Surveillance Blackbox Questions - "Eine interdisziplinäre Groteske"

Showing und Diskussion am Donnerstag, 20. Dezember - 19.00 im Studio R 131 Tesla Berlin im Podewils’schen Palais, Klosterstr. 68/70, 10179 Berlin Der Eintritt ist frei.

Ob öffentlicher Raum, Telefonieren, Banking, Internet - Videokameras, Scanner, Datenbanken erfassen millionenfach Bewegungen, persönliche Daten, Verhaltensweisen. Komplexe Rechensstrukturen filtern Bilder- und Datenströme, gleichen mit Normativen ab, entwickeln Algorithmen und Raster. Am Ende soll das System hinter dem Kamera-Auge den Beleg der Straftat, das Bild des Täters, die Warnung vor dem Gewaltakt liefern.

Eine Blackbox, deren Erfolge die Bilder zu den Schlagzeilen liefern. Ein Kontrollsystem, dessen stilles Funktionieren die Datenschützer auf den Plan ruft. Eine Bildmaschine, die Künstler zur Découverte reizt.

Im künstlerischen Explorieren des Systems entsteht ein Spiel mit der Wahrnehmung, dem Pathos der Bilder, Fürsorge und Sicherheitsversprechen. Und die allgegenwärtige Kontrolle, das allumfassende System verschiebt sich ins Groteske.

Im Tesla Berlin befragen die Choreografin Isabelle Schad, Leon Hempel (TU Berlin), die Videokünstlerin Andrea Keiz, die Perfomer Sybille Müller und Eduard Mont de Palol die Blackbox Surveillance. Für künstlerische und konzeptionelle Beratung steht der international renommierte Medienkünstler Chris Kondek dem Team zu Seite.

Ein interdisziplinäres Labor, initiiert durch das Internationale Theaterinstitut (ITI) im Rahmen der Projektreihe "Bewegungsmelder", vom 10. bis 21. Dezember 2007.

See online : iti

Published 18 December 2007

1+ 2 Oct. HARVEST in Helios Theater (Hamm)

Published 1 October

OUT NOW: A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our digital publication A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

You can download it from the website of our publisher Naima Unlimited:

Published 29 September

About the Sommerfest.ival

Three questions to Isabelle Schad about the idea of the Sommerfest.ival

Tanzhalle Wiesenburg and the Humboldthain – venues of the festival together with the Werkhalle Wiesenburg – have been a home and a refuge during the pandemic. How have you inhabited them in the past months?

Very soon after the second lockdown began, I started to invite members of my team – dancers, light and sound designers, anyone who wanted – to join me in the park at Humboldthain for regular training sessions in the morning.
It’s been a way of staying together: for oneself inside the pandemic, during which distance v. contact has become the central change, and among ourselves as a team and people who like one another.
It’s become a regular practice in which we learn new techniques derived from aikido with the stick and the sword, and it’s been a strong factor in as much it began to change the depth of the/my work in the field of performance, movement, dance …
On the other hand our own space, the Tanzhalle Wiesenburg, has been a refugee for us as a team: we restructured the space, did building work, had a place for gathering during the winter time and worked on small formats, respecting the rules for staying safe and healthy …
So the whole area around Humboldthain in Wedding has become a central point of meeting, and we developed our own ‘liveliness’ and home over there during that time, which has left good traces.

And now with this festival you’re sharing your work and practice with the public. What is the inspiration and intention behind it during this (still) special time?

The idea was to share some of that liveliness with an audience, or simply with a larger group of people, with friends.
The notion of being and doing things together is a central point. What can sharing be?
How does it feel doing the warm-up practice together in the park and then to witness another type of practice that can become an (invisible) performance – open-air, but at the same time worked for the theatre and now stripped of all possible theatrical signs (of representation)?
How can it be seen in its most essential presentness?
How can the material be looked at as a symbiosis of relationships between us as persons, as human beings and nature?
Relationships between culture and nature, inside and outside, self and other? How is it then to travel back to Wiesenburg, where installations happen indoors and concerts outdoors, where ‘doing things’ meets the notion of ‘seeing things’, ‘hearing things’, being together, relaxing and enjoying together.

The festival presents existing works in new forms and newly adapted versions. But there is also a thematic fil rouge around the idea of infinite movements.

The notion of infinite movement – movement that has no beginning and no ending, like all movements of life: walking, flying, climbing, etc. – has been a focus in my work for a long time. Weight shift and its movement patterns that repeat themselves but are continually new and different is the core material I’m dealing with.
That’s why the training and movement practice is so central to my work. When the looping and repetitive patterns are made visible they can become a living sculptural entity. In the working process I observe the places where things become visible and start to form … form the formless and leave the form again … alive material that is life itself: everything is vibrant movement.

Published 18 September

PREMIERE HARVEST / Tanzhalle Wiesenburg

We are pleased to invite you to the Premiere of Harvest, a dance performance for people of all ages, from 3 and upwards. The work is a production by Theater o.N. as part of the “Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin”.

16. – 23.09. 2021 Premiere and further performances

Info and tickets:

Pic. by Dieter Hartwig, all rights reserved

Published 16 September


We are pleased to invite you to the Premiere of Personne, the new work by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring, 9-12.09.2021 at Tanzhalle and Werkhalle Wiesenburg Berlin.
Part of the programme is the exhibition Les yeux sans regard, by Laurent Goldring, and an Open Practice Session with Isabelle Schad.
See details below.
We would be delighted to see you there.

all images by L.Goldring, all rights reserved.

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See online : TanzhalleWiesenburg

Published 29 August


August 6-9 2021


We are happy to present a selection of works, newly adapted in durational and open-air versions, Open Practice Sessions and much more...

All events are free of charge. The number of places is limited.
pic by D.Hartwig. all rights reserved. Turning Solo 2 at Sophiensaele. It will be presented as an Open Air Version during this edition of our SOMMERFEST.IVAL

See Programme and details attached.

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Published 30 July