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Space Age Design – the creation of our image of the future using the example of the TV series “Raumpatrouille”, “Star Trek”, “Doctor Who” and others

When the German science fiction series “Raumpatrouille” was broadcast on young television from September 1966, it took the German public, who had been completely unencumbered by sci-fi up to that point – only just under 15% owned a black and white television set at the time – into unknown worlds. The moon landing and “Starship Enterprise” were still a long way off.

The extraordinary music by Peter Thomas! The spaceships! The dances! The FROGS! And the design of the offices and the costumes. Back then, the Space Age moved into German living rooms.

Furniture, household items, everyday props and toys in the typical space design were made possible by new technologies such as injection moulding and thermoforming. The futuristic designs of the 1960s have long since become part of intercultural pop culture, with the legendary “Raumpatrouille” design being the most important example from German production. In the USA, “Star Trek” and in the UK “Doctor Who” represented the spirit of the Space Age.

This presentation offers an opportunity to discover the timeless modernity of the SF classics – from a different perspective.

Immerse yourself in the Space Age!

“The future was better in the past.” – Karl Valentin

Lecturer: Rita Grünbein
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german

Rita Grünbein, PhD, is a biochemist; for her, science is not just a profession, but a vocation. After studying in Erlangen, completing her PhD in Frankfurt and teaching in Munich, she moved into the biotechnology and medical technology industry.

In addition to her passion for robotics, she is interested in astrobiology and the origin of life. In her private life, she has been a fan of the German TV series "Raumpatrouille" since the tender age of eleven, which also made her a science fiction fan and with which she has been represented at Fedcon several times. Her penchant for futuristic space age design and her love of all things "sixties" also stems from this time.


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