2019-08-21 rocks of mullerthal & cats of luxembourg | entry by sven

and here is another story from luxembourg, we did not stay that long actually, but only a few days are enough for three entries in the journal. over our last trips we have developed another ritual: visiting mullerthal before going back to germany. the mullerthal is a quite rural and natural area coined by woods, the schiessentümpel and rocks. I was not aware how big these rocks can be, but we found these ones accidently. you walk around and try to get on them and feel claustrophobia in between them while following given paths. however, this was funny trip to an unexpected place.


climbing a mountain is easy if there are stairs so here I am. there is a flag on the top so this must be the place.


whenever we are in the pfaffenthal there is a black cat appearing, meowing like a baby and being not sure if cuddling is requested or not. during the jazz and blues rally this white beauty appeared near the clausen, also quite loud meowing, running around without a master plan realizable… however, cats are for everyone, they need to be cuddled.


downtown is a café with long queue of people in front of it. well, actually they are not interested in tea or coffee, next to people there are about 15 cats in the room, drowsing or being cuddled by the customers. we had to get in of course. as you see, the cats are going everywhere and they are all pretty relaxed in the trouble. I don´t know if this concept convinces me but it is worth the experience.


back home we he had fri(e)da (I never know how to write her name properly and she would not tell) as guest for two weeks. she joined me on my couch with my broken leg back in summer 2017.


i´ve been to museum folkwang again to check out the newly arranged collection. this piece has become quite quickly a favourite: jim dines: 'two thieves, one liar'. more soon! (this is also calssified as 'cat content', enjoy!)


the studio is to work on ‘if and only if’, the show to open november 11 at SG1 in duisburg. you have the chance to access the reader via /CAMP (there won´t be catalogue but a reader helping you to get the concept of the exhibited works…). plus there are some further shows and festivals to be prepared. cross you fingers.

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2019-08-14 free from giddiness within the pfaffenthal mobility | entry by sven
going to and being in luxembourg is always true fun and it is already a place we are familiar with. whenever you look down on the city from kirchberg, you think that these area large distances, actually they are not. you´ll quickly find out that you can reach everything by foot. the only tiring thing is the constant up and down. (this is no complaining, it make sthe whole thing so beautiful). however the people from luxembourg must have had the same thought and came up with some – let´s say ‘vehicles’ – to make going through the pfaffenthal more pleasant. and you have to go through this valley when you go down from kirchberg down to the city. however, you have to be free from giddiness, so the public local traffic turns into a funfair.


the pfaffenthal lift is already a classic, linking the 65 meters height in just a few seconds and delivering a glass floor view point for the brave selfie-takers. I cannot get enough of it. plus: we joined the jazz an bues rally placing bands all over the pfaffenthal and clausen. this is another iconic view on the lift. past and future seem to coexist here.


before you can go up via lift you have to come down from kirchberg via funicular. unfortunately it is not easy to photograph, we´ll have some videos soon, hopefully. the four cars on two tracks link the kirchberg plateau with the train station in the valley within a few seconds. useful and funny- and free.



if you just need to pass the pfaffenthal you can do this by foot in just a few minutes, if you want to try something new you can take the self-driving shuttle linking the train station with the lift. well, self-driving is a big word. the shuttle has a human operator taking care of it´s actions or helps u-turning via game controller. plus you have to put on seatbelts because the shuttle breaks suddenly when cars appear in front of the slow shuttle after overtaking. well, this future technology works but is not convincing. you can do this for the fun of it. future is here.




another opportunity to test your giddiness is the renovated pont adoplhe. you might remember us taking webcam selfies next to the interim bridge which has been constructed for the renovation period. now pond adolphe is open again and has a great new feature: a second hanging bridge under itself to go (or ride by bike) through the arches. here you´ll have a better view on the grund. maybe this is the key to public and local traffic issues. why can´t it be fun? all these lifts, funiculars, ai-shuttles and bridges are fun to take. I know it is no good idea to take an idea from somewhere and pull in on something else, but this can truly be taken as inspiration.


a bonus picture: a beautiful view on pont adolphe from casino luxembourg.


yet another picture of the jazz and blues rally at the clause entry. here people know how to party, well, more or less, but it is a good place to be.


