Hi, I’m Carsten!

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Publ. 02.13.2020

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!

 

Nora Bork -The Lady with the Ermine

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Publ. 07.3.2019

The Lady with the Ermine is one of -in total- four women portraits of Leonardo DaVinci and got produced during the years of 1488 and 1490.The young woman you see is Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of the former duke of Milan. But this has never been her only role – she was well known as one of the most beautiful and talented poets of her time.

Originally, this piece of art was a remittance work, which the Duke wanted to get produced.

…But there is still the question of  what is has to do with the ermine on the woman’s arm.?! – Actually, Leonardo DaVinci clearly and specifically alludes to the duke, whose nickname was The White Ermine.

To let you face Cecilia’s smile, producer Nora Bork was using the stop-motion technique.

Stop Motion Animation is a technique used in animation to bring static objects to life on screen. This is done by moving the object in increments while filming a frame per increment. When all the frames are played in sequence it shows movement.

Nora Borks’ video is a nice example of how mediatization and technization can be used to bring us closer to artworks. In this case, it is about the creation of a new possibility to directly interact with the art piece. This new access is in addition a clever way to trigger the viewers mind and let him create stories about this mystical young woman with the Ermine on her arm.

Virtual/Real – Digital/Analog – Intangible/Physical

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Publ. 08.23.2018

THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT THE JUXTAPOSITION

– of VIRTUAL and REAL – of DIGITAL and ANALOG – of INTANGIBLE and PHYSICAL –

Honestly, I am not sure if this is a confrontation or a steady transformation process – Maybe both… On the one hand, the growing technologization and the general digitalization is leading us to an ongoing abstraction of our world.

For example, money: Once upon a time, people were trading with items or gold. Gold became a bundle of money, the banknote became a paper check and finally, we use PayPal and pay with bitcoin – a currency that only exists on the screen. Books are replaced by a kindle, records are transformed into an mp3 file and friendship is only defined by the connection via facebook. How desirable is that?

 

Meanwhile, I mostly see in this a polarity that is increasing in radicalism and become more and more extremeand so often I am just thinking: Hello guys! Don’t you see that your property and ownership is an illusion .?

Augmented and virtual reality is just the beginning. It really gets creepy when you are on the phone and not sure if there is a human being or a computer software at the other end of the line. For example, the google assistant – this intelligence is not only reacting to you like Siri, it laughs, it changes mood and sound of the voice, it even makes human noises in its talking breaks like „mhh“ or „aha“…

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I think the phenomenon of digitalization is especially interesting in the field of the arts.

Museums and cultural institutions digitalize their collections and thereby following two goals. On the one hand, they want to create new access to arts and culture and use diverse ways to catch people. In addition to the intention of education and mediation, digitalization of artifacts and cultural heritage allows better and more sustainable preservation – works are kept for eternity and „the problem“ of transcience seems to be solved.

But does transcience not also implicates the specialty of things, the individual nature of moments – might be even beautiful?…but that is another topic, so back to art and digitality!

Of course, technology brings benefits in terms of preservation, on the other side it can also devalue arts and offer a basis to disfigure something wonderful and valuable. I don’t know how you feel, but for me, every time I see a digital image of the Mona-Lisa with a distorted or exchanged face, something dies in me.

But then it is also said that just haptic works are „real“ works. Everything that is digital has no consistency – thus no value – thus it can not be sold in the big auction houses. But creating digital art pieces also emerges out of a craft, skill or talent.

Especially in the more traditional and conventional fields, this new and modern art form is not taken seriously and the digital and media arts are clearly undervalued, although they create new potential and promote artistic expressions of individual creativity.

YOURARTBEAT has recognized the aesthetics behind digital arts and even put a focus on it.

The new YOUR ART BEAT MARKET is a brand new online shop that especially gives the Digital Arts a haptic medium and transforms the Virtual into something real: A place where the digital becomes physical. It is about finding physical media that can reflect both the dimensional depth of the image and the inner depth, its „soul“

To ensure this, YOURARTBEAT experimented with a variety of materials and made a selection that is able to meet the just mentioned aspects. In addition, they serve solutions concerning different tastes and design variations but also can address different price categories without loosing on a qualitative level. Therefore, YOURARTBEAT  is offering the digital artworks in the following materials: Glass – Aluminium – Lightboxes – and of course usual Fine Art Paper… Especially glass is an awesome material – maybe because it can imitate a similar texture as a screen.

So we see: also digital things can be transformed into something real, something analog and physical. This whole topic is really strange and can be seen from many perspectives. There are positive as well as negative aspects.

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Anyway, it feels like I’ll probably have to accept that we live in a world where your reputation depends on your virtual representation on the web, where you pay food with bitcoin and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has the face of Angela Merkel…

Digitization, Virtuality and, Intangibleness – Does it mean that you can’t lose things anymore Or is it implicating that you have never even owned them?

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From the beginning, it was clear that this article will raise more questions than give answers…

So what do you think?