»Museum Directors should go on ghost trains more often«

Scenographic Professor Michael Simon on the new presentation and projection of exhibitions and events The only course of studies in »Scenography« throughout the country is at the Design Technical College in Karlsruhe. The job description of a stage designer is therefore changing to a designer and in-scene setter of concert stages, multi-media events, film sceneries and museums. Michael Simon, a stage director and designer, ...

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Churches: made of paper or in a strip of wall

In which rooms do we find spiritual home? The institution of the church – judging by the falling number of members – appears to be losing more and more importance socially. However, as a place in a town or city – as a building and as a room – it has always maintained its status. And if you look at the multitude of new ...

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Depraved rooms?

Scent designers work with specific overdosing The sense of smell works emotionally, uncontrollably, almost “bestially”. In the opinion of the scent creators, perfume can unconsciously stir up certain things. Pheromone perfumes, fragrance fences, room scenting … the scent trend is booming. Do we need aromas to create room air? Scent acts as a medium between man and object. This applies to rooms, as well ...

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Kicking over the traces

The writing on the facade Even if all that remains of the building itself is a heap of rubble, sometimes fragments of memory remain attached to the facades of the neighbouring building. Transitoriness is relative. The visible imprints of a building left behind in the remaining traces of the façade tell secrets of its inner life which we would never have discovered on just ...

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Urban environment. Space. Culture.

A wish from Sergei Tchoban concerning export of architecture Service is not art. But the work of architects is a combination of service with the creativity of an artist. In the past 20 years, exchange of information has increased enormously in both areas. In my view, the service provided by architects according to Western standards is a particularly outstanding characteristic of their work. But ...

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The urge to escape certainties

Prof. Juergen Mansel on the meaning of play Play trains skills, promotes readiness to try new directions and teaches sympathy and cooperation. Games only work voluntarily and are therefore a step ahead of other forms of learning. Spaces for play are, however, increasingly restricted. New ones are opening up in the two-dimensional reality of the computer. It’s not just children, but all of us ...

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The unending history of time…

Time has its history too. With the help of sun, moon, stars and technology people have been trying for thousands of years to measure the essence of time, wanting to order it and tame it. These days we have to smile about many of those efforts. And it dawns on us: our way of thinking about time is also determined by the times we ...

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You never lose your beginnings

Psychologist Raimund Thiele on the inner home In our heads, home mostly takes place geographically. In the media we hear about people who have left their hometown, who are waging war for their native country or who hate their homeland (politically). In order to discover what home means to people – regardless of where they live on the planet – we spoke to the ...

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Having, experiencing, being…

The increase play and the project of good living Anyone searching for experiences has little other worries. He has enough to eat and drink, a roof over his head and a little money in his account. It doesn’t have to be much, but enough to feel fairly safe. Anyone searching for experiences has to make a choice. Should he fly to Thailand or go ...

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Instant trust

Ointment for the exploited consumer society It may be that there’s something in the theory that our trust is vanishing, because the condition necessary for trust is becoming scarce – uprightness. Who, in a consensus society, still has the courage to publicly state unpalatable truths? Which politician, philosopher, scientist, journalist or businessman hasn’t long since mutated into a media figure, reinventing himself each morning ...

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