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Soenke Hahn, Ph.D.
Movie Maker, Designer & Media Scientist

Soenke Hahn is a designer, independent movie maker and a media scientist - working in Cologne, Weimar and Oldenburg, Germany
He studied Media Design in Cologne (Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln) and Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
His bachelor thesis "Film und Wirklichkeit - Die Bedeutung des Mythos in Rezeptionsprozess" ("Film and Reality - the impact of the myth within reception") was published in 2009.
Between his Bachelors and Masters he was self-employed. Together with a fellow student he founded and worked in an advertising agency.
In his Masters he focussed on moving images - in traditional formats and fulldome media. "A German Hunting Story." - an experimental short movie - was his master thesis.

Since 2012 he worked towards his doctoral degree at Bauhaus University. The thesis was completed in 2017: "Bunker-TV, Bunker-TV - Heterotope Mechanismen am Beispiel von Schutzbauwerken und (Fernseh-)Serien" ("Bunker-TV, TV-Bunker - Heterotope Mechanismen am Beispiel von Schutzbauwerken und (Fernseh-)Serien" --- Bunker-TV, TV-Bunker - Heterotopic Mechanism Exemplified by Shelters and TV Serials"). The curios comparison offers insights into the human thinking - a world often explained or organised by (simple, sometimes problematic, radical) spatial concepts of virtual and real nature: the space of others, our or your space, a space in-between; the space of justice systems, the space of chain supermarkets and the equivalent shopping experience, to enter a theme park or a place of pilgrimage, to take part in a journey of a person on screen ... Hahn´s PhD is based on Michel Foucault´s heterotopia - an often used concept, which is - however - not well analysed. Here it is examined in detail. The thesis is an artistic research projects, too: Three projects within the dissertation deal with different aspect of heterotopia - more information to the thesis here.

Hahn believes that there is a bridge between art and commercial interests: Communication products can be art and interesting to consume. Hahn believes that scientific, conceptional work flows and artistic ways of creating can work together as well, furthermore entertainment and art can be combined. From Hahn´s point of view the clue of art is - in a time of fake news, easy appearing homemade media, the misunderstanding of media - to broach the issue of social problems and so on in a way that is abstract, challenging but still understandable and entertaining. Furthermore Hahn believes that the gab between (social and/or media) science and public discourses has to be bypassed by a more entertaining and open style.

His recent work focusses on serial narration - initially within television: redundant, a status quo series which Adorno claimed dumb on one side: any change made within an episode is taken back, everything stays the same - often known as series or here as the first pol of serial narration. On the other side: horizontal narration that continues from one episode to another, central mysteries, characters can die - often known as serials or here as the second pol of serial narration. Seriality is not confined to television or its modern forms such as video on demand platforms. Seriality is all around us: the next job, a new phase in our lives or the frequent twitter use nowadays: cryptical messages, a communication pause similar to a cliffhanger to amplify the effects/the public reaction.
The continuing era of convergence - it seriality - has to be examined and explained: media is not an evil manipulator, not a neutral carrier of a message - it is a complex process of active co-creation and co-reception - by the audience, too. It is more important than ever to explain how media works, which role an individual plays in that complex grid.

To gain such insights apart from strict scientific readers a new book is about to be published: "Vier Typen des seriellen Erzählens im Fernsehen" ("Four Types of Serial Narration on Televison") - there narration is not simply explained, television´s structure is simulated within layout and typography: an entertaining, explorative, yet informative approach.

› Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Publication 2017/18 "Vier Typen seriellen Erzählens im Fernsehen (2017/18)"
  • Publication 2018 "Die Sechsfalt der Immersion (2018)"
  • Publication 2017 "Bunker-Tv, TV-Bunker: Heterotope Mechanismen am Beispiel von Schutzbauwerken und (Fernseh-)Serien (2017)"
  • Publication 2017 "Reality TV. Untersuchung eines heterogenen Konzeptes" in: "Banal, trivial, phänomenal."
  • Publication 2017 "Wo ist das Gaffer Tape? Das müssen wir faken. Am Rand des Wahrnehmbaren: Der implizit-banale Trash im Kontext des bewegten Bildes (2017)" in: "Banal, trivial, phänomenal."
  • Publication 2016 "Das ist das Ende - oder auch nicht: Über Ende und Nicht-Enden im Fernsehen und der Fernsehserie" in: "Das andere Fernsehen"
  • Publication 2015 "Sex. Lies. Storyboards. Die Geschichtenerzähler in Mad Men, The Hour und The Newsroom" in: "Gegenwart in Serie"
  • Screening "BDFA Bundesfilmfest 2015" Schrobenhausen "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "BYOB goes ZKM 2015" Karlsruhe "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Filmthuer 2014" Jena "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Viewster Online Film Fest 4" 2014 "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Quellinale 2014" Garbisdorf, Göpfersdorf: "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • Screening "Quellinale 2014" Garbisdorf, Göpfersdorf: "Schaukeln"
  • 3° Rang "Quellinale 2014" Garbisdorf, Göpfersdorf: "Der Blumentopf"
  • Screening "XIII St. Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films BEGINNING 2014" St. Petersburg, Russland2014: "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Queen City Film Festival" Cumberland, Maryland, USA 2014: "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Purbeck Film Festival" Wareham, Dorset, England 2014: "The Flowerpot"
  • Screening "Viewster Film Festival: Be afraid. Be very afraid." "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • Publication 2014 "Zwischen Stagnation und Progression: Die Miniserie" in: "Quality-TV."
  • Screening "Polynome presentation 2014" Montreal, 2014: "breakFAST" (Fulldome)
  • Publication 2014 "Von Flow zu Flow..." in: "Journal of Serial Narration"
  • Screening "Quellinale 2013" Göpfersdorf, 2013: "breakFAST" (16:9)
  • Screening "Kurzfilme in der Sternenkuppel" Cottbus, 2013: "breakFAST" (Fulldome)
  • Screening "Kurzfilme in der Sternenkuppel" Cottbus, 2013: "Liszt - Reimagined" (Fulldome)
  • Publication "Fulldome vs. 16:9" in: "Jahrbuch der immersiven Medien 2013"
  • Screening "Ahoi Filmfestival" Hamburg, 2013: "Schaukeln"
  • Publication "Ich schaue kein..." in: "Journal of Serial Narration"
  • Workshop "Vom Storyboard zur Postproduktion" auf: Konferenz "Quality TV", Saarbrücken
  • Talk "Zwischen Stagnation und Progression" auf: Konferenz "Quality TV", Saarbrücken
  • Screening "Kunstrasen Festival 2013" Erfurt, 2013: "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • Screening "Kunstrasen Festival 2013" Erfurt, 2013: "Schaukeln"
  • Screening "Kunstrasen Festival 2013" Erfurt, 2013: "breakFAST" (16:9)
  • Talk "Experimenting with a Multi Camera Rig" auf: "FullDome Festival 2013", Jena
  • Screening "FullDome Festival" Jena, 2013: "Fulldome Meme"
  • Screening "FullDome Festival" Jena, 2013: "Habitat" (Fulldome-Version)
  • Silber "FantEx Filmfestival" Waiblingen, 2013: "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • Silber "FantEx Filmfestival" Waiblingen, 2013: "breakFAST"
  • Screening "Filmthuer Filmfestival" Jena, 2013: "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • 3° Rang "FILMthuer Festival", Jena 2013, 16:9-Version: "breakFAST" (16:9)
  • TV-Screening: "nox lucida" (Kabel und Stream) pier111.tv
  • Screening: "zwerkwerk - die 12. oldenburger kurzfilmtage" Oldenburg (OLDB): "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."
  • Screening / Finalist: auf der "Fulldome UK" Festival, Leicester, UK: "breakFAST"
  • TV-Screening: "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte." (Kabel und Stream) pier111.tv
  • Screening: "breakFAST" auf dem Kurzfilmfestival Konstanz, "kurz.film.spiele" Konstanz am Bodensee
  • Science Award: "breakFAST" für Vortrag "Fulldome vs. 16:9" (zur differenten Gestaltung und Konzeption von Fulldome und 16:9), "Koordinaten Festival der räumlichen Medien" FH Kiel
  • Exhibition: "extra - experimental trails", Galerie KUB, Leipzig, Objekt: "Was Du heute ..."
  • Exhibition: "Vkunst", Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt am Main, Objekt: "Was Du heute ..."
  • Exhibition: "Performance Award - powered by Carl Zeiss", FullDome Festival Jena, für "breakFAST"
  • 2° Rang Audience Award, FullDome Festival Jena, für "breakFAST"
  • Screening: "breakFAST" auf der "47. Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene" Wiesbaden
  • Exhibition: "Gefilterte Natur", Galerie 7b, Erfurt, Objekt: "Was Du heute ..."