www.echolotfestival.de pics © overw8, Maren Martell, Manuela Hartel     BeyderZeit – “Neue Musik” in the mirror of the baroque an event of KunstRäume am See and Kaske Foundation The fourth edition of the ECHOLOT Festival presents a wide range of new music in the historical walls of the Castle of Kempfenhausen. Video art plays a special role here. It connects the place with the sound, opens the boundaries of perception and creates new perspectives. The motto of this year’s festival is BeyderZeit, a play on words with the Baroque language. The eras will be reflected in the music of both times. The festival days are expanded by a walk-in, perfomative… Read More →


Privacy theater production Based on the fictional story of MIA and FINN, a young couple who gets to know each other online, “Privacy” tells of possible effects on life and privacy and examines our digital responsibility. Premiered: November 2016 in Munich pics © Rainer Ludwig, Judith Buss Director: Ana Zirner – Dramaturgy: Martina Missel – Choreography: David N. Russo – Production/Press: Claudia Illi – Stage: Susan Waeckerlin – Costume: Henriette Müller – Lyrics: Theresa Seraphin – Video: Manuela Hartel – Light: Rainer Ludwig – Sound: Jan Faszbender – Performer: Lotte Lindenborn, Matthias Renger, David N. Russo Get fully into the production of a digital self – or get out entirely? The “Privacy”… Read More →


Die Visionärin Play by Susanne Felicitas Wolf, directed by Thomas Luft www.theaterlust.de – PREMIERED 2018 Munich Bühne – Manuela Hartel, Olsen Röhl und Thomas Luft – Videoinstallation – Manuela Hartel – Gesang / Musikalische Leitung – Cornelia Melián – Musik – Manuela Rzytki – Choreographie – Tanya Rydell Montan – Kostüm – Sarah Silbermann, Alina Scheiler – Klangregie u. Tontechnik – Zoro Babel – Sounddesign – Simon Kummer – Lichtdesign – Olsen Röhl, Nico Stolte – Licht- u. Videooperator – Nico Stolte – Technische Leitung – Olsen Röhl “The special challenge for The Visionary was to design a set that could be used as flexibly as possible. It should provide elements for the actors to work with as well as withstand the challenges of a tour. Above all, however, it should serve as a projection surface… Read More →


pics © Manuela Hartel, Martin Kaufhold Play by Stefano Massini, directed by Sibylle Broll-Pape. Stage & Costumes by Trixy Royeck. Video by Manuela Hartel. Music by Thomas Prestin. Dramaturgy by Olivier Garofalo. With: Anna Döing, Bertram Maxim Gärtner, Stefan Hartmann, Paul Maximilian Pira, Corinna Pohlmann, Daniel Seniuk.


  Live Video Installation for the choir concert of the John Sheppard Ensemble Freiburg, premiered October 2019 in Rieselfeld and Eichstetten (Freiburg/Germany). Stage setting was worked out for 2 different churches, creating different layers and transparencies for projection mapping onto the altar. program: “to be sung on the water”– excerpt: Samuel Barber – Agnus Dei – conducted by: Bernhard Schmidt


  DO ENTER DO EXIT “Universal Data”, MACAM Biennale 2019, Lebanon With all the possibilities that access to Universal Data offers, Hartel has connected with musicians, artists, technicians and archivists of Beirut to cooperate in this project. The video-music performance focuses on exploring the ways in which people, nature, and objects interact with one another to form a complex whole that operates as a system. Drawing upon the notion of our permanent interconnectedness, her working process was entirely happening on site. Videomapping, performance, costume and music as well as the technical realization were developed during her 2 weeks artist residency in Lebanon. She live performed at the opening of the… Read More →


EMBRACE! Manuela Hartel – concept, performance, videomapping Gunter Pretzel – viola, composition Video music performance by Manuela Hartel for the ECHOLOT Festival für Neue Musik 2018. Performed on a natural stage between old trees in the park of Castle Kempfenhausen, Lake Starnberg. fotos by Maren Martell & Verena Haegler By filigree video mapping on trees, leaves and grasses, emerges from the darkness, a kind of Wunderkammer that connects the nocturnal appeal of nature and the creative power of man. Between the trees hangs a bright hammock with unknown content that seems to glow red. A red veil, which hangs from a branch in the background to the soil and also… Read More →


Permanent videoinstallation at Hotel Orania Berlin Projections of 5 Videoworks on 2 windows of the ground floor Hotel area and restaurant, rotating throughout the week. The projectors are permanently and invisibly installed into the windows reveal. The screen is a well selected, transparent roller blind material, making the projection visible from the inside as well as from the outside. The video imagery is merging with the outside street reality from the perspective of the hotel clients, while at the same time it gives the passers-by the possibility to see through the blinds, mixing the inside hotel atmosphere with Manuela Hartel’s fine pieces of video artworks. The Hotel opened in autumn… Read More →

2017 BELOVED! Athens

BELOVED! On the Concept of Inner Vision and Sound Video/sound installation and live performance by Manuela Hartel Manuela Hartel – stage, video, performance, voice Christina Calbari – drawings Stavros Gasparatos – music, live electronics Ifigenia Daoudaki – assistance costume & stage Chrysa Apostolaki – assistance Press: “Less a show than a live exhibit, an exhibit that could easily be the subject of a Tate Gallery in London, a New York MoMa or even our the Athens Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST). So charmingly made that you feel time stops.” theatrorama (Greece) “A fascinating optical wandering! “Beloved” approached delicately the emotional, psychological and spiritual dimension of human existence, shaping an autonomous world. This experimentation comprised… Read More →


Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zofingen, Switzerland, 4. November–17. December 2017 Manuela Hartel Susanne Lemberg   In the third exhibition of the BODENLOS series everything revolves around art and dance. The focus is on the topic of combat. This is not about the fight with a physical opponent, but the militant confrontation with the own SELF. Dance and movement create self-esteem and balance. In combative dance, this gained balance contributes to a more peaceful interaction between US. Dance, rhythm and struggle meet artistic realization. This reflects the work of the Munich-based video and media artist Manuela Hartel as well as the installation work of Susanne Lemberg. fotos by Timo Ullmann