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2019-08-02 back to mudam, again and again and again | entry by sven
writing about my fascination of the mudam in luxembourg is perfect redundancy, I must have written about every show I visited there, about breakfast with friends is was invited to and given free tickets. actually there is nothing new to tell but another great episode. the mudam made shows that really changed my view on things, as an artist and as a human being (while delivering excitement beyond fun), this is 100% of what I want when it comes to art. you get to know about the blockbusters (jeff wall) and go there, but sometimes you simply have the time and go there and you will probably never be disappointed…


let’s start with my new discovery. danh vo shows only three pieces of sculptural work. it appears boring and parenthetic at first glance but if you take a closer look and give time to unfold you´ll be thrilled. the randomly arranged wood pieces on the floor need to be discovered, actually you can find broken pieces of a crucifix jesus among the dead wood. is all the christian iconography sentenced to fall apart like every organic matter in the universe? and what might it tell about the transcendental idea behind it?


the other piece which perfectly triggered me is looks like a pretty cheap assembly of a wooden saint´s head (maria?) and the broken marble feet of a cherub. the piece also looks parenthetic and quickly assembled at first, but it is a great arrangement. the work is called (and I simply quote) ‘your mother sucks cocks in hell’. I am not sure if danh vo has a great sense of rude humour or is he is really pissed of christianity and it´s iconography. however, his work creates tension in material and concept.


latoya ruby frazier is a familiar name for me as I have seen some of her works back then at museum folkwang. her work is honest, documenting her family and herself in a post-industrial area and era in the usa.


bert theis was a name which was not very familiar to me. actually his work has been familiar to be for years. he created the sauna space next to the philharmonic building on kirchberg plateau, the beautiful tilted benches of the mudam and further stageesque public sculptures creating space to relax for the people. the retrospective was complex in conception, sometimes in questioning the image, work and cognition the way I try to it, but in a different way. so it was really tricky to take pictures of the show, many exhibited pieces were drafts or documentary photos you cannot really understand without some escorting text. however, this picture above looks funny anyway: put you head in a box and dive into a virtual exhibition by looking through door spies.


this piece really fascinated me: headphones made from shells appear like a flat joke. as soon as you put them on, you actually hear the typical shell noise mistaken for the sea shore but actually the sound of your own blood rushing through your ears. however, this peace makes you step out of reality for a moment, the sand below you feet helps a lot (see last blog entry).


the white cylinder is a space for one person to join alone to listen to a dronesque sound piece. I was sitting in it for a while drifting away with the humming and sometimes beatesque pumping. I thought about my own sound pieces I want to bring into exhibition spaces and felt encouraged.
back to the ritual: having a rivella at the mudam café is ritual and opportunity for your brain to sort and save all the impressions you have been given.


the other exhibition space we have to assemble regularly is the casino luxembourg. this place offers free entry recently and is compared to mudam a little bit younger and maybe experimental. this years show was ‘I dreamed I was a house’ dealing with the meaning of different rooms in a house and their meaning in psychoanalysis. the whole thing did not convince us as concept text and the installations did not really fit together. my favourite wired and scary installation was the one from anna hulacová, michaela discliked it, but I guess I got the innuendos of parents, their faceless children and the harvesting machines among them. a family is just a company or simply hell.



back in germany I visited the opening of klaus jost ‘verloren om detal’ at SG1 in duisburg. I wrote about klaus and his work back in 2012 already focussing on his sculptural work (2012-04-07 EGGXPO feature: klaus jost's humour beyond the rust | entry by sven). klaus has already shifted his main interest from sculpture making to photography. if you talk about photography in his case it is not just taking pictures, it is about the most précised way to transferring reality into a picture. people visiting shows are ususlly fascinated by the technical aspect, and it is impressing here: the pictures of multi-coloured bugs are based upon multiple photographs taken from the same motive. Up to 100 pictures of the prepared bugs are taken by a robotic set-up delivering different layers of focus in a small field of depth to be rendered into a perfectly focussed and sharp picture. the same technique is used to portrait the cut edges of books creating pretty abstract images. here the concept comes in, being inspired by bourgeois’ library, nolan´s ‘intastallar’ and the monkey theorem. while the big photos deliver photographs giving more information than in reality in size in sharpness, the book pictures appear like a closed door. you have a closed look to it, but you cannot consume the content of the book. you can only enjoy the surface of the container (as often) without getting through to the point. klaus jost´s technical precision often makes you forget his great conceptional approach, keeping the whole thing transparent and enigmatic enough to fascinate for long time. this is what I want to see in museums.

