“Kyosei depicts the disastrous happenings around Fukushima. I was in Tokyo on those days. The moods that came with the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear catastrophe, I transformed them into a medial panorama.
On March 11 2011, the intense earthquake shook Japan which cause amongst other effects the accident with the reactor in Fukushima. To me, that was a disturbing experience and greatly influenced my perception of Tokyo as a city. The title of the movie, Kyosei, means coexistence and points to the contradiction of continuing a normal life whilst suffering the fear of radiation. The scenes portray Tokyo as a city that is on the one hand dynamic and always well-lit at night but on the other hand shaken by an atomic disaster. Fearful people lose themselves in the anonymous metropolitan crowd in Tokyo, that is being more and more strongly abstracted during the course of the animation.”
“As origin of natural forces and as site of the atomic happenings, nature is given a special importance. Koysei/Coexistence is pictured as a panorama and enables the beholder to embrace a world of imagery as his surroundings. Conversations with the guest show that the panorama installations are a visual experience with strong emotional involvement for the beholder.”
How did you come up with the idea to realize a panorama for your graduation work and what experiences could you make?
My interest in media spaces sparked during my sixth semester. I came up with my first small panorama in a group of four during a seminar with Daniel Wangen. Each of us had differing competences and in the end we created something that none of us could have achieved on their own. The group work and the fact that your are building your own isolated space for a movie have appealed to me from the very beginning. Also, the effect of the panorama was surprising. The movie, that I formerly knew only on screen, could suddenly be experienced in a room. The beholder is involved in a different way. I do not think that a panorama makes you fall for the illusion of being in a different placem, but I can create a narrative atmosphere that the beholder reacts to.
The experience that I gathered with this prototype lead me to the idea for my graduation project and also gave me the confidence to master the task. This time the panorama had to be bigger and portray a topic that had to do with myself. In my work I again had an awesome team - for the construction of the room, the technical installation and the sound, but the conception, the planning of the realization and the execution were in my very own hands. And even though I knew what to do down to the smallest detail, in the end I was still startled by the complexity and dimension of the work. The room with a diameter of five meters and the projections reaching two meters were more impressionable than I had imagined. The feedback I received from visitors, no matter where it was staged, reassured me that I had succeeded in creating an atmosphere that was emotionally touching. To me those were valuable experiences and empowering reactions that encouraged me to continue my work in the way of design.
What came after your studies?
At first I interned at the agency Tamschick Media+Space to gain deeper insight into the everyday work. There I could participate in the creation of spacial concepts for museums and fairs. Simultaneously I had the opportunity to enrich a Berlin theatre ensemble’s scenery with my own videos. Again, team work was a very present topic for me. In theatre everyone is very much into their own discipline and has to make an effort to get involved with others. At the moment I am in the midst of a production of a veneer project that will be viewed within the context of a classical concert in Luxembourg. It is my first time working with Daniel and it is exciting to witness a former lecturer function in the professional world.
It sounds like media spaces will engage you for quite some time. Do you have any plans for the future?
The space seems to have become my common thread. In the fall I am beginning my Master studies. Because of my portfolio I received a scholarship for the study program Narrative Environments at the University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins. The students come from very different branches, e.g. architecture or graphic design. I was told that someone with a background in motion design is rarely seen. I’m excited!
“My time as a student at BTK had many facets, surely not all professors enjoyed my attitude. I have always taken a lot of photographs outside of the university in order to gain practical experience and build a network of potential employers. I did my internship earlier than usual because I wanted to find out if photography was what I actually wanted to do for the rest of my life. There were many parts of the curriculum that fascinated me immensely: Media theory, history of design or even philosophy were some of the courses that have fundamentally contributed to my life path. It is essential to know that you are the one in charge. No one will do your work for you, you have to want it for yourself and then go out to fight for it. No pain no gain!”
“At BTK the atmosphere is very personal and everything takes place under one roof. I got along really well with all professors and fellow students. During this time I learned to stop overthinking and trust my intuition.”
