Photo © Harald Hoffmann

Where is scenography going? A lecture by Gerhard Kilger

January 23, 2018



At the Technical University of Berlin, professor Gerhard Kilger holds the lecture Wohin geht die Szenografie? Neue Qualität für Ausstellungskultur [Where is scenography going? A new level of exhibition culture].

In the search for new forms of expression in the exhibitions field, concepts have developed, especially in museums, in two clearly different directions: on the one hand, there has been a return to the expressiveness of the “language of things” that goes hand in hand with object-oriented aesthetics; on the other hand, the diffused demand to offer the public an experience, has caused the contents of exhibitions to be dominated by event culture. New principles and models should be conceived for a future exhibition culture.

Gerhard Kilger | Photo © Harald Hoffmann, courtesy of TU Berlin
Gerhard Kilger | Photo © Harald Hoffmann, courtesy of TU Berlin

The lecture deals with the issues of audience expectations, the quality of scenography in exhibitions, spatial dramaturgy, non-verbal mediation and representation of the immaterial.

On January 24, 7 to 9 pm. TU Berlin Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum, Studio 484, Ackerstrasse 76, 13355 Berlin. In German.

Prof. Dr Gerhard Kilger – physicist, philosopher and artist – has set groundbreaking trends for scenic exhibition concepts and choreographies as the founding director of the DASA (Deutsche Arbeitsschutzausstellung in Dortmund), one of the largest and most modern technology museums in Germany. Since 2013 he has worked as a freelance artist and consultant for museums, exhibitions, scenography and Public Understanding of Science (PUSH).

All photos © Harald Hoffmann, courtesy of TU Berlin