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Immersive Experiences

An interdisciplinary workshop with Theatrical Directors, Interactive Media and Animation Artists, Actors and Technical Directors.

In this two day workshop we will take a look at existing concepts and technologies to create Immersive Experiences. Eric Joris, Artisitic Director of CREW in Belgium, and  Vicky Vermoezen will give an overview of past and present projects followed by a hands on experience of the C.A.P.E System. Spectators will be immersed in various situations ranging from a virtual city tour in Brussels to the post-apocalyptic city of Tohoku past the Tsunami disaster. We will also have an opportunity to experience the fully computer generated 360° movie 'Sonar' created by Philipp Maas and Dominik Stockhausen, Animation students of the 3rd year.
Subsequent the practical experiences we would like to launch a general discussion on possibilities of such and upcoming technologies for Immersive Experiences in Theatre, Animation, Interactive Media and VFX. In which ways would it be meaningful to blur the boundaries between real and virtual spaces? Students will then work in smaller groups on concepts that they will present two weeks later (17th of November). Depending on its complexity one or more concepts might be realized as Experimental Production in the scope of the EU project Dreamspace.

Prof. Volker Helzle, Head of R&D, Animationsinstitut


Volker Helzle is in charge of Research and Development at Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. After graduating from HDM Stuttgart Media University (Dipl. Ing. AV-Medien) in 2000 he moved to California and worked for three years at Eyematic Interfaces (later acquired by Google). Volker quickly advanced to team-lead in charge of the Los Angeles based Content Development Group where his team pioneered facial performance capture substantially contributing to the engineering and development of the Eyematic Facestation.

In 2003 he joined Filmakademie as supervisor of the research and development department at Animationsinstitut. The primary focus of his first few years at Filmakademie has been the development of facial animation tools. This led to one of the first plausible technology tests, realizing a virtual actor in an exemplary VFX production. During the past 15 years he raised funding for a substantial amount of regional and European Union funded projects in the scope of Animation, VFX, Virtual Production and Immersive Media. The most recent projects SAUCE includes a consortium of 9 partners. SAUCE will focus on smart reuse and transformation of assets, machine learning for asset retrieval and lightfield technology. The results of this projects have a massive impact on establishing new production techniques across all departments of Filmakademie.

In 2013 Volker Helzle received the honorary professorship of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In addition to the technical research Volker is the designated senior lecturer for the postgraduate Technical Director (TD) course at Filmakademie. TDs tackle the technological challenges of Animation, VFX and Transmedia productions at Filmakademie. The close relation to the research group allows students to engage in multidisciplinary projects.

As a program consultant he contributes to the organization of the annual FMX conference.

Being a C-64 kid of the 80ties, Volker's life was strongly influenced by video games and early computer graphics. To this day he is a passionate gamer but also finds interest in completely analogical activities like mountain hiking, gardening or yoga.

Eric Joris, Artistic Lead, CREW


Eric Joris (Antwerp,1955) studied filmmaking, visual arts, economics. Started making strips (bandes dessinées) i.e. Chelsy (1990,’91) and  Les Cuisiniers Dangereux (1996). With the arrival of the digital drawing tablet, internet and computer games Joris went into new media, experimenting with these on a theatre scene (Kammerspiel, Kaufhaus Inferno 1996-‘98). From 2000 on focused on  theatrical environment, using multimedia ‘as a prosthesis’ - a paraphlegic actor was connected to robots and multimedia (Icarus, Philoctetes). Launched the collective CREW, an artistic vehicle for his experiments, composed of scientists and artists. In Crash (2004) the group developed immersive technology together with the University of Hasselt: an entirely new theatrical concept made visitors become the protagonists, ‘performing’ at the inside of the image and sound, at the heart of the experience (projects 2006-2013: U_raging standstill, EUX, O_Rex, W_Headswap, Line-Up, C.A.P.E., Terra Nova,..). Internationally recognised as pioneers in immersive media, Eric Joris and his team also participate in European and international academic and technological research programmes (i.e. 2020_3D Media, IBBT/Explorative TV, Dreamspace, ..).

Dr. Kerstin Retemeyer, Studiengangskoordinatorin und -mentorin Dramaturgie, Dozentin für Dramaturgie, Schauspiel und Regie, Adamdemie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg


Geb. am 31.03.1961 in Berlin, Vor dem Studium Elevin an den Bühnen der Stadt Gera, Regieassistentin und Souffleuse am Mecklenburgischen Staatstheater Schwerin, Dramaturgie- und Regieassistentin am Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin,
1984 – 1989 Studium der Theaterwissenschaft an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Abschluss mit Promotion im Jahr 1993.
1993 – 1994 Forschungsaufenthalt am Institut für Theaterwissenschaft der Universität Bern
1994 – 2000 wissenschaftliche Assistentin am Seminar für Theaterwissenschaft / Kulturelle Kommunikation der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Rezensionen, Theaterkritiken, Rundfunksendungen, Chefdramaturgin am Schlosspark-Theater Berlin (bei Heribert Sasse), Leitende Dramaturgin am E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater Bamberg
2002-2003 Habilitationsabschluss-Stipendium des Frauenförderprogramms der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
2003 – 2005 Chefdramaturgin am Staatstheater Cottbus
Ab August 2005 freischaffende Dramaturgin, Publizistin, Projektmanagerin, Theaterpädagogin in Berlin (u.a. Buchprojekt mit dem Schauspieler Hilmar Thate). Seit Oktober 2010 Studiengangsmentorin Dramaturgie und Dozentin für Theatergeschichte, Dramaturgie, Aufführungsanalyse