On my way to Inselgalerie in Friedrichshain, close to Frankfurter Tor, the area does not seem like a typical place where I would find a gallery. According to gallery director Eva Hübner, galleries must be located in every district of the city. “[…] This part of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district has less cultural and creative offerings than, for example, the area around Warschauer Strasse, and as a result, there are not so many people who often go to galleries without fear of contact“, so Hübner. What does fear of contact mean? There is a certain fear of entering a gallery, but are somehow afraid to enter. I was one of them – but why? Perhaps because a visit to a gallery is not as anonymous as a visit to a museum? “Maybe, but I don’t exactly see it this way”, says Mrs. Hübner. Continue reading “Inselgalerie” – The everyday life of a gallery
Viva la Internet! Better said: Luckily there is Instagram. Corona makes it impossible for me to visit galleries at the moment. Thank God that Instagram is also a good platform for this because I’m looking there for artworks and video installations which I would like to share with you.
Today I present you: me.magritte – a video installation by Stefanie Rübensaal. Have a look at the video installation first and let it have an effect on you.
It is important for Stefanie Rübensaal to produce the idea for her video installation from out of the flow. ” Here it went very quickly from designing the graphic mask to photographing and installing the figure,” she writes to me. She spent a day by the sea to record the video and in the end “the work is a digital collage of all the elements,” she continues.
For me personally, the video work has something calming about it, but at the same time, it encourages me to think and reflect. There is something mysterious in it. Being at the sea and looking out to the open sea makes me melancholic sometimes. How do you feel about it?
Stefanie came up with the idea through “inner chaotic states” – in times of Corona a state that many people are experiencing. ” Standing still, emptiness, upheaval, change, transformation. Where are we going? A moment of stop and questioning”, she explains, “To see the sea, but not to be at the sea. To walk along the sea in your mind and at the same time holding on to the protection of the umbrella.” Also in the interpretation of dreams, the umbrella stands for protection and safety. A state of mind that many currently hope for.
Stefanie Rübensaal has a mixed relationship with video art: “On the one hand, I think a video is a cold working medium and product […]. On the other hand, videos (video collages) can be used to expand existing images and add an additional level of meaning to them. When this happens, I really enjoy the medium […]”, says Stefanie.
So if anyone would have liked to go to the seaside over Easter, this is a good alternative to explore the sea near to Rostock even when we are not allowed to travel actually.
Jetzt wo wir alle zu Hause (#stayhome) sind, möchte ich euch auf meinen Podcast „Von Pinguinen und Drachen“ aufmerksam machen. Zusammen mit Jo Döling, habe ich Anfang des Jahres die erste Episode des Podcast produziert. Noch bis zum 31. März werden die Klicks bzw. Zuhörer und Zuhörerinnen gezählt. Wenn wir genügend Klicks haben, werden wir bei dem Radiosender Antenne Bayern unter Vertrag genommen, der uns neben einem Preisgeld fünf weitere Episoden ermöglicht.
Worum geht’s in „Von Pinguinen und Drachen?“
Pinguine sind verpeilt, lustig und extrovertiert. Schließlich watscheln sie den ganzen Tag lang mit ihren Artgenossen zusammen auf Eisschollen herum. Drachen sind stark, schlau und introvertiert. Warum sollten sie sonst die ganze Zeit allein in Höhlen rumhocken? Klischees und Stereotype gibt es überall. Besonders in Romanen und literarischen Texten. Was es im Detail mit diesem Problem auf sich hat, wollen Jo und ich in unserem Podcast herausfinden. „Von Pinguinen & Drachen“ ist ein literarischer Podcast über Gender Studies und Unterschiede zwischen den Geschlechtern, der sich selbst nicht immer bierernst nimmt. Interviews mit Professoren, Autoren, aber auch spontane Gespräche auf der Straße, sowie interaktive Spieleinlagen ergeben ein buntes Misch-Masch an Vorurteilen, Meinungen und Anekdoten.
In der ersten Folge reden Jo und ich über eines der erfolgreichsten Bücher schlecht hin, nämlich Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix von J.K. Rowling. Die These der ersten Folge „Bedient sich J.K. Rowling an stereotypischen Bildern bzw. Vorurteilen?“ belegen wir anhand von Textauszügen, die wir vorlesen und danach genauer analysieren. Mit angenehm satirischem Touch kommen wir dem Problem von J.K. Rowlings Figurenzeichnung auf die Spur. Dazu fragen wir Berni Mayer (Autor), wie er beim Schreiben mit Stereotypen vorgeht, um einen Einblick in den Schaffensprozess zu erhalten. Mit Spiel, Spaß und Musik wird der Hörer in das Themengebiet literarische Stereotypen und Vorurteile entführt.
Anhören könnt ihr euch den Podcast auf Spotify, Deezer, Apple Podcast oder über die lautgut Homepage.
Wir würden uns über eure Unterstützung sehr freuen.
Passt auf euch auf, bleibt gesund und bis nächste Woche!
Same place, different artist. I’m still at the Inselgalerie and visiting the exhibition “transformer” because another artist is presenting her artwork here.
Susanne Britz has focused on photographs, pigment prints, and installations of everyday objects. The working process behind these works is exciting and is based on each other, so Susanne Britz runs through different phases during her creative process: it probably starts with an idea, then a spatial installation follows. Here she uses everyday objects from the household, sports equipment, tools from the studio or children’s toys. Once the installation is finished, she takes a photo of this work. Afterward, the photo gets digitally overdrawn.
