The heart of Raumwelten is the conference with its five panels, which in very different ways address the motto. In addition, keynotes and meetings between universities and the industry extend the spectrum of the conference.

Presentation: Anja Lange

Find a detailled programme overview here.

Panel Media: “Think New Spatial System Now!”

Thursday, November 19, 10:30 am // Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, Reithalle

During the lockdown, cultural institutions such as museums and theatres were forced to re-curate their objects and works and find innovative ways of communication. They showed us how virtual spaces can be re-designed. However, a real experience is often lacking; we need physical contact again, the social dimension. How important is real space? What the implementation/interpretation of content in real and virtual spaces at museums, exhibitions, concert halls and theatres could look like in the future is discussed by curator Charlotte Tamschick with:

Nathalie van Sasse van Ysselt (Madison Square Garden, New York), Patrik de Jong (Artificial Rome, Berlin), Cedric Kiefer (onformative, Berlin), Franziska Ritter (1&1 Concerts, Berlin)

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Panel Universities and Industry:

Scenography & Experience Design: Quo vadis? A „Pecha Fooda“ on the future of our industry

Thursday, November 19, 12:45 pm // Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, Reithalle

This panel is not about the impact of the coronavirus. It is about longer-term perspectives. The key question is: What kind of spaces do we want to live in tomorrow? The related expert question is: What do we as scenographers and experience designers want to do for these spaces of the future? Play spaces, knowledge spaces, natural spaces, non-spaces, sports spaces, workspaces, learning spaces, garden spaces, brand spaces, healing spaces, ritual spaces, virtual spaces, spaces to die in… While diversity is high, our aspirations to improve such spaces proactively are not yet high enough. To change this, we must shift creation and design to phase 2. And fight for a stronger phase 1: the concept. What is being told and/or explained in the spaces mentioned above? Which game is being played? Which role or mind-set do users take on? If we take better care of Phase 1 now, we will have a lot to do in the future. If, as is the case too often, we are interested in Phase 2 only, we will abolish ourselves. For the multifaceted exploration of this proposition, we have: a series of 5-minute-lectures with 5-minute breaks in between as well as finger food. Accompanied by whispers during lectures and chatter in the breaks. We also take a relaxed walk together with Sven Klomp. And we call this event format a „Pecha Fooda“.

Speakers (i.a.): Ruth Scheel (FHNW Basel), Neele Denker (Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel), Jimmy Schmid (HS Bern), Manuel Peris (Student HS Kaiserslautern), Carina Ernst (VerA / Berlin), Simon J. Walter (Stiftung Deutsche Bestattungskultur, Düsseldorf), Jan und Sophia Firgau (Studierende FH Dortmund), Nikolaus Hafermaas (Graft Brandlab / Berlin), Domenico Bergamin (Steiner Sarnen), Michael Hollstein und Carolin Welss (Aroma, Zürich)

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Panel Nature-Space-Countryside:

Install New Nature Now: New Staging of Nature

Thursday, November 19, 4:00 pm // Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, Reithalle

Nature is best at staging itself as a setting, with its subtle use of light and shadow, colour, and sound, highlighting certain objects. Engulfing them, revealing them. It is narrative – telling stories and creating an immersive, emotional experience, spatially surrounding you while weather, times and seasons change …. All these parameters play key roles in scenography too. While in the Media Panel the starting point for discussions is psyche as the smallest possible space, this Panel deals with the great space of nature, which is becoming so much more important as a stage for cultural events too, especially now. The Panel also addresses the question of which transformations currently take place in the rural space in addition to major staging events. Is the industrialisation of rural spaces followed by urbanisation? Could rural space offer a solution in the age of pandemic? And which new social and cultural forms of space use result from this trend?

Speakers: Hubert Lepka (Lawine Torrén, Moosdorf/AT), Thomas E. Bauer (Kulturgranit, Konzerthaus Blaibach) und Heike Bruckner (BRUCKNER Ganzheitliche Planung, Bregenz/AT) & Armin Ebenhoch (Landwirt & Bauherr, Röthis/AT), Jeppe Hein (Studio Jeppe Hein, Berlin)

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Panel Formats: Uploading New Formats

Friday, November 20, 10:30 am // Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, Reithalle

Despite all claims to the contrary, scenography has not come to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19-pandemic. But all of us had and still have to do some radical rethinking! It is precisely because and not in spite of the difficult situation for fairs, events, museums, trade, theatre and cultural institutions that new formats had to develop. We provide insight into these current and still emerging formats of encounter and communication: Which specific formats have evolved in recent months? Which experience has been gathered so far? How to further develop the new findings? What can the different industries learn from each other and how can they find a shared approach? Can the modified formats secure the future of scenography? We discuss these and other issues with our guests who tell us about their ideas and specific hybrid event and fair projects, the digital expansion of theatre space, virtual museum platforms, as well as analogue cultural experiences in compliance with physical distancing rules.

Curated by Janina Poesch and Sabine Marinescu

Speakers i.a.: Johannes Plass (Mutabor, Hamburg), Constanze Fischbeck (HfG, Karlsruhe), Franziska Ritter (TU Berlin) & Pablo Dornhege (UdK Berlin), Marina Bauernfeind (, Ulm/Düsseldorf)

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Panel Architecture:

Install New Utopia – On the need for utopias in architecture

Friday, November 20, 2:00 pm // Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, Reithalle

Prior to the coronavirus caesura, the word ‘new’ was often added for marketing purposes. A detergent with a ‘new’ composition sells better, promising to be a result of the latest technical developments. The discipline of architecture, however, rejects fashion and marketing, being proud when buildings look as though they have always been there. Or referring to Vitruv and the basic constants of architectural design. Especially now, innovation would be needed more than ever. ‘Relevant’ would certainly be a more suitable attribute to choose, because even if many familiar issues are still relevant, there are designs and architectural visions which are ‘relevant’ as well as ‘new’. Relevant, because they try to develop answers to the questions of our time. And new because they introduce different ideas and approaches for the visualisation of possible future scenarios. Often, this involves to radically think beyond existing technical possibilities in terms of potential scenarios for different versions of the future. Several different approaches are demonstrated by the extended creative field, where architects have developed relevant contributions to the handling of resources and climate change, digitalisation, and social processes. Approaches that whet your appetite for new spaces.

Curated by Tobias Wallisser

Speakers: Gilles Retsin (AUAR – Automated Architecture, London) und Dirk Hebel (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – KIT, Fachgebiet Entwerfen und nachhaltiges Bauen), Ren Yee (UNStudio, Amsterdam)

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