LaborGras - Habitat


25+26/08/2011 Berlin (DE)

Festival Tanz im August

Radialsystem V


19+20+21+22/08/2011 Berlin (DE)

Festival Tanz im August

Radialsytem V


18+19/12/2010 Berlin (DE)

17/12/2010 Premiere

Radialsytem V


08+13/11/2008 Aveiro (PT)

Teatro Aveirense



work in process version

Montemor-o-Novo (PT)

Espaço do Tempo


Trailer Habitat Dec. 2010

Habitat is a design for an interactive, temporary performance installation that invites audiences to enter multiple layers of virtual and real space. Spectators experience how these spaces come to life from any perspective of their choice.

Wood-carved sculptures provide the general framework for the performance-installation space.

Each individual sculpture also contains an intimate inner space that the viewer must discover. These interior spaces are equipped with a screen and speaker.

The screen reveals a virtual space that is a media-generated extension of the sculpture, building a virtual stage for the dancer and her choreography.

The dancer performs in a clearly defined area, which is integrated into the general performance-installation framework.

Dance and sculpture are united through the use of new technology and a software programme developed especially for this performance. The real-time video projections establish a link between the choreography in real space and the dance taking place in the sculpture's virtual spaces. The virtual stages (screens) come alive as the dance unfolds. The dancer inhabits the sculpture's virtual spaces as a single image or as multiple clone of herself. Every movement is born of an exchange with, and in relation to, the sculpture's virtual inner spaces.

As she performs, the dancer is aware of the "habitats" defined by her interaction with the sculpture's inner rooms.
The choreographic interpretation remains part of the sculpture as a digital recording. The dancer inhabits separate "Habitats" of the sculptural installation without physically leaving the dance area.

For the spectators, the environment is both performance and installation, challenging and encouraging them to leave the safety of simple observation and discover new ways to perceive the world around them. This accessible, walkable installation becomes the audience's temporary living space; a space that comes alive because the audience's own movement brings them to simultaneously discover the real and the media-generated life within the sculptures. There is no distance between stage, spectator, performer, sound and sculpture, so that the artistic process becomes transparent as the performance progresses.


Concept laborgras & Volker Schnüttgen
Choreography laborgras (Renate Graziadei & Arthur Stäldi)

Performance Renate Graziadei

Sculptures and Virtual Interior Design Volker Schnüttgen
Composition & Live Music Constantin Popp

Videoart Frieder Weiss & Martin Bellardi
Costume Chantal Margiotta

Assistance Costume Claudia Janitschek

Sculpture Assistance Fernando Almeida
Technical Director Jochen Massar 

Production Inge Zysk

Public Relation Yven Augustin

HABITAT is a LaborGras & Volker Schnüttgen production and is supported by funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin. Generous support is also provided by Kirchoff Automotive and Galeria Arthobler. The Studio LaborGras is subsidised by „der Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.“ The Performances in August is a event of LaborGras and RADIALSYSTEM V in Cooperation with Tanz im August.

The work in progress 2008 version was created in cooperation with Espaço dos Tempos Convento da Saudação, Montemor-o-Novo, with Faculdade De Belas Artes Do Porto and was supported by Kirchhoff Automotive.


Volker Schnüttgen

Volker Schnüttgen

Volker Schnüttgen, born 1961 in Attendorn.
1982 Began sculpture studies at the University of the Arts, Bremen.
Since 1986 contributor to exhibitions and competitions
1989 Received a diploma in fine arts. Since active as a freelance artist with a studio in Bremen.
1991/92 First commission in Sintra/Portugal
1992/93 Stipend awarded by the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
1993 onward, second long-term commission in Sintra.
1999 Olpe, recipient of the Olpe region's Kulturpreis (culture award)
2000 University of Lisbon/Faculty of Architecture: course on virtual design
2004 Scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation for computer-supported modelling at – Akademie f¸r Neue Medien, Berlin
2005/2006 Post-graduate studies in multi-media at the University of Porto - Faculty of Fine Arts.
Solo exhibitions: 1992 Lisbon (P), Gallery Monumental (in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Lisbon) 1993 Attendorn, Kunstverein S¸dsauerland; Bremen, Gallery Cornelius Hertz; 1995 Ganderkesee, Kunstverein; 1997 Bad Berleburg, museum; Silves (P), Museum of Archaeology and Silves Castle; 2000 Attendorn, Verein zur Fˆrderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V. (arts and culture association); Palmela (P), Santiago Church, "A Ferro e Fogo"; 2001 Berlin, Galerie Mani; Lisbon (P), Museu de Electricidade; 2002 Bielefeld, Landeskirchenamt Westfalen; Hannover, Claudia Bˆer Gallery; 2005 Porto, Arthobler Gallery; 2006 Siegen, IHK Gallery; group exhibitions in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. Participant in symposia and work in public spaces in Germany, Spain and Portugal.


