Art

Especially after Fashion Week (it’s always before Fashion Week) we question ourselves or more dubitate about the sense of the fashion circus from time to time. No doubt we are fashion lovers and love to study fashion theory. But there always stays the little doubt when discussing what if the designer would have placed the seam five centimeters above the chest would that have made a better look, did you see that little blogger girl with the bow in her head, why the hell did he choose yellow and not green and what did that guy anyway do in the front row? Because in the end we do not save lives. We live fashion.

The new project by Estée Lauder creative director and Instagram art star Donald Drawbertson wraps up our thoughts in a brilliant metaphor by saying ‘Fashion is Nuts’.

We guess there are not many people allowed to picture fashion icons with nut heads and still be loved by the  fashion people. Thank you Mr. Drawbertson.

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In collaboration with the New Yorker leather brand Zana Bayne designer Marc Jacobs launched a limited S&M-style accessories collection before Valentines day.

Part of the collection are leather pasties which intend to make it appear as though the wearer has had her nipples pierced and a collar and leash set. Prices ranging from $65 to $240. The release of the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey movie two days before Valentine’s Day were no doubt an inspiration to Jacobs and Bayne.

On his gateway to the S&M world the designer does not forget his trademark. Every piece of the 6 parts collection is designed with the typical Marc Jacobs heart.

Oh Marc, we like it dirty even we are not that into Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Berlin, Berlin
by Nehemias Colindres

Like any other day
It is the fleeting moments that we remember
What is it that binds us to this place?
We come to this city
Each with hopes, dreams and fears
What’s been left behind is no more
Today we start anew
We are the loved and the misguided
Aspirations are what brings us
Harsh realities are what awaits
Who will I become
Where will I be
In this vast city it is easy to blend in
Even easier to feel alone
Try and see past the forest
Find your kingdom
Fight the good fight
Losing yourself is the only way
Look around you
Listen to the whispers
As that light gets brighter
Know that it burns for you
Know that you don’t stand-alone
We struggle to find our balance
We run thru with our heads in the clouds
Our hearts are wild
We search for meaning
Here we are sleep deprived and hungry
Waiting for fate to knock
As the city breathes life into us
We find our clarity
We know that today is not like any other day

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A little penis scandal at Paris Fashion Week – ahh penis alarm.

A too deep décolleté, bums, nipples and other women body parts are not worth talking about anymore. But Rick Owens exposing penises as a fashion trend on a Paris catwalk brings a smile to our faces and for sure we are looking forward to next autumn, hopefully it will be a warm one.

We followed the Black Soma’s calling “Try the dark and mystical side of the mirror and find out!”.

Dark and mystical are the right words for describing this adventurous journey through their fashion show in Berlin last Wednesday. The designer Lukas Butkiewicz staged his new collection in an impressively different and artistical way. It was up to the visitor to move and to discover the dresses while walking through a mystical forest with models on swings or sitting on branches. And the dresses totally fit into this dark dreamworld. Straight lines and black plumes leapt to the eye and gave a raven-like impression. We discovered many cocktail dresses and evening growns – but everything seemed to be charmed – in a positive way. You felt like seeing fashion of another beautiful world. And then there was this one girl that got our attention. She was different. She was the only one dressed in white – a gleam of light in the deep forest.

This show was a great experience with a wonderful and charming new collection.

 

A big thank you to our Fashion Week Virgin Ella Wunderland for this little report from the Black Soma showcase!

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Past Sunday the New Yorker producer / actrice / newcomer author Lena Dunham paid us a visit in Berlin. The proud owners of one of the precious tickets could see Dunham at Deutsches Theater in an one-hour talk with editor in chief, Christoph Amend from Zeitmagazin. The interview was part of the series “Im Gespräch mit” from Zeitmagazin. So much said so far: the author didn’t read a single word from her book “Not That Kind Of Girl” (the official reason of the event) but there was a lot to laugh about.

