The Salon is a crossover and collaboration with the "Dynamic Archive"-lectureseries.
Sven Jonke, stage designer, industrial designer and artist will talk about the potentially liberating and experimental nature of the design for theatre, about the highs and lows of teamwork, about the mutually inspirational relationship between scenography and installation art and about artistic compromises and their interesting consequences.
Why is theatre a lab of visual ideas and why is design a training ground in aesthetics? Are stage design studies fundamentally meaningless? What is nontheatrical aesthetics?
Conversation about spectacle and trash, ideology and humour, about combining modesty and megalomania as well as on other aspects of design.
There will be a workshop for students the next day - 20th of June - at the "Nebenflut" (Room 1.07.040).
Sven Jonke (Bremen, 1973) studied industrial design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna (under Paolo Piva) and at the Faculty of Architecture, School of Design in Zagreb.
Together with Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković, he is the founding member of Numen / For Use, a Croatian-Austrian design collective working in the fields of scenography, industrial and spatial design and conceptual art.
The group's early enterprises are characterized by experiments with radical formal reduction, modernist dogmatism and total-design projects.
In 2004 they broaden their scope to include scenography and production design, with numerous realisations in theatres and operas across Europe still continuing today.
During the past decade the collective focussed predominantly on configuring objects and concepts without a predefined function, an activity resulting in the more hybrid and experimental works such as the N-Light series and a whole spectrum of immersive large-scale installations (Tape, Net, Tuft, Tube, Void and String) which are currently featured in public spaces and art galleries around the globe.
Sven Jonke held various workshops and masterclasses internationally at academic and non-academic institutions including Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin among others.
Numen/ For Use won several awards such as the Design Award at International Design Festival DMY Berlin, two gold medals at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, two Borštnikov scenography awards, two Red Dot Awards for product design and German Design Council Award to name a few.
They exhibited at Danish Design Center, Ars Electronica, Design Museum London, Watts Institute of Contemporary Art/CCASan Francisco, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Spiral Gallery Tokyo, Zou-na-hanna Terrace Yokohama, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Florence, Färgfabriken Stockholm, Centro Cultural FIESP in Sao Paulo, K Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul, Arte BA Buenos Aires, 21_21 Design Sight Tokyo, House for Contemporary Art Z33 Hasselt and Palais de Tokyo in Paris among others.