jost-foto.de


another discovery I need to pass on is sanne de haan. during my last visit of huntenkunst in may I once again experienced a lot of great but always commercial art offered for sale. well, it´s an art fair and this is what they are made for. among the different booths a group of younger dutch artists created their own combination of exhibition booths presenting the more contemporary and maybe futuristic way of creating art today using digital devices as well as unusual disciplines. sanne de haans´s work made an impression. the usage if embroidery is surprising but also familiar if you have been to some art fairs before. nevertheless, the work is not set upon the surprising medium, making people stop, stare and maybe laugh. the quality of her approach lies between the tension of the old-fashioned medium of a technique no-one would usually put on the wall anymore and the twist with the motif which seems to be non-fitting, de-arranged and usually destroying the safe and simple world embroidery works usually delivers. in her embroidery work the beautiful girl in the oat field has a machine gun, the gipsy woman finds her face pixeled and deep in the woods no virgin mary but a giant vagina appears to be worshipped. everything is twisted, questioned, post-modernized and made fun of – what can you believe in living in the post internet age? is there still something like beauty, religion or a simple world? all simple answers to the all the questions you come up with have disappeared, sanne denies giving you the flat version of what you want to believe by mashing it up with today’s issues. my favourite piece is (next to all of the works of this series) the black dancer. somehow she appears like a practicing ballerina (making me think of degas´ ‘figue of a ballerina’) mixed up with giger´s alien, seductive and threatening at the same time. I could think of a dark corridor to place the piece giving you shivers every time you pass by but also giving you a smile if you dare to stop and take a closer look.

sanne de haan is an artist for your watchlist. check out her embroidery works next to further thrilling series as presented on her website.

sannedehaan.nl


still: we´ll open the studio in august again to work on ‘if and only if’, the show to open november 11 at SG1 in duisburg. you will also have the chance to access the reader via /CAMP (there won´t be catalogue but a reader helping you to get the concept of the exhibited works…). plus there are some further shows and festivals to be prepared. cross you fingers.

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2019-08-01 let´s just go to the beach club (at kirchberg plateau) | entry by sven
it´s a running gag I’m telling for years that I want to go to the beach club (actually we usually pronounce it ‘bitch club’ to make it more abstruse and funny). I guess it visited the beach club at baldeney lake more than a decade ago and I felt pretty wrong there, also unable to relax the way you are supposed to do there… however, when we retuned to luxembourg again I discovered the beach club at the melia hotel on kirchberg and it triggered my needs immediately. well, actually it was just some sand with some canvas chairs and a bar tender but that was more than enough for me.

the day we arrived was very hot, we walked a lot and my feet were done. after the first checking of the city and a kumpir potato I was really looking forward to put on my flip-flops for ultimate time-off and relaxing. and finally, I went to the beach club alone putting my naked feet in the cool sand. escorted with a local beer you simply sit there and stare into the trees hiding the mudam behind it (see above). a perfect place which appears constructed like a movie set but honest and familiar at the same time.

i like to visit these places a lone. when I was younger I was always wondering if people might consider me a someone suffering on his solitude which would lead to avoid contacting even more… when you are in luxembourg, people are usually friendly but you (and they) never know what language the other guy might talk and if you could find a common ground. so when you sit in the beach club, you hear people talking in languages you cannot understand or even recognize, and you hear people talking in english. you only get some snippets, one guy is always talking louder than the others, telling anecdotes about himself and making jokes. after a while I was really happy to be there alone, no need to talk about whatever, anecdotes or jokes, just say nothing and enjoy the perfect place. by the way, you are never really alone with a smartphone in your pocket.




that’s me in the lift and looking down on the city. perfect relaxation.




a breakfast view down on the beach club. it usually looks sad somehow, used, inactive and waiting for the night.


in between I had to check the perfect view on the city, if you look back from there, it looks really weird. you cannot see all the skyscrapers (they are constantly growing and multiplying) on kirchberg, you only see the tree silhouettes and the hotel foyer lights. once again a strange setting, just like a forest on a stage.




another view on the street nearby. it looks like you are in the woods but you are in the middle of the city. it is all there all the time.


still: we´ll open the studio in august again to work on ‘if and only if’, the show to open november 11 at SG1 in duisburg. you will also have the chance to access the reader via /CAMP (there won´t be catalogue but a reader helping you to get the concept of the exhibited works…). plus there are some further shows and festivals to be prepared. cross you fingers.

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2019-07-25 dismissed project in the studio summer break | entry by sven
today is supposed to be the hottest day in germany (somewhere between 40 and 41 degrees C) and you cannot go out. there might be a long list what would be to do, actually its is a list of things not to do. as I am feeling to get lost within projects and personal issues I thought it would be time to finally dismiss a certain project.

around last autumn the idea of producing a podcast came up. I took it pretty far by developing a concept, topical hatricks for the episodes with certain guests and even a corporate design for the files to be put on the internet and its portals. I had some friends on board willing to talk about art and society, matthias danberg and tim heinzen confirmed to take their part in recorded conversation and contributed in developing ideas. I was not afraid of the technical production, I had a tascam field recorder on my list to record episodes wherever we wanted to. I have even contacted well-known blogger and podcaster vanessa giese (draussennurkaennchen.blogspot.com) to get into the issues of distribution and she kindly answered all of my questions an took my request really seriously.

