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Entries from May 31st, 2012

the news in may part 2

May 31st, 2012 by sophie · print, retomag

may started pretty productive and intense, and thats the same way, how may is going to end.
here are the latest news:

1. contributors:
many contracts came back and i like to welcome: abi glassmann, lee hinkelmann, jack ‘darcy’ searle, emilia lloret, jochen berger, svetlana padolfino. i hope, i didn’t forget one!

for our contributors, we set up accounts to log in and actually get to be part of the retomag network/ write on the blog, share ideas, write some travel hints. exciting times, i cant wait to read their first posts.

2. publishing:
i had the first meeting with the first print shop. it went pretty well and i am curious about their offer. but i am waiting for a second print shop to get an offer. then it will get time to decide who gets the job and when retomag and retomag-israel will get printed. very exciting. i am looking forward to that day i was working for since almost one year!

3. sponsoring:
still working on the introduction movie to find sponsors. if you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who could be interested in sponsoring retomag and getting some space for advertising their business in exchange, please give me an email!

stay tuned for further informations! take care!

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Coperion Filter Simulation

May 30th, 2012 by sophie · germany, interactive

this post has nothing to do with traveling, sorry guys, but at least with creativity. i think this project is the perfect example how at first boring and weird sounding topics can get presented interesting and beautiful with a whiff of simplicity.
this project was realized by »design And systems« würzburg; christopher warnow and stefan wagner.

This is an interactive simulation for visualizing filtration processes inside silo filters. We created this piece of software for the company Coperion in order to showcase their approach to the production of filters which is highly client-oriented and individually customizable.

The development of a filter is a process being hard to grasp, a non-linear system of intertwined parameters one has to find the right balance for. Each material and context needs its own set of fine tuned limits and working parameters.

The simulation as a medium helps to explore the fields of possibilities and gives back new room for human reasoning to the engineers. Together with Coperion, we were going through a lot of documents as well as excel sheets and tried to make such a complex issue as filtering understandable, tangible and last but not least, a narrative that is able to capture your curiosity for complex systems in the world.

The final software has been programmed using Openframeworks (

Screenshots on Flickr:
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Abschluss des deutschen Filmprojektes »Colors of the Sky« von Christoph Kirchner

May 26th, 2012 by sophie · film, germany, reportage

Nach über zwei Jahren Produktionszeit ist das in Würzburg und in der Rhön gedrehte Doku-Drama “Colours of the Sky – Farben des Himmels” endlich fertiggestellt. Auf der neuen offiziellen Filmwebseite ( finden sich viele Informationen, Bildmaterial und ein Pressekit zum Projekt, zudem bietet der deutsche Filmtrailer ( einen Einblick in das ambitionierte Filmprojekt.

Bereits am 5.6.2012 um 20.30 Uhr wird der Film als Vorpremiere das erste mal der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt: Im Rahmen der Veranstaltung Schnittplatz #2 im CAIRO Jugendkulturhaus Würzburg – dort zeigt Regisseur Christoph Kirchner auch sein in Neuseeland gedrehtes Projekt “Trace of Light” ( Der Eintritt ist frei, Spenden sind willkommen. (

Über den Film

Das Doku-Drama „Colours of the Sky – Farben des Himmels“ nähert sich dem Traum vom Fliegen auf interessante Weise: Neben imposanten Flugaufnahmen behandelt der Film auch den menschlichen Aspekt: Er begleitet drei vom Hunger nach Freiheit getriebene Flugsportler und stellt die Frage nach dem Sinn von Träumen. Der Film verwendet hierbei sowohl dokumentarische, als auch experimentelle und szenische Stilmittel: Als fiktive Nebenhandlung fungiert die Lebensgeschichte eines Mannes, der sich erst im hohen Alter seinen Lebenstraum erfüllt.

Hauptdrehort war die Rhöner Wasserkuppe, Mittelpunkt und Wiege des internationalen Segelflugsports.  Ein Teil der Spielfilmsequenzen wurden in Schweinfurt und Würzburg gedreht.  Der Film entstand unter der Regie von Christoph Kirchner als Schwerpunktprojekt im Studiengang Kommunikationsdesign, Studienrichtung Film an der Fachhochschule Würzburg. Als Produktionsfirma fungiert Christoph Kirchner Film & Media  („Trace of Light“), die sich auch um Pressearbeit und Vermarktung kümmert. Der Film entsteht in Zusammenarbeit mit der  Flugschule “Papillon” und wird unterstützt von der Fachhochschule Würzburg, der VR-Bank Würzburg,, der Sparkasse Mainfranken Würzburg sowie RhönPuls und erscheint im Herbst 2012 auf DVD und Blu-ray – auf den Discs wird sich neben reichlich Bonusmaterial auch eine optionale 3D-Version des Films finden.

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the news in may

May 23rd, 2012 by sophie · retomag

hello out there!

didn’t send out any news the last time, was busy working on daily jobs and the retomag paperwork.

but here, some news…

1. contributors
after the contracts came back from my german lawyer, i sent it to translation and when it came back to the retomag contributors. i am very happy to welcome at this point: christopher klein, felicity cromack, julia dreier, natalie wong, nina daum and wolfgang landauer!!

2. additional content
i am planing to add some new content to the already existing. some of our contributors went out there this spring and collected stories which should get a chance to be told. very exiting!

3. sponsoring
working on a little introduction movie for advertising retomag to potential sponsors. stay tuned!

4. next 7q-7a interview
it has been a while since i published the last interview, but don’t worry, the next one is  coming up soon. if you would like to be part of the series, just give me a short email.


so, that’s it for now, have a great week!


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5th of june: TRACE OF LIGHT – german premiere!!

May 7th, 2012 by sophie · exhibition, film, germany, new zealand, reportage

Check out the first Trace of Light- Movie screening in Germany! Open Air!

5th of June// 8.30pm // Cairo Kulturhaus // Würzburg // Germany

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