Many of her artworks that are exhibited here seem like instructions to me, even if I am not sure for what exactly. But if I am honest, it probably doesn’t matter.
I like the strong colors and the general idea behind this artwork. It’ s funny to see all the things and to realize what you can do with everyday objects.
Usually, I would recommend a visit to the gallery, as the exhibition has been extended. But nothing is normal these days: Unfortunately during the Corona COVID-19 Pandemic, it is not possible. If you are interested in the art of Susanne Britz, please have a look at her homepage or check the Instagram account of the Inselgalerie.
See you soon!
The artist Mia Hochrein works with many different tools for her art. She decides in the creation process which creative tools she uses for her work. As a result, she creates photographs and also installations or performances.
When I stood in front of these two photographs, it was instantly clear to me that I would write about them. Why? Well, let’s start:
What do I see immediately? Two people wearing different textiles and always several of them. The textiles look like old towels, shirts, tablecloths or window curtains. In both pictures, the faces are covered. In my opinion, this gives the photographs anonymity and something mysterious.
Gender is also not directly interpretable. Is it the artist herself, or is it a woman and a man? The hands in the right picture seem a little more masculine, but the feet in the left picture seem more feminine. Perhaps this is too much stereotypical thinking. In the left photograph, the toes also point towards the wall. The rest of the body, however, appears as if the person is looking at me with his or her face. I start thinking and I have to find out what these photographs represent.
I take a look at the titles of the photographs. They are called “Strangers 1” and “Strangers 2”. The exhibition has the title “transformer” and the gallery manager Eva Hübner tells me that the textiles are garments. Clothes that were once worn by the artist’s mother and grandmother. Several generations are thus connected, quite inconspicuously. Thus the photos express the following for me: Even if some of them are no longer with us, we still carry them with us throughout our lives. They are a part of us.
Because of the anonymity, I can identify myself more easily with the basic idea. Do you?
The exhibition is on until 23 of march at Inselgalerie Berlin. Have a look!
I’m in the house Schwarzenberg visiting the Neurotitan Gallery. First of all, I walk through the first large room to get into another, a little smaller one. In front of me, there are three overhead projectors. On top of them, white objects that at this point I can’t quite make out yet. I walk closer to the installation. Many small pieces of paper are spread on the floor. I stand directly in front of them and realize that different sentences are written on them. Questions, answers, quotations – it reminds me of a dialogue.
I don’t understand the installation yet, but I think it is exciting and I would like to learn more about it. At one of the overhead projectors, I can see a big elephant tusk. Not real, of course, just fake. So, what is this installation about?
The artist, Marie Kirchner, is working with colonial objects and with all the questions they raise. Why were they kept in families, and not in museums, for hundreds of years, many generations, and two world wars? The object performance was created in the context of her research on colonial heirlooms.
In the performance, the objects are also meant to become actors, a game with perspectives takes place: am I looking at the objects? Are the objects looking at me? Since overhead projectors were used in the Neurotitan Gallery for the first time (normally the objects were always at the eye level of the viewer), I have the feeling of “looking down from above” – which makes me feel more superior.
In this gallery, Marie Kirchner focuses on the object in light and the shadows it creates. This light/shadow play triggers me. There is something threatening and at the same time mysterious about it, and I ask myself, what the elephant tusk must have seen or experienced? If he were able, he could tell me perhaps so many things. Here it happens: the feeling of superiority disappears and the object becomes an actor. A dialogue takes place in my head. I have to smile a little when I think about it because I imagine myself talking to an elephant tusk. A little fun is necessary.
Now that I know the whole background of this installation, the meaning of the objects and how they treated me in the way of thinking and seeing, I like this installation really much. Unfortunately, there was no piece of paper in the gallery itself through which one could have learned more.
Marie Kirchner was born in 1980 and grew up in Hamburg. She studied fine arts and has her studio on the RAW GELÄNDE in Berlin. She belongs to the “Freie AusstellungsKollektiv FAK Berlin”. Come and have a look at it.
It’s not just a new year, here is also a new person writing for you. Who am I? I’m Carsten.
I’m studying creative writing in Berlin. Since I can think, I have been interested in different forms of art. At the age of five, I started acting, making music and singing. Before I moved to Berlin in 2018, I had trained to be an actor in Cologne for two years. Besides creative studies, I also tried out other courses of study such as business administration, media management, art and political science. But my creative streak won. Luckily.
For me, life is art with many different stories. So, art is life for me, too; and every person in this big city has their own story and individual life. Art has this as well: individualism. Art can be created or presented in so many ways, maybe even in ways, we don’t know yet. However, if I don’t like it sometimes, I’m still totally fine with it because it’s just my personal opinion and art doesn’t have to affect or impress everyone in the same way.
But what is it that fascinates me so much about all these art forms? I am interested in old but also modern art. Thanks to new technology and a lot of creative people, so many things are possible today and the process is still going on. You never know what will come next. I find that incredibly exciting and interesting. I would like to tell you the stories that move me and catch my eye and which I think are important to be told. Not only does Art embody fantasy but also society and social problems. It can be inspiring, political, arousing and enlightening.
Art offers space for discussion – today this is more important than ever. Why is that? In my opinion, fewer and fewer different opinions are accepted; instead, black and white attitudes towards things increase. Society is splitting up. Maybe art, in whichever form, can help here and remind us of talking and listening to each other.
But it’s not just art people want to get to know and see in this time – they are willing to listen to and read interesting and good stories, too. Here I am: I will find both for you.
Let’s start with art!