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Lecture #2  Form Follows Fiction – Stefan Nowak 11th december

Lecture #2 Form Follows Fiction – Stefan Nowak 11th december

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
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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

Lecture #1 Irreal. Real. Egal. – medial stages

With their principle “Irreal.Real.Egal.” Claudia Rohner and Clemens Walter try to design medial stage concepts without visible projection surfaces. Detached from decorative elements, the spectacle suitability of the media stage is in the foreground. Rohner and Walter have been working together in different constellations for many years. Achieving the greatest possible fusion of the scenography and video design disciplines is the goal – if this symbiosis succeeds, media stage spaces with an idiosyncratic stage aesthetic will emerge. Whether and how their attitude flows into the realization and what opportunities and dangers the technically complex equipment in the theater bring with them, they explain on the basis of three selected works. In the process, 2300 meters of LED light strip, thousands of individual modified and built-in LEDs on magnetic plates and a live green screen were used.

Date: 22.11.2018 at 7 pm (free entry)
Location: TU Berlin, studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin

As a freelance scenographer, Claudia Rohner realized the Museumsnacht in Bern and Expo 02 Switzerland. From 2002 to 2005 she was engaged as a designer at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. She continues to collaborate with director Roger Vontobel (e.g. Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Münchner Kammerspiele, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schauspiel Köln, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Théâtre de la Colline Paris, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin). From 2015 she teaches at the Technical University in Berlin and at the University of Hannover.

Clemens Walter works as a film editor and video artist specializing in theater. Since 2004 he has been producing projections and live videos for plays, working at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and at the Volkstheater in Vienna. Clemens Walter’s theater work includes pre-produced film sequences, animations, live video and 3D projection mapping. He is closely linked to Roger Vontobel. Most recently, he produced the projections for the Worms Nibelungen Festival 2018 for Vontobel, in which the cathedral was for the first time recorded with video.

Photos  © Clemens Walter

Lange Weile

or looking for the empty time

This summer an artistic examination of the topic boredom takes place in the impressive LWL-Industial Museum Henrichshütte Hattingen in North Rhine-Westphalia. Our students have dedicated themselves to the empty time. We expect a talking blast furnace, a labyrinth for summer deceleration, an avant-garde dance performance and a light / sound installation in the depths of the huge blower hall.

Vernissage 15.07.2018 at 11:00 am
LWL Industrial Museum Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur Henrichshütte Hattingen,
Werksstr. 25, 45527 Hattingen

Students: Takaya Kobayashi, Victor Treushchenko-Bernhardt, Anne-Laure Jullian de la Fuente, Maike Häber, Ting-Yi Lin (Master students), Amina Nouns, Julius Kirchner (2nd semester)
Mentors: Johann Jörg, Prof. Kerstin Laube

Life Drawing

Life Drawing

An intensive program to stimulate students’ drawing skills on the subject of nude and figure in relation to space. The content of the course consists in working with the act and the clothed model. Accompanying anatomy and proportion theory trains linear drawing, silhouette analysis and the cubic structure of the human body at different time intervals. This will strengthen the students’ safety and speed in the process of figuration, even from the free imagination.  

Course / Exercise, WS 2018/19
Number of participants: 10 guest seats (total number of participants 20)
Lecturer: Michael Hegewald
Target group: all interested parties (graphic knowledge required, but not compulsory)
Organizer: TU Berlin, master program Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum
Registration: until October 17, 2018 at Salka Schulz (secretary),
Tel .: 030-314 72-174,
Course start: 6th November 2018


Tue, 06.11.2018, 19:00 – 21:30
Tue, 20.11.2018, 19:00 – 21:30
Tue, 04.12.2018, 19:00 – 21:30
Tue, 18.12.2018, 19:00 – 21:30
Tue, 08.01.2019, 19:00 – 21:30
Tue, 22.01.2019, 19:00 – 21:30

Costs: 84, – € (for 6 dates, only bookable for the entire semester, payment by bank transfer after billing) The receipt of payment is a prerequisite for enrollment / participation in the course.