Constanin Popp

Constanin Popp

Constantin Popp, born 1980, studied musicology for 2 years at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar before pursuing studies in composition with Robin Minard and Franz Martin Olbrisch. He composed the music and soundscapes for various theatre productions including for the National Theatre in Weimar's production "zeit zu lieben zeit zu sterben". He was commissioned to compose for Via-Nova e.V., at the Kunstfest-Weimar. Together with Robin Minard and Ludger Hennig, he constructed sound installations for the national German radio Deutschlandradio. In 2007, he participated in the June edition of the newcomer forum for the station's programme Deutschland-Radio-Kultur. He also worked or assisted in the research project "Die Musik des Trecento" ("Music of Trecento", 2001-06), the studio for electro-acoustic music at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar (2005-06, 07-08) and at the Digital Art Weeks (06/07) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland. His piece "ber¸hrung" was published on the "Komponisten aus Th¸ringen im Konzert" CD. In 2008, he composed soundscapes and live music for  sculptures by Volker Schn¸ttgen in the sculpture-dance-media performance "Habitat", by laborgras, which premiered at o espaÁo do tempo, Montemor-o-Novo Portugal. This was followed by collaborations with Andreas Bick, Jan Wagner and Markus Wintersberger, amongst others.


Martin Bellardi

Martin Bellardi

Martin Bellardi (*1970) developed an early interest in video technology as a student in technical college. In the early 90s, he honed his commercial photography craft in Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg. During his digital media design studies in Weimar, he deepened his technical and artistic skills in projects like: "I/Osonic for Sound Drifting" which was developed by Robin Minard for Ars Elektronica in Linz, "Interactiv Swing" in cooperation with the UCLA and Jill Scott, or "Music-Call" for the ISWC-2002 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, a project involving cellphones and guitars, with Jaquline Otten.
He concluded his studies with the final project "Volume over Lumen", an interactive space-light-sound installation in which several visitors interact with one another, created with Anne Delakowitz and exhibited at the "Sonambiente Berlin 2006". Since 2007, he has been working with various dance companies and artists on interactive video and light design, i.e. at the "TanzMedienAkademie 07" in Weimar, in the project "Play the Play – Hide and Seek" by LaborGras in Berlin, or for "Forest2" by Chris Ziegler at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. In early 2008, he participated in the first realisation of  "HABITAT work in progress" by and with Volker Schn¸ttgen and LaborGras, in Montemor-O-Novo, with Constantin Popp and Frieder Weiss. With Chris Ziegler, M. Bellardi also developed "Forest 2 – Another Midsummer Night's Dream", a project in three phases, with a play by Michael Hewel all the way to an abstract light-space installation, performed in Munich and Karlsruhe. Since 2009, M. Bellardi is part of the design team for an interactive learning installation of the  "Double Skin/Double Mind" workshop by choreographer Emio Greco. This project is created in cooperation with the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) and IRCAM-Paris.


Frieder Weiss

Frieder Weiss is an expert in developing and setting up live computing and interactive systems for performance. As part of the Palindrom Intermedia Performance Group with Robert Wechsler, he developed technologies and concepts for real-time virtual systems used in dance. The systems give performers the freedom to influence sound and projections during a show. They are used in several works that have received international awards. The systems developed by Frieder Weiss are used by a number of artists worldwide, and new project partnerships have been established with Phase-7 in Berlin, Reiner Hofmann in Nuremberg, Prof. Wilfried Jentzsch in Dresden, Leine and Roebana in Amsterdam, Helga Pogatschar & Cesc Gelabert in Munich, Chunky Move in Melbourne, and others. Frieder Weiss works closely with the Australian dancer and choreography Emily Fernandez on their own artistic work. He also teaches at the University of Nuremberg, the University of the Arts in Bern, and at University Centre in Doncaster.