A virtual reality lab for man and machine



Bauhaus is 100 years old! The anniversary celebrations will begin in January 2019 with the opening festival at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. As a laboratory of modernity, Bauhaus has developed innovations, experiments and new forms in the visual arts, architecture and design, theatre, dance, photography, performing arts and teaching. 100 years later we ask how artists today – as modern and radical as ever – can combine their visions of architecture, art and design and present them to the public.

For the occasion, the Interactive Media Foundation has developed ‘The Total Dance Theatre’. It takes the dance stage experiments of Oskar Schlemmer and combines them with Walter Gropius’s idea of total theatre. The relationship between people, machines and space comes alive in virtual reality. The visitor passes through a multi-level dramatic composition, experiencing a transition from imaginative figures to total loss of control.Analogue and digital arts enter into a unique symbiosis: Dance, set decoration, costume design and music, combined with interactive elements, set the user in their own unique world.

Together with the internationally renowned choreographer Richard Siegal, Artificial Rome’s artists for design and technology and the composer Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch, a unique immersive experience has been created, which makes it possible for visitors to experience the relationship between humans and machines.

The installation ‘The Total Dance Theatre’ can be experienced for the first time in January 2019 at the Academy of Arts, Berlin before it embarks on an international tour. Further stopping off points in Germany are the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

The Interactive Media Foundation is developing a 360° video based on the virtual reality installation, in which Einstürzende Neubauten musically interpret the topic. The 360° video is being produced in cooperation with the TV channel ARTE and will be available via ARTE’s 360° platform.

Previsualisations & Sketches © Artifical Rome / Interactive Media Foundation.

THE TOTAL DANCE THEATRE is supported by ‘Fonds Bauhaus heute’, the German federal government’s cultural foundation.

According to our academic and artistic appraisal, this project combines the experimentation of the historical Bauhaus with the artistic means of expression of the 21st century, and in unparalleled fashion.

Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

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