19. Internationales InteraktionsLabor / 19th International Interaction Lab


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Thursday August 11 - Monday August 15, 2022


International Interaction Laboratory

Interaktionslabor, the media lab founded by Johannes Birringer, continues its smaller scale series of "plein air" workshops - pursued via the intersections of painting - writing - walking/moving - filming - and photographing.


old god rush town in California, 1870 / alte Goldgräberstadt in Kalifornien, 1870


Our workshop in August 2022 will be curated by Heiner Weidmann and is held in his mountain cabin in Switzerland.

The location is Hasliberg Reuti (Kanton Bern)


Our host is devising the plans for the workshop experience, and a central idea for this year's plein air experiments

is a hike up to the Rosenlaui Canyon (Schlucht) and a shlow ascent to the Rosenlaui Glacier

with paper and canvas/painting materials and cameras.





Interaktionslabor started out in the abandoned coal mine Göttelborn nineteen years ago, in 2003. The experimental media lab, with its international residency program, has held a distinguished place amongst a few similar ventures that had been created, in the 2000s, especially in Essen and the Ruhr area (North-Rhine Westphalia) in Germany after the demise of coal mining and the old industrial labor of working underground. Best known amongst these are PACT Zollverein (Essen) and its artistic programs & dance research. Similar wokshops in disused industrial sites have been created in other parts of the world.

Interaktionslabor then shifted activities to smaller-scale projects that take place at different locations in the Saarland and abroad, involving small groups of artists who use the retreat as a collective method of focussing on creative skills and somatechnic practices.


Inspired in turn by Birringer and Michèle Danjoux's London-based Design and Performance lab (DAP-Lab) but in equal measure by creative propositions from other artists who are part of the Metabody network– the summer projects continue the utopian idea of an independent small-scale “Performance Academy.” We no longer tend to use the term academy, but with an awareness of the challenges of the climate change, we tend to think of our activities as "compostition."


The plein air compostition workshops engage performance-media design, interactional concepts, investigations of gestural processes, protocols, and social choreography through painting, drawing, photography, writing and walking.




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On July 20th, 2022, the Kulturzentrum Bettinger Mühle Schmelz will host a film evening.


"How much of these hills is gold"


This short film by choreographer & media artist Johannes Birringer was created during the pandemic summer of 2021 and is based on legends from the history of the original Goldbach district. Anette Delarosa plays the leading role of the last living gold digger in the valley. With his new project he is developing a fictional study of the Goldbach valley and the quarry - the narration of the nearly improbably slowly merges into a lively, believable surreal fantasy.

Wieviel von diesen Hügeln ist Gold, film still (c) Johannes Birringer


Wie stellt man sich die Entwicklung einesOrtes im nordsaarländischen Berg- und Hügelland vor, wenn überregional bekannt geworden wäre, dass Goldgräberinnen im Grossen Horst fündig geworden waren in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts? Dieser geheimen Geschichte eines mythischen Geschehens spürt ein neuer Film nach, der zusammen mit verschiedenen Malkunstwerken des Interaktionslabors gezeigt wird.

“Wieviel von diesen Hügeln ist Gold”

Der Kurzfilm des Choreographen und Medienkünstlers Johannes Birringer entstand während des Pandemiesommers 2021 und basiert auf Legenden aus der Geschichte des ursprünglichen Ortsteils Goldbach. Anette Delarosa spielt die Hauptrolle. der letzten noch lebenden Goldgräberin im Tal. Mit seinem neuen Projekt entwickelt Birringer eine fiktive Studie des Goldbachtals und des Steinbruchs – die Narration des fast Unvorstellbaren verschmilzt langsam zu lebendiger, glaubhaft surrealer Phantasie.

Sie sind herzlich eingeladen zu diesem Film-Kunst-Abend (mit Diskussion und Gedankenaustausch) im Kulturzentrum Bettinger Mühle am Mittwoch, 20.Juli, um 20 Uhr.
Eintritt ist frei.
Künstlerische Malarbeiten sind ausgestellt ab 20 Uhr; die Filmvorführung beginnt, wenn es dunkel wird. Reservierungen sind nicht notwendig.

You are cordially invited to this film evening (with discussion and exchange of ideas) at the Bettinger Mühle cultural center on Wednesday, July 20, at 8 p.m.
Free entry.
Artworks from the Interaktionslabor collective are on silent auction from 8 p.m.; the film screening begins when it gets dark. Reservations are not necessary.



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10 Years of Interaktionslabor:

Vanessa Michielon interview with Johannes Birringer


For information on the workshops between 2014 - 2018 (METABODY) - please visit the international platform (http://www.metabody.eu/).

Johannes Birringer and Michèle Danjoux have collaborated on the Madrid platforms (2014 and 2015) and directed the London platform (2016) and further development of the kimospheres (kinetic atmospheres) in 2016-19: documentation of the events can be found also in these pages.

Birringer's new book on Kinetic Atmospheres: Performance and Immersion was completed a few weeks after the 2020 lab and was published by Routledge in late 2021.






Interaktionslabor wird geleitet von / is directed by Johannes Birringer

contact / Kontakt : johannesbirringer1@gmail.com



Was ist Interaktions-Kunst? Ein Manifest.




INTAKT Interaktionslabor is supported by private-public partnerships and donations.


Technology Partners: FutureTech GmbH

.. Knecht Veranstaltungstechnik

WMSystem (Willi Meiser) Göttelborn......



Göttelborn Location (travel directions)d