VITA

Born 1966, I studied Set and Costume Design at the university „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg/Austria, finishing 1992 with the „Magister Artium“. After two years as assistant of production designer Rolf Zehetbauer (OSCAR-winner „Cabaret“), I turned to opera and theatre set design, where I gathered experience as assistant of Pet Halmen (set design partner of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and director).


Since 1995, I also established myself as an independent set and costume designer, developing scenography and costumes for great municipal and stately opera houses and theatres. Alongside almost 40 theatrical works (inter alia works of Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, Offenbach, Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, Henze, Shakespeare, Goethe, Mann), I developed concepts, illustrations and designs for books, fair stands, interiors and hotel architecture. Since 2006, I hold a full professorship for Design at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences; I teach Designing Techniques & Principles, Set Design, Psychology of Aesthetics and History of Interior Architecture. From 2007 to 2009, I was Head of Interior Architecture Dept., from 2009 to 2014 I was appointed to the Board of Directors as Vice-President of the university. Since 2016, I am Dean of Studies of the Design Faculty of my university.


My interests are all matters of mental construction of reality via visual stimuli; creative processes that produce comprehensible bridges between idea and design; systematization and scientific justification of aesthetic strategies; and simply drawing and designing fascinating spaces together with students and team partners.

 

2019 I was awarded the doctorate in Human Biology at the Medical Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. The dissertation on psychology of aesthetics was re-published in summer 2019 under the title "Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik". 


Publications

Heinrich, Michael (2022): Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik. Handbuch Angewandte Ästhetik. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. In Preparation.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2021): Forschungsbauten und ihre Wahrnehmung. Metadisciplinary aesthetics, accompanying scientific research. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. In Preparation.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2021): Atmosphäre und Gestaltung. In: Architektur, Atmosphäre, Wahrnehmung. Eds: Christian Illies, Martin Düchs. Berlin: Springer Verlag. In Publication.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2019): Spiel der Hexagone: Form und Funktion des Ulmer Theaters. Spielzeitheft des Theaters Ulm, Jubiläumsspielzeit 2019/2020. Ulm: Theater Ulm.    

Heinrich, Michael (2019): Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik. Eine Designtheorie visueller

Deutung und Zeitwahrnehmung. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2019): Ästhetik, Zeitwahrnehmung und Gesundheit. Doctoral Dissertation. Munich: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2015): DynamikoMORPH – Wenn Dinge von der Zeit erzählen. In: Strömungen (=Zwischen den Welten, Bd. 2), Eds: Jürgen Krahl, Josef Löffl, ISBN: 978-3-7369-9025-8: 107-142. Göttingen: Cuvillier.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2016): Designing On Nature’s Terms. The International Journal of Visual Design, 10-1: 19-40. Champaign: Common Ground.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2015): Szenografie: Der lebendige Raum. AIT, 6.2015, BDIA Impulse. Stuttgart: Verlagsanstalt Alexander Koch

 

Heinrich, Michael (2014): The Hidden Appeal. Anthropomorphic, Biomorphic and Narrative Aspects of Visual Perception in Spatial Arts, Architecture & Design. ATINER Visual and Performing Arts Paper Series, ART2014-1100 (2014). Athens: Atiner Conference Papers.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2013): Gedanken zur Ästhetik des Bühnenbilds. In: Landestheater Coburg, Programmheft 2012/2013 GH14, Dorian Gray: 12-23. Coburg: Landestheater Coburg.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2007): Form für Menschen. In: RaumBrand 14 (2007): 20. München: Wenger Wittmann/Süddeutscher Verlag.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2004): Kulturträger Staat -Kulturträger Wirtschaft: Symbiose aus der Balance? In: Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Kultur und Wirtschaft (2004). Wien: Studienverlag.    


Conference Contributions / Lectures

Heinrich, Michael (2021): Architecture & the Brain. Workshop & Lecture. Leadership Initiatives/ Georgetown University: Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. In Collaboration with Prof. Dr. James Giordano. 24. 6. & 26. 7. 2021. Washington D.C., USA.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2021): Bequemlichkeit, Beteiligung, Bindung: Die drei Bedeutungsfelder des Wohnens. Conference Lecture. Universität Bamberg: Home, Smart Home. Conference on Aspects of the Digitalization of Living. 23. 7. 2021. Bamberg, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2020): Art & the Brain. Lecture. Leadership Initiatives/ Georgetown University: Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. In Collaboration with Prof. Dr. James Giordano. 20. 7. 2020. Washington D.C., USA.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2020): Constructing Atmospheres. Workshop Lecture. Cambridge University, Jesus College: Towards an Empathetic Architecture. 18. 2. 2020. Cambridge, UK. 

