About me


Sönke Hahn

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Designer & Movie Maker

  • Projects


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  • Publications

  • Curriculum Vitae



    Doctor of Philosophy (Phd)

    Bauhaus University Weimar,

    "Media Art"


    "Bunker—TV, TV—Bunker: Heterotope Mechanismen am Beispiel von Schutzbauwerken und (Fernseh-)Serien"

    — Science and art



    Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

    Bauhaus University Weimar,

     "Media Art and Media Design"



    "Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte."

    — short movie



    Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln,

     "Media Design"



    "Film & Wirklichkeit: Die Bedeutung des Mythos im Rezeptionsprozess"

    — scientific publication





    Production of Short Movies



    Member Editorial Board

    Journal of Serial Narration



    University Teaching Position

    Bauhaus University Weimar

    Masters Program "Media Art and Media Design"



    Self-employment  Advertising





    Internship Camera

    HR, Frankfurt a. M.



    Internship Camera

    NDR, Oldenburg





    Military Service Deutsche Marine

     6800 see miles:

    "Sail Training Vessel Gorch Fock"





    School Liebfrauenschule




  • Awards

    „iF Design Award 2019“

    „Vier Typen seriellen Erzählens im Fernsehen“


    „Red Dot 2018“

    „Vier Typen seriellen Erzählens im Fernsehen“



    „breakFAST“ (16:9),

    „Fantex Festival“, Waiblingen, 2013



     „Eine deutsche Jagdgeschichte.“

     „Fantex Festival“, Waiblingen, 2013


    3rd Place

    „breakFAST“ (16:9)

     „Kurzfilmfestival FILMthuer“, Jena, 2013


    Science Award

    „breakFAST“ bzw. Vortrag „Fulldome vs. 16:9 (zur differenten Gestaltung und Konzeption von Fulldome und 16:9)“, Konferenz „Koordinaten Festival der räumlichen Medien“, Fachhochschule Kiel, 2012


    „Performance Award

    – sponsored by Carl Zeiss“

    Fulldome-Version „breakFAST“;

    Zeiss-Planetarium, Jena, 2012


    Awarded Degree

    Bachelor of Arts, 2009


Is a designer, independent movie maker and a media scientist—working in Cologne, Weimar and Oldenburg, GermanyHe 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 — Heterotopic Mechanism Exemplified by Shelters and TV Serials". The curious comparison offers insights into 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 parkor 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 regrading the thesis here. Hahn believes that there is a bridge between art and commercial interests: Communication products can be art and interesting to consume—even though this combination proves difficult. For example so-called quality television series are praised for being art, nonetheless they are commercial products.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 real trick of art is—especially in a time of fake news, easy appearing homemade media, hence the misunderstanding of media—to illustrate 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 changes made within an episode are taken back, everything stays the same—often known as   series or here as the first pole 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 pole of serial narration. Seriality is not confined to television or its modern forms such as video on demand platforms. Seriality is—as mentioned before—all around us: the next job, a new phase in our lives or the frequent Twitter use nowadays by certain politicians: cryptical messages, a provocation, than 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 edited, designed, and published by Hahn: "Vier Typen 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. The anthology was awarded with both world famous "Red Dot Award: Communications Design 2018" and the "iF award 2019"!



2019 S. Hahn, PhD