I’m almost finished with my Master Thesis with the title “Screenization – On the Diffusion of Digital Screens”. The presentation will take place on Monday the 5th November at 11am at the Video Studio (1.12.100) at Speicher XI. There will be snacks and maybe beer.
Looking forward to see you.
I am very happy to was able to join the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Durban, South Africa from the 23rd to 30th of June 2018. Therefor I built upon my already existing connection to friends and institutions in Durban, was kindly supported by the Bremen-Durban partnership association and collaborated with the People’s Smart Sculpture Project.
Over the course of the symposium I was involved in several activities, such as a workshop on the potential of projections in public space together with the PS2 project and Elektro Moon Vision, exhibitions based of my previous research on the internet connectivity between the partner cities of Durban and Bremen at KZNSA Gallery and the beachfront and a panel discussion and a Pecha Kucha presentation.
Last week I registered my Master Thesis and now have five month to work on it. For the topic I extended some of the thought of a previous paper called “The digital screenization
of physical environments” and sharpened my definition of the term “Screenization” to to describe the increasing dissemination of Digital Screens in our perception in general and the transformation of environments into screens specifically.
In the theoretical part of my project I am looking at the history of the classical screen and it’s predecessors, the shifts towards digital screens with the upcoming of computer technology and the current use and role of nowadays screens. Furthermore I am following the future developments of a speculative “Screen Material”, that encompasses all the core qualities of a Digital Screen, without it’s current limitations of a flat rectangle.
On the practical side I am conducting several experiments in the directions of autonomous pixel units forming some kind of a “Swarm Screen” on one hand and on the other hand I am following the idea of a “Screen Object” consisting entirely of screen.
From Düsseldorf we went directly to Hildesheim where we are almost finished setting up our projection “Lux Excelxis” at EVI Lichtungen light art Festival. It will be shown from 25th to 28th 6pm – 11pm at the church St. Andreas, Hildesheim, for more information check: http://evilichtungen.de/xenorama/
Looking for some very last-minute christmas present? Tickets for our interactive tapdance performance “Resonance” together with Daniel Luka are now on sale! The show is on the 19th & 20th January at Temps d´Images Festival at tanzhaus nrw: http://bit.ly/2BTDqlr
Last weekend I gave a nice workshop about the History and concepts of Projection Mappings and some hands-on experiments with VVVV.Finally we projected some of the results at the buildings of HAWK Hildesheim. Thanks again for the great time again to to EVI Lichtungen for inviting me!
Here are some pictures of the Award ceremony at the Tokyo Opera Hall. The exhibition is open until the 28th of September.
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.
UPDATE: Here you can find a video of our presentation on the ZKM Website:
We are very happy to be back in Tunisia and take part in the SEE Djerba festival.We already had a Pecha Kucha presentation about our work with Xenorama and will have a hands-on Projection Mapping workshop the next days.
Tomorrow at 6pm is the opening of the “100m2 MEER” exhibition at the Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen. The exhibition was designed and realised by the Master-Studio “Systems and Structures” of the University of Arts Bremen. and we contributed an interactive floor projection.
Update: Here you can find a video and some photos of the projection: http://xenorama.com/portfolio/100m2meer/
The Decelerator Helmet will be exhibited from the 20.05. – 15.10.17 at the touring Human+ Exhibition – The Future of our Species at ArtScience Museum Singapore. Check it out if you are anywhere close by and send me a photo, I wont be able to see it in person ;-)
The premiere on Friday is already sold out, but you still have a chance to come on Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848622622029136/
Update: Here are some pictures of the gala evening already: http://xenorama.com/goldstadt250
Yay, a New Face Award at the Japan Media Art Festival, again! This time with Xenorama for our augmented projection sculpture RADIX (www.xenorama.com/radix) in the entertainment category. We will travel to the award ceremony in September and also exhibit RADIX during the festival.
PS: Congratulation also to Ralf Baecker for the Art Division Grand Prize!
The next three weeks I will travel through South Africa for my Master Project at the University of Arts Bremen to look at the visible and invisible traces of the Internet, that connect the sister cities Durban and Bremen.
Update: On Thursday I will spontaneously be part of an exciting exhibition in Durban at Theotherroom Durban together with Simphiwe Xulu and Donovan Orr. It’s gonna be about mystical creatures, black boxes and submarine internet cables. Check out more in the description of the event…
Update Update: Here is a little website that aims to structure the outcome of my travel: http://9483km-843ms.net/
Hey people in Berlin/Potsdam
Next Saturday will be an exhibition of Xenoramas light art at Unterwegs im Licht in Potsdam: Feel free to join at 6pm at Rechenzentrum Potsdam:
At the same time we will premiere our interactive installation on the mosaic “Der Mensch bezwingt den Kosmos”.
For a theory course at the University of Arts Bremen I wrote a little research paper about the history and future of Mixed Reality in general and Projection Mapping especially. Therefore I came up with the term “Screenization”. Underneath you find the abstract and you can download the whole paper here.