“The personal dialogue with the professors manifested on a very friendly level. I also found someone with whom I felt connected, who could understand me. That way I could solve problems that I had more easily in a short conversation, instead of trying around by myself for ages. There were three different concepts that I discussed with Prof. Katrin Thomas. After that I just knew what I wanted to do. If one does not perceive lecturers solely as teachers and dares to discuss personal ideas and concepts, they can be understood as mentors, so to say. As the study groups at BTK tend to be really small (ten to 15 people), there is plenty of opportunity to get in touch and share with the professors.”
“When you focus only on photography and editing, being self-employed really pays. Surely a gallery and a good rep, as in my case, will be very helpful. And surely that kind of luxury can take its time until beyond the end of your studies. Without hard work and initiative, you cannot live the dream of working and sustaining yourself as a photographer. There are just too many of them in Berlin, to stand your own ground is a big undertaking. After a certain time everyone granted me the freedom that I needed and all of the professors were very supportive of my projects. BTK was a deeply important time in my life and I would choose again and again to study at this university!”
„At BTK I have always appreciated the open dialogue between professors and students, being able to converse freely and on an equal footing. Thereby I always perceived my lecturers as professional guides who could also offer assistance in first actual projects outside of school.“
„Even though I really enjoyed the interdisciplinary courses and tried to make the most out of it, my bachelor thesis was definitely my favorite as I was able to focus on this particular project. Thanks to the theoretical background, the idea for my practical project could ripen day by day, which led to „Methodo“ becoming quite a good one actually. Also, I could further deepen my focus on UI/UX design with this project and also pair it with my passion for bran dings.“
“I particularly like the interdisciplinary work and small seminar groups, because the learning atmosphere was then more comfortable and we could try out lots of things before focusing on one single topic.”
“My favorite project? My bachelor’s thesis! I had produced an illustrated book of select poems by Gottfried Benn, which enabled me to combine my favorite disciplines, Illustration and Editorial Design. From the concept phase to final production, I took care of all the steps personally and am still really satisfied with the result. The climax of my studies!”
"The study program at BTK-FH is a good starting point to discover your passion and capabilities. Since the program offers you several branches of studies and multiple courses, they help you spot your preferences and find your way with ease. I was amazed by the broad range of technical equipment BTK-FH offers you to borrow. This is a big facilitation in your creative workflow and makes students' lives a lot easier in several ways! The cooperation with the profs is amicable and easy-going. They are technically and practically really competent. As always in life, it is up to yourself, to pick up as much knowledge as you can get in this limited time and get the most out of the study program. Once you are working in the industry with clients, you remember how awesome it was, to develop your own creative ideas, without having someone looking over your shoulder all the time…"
"I totally came to 3D through BTK-FH. Before the study program, I hardly opened a 3D software. Some of my first bigger 3D projects were "Drillbot" and "The Limit" where I developed my passion for 3D/VFX, fluid dynamics as well as particle physics."
"My first personal success was my bachelor's thesis "CYCLE" which was staff-picked at Vimeo, shortlisted at "One Minute" Film Festival (Switzerland, 2012) and featured in a couple of blogs such as Behance' "Motion Graphics Served".
"2012 I got the chance to work at the great studio "SEHSUCHT Berlin", where I participated in several big projects and could strengthen my 3D skills. It was a great experience, to bring the knowledge I picked up at BTK-FH to the next level and take it into a professional context and pipeline.
The most successful project (in terms of awards) I had the pleasure to work on at SEHSUCHT Berlin, was the show package for the MTV European Music Awards 2012."
Awards: ADC (2013, 2x Bronze in "Designpackage" and in "Motion Graphics/3d"), ITFS (2013, Gold in "Advertising") BASS (2013, Gold in "Programme Branding Design")
Shortlisted: Cannes Lions (2013, in "Design")
"The following two years I was working at the studio SEHSUCHT where I could benefit from the profound technical knowledge and the practical skills I acquired during my studies at BTK-FH. With my passion for 3D simulation and physics I built up over time, as I mentioned earlier, I could establish myself as "the guy for the fluids and particles" at the studio and ended up doing what I liked most! I was involved in following award-winning projects working in the 3D department in general."
"Lately I took the next step and started my freelancing career. It is exciting to develop ideas and concepts on some projects on my own and being more responsible – it reminds me a bit of the time I studied at BTK-FH."