Materials to be provided: graphite pencils (H-4B) and / or charcoal / black chalk, as well as ink and nibs or fineliner together with drawing board of various quality (from A2) – will be discussed in more detail in the course.

Certificate / Certificate: At the end of the course, upon request, a certificate of participation (certificate) can be issued. Students from other degree programs may receive the course as elective module with 2 credits (for 6 visits) after prior registration with the responsible examination office and submission of the form. A grading may take place after the folder has been issued.

Location: TU Berlin, Studio 484, Master’s Degree Stage Scenery, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin, (Access: courtyard 3, staircase H, 4th floor left)

Apply now

Apply now

Applications for our master programme Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum can be submitted now!

Please find further information on the  postgraduate course or application process and download application guideline here.


  • A portfolio with samples of some of your art works (e.g. projects, fine art, photography, collage, sketches, drawings, etc.)
    We offer portfolio coaching, please contact us for advise or appointments.
  • Documents:
    • Admission application with  Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Motivation
    • Diploma or BA Degree Certificate (photocopy)
    • Confirmation of work experience
    • Applicants whose first language is not German:
      TestDaF (Language certificate “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” minimum 16 points).

We don’t accept digital application, please hand in the application personal (Room ACK 476)  or via post to the following address:

TU Berlin Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum
z.Hd. Salka Schulz
Ackerstrasse 76
13355 Berlin, Germany

If you have any questions, please contact Salka Schulz for more details.

We are looking forward to your applications. 

Premiere: Love’s Labour’s Lost

There is something lazy in the state of Navarre? It needs a new order! Ferdinand, king of the country, decides to fast with his companions for three years, to study and to renounce women. As soon as the gentlemen have sworn this on oath, the Princess of France comes to visit with her court ladies …

For the new staging of the romantic comedy the Shakespeare Company Berlin works as usual with live music, rapid role changes and untamed playfulness.
The poetically modern translation by Christian Leonard reveals Shakespeare’s centuries-old joke today and shows how fallible and vulnerable we all are when we fall in love.

Director: Jens Schmidl
Stage and Costumedesign: Carla Santocca Berges and Francesca Ercoli (Master students)
Supervision / Mentor: Prof. Kerstin Laube

Premiere: Tue, June 12th, 2018 at 8 pm
Location: NATUR- PARK Schöneberger Südgelände, open-air stage at the Wasserturm Access only through the S-Bahn underpass

Ticket telephone: 030 21 75 30 35 or by email:

Theaterclubs Paderborn 2018

We congratulate our students of the first semester, whose designs were selected for the realization at the Theater Paderborn. For the fifth time already, the degree program cooperates with the Theater Paderborn. Under the direction of Prof. Kerstin Laube, the students have designed stage and costume concepts for the theater-pedagogical “project clubs” for two contemporary pieces: “Kreuzweg” (Anna & Dietrich Brüggemann) and “Auerhaus” (Bov Bjerg).

“Auerhaus” tells of the utopia of community and the intense moment of growing up, where life is knocking on the door for six teenagers. Amina Nouns has designed a material-rich scope for this, in that the performers set themselves up and construct concrete scenes themselves time and again. The contemporary costumes by Oliver Burkhardt characterize the individuality of the characters.
“Way of the Cross” is a station drama in 14 pictures: The focus is on the 14-year-old Maria, torn between a strict Catholic faith and her reality as a teenager. Mara Barnabó has created a multi-layered translucent base space over gauze walls, in which game scenes are contrasted by different arrangement of the furniture and extreme light moods.
Lena Tiffert supports the remote, unapproachable atmosphere through a bright, almost colorless costume concept that is highly differentiated through groups.

The realizations take place from the beginning of March to the end of June 2018 in close cooperation with the directorial teams and the trades at the Theater Paderborn.

