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17.12.2016 – 02.04.2017

[statement & dialogue II]

Martin Bretag

Light and sound designer Martin Bretag is the first to make sure that the ruins of the minster don’t remain hidden in darkness during the winter. His installation, using spotlights and neon, cloaks the minster ruins in an ambient light and follows the outlines of the unique architecture of the culturally historic monument. His work plays with the historical architectural substance, transforming the site into a modern workshop for light. Bretag uses elements of the surrounding contemporary architecture and transposes them to the ground of the former church interior.

Martin Bretag (*1988 in Frankfurt/Oder) studied culture and technology as well as the history of science and technology at the Technical University in Berlin. Since 2012 his company Klangkultur has been responsible for light and sound design for many regional and national events, including, among others, concerts by the pop project Schiller, the soul and gospel singer Ingrid Arthur, and the actor Jan Joseph Liefers’ band Radio Doria. Martin Bretag won the “Future Talents Project” competition in 2016 for his light design for the opening of the »Himmlisches Theater« museum in Neuzelle. The basis for his work in light and sound design is always in the specific site or space. The interplay with harmony and discord, as well as the historic epoch of a specific site, are decisive factors in his work. Bretag views his own work as existing on the threshold between art/design and technology.

Press file on the light installation by Martin Bretag