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Current Guest Professors/Substitute Professors

Winter semester 23/24
Philip Bußmann

Philip Bußmann is a stage designer and video artist. He has been working for international dance, theater and opera productions since 1995. Recently, he has devoted himself to independent installations, photographic works, performance and VR projects. His most notable works include numerous pieces with the New York Wooster Group (1990s) and the choreographer William Forsythe (2000s). Since 2004, he has enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with the Flemish theater director Luk Perceval. Theater productions have taken him to the Thalia Theater Hamburg, the NTGent, the LA Opera, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Volkstheater Wien, the Stary Teatr Kraków and the Berliner Ensemble, among others. 

Bußmann's installations have been exhibited at the Ursula-Blickle-Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut Montreal, 2121 Design Sight Tokyo, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. Bußmann was a guest artist at the Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, received a scholarship from the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis and was supported by the Hessische Kulturstiftung, Neustart Kultur Stepping Out and the Fonds Darstellende Künste. He has taught as a visiting professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, in the Master's program in Stage Design at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg. Philip Bußmann currently lives in Frankfurt am Main. 

Courses in winter semester 2023/24: „On the Proportionality of Means“ Scenographic thinking from campfire to virtual reality

Ellen Hofmann

Ellen Hofmann studied fashion- and theatredesign in Berlin and London. From 1993 until 2004 she worked at the Volksbühne-am-Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin. 1996 to 1998 she participated in „house/lights“ by The Wooster Group/ New York City. Since 2004 she works as a freelance costume designer with directors Sebastian Baumgarten, Roger Vontobel, Johanna Wehner, Alia Luque, Christian Friedel in Berlin (Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Deutsches Theater, Berliner Ensemble, Komische Oper), Oper Hannover, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Burgtheater Wien, Schauspiel Zürich, Schauspiel Frankfurt. Since 2013 she is a guest teacher  for costume design at Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft Hamburg.

Courses in winter semester 2023/24: „On the Proportionality of Means“ Scenographic thinking from campfire to virtual reality

Margie Medlin

Margie Medlin (AUS)
My practice tracks in a lineage of expanded cinema, my interdisciplinary
projects explore interrelationships between movement, devised spaces,
and media technologies. Throughout my practice, I experiment and forge
new ground aesthetically, collaboratively, and technically. I have
created many and varied multi-screen installations using early analogue
technologies (35 mm slide projection, super 8 projection and 16 mm
projection) through to state-of-the-art high-end digitally controlled
systems utilizing live video, motion capture, motion control
technologies, and Robotics. I collaborate to designed new dance
performances, produce films, videos, new media artworks.

I have collaborated with many choreographers and directors including,
Adelina Larsson, Ros Warby, Sandra Parker, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin,
Carol Brown, Russell Dumas, Russell Maliphant, John Jaspers, Ong Keng
Sen, Hellen Sky, Vicki Van Hout, and Gideon Obarzanek and mentored many
dance-makers in Australia and internationally.
My installations demonstrate a commitment to experimentation. Cinematic
Experiments (2019), Quartet (2007), Miss World (2001), Elasticity and
Volume (1998) and Mobility in an Artificial City (1996/7) were highly
praised and received substantial public investment from the Australia
Council and Arts Council of England. Funding for these projects also
included A Science and Art – Production Award from the Wellcome Trust,
London (2005), and an Arts Victoria Commission (2002). My  media artwork
have been exhibited extensively including in India, the USA, Cuba,
Australia, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Finland.

courses in winter semester 2023/24:

Kurs für Praxis performativer Künste: Cinematic Experiments

Valeria Graziano

Valeria Graziano holds the position of DAAD visiting lecturer at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus Liebig University Giessen, and serves as an associate researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka. Over the years, she has been involved in a number of participatory action research initiatives across social movements and the cultural sector. Her primary focus has been on themes such as militant conviviality, the refusal of work, the politics of recreation, and collective repair. Graziano is one of the initiators of the Pirate Care Syllabus project, with an upcoming book to be published by Pluto Press in their Vagabond series. She also coordinates the Working Group “Analysis, Theory & Politics Of Care” (COST Action CA21102). Currently, Valeria is involved in the project “Figure It Out!” (funded by Creative Europe), a creative and intellectual inquiry on strategies of popular illegalism. Her publications are freely accessible here:

courses in winter semester 2023/24:

Health Conditions: Embodied Practices, Concepts, Struggles
Refusal of Work: Interrogating Conventional Labor Discourses and Imagining Alternatives
Self-Organization: The Micropolitics of Collective Practice
Winter semester 21/22
Franziska Windisch

Franziska Windisch is an artist and lecturer based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. Her work moves between the areas of performance, text, composition and installation. She composes scores for performative acts which interrogate notions of trace, medium, sound and listening and which she then incorporates in linguistic, sculptural and installative arrangements. Situations that illustrate transformative processes and have unforeseen or irreversible results are key to her artistic practice. Her work has been presented internationally in art spaces and at festivals, including Klangkunstfestival Intraregionale, Centrale for Contemporary Arts Brussels (BE), Performatik (BE), Tuned City Messene (GR), RIXC Art Science Festival (LV), MU (NL) Arnolfini(UK), Edith-Russ Haus für Medienkunst (DE), Brückenmusik 17 (DE), FILE Festival(BR).

Susanna Schoenberg

Susanna Schoenberg is a film, media and performance artist. 

Her formal interests are devoted to contingency, translation, non-linear narration, the practice of transfer, reactivity, intermediality, and build on her training as both a filmmaker and a sociologist. She holds degrees in political science (University of Milan), cinematographic techniques (Film school of Milan), media arts (Academy of Media Arts Cologne), and a PhD in sociology (University of Milan).

Her artistic production includes experimental films and video installations, public actions, recording and displaying setups. Her media practice focuses on the idea of emergence (of reality and shapes of reality), on the gesture of displaying and the techno-image. 
Her works have been shown at international film and media art festivals and in group exhibitions, including Translife International Triennial of New Media Art Beijing, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition Taipei, Japan Media Arts Festival Tokyo, International Award for Video Art ZKM, Yeosu International Art Festival, Festival Internazionale di Cinema di Locarno, Torino Film Festival, International Women‘s Film Festival Dotrmund/Cologne, Rencontres Internationales Paris, Festival International de Films de Femmes Creteil, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Ars Electronica Linz, Padiglione Italia Esposizione Internazionale d‘Arte della Biennale di Venezia. 

As producer and curator she uses the signature arte-e-parte. She also founded and curates the media art formula re-active platform and collaborates with the improvisation collective Frequenzwechsel.

As a media artist, she has sought cooperation and exchange with disciplines that are important and context-extending for both contemporary art practice and media theory. 2010 she co-founded Paidia Institute. Since 2018 she is collaborating with the interdisciplinary research group Kompostistische Internationale.