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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

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