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/

The I Ballet

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Publ. 06.3.2020

“The I Ballet” by Martin Henkel
Description of the installation:
The entire installation was first visualized in a 3-D program to get an exact idea of the character of the installation. The procedure for designing in a 3-D program is based on vectors and surfaces and in this case on animation. The same procedure was used in reality and in material. That means, first a wireframe model was created in original size, then the whole thing was covered with clay and modeled. The resulting figure was then cast in plaster and taken taken out of the mould, animated or changed in shape, cast again and so on. From these negative moulds, reproductions made of paper were created and copied. Thus, a dance formation was created, called “The I Ballet”, since they all descended from one figure.
The figures themselves consist of an arm, an implied body and a head.

Meaning of the installation:
The implied body has something floating and flowing, in contrast to the arm, which symbolizes power and strength. In a figurative sense this means that processes and goals are not necessarily realizable despite one’s own will.
The small head stands for limited and – on itself – limited thinking.
The figures are captured moments of movement, such as frozen stages of a person’s life or efforts of self-fulfillment.
Placed on poles, with a thin cross-section, the figure has a flexible floor connection, but unstable grounding.
The movement efforts of this one multiple figure create an I ballet, a beautiful, active, but also absurd life form.

Exhibition Introspective in Perspective

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Publ. 05.10.2019

Lita Poliakova
Introspective in Perspective
WerkStadt Kulturverein Berlin e.V.
May 5 through June 9, 2019

Lita Poliakova’s portraits exceed all expectations regarding the genre. Each single work turns both inwards and outwards. We are able to recognize the sketch of a face looking at us like an expressive character in a science-fiction comic. At the same time it seems to turn its interior soul toward the outside at each point of its shaping and color rendering: Like some kind of psychogram which merges associations of different moods and expressions.

On another level, the exhibition is constantly blending humans and nature like some sort of hologram. It is an astonishing and fundamental common ground that comes into view: the elements that all organisms are composed of and dissolve into. These elements are the same in humans and plants. The artist makes use of these micro-components in her splendid organic recycling: She extracts color pigments from organic materials, such as left-over fruits, and applies them to her paintings. There might be unpredictable further variations of these organic colors. Finally, it is the solid, yet expanding crystal structure that could be understood as an anorganic and dynamic complement of the paintings.
Thus, between screen and crystal, the colors continue the play of depiction on a material level.

Is this a human face, whose sense of self, affections, facets and transformations shows up in the emergence of colors? Or is it a landscape or even a singular plant that can be depicted as a human with the help of our gaze? Do we identify the ongoing metamorphosis of a single individual or rather a huge family album or chemistry of humans, flora, and fauna?

Jule Böttner
WerkStadt Kulturverein Berlin e.V.

The Cut In

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Publ. 04.17.2019

»The Cut In« is a duo project formed by an artist, Saverio Tonoli, and a designer, Nona Schmidt, from Berlin.
Between Art and Design – collage is a common topic between the work of the two of them. They paint, cut and compose their images using analogue and digital techniques as part of their creative procedures.

This project investigates glass and its possibilities, not only as a material but as a medium to explore colours, forms and structures.

»Cut In« reinterprets traditional leaded windows and their immersive quality by juxtaposing different layers of coloured glass and integrating the glass collages in the architecture.

»Cut In« are in fact thought to be installed in the space, where transparent and coloured glass shapes blends, overlap and transform themselves under the intervention of light.

A starting point of the project has been the exploration of colours, discovering combinations of harmonic and disharmonic colours in relation with Runge’s theory of colours.

The collages are made out of one painted image on glass. Through different breaking techniques which they call the »Bruchtest«, the painted image is exposed to an unknown factor creating new situations to work with and finally arranged and repainted into one single piece.