The digital Screenization of physical environments, Lorenz Potthast (2016) – Abstract:
In the following paper I will try to establish a definition of devices for “screenitized environments” and show their history, current status and potential developments.
In the first part I will give a general overview over the history and developments that led to what we understand today as Mixed Reality. Beginning with the origins of depiction and perspective I explain the similar developments of Camera Obscura and Laterna Magica. Afterwards I show first artistic uses of projections, scientific experiments with virtual worlds and the following professionalization and commercialization.
In the second part I try to juxtapose the current state of technologies with the Virtuality-Reality Continuum by Paul Milgram and Fumio Kishino, a popular framework for the classification of Mixed Reality technologies. I will extend and refine a specific part of the theoretical continuum and position the neighbouring technologies of Projection Mapping and Smartglasses under the domain of systems for the screenization of the environment.
In the third part I show some forces which are driving the development of Projection Mapping and Smartglasses today and what there are used for. Finally I try to extrapolate potential future developments, applications and ways of usage.
We were very delighted that Xenorama’s augmented projection sculpture was shortlisted and exhibited at this years Lumen Prize’s Winners Gala in London! Now it will continue on the global tour with locations including New York and Shanghai, yeah.
.. and from Karlsruhe we are travelling straight to Tunis! We are very excited to be part of INTERFERENCE Festival, the first Light Art Festival on the African continent.
Update: You can find some documentation photos and videos of what we did here: http://xenorama.com/attyef-almedina
Update: Here is a video documentation of the project: http://xenorama.com/portfolio/transkutan/
From the 23rd to 25th of August we organized a T-Shirt silk screen printing workshop with refugees and students at the University of Arts Bremen. The idea behind was to get together people from different countries and cultures, to discuss and develop ideas, but also to create something that can be taken home afterwards and be worn as an artistic expression.
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.
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.
I am very proud that I’ve been nominated for the German Design Award in the Newcomer category. Results will be out in August, so I keep my fingers crossed…
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
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!
I had a very awesome time in Tokyo where I was exhibiting my Petroglyphomat at the Japan Media Art Festival. Apart from the very impressing exhibition there was also the Award Ceremony for the New Face Award that I won in the Art Division and I had a little talk about my project. And lots of Sushi of course.
During a VR course at University Bremen with Lulu Mendelova, Jonas Schell and Lukas Seiler we came up with the idea to use the palms of your hands as keyboard. I’ve followed the idea a bit and built a semi-functional prototype until I got bored of the outlook of having to learn a whole new way of typing again…
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.
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.
Group 78. International Contemporary Art in Trieste organized a video review of contemporary art projects documentaries of over 42 international artists working in new technologies and the Petroglyphomat is one of them.
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.
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.
(Embryo III © Steve Barrett 2016)
I am very happy I recently received a proof copy of the Visionary Palette Nr.06 The current issue explores creative usage of transparency in graphic, fashion and product design and features the CI of the HfK Hochschultage 2012 that I developed a loooooong time ago together with Fillipo Barraccani and Mikko Gärtner.
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.
On Wednesday the 17th of July 2015 I will present some of my personal projects and some works I did with Xenorama at the Pecha Kucha Night Durban. The event starts at 18:30 and there will be a lot of other great presentations (including Menzi Maseko talking about the BAT Centre!)
For more information check out the Facebook event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just some days after I posted the documentation of my Bachelor project online it is already featured on a number of cool websites and blogs (here are just some of them). That makes me very happy =)
+ A very interesting (german) article from Humboldt Universities “Future Publications in the Humanities” research project
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.
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.
The topic of this years edition of Genoas Festival of Science is Time. So i was very happy when I received a invitation to exhibit my Decelerator Helmet by curator of the NeuroArt exhibition Martin Romeo. Sadly I can´t be there in person, so you cannot try the helmet but just look at it from the outside and watch the documentation video.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaey, another good message: The Decelerator Helmet won at the Design for Experience Award in the Category: Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences presented by the UX Magazine.
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”.
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).
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.
I saw this video at the Metropolitan Museum a couple of months ago and now accidently found the video again… amazing!
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.
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.
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 :)
Together with some great people I will talk and discuss about a “good tomorow” at the 16. January. It is the opening event of dreiforms new design discourse plattform Salon-D and part of the PASSAGEN which are part of the Internationale Möbemesse Köln.
And it´s gonna be fun…
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.
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.
Yesterday I received a nice package from open:output with the 2013 yearbook including my Decelerator Helmet and a official looking certificate.
I finally finished the website for the class of Prof. Ingo Vetter who is teaching “Sculpture with classic materials” at the University of Arts, Bremen. It´s a subtle WordPress Design with some nice extras…
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.
I helped her preparing the exhibition and now I have my fingers crossed and hope she wins…