after a long planning phase the hot idea got cold. would it really make sense to get into a new field which is even full of podcasters talking about whatever… plus, whenever I tried to listen to a podcast I considered it as pretty boring. did the world really need more recorded talk? my profunded view on things for the world to listen to and to feel enlightened? would I like to work on another piece of data to be pushed into the world to listened to one time, maybe even less? I like the idea of making a radio show, maybe joing a show for one time, or being guest in a podcast one time and that’s it.

instead I like to focus on music to be listened to again and again revealing a new layer every time. after considering options of new channel it is a real decision to not start a podcast. keeping the blog alive is work enough, and written – not spoken – words might me more precise to the core. (plus it is easy to consume or ignore and taking less space) it is good to know what not to do.



the ‘weisse nächte’ at raffelbergpark in mülheim have been over again. I have given up asking people to join me going there, if you go there alone you will meet fellow artists anyway, or you simply enjoy solitude and focus on the performances and plays. this years highlight has been dürrenmatt´s ‘der besuch der alten dame’. this play is still fresh as performed by a great ensemble of the theatre an der ruhr. however, dürrenmatt´s play explores capitalism as most powerful force in the universe. it teaches us a lot about ourselves (and) today. do I sound like your german teacher? maybe he was right…


by circumstance I had the chance to visit haus lange haus esters in krefeld among a group of students including a guided tour on the architecture and the on-going exhibition. above you see the model for andreas schmitten´s installation in front of the house of metal replicas of wind-destroyed garden furniture, a slide and a sun umbrella. I thought it would be lame at first glance but it became better the longer you stayed in between the thunderstorm aftermath. it delivered a feeling if post future and this is where we are.



playing av live with my project record of tides was pure fun. it has never been so easy to organize things and to play around with ideas and join festivals. this is the best way for me to work on music and present it live. the next show is coming up august 3 and I love to do an open air show after ten years again. as I am pretty fed up with the art scene recently I am happy to simply change the playground. and, yes, i´ll go back to the art scene. I cannot escape what I am, but I am more relaxed now. I have real real problems.


we´ll open the studio in august again to work on ‘if and only if’, the show to open november 11 at SG1 in duisburg. you will also have the chance to access the reader via /CAMP (there won´t be catalogue but a reader helping you to get the concept of the exhibited works…). plus there are some further shows and festivals to be prepared. cross you fingers.

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ten years rush by so quickly. the blog is a great way to look back, even the headline is worth checking the post again: 2009-07-27 i went into a museum and pissed into a sculpture | entry by sven, click here and scroll down. enjoy!


five years ago: 'show/time' at kunstverein bochumer kulturrat, bochum (2014). still fresh...

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2019-06-13 tourists of the own history: echo and silence | entry by sven
I went back to zeeland for two weekends (michi even stayed the time between) to get away from the everyday stress and sorrow. spoilers first, it did not work for me the way it was meant to be, wherever you go, your problems and sorrow will follow and you cannot get rid of yourself. no worries, this is not going to be an endless lament again, I’ll close or pause the blog when things get worse…

going to the same place over and over again has tradition for us, it is a save time-off experience at the sea with seafood, beer and shopping next to a lot of time-wasting behaviour. this routine usually works and I am happy to discover new things at places I have been a thousand times before. zoutelande is changing and is becoming more touristic, more hotels and shopping options like it is trying to copy domburg. but this is just the consequence of profit developing, I found myself in too many visual echos. doing the same thing again and again is fun sometimes, it makes me feel secure, but doing it to often makes it feel hollow. additionally, I was not really aware to enjoy the new stuff, even if there was. the echo must turn to silence after a while.

zeeland is important to me, I even like to go here in winter, we always had a great time here. it is even the place where I have produced a lot for the ‘golden record’ video, a piece I am really proud or. above you see me looking up to the view point which appears a few times in the video as photographed (or recorded) over many years. on the view point we first see the replica, which later vanishes and is found in the woods near ooskapelle. it was strange, so many things around me had been used in an artistic or narrative context. I felt like visiting a set of a movie I have seen before. and it is strange, even the pictures I take mirror or echo pictures from before.



more visual echoes: in 2011 we found an old tree in the woods near ooskapelle and called it ‘tree of cognition’, which was just a fun name because there was no cognition at all, it has just sounded like a deep thought but is a flat joke. we have returned to the woods several times since but never managed to find the tree again (even if these woods are not pretty big). now, eight years later, we did and had to do the same posture again. so what is the cognition now? eight years pass by in a rush.