The light goes off, a devoutly silence in the hall and there she comes – slightly ducked and a bit clumsy thanks to her platform heels in a green summer dress – Lena Dunham enters the stage. She scans the audience with a searching gaze against the bright spotlight until she seems to recognize someone. With ostentation she sticks out her tongue. The audience is delighted. The first quite professional seeming Christoph Amend seems rather bashful after gushing welcome from Dunham (including a kiss on the hand). But he luckily recovers rather quickly and begins a relaxed conversation about Dunham’s celebrity dog and her parents. Private questions seem to be no problem for the American artist as the 28-old reveals almost everything in her TV series “Girls” as well as in her autobiography “Not That Kind Of Girl”. How practical that questions about her work reveal intimate confessions of the New Yorker girl. But is there still something we don’t already know?

Lena Dunham is notorious for her bluntness in everything she does. Nothing is sugar-coated or kept – especially what isn’t perfect is set into focus. With one or two kilos too much on the scale, the permanent urge to talk about herself (no matter if with the best friend or the whole world) and the thematization of compulsion neuroses Dunham is perhaps the most human star one can imagine.

„My name is Lena, I´m from New York City, I´m a feminist and I love snacks!“

A lot of the things she shares this night in her loud voice feels familiar. The people she describes remind me of caricatures of people I know and so feels probably the rest of the audience, too. They smile knowingly around me when Dunham talks about “platonic bed sharing” (if you share your bed with a guy without sleeping with him, so you don’t feel lonely). Also the girls around me all look as if they could be playing a role in “Girls” themselves. So where is the difference between the girl on stage and the ones following her each and every word?

To be honest, there is no big difference. Dunham’s book is a similar read to my sister’s diary: very amusing but rhetorical not outstanding. And also the question about her political position as a feminist, Dunham answers quite simple with the explanation “I’m not a politician.” (Btw. she thinks Obama is “hot”). Just to be clear, I have no intention to place myself on the side of the “Dunham haters” (from which you can actually find quite a lot). Even if this event seems more like a mass-fan-event where the book is only decoration on the little coffee table between the two talkers, I do think that Dunham has something important to say.
In opposite to the character Hannah who Dunham plays in her TV series, who wants so much but fails again and gain by blocking herself, Dunham has found a way to point attention to subjects that matter. Of course her book tells us nothing outstanding but the fact that she talks so freely about issues that are rather taboos in society makes it a sensation itself. In “Girls” it is said that Hannah doesn’t want to be THE voice of her generation but A voice. Lena Dunham herself managed this quite successful. It is more important to her to share her personal experiences (however intimate they may be) instead of protecting herself. By doing so Dunham gives her voice to a generation of mid-20s girls (and probably also guys!) and as a sort of best friend makes all the issues public that secretly drive us all nuts. Thanks for that dear Lena!

In fact there was unfortunately no discussion of the truly interesting passages of “Not That Kind Of Girl” (I only say: condom in the indoor plant alias the rape scene), as Christoph Amend preferred to read his favorite passages from the book, but I still took a few new thoughts with me when I left the theater:

1.    You can be a feminist and be on a diet at the same time.
2.    Sharing is truly caring!
3.    It doesn’t matter what you do, it only matters that you really do it.
4.    The new season of “Girls” (in Germany from April 2015, in the US from January) will be the best of all.

 

written by Marie Krutmann.

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Thanks to last nights presentation of woman.made‘s collection ‘This is our Youth’ we finally made it to the Boum concept store.

Located at Tempelhofer Ufer the store unites delicious food and goods with each other. While having lunch or coffee one can shop in the integrated shop. Since last night the product range of tea, perfume, bursting bubbles, schnapps and candles made by native creatives has been extended by the well combinable jewelry woman.made collection.

The cosy get together with a glas of Berliner Winter and goulash soup whets appetite for more lunch and coffee breaks at the Boum concept store. For all workaholics and late bloomer in christmas shopping this is a nice spot to shop while having a break.

 

Boum – Delicious Goods

Tempelhofer Ufer 32

10963 Berlin – Gleisdreieck

 

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The finally released Chanel film ‘Reincarnation’ by Karl Lagerfeld starring Pharell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Géraldine Chaplin is just overwhelming our after lunch coffee break.

Telling the story of Coco Chanel, and her inspiration for Chanel’s signature jacket, british model Cara Delevingne plays the leading character in the film. Set in a bourgeois austrian hotel the short film was created to accompany the Chanel Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection which will be shown in Salzburg today.

