Batz is one of the most original
archeologists of Hamburg. He probes the city, uncovering its secrets
with two devices: theatre and light. “Michael Batz - Sceneography.
Light.” This is what is written on his visitor’s tag. “Sceneography” means,
he conducts theatre where theatre was never conducted. “Light” means,
he illuminates nooks and crannies that have never seen light. With
his play about the death of the Everyman, Batz brought new life into
the Speicherstadt (a historical warehouse complex in Hamburg). What
began in 1994 as a one-time-only project has turned into a fixture
of Hamburg life. Since 1999, the brusque facades of the Speicherstadt
have glown in a soft, brushed light over wall relief. An idea of
Michael Batz. The theatre activist and dramatist unintentionally
discovered a new career in the process; he became an illuminator,
an arouser of deserted building complexes. The elegance with which
Batz allows the Speicherstadt’s stone mass to hover in darkness
amazes building officials near and far. Today, Batz is a “Light
Consultant” for numerous cities.
Peter Kümmel, DIE ZEIT
|The philosopher of light
He has brought the memory of the warehouse district from darkness, let the Berlin Reichstag in quiet beauty shine, and transforms our port in a "Blue Port". What Michael Batz is thinking?
This much is certain: Once again this year, hundreds of thousands in the Port of Hamburg will again flock when it comes to admire a very special, quiet spectacle. How mysterious props of a dream game then light Kaispeicher and harbor, the fish market, the cranes on the docks of Blohm & Voss and reflected, with a variety of other objects to a blue wonder combines, in the waters of the Elbe. Created this magical moment of the man who puts our city for years in a very special light: Michael Batz.
|Magazine "The Hamburger" 07/2010|
"Michael Batz works in the classical sense of the word in the aesthetics field. For the ancient Greeks the aesthetic, AISTHESIS, was the doctrine and at the same time the ability of perception.
|Björn Engholm in his speech on the occasion of the ceremony of the Herbert Wehner Medal on 26 November 2013|