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EGO (2015) Interactive Installation at 19th International Figurentheater-Festival (Erlangen, Germany)

If you plan to attend this festival, check out the EGO (2015) interactive installation by Klaus Obermaier with Stefano D’Alessio & Martina Menegon along with the other installations listed below.

EGO – Klaus Obermaier with Stefano D'Alessio & Martina Menegon from Klaus Obermaier on Vimeo.

The interactive installation EGO re-stages and reverses the process of alienation by enhancing and deforming the mirror image by the movements of the users. Although an abstraction, it quickly becomes the self and reestablishes the tension between the real and the symbolic, the Ego and the It, the subject and the object.


Additional installations also at the festival include:


face IT – interactive installation from Klaus Obermaier on Vimeo.



BB – Interactive Sculpture by Klaus Obermaier, 2014 from Klaus Obermaier on Vimeo.


Information about the festival:


From 8 to 17 May 2015 the cities of Erlangen, Nuremberg and Fürth will host the 19th International Figurentheater-Festival. Over the course of ten days, the festival will feature more than 50 companies from around the world, presenting almost 100 contemporary productions in 20 different venues spread across the metropolitan region. The biennial festival – one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe – welcomes approximately 20.000 spectators every two years.

“Figurentheater” – in German a collective term for puppetry, object and visual theatre – ranks amongst the oldest and most fascinating forms of performing arts. Over the last decades, it has continuously transgressed genre boundaries and developed an innovative artistic vocabulary by generating creative synergies and absorbing influences from other art forms. Elements of contemporary dance and performance, as well as interdisciplinary approaches towards fine arts and new media have become as much an integral part of the genre as puppetry, object and visual theatre itself.

Pictoplasma 2015 (Berlin, Germany)


The world’s leading and largest Conference and Festival of contemporary character culture returns, with a dense program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation screenings, workshops, installations, selected character walk exhibitions and group shows, performances and of course, loads of character!

NODE15 | Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body (Frankfurt, Germany)

We bring together practitioners, researchers, educators and artists from around the world who are engaged in disciplines such as Software Development, Media Arts, Generative Design & Data Visualisation, Graphics, Computational and Interaction Design.

With the leitmotif ‘Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body’, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology.

Innovative technological concepts such as Ambient Intelligence, Wearables and The Internet of Things are no longer a futuristic vision. The human body is gradually becoming exposed to processes of evaluation and optimization. Consider the grandmother with a pacemaker a new cyborg. The range of such intimate human-machine relationships is mind-boggling. Our goal is to step back and ask ourselves: What direction are we as human beings heading? What impact will this have on society? How can we apply this knowledge in our art works?

You’ll be injected with ideas and knowledge on the creative use of software and hardware along with vvvv workshops where you can learn how to combine it all, for beginners and experts alike.

NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt, Germany)

From April 27th – May 3rd 2015 we are gathering creative coders and digital artists for the 4th edition of the biennial festival NODE Forum for Digital Arts. As a platform for the creative exploration of technologies, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology. NODE15 will present artistic, scientific and design perspectives on questions of embodiment in the digital sphere.

NODE15 is dedicated to the negotiation of the human body throughout current technological developments and how this is being expressed in our present projects; utopias; and fictions. We will reflect on processes of embodiment; the integral role of the body in perception and interaction; as location of implicit knowledge; and as a tool we constantly try to extend and optimize.

Hamster Hipster Handy. Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone (Frankfurt, Germany)

Many people can no longer imagine everyday life without a mobile phone, or “Handy”, as it is fondly called in the German-speaking world. Its functions meanwhile far exceed making and receiving phone calls: the “cell” is a camera, fashion accessory, computer, flashlight, video screen and much more. As complex as it is contradictory, it forms the core of a whole universe of objects. It shapes our communication, influences our consumer behaviour, reveals our preferences, and brings in its wake entire complexes of things that wouldn’t exist without the mobile telephone. Citing examples from the worlds of design and the media, film and contemporary art, the exhibition will focus on these aspects and show the cell phone as an object that – convenient and harmful, bonding and polarizing – contributes to shaping our cultural self-conception.

KINO DER KUNST 2015 (Munich, Germany)

From April 22 to 26, 2015 Munich will host the second edition of KINO DER KUNST, a unique event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative fictitious forms. KINO DER KUNST is designed to be an exhibition and a film festival in one, creating a showcase for today’s trends in art and an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public. In 2015, it focuses on the subject ‘Science & Fiction’ and explores the latest techniques of narration in films by visual artists, thereby demonstrating how much technological inventions and concepts of contemporary art dominate the commercial media industry.

3D Printshow (Berlin, Germany)

Cutting-edge 3D printing showcase and conference.

3D Printshow Berlin features will include:

Art Gallery
Knowledge Bar
Business Hub
Lab (Your chance to get hands-on experience)
Classroom (Schools & Education section)

Videonale.15 Festival for Contemporary Video Art (Bonn, Germany)

Videonale, founded in Bonn in 1984, is the international platform for video art and time-based art forms. With VIDEONALE.15 (27/2 – 19/4/2015), the Festival for Contemporary Art will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In addition to presenting established international artists like Dara Birnbaum, Keren Cytter, Gary Hill, Christian Jankowski, Marcel Odenbach and Bill Viola, Videonale particularly focuses on the promotion of aspiring young artists. Initially at home in the Bonn Kunstverein, Videonale has been using the splendid rooms of the Bonn Kunstmuseum since 2005. A comprehensive festival programme offers an extensive insight into current artistic practice, but also into current discussions of video art and developments on the art market. Numerous events and exhibition projects will enliven both the Kunstmuseum and the City of Bonn during the festival.

AURA – light installation by Till Nowak in Hamburg (Germany)

AURA – motion sensitive light installation from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

The light installation by the artist Till Nowak AURA consists of twelve large glass blocks, lined up like the pillar architecture in an arcade along the Osakaallee. The work is integrated into the architecture in an almost natural way – place and artwork a symbiosis. The town forms the eastern boundary of the Overseas Quarter in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

From dusk AURA is initially at rest, in a constant atmosphere of gentle light. The glass cube react as though by an invisible hand controlled when movement occurs in their immediate environment: passing by walkers, cyclists, skaters and coaches. Approaches the visitor to one of glass objects, this is activated and lights in different shades on. Color and intensity of light change for a timed moment before the sleep mode occurs again. Everyone contributes by the movement of his light bill with him as he goes along the arcades or traveling.