The naughty waitress (Cara Delevingne) who is playing rigs and a stiff lift boy (Pharell Williams) doing his job. Awake at night while the rest of the place is asleep they embody empress Elisabeth “Sissi” und emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and show off a ballroom dance while singing a duet.

In addition to his starring role, Pharrell composed and wrote the lyrics to “CC the World,” the soundtrack of ‘Reincarnation’. The film is an artistic collaboration of Lagerfeld and Pharrell who is a close friend of the house Chanel and the designer in personal. Cara Delevingne is the face of the 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection.

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Coming from a long long relationship I never listened to the meaning of songs, never read the page-one story of magazines, never could understand some of my girlfriends’ experiences and never gave helpful advice.

Spat out of this relationship after about nine years and my nearly missed out twenties I find myself confronted with an universe I still do not understand nor want to. Everyone looking for love deep inside but actually fucking around behind its own wall of stories, lies and self-deceit. Berlin the city of the boundless possibilities. The city of boundless sex and undefined relationships. Why only have one if I can have them all. Talking to our parents generation they think we are not willing to commit and being to picky. After committing eternal faithfulness for nearly a decade and hitting the floor more than hard I see reasons for being more questioning.

I do listen to all this songs more carefully now. Ronan Keating’s ‘when everything’s made to be broken’ or Flo Rida’s ‘can you blow my whistle baby’ are not just made up lyrics they are a mirror of reality. Page-one stories are reflecting existing problems. My friends stories are not more crazy than the ones of others and yes as my best friend always said ‘life is a soap’ unfortunately without script and a key to press pause. First lessons learned but the good advices will take more time.

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This airplane exhibit looks like it was attacked by hundreds of old-fashioned arrows and shot right out of the sky. The piece, entitled Avião, was developed by Havana-based creative collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters).

Avião was exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012. The team produced the piece as a symbol of modernization. As the sedentary, modern machine sits in direct contrast with the antiquated, wooden arrow and feather weapons, viewers are encouraged to consider the past, present, and future of technology as it affects our everyday lives.

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“Do you want to talk? Do you want to ask my anything?” a celebrity who you have followed in films and magazines for years asks you!

What would your answer be? Sure, I get it that you don’t have an answer ready straight away – because how to choose what the most important question is. But there must me something. We have recently been interviewed for a media conference and one of the questions was: “what would you ask Kate Moss if you meet her to pose one question?” Well, it were most definitely not the deepest questions ever that crossed our minds but Zoe immediately shouted out: “Do you wear underwear?” and I blurted out: “How was it kissing Cara?”
So, I admit the questions that come into our heads when the possibility opens up to ask a star whatever you like might not be world moving questions but at least I would have a bunch of them. The only answer these two girls in Kirsten Dunst’s short film aspirational have, is “can you tag me?”

In an artful and soft way the criticism of our modern society and our usage of social media and the phenomenon of the selfie is presented and leaves you with an uneasy feeling that at the same time calms you down by feeling understood. I often struggle with short films that hold us a mirror of daily trends and criticism up in the face – like do you remember the “look up” video where this guy tells you the story of his life and claims that if he wouldn’t have looked up from his phone and asked someone for directions instead of looking at his google maps, he would have never met the love of his life… well it was not a bad film or anything or that the message didn’t have some alarming truth in it but it didn’t make me feel understood. More the opposite, every time I check for directions on my phone I feel guilty these days but seriously 99% of the people in the streets you ask for directions turn out to not be the love of your life and just tell you some direction which quite often is wrong – just because they don’t know better (most likely because they always follow the directions on their phone).

With this short film it’s different. The message is clear but it leaves me with a good feeling in a way, when I meet Kirsten Dunst or any other celebrity I will make sure to ask them a bunch of questions or at least discuss this film with them when I ask them to tag me!

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Artist Nomad Uno is not only a talented painter and passionate DJ – he is also a curious explorer and a real slasheur. The outcome of this mix: Yum Yum Bubblegum

Yum Yum Bubblegum is a mix of unheard of originals and private stock edits of rare South African 80’s and 90’s Shangaan and Zulu Disco, Afrosynth and Bubblegum music from the VULKANDANCE VAULTS.
To the most people I know this description soesn’t say much as it is still uncommen to play in the nightlife in Stockholm or Berlin – well except for Nomad’s Vulkandance parties, which have a loyal little mostly male crew that shares Nomad’s charming boogie-nerdiness. For Yum Yum Bubblehum the artist thanks Paul Ndlovu (R.I.P.) , who inspired him with his life’s work to collect and explore this beautiful music and his buddy Ruben for helping him out to find some of the digs on this mix.

