The HABITAT is a performative imaginative space of at least three years on the disturbed coexistence of plants, animals and humans. From a plant, animal and human perspective, the HABITAT formulates the social problem of under which conditions a successful coexistence is possible – between demarcation and proximity. In doing so, HABITAT attempts to reconcile scientific findings with current social science approaches. The aim of HABITAT is to construct a growing and evolving stage installation that enables plants, animals and people to live together. The highest possible quality of stay for plants, animals and people is the aim of the installation and is tested and made tangible through choreography.
Jonas Spieker - Musicologist
For Jonas Spieker, the HABITAT is an ecosystem in two senses. On the one hand, it is a very concrete ecosystem of plants and animals on site that will adapt to the radically changing environmental conditions in the coming years. On the other hand, he sees the HABITAT as a social ecosystem in which people with different interests come together – with an open outcome.
Jule Winkler - Musicologist
For Jule Winkler, active listening helps her to shift her perspective from the visual to the auditory and to engage with the non-human actors on site in a different way than usual.
10.11.2023 5PM OPENING
Oliver Storz - Baubotanic
– The HABITAT as a place of negotiation
Oliver Storz develops special details to integrate trees into architecture. This creates a relationship of dependence between plants, animals and humans – the beginning of an interdisciplinary dialogue between the actors on an ecological stage.
Hannes Schwertfeger - Baubotanic
– The HABITAT as an expression of ecological urgency
For Hannes Schwertfeger, the HABITAT is a performative imaginative format that is intended to illustrate the ecological urgency and necessary climate adaptation.
Nina Malotta - Theatermaker
– The HABITAT as a feel-good place
For Nina Malotta, the HABITAT is a large play area for nature, an open space for trees and a stage for beautiful art projects with radiance. The HABITAT offers her a place to come together – simply a place to feel good.
Florian Feisel - performer and puppet theater maker
– HABITAT as a tension between nature and culture
Florian Feisel sees the HABITAT as a cycle, as a place of discourse about active and mindful living. He hopes for a considerate revival of this space, where the already existing is valued and nurtured.
“I hope for the revitalisation of this area, which is absurd because the area is alive. But a revitalisation of us humans, so that we can be more active on this space, but at the same time not displace what already exists here.”
HABITAT is a transdisciplinary, performative research project by Bureau Baubotanik in cooperation with Kunstverein Wagenhalle e.V. and Theater Rampe. HABITAT is funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart, the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, and the Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart (FTTS) with funds from the Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart.
Habitat is supported by IBA2027 (Internationale Bauausstellung 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart GmbH) and Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG.
Artistic direction: Bureau Baubotanik
Assistants: Nikita Nagel, Pia Motschenbacher, Katharina Meding, Maik Sticker, Philipp Phan
Dramaturgy: Jule Winkler, Jonas Spieker with Bureau Baubotanik in collaboration with Jenni Schnarr, theatre pedagogue at the Landestheater Detmold.
Field recordings and sound design: Max Kullmann, Stille als Luxus,
Office for Sound Design and Spatial Experience
Individual artist: Rebecca Hennel
Artistic cooperation: O-Team , theatre/performance collective and Florian Feisel, professor of puppet theatre at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart
Stage installation: Bureau Baubotanik
Engineering support: Matthias Rudolph (Professor of Building Technology and Climate-Friendly Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design)
Botanical and ecological support: Robert Gliniars (University of Hohenheim) and Sebastian Becker
Structural design: Julian Lienhard, str.ucture
Lightweight Design. Made in Stuttgart.
Graphic design and online magazine: Alisch Berlec Hönow (abh)
Institutional co-operations: Theatre Rampe, Stuttgart and Kunstverein Wagenhalle e.V., Stuttgart