Info Event

On 31.03.23 at 12 pm Prof. Jürgen Sieck and Maja Stark invite to an info event. For one hour, participants will have the opportunity to talk to the project management about the new ERDF project HERA and its AURORA XR School for Artists, the new course offerings and the current XR OPEN CALL, as well as to ask their questions.

New project grant in the framework of EFRE/INP-III project HERA!

Good news: Our application on a new project grand was approved!

»HERA – Handlungs- und Lernräume für Extended Reality Angebote mit der freien Kulturszene« is funded from 2023 to 2025 by the ERDF in the program »Stärkung des Innovationspotenzials in der Kultur III« (INP-III) gefördert und führt die beliebte AURORA School for Artists weiter – jetzt neu als AURORA School for XR Artists, mit Kursen zu allen XR-Technologien, auch für Fortgeschrittene, Open Calls und XR Art & Networking Events.


Also worth mentioning: The AURORA ARchive, released in March 2022, now presents 118 international AR art and culture projects – and of course, it includes all projects from the AURORA Production Lab.

Open source and free, now available at the URL:

Workshop on Comics & Augmented Reality

After being invited—together with AURORA alumna Christina Sarli and her AR comic Señor Pulpo—to the Insta-Video podcast Kreative Pause of the Berlin comic store Grober Unfug on 06.02.22, there was a nice AURORA workshop on “Comics & Augmented Reality” with 13 participating artists on 10.03.22 – due to corona still via ZOOM.

• Creative input and comparison of sample comics and related media
• Input on digital media production
• Technological basics around AR
• AURORA alumna Christina Sarli answers questions about workflow and storytelling in Señor Pulpo
Platform to discuss your own ideas and their technical feasibility with each other and with AR specialists.

Thanks a lot to Christina Sarli and the great artists for their highly motivated participation! 🙂

BLACK BOX AR – Workshop series with KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Workshop within the Open Secret series of KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
More information:

Dates and registration information:

23.10.2021, 10 am – 2 pm
28.10.21, 10 am – 2 pm
29.10.21, 10 am – 4 pm

This workshop is for anyone interested in technology and art, and in the way these interact in formats that combine both. No previous knowledge is necessary. Each session builds on the last. We therefore recommend that you attend all of them. Participation is free of charge.

To register for the workshop, please send an email to with a short description about your interest in the workshop.

EXTENDED REALITY – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture

03.–30 September 2021
Atrium and Media Theater of Humboldt-Universität’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin

An interactive exhibition by the INKA research group at the HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« and Media Theater. Final exhibition of the EU-funded INKA project AURORA School for ARtists.

Many artists today no longer work solely with physical materials such as paint and paper or wood and stone—instead, artworks, like design processes and cultural productions, pass through various states of analog and digital materiality.

Augmented and mixed reality enable the combination of physical and programmed realities. In virtual reality, the result is usually an experience that hides the analog environment—how can we still speak of materiality in this context?

»Extended Reality – Code and Materiality in Art and Culture« illuminates various aspects of materiality through selected works from design, art, literature, music, performance and science that have been created in interdisciplinary engagement with extended reality technologies.

ZOOM-IN #2: Art and Augmented Reality

For the second issue of the series Zoom-In: Digitization in Art and Culture on 20 August, the Kulturförderpunkt Berlin cooperates with the AURORA School for ARtists for a glimpse into other realities: We immerse ourselves in the history of AR, have the technical basics explained and learn about AR applications in art and culture.

First and foremost, we look at the potential of AR, but also take a look at the discrepancy between the general idea and the actual possibilities of digitally augmented reality. We also learn more about the subtle difference to XR (Extended Reality) and the soon to be launched EU project for freelance creatives XR_Unites. We have invited exciting project makers who will take you on a journey and give you insights into the state-of-the-art of AR in art and culture.

20.08.2020, 4–6 p.m.

Maja Stark & Leonid Barsht | AURORA School for ARtists
Anke von der Heide | MIRAR
Theresa Reiwer |
Oliver Proske | Nico and the Navigators

For more information and registration see this link.
The event is held in German.

© Photo: Alexander Rentsch

AURORA at Branchentreff Literatur 2020

Augmented Reality can expand and enrich the world we are used to – this is also the case with literature. At the Vierte Branchentreff Literatur (19.-21.06.2020) the author Juliane Wünsche will present her augmented reality application Zittau 1999, which she realised together with Leonid Barsht in the AURORA Production Laboratory. The presentation starts on 19.06.2020 at 3 p.m.!

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© Illustration: Kerstin Welther and Matthias Ries 2019

ARtists go Economy Podcast

Since May 2020, the AURORA School for ARtists has a new podcast: following on the workshop with the same name, the series ARtists go Economy focuses on the financing of creative AR projects, e.g. through public funding or start-ups. For inspiration Maja Stark talks to exciting people who work creatively with AR and successfully finance their projects. All the podcast can be found on the AURORA website under About us/ARtists go Economy Podcast.