PROGRAM : ZKM_Media Theater and Kubus ::

F U T U R E  T H E A T E R


January 18 - 19, 2003 | 11 pm
ZKM_Media Theater

Day Pass: EUR 15/8, for two days: EUR 20/12
The entry tickets are also valid for entrance to the exhibition FUTURE CINEMA

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FUTURE THEATRE, in a two-day symposium dealing specifically with theater, takes up the theme of the exhibition FUTURE CINEMA, pursuing the question as to how much the old medium of theater, in its various forms, and with its concepts of narration, dramaturgy, space, time, reception/interaction influences the new narrative forms in the internet, in computer games, etc. Already at the beginning of the 1990s Brenda Laurel emphasized in her book Computers as Theatre a possible model function of theater for the structuring and presentation of »content« in the new media. On the other hand, the forms of communication which have crystallized from out of the media, likewise have effects on theater, opening new varieties, which may be described using the term »intermediality of theater« [Petra M. Meyer].

The symposium aims to provide an interim balance on the subject. What is going on in this field located somewhere between theater, installation, film, and net art? What projects exist which are often overlooked in the discourse on media theory and, for practical reasons, likewise scarcely find a place in the season’s theater schedules? Invited to take part are theater and media critics as well as selected artists who will introduce their projects—projects which were created and realized from out of the theater and which will enrich the discussion on the media arts in specific ways with new experiences and ideas.


° Program ::

Sat, January 18, 2003 ::

11:00 am ::

Peter Weibel (ZKM)
Elisabeth Schweeger (schauspielfrankfurt) and
Michael Simon (HfG/Dept of Scenography Karlsruhe)
Welcoming remarks

11.30 am ::
section 1 :: Computers as Theater :

Carl Hegemann (Volksbuehne Berlin)
Tilman Sack (chattheater Leonce & Lena. Berlin/St. Poelten)
Gisela Mueller (, Munich)
Herbert Fritsch (Volksbühne Berlin): Hamlet _X

3:00 pm ::
section 2 :: From Think Tank to Executive Tank :
(Roundtable Discussion)

Elisabeth Schweeger (schauspielfrankfurt)
Wanda Golonka (Choreographer, Frankfurt)
Ingrid von Wantoch-Rekowsi (Scenographer, Brussels)
Nikolas Stemann (freelance director, Hamburg/Berlin)
Michael Simon (HfG Karlsruhe/Scenography)


Sun, January 19, 2003 ::

11:00 am ::
section 3 :: Theater, Intermediality, Digital Divide :

Johannes Odenthal (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)
Wolfgang Bergmann (theaterkanal/3sat, Mainz)
Michael Simon (HfG Karlsruhe/Scenography)
Helena Waldmann (freelance director, Berlin)

2:00 pm ::
section 4 :: Theater-Research-Laboratories :

Christopher Balme (University of Mainz)
Uwe Mattheiss/Sabine Mitterecker (, Vienna)
Andreas Breitscheid (Forum Neues Musiktheater, Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Presentation :

Bernd Lintermann: »The Jew of Malta«
opera project of the Munich Biennale, in cooperation with the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Concluding discussion

Moderation: Birgit Wiens (Munich) and Peter M. Boenisch (Munich)