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Keynote Speaker at conference “The Real of Reality” at ZKM

October 21, 2016

Me and my colleague Marcel Bückner from Xenorama are very honoured that we are invited as keynote speakers for the upcoming conference about film and philosophy “The Real of Reality” at ZKM in Karlsruhe from 2nd – 6th November. In our talk »Genius Loci, Spatial Cinema and Site-Specific Narration« we will discuss the role of Projection Mapping inbetween film and Virtual Reality and it’s ability to change the perception of reality.

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RADIX at FIMG and Platine

July 10, 2016

The augmented light sculpture RADIX that I developed together with my colleagues at Xenorama will go on tour to some festivals this summer.

First you can check it out at FIMG (International Mapping Festival Girona) from the 15th to 24th of July at Hotel Europa. There will also be a voting for the winner of the micromapping category, so we count on your support.

Afterwards from the 15th to 18th August RADIX will be shown at PLATINE Festival for electronic arts and alternatice play forms in Cologne Ehrenfeld.

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Projection at the Schlosslichtspiele… again…

July 7, 2016

After last years projection mapping on the palace of Karlsruhe for the 300th anniversary of the city, there will be some more projections again this year curated by the ZKM… and we are on board again as well!

As we already worked with 3D animations on the building last year, we decided for a totally new workflow this year that uses analog and organic animation techniques. Therefore we created physical models of the facade in different sizes and materials and filmed them with two synchronized cameras.

You can see a first trailer here and some more photos of the making of on Facebook. See you at the premiere of the show on the 27th of August in Karlsruhe!

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MYN Spring Dinner

May 8, 2016

Last Tuesday we enjoyed some nice food and conversations from all over the world. Thanks to everybody for coming and contributing! You can find more photos on Facebook.

Join us for the next movie evening on the 17.5. again at 5pm at the Auditorium of the University of Arts Bremen at Speicher XI – 8

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Annual Award – Special Prize Digital Media

February 6, 2016

And just after coming back Japan we received the Special Prize Digital Media of this years annual awards ceremony at HfK Hochschultage 2016 for our project “Do You Agree?”. I developed the project together with Hubert Kloskowski and Valentin Kraft

The installation “Do You Agree?” aims to illustrate the causality between blind acceptance of terms and conditions and their unexpected consequences. Documentation photos and videos will follow soon!

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS Music Evening 8.12.15

December 12, 2015

Last Tuesday we had another wonderful evening with students and refugees at the HfK with very diverse music with a Classic Quartett (Lukas Stubenrauch and Band), Azadi (Kurdish Band),  Jazz Trio (Mathieu Bech, Michael Haupt, Alexander Petratos) African Hip-Hop (Ton Energy, Lion Fullah, Mighty Mac) and even some spontaneous performances.

You can find some more photos on facebook.

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New Face Award at Japan Media Art Festival

November 27, 2015

WHUW! I won the new face award at the Japan Media Art Festival in the Media Art category with my Bachelor project “Communication with the Future – The Petroglyphomat”.

The Japan Media Arts Festival is an annual festival held by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs since 1997 and is regarded as one of the most important Media Art Festivals in Asia and worldwide. The Petroglyhpomat will be exhibited at the Festival in Tokyo from the 3rd until 14th February 2016.

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Meeting of refugees and HfK students

November 20, 2015

If you don’t have any plans next Tuesday join us at 17:00 at Auditorium for a meeting with people from HfK and from the neighbouring refugee accomodations :)

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Poster “Refugees Welcome. And than?”

October 25, 2015

On Saturday the 31st October there will be an interesting event for and with refugees. The one-day workshop titled “Refugees Welcome. And than?”aims to discuss about topics of short-term support and long term integration and perspectives. It is organized by Weltwärts Bremen and the posters and flyers for the event were designed by me.

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decelerator helmet at human+ exhibition in barcelona

September 30, 2015

I’ll be traveling to Barcelona tomorrow to prepare my Decelerator Helmet for another exhibition, this time at the Human+ Exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona. The exhibition explores the boundaries of what it means to be human—boundaries of the body, boundaries of the species, boundaries of what is socially and ethically acceptable. The exhibition is curated by Catherine Kramer and runs from the 6th October 2015 until 10th March 2016.

