Ai Sato

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Publ. 10.18.2020

In this post, Ai Sato talks about the creation of her works.

In order to create my art:digital drawing, finding the objects that have the potential to be a subject of interest is an essential factor for me, so I have been archiving the photographs of everyday life here in Mexico. Most of the findings are very different, and often are rather unexpected from my point of view: the nature, color, landscape, and architecture. These scenery became one of the important factors to my works as the impression of these subjects are quite strong, and have a strong visual presence.

I took the screenshot of a couple of digital drawings that I am currently working on in order to explain one of the processes of how I create the digital drawing: First, I start off by adjusting the snap-shot photograph (*on the left bottom) from the screenshot image, rather spontaneously. Expanding the possibilities of the colors, tweaking the shapes and changing the composition in order to experiment the possibility from these mere ordinal photography. Gradually transforming the image to the one above it at some point.

For this particular work, I started to become interested in creating “spheres”, which soon after I got the idea to “transfer” to the new “canvas”, because I found that there could be more possibilities in these objects to be a part of another drawing. To me, it is not so different to work with digital images with photoshop vs work physically with paint and canvas: “Randomness” is actually an important part of how I process making my art. Therefore, handling the colors on canvas, and handling the colors digitally work pretty fairly to me in order to achieve the visuals that I want to express.

I am also interested in creating moving images and video works with the same manner mentioned above. I am sharing one of the short video works I have recently created and experimented. One of my interests on this project is to expand the visual experiment, and playing with the possibilities beyond static images.

(*The photo in the screenshot was taken at the side street of central market, in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, where I am currently residing. The short video footage was taken at Puerto Arista, on the north coast of Chiapas, Mexico in the municipality of Tonalá, combining with the other footage taken at home and garden.)

(*One of my recent digital drawing work, “Untitled”, was shown at Digital Arts Festival (ADAF), 16th international festival for digital arts, Athens, Greece, July-September 2020)

Exit Athena

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Publ. 10.11.2020

From November 19, 2020 Selma’s solo exhibition Exit Athena can be seen at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. With her surreal-looking multimedia installations, Selma Köran questions traditional power structures and gender relations. For her first institutional exhibition, Exit Athena. the young artist has taken a canonical text of European culture and transformed it into an exuberant cinematic spectacle: Hesiod’s Theogony tells the story of the Greek deities. The artist adds a fictional final chapter to this text, in which she turns the hierarchy of the world of gods upside down. The heroine in Köran’s feminist new version is the wise and rebellious Athena, who competes against her own father Zeus. Selma Köran creates her alternative mythology in a visual language of exaggeration. She brings out the sensuality and aggressiveness in Hesiod’s cosmos and stages it in a colorful and anarchic way. The linear narrative structure of the text gives way to a fragmentary juxtaposition of grotesque film scenes and animated sequences with clay figures.

Selma has been part of the Your Art Beat network from the very beginning and took part in the accompanying program of events at the 2019 group exhibition in Berlin Kreuzberg as part of an “audiovisual dialogue”. She holds a Master’s degree of fine arts and design from the Dirty Art Department, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam.

KMA Artwalk

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Publ. 10.11.2020

In cooperation with the Berlin-based design studio Strollology, the ndi network of experts and the SRH University of Popular Arts (hdpk), a series of events was developed, the prelude to which was the Art Walk on popular Karl-Marx-Allee kma-vision.de

In the spirit of promoting civic and local political commitment and strengthening the neighbourhood community, people of all ages, backgrounds and interests were invited to spend an evening of art and culture on Karl-Marx-Allee.
The dramaturgy of the rally was accompanied by elements of storytelling and a live program. Among other things, there were short story readings, screenings and also a fashion walk by local fashion designers. Further stations addressed the backgrounds and history of the site and recounted them in the form of musical interpretations, short films, personal stories and a quiz.

One of the highlights of the Art Walk was the Art Screening “KMA Faces” (by Strollology) in front of the Computer Games Museum. For this work, 30 inhabitants of the KMA were photographed. Their portraits were morphed with the help of a machine learning model and generated by an artificial neural network to constantly changing variants of the KMA residents. With this artistic work, the Design Studio not only wants to reflect and demonstrate the fluctuation and urban changes of the KMA. It also intends to sensitize residents to their responsibility and influence on the streets around the KMA and to make them feel part of a community (both visually and mentally) that will shape the future of the KMA. This project is characterized not only by its technical standards and artistic component, but also by its social approach, which promotes an awareness of collectivity and local political commitment.

Inga Lieckfeldt from SYLD store participated with a wonderfully unconventional fashion show format à la Berlin style – a kind of modern fashion walk, directly at the Computer Games Museum. The aim was to provide space and attention for creativity, especially local and sustainable fashion.
In contrast to well-known fashion presentations and tiring beauty ideals, the fashion was presented by Berlin designers themselves and by people from real life, beyond the conventional model norm. The goal: as colorful and diverse as possible. Beyond that, joy, showing emotions and having fun. The lively and colorful Fashion Walk was accompanied by Berlin Female DJ Diana May. https://www.facebook.com/SYLDSTORE/