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Ostrale 2017, Opening

3 Aug

Impressions from the opening of Dresden’s Ostrale 2017, third largest exhibition for contemporary art in Germany. This year’s motto “re_form” reflects on cultural and political changes, with 1118 works by 164 artists from 25 nations. Noteworthy, the NSK (Neue Slovenische Kunst) state in time has its own “protectorate” in the exhibition halls.

Soundlab inside artistgroup SARDH and Said Dokins and Leonardo Luna (MEX) opened the exhibition with a sound/light installation. Alexander Nym (Kultur-Aktiv e.V. Dresden) gave a thought provoking opening speech (video uploaded with permission).

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Photography Exhibition Gotha

2 Nov
“Tree Lights/Way Home”
“Forest Land/Lachten”
Date: November 4th
Location: The Londoner – English Pub, Gotha
Opening: 6 pm
The exhibition opening coincides with the “Samhain Celebration – a night of extreme avant-garde music”.
presented and supported by:
DEAF FOREVER | The Londoner, Gotha | House of Inkantation | Eisenwald| Waldhalla – Das grüne Metal Mag | Photos of Kaos
Line-up:
MOSAIC  – Gotha | Germany 
Grift – Kinnekulle | Sweden
Farsot – Gotha | Germany
Vivus Humare  – Gotha | Germany 
SPECIAL GUEST #1: Teufelskunst
+ photo exhibition by Wiebke Rost Photography
Entrance: 6 pm
Begin: 8 pm
Tickets:
VVK: 15€, AK: 18€

Away from the Paper Maze

10 Mar

Done and through with that paper hell, which kept me from crafting and being creative for the past weeks. Whatever the result of all this filling out forms and balancing numbers will be, I’m just glad to be done with it. I’m an artist, not an economist. I’ll probably never have much to live on, but therefore I’ll always be rich in spirit…

Also, and what brought some light into my life these past weeks, were friends, who just grabbed me and dragged me to events, forcing me to actually live a life, lol. That is my friend Bianchina Rê​, who invited me to see Monster Magnet​ in concert, which against all prejudices turned out one of the best gigs I’ve attended, as well as discovering a new band, Bombus​, who I’ve never heard of before but who did in fact blew the audience, myself included. And it’s damn nice to still be friends after 15 years or longer and partying as decently as we used to when still in school – or actually better, hah!

Last week, I got to attend Philipp Gloger‘s exhibition opening. I had once done portrait photos for his art catalogue and love his painting style. So last Thursday was another turn for seeing old and new works on display under the motto “Ausflug” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf​. It was nice to spend this evening in the company of my family (that is my parents and boyfriend) and friends and check out art. For samples of Philipp’s works go to http://www.philippgloger.de

Then Saturday was time for “Chappie​! Turns out Neil Blomkamp​ kept his promise towards DIE ANTWOORD​. This could have gone very wrong or easily could have gotten embarrassing putting the two musicians in co-starring rolls, but instead it turned out damn right and absolutely authentic, probably because Die Antwoord have always been a complex entity and it was a good choice to let them lend their own flavour to this project. This sure wouldn’t have worked with any movie but here it just fit in very well. Besides, the movie was so damn moving. I almost teared up.

Sunday we went on a photo spree in and around an old water works building. The weather was amazing and we got a few nice shots. This is the first time in ages for me photographing in a team! My boyfriend made panorama shots with his new phone, I used my Canon and our friend used a Nikon camera. I’m very excited to see and compare the results! Also, I handed over a photo from my “Tree Lights” series printed on wooden board…

Monday evening we attended a reading at Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr Dresden​. The topic of the evening was the bombing of Dresden in 1945, as experienced by the novelist Erich Kästner​. Records of the events were shown in the form of manuscript pages and postcards exchanged between Kästner and his mother. It was very interesting, the descriptions sure sending shivers down my spine. Even a man of such literary skill and diversity battled finding words for describing the scale of devastation brought about in less than 1 hour… Leading through the evening were Dr. Ulrich von Bülow (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach) and poet Durs Grünbein​, a former class mate of my mom, who has been awarded the Georg Büchner Preis amongst others, and who also read from his own books… back home I read half of his 49 stanza poem “Porzellan“, an attempt at reflecting and reconstructing the late WWII events and scenery, which more or less erased Dresden from the maps… The big question, not WHO, but HOW and WHY could this happen?

There is much food for thought and yet my mind is again filled with completely different things… there is a new sigil that wants to be brought to paper, I still have to fix the “Regina prints and with the solar eclipse ahead I am also planing to finally make available a few Lilith– and Regina-specific incense blends, which I’ve been working with for years, but never shared as of yet…

And least I forget my recent commission works… life proceeds at a high speed. I just took a short break to type this up. Photos and more detailed reports to follow…

MAGICAL ART/E, circular tower of an event – part II

31 Mar

The Art

Below you see some of the art displayed at St. Augustine’s tower last weekend. We set up our works in the tower’s different storeys, starting with the entrance hall, which had the best facilities for displaying drawings, paintings etc. I somehow missed to take snapshots of Charlotte Rodgers‘ sculptural works, which were shown on the first floor, where also the talks, music perfomances and meditations took place. (Might do a special about those at another time in connection with Charlotte’s recent publications.) On the second floor was the room for the tower’s clockwork, where Glen Tomney, Amodali and Jezebel Halewood-Leagas and myself arranged our different works (see photos below).

