Masterclass Artistic Research 2019

Filmuni Summer School: Masterclass Artistic Research "Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan"
Storytelling as Strategy: "Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan“

Date: Sept 9-19, 2019

By invitation only

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Language: English

This Masterclass Artistic Research invites students to become part of an artistic research project and its transmedia presentation. In collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute of the Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, the „Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan“ project explores the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans and our relationship with the marine environment. Using playfulness, creativity, and imagination, the project aims at developing new perspectives. Following an innovative set design approach, „Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan“ creates imageries and narratives representing new ways of dealing with the element of water and its inhabitants.

The future is too valuable to dedicate only to politics and economics. Let us find some ways to use relevant experience in filmmaking and art in order to develop positive utopias. There are already many dystopias on the screen. But what about the images from the world in which we want to live someday?

Prof. Angelica Böhm
Head of project "Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan"
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Angelica Böhm © Studio PicturePeople

Content & Objectives

The project‘s first Summer School will bring M.A. and PhD students from England, Finland, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, the US, and German-speaking countries together to exchange ideas and collaborate artistically. The Summer School will open with a symposium in which renowned speakers from the fields of geosciences, marine biology, artistic research, economics, and philosophy will provide introductions to the subject matter. In a Mind Lab, we will develop scenarios and discuss the „Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan“ approach. We will experiment with transmedia storytelling in space, compare different methods of artistic research, and exchange cultural perspectives. The accompanying program will allow for exploring Berlin‘s and Potsdam‘s cultural landscape and comprises visits to artists‘ workshops, galleries, and clubs.

Target audience

For our Summer School, we are looking for M.A. and PhD students from the disciplines of screenwriting/dramaturgy, installation art, painting, model design, set design, video, VR, and drawing whose activities in the field of creative research enable them actively contribute to the project. Travel and accommodation expenses will be subsidized for international participants.

Lecturers and Speaker

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Jeffrey Barbee

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Jeffrey Barbee

Jeffrey Barbee is the director and founder of Alliance Earth, an independent not-for-profit envi-ronmental and scientific reporting initiative funding science reporting for the world’s media. He is also the head of Alliance Earth’s Dung Beetle Project. The project drives science education that is fun, fiery and unforgettable from a plastic-powered mobile stage that converges art and education. Jeffrey Barbee is an award winning writer and filmmaker with over 18 years of reporting experi-ence in 27 countries. His specialty is cross-platform multimedia and event-based projects that con-verge art, print, web, television and mobile delivery to drive awareness about global environmental issues. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Dr. Iris Ziegler

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Dr. Iris Ziegler

Dr. Iris Ziegler has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. As a scientist, environmentalist and passionate scuba diver she fell in love with the unique beauty of our oceans and the fragility of the marine ecosystems a long time ago and she is keen to learn and discover as much as possible of this amazing underwater universe ever since. Especially sharks, as the top predators are absolutely vital to the healthiness of marine ecosystems and have thus been the specific focus of her interest from the start. Therefore, she joined Sharkproject Germany e.V., a marine conservation organisation, in 2016. As a voluntary campaigner and school instructor she educates people of all ages and especially kids, sharing her fascination and teaching them about the importance and the threatened status of sharks. Thereby, she especially hopes to demonstrate how we can all help to prevent the ongoing extinction of these animals.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Dr. Bernhard Diekmann

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Dr. Bernhard Diekmann (© Kerstin Rolfes)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Diekmann is a geologist by training. Since April 2015 he is the head and representative of the Potsdam Research Center of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). He is responsible for location-based AWI issues on site as well as in regional science policy committees and associations. He is also the Chairman of the State Association of Non-University Research Brandenburg (LAUF e.V.) and member of the board of proWissen Potsdam e.V. He has many years of experience as a geoscientist and has dealt in particular with climate change of the past in the Alpine region, in East Africa, in the Antarctic Ocean, in Siberia and in the Tibetan highlands. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Diekmann has participated in more than 20 land and ship expeditions, including 14 campaigns under his leadership. In recent years, he has increasingly contributed to the public relations work of the AWI.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Nicole F. Loeser

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Nicole F. Loeser

Nicole F. Loeser is a project manager, curator, consultant and coach collaborating with renowned institutions and corporations throughout the world. Her deep understanding of mediating diverse themes facilitates the creation and production of new knowledge and collaboration models. She is Artistic Director of The Institute for Art and Innovation and founded the art gallery WHITECONCEPTS in 2009. In 2017, she took over the position as project lead oft he EU co-funded project The Universal Sea, which examines interdisciplinary cooperation formats in order to generate effective solutions to the problem of water pollution, primarily through plastic. So far, 75 organizations including 18 universities have joined forces with the project. Nicole Loeser studied Musicology, Cultural Sciences and Economics at the Humboldt University as well as Fine Arts and Project Management at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Lecturers and Speaker