we have been to probably every village in zeeland but had to have a close look at the zeeuwse museum in middelburg. usually we would cut out stuff like these but it was a recommendation a truly impressive. we left scared by an egyptian child mummy, a great video called ‘fantasies on how to strike’ by lisette olsthoorn and selfies of myself in front of shell artworks creating visual echoes of the shell grotto in margate.


and more visual echo: whenever there is a webcam and wireless internet I like to take a special selfie, a screenshot of the webcam. this also goes back to an experience in luxembourg back in 2015 and found a new edition now near the zeeuwse riviera, actually the place to be when it comes to eating and drinking while looking at the sea.

check out the original webcam over here:
live.netcamviewer.nl/Zeeuwse-Riviera/719



also at middleburg: the vleeshal. another impressive exhibition space of actually just one room appealing half-gothic. however, kaspar müller fills it with a funny mixture of glass works and post internet appeal. I do not get the idea putting brackets around it but it fill the space with joy. I can say we spent more time here than many further visitors und the eyes of the friendly girls taking care of the space. we will return and have an eye on this venue.

vleeshal.nl/en


this is me in the attic of our tiny maisonette. it is amazing that such a tiny apartment still as corners that appear free. this is me thinking and waiting for leaving. we spend some time here watching ‘breaking bad’ for the third time. and drowsing, of course.




a final and classic shot on our last moment at the sea. it is beautiful and peaceful there, at the sea everything seems easy and problems disappear in the wind. even if it did not work for me the way it used to, there is nothing wrong with zeeland. it is perfect as it used to be and will make me return.


the haverkamp near my home in mülheim also is a relict of another time. i remember going here to see jamiri, the local but well-known comic artist, we even visited the restaurant and beergarden when jamiri left the haverkamp. it must have been a while, i went home from sport and was supposed to be picked up here. everything looks dreamy like always but is changing like everything.


a tram in gelsenkirchen with advertising for the upcoming szeniale. i am scheduled to do a av live set with record of tides and and i am looking forward to do so. cross your fingers, this might be great. all info over at the live section.



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2019-05-03 filling space with grace within the layer cake | entry by sven
spring is usually the time with some days off and to make plans. also I have to come up with the layer cake metaphor again because this is what I feel like recently, a synchronic mixture of contradictive feelings, but I guess this is something that all adults have to deal with. next to all the sorrow and effort there must be space for something more, something inspiring and meaningful. being just a small (but reliable) cog in the machine (of work and life) it has become more and more difficult over the years to find the right thing with the right feeling, or let´s call it finding ‘grace in space’.

so here is some time off activity with lots of fun, disappointment and twist. as you see above I have assembled the guinnes world record 2019 attempt during the ‘thanks jimi festival’ making numerous guitarists play ‘hey joe’. we were actually far away from a new record and no-one could hear a single tone of the acoustic performers during the 15 minute band escorted version. however, there are worse ways to spend mayday. the festival and record attempt has a bigger tradition on poland (with up to 7000(?) guitarists participating, we counted about 60 players in front of the polish pub.





and here are some more pictures from the record attempt performance delivered by michaela best, facebook and instagram. I had to change the strings the night before and had to strike quite heavy, so my guitar got pretty much out of tune. however, no-one could hear it anyway. as you see, the thing looks good. also it was a great opportunity to rediscover jimi hendrix again. rock on.



true love in the galaxy at the ‘brodate’, as matthias would call it. after taking care of the image of being a proper artist with well chosen instagram feed and stories, he decided to let go and celebrate the good times to make your followers participate – or make them jealous. however, he is discovering a social media lifestyle I am in for years now! it is a classic set-up for us to surround us with burgers and beer to talk about us, the system, art and women – an endless story. as you can see, we had a lot of fun, as always.
classic bromance.


michi and me had some need for art so we went to krefeld to see the schütte pavilion and make a visit to the reopened haus lange and haus esters. spoilers first: one house was closed for installing the next show, one only had five sculptures on modern living, so we did not get in. the best thing was the pile of wooden shapes next to the entrance making us wonder if we were facing art or trash. (there is a new german saying questioning if something can be removed or discharged: ‘ist das kunst oder kann das weg?’) even if this might sound funny, we were actually wondering what it might be, even if we consider us as pretty open-minded, well educated and experienced. what does this say about art?


pretty disappointed we walked over to the schütte pavellion. the pavellion is a nice interim building, we expected some thomas schütte sculptures but only got some documentary videos on the silk based history of the city. the whole thing was supposed to cost 8 euros and appeared pretty lame and badly composed. you could say that you could have checked the website first but all krefeld museums have only one website which is horrible, it keeps you stupid but makes you aggressive. give it a try.


