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ImageThe New Infinity. Neue Kunst für Planetarien © Berliner Festspiele, Makusu Matsutake

Our starsTHE NEW INFINITY Chapter 2

World premiere of the second work cycle: New Art for Planetariums - Immersive Art, Artist Talk, Concerts. Works by Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven and Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez as well as the concert "The Quiet River of Dust" with Richard Reed Parry in its European premiere



Festival of New Immersive Art

In a coproduction of the Berliner Festspiele/Immersion and Planetarium Hamburg and in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel, you will experience completely new artistic expressions in the visual and musical arts that were conceived especially for planetariums. From August 13 to 18, 2019, the artists Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven and Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez present these new works as world premieres in the Sternensaal of the Planetarium.

Dome Art

Up until now planetariums have dominantly been places for science and education and only rarely locations for contemporary art. However, planetarium domes are capable of presenting the most extensive and impressive visuals of our time – so why not use them for new purposes? In its programme “The New Infinity” as part of its special series Immersion and in co-production with the Planetarium Hamburg, the Berliner Festspiele make domes accessible to artists. By means of digital audio and visual technology they create new artistic full dome productions that allow us to experience a sense of what lies beyond our perception – infinity. The programme enters its second year with new works by Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven and Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez. The new work cycle celebrates its world premiere in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel at the Planetarium Hamburg followed by the presentation at the Mobile Dome on Mariannenplatz in Berlin as part of Berlin Art Week.

Tue, Aug. 13th, 8:00 & 10:30 pm / Wed, Aug. 14th, 6:00 pm / Thu, Aug. 15th, 6:00 & 10 pm / Fri, Aug. 16th, 8:00 pm / Sat, Aug. 17th, 9 pm / Sun, Aug. 18th, 9 pm

Tickets: 11 €/7 €, approx. 60 min., recommended for ages 10 and older

Tue, Aug. 13th, 9:00 pm Artist Talk with Agnieszka Polska, moderation: Bettina Steinbrügge. Admission free, please reserve tickets


The live concert "A Quiet River of Dust" is based on the namesake solo album by Richard Reed Parry, the multi-instrumentalist at the heart of the cult band Arcade Fire. The sounds he heard on long walks through the snowy woods on Mount Kōya in Japan reminded Parry of the folk music he had heard in his childhood. Music full of open space, quietude, cicadas, echoes and the sounds of nature. The immersive sonic environments of his visit to Japan led Parry to the folk song form of his new songs that tell of disappearing villages, ecstatic wind storms, departing family members, cyclical rivers, spirit radios and endless rain. A story emerged of a boy travelling to the seaside with his parents, disappearing into the ocean and his body dissolving into the molecules of the enormous body of water in which he swam – a sudden transformation into all the elements of the natural world. Parry’s music includes the dense orchestral textures of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre as well as the boundary-pushing instrumental work of his neoclassical solo compositions. Together with the team from the Canadian Société des Arts technologiques (S.A.T.) he has created a hypnotic live experience for a sonically and visually immersive dome environment that will be performed in Europe for the first time as part of “The New Infinity” at the Planetarium Hamburg.

The concert features Richard Reed Parry, Corwin Fox, Stefan Schneider, Laurel Sprengelmeyer & Jordy Walker

Fri, Aug. 16th, 9:30 pm / Sat, Aug. 17th, 7:00 pm / Sun, Aug. 18th, 7:00 pm

Tickets: 19 €/11 €, approx. 75 min.


Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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