“Auerhaus” (Bov Bjerg), premiere: June 16th, 2018

Director: Marie Sophie Dudzic
Stagedesign: Amina Nouns
Costumes: Oliver Burkhardt

“Kreuzweg” (Anna & Dietrich Brüggemann), premiere: June 29th, 2018

Director: Steven Wadulla
Stagedesign: Mara Barnabó
Costume: Lena Tiffert

Photos Auerhaus/Kreuzweg: © Theater Paderborn

Beiderseits der Oder: Scenography

In cooperation with the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte  (House of Brandenburg-Prussian History) in Potsdam:

As part of the theme year Kulturland Brandenburg 2018 “we inherit. Europe in Brandenburg – Brandenburg in Europe “and the European Heritage Year 2018 “SHARING HERITAGE”, our students design a multimedia exhibition about the region on both sides of the Oder. This joint memorial-European space of Germans and Poles, resulting out of the Second World War, is narrated through photographs and films of real and topographical places of remembrance, contrasted with questions and fragments of individual and collective memories. On the basis of documentation, historical testimonies and interviews, an immersive space of memory is created, which makes the breaks and continuities, strangeness and newly acquired familiarity, oblivion of history and new historical interest, tangible.

The exhibition is created in partnership with Instytut Zachodni Poznań / West Institute Poznań and Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej w Zielonej Górze, Museum of Lebuser Land Grünberg.

The exhibition will be on view from 7th September 2018 to 20th January 2019.

Students: Mara Barnabò, Anja Dietz, Katharina Filist, Julius Kirchner, Suriya Poieam, Svenja Stannat, Lena Tiffert, Greta Wolf-Rosenbaum
Mentors: Prof. Kerstin Laube, Heiko Kalmbach
Coordinator: Maria Dannecker

© Photos: TU Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum

Lecture Lila Chitayat “spatial storytelling and how to play with time in space” 23.5.

Lila Chitayat – a multidisciplinary creator, architect, new-media artist and experimental designer in Israel and Germany – examines shifts occuring in the past decades: How do we rethink space and what are its affects on how we read spaces today?
Using our bodies, movement and multiple realities we can play with time, slow it down or open up gaps to experience spaces and tell stories through them. By the extensive use of new technologies, virtual worlds and multiple dimensions we can now shift out to non euclediean geometries, interactivity and non- linear storytelling, triggering us to be in a space, be the space and playfully experience it.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018,  20:00
TU Berlin Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Studio 484, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin
Free entry, lecture held in English

Lila is a Senior Lecturer at the Design Faculty of H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology teaching on the Masters program and Interior Design departments. She is the Founder of LinC Studio: A trans-disciplinary design environment involving media and technology to produce a wide range of projects in urban installations, space design, exhibit design and digital architecture for virtual environments worldwide. Her projects include numerous museum exhibition designs, technology-based interactive installations, such as Taxilink (winner of PRIX Ars Electronica 2010), Ideal Virtual Jerusalem for MIC, sensing sound installation and urban interventions. She is currently based in Berlin on a sabbatical year and lives and works in Tel Aviv. Lila received her M.Arch from Columbia University and B.Arch from Pratt Institute and a b.Des at HIT.

© Fotos: Lila Chitayat, Dor Kedmi, Eitan Vitkon

OPEN STUDIO on 23th may

OPEN STUDIO on 23th may

We cordially invite you to our OPEN STUDIO at our postgraduate course Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum:

The next OPEN STUDIO event will take place:
wednesday, 23th may 2018, 6pm
free admission, no registration needed
at the course’s studios (studio 484) – Ackerstraße 76, 13355 Berlin (courtyard 3, staircase H, 4th floor)

The OPEN STUDIO offers all students interested in the postgraduate course insight into the master programme’s profile and application process. In small groups mentor Prof. Kerstin Laube and study coordinator Maria Dannecker show the studios, explain the application and talk about the work as a scenographer. There can be also seen some project presentations and pitches or get directly in touch with our tutors and mentors as well as with students. There will be the possibility of an personal portfolio coaching for applications for upcoming winter term (application deadline: 15th july 2018).

After the OPEN STUDIO Lila Chitayat is doing a lecture about “spatial storytelling“.

You can find further information on the postgraduate course or application process and download application guidelines here.

Please contact Salka Schulz, tel. 0049-30-31472174, at our head office for questions regarding the application process or any other concerns.

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