À la recherche du temps perdu – A Digital Graphic Novel (Intensive Workshop)

Nora Bilz / Magdalena Kallenberger
À la recherche du temps perdu – A Digital Graphic Novel
Intensive Workshop, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Wednesday-Sunday, 13.-17.7.2016, 10 am - 5 pm, Bundesallee 1-12, room 340 

In this workshop we will create a Digital Graphic Novel based on extracts of "À la recherche du temps perdu" by Marcel Proust by using the animated GIF format.

Hereby the city of Berlin – a city in constant flux will be our main protagonist. Oscillating between past present and future, we are time travellers collecting location reminiscents of the past and document the city in flux using drawing, frottage, photography, typography and illustration and possibly include elements of an imagined future. The process of visual research and all the material collected on our excursion will lead to a visual archive, which will be the basis for the creation of the Digital Graphic Novel.

We will introduce you to different animation and compositing techniques on how to arrange and animate distinct elements of your images and collages. All together we will experiment and explore various creative methods to develop our own visual concepts and to create our Digital Graphic Novel based on "À la recherche du temps perdu".

The workshop results in a final public presentation at designtransfer (www.designtransfer.de), and the best digital graphic novels will be published as an online magazine. This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Berlin Summer University of the Arts. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants. 

Day 1: Introduction to the topic, the animation and compositing techniques and other analogue and digital Tools
Day 2: Visual Research: Excursion - Exploring Berlin
Day 3: Experimenting with different collage and animation techniques
Day 4: Visual concept and production of the individual Digital Graphic Novels
Day 5: Final Steps: production and preparation of final presentation at designtransfer  

- basic Photoshop knowledge
- camera (any video or photo camera)
- laptop (Photoshop CS6 or After Effects CS6, range of typefaces)
- tripod

Leistungsanforderung für den unbenoteten Studium-Generale-Schein: continuous and active participation in all 5 workshop stages.

Nora Bilz, raised in the south of Germany and Turin. After finishing her training as a graphic designer at the Academy of Communication in Stuttgart she studied Visual Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2003 she established her own design studio rotbraun Informationsgestaltung based in Berlin together with Pia Schneider. Their portfolio includes corporate design, graphic design, digital design, exhibition graphics and infographics for mediumsized enterprises, major groups (such as Roche Deutschland, Züblin AG) and cultural or scientific organizations (e.g. Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, University of Ulm). Her work has won several awards and is published regularly. Since 2006 Nora Bilz is teaching typography and communication design in Stuttgart. Furthermore she leads workshops and holds a lecturer position for design methods since 2014. Currently she is participating in a Mentoring Progamm for highly qualified women artists and scientists at the Berlin University of the Arts. More information on www.rotbraun.de.

Magdalena Kallenberger, born in the south of Germany is a Cairo based media artist and designer working with photography and video, image, text and sound. She has studied in Furtwangen, Würzburg, Rotterdam and Berlin, where she graduated with a first class diploma and was awarded with a Meisterschülerdegree in Klasse Medienkunst at the University of the Arts Berlin. Her works have been exhibited and screened internationally and got awarded with several prizes and grants (DAAD, NaFög, Senate of Berlin). She was involved in several interdisciplinary artistic research projects and conducted various crosscultural media workshops in Berlin, Budapest, Cairo and Tehran. In her artistic research projects she is mostly interested in unconventional narrative strategies questioning the status of reality in-between fictional elements and documentary techniques. Since 2010 she holds a lecturer position (media conception & film) at the German University in Cairo. More information on www.mkallenberger.de.