Research Projects

Conference »Clash of Realities«

since 2006

Once a year the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) organizes the conference »Clash of Realities – Conference on the Art, Technology and Theory of Digital Games« in Cologne.

The conference offers experts, lecturers and students from a wide range of disciplines an interdisciplinary exchange in the form of lectures, presentations, discussions and workshops on design, technological developments in the social perception of digital games.

Responsible for the Clash of Realities concept and program layout are the Cologne Game Lab and the Institut für Medienforschung und Medienpädagogik of the TH Köln, the ifs internationale filmschule köln, the Institut für Medienkultur und Theater der Universität zu Köln, Electronic Arts, and AG Games.
Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth (ifs / CGL), Prof. Björn Bartholdy (CGL)

Project sponsors include the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the City of Cologne, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, MedienNetzwerk NRW and Electronic Arts.


»The Televisioner«
2013 to 2016

On April 10, 2014, the author and television pioneer Wolfgang Menge would have turned 90. On this occasion, the Cologne Game Lab and the ifs internationale filmschule köln invited to the one-day research conference »Der Televisionär – Forschungskonferenz zum 90. Geburtstag von Wolfgang Menge« on 10 April 2014, which marked the start of the research project »Der Televisionär«.

The research project concludes with the publication »Der Televisionär. Wolfgang Menges transmediales Werk. Critical and documentary perspectives«, edited by ifs professors Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth and Dr. Lisa Gotto, as well as the event »Kultnacht – Wolfgang Menge: Der Televisionär« on 9 October 2016 as part of the Film Festival Cologne, at which ifs, Cologne Game Lab, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and WDR cooperated to focus on the screenwriter Wolfgang Menge.

Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto
Supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Serious Games
2009 to 2012

»Serious Games« is a research project of the ifs, which was funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with »Objective 2« funds of the European Union. Under the direction of Prof. Dominik Wessely and Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, the research project is dedicated to the concept development of innovative body-based Serious Games.

The project ended with the publication »Serious Games, Exergames, Exerlearning. Zur Transmedialisierung und Gamification des Wissenstransfers«, edited by ifs professors Dr. Lisa Gotto and Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth as well as Fabian Wallenfels (ifs), and the conference »Sportlich spielend lernen: Lehren und Lernen mit Exergames?«, which took place on 16 and 17 March 2011. The conference sought answers to questions such as what are the reasons for a body-based approach in the development of innovative serious games, what are the objections and what could be the consequences of their use in (school) instruction.

Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Prof. Dominik Wessely
Supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Creative.NRW.


Lecture Series: »Picture and Bit«

23 November 2010 until 22 February 2011

The lecture series of the ifs internationale filmschule köln in the winter semester 2010/2011 was dedicated to the media upheaval of the transition from industrial to digital culture.

On six evenings, guests lecturers presented their positions on the nature and transformation of the image under digital conditions. The lecture series was conceived and moderated by Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto and Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth.

Publication: Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Lisa Gotto (Ed.): »Bildwerte. Visuality in Digital Media Culture«. Transcript, Image and Bit 2012

People on Sunday 2010
2009 to 2011

In 2010, the participants of the German-American Summer School »People on Sunday« – young filmmakers from ifs and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Theater, Film & Television – were to be inspired by the silent film classic »Menschen am Sonntag« (People on Sunday, 1930) to create short documentary or semi-documentary portraits of everyday life in Cologne. The story development was preceded by an academic week with theoretical seminars by professors from both schools, including Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth and Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto from ifs. Four documentary short films and one compilation film were produced in German-American teams. The Summer School was headed by ifs professor Gundolf S. Freyermuth, who initiated the cooperation and developed the concept.

On 6 November 2011 the premiere of this compilation took place – as part of a matinee at the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles. In addition, on 8 November 2011 at UCLA there was a screening of the directors’ cuts of the individual short films and the making-of. The program ended with a reception at the Villa Aurora on the subject of »German filmmakers in Hollywood« with a reading of the texts by Billy Wilder, the Siodmak brothers, Edgar Ulmer and a conversation with director Wolfgang Petersen.

The films of »Menschen am Sonntag – People on Sunday 2010« celebrated their German premiere on 30 May 2012 at the Filmforum NRW/ Kino im Museum Ludwig, to which the ifs and Amerika Haus e.V. NRW contributed.

Initiator: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth
Supported by the state government of NRW.