 

Heinrich, Michael (2019): Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik: Das Ornamentale. Lecture. Bamberg University, Philosophy: Decor und Decorum. Natur und Geist in Kunst und Philosophie. 22. 7. 2019. Bamberg, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2018). Design, Technology, Responsibility. Lecture. Coburg University: Homo technicus/technologicus: Biotechnology, Health Promotion and Ethics of Human Flourishing. 12.-13. 12. 2018. Coburg, Germany. 

 

Heinrich, Michael (2018): Syntopie, Ästhetik und Kreativität. Lecture. LMU, Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum: Syntopie. 21. 4. 2018. Cologne, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2017): Psychologische Ästhetik und Neuroästhetik. Lecture. Hochschule Coburg: Guest Lectures James Giordano. 11. 12. 2017. Coburg, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2017): Liegt Schönheit wirklich im Auge des Betrachters? Lecture. Hochschule Coburg: Dies Academicus. 7. 11. 2017. Coburg, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2017): Aesthetics and the Attribution of Meaning. Lecture. Parmenides-Stiftung München-Pullach: Progress in Cognitive Science. 29. 7. 2017. Munich, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2017): Ästhetik und Bedeutungszuweisung. Lecture. LMU, Institut für Med. Psychologie/ Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum. 15. 4. 2017. Munich, Germany.

 

Heinrich, Michael (2014): The Hidden Appeal. Anthropomorphic, Biomorphic and Narrative Aspects of Visual Perception in Spatial Arts, Architecture & Design. Lecture. ATINER Athens Institute for Education and Research: 5th Conference of Visual and Performing Arts. 2. - 5. 6. 2014. Athens, Greece.


STAGE & COSTUME DESIGNS

Stage Design Assistance & Planning:

– Georg Friedrich Händel: Orestes. Director: Peer Boysen.
Staatstheater Wiesbaden, 1993.

– Ernst Barlach: Der arme Vetter. Stage Design: Florian Parbs.
Staatstheater Wiesbaden, 1994.

– William Shakespeare: Was ihr wollt. Stage Design: Florian Parbs. Nationaltheater Mannheim, 1994.

– Marlene Streeruwitz: Tolmezzo. Stage Design: Florian Parbs. World Premiere. Schauspielhaus Wien, Wiener Festwochen, 1994.

– Anton Tschechow: Drei Schwestern. Stage Design: Florian Parbs. Staatstheater Wiesbaden, 1994.

Stage Design & Planning (Pet Halmen, director):

– William Shakespeare: Romeo und Julia.
Landestheater Salzburg, 1993.

– Claude Debussy: Pelleas et Mélisande.
Teatro Bellini, Catania, 1993.

– W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni.
Aalto-Theater, Essen, 1994.

– Guiseppe Verdi: Otello.
Théatre de l’ Opéra de Nice, 1994.

– Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Schwanensee.
Oper Leipzig, 1995.

– Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser.
Meininger Theater, 1995.

– Gestaltung Museum Mozart-Wohnhaus.
Salzburg, 1995.

– W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni.
Hamburgische Staatsoper, 1996.

– Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier.
Staatstheater Darmstadt, 1996.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Der Großkophta.
Weimar - Kulturhauptstadt Europas 1999.

– Sophokles: Oedipus/Antigonae.
Antikenfestspiele Trier, 1999.

Complete Design (Stage Design, Costume Design, Light Design):

– Claudio Monteverdi: Tancredi e Clorinda. Hochschule für Musik, München. 

– Richard Wagner: Lohengrin. Director: Kay Metzger.

– George Tabori: Goldberg-Variationen. Director: Kay Metzger.

– Albert Lortzing: Der Wildschütz. Director: Kay Metzger.

– Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème. Director: Ingolf Huhn.

– Esther Vilar: Die amerikanische Päpstin. Director: Dietmar Zerves. 

– Klaus Pohl: Wartesaal Deutschland. Director: Hans Hollmann.

– Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer. Director: Jürgen König.

– Brandon Thomas: Charleys Tante. Director: Marcus Everding.

– Hans Werner Henze: Elegie für junge Liebende. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Giacomo Puccini: Tosca. Director: Jean-Marc Aubrey.

– William Shakespeare: Romeo und Julia. Director: Karl-Georg Kayser.