YOUR ART BEAT MEETS MUSIC

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Publ. 04.5.2019

Kühlspot Social Club is a venue for creative music, theatre, art and culture in Berlin Weissensee. They emphasize “social” in their perspective on cultural development and try to promote an inspiring community of artists and art lovers. In the field of music, the main focus is on improvised music, jazz, dance music of all kinds, including improvised dance music, tango, balfolk, and everything always live. In the course of the season – there is a break in late summer and in winter – they have one to three events per week, two to four art exhibitions per year and occasional dance parties. Performance art, theatre events, and action painting with improvised music are also part of the spectrum of the program. The room can accommodate up to 70 people.
Kühlspot is the former studio of the Berlin artist Siegfried Kühl, who died in 2016. His son, the artist Christoph Kühl, runs the Kühlspot. The art of Siegfried Kühl is permanently exhibited and contributes essentially to the great ambiance.
For more information see www.kuehlspot.com/kalender.html
YOUR ART BEAT is happy to be part of the Kühlspot community and exhibit some of its artists, among them Christoph Kühl.

Group exhibition of YOUR ART BEAT artists

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Publ. 03.6.2019

Where the digital becomes physical: Galerie Salon Halit Art in Berlin-Kreuzberg presented artists of YOUR ART BEAT, February 14 through 28, 2019
The group exhibition displayed a selection of artworks of some of YOUR ART BEAT’s unique and versatile international artists. For the prints, different materials were used such as glass and aluminium, but also FineArt Paper.
The visual artist Lita Poliakova (Life Is Torturing Awesome) portrays mental and physical transfiguration and recycles paper agents in order to catalyse the novelty. Her digital collages were printed on glass. She also presented a video on the creation of her work.

Dryden Roesch is an artist and graphic designer from Edmonton, Canada. Most of his recent work depicts architectural environments in vibrant and surreal ways to create an imagined (and sometimes disorienting) sense of place.

Sonia Bensouda is exploring the notions of time and space. She is an Interior Architect and Collage artist. Through digital collage and photography, she intends to explore the notions of Time and Space in the Urban environment. Her digital collages with old photography are printed on FineArt Paper.

Natalia Poniatowska is swinging between the digital and analogue photography, still and moving image. Project White is her investigation into the notion of absence of colour. She wanted to investigate what happens when we take out the colour of food. She painted the fruits white and they became completely new objects that are no longer associated with food and taste. She wants to make others notice how beautiful our senses are.

The London-based photographer Imogen Davis believes that photography is used to capture moments of peoples’ lives, moments that would otherwise be lost in our memories forever. For MY BREATH she learnt how to blow her own glass, making physical recreations of her breath that now have memories of their own. The MY BREATH series I-X was printed on glass.

Christoph Kühl’s works are almost exclusively collages, i.e. they are made of painted paper by using various techniques. The viewer is taken on a journey through three-dimensional spaces. Christoph’s collages are the projection surface of these sensational sites. Found image pieces are put together to convey new impressions.

Renate Marschner (1953-1990) was an artist from Lower Saxony and worked as a painter and broadcasting author in Berlin, Karlsruhe, and Switzerland. She has displayed her works in Berlin, Heidelberg, and New York. Her works deal with the issue of getting used to understanding things we don’t see.

For Zsolt Gyarmati, Art is Confrontation. The objective of his art is some sort of status report. Art should make people conscious of unconscious things. He showed the video DIOXINDAUER in Berlin.

Selma Köran (video) and Jonathan Rosenberg (music) have created an audiovisual dialogue with Renate Marschner that was shown for the first time. It is based on Renate Marschner’s drawing SPERRUNG (BLOCKING), oil chalk on school board lacquer. Selma Köran made a stop motion film with knead and Jonathan set it to music.

Lita, Dryden, and Christoph attended the opening of the exhibition. Thank you for this.

Audiovisual Ventures

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Publ. 11.22.2018

Akiko Nakayama is a Japanese painter. She felt that her past paintings were dead, so she started Alive Painting by combining the energy of movement and the vibrance of colours. She uses a multitude of kitchen basters loaded with paint and water to add, mix, tilt, blow and add all sorts of extraneous effects to her paints, recording and projecting it all onto a large screen. The result is a fascinating show of organic movements. In recent years, she has also added sound as another dimension to her work, and has collaborated with different musicians in live performances.

On November 4, 2018 she performed at THE KÜHLSPOT SOCIAL CLUB with Uproot, an electroacoustic music group (curator Kriton Beyer). The trio works with the use of both the natural sounds of the acoustic instruments as well as with preparation of these instruments, the use of objects and extended techniques.

It is always inspiring to visit the KÜHLSPOT SOCIAL CLUB. The ambience is very private, and performers and audience get in touch and discuss music, and art and life.