Lecture: Gesa von Grote

20Light dramaturgy and object staging in exhibitions

Scenography serves to stage content. Ideas, stories and things become a spatial dramaturgy that appeals to the senses and at best evokes emotions. Scenography uses all means of space creation to stage themes and artefacts. Instruments include a structuring architecture and exhibition graphics as well as the immaterial language of media and light for objects of all kinds.
Light in museum and exhibition spaces is a complex area in lighting design. Not only the surrounding space, but primarily the objects must be shown to their best advantage, while at the same time integrating solutions for their protection and preservation as well as optimal perceptibility of the objects by the viewer. Gesa von Grote develops optimal lighting dramaturgies through a clever combination of daylight, room lighting and exhibition lighting.
With a high aesthetic standard, object stagings and light spaces are thus created and new perspectives of perception are opened to the viewer.

Gesa von Grote

Gesa von Grote is an architect and scenographer. After studying architecture at the RWTH Aachen, the École d’architecture de Paris-La Défense and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, she has been working with the exhibition organizer Stefan Iglhaut since 2005, since 2010 under the name IGLHAUT + von GROTE. Together with her interdisciplinary team, she develops concepts and projects in the fields of cultural history, science, art and the brand world and realises narrative spaces and media architecture for these. For her presentation concepts the surrounding space, exhibition architecture, graphics, media, light and object world are combined.

Picture 1: Exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft “The digital society”. Network of light cords

Picture 2: German Music Archive in the German National Library in Leipzig. Large display case with suspended objects, highlighted by accent lighting