On April 4, 2009, a multimedia anniversary performance took place at the Theaterplatz in Weimar to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus School of Design and Architecture. The event included thematic projections, actions with actors and dancers, audio, and fireworks. Red Mike interviewed Marcus Max Schreiner, art director of the event.
“What every city needs is events for the people. People are searching for reasons to come together. The city of Weimar was very open to our ideas, and this idea, [they told us] you can do it. And that’s important. You need to get the chance and that’s what happened to us. They gave us the chance to get the Theatre place to do something where many, many people come to look at.”
“We use the architecture to represent these parts in our performance. We projected images on it to let this architecture, which has a lot of meaning, we add something. The architecture is there explaining a story, so I can take this story and put something on it to explain another story…”
“We need this kind of happenings for the people because then, they can discuss and they have to find their own words, find their own solutions, find their own opinions. That’s important too. You see something and you have to have an opinion because the other person saw the same thing. So you have to make a point somehow.”
“[Take] Daniel Thompson for example. Within the performance, he starts to make his own performance and it was very beautiful for me to see that a person saw the chance and did something. It was beautiful. I would never be able to think about making this so beautiful like he felt in the moment, and he did it, and it was perfect.”
Marcus Max Schreiner is a media designer, specialized on format developing for multimedia happenings. He is member of the “kunstcollective weimar”, the gaswerk design- and projekt werkstatt Weimar and the singer of the audiovisual band “]>I<.>O>[ :InfiniteOrder:”. He studied at the Bauhaus – University Weimar and the Concordia University of Montreal. His main interest is the potential of synaesthetic perceptions.
Spirit of Space is an organization that uses digital media to promote greater awareness of designed environments formed by Adam Goss, Red Mike, Ryan Clark, and Dean Storm.