pre choreographic movement kit

Pre-Choreographic Movement Kit is an Installation with interactive Movement Objects inspired by the generative character of the Pre- Choreographic Movement Principles of the Emio Greco | PC dance company, Amsterdam.

PARADISO - senses + spaces

A pair of immersive and interactive dance films about sensory awareness and kinesthetic learning, expanding cinematic experience into physicality.
With PARADISO one experiences dance in the limitless Arctic and Antarctic ice fields, in the deserts of Africa and in other inhospitable parts of the world.

corpus pygmalion

The myth of the artist Pygmalion falling in love with his artwork, losing himself in the image. installation and performance.

'ungerecht2011' trailer

Videotrailer for theater festival:
XX. Theatertage Baden-Württemberg, Germany

1.July 2011 - 10. July 2011
at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany

lectures from improvisation technologies

new installation, redesigned with footage of DVD-ROM "Bill Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies" (1999)

Reedit: Nik Haffner, Volker Kuchelmeister, Chris Ziegler
Production Management: Julian Gabriel Richter

Performance: William Forsythe

The Forsythe Company and ZKM Karlsruhe 2011

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for pina...

Video Installation for Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, Bangalore: "for pina..." a site-specific promenade performance presented with film installation and live music designed to commemorate an iconic dance artist of our times ... Pina Bausch. Even though Pina's amazing work and life is the starting point and inspiration behind this homage, it is not strictly about those aspects, but rather reflective of the spirit of contemporary India and its dancers who wish to offer their homage to a great choreographer who passed away on 30th June 2009 at the age of 68.

Animating the architectural features of the performance venue the piece will offer fresh vantage points and unusual frames to experience dance. Employing Attakkalari's movement vocabulary, which draws influences from Indian physical and performance traditions as well as contemporary dance idioms and pedestrian movements.

For Pina... is situated in a specially designed sonic environment by Italian composer and sound artist Lorenzo Brucci. His Architettura Sonora - architectural sound modules - will produce habitats of high sound immersiveness, which will be woven with rhythms from celebrated Mizhavu percussionist Kalamandalam V.K. Hariharan (Kootiyattam Sanskrit Theatre). Light design by Shymon Chelad and a video installation by German artist Chris Ziegler will further enhance the visual impact of the piece."

Artistic Direction: Jayachandran Palazhy
Choreography: Jaychandran Palazhy along with the dancers
Music: Lorenzo Brusci | Luca Canciello | Kalamandalam V.K. Hariharan
Lighting Design& Execution: Shymon Chelad
Video Installation: Chris Ziegler
Costume Design: Sonali Sattar | Himanshu Dimri
Technical Coordination: Transmedia
Sound Modules: Sponsored by Architettura Sonora, Applied Acoustics a division of B&C Speakers.

For Pina... is a co production of Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, India & Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore.

mission impossible 1862

4 ch installation version - presented Muffathalle Munich 19. - 23.11.2010

rickshaw bangalore

Interactive video installation for PanoramaScreen
27.08.-14.09.2008 ZKM Karlsruhe | Media Theater

forest 2 - cellular automaton

concept, installation: Chris Ziegler
sound: Alexandre Decoupigny

Forests are both architecture and a vivid organism. A digital organism, a "cellular automaton" lives in "forest 2". He exists in life cycles, which are influenced by physical presence of each visitor. He/it breaths, makes noises, moves through an artifical frest of light objects and causes traces of light.

Frequencing light pulses indicate the activity of the organism.

The leading acoustic motif of the installation "forest 2 - cellular automaton" is breath. According to their ecological function, forests are lungs of the world. Pulsing and rhythmic sounds of breathings simulate a vivid organism, which lives as a digital primal organism in the installation. Sound-organisms are generated, which creat a acoustic sound scape of a forest : clicking and creaking noises, buzzes, knocks and moans.

With the pulsing lights of the installation sounds create a form and character of non-permanent beings, which communicate with the visitors.



interactive installation

plasma screen / video camera
presented at "realtime and presence" workshop Hellerau, Dresden 7/02 and cynet-art festival 02realtime, Dresden 11/02 / EMAF 2003 (Euopean Media Art Festival) Osnabrück, Lichtrouten Lädenscheid 2003, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Lange Nacht der Museen 2004

In a closed-circuit setting, the beholder can see his or her mirror image - displaced. Some parts of the image are reproduced in real-time, others are delayed: a spatial finger whisks through the image after a fifteen-second delay. The beholder performs a Pas de deux with the imprint of past evennts.

A plasma screen and a video camera are connected to a hidden PC. The video signal, before passed on to the screen, is dragged through the computer, which integrates a second video current of about fifteen seconds. Two image streams are generated: one that shows the video image in real-time and through which the observer can see him- or herself just like in a mirror. Another stream is split into light/dark data, causing a spatial deformation of the video image. This second "trace" is only reintegrated into the real-time image after the delay. Tis isolation of chronological events enables the viewer to enter a visual dialog with him- or herself and others. Of course, this playing with layers can also be turned around. Thus, temporal and spatial layers shift reciprocally. The beholder's presence appears to be relative in the peicture puzzle of real-time and delay.


Excerpt of a 22 photo series of a workshop with dancer, choreographer Christina Ciupke (Berlin) at ZKM Karlsruhe, Jan. 2004


A series of 12 panorama photos taken during "dance and media workshop" in Japan April 2003.


interactive road movie
2 channel video, interactive control via movable monitor

application software: Christian Ziegler, Torsten Ziegler
linear navigator: Jeffrew Shaw

In 66movingimages Ziegler has installed his journey as an interactive road movie on Route 66. Thanks to the linear navigator, the road from Chicago to Los Angeles becomes the over-arching spatial interface. The motorized screen, mounted on an 12-meter long rack, can be controlled by the viewer. When the monitor is in motion or stopped, what you see are spatial and temporal images from a filmic map. When moving, the film reproduces the spatial image metamorphoses on channel 1. When it is static, you see the scenic/documentary takes from Channel 2. The viewer navigates right through to the single-image level of the film. Here, "moving images" are images which the viewer moves.

digital design spaces

VR installation, shown at "Multimediale 3" exhibition ZKM Karlsruhe in "newfoundland" EVE's 360 degree stereo video environment of Jeffrey Shaw.