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By Cathy

Mr. Peter Benz

On 07, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

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“Have you ever considered teaching?”

Well, when I was initially asked this question by a professor I had only just met on the street in front of my alma mater in November 2000, I actually hadn’t considered that. Yet I was willing to give it a shot, and thus found myself as the new instructor for ‘Media Events’ of the recently established Media Faculty of Bauhaus-University Weimar only a few weeks later.

Like many students, colleagues and most of the general public I initially also had fairly little idea of what Media Events were supposed to be. After all I had started my tertiary studies as a major in Film & Theatre Studies with minors in Art History and Psychology, then transferred to an Architecture-degree, and after that had done some part time studies in Visual Communications and Product Design, only to then open my own business as an exhibition designer after graduation. However it seemed to be exactly this diverse background, which the professor saw as my distinct qualification.

As it turned out teaching was to become my professional preoccupation, which I feel very passionate about until today – even though recently I’m increasingly preoccupied with administrative duties –, and Media Events have been my academic playground ever since – despite I will usually use the term Experience Design instead today.

I take Experience Design to be a ‘meta design-discipline’ that integrates various creative and non-creative disciplines like architecture, various design disciplines, theatre, film, fine art, philosophy, and not least economics. I love to cross discipline boundaries – which I believe are a thing of the past – I believe in interdisciplinarity, transmediality, and collaboration as professional practices. Experience Design allows me to explore, investigate and integrate my various interests to become interplays between meaning and sensation within immersive situations.