even if our visit was pretty disappointing, I have accidently discovered the ‘weich christian art shop’ which was supposed to close with the end of april. I checked the window and fell immediately in love with a wooden madonna and child sculpture which is something I was looking for. however, I had to return the next monday (one day before closing forever) and the two old friendly ladies helped me to make a great deal. I am totally happy with my new piece. I am a collector, but a hunter as well. for me collecting means hunting und working with a budget. I do not collect to generate to get rich by selling works again, I think it is even well collected if the value remains stable.




and here is another picture of me I cannot hold back. this is me having breakfast at tannenhäuschen, after attending the sauna park, the buffet and the bar and before attending the sauna park again. it is a perfect place to reset yourself to pre-set, to listen to unreleased record of tides tracks or spend the night with your love affair. we need to do it again, there is always need for heavy relaxation.

plus: I have a new shiftphone, finally.
let me see how it works, i´ll tell you later.




i´ll be back av live at electronica kulturnacht at kreativemitte, hamm. do not miss it! seeya!

ELECTRONICA KULTURNACHT
record of tides audiovisual live set

2019_05_10, 8 pm

miss j-by (dj set + visuals)
record of tides (av live set, recordoftides.com)
lemon & pilgrim (live set, lemonandpilgrim.com)

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59065 hamm

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sven piayda | granada interface (the lost tapes) / beyond
KURZstummfilmfestival, zeche carl, essen

2019-05-17 — 2019-05-18
gi (tlt) screening 2019-05-17, 6.30pm
'beyond' installaton 2019-05-17 and 18

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sven piayda | swan cake
OB-ART 2019

ludwiggalerie schloss oberhausen, oberhausen
2019-03-10 — 2019-06-02
opening 2019-03-10, 3pm

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2019-04-19 on the wall: the art´s echoes of the last superstar | entry by sven
having some days off means to escape form the routines and issues, I was looking for a current show nearby to spend the day and offer some new paths to my thoughts. the bundeskunsthalle in bonn is recently displaying a show with artworks dealing with the impact of michael jackson. being not really a jacko fan, his impact on visual art, music and culture is undeniable. having a show on michael jackson on display is a political issue these days. a new documentary has brought up new accusations concerning child molestation and even abuse, so there is the need for many people to erase jackson’s work from the media as far as possible while his fans are still willing to follow their prophet everywhere. the new accusations have put a lot of pressure on the bundeskunsthalle questioning how to celebrate an artist who has probably abused kids.

the consequence is only fair: there is no excuse or relativisation for sexual abuse in any case, but (apart from what you and me might consider to have probably happened) there was not evidence on doing any of these things in the lawsuit against michael jackson trying to proof it. plus, there are no lawsuits against deceased people for a good reason, and even jackson cannot defend himself ten years after his death. there is a vapid aftertaste after all, even without any evidence, but trying to erase his work from history is probably the most naïve attempt to deal with it.

the bundeskunsthalle does not celebrate jackson as a person but as an icon and his echoes in visual art, without judging but also with some controversy delivered by the artworks shown. jackson remains a phenomenon, as media and fame become more flat, there won’t be superstars like him anymore. he might have been the first and also the last superstar of global relevance, undeniable and decoupled from your own preference. also he was not only a performer, his private and public image always merged, he probably could never tell himself, if he was private or performing. in the end america (and maybe the world) treated him the way they often treated big stars: pushing them up to the climax and then trying to destroy them, like a messiah who has disappointed his followers.

however you want to see it, jackson remains contradictive, inspiring and threatening, binging people together and dividing them, and it might be this contradiction that makes him the perfect motif for visual art. as he is still offing more questions than answers, we will remain a topic for the future and it can only be false to not discuss his phenomenon.


kehinde wiley shows jackson in the manner of european royal portraits, the way he usually works to create a certain tension of a black protagonist in a feudal setting. even if the painting is a remittance work requested by jackson himself (and finished after his death) I believe to see some innuendoes on questionable sexuality and drug abuse even in this work, using codes dutch masters would use as well. rembrandt might know exactly what is going on here.


