Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft


"I might as well be in someone elses's burrow, I thought, and its owner is now digging towards me." (F. Kafka: The Burrow)

To every situation we find ourselves in, the quest for orientation is our primary conscious or subconscious response, putting space, time and subjectivity in order. Orientation means to have an overview; to define inside and outside, center and margins, subject and object;to frame situations and anticipate changes; to bear responsibility and make decisions. Only those who orientate themselves can act as sovereign beings, shape their relations to the world and claim ownership. But orientation is fragile, capricious, and deceptive – it can be lost, controversial, or manipulated. All the routines, signposts and technical devices thathelp us to stay on track cannot prevent the existential experience of lost orientation. In fact, disorientation is always part of the orientation game – as orientation means to be above things: to abstract from a situation, impose structures on it and rule out all differing potentials. The loss of orientation, therefore, can also be a regain of connection to the concrete experience of our senses.In this collaborative workshop, we want to stimulate the interplay of orientation and disorientation by aesthetic means: Which positions, perspectives and movements is orientation dependent on – and how could they be shifted, subverted, or blocked? Can dis/orientation open up the viewer's experience to new, unforeseen spaces – and which role does imagination or narration play in that? We want to start from examinations of concrete spatial settings in theater, visual arts and film, as well as from descriptions of im/possible spaces in literature and our own imaginations. Reflecting the fixpoints for dis/orientation they offer and/or eliminate, participants will create and combine different spatial­temporal situations in the LOODS building; students from all disciplines are asked to collaborate and to continue their developments independently for a public presentation in late June.

Gregor Glogowski, Alisa Hecke and Benjamin Hoesch came together at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany where overlapping scientific and artistic reasearch motivated their project­based work. In their work they combine elements of Performance, Sound­Art and space­based Installation. Their first work FLIMMERSKOTOMtoured in Germany and internationally. Together they curated and organized the DISKURS­ Festival on Spatial Arts 2015 in Giessen.