MARK ME PRESENT #1

Hi everyone! I was so sure i´d have more time in the last couple of months to update the progression of our adventurous new project. Now that we´re done and after two madly intense months, i couldn´t be happier that we´ve made it!

 

 

The moving feedback we´ve been receiving from the students involved, from the beginning to the end, and the strong bonds that have been generated during the project are an immense source of energy to inspire us to do it again!

You can have a look at the various events in pictures here. You can also check the individual projects: installations, film&animation, music, performance art, workshop, illustration and the various statements

Stay tuned for more updates and please, give our amazing artists a thumb up on our facebook page!

Thank you and have a lovely week ahead!!! 🙌✊💖

 

Dresden, 34. Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag and Studio Visit at HfBK

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2017 started with exciting teaching assignments and with the preparations for an exhibition which will open later in May this year (updates to follow). Conjointly, i began working on the translation into German of my Master research, “L´intime à l´oeuvre” (“The Intimacy as Artwork”) – first and foremost as a redraft into the language and culture i live in now, and also as a stimulus to further develop its pivotal idea – the autobiography at the core of the artistic process…

In this context of building up incentives for further research, we drove Friday to Dresden, to the 34. Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag, a biennial event organised by the Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V. The co-partner of the event this year, having as topic global art vs. local art, was the Institut für Kunst und Musikwissenschaft of the Technischen Universität Dresden. The Kunsthistorikertag lasted from 8th to 12th of March and had numerous art historians guests with various backgrounds and very engaging talks. As the introduction word conveys, this year´s event had a spotlight on the present-day political aspects. Obviously, the art history is, malgré tout, about the position of the Images and these days in a more straightforward way it is about the politics of the Images.

In the words of the organizers:

“It is the abundance and the frequency of this images, along with their mass-media processing, that are emotionally impacting and affecting us, just as well as they irritate and make us skeptical. The present-day political context shows us even more, in our global world, how profoundly, the interlinking between politics, culture and science works and how strong the consequences and shocks can be felt, as well at a local level.”

(Transl. from original text/German.)

How does today the notion of identity change within this process of cultural transformations and how can it be defined in the context of a diverse society marked by divergent religious and political models? – Was the challenge question that brought the lecturers together with debates from different perspectives.

We opted for the day with the lectures focused on the “Identity of The Islamic Art and Architecture After 1798” and we´ve witnessed a few very engaged and engaging talks, as for instance on the relatively new research field of the Islamic cultural heritage in the Balkans, followed by an enthusiastic prologue to the “Skopje 2014 Project” and a compact, substantial talk on the urban planning in Kuweit City after 1945.

Later that evening was the closing party at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfBK) and we´ve pondered for a while whether going or not. The eventuality of joining in a stiff cocktail reception was not exactly in tune with my cogitating mind. We decided to go out for dinner and just out of sheer curiosity to check at the HfBK if the ateliers were open to the public. I couldn´t have been more wrong about the hypothetical stiffness and could not have felt more gratified for deciding to go inside the university. The ateliers were open to the public for the entire evening / night (a brilliant and sensible idea for a closing party hosted by HfBK). It was a gratifying and unexpected flashback into the golden days of experimenting. We´ve wandered around between the Graphic and Painting departments with their respective studios packed with students, attending friendly their spaces with “that” gaze of poised confidence, an unsullied form of idealized trust towards their métier that only one that has already experimented such quixotic, incurable, impractical passion for her/his trade can pick up the vibe.

I asked the authors if i may photograph and clicked now and then on my camera, while avoiding to chase and decontextualize the object from its system. The whole film was to be experienced then and there: yet what i would´ve loved to capture unobtrusively was that acute state-of-the-art sense, that cuts beyond art history and theories, the one that urged the students into assembling their in situ, micro installation out of working wear, private items and statement objects.

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Bosch. Visions Alive

Reading this morning an inspiring review on the widely celebrated exhibition, “Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of Genius”, held in Den Bosch – Jheronimus van Aken´s native town, i hurried up to “Bosch. Visions Alive”.

The multimedia show in Berlin (Alte Münze/Artplay Media) is one of the key events marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s year of death. While Bosch´s works were present only through the magic of pixels, projected generously on huge walls and amplified by an artful sound, one experiences an entertaining hour, cradled in the soft rhythm of minimalist but captivating animations… As for myself, i am more for the uncompromising debauchery of senses through absorbing the brush paths, carving up the imaginary molecules of pigments and chasing whatever it´s left of the smell of legion of hands having caressed the oils and varnish.

The exit was of course through the gift shop. The offer was, alas, a bit meager and generic, so i gratified myself with a pigeon plume picked on the way out.

27. Berliner Märchentage

If you happen to  be in Berlin these rainy autumn days, you may want to check the events of Fairy Tale Days of Berlin (03.11.2016-20.11.2016). This edition is focusing on women and their connection to legends-mythology and storytelling.

Official website (eng.):

http://www.maerchenland-ev.de/ueber_maerchenland_en.html

As part of this event, i will be showing 3 of my last works at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/200693197007306/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1477158749707485

Vernissage: 05.11.

Enjoy the weekend !

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