compact daily approx. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
in English language
Target group: Interested Master students from the fields of architecture, design, communication in space, exhibition, scenography
Recognition as elective subject possible (3 credit points)
Venue: Studiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum TU Berlin, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin, Studio 484
What role exhibitions play in communicating knowledge? How do people learn in public places? The workshop will offer an intense playfield to examine the diverse methods of spatial storytelling and narrative design for museum, exhibitions and urban installations. Throughout the process we will experiment on the relationships of content and form, of experience and delight, technologies and poetics and of space and body and create a meaningful playful exhibit experience (in models, little installations or mockups). Exhibition design offers us a space to examine the role of technology based design as an additional tool to build multiple narrative spaces. We shall think of experiences as new ways to perceive and communicate knowledge. In this workshop Design thinking and multidisciplinary approaches will offer new ways to communicate complex ideas and knowledge with a wide variety of societies. We will underlay the importance of storytelling, by conceptualizing thematic ideas. By the use of space and interaction, new technologies, graphics, sound and light we can tell very complex stories for historical, scientific, research, temporary or critical exhibitions.
Topics of discussion will include the roles of the museums of tomorrow and the ability of Szenographers to act as agents of critical and multilayered thinkers to create innovativ spaces for narration of the past, the present and the future.
Application by email until 15 April 2019
with CV and short portfolio to: email@example.com
For further questions please contact: Maria Dannecker, Tel. 030-31472174
We’ve opened our life drawing classes to guest participants!
Our life drawing crash course explores the nude in relation to the space it inhabits and thereby aims to nurture your ability to sketch and see. Working with both the naked and the clothed human form and guided by an understanding of anatomy and proportion, participants practice line drawings, silhouette analysis and cubistic representation of the human form in motion. The aim hereby is to strengthen ones ability to draw quick and confident figurative sketches – also, without a model.
Tutor: Michael Hegewald
Open to everyone interested (previous experience recommended, but not essential)
Number of participants: 5 guests (20 participants in total)
Kursstart: 16. April 2019
Please note the deviations from the 14-day cycle.
Tuesday, 16.04.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 30.04.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 28.05.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 04.06.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 11.06.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 25.06.2019, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: TU Berlin, Studio 484
Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin
(Entrance: Courtyard 3, Entrance H, 4th floor, left)
Please bring: Graphite pencils (H-4B) and/or charcoal and ink and nibs or fineliner drawing pen and Bristol paper of varying quality (size A2 and above) – details will be discussed at the course.
Fees: 84 euros (Fee payable via invoice at the beginning of the course)
Contact / sign up:
till 4. April 2019
Salka Schulz (office)
Tel. no.: 030/314-72174. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Development of ideas and concepts. A cooperation with the presidium of the TU Berlin.
Period: 4 March – 15 March 2019, daily 10 am – 6 pm
Lecturers: Dipl.-Ing. Annette Müller, Dipl.-Ing. Robert Niemann with Prof. Loidl-Reisch
Registration deadline: 18 February 2019, by e-mail to: email@example.com
Study courses: preferably architecture, landscape architecture
Credits: Elective, 6 ECTS
Location: TU Berlin (at the course of studies Stage Design_Scenic Space), Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin, Germany
The model as a means of communication
Modell+Design offers students the opportunity to deal in depth with model design and implementation. Ideas become visible on the basis of models: design and craftsmanship, theory and practice are worked on together. The models take up a clear creative position and communicate what has been thought of both within and outside the discipline. Questions about abstraction, reduction, materiality, materiality, construction and technical implementation are always answered on the model.
In the coming years, the TU Berlin will have the means at its disposal to restructure the campus behind the main building. The following sub-areas are to be taken into account:
- Realisation of the second section of Hertzallee
- Construction of a museum pavilion for temporary exhibitions and for the Mineralogical Collection, one of the 5th largest and most important mineralogical collections in Germany.
- Development of tourist knowledge paths to open the campus for regional, national and international visitor
During this compact seminar, students of architecture and landscape architecture will jointly develop various design scenarios, which will be made available as a basis for discussion for further planning. The aim is to develop design ideas that integrate the subprojects Hertzallee, Museum Pavilion and Knowledge Paths conceptually, thematically and creatively into a coherent overall concept. The students present their concepts in the form of models. Depending on the concept, models of the entire working area or detailed models can be created. The three-dimensional results of this model building seminar will make a fundamental contribution to concept development.
We cordially invite you to our OPEN DAY at our postgraduate course Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum:
Friday, February 15th 2019
5 to 8 pm
Studio 484 – Ackerstraße 76, 13355 Berlin (courtyard 3, staircase H, 4th floor)
The OPEN DAY provides insight into our profile and application process; with an introductory lecture by the head of study, a tour through our studios and project presentations in stage and exhibition design. We will provide answers to questions concerning the curriculum, compatibility with work and family, career prospects, financing options or networking.
Please contact us in advance for personal portfolio coaching on the day or find further information on the postgraduate course or application process on our website or download an application guideline here.
Application period for upcoming term runs until June 15th 2019!
Please contact for questions regarding the application process or any other concerns, tel. 0049-30-31472174.
Stefan Nowak (scenographer, project manager)
The variety of forms of everyday life today’s products, whether electric kettles, cars or houses, brims above all by arbitrariness. Everything seems possible! The change from the commodity to the consumer product is also in the linguistic usage – The kettle is still cooking, the car drives and the house is habitable, but the lush shape or the cost-optimized floor plan have nothing to do with the actual function, the external context or the user’s ideas to do. Occasionally, every everyday object required an interface, a button, a lever whose operation generates feedback from the user in order to “understand” the function and the object in the truest sense of the word. Now the products themselves become a fiction: nude black, white or silver boxes respond on demand or are controlled centrally and from any distance by a small luminous box. The lecture by Stefan Nowak sheds light on these developments and asks questions about our handling of products, about past design concepts and ideologies and the connections between functionalism and fiction, design and dogma. In the ongoing seminar of the same name in the master’s program, the topic will be deepened and presented to the public in a studio exhibition.
Date: 11.12.2018 at 7 pm (free entry)
Location: TU Berlin, studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin
Stefan Nowak studied perfumery and food technology in London and Lemgo. Afterwards he studied Communications Design at the Hochschule Darmstadt with Christof Gassner and Peter Kornatzki and at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf with Klaus Hesse und Uwe Loesch. Together with Petra Knyrim is Stefan Nowak since 1994 managing director of the design office nowakteufelknyrim (NTK) an office for communication and exhibition design/scenography in Düsseldorf. nowakteufelknyrim stands out for the permanent exhibtion in the Money Museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank Frankfurt, for the Museum of the bathing culture in Zülpich. They also redesigned the photography and film department at Deutsche Museum and are responsible for innovative controlling – and orientation systems for the city Düsseldorf and the library of the University of Münster. Since 1996 is Stefan Nowak teaching Information design and Scenography at different Universities such as the Universität Wuppertal and the Hochschule Hildesheim (2016). Stefan Nowak especially has become known by workshops and publications on the subject orientation and communication in space.
© Installation “Truck” by Erwin Wurm, 2015