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Dr. Martin Ullrich

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Dr. Martin Ullrich

Prof. Dr. Martin Ullrich - was President of Nuremberg University of Music from 2009 to 2017 and Chair of the Rectors' Conference of the German Universities of Music in the from 2011 to 2017. He started to work as a full-time professor at Nuremberg University of Music after his term as a president had ended. His main research area is the function of music and sound in the interdisciplinary context of Human-Animal Studies. His professorship aims at innovative and interdisciplinary questions in Music Theory and Musicology. It is situated at the interface between scholarly and artistic research and helps to build up an international research network in the relatively young area of Human-Animal Studies.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Jan Schneider

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Jan Schneider (© J. Schneider)

Jan Schneider studied graphic design in Munich and then worked as a graphic designer for print media and set designer for computer games. From 2005 to 2009 he studied scenography at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF where he also worked as an artistic researcher at the scenography department from 2009 to 2014. He is currently working on free projects in the field of set design for animation and VFX for film.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Angelica Böhm © Studio PicturePeople

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Angelica Böhm

Prof. Angelica Böhm is a qualified interior designer and production designer. Since 2013 she is a member of the German Film Academy. She works as a production designer for cinema, TV and theatre. She is also the professor in the Scenography Department at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. She has designed and implemented the set design for many national and international film productions. The film LIFE GOES ON (directed by Marc Cairns) received the Emmy Award in 2003 and the Gold Hugo Award in the same year. Project work and teaching are inseparable for Prof. Angelica Böhm. Since 2006 she has been leading the platform "Experimental Production Design" at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Since 2015 it has been transformed into the artistic research project "Transmedia Storytelling: Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan".
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Stefan Winter

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Prof. Stefan Winter

Prof. Stefan Winter is a philosopher and author. He researched and taught at universities and art schools in Basel, Braunschweig, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, Perugia and Potsdam. Since 2018 he is Honorary Professor for Artistic Research and since 2019 Head of the Institute for Artistic Research at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Numerous publications on all epochs in the history of knowledge and on present-day questions across the disciplines.

Lecturers and Speaker

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Dr. Lars Gutow © Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Sina Loeschke

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Dr. Lars Gutow (© Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Sina Loeschke)

Dr. Lars Gutow is a research scientist at the AWI in Bremerhaven. Since 2011 he is a member of the AWI North Sea Office which is a scientific unit engaged in knowledge transfer to improve the provision of scientific knowledge to stakeholders, such as politicians, authorities, NGOs, media and the broad public. He teaches at the University of Bremen. His ecological research activities address the effects of changing environmental conditions on the ecosystems of the oceans. The responses of marine plants and animals to man-made environmental changes, such as climate change, are a special focus of his work. Since about 15 years he has been investigating the pollution of the oceans by plastic debris and microplastics and how this changes the structure and function of the oceans.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Lina Persson

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Lina Persson

Lina Persson is an artist and researcher based in Stockholm. With a special interest in how science and mythology meet in the science fiction genre, she investigates the struggle over the interpretation of the future, she traces geological transformations through human storytelling and connect technological ideology with the shaping of the planet. She is currently working on her research project Climate-Just Worldings that explores questions like: What would it mean to my artistic practice if there was a built-in limitation for me to use more resources than my share? What would a world look like, where future generations could access and confront the present with its overdraw of resources? Through different forms of “worldbuilding” like the film industry’s “storyworlds” and the “worldings” of material feminist theory these questions will be investigated.
FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Juan Diaz Bohorquez

FSS Masterclass Artistic Research | Juan Diaz Bohorquez

Juan Diaz Bohorquez is an awarded director, writer and narrative designer who works at the convergence of design, science and storytelling. His practice is driven by a non-linear, cross-disciplinary approach, to create human narratives that emerge from holistic worlds to trigger change. He is the founder and creative director of Kosmology Studio in Berlin/Bogota, a multi-platform, development and production company where he creates film, episodic and XR projects in Europe and America on present social issues. DiazB is also the European Director of the World Building Institute. For the last decade, together with Alex McDowell, director of WBI, he has developed a disruptive art-science, collaborative practice and methodology to combine knowledge with imagination. Since 2010 he has co-curated the World Building Studio, a joint effort between WBI and the Berlinale Talents and has been invited as speaker and mentor at FMX, the VRSci fest and etc.


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Funded by:

Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM), Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), Science + Technolgy + Arts (S+T+ARTS)