Great Job!
To get a feeling of what I am describing here the best thing seems to just listen and explore:

YUM YUM BUBBLEGUM ! The pleasures of South African Synth& Bubblegum music of the 80's and 90's by Nomad Uno on Mixcloud

“It’s a festival. The whole point is to be drunk and obnoxious”

a friend told me after we returned from Gagnef Festival to the reality of urban Stockholm. Of course I felt the difference between the flush of the festival and the more settled / stable life (or whatever you may call that life) back in the city, too – but I had difficulties with this formulation.

What was the flush, the intoxication that I experienced at Gagnef Festival? It was not the fact that one could be drunk for three days in a row. No, it was definitely more. Much more. Trying to grasp the feeling I shared with other happy Gagnef visitors I can say that it was composed by a variety of different ingredients. First of all, hell yeah – we had stunning weather! It was non-stop sunshine (well of course at night the sun wasn’t burning on your sweaty skin anymore but to be honest it was “dark” for the maximum of 3 hours I would say). No rain drops, just beautiful sunshine which made it perfect bathing weather. The magic of the river and seriously the whole Swedish landscape of Dalarna in general makes the place where the Skankaloss Festival (just referred to as Gagnef festival as it is located in Gagnef) an enchanted place. Sure, through my German eyes there might always be a touch of Bullerby-Syndrom that paints the Swedish landscape in even prettier colours but for real: it is gorgeous in that area!
As most of Gagnef’s party guests come from the big cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö they can all experience the beautiful way by train or car to the festival where you see nothing but woods, fields, sparkling rivers, flowers, some midsummer poles and wooden horses. It has a touch of a summer camp where all the city kids can hang out in nature for a weekend and just let go of the day-to-day business.

The festival areal is a place not too small and not too big – with a million things to discover. One of the main stages in built in front of the river so you see the water dancing and sparkling behind the bands while you can dance on the stairs of a wooden amphitheater. The other stages are a hidden cave that was covered in pink smoke the first time I found it and a arena that feels like the ring of a circus where all the wild ponies are getting ready to show their most beautiful steps. In various places at the water where people can jump in the water or in the fields and bushes sit DJs and produce various kinds of music. Different artists, such as Stine Marie Jacobsen (who we also interviewed for SlashMuse Magazine) or Martin Olsson and Linn Granlund participated with inspiring art work and you can find a sauna as well as great food such as Oysters or Jamaican Cuisine, which makes the Skankaloss Festival a complete little cosmos.

If you want to take a break from the different kinds of music, from which Ryley Walker, Tami Tamaki and Zhala were clearly our highlights, you can participate in the Tennis tournament “Gagnef Open”, watch the long board competition or the skaters at the half pipe on the festival areal.

All these aspects make Gagnef such a magical place – it’s the holistic world that is created. People with weak nerves and a giant hangover should better not go to the long board competition as it simply takes your breath away every time they speed around the corner, a shy person will perhaps not enjoy the sauna as much as I can guarantee you to make new friends there who will convince you to jump naked on the big wooden swing that catapults you into the fresh cold river – but hej it’s only once a year and maybe the whole point of a festival is not to be drunk and obnoxious but just to be courageous and free. Gagnef is a great place for that! Our favorite Swedish Festival.

