Creative Spatial Design Workshop

by 23 January 2020


Creative Spatial Design Workshop




Sonic Acts


Amsterdam (NL)


Heleen Blanken & Karl Klomp



The workshop Creative Spatial Design will be an introduction to the artistic practice of conceptual stage design, led by spatial media artists Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp. It focuses on the basic artistic and technical skills necessary for developing stage scenography for live performances.

The workshop will provide participants with insight into the development process, from forming a concept to configuring media within physical space. Artists Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp will elaborate on their own practice and the skills that are necessary to successfully create a media narrative on stage. The workshop will contain a hands-on demonstration of the different effects of lights, mirrors, smoke, projection, video, LED panels and more to manipulate the perception of illumination.

During the workshop, participants will work on creating their own concept and scenarios, and will present their outcomes at the end of the workshop. The workshop will take place in Paradiso Amsterdam and all necessary equipment will be provided. Participants have the opportunity to be present during the soundchecks and live performances of Progress Bar later in the evening to gather more insight into the processes of creative spatial design.

Participants use detectors to translate the architecture of wireless communication into sound, and develop tools to explore, control and disrupt local signals and devices within their vicinity. Using these tactical media the participants instigate and discuss alternative ways of creating communities, responding to the social and political changes in our society. In doing so the participants deepen their experience of working with artistic methods and develop their technological skills and knowledge. This empowers them to become change-makers in their own right. The workshop leads to a commissioned work by Mario de Vega & Mazón Gardoqui and consequently increases transnational working opportunities for artists.

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