Lectures, Performances, Installations

Schule der Distanz No. 1

With Ed Atkins, Omer Fast, Oliver Grau, Christiane Heibach, David Helbich, Finn Johannsen / Alexis Le-Tan / Gwen Jamois, Annika Kahrs, Doris Kolesch, Shintaro Miyazaki, Studierende der Universität Hildesheim mit Eike Wittrock, Mirjam Schaub, David Weber-Krebs, Stefanie Wenner

  • 6 h
  • In German and English

Past Dates

One central aspect of experiencing immersion is a shift from being a distanced observer to becoming a co-producer in the situation. Habitual safety gaps disappear; more than ever before, art can be touched, shaped and influenced. And all this in settings created by artists – settings which the audience can enter and make their own.

But immersion is not confined to experiencing art; it also describes a way of perceiving the world in an era where our environment is increasingly digitalised. Digital data, images and sounds surround our lives, structuring our everyday rules to an ever greater extent. In the age of Big Data, however, we are no longer users; instead, we are used by the data itself. Algorithms organise our lives and know what we want even before we have given it any thought.

For Schule der Distanz No.1, which will take place at Martin-Gropius-Bau from 18 to 20 November 2016, artists and academics will develop new input on issues of proximity and distance in immersive times. They render visible what usually remains concealed. They modify seemingly inalterable rules. And they create spaces for divergent thought. Deep into the night, there will be performances, lectures and installations; in hidden stairwells, rarely accessible nooks and high above the roofs of the city. Schule der Distanz thus becomes a venue for shared time, where a wide range of creative and academic input allows for new processes of realisation.

Programme by Day

Fri 18.11. | Sat 19.11. | Sun 20.11.


Ed Atkins
“Second Person”
Performance, 18.–20.11.2016, in English

Omer Fast
»Talking is not always the solution«
Exhibition, 18.–20.11.2016 open until 22:00

Oliver Grau
“IMMERSION: Will we ever get used to it? On historically comparative image research”
Keynote, 18.11.2016, 18:00, in German

Christiane Heibach
“Technologies of Immediacy”
Lecture, 20.11.2016, in German

David Helbich
“Be there, do this – visitor scores”
Performance/Installation, 18.–20.11.2016

Finn Johannsen / Alexis Le-Tan / Gwen Jamois
“I Can’t Turn Around”
Performance, 18.–20.11.2016
Finn Johannsen: DJ Ron Hardy 1985 (Muzik Box, Chicago)
Alexis Le-Tan: DJ Alfredo 1988 (Amnesia, Ibiza)
Gwen Jamois: Mixmaster Morris 1993 (Telepathic Fish, London)
Co-curator: Nguyễn Phương-Đan

Annika Kahrs
“Alone Together”
Performance/Installation, 18.–20.11.2016

Doris Kolesch
“In praise of indirectness”
Keynote, 20.11.2016, 18:00, in German

Shintaro Miyazaki
“The principle of oscillation – the immersed end-consumer”
Lecture, 19.11.2016, in German

Students of the University of Hildesheim with Eike Wittrock
“Feelings? It might be political”
Performance/Installation, 18.–20.11.2016

Mirjam Schaub
“Captivity. Breaking out of artistic experience in the age of immersion”
Keynote 19.11.2016, 18:00, in German

David Weber-Krebs
“The Guardians of Sleep (confidential version)”
Performance, 18.–20.11.2016

Stefanie Wenner
“o.T. oder Can the Lecturer speak?”
Lecture, 18.11.2016, in German

On 18 and 19 November 2016, the research project “Reenacting Emotions. Strategies and Politics of Immersive Theater” at Freie Universität Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Doris Kolesch, cooperation partner of the programme “Immersion”, held a conference under the title “Commit Yourself! Strategies of Staging Spectators in Immersive Theater“ at Martin-Gropius-Bau and FU Berlin.
Detailed information:  www.sfb-affective-societies.de/en/veranstaltungen/termine/tagung_commityourself.html

Concept & Dramaturgy Cornelius Puschke
Head of Production Claudia Peters
Project Assistance Anja Predeick
Technical Directors Matthias Schäfer, Bert Schülke
Assistant of the Technical Directors Florian Schneider
Trainee Hannah Glauner

A Berliner Festspiele / Immersion event

Immersion. Analoge Künste im Digitalen Zeitalter