À la recherche du temps perdu - A Digital Graphic Novel

In this workshop we will create a Digital Graphic Novel based on extracts of "À la recherche du temps perdu" by Marcel Proust by using the animated GIF format. Oscillating between past present and future, we are time travelers collecting location memories of the past and document the city of Berlin using drawings, frottage, photography and typography. The process of visual research and the collected material on the excursion will lead to a visual archive which will be the basis for the creation of the Digital Graphic Novel.

Hereby the city of Berlin – a city in constant flux will be our main protagonist. Oscillating between past present and future, we are time travellers collecting on location reminiscents of the past and document the city in flux using drawing, frottage, photography, typography and illustration and possibly include elements of an imagined future. The process of visual research and all the material collected on our excursion will lead to a visual archive, which will be the basis for the creation of the Digital Graphic Novel.

We will introduce you to different animation and compositing techniques on how to arrange and animate distinct elements of your images and collages. All together we will experiment and explore various creative methods to develop our own visual concepts and to create our Digital Graphic Novel based on “À la recherche du temps perdu”.

The workshop results in a final public presentation at designtransfer, www.designtransfer.de, and the best digital graphic novels will be published as an online magazine.


  • Day 1: Introduction to the topic, the animation and compositing techniques and other          analogue and digital tools.
  • Day 2: Visual Research: Excursion – Exploring Berlin
  • Day 3: Experimenting with different collage and animation techniques
  • Day 4: Visual concept and production of the individual Digital Graphic Novels
  • Day 5: Final Steps: production and preparation of final presentation at designtransfer


  • basic Photoshop knowledge (!)
  • camera (any video or photo camera, which is able to record moving images, resolution min. 1280 x 720 px)
  • laptop (Photoshop CS6 or After Effects CS6, range of typefaces)
  • tripod

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Studium Generale at the University of the Arts. This means the course will be open to students of the University up to a maximum of 12 people. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants.

Nora Bilz, www.rotbraun.de, raised in the south of Germany and Turin. After her training as a graphic designer at the Academy of Communication in Stuttgart she studied visual communication at the Berlin University of Arts. In 2003 she established the Berlin based design studio rotbraun Gestaltung together with Pia Schneider. She is specialized in corporate design, graphic design and digital design for medium-sized enterprises, major groups and cultural/scientific organizations. Furthermore she gives lectures and is leading creative workshops at design academies, universities, institutions and companies. 

Magdalena Kallenberger, www.mkallenberger.de, born in the south of Germany is a Cairo based media artist and designer working with photography and video, image, text and sound. She has studied in Furtwangen, Würzburg, Rotterdam and Berlin, where she graduated with a first class diploma and was awarded with a Meisterschülerdegree in Klasse Medienkunst at the University of the Arts Berlin. Her works have been exhibited and screened internationally and got awarded with several prizes and grants (DAAD, NaFög, Senate of Berlin). She was involved in several interdisciplinary artistic research projects and conducted various crosscultural media workshops in Berlin, Budapest, Cairo and Tehran. In her artistic research projects she is mostly interested in unconventional narrative strategies questioning the status of reality inbetween fictional elements and documentary techniques. Since 2010 she holds a lecturer position (film/video) at the German University in Cairo.

Run period:
13.07.2016 – 17.07.2016
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 500

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