I am sorry to have forgotten the artists name but the work is called ‘time can be a friend or an enemy’ creating a picture of (and in collaboration with) jacko showing him as older man. the guy in the picture reminds us of lando calrissian of star wars, well, time actually told another story. are you in the position you have anticipated for yourself ten years ago? and do you look as good as expected?


candice breitz shows many synchronized screens of german fans performing the whole ‘thriller’ album. it is funny at first place and then you realize yourself singing as well. the longer you watch you can see the worship. the prophet has left words and gestures, and they have to be reproduced and re-enacted, this is what keeps the cult alive. plus: the heritage has already become a part of the fans, they are performers as well, spreading the word.


the ‘jackson and bubbles’ sculpture, here as paul mccathy version. of course, it is making fun of jacko, mccarthy makes fun of everything, I guess. more interesting are the different layers and hands the motive has gone through. inspired by a newspaper picture jeff koons once created the famous kitsch sculpture, which was adapted by louise lawler, paul mccathy and even others. this is probably the iconic mirror of jackson in the art scene: iconic and hilarious at the same time.


paul pfeiffer presents ‘live evil’, footage of jackson dancing with the upper part of his body mirrored making him look even more like an alien performing some strange movements to achieve whatever. being a big pfeiffer fan, this is probably one of the weaker works, but is has to be in a show like this one.


pamela rosenkranz presents a screen with jackson looking at us. the work appears pretty realistic at first glance, but is has to be an animated photograph or something like that. nevertheless, it makes it´s point: while he had been watched all his life, jackson now stares back without any performance or words. I do not really get this piece but I was wondering what would I to say to him?


jordan wolfson I always getting my interest, still I cannot tell if I adore his work or if I consider it as crap, but I guess it is amazing to create something with this question in it while it is so massive and cannot be answered. in his video, he has isolated jackon´s eyes from a live interview he gave on his ranch. wolfson focuses on his eyes, because eyes don´t lie. this time the whole thing is a little too flat for me.

in all it´s contradiction and differing quality in shown pieces, this is a great show exploring michael jackson as a phenomenon of his time with a long echo. even without the music, there are different issues in his orbit concerning (black) identity, performance and media. still there is a big question of what he did do or did not do and the question if a bad guy could create great art and if this art can be percept isolated from the creator’s biography. (jackson is not the only protagonist for this unanswered question). when there is no evidence it turns out to be a question of believe. the best about the show is the lack of definite answers and your opportunity to decide yourself.

bundeskunsthale
'michael jackson: on the wall'
2019-03-22 — 2019-07-14
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sven piayda | granada interface (the lost tapes) / beyond
KURZstummfilmfestival, zeche carl, essen

2019-05-17 — 2019-05-18
gi (tlt) screening 2019-05-17, 6.30pm
'beyond' installaton 2019-05-17 and 18

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sven piayda | swan cake
OB-ART 2019

ludwiggalerie schloss oberhausen, oberhausen
2019-03-10 — 2019-06-02
opening 2019-03-10, 3pm

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2019-04-16 lost in performance, happy end or progression? | entry by sven
the last weeks and months have been full of work and issues, I can say that I was drowning in work. it might be a phrase I use quite recently, this time it was definitely true. there was no space left fro music and art or simply enjoying things. things have just added up to a max, instead of reducing I decided to push it even more to get in position to get back some control again. a weird way to deal with stress and recourses, but I am not the one to back off when I know that I’m right. being gentle and collaborative, this does not happen too often. you feel like a running horse, you cannot stop, you try to find gratification in performance, what would be left of you when you´d stop? and will there be a happy end or is it only about going on? the solution bust be some kind of compromise or mash-up. something between light speed and supermassive fixation, a wide range of possibilities appears to be left anyway. however, now that I have climbed the highest mountain so far, I am sliding down from the grid, wondering when of if to come back. now it is time to put my very own thoughts in order and to talk about a nice job I was allowed to do.


I was asked to join a collaborative educational project of dutch and german students taking place at wunderland kalkar to work on new drafts for logos, flyers and social media clips. I was supposed to be the only one of the teachers being able to handle the audiovisual production, so the was a stronger need for me to be there. I was not really motivated to join because I was already full of work, even though I had to leave earlier. actually, the project was great and true fun, sometimes collaborating with teachers and working with students is so much fun that you wonder why they even pay for it. the wonderland kalkar is a strange place. originally drafted as a nuclear power station, the plutonium never arrived the building due change in politics and energy change (thank god). creative investors turned the areal into a fun fair park, restaurants, hotels, venues and bars. working, developing and having a good time seem to be hand in hand here.



as our students were supposed to shoot video material for their clips, some rides were exclusively opened for us to try. you can feel pretty important here. we made sure to shoot everything and to go directly to postproduction.


the big cooler is definitely the visual icon of the wunderland kalkar, is has a threatening ride inside which was luckily not running. as you stand inside the cooler, all sounds echo around like in an echo chamber. you can only imagine the ride filled with kids screaming while it is lifting up turning the cooler into epic torture for your ears. well, that´s not the joy I am looking for. what thrills me a lot more is the fact that everything in the park is for free. (of course, you have to pay the stay, actually I did not have to, because I was booked to join). so this is the test for your self control when the buffet, the rivella, the ice-cream machine, the cake, the chocolate and the beer is free and constantly available. staying on a monday night I was surprised to see the crowds coming, policemen, sodiers, stag night boys, dutch groups and seniors were doing party like it´s 1999. the teachers as well. me in between. well, sometimes even work is great.


