Chris Ziegler is a director, digital artist and architect of numerous international interdisciplinary projects in dance, performing and new media arts. Currently he holds a position as Assitant Professor for Interactive Media at Arizona State University (ASU) where he is researching on, Digital Stage“. He is Associate Artist of ZKM Karlsruhe, lecturer, teacher and researcher at SINLAB/ École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Amsterdam School for the Arts (AHK) and the International Choreographic Center in Amsterdam (ICK Amsterdam), Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design / ZKM Karlsruhe, the Art University of Linz „Interface Cultures“, LaSalle University Singapore and also at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
He started out his carreer 1994 at the Center for Art and Media ZKM Karlsruhe working amongst the pioneers of dance and new media projects. He designed the Frankfurt Ballett award winning CD-ROM “Bill Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies“ and programmed Bill Seamans Installation „Passages Sets“, which won a Golden Nika for “Interactive Arts“ at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (Austria). His own interactive multimedia dance performances, digital film and video installations and scenographic works won awards and were presented internationally (ZKM Karlsruhe at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, KIASMA Museum Helsinki, YCAM Performance Center Yamagucchi, VIA festival Maubeuge/Paris, DANCE festival Munich and other places). In 2006 Goethe Institute invited him to Japan for the German – Japan Year to give dance media workshops and perform his stage works. He collaborated with choreographers and opera directors like the German Director Michael Simon and others on stage productions at the Munich Bavarian State Opera, Wuppertal Opera, Opera Bern and State Theater of Baden in Karlsruhe.
Nike Wagner invited him 2007 to the Artfestival in Weimar to organize the first DanceMedia Academy with choreograph students from Palucca Dance School Dresden, dancers from various European dance schools and composers from the Music Academy Weimar. He lectured in several academic and non academic institutions. like the Dance Apprentices Network Across Europe D.A.N.C.E from Europe‘s leading choreographers Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj and in India at ATTAKKALARI Center for Movement Arts and Mixed Media in Bangalore and GATI dance New Delhi and in Japan at Yamagucchi Center for Art and Media YCAM.
In 2001 he received the “Young Art and New Media Award“ in Munich, a Performing Arts Award from the Endowment of the Arts Baden-Württemberg 2004 and was Nominee for the Monaco Dance Forum Award 2006 and won several Design Awards, such as the New York I.D. Design Silver and Bronze Awards and a “New Voices New Visions“ Multimedia Award, New York.
The presentation will describe the recent history of theater stage as an exploration of the imaginative as architecture. Beginning with Examples of Cinematic Stages and information Spaces of Erwin Piscator (1893-1966) in Germany we will arrive at present attemps to introduce haptics and explore an electronic palpable space on stage,
We will see an example of palpable technologies with Christian’s CORPUS system, which is an interactive scenography and a system of wearables, constructing an interactive biomechanic architecture on stage.
For two stage productions ‘Swarm Lake’ (2013) and ‘CORPUS’ (2011/2017) Christian developed wearable technologies which can also be described as ‘digital bricks’ of a digital stage. The way the “bricks’ are either used on the body or as static elements becoming fixed elements on stage make it difficult to define them as costume or as scenography. Also the artist will introduce into the forest cycle of works (since 2005) where he constructed several space, merging image, body within a walk-in-screen as interactive stage architecture.
Christian Ziegler will also present ‘stage your city’ a concept for an Augmented Reality stage for the European Theater Lab (ETL), a research project of the International Theater Convention (ITC), which will be realized in spring to fall 2018. In this research project he are using the CORPUS architecture as an Augmented Reality system.