I am looking forward to see my helmet in good company with some awesome projects, such as The Machine to be another or Dune&Raby.

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facade dialogs at cityleaks festival cologne

August 31, 2015

On the 11th and 12th of September from 10pm Xenorama presents the project “Facade Dialogs” as contribution to the Urban Art Festival CityLeaks on two facades in Cologne-Mülheim.

Walls do not have a good reputation. They are obstacles,they are empty facades. A German saying even says »You talk against a wall« meaning no one is listening to you. The project »Facade Dialogs« changes the face of the wall. Or rather: gives it a character. »Facade Dialogs« gives people from Cologne-Mülheim a chance to tell their stories. Their stories will be projected larger than life onto facades, turning them into a stage and a lectern.
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projection on the karlsruhe castle with xenorama

June 13, 2015

I am very proud to announce that we as Xenorama are going to have a Projection Mapping on the castle of Karlsruhe. In the course of the 300th anniversary of Karlsruhe the famous city palace will be illuminated. In our show we will narrate the vision of the margrave Karl Wilhelm which inspired him to build the majestic palace as a centre of the geometric city. The name of the show is ONEIRONAUT — The Vision of a Lucid Palace and it will be premièred on the 8th of August at the GLOBALE2015.

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digital art exhibition at the BAT centre

April 21, 2015

On Tuesday the 21st of April the BAT Centre celebrated the official launch of its new installed Multimedia Centre with the opening of the Digital Art Exhibition which I was organising and curating.

The vision of the Multimedia Centre is to extend access and skills in digital technology and media to collaborators, students, artists and visitors of the BAT Centre. The Digital Art Exhibition aims to give an overview of what artistic approaches and positions are existing on the broad field of Digital Art in Durban and KwaZulu Natal, dealing with or deriving from the increasing digitalization of our environment. This includes drawings, prints, interactive media, films and animations, photos, installations and much more.

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See more photos.
See the full Press Release.

the decelerator and xenorama in india

March 2, 2015

From the 5. – 7. February 2015 me and my colleagues from Xenorama were invited to exhibit at the QUARK Festival at BITS Pilani Campus in Goa, India. After a quite complicated journey we set up my Decelerator Helmet and a 3D printed modell of our Moya Facade Projection Mapping from Genius Loci Festival. Over the course of the three days we had a lot of awesome experiences and met countless inspiring people and heard their stories.

PS: Also check out the interesting interview with me in the campus newspaper.

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the decelerator in highlike book

December 27, 2014

My project the Decelerator Helmet is one of the several great projects featured in the first editon of highlike book. It encompasses several aspects of contemporary culture, providing the user a new form of appreciation of an art book. It is published by FILE – Electronic Language International Festival and SESI publishing house and contains 584 pages with 577 artists from 35 countries.

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hfk bestof award 3rd prize

October 27, 2014

My bachelor project the Petroglyphomat is shown at this years BestOf HfK exhibition at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus in Bremen from the 24.10 – 30.12.14. If you are arround Bremen in the next time don’t miss the show and see my project together with a lot of more awesome HfK graduation works!

Also this year for the first time, the doped 10 000 € HfK Design Award of Petra and Dieter Frese Foundation was awarded. My project won the 3rd prize and I’m very happy about 2000€ prize money.

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hello durban, hello south africa!

October 26, 2014

After some visa trouble and a quite exhausting travel I safely arrived in Durban in South Africa a couple of days ago and now finally found the time (and the Internet) to write this note.

For one year now I will be working as Multimedia Center Coordinator at the BAT Centre, an community centre that celebrates the arts and culture of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal and South Africa by promoting local talent and skills. I am here with Weltwärts Bremen, an volunteer and exchange programme hhich is supported by the german government.

For more Information and further impressions I will launch a specific Blog soon.

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a tale on textile at ars electronica animation festival

July 20, 2014

Our project “A tale on textile – The colony” combines a three dimensional, textile surface with the medium of projection…
And now it´s chosen for the “best of” selection from this year’s Computer Animation  competition at Ars Electronica Animation Festival. The documentation video is gonna be screened during the Festival and also distributed via Blu-ray.

