MultiScalar from Berlin with "Musae"

MultiScalar is a young studio for videomapping + performance, motion graphics, music videos, 3D modelling, composting, concept art + storyboarding, among others at the Fernsehturm for the Festival of Lights Berlin, videomapping at Meiningen Court Theatre.


For their production 'Musae' MultiScalar have in an exemplarily way associated the history of the place with its architectural structure, which remembers on a theater stage. With the means of modern media design, with animation, simulation and abstraction, the dialogue and dialectic of "Muse versus genius" will be staged. Special recognition is given in addition to the detailed development to the substance audiodesign that emphasize the duet of protagonists in its evolution of one initial disharmony towards a triumphant finale.


I am now the cause of his having left us secretly, in the night, unannounced, without farewell or permission. The state is without minister, the court without a games master, the theatre without a director, the country without its great man.

Playwright Peter Hacks puts these words into the mouth of Weimar Court lady, Charlotte von Stein. She defends herself against the charge of bearing responsibility for Goethe’s startling and secretly planned departure. She is not to blame, however. After ten years of public service and court life, the still young Goethe is tired and drawn to far-off places, not least to Italy, where he wants to live and quench his thirst for life and adventure.

Perhaps the court lady is not entirely uninvolved in events. Ten years older than Goethe, she is originally entrusted with introducing Goethe to the court. Over time, a very close relationship develops between the two. Highly educated and sharp-tongued, as well as musically and artistically highly gifted, Charlotte von Stein made a deep impression on Goethe. The young Goethe went on to write at least 1770 letters to this muse and mentor. However, historiographers still argue today about the intimacy of the relationship. We do know that when her husband and children are out of the house, Charlotte places a lit candle in the window that Goethe is well able to see his garden house in Park an der Ilm.

A later resident of the house of Charlotte von Stein is no less than Marlene Dietrich, who lived in Weimar from 1918 to 1921, where she trained as a concert violinist. Every week, Dietrich’s mother would come by to wash her daughter’s reddish-blond hair – visits that failed to prevent a liaison with the young student’s music teacher. Marlene Dietrich leaves her innocence behind in Weimar, and moves via Berlin to the USA to become one of the greatest movie stars of all time.

The house in which Frau von Stein lived has been a home to historically strong women, and is thus also a symbol of the perpetually ambivalent role – both own- and externally-applied – this exists between seducer and seduced, self-determination, own initiative and goals, but also adaptation to conditions as they actually are.


Use of the photos only with photo credits: © Eric Seehof, Genius Loci Weimar 2018

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