Lastly on the third and top floor Angela Edwards had set up a controversial art-shrine dedicated to Pomba-Gira. Think for a moment of a demonic vulvic altar, all covered in blood, being exposed in the top of a church tower and accessible to a wide audience – not only Christian visitors felt repulsed by the visual aggressiveness, but also esotericists and occultists of various backgrounds had a hard time relating to the work. It was very interesting to see the different reactions from outraged to amused, from stunned to indifferent. My way of response was by lighting candles and icense because that’s what the incense and candles was there for. Amidst the provocation and controversy there was also a way of showing respect.

This was certainly not a ‘professional’ exhibition as you would expect from a normal gallery. The tower was cold, electricity was not working propperly and there were little facilities for hanging up work (hitting nails in the walls was not allowd inside the historical building). Regardless we managed to work around that and improvised: at night we lit candles to illuminate our artworks, which we arranged inside and around the windows and upon the wooden doors of the tower’s clockwork. The light and warmth of the candles created a special and beautiful atmosphere inside this unique location. After three days at the tower none of the pieces felt quite the same. Amidst cobwebs and dust centuries old they had now been charged with the special vibes of the place.

The People and Surroundings

On Saturday it was hailing whilst sun kept on shining, creating a very special mood, which again reminded me of the imagery on the tarot tower card… Below is the view from the tower’s entrance door towards the old gravestones lined up to the left. Directly infront of the tower was a beautiful majestic tree, looking all the more dramatic against the scenery in the sky formed by dark clouds, sunshine and hail. You see also a sandstone relief left to the tower’s entrance, showing three skulls with triple crossed bones, hourglass and dragon wings…

The other photos are from Saturday’s talks and musical performance, perhaps the busiest day and drawing the largest crowd to the tower throughout the entire week. You see painter and performance artist Angela Edwards chatting with Lucius Matthiesen, the audience at Charlotte Rodgers‘ talk on spirit houses etc… Saturnnight ended with a jam session by Roberto Migliussi (vocals), Chris Chibnall (theremin wiz), Gavin Semple (guitar), Mark O Pilkington, Glen Tomney and Freya Black (magic flute). I could not attend the entire session due to being left in charge of guarding the entrance, however I could still enjoy the sound-scapes from the hall below (the tower proving to have amazing acoustics).

MAGICAL ART/E, circular tower of an event – part I

28 Mar

This was not your usual exhibition, talk event or art show nor was this your usual esoteric gathering or occult conference. This event was different, in a number of ways and a challenge to all participants. If you would have asked me 2 weeks before if I was going I probably would have ruled out the option for a lack of funds, time and motivation. All of this changed precisely 1 week before I eventually embarked on my little journey to London (for the first time in 7 years). It was as if something had tipped me on the shoulder and all of sudden I felt a boost of physical and mental strength I seldom have the joy to parttake of these days. (It may sound weird but at the age of 30 I feel like 40 despite looking like 20). I figured I had to go. The next few days I was preparing maniacally my prints. The woman at the print shop became my new best friend. I booked my flights and transfers as if steered and eventually, after days and nights of no-sleep, preparing and packing and but a few hours of rest I found myself on the bus to Berlin airport. I would describe my state as lucid yet focussed. Constantly going up and down mental check lists.

What struck me that despite the dark and somewhat fearsome attributions that the image of the tower is usually associated with (see the tarot card XVI for reference) my journey went smoothly. And when I say smoothly I mean everything worked out perfectly. I was on time, did not forget a thing, did not loose anything either, flights, busses, trains – whatever was needed to get to the place did not let me down. If I was lost for the way people helped me find it. I was met with so much friendliness I eventually started wondering whether this was real life (usually not as handsome) or a movie – in the most positive sense.

When I arrived at Andrea’s (the organizer’s) place I knew noone. I expected to be greeted politely and then quickly labeled as the ‘strange German girl you rather not waste too much time on’ (which is what I am used to). Instead I was indeed welcomed so warmly and found myself immediately involved in the most creatively engaged talk. I remember how Charlotte Rodgers took the initiative; Glen Tomney and Roberto Migliussi joined in and a couple of minutes later we were talking art and meanings, of a quality and depth of understanding, not intellectual but intelligent talk, I rarely find in people and which impressed me. This was down to earth and honest. No bollocks. And this was something that continued throughout the event.

We had no time to waste and soon headed straight to the tower: a solitary monument in the middle of London Hackney, medieval looking and reminding me indeed of the tarot card. At the entrance, which was locked, we met a little hippie woman. She explained she had come here for the equinox and to light a candle at the place, which according to her would be situated on the same ley-line as Stonehenge. She also told us stories of the tower being the oldest church tower of entire Britain and twelve monks having commited mutual suicide in this building. We do not know if either is true. But I was amused and felt reminded of other occasions where a stranger would appear out of the blue, telling stories and legends. To me Paula was a messenger.

Unlocking the gate to the tower, we promised her to leave the candle burn (even though I wondered how it was possible for any candle to remain lit under the windy conditions). Entering the hall I could now get a first impression of the inside of the tower building as well as the art on display:

–> Continue for part II

MAGICAL ART/E circular tower event, London

20 Mar

I will be attending and participating in the London MAGICAL ART/E, a circular tower of an event this weekend. The happening takes place at St. Augustine’s tower, Hackney, London, providing a unique location for performances and exhibitions. Coming with me are 20 photo prints from the Listen to the Silence series as well as prints of my drawings and abstract sigil art. Below is a photo of the tower.

St. Augustine’s Tower, Hackney, London