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Roesner, David P. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4371-1852 (11. November 2018): Found and Framed. A Conversation with Composer and Designer Mathis Nitschke. In: Theatre & Performance Design, Special Issue: Design for Opera, Vol. 4, No. 3: pp. 204-221

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Munich composer, designer and theatre-maker Mathis Nitschke (*1973) has recently produced three very different pieces of music-theatrical works in the public sphere, which he deliberately calls operas: Viola. A Short Opera in Public Space (2015); Passing. An Opera You Walk (2016), and Maya. A Mixed-Reality-Techno-Opera in the ruins of the heating plant Munich-Aubing (2017). In all these productions, both the notion of ‘opera’ as well as the role of ‘design’ are thoroughly questioned and the instability of the performative framework provides a key fascination for the spectator. Having trained both as a composer and as a visual artist, Nitschke negotiates the spaces he uses for his projects in the interplay between found and designed, unpredictable and controlled, analogue and multimedia. In an interview with the artist, David Roesner explores these themes and discusses how Nitschke’s practice challenges traditional notions of opera, design and collaboration.

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