Think, Play, Create. Architecture in Computer Games between Theory and Art

Seminar Bachelor und Master A+U/MediaArch. offen im Rahmen des Bauhaussemesters 2 SWS | 3 ECTS

Dr.phil. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrike Kuch,
Jörg Brinkmann (Fakultät Kunst & Gestaltung)
M.F.A. Gianluca Pandolfo (Fakultät Medien)

There is another world. It is an infinite space, an endless playground, a cornucopia of possibilities. In this world, the virtual world, the relationship of the human body and the environment can be explored like in a laboratory. Everything that we can perceive when we play with virtuality oscillates between reality and fiction – this is what makes it so intriguing to work with this kind of digital media.

In our seminar we will focus on the spatial component of virtuality: Which environments already exist? What kind of spaces might be created and why? What is the role of the human body in these environments? What does the digital laboratory and our research tell us about non-virtual architecture (considering especially phenomenological theories)?

In an interdisciplinary approach (three teachers with different expertise, 15 students from three faculties, four external experts, mutual learning from theory and practice) we will think about architecture in computer games, play in spatial surroundings of existing games, and create own environments.

To provide a productive working group we invite students to apply, who do have a special interest in the above topic and have either

·       previous knowledge on the theory of virtual architecture and/or of computer games, and/or

·       have done a design class with Jörg Brinkmann or Gianluca Pandolfo and/or

·       have another compelling access to the creation of computer games and/or virtual environments

Motivation letter to be send until October 9, 2019  to    ulrike.kuch[at]
The motivation letter should concern especially information about previous knowledge on the design and/or theory of computer games and/or virtual environments.


Start:     30. October 2019
              Wednesday, 09:15 a.m.

30.10. Introduction/ Theory I
13.11. Theory II
27.11. Theory III

Dates for jam sessions on agreement

22.01. Final Session 9-12 Uhr