The project was a cooperation between Joshuah Howard, Lorenz Potthast and Jonas Wiese at URBANSCREEN.COM and the Hamburg based textile artist and designer Svenja Keune.

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PS: When you are at Ars Electronica this year, also don`t miss Florian Borns installation Aerosol!

foosball tournament at hfk

July 7, 2014

On the 11th July there will be a table soccer tournament as part of the HfK Summer parts starting from 17:00. As in the years before I was organising the tournament and I´m responsible for the advertisement, this year as life size foosball figure poster and 3d-printed trophies.

Come if you dare to play against team Benelicious Podcast!

Update: We won the second place… again…

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winner at genius loci projection festival

June 29, 2014

Yaey! We won one of the three calls for a projection at the projection mapping Festival in Weimar from the 15th to 17th August!

With the Audio-Visual Performance Collective Xenorama we are going to bring to live the facade of the Ohm-Krüger-Haus at Herderplatz in Weimar. So there`s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun ahead!

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everything you see is old

June 12, 2014

Recently I was talking with a professor about the fact that the light we can see from the stars is also a look back in the past. Light travels with approximately 300.000 km/s, for example it takes an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds for the sunlight to reach earth.

Imagine a pen with a length of 15 cm. How much older is the end facing away from you than the one pointing at you? It is 0.0000000000500346143 seconds older… fascinating… Every image you perceive is also a look in the past.

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experimenting with smoke holograms

May 9, 2014

Since I developed the Dream Bubble Machine I`ve been fascinated by the idea of using smoke as voluminous projection surface and was very happy when I then saw this video of japanese scientist using a smoke column as a holographic multi-viewpoint display. Then I thought there could be an easier way to achieve the same result fixing the smoke in a solid shape and using one projector and a mirror system.

I used the visual programming environment VVVV to build a simple virtual setup of rendering a 3D object from slightly different angles and then projected it on a plate with adjustable mirrors which were focussing the images again in the center of a glass bowl filled with smoke.

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my bachelor thesis

May 6, 2014

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I´m about to finish my studies of Integrated Design at the University of Arts in Bremen now. On the 5.5. I registered for my Bachelor thesis and now I´ll have time until the 25.8. to do something cool. Here´s my title and abstract so far:

COMMUNICATION WITH THE FUTURE
What is it that outlasts from a society or an individual? How will these relics are perceived in an unknown future? And who has the right to define what remains from us?
In my bachelor thesis I will investigate the ancient concept of individual and social self-assertion beyond the own transience on a formal, social and technological level. I want to explore existing methods, strategies and contents and design experimental approaches for an individual attempt to communicate with the future.

experimenting with vvvv particles and leap

April 21, 2014

Here is a little video of some quick experiments I´ve been doing with the LEAP motion controller in connection with the visual programming environment VVVV. You can use your finger as a as virtual water hose to prevent a little paper house from burning.

I used the amazing CIANT (very nice guys by the way) particle library to emit some fire particles from the surface of the house which disappear when they get in contact with the virtual water particles spread by your finger.

decelerating at EMAF

April 18, 2014

From 23 April until 25 May 2014 the Decelerator Helmet will shown at the exhibition of European Media Art Festival in at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

During the days of the Festival (23.4 – 27.4) there will be a lot of interesting screenings, talks and workshops connected by the topic “we – the enemy”.

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slowed down perception in rehabilitation

April 8, 2014

In December 2013 Dr. Franco Molteni (Director of the Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center in Costa Masnaga) invited me and the Decelerator Helmet to explore possible medical applications of the concept of a slowed down perception in rehabilitation. On the 12.03.14 the helmet was brought to the facilities of the Villa Beretta where several approaches were tested with patients in collaboration withProf. Franco Molteni, Eleonora Guanziroli (Biomedical Engineer, PhD in Applied Mechanics), Dr. Fabio Digiacomo (Physician) and Ruggero Castagnola (Creative Technologist).

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Even if this was no strict medical research under scientific conditions we found a possible implementation which could help patients to improve very specific movements like the opening of a hand. Here you can find a short documentation of the research we did.

