Artist voice:

STEFAN DAMNIG

Video Interview

Stefan Damnig is a multimedia artist, designer and creative director from Halle. The multi-talented artist likes to let his creativity run and has already created stage designs for numerous festivals, but also knows a lot about visual language and virtual reality realizations. For BERLIN DECKS, he is creating a skybeam that will light up the Berlin sky from March 12th, 2021 on.

Introduce yourself and your mission in under 30 seconds:

Hi, I’m Stefan, I work as a creative director, multimedia designer and lighting designer in a wide variety of fields. I work a lot for big clients but I also realize free creative projects that come from my heart. These come from a wide variety of fields: From photography to light and stage design and virtual reality.

I find the word mission difficult because I don’t feel like I’m on a mission at all, but rather pursuing my creativity and realizing the projects I enjoy.

Which of the two words “Grow”  and “Together” means more to you and what does that mean to you personally? 

Looking back at the projects I’ve realized, in the beginning it always worked out alone. I’m a lone warrior and always pursued my own projects while I was studying. The projects then got bigger and bigger as time went on. I started working for large industrial clients, also with bigger budgets, and the project volumes grew accordingly. But at some point you can no longer handle them alone, and that’s why you can only grow together in this sense, because you can only get this far on your own.

But if you want to take the next step, then it only works together with the support of other creatives in my case.

 

BERLIN DECKS will bring artists like you into conversation with companies and neighbors in Berlin. How does your work benefit from such an exchange?

I think my work and generally the work of all artists always benefits from an exchange and being seen and that’s the background of artists in genereal: to realize projects that are published and then there is an exchange – a communication around it.

In this respect, an exchange is always important in general and especially now with this project. Because it gives you the opportunity to experience exactly this exchange with different industries and to bring your own projects forward or also in other dimensions.

 

Your work is shining into Berlins night sky with green electricity – what influence does the aspect of sustainability have for a designer like you?

Sustainability is of course a topic that has become more and more present and also occupies both my private life and my work as a designer.

In addition to my artistic projects, I also work as a designer for companies that deal with sustainability. In this field it’s easier to make a difference but in my other projects, lets say a stage design for a festival, it is difficult to incorporate the aspect of sustainability because the conditions are not really there.

That’s what is much more interesting here, even if you’re planning such a large light installation, to run it on green electricity and to incorporate an approach of sustainable sources of electricity.

 

Berlin is considered one of the most attractive locations for artists worldwide. What makes Berlin the perfect environment for your work?

I think that’s Berlin freedom. I can be who I want to be here. I can work here on all the levels I want to work on. I can showcase my art and have a super wide audience for it. I have everything I need on site, whether it’s a network of producers I can work with, companies I want to work with, or lots of freelance creatives to realize projects with. This is, of course, a big added value, not only for my work, but for all artists and people living in Berlin.

 

Learning from artists means learning creativity. What does creativity mean to you? 

It’s hard to say. I think you can only be really creative when you have your head free. When you can totally focus on the project you’re working on. To do that, you have to rest within yourself and shouldn’t have your head full or busy with other things. For example, if you’re planning a video production, you first have to deal with the fact that you need the perfect space. There are often small hurdles which make a project difficult to realize. Here, the space for it is given and these small hurdles are taken from the beginning. You can move freely in the space here and that’s a great value for artists of course.

Interview conducted by Alice Müller.

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