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. Director: Horst Kupich.

– Georg Friedrich Händel: Rinaldo. Director: Marcus Everding.

– William Shakespeare: Der Sturm. (only costumes). Director: Karl-Georg Kayser.

– William Shakespeare: Hamlet. Director: Karl-Georg Kayser.

– Thomas Mann: Der Zauberberg. World Premiere. Director: Karl-Georg Kayser.

– Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Naomi Wallace: Die Widersetzung. World Premiere. Director: Karl-Georg Kayser. 

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Wahlverwandtschaften. Director: Karl-Georg Kayser. 

– Pierre Carlet de Marivaux: Triumph der Liebe. Director: Malte Kreutzfeld. 

– Berthold Brecht: Mutter Courage. Director: Rosemarie Vogtenhuber. 

– Jacques Offenbach: Hoffmanns Erzählungen. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Jacques Offenbach: Hoffmanns Erzählungen. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Richard Strauss: Elektra. Director: Kay Metzger.

– Roland Fister: Dorian Gray. World Premiere Musical Opera. Director: Bodo Busse. 

– Hans Werner Henze: Elegie für junge Liebende. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Alexander Muno: Sogno d'un mattino di primavera. World Premiere. Director: Kay Metzger. 

– Karel Svoboda: Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel. Director: Matthias Straub. 

– Charles Tournemire: La Légende de Tristan. World Premiere. Director: Kay Metzger.   


AWARDS & HONOURS

– Participation at illustrators' exhibition 1998, International Children's Book Fair, Bologna

– Official Honoree 2006, Webby Award (NY Times/Webby Award: "The Internet's Highest Honor")

– Prize for Excellent Teaching 2017, Coburg University of Applied Sciences & Arts   

 

2021/2022:

– Visiting Scholarship. Cambridge University, Dept. of Architecture.
– Visiting Fellowship. 
Cambridge University, Jesus College.

 

 

2021 

– Architecture & the Brain. Lecture at Leadership Initiatives: Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. In Collaboration with Prof. Dr. James Giordano & Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. 

 

2020

– Art & the Brain. Lecture at Leadership Initiatives: Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. In Collaboration with Prof. Dr. James Giordano & Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

 

– Constructing Atmospheres. Lecture at the Workshop Towards an Empathetic Architecture. Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK.

 

2019

– Dissertation and Doctorate in Human Biology (Psychological Aesthetics, supervisor Ernst Poeppel) at the Medical Faculty, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

 

since 2017

– Expert Spokesman Culture Forum,

Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

 

since 2016

– Dean of Studies, Design Faculty

 

2009–2014

– Vice President for Communicatons, Health & Culture, Coburg University

 

2008–2009

– Head of Interior Architectur Dept.

 

since 2006

– full professorship at Coburg University of Applied Sciences & Arts

 

2004–2009

– lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

 

– lectures at the Universities Coburg & Rosenheim

 

since 1993

– sets & costumes for opera & drama* at various state & municipal opera houses throughout Germany & Europe**

 

– graphic design, illustration, interior architecture (e.g. BMW, Skoda, Dallmayr, Niederegger, Falkensteiner Hotel Group, Oldenbourg Verlag, Klett Verlag, Leise)

 

1990–1995

– assistant of Rolf Zehetbauer (OSCAR winner, Bavaria Film Studios, Munich)

 

– employee of Bavarian Broadcast Corporation

 

1986–1992

– University of Arts "Mozarteum", Salzburg

 

– Diploma & Magister Artium

 

1966

born in Munich

 


Sophokles, Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, Marivaux, Goethe, Lortzing, Offenbach, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Debussy, Tschaikowski, Henze, Brecht, Tabori, Mann, Thomas, Wallace, Vilar, Pohl

 

** Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Wiener Festwochen, Landestheater Salzburg, Teatro Bellini Catania, Aalto-Theater Essen, Théatre de l’ Opéra de Nice, Oper Leipzig, Meininger Theater, Landestheater Coburg, Konzertdirektion Landgraf, Ernst-Deutsch-Theater Hamburg, Theater Halberstadt, Landestheater Detmold, Theater Hagen, Museum Mozart-Wohnhaus Salzburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Staatstheater Darmstadt, „Weimar - Kulturhauptstadt Europas 1999“, Antikenfestspiele Trier, Theater Regensburg, Theater Ulm

 

Prof. Dr. Michael Heinrich

michael.heinrich@hs-coburg.de

 

https://www.michaelheinrichdesign.de

https://www.hs-coburg.de/heinricm