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Architektur der 80er Jahre – Begreifbar für Alle

Architektur der 80er Jahre – Begreifbar für Alle

Model building seminar for TU students of architecture and spatial studies.
On the occasion of the exhibition “Architecture of the 80s” in the Berlinische Galerie (autumn 2020), models and objects in the sense of “Design for all” are to be developed and implemented in a 2-week seminar.

The objects are intended to make the formal language and design principles of the architecture of the 80s accessible to visitors in a didactic and playful way.

Period: expected from 22nd June – 3rd Juli 2020, daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tutors: Annette Müller & Robert Niemann
Registration deadline: till 13.02.2020 by e-mail to:
Credits: Optional subject: model construction 6 ECTS
Location: TU Berlin (at the course of studies Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum), 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 its 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.

LECTURE 23.10. Klaus Grünberg: Landstraße. Ein Baum. Abend.

Klaus Grünberg reports on his own work and working methods. For him, scenography is only a visual art at first glance. About scenographic composition, the autonomous role of scenography in a theatre production and how boring it would be if everyone told the same story at the same time. About techniques that remove a design from the artist, that make the artist’s hand disappear and turn chance into a designer. What developing a set can have to do with designing a garden.

23rd October 2019 at 7 p.m.
Location: TU Berlin, Studio 484, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum,
Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin, (Access: courtyard 3, staircase H, 4th floor left)
(Free admission, no registration required)
Link to the Facebook event

Stage design and light
Klaus Grünberg comes from Hamburg, studied stage design with Erich Wonder in Vienna and has since worked as a freelance stage and lighting designer at theatres and opera houses in Europe as well as in Kuwait and Buenos Aires. Together with the composer and director Heiner Goebbels, he has been working on several music theatre projects since the nineties, and for a long time he has collaborated with the directors Tatjana Gürbaca and Barrie Kosky and others. In 1999 Klaus Grünberg opened the MOMOLMA (museum of more or less modern art). Further information and pictures at:

Performing Arts Festival Berlin (PAF) 2019

Performing Arts Festival Berlin (PAF) 2019

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.

Musiktheaterwerkstatt – Die Fledermaus

“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:

LECTURE 09th May: Text I Space I Stage I Play

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
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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.



Lecture 17th April: Interfaces – Exhibition direction in the curatorial work

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
free entrance
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

Lecture 2th April: CyberRäuber TRANSFORMING THE STAGE – Using VR/AR in classical theatre to create the hyperstage

Lecture 2th April: CyberRäuber TRANSFORMING THE STAGE – Using VR/AR in classical theatre to create the hyperstage

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

Workshop “Reading spaces – how to build stories in exhibition”

Workshop “Reading spaces – how to build stories in exhibition”

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:

For further questions please contact: Maria Dannecker, Tel. 030-31472174



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:
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.

The topic
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.

Download: Seminar announcement MUSEUMS-PAVILLON + WISSENSPFADE 04.03-15.03.2019

Lecture: Form Follows Fiction – Stefan Nowak 11th december

Lecture: 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

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