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Analog collages

For ZDI brochures
May 8th, 2006

Inspired by my illustrations for the high profile economy magazine brand eins ZDI Industrieverbund asked me to contribute collages for two of their annual brochures.

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Interview in DE:BUG 96

About the Institute For Music And Media
Januar 2006

Gave my schoolmate and friend Vicky Tiegelkamp / playframe an interview for the German music magazine DE:BUG.

We talked about my new post at the Institute For Music And Media in Duesseldorf and their diploma program Audio and Video Engineering. To appoint a professorship at a University for Music to a communication designer is exceptional - if not unique. The students I work with are all musicians.

Read the full article [German].

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Cover artwork for "Variety"

Published by a-musik, Cologne
May 15th, 2005

In this impressive duo improvisation Marcus Schmickler plays inside piano and computer, and brilliant John Tilbury piano.

Variety was recorded at Loft Cologne, one of the best Jazz clubs in Europe. Text on cover by Felix Ensslin.

Via a-musik: "The piano's harmonic figures meet with computer sounds unexpectedly within a slowly changing acoustic environment. Piano pixies sing and dance serenely in a virtual space while the noises from the instrument insitage dialogues with the computer. The music is tranquil, never aggressive and is at almost every moment polyphonic in the good old sense of the word. Pretty often, the two musicians play on two different planes so that in spite of the slowness of the whole thing, the resulting complex relationships offer a lot of surprises. The sureness and the tranquility which emanats from these musical actions, figures, shapes and processes, acknowledges and asserts the ghost of Morton Feldman, who seems to hover benevolantly over these sounds: Stop asking questions." (Johannes Fritsch)

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Digital Visual Media

My new post at IMM in the news
May 2005

The German newspaper Westdeutsche Zeitung introduced me as the new professor for Digital Visual Media at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf.

Photo © Manu Burghart

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Studio space

And tons of chocolate
2004-2005

For one year I had the great pleasure to share an amazing studio space with my dear friend and brilliant designer Manu Burghart.

The Kölnischer Kunstverein sponsored this room with a view in Cologne's Chocolate Museum right at the banks of the river Rhine. First action Manu and I took was to renovate the room with tons of wallpaper fragments. If you ever need exceptional wallpaper ask our friend Bernd Sassmannshausen at 5qm to help with the decision.

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etc* COMMUNITIES? COMING?

extreme theory congress
2003-2004

For almost a year I had the privilege to work with a board of the most inspiring people on a concept for an extreme theory congress.

Our idea was not to find answers or to assign the discourses to appropriate faculties, but to enable the experience that in different and disparate fields questions of contemporary subjectivity are negotiated in ways that might produce recognition of neighbourhood. This sort of dispute about acute questions of our times formulated our idea of a socio-political discourse. We wanted to initiate a discourse, which brings together arts, theory, and politics and gives enough room to question scientists and artists about their views on future social structures.

Board members were: William Bennett, Carmen Brucic, Manu Burghart, Felix Ensslin, Gesche Joost, Nicolas Langlitz and me.

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Deconstructed c/o pop shirt

Redesigning a shirt
August 6th, 2004

The Cologne based design studio FRAM asked 40 artists and designers to refine the official c/o pop t-shirts.

Mine got fillet, stuffed into a transparent plastic bag and subtitled with the very last words from Stanley Kubrick's very last movie. Done in old-fashioned Letraset. It is a pity that one can hardly read them on the picture above. 

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WDR Broadcasting

On-air, set, lighting, and sound design
2002-2004

Served two years as creative director for Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR, West German Broadcasting Cologne), a German public-broadcasting institution based in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia with its main office in Cologne. WDR is the largest broadcasting company in continental Europe.

I initiated and led their on-air redesign in close collaboration with British design legend Peter Saville. The video shows a short compilation of a few of the results.

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Virtual set design

Report and research project
Summer 2004

An inspiring project with six exceptional technical producers and designers from WDR Broadcasting. We had the chance to see virtual set technology in Warsaw, Bratislawa, London, Bergen, Madrid, and many other beautiful places in Europe.

After weeks of research we wrote the report Virtual set design and virtual TV studio technologies – several hundred pages long.

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Analog collages

Feet for d magazin
January 16th, 2004

The Berlin design studio Scrollan asked for illustrations of feet for their publication d magazin. No 2 issue was entirely on the part of our body we stand on.

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