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Saturday night a happy crowd of bloggers, DJs, artists, Hipsters, musicians, photographers, pretty girls and beardy guys gathered in the former Czech consulate, that got recently turned into an exhibition, event and party spot of Berlin’s urban scene. The reason for this festive gathering was the 7th birthday of the urban lifestyle Blog I Heart Berlin. The diligent team of  Frank, Claudio, Devid, Suz, Lia and Jens created a beautiful event composition: A group exhibition WE ARE BERLIN showed edgy curated work by:

Alicia Kassebohm
Ana Santl for iGnant
Camilla Storgaard
Carolin Saage
Casio Ono & Anto Christ
Chris Phillips for Pornceptual
Eylül Aslan
Florian Kolmer
Florian Reischauer for Pieces of Berlin
Jan Herdlicka for Finding Berlin
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Kate Bellm
Katja Hentschel
Linda Berlin
Lisa Wassmann
Marlen Stahlhuth
Nadine Elfenbein
Nicola Napoli
Ole Westermann for Dandy Diary
Oliver Rath
Philipp Pusch
Vitali Gelwich

Florian Kolmer’s giant photograph that welcomed you inside by showing bearded Alexandar Jovanovic, which was the perfect connection to the book release of BEARDICTED by Alicia Kassebohm. Her book release explained actually the extremely high level of beardy guests at the party – all showing their artful decorated beards in the book! What was this question a couple of months ago that was discussed in all kinds of urban lifestyle mags: have we reached beard peak yet? – well this was a new level of beard peak in my life (and remember I live in Stockholm – one of Europe’s beard capitals one could say). Anyhow,  as I still can’t seem to get enough facial hair I checked out the Barber Shop Foto Box that was installed at the party entrance. You could make your dream come true and even with a hairless girl face test different forms of full beard and mustaches with fur, butterflies or flowers.

Moreover the crew of I Heart Berlin featured the third edition of the BERLIN FILM NIGHT and presented great musical support of the DJs Entree, Obstsalat, Missill, Padde Unhold and a live gig of Pitchtuner. Obstsalat’s congratulation speech to the I Heart Berlin team was close to a catastrophe but she made up for that at least 10 times with the great music she played.

All in all, there is nothing left to say but: Thanks I Heart Berlin for the great party, your power and inspiration and happy Birthday!

Yesterday evening from 5pm-11pm ( oficially 10pm, which is why the police paid us a visit in the end and moved the party inside) GORDON Café and Recordstore celebrated Grand Opening in Berlin.

The talented guys from Legotek Records from Tel Aviv made their long time dream come true and opened a Recordstore with coffee place and bar in Berlin’s upcoming neighborhood Rixdorf / Neukölln. The cozy space at Allerstraße 11 (near U-Bahn Boddinstraße) has a bright café area and a smaller room with DJ booth and records in the back where they played groovy music and offered drinks and homemade Israeli food. Most of the happy guests ignored the fact that fall is on its way to Berlin and sat outside and mingled. It was a beautiful atmosphere, great sound, charming hosts and a lot of fun!

I was impressed with their ambitious opening times: mon-fri 8am – 10pm and on the weekends (only) 12 hours – from 10 to 10! But as these guys serve premium roasted coffee from THE BARN chances are high that the first guests will already drop in every morning at 8 to get great coffee and some nice tunes as a start into their day! We wish GORDON all the best and will come back soon!

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Poster works by Stine Marie Jacobsen

Stine Marie Jacobsen is a bright inspiring artist from Denmark. Performance, video, photo and film compose her complex work:

/ How would you finish these sentences, Stine?

▽ In these times of text compression and over-flow of Top 10 to 25 lists…but ok here we go (laughs)

Children should always believe …. and not loose faith in magic, love and themselves.
The darkest colour is…. the one you can imagine but not depict.
If you touch a butterfly … and inhale the dust you stole from it, you will for a brief moment become the saddest person alive.
Nothing is more powerful than … working together.


/ We came across your work through the Skankaloss Festival in Gagnef, Sweden. In which way were you involved as an artist?

▽ I was invited to do a work for the festival and made a performative intervention in the form of five posters and actions called “Sensitive Observers”.

/ Can you elaborate on your work at the Festival setting, please?

▽ The posters each had an informational instruction which a group of performers were hired to do at the festival. The poster sentences are written in white text on dark green backgrounds, reminding one of chalk on a school board and were hung in trees around the festival near the designated areas: concert stage, bar, sauna, art work and forest.

The five sentences were: “In the sauna someone is hired to talk about a movie”, “Look to your right A Man is paid to watch you”, “At this bar a person is instructed to give someone a compliment”, “Someone will say something untrue about Gabriel Lester” and “Near this sign someone will tell a rumor”.

