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16. May 2020 - 27. September 2020
The world, a space with wings
On the 250th anniversary of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger

The spectacular discovery: Berblinger's flag on the moon
The spectacular discovery: Berblinger's flag on the moon
Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger, a success story

Attempting to fly across the river Danube on 31 May 1811, Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger crashes his hang-glider, much to the amusement of his audience, including the duke and princes.

Reflecting ball in a 'sky-room' above which the Stadthaus roof with a view of the Minster Tower spans. Design: Timo Dentler/Okarina Peter

1683 in Istanbul: Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi glides from the Galata Tower across the Bosporus on self-made wings.

Mumbai 1895: The Indian Sanskrit-scholar Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade dreams of sending an unmanned flying apparatus towards the skies. He wants to send it 1500 feet into the air. It worked, according to reports of the time. This is four years before the Wright brothers started building the (alleged) first flying apparatus of the western world.

Man in the midst of mathematical formulas. Design: Timo Dentler/Okarina Peter

In 1910, Henri Coandă discovers the so-called Coandă effect. During the first test-flight of his Coandă-1910, the first jet-engine powered plane in the world, he observed how gas and flames shooting out of the engine were hugging the fuselage, discovering what he called the Coandă-effect. Although the plane burns down to the steel frame, the development of a disk-shaped plane not even thirty years later is based on this effect! In 2004, just thirty years after Henri Coandă’s death, Romania names the international airport of Bucharest after the great inventor and aviation pioneer.

Zeichnung von einem Menschen auf steinigem Weg. Entwurf: Timo Dentler und Okarina Peter
Entwuf: Timo Dentler/Okarina Peter

Albert Einstein is working on a thought experiment regarding quantum mechanics, noticing a 'spooky action at a distance'. Quantum teleportation is demonstrated for the first time by Anton Zeilinger in 1997. Teleportation? Trekkies would say: 'Beam me up, Scotty.'

On 28 May 2014, Alexander Gerst enters low earth orbit for the first time en route to the international space station ISS. 'Only gravity pulls me down a bit', tweets Gerst six months later after returning back to earth.

Fictitious earth tunnel from Ulm Cathedral Square to the Flowerpot Bay of Pitt Island. Sketch: Nik Schölzel

The first human to dig a tunnel straight down from the Minster square in Ulm will come out at Flowerpoint Bay, Pitt Island. The tunnel will be 12,742 kilometres long and flying from end to end will take approximately 42 minutes.

There are no boundaries where the powers of imagination and science intersect. The world is a space with wings.

This world will be explored at the Stadthaus by: Timo Dentler and Okarina Peter

Photo of Timo Dentler and Okarina Peter
Timo Dentler and Okarina Peter

And it's completely analogue. They will create a giant, accessible stage, to be experienced by everyone, preschool children, teenagers, retirees, nerds and astrophysicists.

Timo Dentler, born in Ulm, is the son of goldsmith Rudolf Dentler. Okarina Peter is from Constance. Both studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under stage and costume designer, theater and opera director Karl Kneidl. Dentler and Peter have been working as stage and costume designers all around the world since 2000, predominantly for music theatre productions. They have been nominated as best stage designers and twice as best costume designers by the magazine 'Opernwelt'. They work for the most renowned of theatres, like the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, Semperoper Dresden or Volksoper Wien. Recent productions include 'Le vieux Juif blonde', directed by Volker Schlöndorff at Théâtre des Mathurins Paris, and 'Idomeneo' in Heidelberg, directed by Peter Konwitschny ('Director of the year' 2018).

Logo Berblingerjahr 2020
Berblingerjahr 2020
©lahaye tiedemann gestalten/Stadt Ulm

Isabel Alvarez, camerawomen, Montevideo/Uruguay and Berlin
Frank Bartholmess, pilot/Lufthansa Airlines, Berlin
Ashwath Bhatt, actor, as pioneer of aviation Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade, Mumbai and New Delhi
Michaela Dicu, director from Berlin, born in Romania
Christiane Heinicke, geophysicist and engineer, developer of a moon and mars habitat, ZARM Bremen
Eurico Lino Do Vale, artist and photographer, Portugal
Csaba Marton, musician and expert for manned moon missions, Ulm
Gerhard Schwehm, Rosetta Mission Manager and director emeritus of the Solar System Science Operations Division at ESA, the Netherlands
Tomo Sugao, director, as Samurai Hattori Hanzō, Sapporo/Japan
Sarah Maria Sun, singer, Berlin
Barthélémy Toguo, sculptor, M'Balmayo/Cameroon and Paris

Lighting design: Wolfgang Göbbel

Scenic painting: Agnete Winter

Theatre sculptor: Bisser Berov

Structures: David Münch

Technical manager: Paul Stauber

Project management: Katharina Buzin, Karla Nieraad, Nik Schölzel

Consultants: Gerhard Schwehm, Rosetta Mission Manager and director emeritus of the Solar System Science Operations Division at ESA
Kurt Büchler, ESA Spacecraft Engineering Manager emeritus

Opening: Friday, 15 May 2020

This exhibition is developed with friendly support by