Michael Wagner is an architect and stage and experience designer, as well as a sound, lighting, and video technician.
His specific focus lies on rethinking conventional ways of structuring the spatial, visual, and auditory dimensions of events within a wider frame of spatial design and event technology, as well as audience interaction. To critically and creatively address respective contemporary issues, Michael combines architecture, stage design, and stage technology to create unique, interactive, and immersive content and experiences.
Michael currently manages the AV department at UCL HereEast and teaches at the Bartlett
School of Architecture’s Interactive Architecture Lab, as well as on the MEng programme. He also works as a freelance designer and curator for stage-design companies and is involved with various event projects both in the UK and in Switzerland.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from HTW Chur in Switzerland and an MArch in Design for Performance and Interaction from University College London.
Project: Marble Maze
His project, Marble Maze, is a short film that showcases experimental stage lighting by using differing media typologies.
In this, he uses the marble run which is a simple action of a ball rolling from top to bottom of a designed structure; a performance that has to happen in one piece as otherwise it would not work. The marble would simply get stuck or lost if its rails were not connected to each other.
With Marble Maze, Wagner wants to create a more immersive experience when it comes to stage and performance.