We are planning to continue with this cooperation so I´m very exited if there eventually will be a really useful application for my deceleration concept.

flying waste can be so poetic

March 24, 2014

I saw this video at the Metropolitan Museum a couple of months ago and now accidently found the video again… amazing!

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“a tale on textile” and “dream bubble machine” at luminale

March 23, 2014

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From the 30.03 – 04.04 I will be exhibiting “A tale on Textile” and the “Dream Bubble Machine” at Luminale. The Luminale is a festival of light culture in Frankfurt with arround 180 projects and over 140.000 visitors. My projects will be shown every evening from 19:00 – 23:00 at the Naxoshalle.

The project  “A tale on Textile“ combines a three dimensional, textile surface with the medium of projection and was developed together with Svenja Keune and Joshuah Howard during my internship at Urbanscreen.

The Dream Bubble Machine was developed together with Fabricius Seifert supervised by Prof. Roland Lambrette and is a raw,  restless machine which produces soap bubbles filled with smoke on which are projected images.

UPDATE: Here are some pictures from mounting and exhibition.

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incredible projects from india

March 19, 2014

While I was visiting Techkriti Festival organised by IIT Kanpur I met a lot of very interesting people with great ideas I want to share at this point:

Brij Kothari is a social entrepreneur who invented Same Language Subtitling arround 1999. SLS is simply the idea of subtitling the lyrics of existing film songs (or music videos) on TV, in the ‘same’ language that they are sung in. Call it Karaoke on Bollywood for mass reading! A deceptively simple innovation, SLS is already delivering regular and inescapable reading practice to 150 million weak-readers in India.

Gajendra Singh Tanwar is a student at the LNM Institute of Information Technology who developed a Headtracking System to allow interaction with a computer for people with disabilities by  … and the components are just 15$ !

Vaibhav Gupta and some other students at the Lucknow Public School invented a system for the conversion of waste Polyethne into Ethanol. This basically means they can turn the most common plastic into an alcohol which could be used as fuel. They are quite at the beginning of their experiments but already got a small reactor working.

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March 2, 2014

I´m very happy to exhibit my Decelerator Helmet at the annual Technical and Entrepreneurship Festival Techkriti organised by the IIT Kanpur from the 6th to 9th March.

I´m going to be in India a couple of more days before and afterwards and visit the area arround Kanpur and Delhi. I´m very curious and exited :)

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interview with WEAVE magazine

January 19, 2014

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In the current issue of the german interaction design magazine WEAVE you can find a four page interview with me talking about the process of making the Decelertor Helmet.

Here you can find the whole article.

build your own decelerator helmet

December 23, 2013

Everytime I was talking to people about the helmet there came the question when it would be possible to buy it. This was never my approach. It wasn´t thought as a product, but as a experiment. Finally I decided to share the instructions with everybody who want`s to develop his own Decelerator Helmet.

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internship at dreiform in cologne

December 23, 2013

From the 6.1 – 15.3 I will do another internship at Dreiform in Cologne, who are doing “communication and spaces for people and brands” (self description). I hope to get more insights into spatial design and also will be in charge to establish a digital laboratory in their new office.

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Also I´m invited to talk about my Decelerator Helmet again at their brand new contribution to the IMM cologne: The Salon D!

 

output: selection

December 21, 2013

Yesterday I received a nice package from open:output with the 2013 yearbook including my Decelerator Helmet and a official looking certificate.

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“a tale on textile” exhibited at MKG in hamburg

November 26, 2013

During my Internship at Urbanscreen I developed the augmented sculpture “A tale on textile – The colony” together with Svenja Keune and Josh Howard. Now Svenja is nominated for the Justus Brinckmann Förderpreis and some of her works (including our collaboration) are exhibited at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. Also our sculpture is shown at an ARTE feature about Svenjas work.

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I helped her preparing the exhibition and now I have my fingers crossed and hope she wins…

annual multimedia award

November 20, 2013

Whuw, the Decelerator Helmet won an Annual Multimedia Award in the category “Digital special formats”. Now it is featured in the yearbook and I got a fancy certificate =)

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