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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Martian Chronicles: A Remote Seminar

Specialist seminar
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2
Previous experience with animation is recommended. Recommended Readings: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury True Story by Lucian of Samosata Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński

Dates - place & time

12.04.2428.06.24FridayWöchentlich10:00 - 13:00Filzengraben 18-24, Animationsstudio, 0.1
from-to10:00 - 13:00
LocationFilzengraben 18-24, Animationsstudio, 0.1

Seminar description

During this seminar, the production of an animated film will take place in collaboration with various schools around the world. The premise is as follows: A Martian arrives on planet Earth and conducts a study on human behaviour, addressing topics such as love, human relationships, nature, technology, art, power, and religions, as well as the meaning of art and money, among others. The title of this seminar pays homage to the novel of the same name, "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury, a work published in 1950 during the Cold War that narrates how humans invade Mars, fleeing a world on the brink of destruction and under the threat of nuclear conflict. In our case, we reverse the roles and eliminate the belligerent and destructive impulse. Our Martian is a reporter and explorer in the tradition of Herodotus, a peaceful character with the broadest tolerance who travels through planet Earth guided by curiosity and the objective of assessing the feasibility or interest in establishing some form of embassy or relationship with humans. The participating schools are (KHM) Kunsthochschule der Medien in Cologne, (CAFA) Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, (NID) National Institute of Design in Andhra Pradesh, India, and (CAU) Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Naples, Italy. Additionally, Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania is also part of the collaboration.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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