Under An Alias is the new big fairytale of nerdworking, a digital historical expression. This time our story takes place in a small German town; Weimar. The effect of a small town with the population of 65,000 people on the world concerns all of us, a city where the majority of its income is from culture. Weimar is a meeting and creation point for eminent intellectuals of our current times. This town, where Goethe wrote his masterpieces, where the music of Franz Liszt could be heard. This is where its republic of Germany was founded in 1919, whose legacy was subsequently marred by the establishment of a Nazi concentration camp in 1937. Weimar, a city that currently merges art and architecture in Bauhaus university, has many untold stories.
Although difficult, telling Weimar’s story was incredibly educational for an Istanbul based group of artists. It gave an opportunity for nerdworking illustrate a story from another perspective. Dozens of people spent long hours immersing themselves the rich cultural background, whilst taking into consideration the opinions of previous researchers. Under An Alias, created by collaboration of international artists and working completely in cyberspace, made its debut as the main act of the Genius Loci Festival.
Under An Alias was on exhibition from 10th till 12th of August on Fürstenhaus, Franz Liszt Conservatory, each night from 8PM till the early hours, several times a night. We decided that there couldn’t be anything more appropriate, than projecting the analogy onto this iconic building. The initial section is the spirit, then the muscles then the skin of this tribute to the legacy of Weimar was created. The story was based on the linear history of the city, the abstract origin slowly turned into decaying effect in the years of war. Then the exploding Bauhaus movement after the World War II is portrayed with a statement to pay homage to one of movement’s greatest masters; Kandinsky. Then the story flows into the German industrial machine, healing its wounds from the diffused times with aggressive images of engineering and machinery. And finally, after all of city’s turbulent history, we are waving goodbye to Weimar with its peace and order as a giant music box. We appreciate her hospitality.
Under An Alias was made by nerdworking’s crew of 22 people from different disciplines architectures, new media artists, sound designers and the staff of Genius Loci Weimar. Enjoy the show, till the next fairytale.
Design and Art Direction: NOHlab (Candaş Şişman – Deniz Kader)
Motion Design and Animation Teams:
Creative Director: Ferdi Alıcı
3D Artists & Designers: Çağlar Özen, Emre Önol, Ferdi Alıcı
2D Artists & Designers: Dilan Tanrıkulu Regal, Harun Kerem Köse, Yusuf Emre Kucur
Compositing: Ferdi Alıcı
CG Supervisor: Coşku Özdemir
3D Artists & Designers : Davut Toy, Vikram Puttanna
Sound Design: Alp Coksoyluer, Giray Gürkal, Görkem Şen
Architectural 3D Modelling: Kerem Asfuroğlu
Storyboard Artist: İsmail Anıl Güzeliş
Documentation: Cansu Turan
Project Management: NERDWORKING (Erdem Dilbaz)
Render Farm: RenderRider
Special Thanks to Gökçen Dilek Açay, İkinciParti Prodüksiyon, Stefan Kraus