Who we are
Chaoscenter is the home of the design studio and network centered around Rolf Wenzel. Rolf is in the business since the early 90s, critically acclaimed and multi-awarded for his work as a touring lighting-, a/v- and production designer, for exhibition booth designs and content orientated concepts for corporate shows.
It all started with lighting and – Rock!n Roll! Since his teenage years it was already manifested that the later profession had to be music-related. Stumbling into the live business as a stagehand at the age of 19, his enthusiasm for lighting turned out very quickly and brought out the first shows and tours as a lighting designer.
It took a while to realize that one can do a fantastic lighting design – but if the set goes to the wrong direction it won!t match properly. The consequent next step was the addition of set- and therefore production design.
By accident this led towards exhibition booth design additionally, for clients who were looking to have a booth off the beaten track. And it worked: as all these booths were definitely different from others, Rolf received numerous best-booth-awards on several exhibitions. Lighting design awards followed, so did contentual concepts for corporate shows and the work as a director of photography for numerous live concert shootings.
Our company has a broad knowledge and experience in many different aspects of design – but we don!t do everything. The music, the clients, their approach and the projects themselves have to fit to our DNA. We prefer to deny a project before doing „just something“ to get the show. This was and still is our philosophy and way of work.
Nevertheless there is a long client list after more than 30years which incorporates names likes David Bowie, Die Krupps, Holly Johnson, The Ten Tenors, Rockpalast, Die Happy, Thees Uhlmann, Jamie Cullum, Kettcar as well as Electronic Beats, Esprit, Becks, L!Oréal, Shimadzu, MTV and Kaufhof to name a few. Most of these clients are long-term partners; Chaoscenter takes care of the Haldern Pop Festival for more than 28 years.
We are early adopters of new technologies. We are able to visualize our designs for the benefit of better understandings and seamless communication before anything will be built or ordered. Our VIZ Studio helps preparing and pre-programming shows without lifting a single cable physically. And finally our coffee machine helps us to get through long days.
Chaoscenter has a large network of colleagues and befriended companies, hand picked and approved over decades, who help Rolf to let his visions become reality.