Workshop @ Peter Behrens School of Arts

Listen, Simply Listen.
November 11th, 2015

I gave a lecture on attentive listening as part of the annual Intra Muros week at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in the architecture department of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. In my workshop I juxtaposed the concept of Silence by John Cage, the piece I am sitting in a room by Alvin Lucier, and the graduation commencement speech This is water by David Foster Wallace. The students and I also practiced listening whithout judgement.

Oliver Kruse, Professor of Perception and Design Theory at the Peter Behrens School of Arts already initiated workshops and presentations on the topic of awareness and concentration as part of the Intra Muros week last year. This year he shared the responsibility for the program with graduate designer Nicola Richter.

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Workshop @ Academy of Art and Design Basel

The Self and the Other
March 30th and 31st, 2015

Regine Halter invited me to give the 2-day seminar The Self and the Other at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel for their Conceptional Design Masterstudio students. Had the repeated great pleasure of co-teaching with Ralf Neubauer.

In the two days of the seminar the students critically reflected, analyzed and discussed creating an identity for a client in the broader context of corporate identity projects.

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Visual Music @ tanzhaus nrw

Temps d'Images closing event
January 10th, 2015

For the closing event of the Temps d'Images festival I was invited to present works of my students at the fabulous tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.

The tanzhaus nrw also showed the live performance Olympia by Orson Hentschel, student in the Music and Media program at the Institute For Music And Media. Olympia was created as Orson Hentschel's final project in my Visual Music class supervised by Andreas Kolinski and me.

Afterwards they threw a party in the tanzhaus' massive entrance hall. Live visuals by Tim Fehske, assistant professor for Visual Music Technology / Production, to the music by Christian S (Cómeme), assistant professor for Visual Composition / Graphic Design.

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Panelist @ Literature Club Düsseldorf

Interfaces as a hinge and interpretation
June 3rd, 2014

Prof. Dr. Swantje Lichtenstein invited Dr. Johanna Dombois and me to place a discussion along the boundaries of literature, theory and art at the closing event of the LCD - Literature Club Duesseldorf on in the renowned Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf.

The event itself was an experimental group performance. We included our favorite books, tarot cards, and audience participation. The subject Interfaces was open for new paths and opportunities. it was a kind of incision which represented the end of LCD. Sections, which divided a topic, and breaks, which need to be done. It was a wild, colorful, lively endeavor, and I am very greatful for this experience.

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Workshop @ Academy of Art and Design Basel

Dazwischen – Want the gap
March 26th and 27th, 2014

Regine Halter invited me to give the 2-day seminar Dazwischen – Want the gap at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel for their Conceptional Design Masterstudio students. Had the great pleasure of co-teaching with Ralf Neubauer.

In the two days of the seminar the students reflected, analyzed and discussed inter- and transdisciplinarity regarding the challenges and advantages in the context of their own projects.

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Talk @ Macromedia University for Media and Communication

Just make it beautiful!
November 6th, 2013

Prof. Dr. Christof Breidenich invited me to give a talk at the Cologne campus of MHMK, Macromedia University for Media and Communication on the motion design process – from the client's briefing to the public perception.

I had a boss at a large German broadcaster who would tell me, "Just make it beautiful," when I wanted to discuss identity, concepts, and strategies with him. I took his quote as a stepping stone for my talk about communication design, and why I believe that design is a language, and that you need to know what you want to communicate, and to whom.

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Workshop @ College for Music and Art Montepulciano

Visualizing Music
September 21th until 27th, 2013

Gave my workshop Visualising Music, and worked as a mentor for the 50+ students at the European Academy of Music and Performing Arts Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy.

The European Academy of Music and Performing Arts Montepulciano is the only German cultural project dedicated to music in Italy. The main idea of ​​the academy is to enable encounters between young highly-qualified artists from Europe. The Academy is run by the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
The four music universities of North Rhine-Westphalia (Cologne, Detmold, Düsseldorf and Essen) and the three art schools in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Cologne, Düsseldorf and Münster) signed an agreement to establish a College for Music and Art Montepulciano. The program is funded by the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The College for Music and Art Montepulciano, is organized by Dr. Sybille Fraquelli at the Academy for Music and Dance Cologne and the 2013 motto is Displacement of Time.

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Jury President @ Academy of Art and Design Basel

Diploma / Final exams
September 9th until 11th, 2013

Max Spielmann invited me to chair the diploma jury at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. 20 students graduated in Postindustrial Design at one of their institutes called HyperWerk. At HyperWerk the students are trained in complex process design to initiate and shape the social changes of the future.

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Talk @ Baden-Württemberg Film Academy

Motion design as a cooperative strategy of communication
May 8th, 2013

Gave my talk Motion design as a cooperative strategy of communication as part of the annual Highlights at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. I showed a compilation of the best works from the last two terms by students from the Motion Design program, as well as three experimental videos from the Visual Music workshop, which composer Prof. Matthias Raue and I host twice a year.

Been charing the Motion Design post-graduate program with Prof. Manfred Becker since 1998. This program is unique to German Film Schools.

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Panelist @ Globalize:Cologne 2012

Video Games in Live Performance
November 17th, 2012

theater-51grad dedicated a day to Video Games in Live Performance at the Globalize:Cologne:Theories 2012 festival. Amongst others, Victor Morales (Caracas/Berlin) held his Inside The Machine workshop, and showed his video game lecture, The Blurry Line And Other Divagations.

I was invited to discuss video games as an artistic medium in the performing arts, and the interplay of virtual and real-time reality with Victor Morales and Barbara Kuon, academic faculty member for Media Philosophy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, right after Victor's lecture.

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