The posters are working around how language as narrative, rumor, myth or stories disseminates and changes when passing through one or more bodies to a percipient. The posters are reminders of human and corporate communication systems. They reflect what I feel is being done to me. In “Sensitive Observers”, a small part of the “impossible-to-capture-whole” was revealed on the posters. The performers who implemented the different actions and stories and the audience who might have experienced the posters are now vessels who in their collectivity contain the work. I hope the owl turned into a cat** at the festival, but sometimes you do need more time to do that kind of magic.

/ Is it the first time you worked with the Skankaloss Festival?

▽ Yes and I would for sure do it again, because the organisers are so amazing, giving and loving!

/ Did you know before hand what the other artists will exhibit?

▽ I was really well informed about the other art works in the festival and was therefore able to “infiltrate” one of the other artists, Gabriel Lester’s work in my intervention.

/ So you got a topic or was it free working?

▽ I was completely free to do what I wanted.

/ What inspires you for a project like this?

▽ I always interview people on the locations where I work. When I cannot personally go to research I need as much information as possible from the people inviting me. That’s why I also asked you in one of our first emails what the most common action of the visitors at the Skankaloss Festival was. For this project, I had the artist Linda Tedsdotter who was so cool to invite me, inform me about the festival, its reputation and visitors before I made the work.

/ Which of the other pieces of art did you like best at the Festival?

▽ The white russian drink with breast milk! The artist Ylva Ogland’s ritual left the biggest impression on me along with a literally “new” taste in my mouth…she milked her breasts in front of us and said magic spells over the drinks and then her little daughter walked around and served us the drinks.

/ How was your Festival time?

▽ AW! (the howling version, not the hurting one…)

/ Did you have a highlight band?

▽ I really enjoyed the concert by R. Seiliog. They played a fucking amazing concert at Skankaloss!

/ We had a look at your current work in Berlin with the project DIRECT APPROACH. It is a really interesting and complex topic that you approach there. How did you decide to work with and create a discourse around violence?

▽ Maybe I should first explain the project:
DIRECT APPROACH is an art project based on conversations about violence in film and reality, which has now become a Workshop project and Guidebook.

In the project participants are asked to describe from their memory the most
violent film scene that they have ever watched. Then they are asked to choose one of the characters from the film scene, which in this project works around three categorisations: victim, perpetrator and bystander, for a new recording of the film scene that follows the script of their memory.

I have worked on the topic violence for many years and this project is the biggest and most complex of them all. The work came from observations that I made in society and also research on contemporary (anti-)violence training. I wanted to create a platform where people can reflect on their own violence and also in film and society.

It is a self-evident and at the same time really offensive way to present your art work about violence in film and reality in forms of video and interviews. What were your thoughts behind this decision?

Direct Approach aims to be a platform for open discussions that promote reflection. When doing the project it is very much about being sensitive, listening, forgetting your own ego and slowing down your speed.

I had many thoughts when I began doing this project and still have. The film scene is a protective shield and the project is created in such a way that the rememberer can use the film scene and its characters instead of their private stories. I always remind them that they can be anonymous.
I was looking for an indirect and non-judgemental way to invite people to talk about violence without me deciding what kind of violence they should talk about. I constantly remind and protect the participants to not over-share their privacy in this unguarded moment which a conversation is and that I am looking for public statements in this project.

Narrating a film scene is a complicated process of constructing a story from thousands of components. A film scene recalled from memory invariably consists of different memories, the participant’s own world view and their personal identification with the characters involved etc. This project creates a unique platform for examining how we relate to violence by asking participants to recount a film scene, pick a fictional character, explain their choice and engage in discourse on contemporary violence.

I have now together with a Danish language psychologist, whom I have been worked with for years, turned the art project into a guidebook*** for schools and other institutions who wish to work with the topic violence. The guidebook and project can hopefully be used to provide inspiration for dialogues about film violence and its relation to violence in society today.

/ What was the most emotional moment in the process of this work?
▽ Every time participants share or shared their private violent experiences.

/ Where did you conduct your interviews? Which places inspired you to this project?

▽ In my studio. So far I have done the project only in Germany. Later this year I will do it in Denmark, Colombia and Ireland. The project began in the context of German culture and history.

/ What is the strongest emotion, you would say you ever felt?

▽ I think you are maybe asking me this question because of my project (laughs). The strongest emotion was fear and sorrow together.

/ What is the most magical place you have ever been at?

▽ An imaginary landscape that I meditate myself into.

/ Is there a cure for homesickness?
▽ I am never homesick, because I easily feel at home where I am. So there is no need for a cure.

/ Thank you for the interview, Stine! And good luck with your upcoming projects!

 

** A visual rumor experiment read in the book “The Psychology of Rumor” by Gordon Allport,  where a drawing of an owl becomes a cat when a it is drawn from person to person. The experiment explains visually how we in – almost like in the platonic cave – obtain a “general idea” of a story or an object according to our own biases and how the idea over time is adjusted more and more to our own preconceptions rather than the actual seen object or a first hand fact.

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The Direct Approach Guidebook will be published on September 20th 2014.
The official website, distribution and archive is viewable on www.direct-approach.org

 

Text by Jacobsen
Poster by Jacobsen & Modem.ws
Interview Lola Tivoli, 2014
Photo Anna Lamberg

Das ist der Sound für die echten Männer
Die das hier hören wenn sie Pressluft hämmern
Für Nutten und Hausfrauen …
(K.I.Z./ Urlaub fürs Gehirn)

Imagine Lola dancing to these lyrics and you have a brief idea of us at Berlin Festival 2014….

The Berlin Festival is a part of the annual Berlin Music Week. Previously situated at the areal of the Tempelhofer Flughafen for the past few years the festival now moved to the Arena Park in Friedrichshain where locations like the Badeschiff/ Glashaus/ Club der Visionäre and White Trash Fast Food formed together the new festival areal. Additionally an Open Air Hip Hop stage was built up in front of White Trash Fast Food surrounded by different food and drink stands and an Art Village with a free hug stage/ a paint club/ a mini disco/ a market place and more.

Friday night –  truly a disappointment for us. The festival areal was not set up. People with matching wristbands seemed slightly lost on their way from one club to another. After the bar guy disclosed us he was a hooker and only costs 50 Euros we decided to spend some time in front of the restrooms – for the rest of the night. The way home in a shopping trolley might have been the most fun part of the evening/ morning.

Saturday started of with super sunny weather. Equipped with bikes and a backpack we started into day 2. The whole area had become one place. One entrance and one exit.
First enjoying Magda while lying in sun chairs at Badeschiff was a great start. Followed by the Crystal Fighters. BÄÄÄM. What a party – what a show. The Arena was sweating like hell. But in the end a little irritation. Due to the schedule seven more minutes to play: no encore, no show off again, they were just gone.
A little break brought us to a little park side close by. Just to tell how cool Berlin is: While lying in the grass suddenly a firefighter truck appears behind us through the trees. Silently rolling down to a container for barbecue leftovers. Six firefighter get of the truck, one flips his cigarette into the container before they extinguish the fire that had been smoking in there for quite a while. As fast as they appeared they are gone again.
Back at the festival we saw super cool Bombay Bicycle Club which we had to leave a little earlier to see HVOB who heated up the crowd in the already cooking Glashaus. Next up the Editors. A long day for us ended up with Zoot Woman and my very very euphoric happy company who took me to McDonalds and bought me a Happy Meal before we went to bed.

Good morning Sunday. If you think going to a day festival is less exhausting than a proper festival with camping you are wrong. A late breakfast and we made it to the festival ground by 2pm. Alle Farben playing at Badeschiff – a perfect Berlin end of summer feeling in the air. Sitting in front of the Hip Hop stage we watched that little cute boy at the turntables of the Beatgeeks. Father and son – what a adorable picture. German Hip Hop newcomer Ahzumjot made us leave for a late lunch while singing ‘Triff mich am Späti…’.
In the evening a tight program with amazing Woodkid, K.I.Z. and Moderat. K.I.Z. the only act who hardly tried to play as long they wanted to were ruled over by tight festival schedule, too. But in the end won one more real big fan that night. With the xth beer in our hands we rounded up the festival with Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumb.

It was a good weekend, great acts, a lot impressions and an euphoric atmosphere. Some may complain about the sound… but come on if you cannot have fun with friends, great weather and an amazing line up better stay at home and hide in your bed next year. Thanks!

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