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HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
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galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
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sven piayda | granada interface (the lost tapes) / beyond
KURZstummfilmfestival, zeche carl, essen

2019-05-17 — 2019-05-18
gi (tlt) screening 2019-05-17, 6.30pm
'beyond' installaton 2019-05-17 and 18

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sven piayda | swan cake
OB-ART 2019

ludwiggalerie schloss oberhausen, oberhausen
2019-03-10 — 2019-06-02
opening 2019-03-10, 3pm

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2019-03-30 proud guest of ‘theQ::’ by proust, curated by massard | entry by sven
I am deeply honoured being asked to contribute a small interview to the 'theQ::', based upon the original questionnaire by marcel proust. the project is maintained by french musician and author thierry massard who turned out to be a true fan of my music, especially of the record of tides albums ‘solna’ and ‘endurance’. this project is a second version of a series of questionnaires originally done between 2006 and 2011, featuring fantastic artists and musicians like mira calix, ulrich schnauss and sorin paun aka randomform.

you can read my clever answers over at
the-q2.blogspot.com/2019/03/sven-piayda.html
the-q2.blogspot.com



a screenshot from the 'tagesschau' on march 23, germany´s most serious news program on television on the issue of (probably) upcoming upload filters and triggered demonstrations. philip j. fry is not sure if the new law is supposed to be okay or hoax. I had to take the screenshot to share it with the nerds on the facebook futurama fan group. thank god, the upload filters were not working yet, I would have probably not be able to share this tv event with them… however, the picture gained fifty likes and a few comments on ‘german angst’, ‘germans will be germans’ and ‘the nazis have taken over’ (among more funny comments and reposts of own experience concerning copyright violation and banning from social media.)
however, the article 13 (which is now article 17) is an european issue, not a german one. plus: it is discussed completely false by using terms like protection, payment and censorship instead of licensing and creativity. however, everyone believes that only machines can take care of the copyrights, as the reference data is too big to be handled. anyway, it is too big to be handled for a machine, which cannot even understand the context of the content it is supposed to filter it out. we´ll see…


and this is the original scene (delivered by morbotron.com) from the classic futurama episode ‘the lesser of two evils’ from which the last frame has become the most common background for memes on being not sure or wondering if it is the one or the other. in the classic episode, fry is not sure if he facing bender or his evil almost lookalike flexo. well, in the end it appears not this simple and you are surprised who is the evil one – well, maybe it is not surprising at all.


record of tides is supposed to perform at szeniale festival in gelsenkirchen on july 13. fashion designer katerina amprazi will do a fashion show at the same venue (which is still supposed to be announced) to open the night. I was happy to read about our collaboration in the april issue of isso magazine, actually we did it talk about possibilities weeks ago but did not fix anything yet. even if her announcement sounds like a masterplan, we do not have much recently. anyway, I am delighted to support her show with my sound before turning to my av live set. I hope we can find a collaboration that we both are happy with, cross your fingers… I do not know what you are doing on july 13, but you will definitely have a good time joining us. for the meantime, find out about her work over at katerinaamprazi.de and isso magazine pril 2019 issue.


as I am very busy at the moment (call it lightening up a candle on both sides) I will probably not join the art cologne this year. I haven´t asked for press accreditation yet, there won´t be time this year and probably no space in my head for it. well, you never know, the big fair has also something relaxing for me, even if this might sound strange. I´ll post a picture if I’ll be there anyway, but it is not on the schedule – no accreditation, no report. let´s see what happens, cross your fingers!


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HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2019 permanent exhibition

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sven piayda | swan cake
OB-ART 2019

ludwiggalerie schloss oberhausen, oberhausen
2019-03-10 — 2019-06-02
opening 2019-03-10, 3pm

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2019-03-06 faecal issues in a tenth doghouse anniversary | entry by sven
I am not blogging too much these days, it is full of issues, plans and problems. a lot of people want to spend time with me or claim my correspondence for different reasons, i prefer to step back a little. a lot of things are in interim status recently and I feel exhausted and nervous at the same time. there is much coming up anyway, I like to withdraw form everything that I am able to withdraw from like the art scene for example. I was offered to join the group starting a new kunstverein and other clubs of artists and curators but I feel that a lot of it comes too late for me. simply too late to believe in something bigger while having experienced the impossibility of great leaps. it is recently about simply going on and show good performance.

while having some single days off we retuned to biggekerke, a small town in zeeland we first visited in 2009. so this is a true anniversary. going to the same place over and over again does not mean to be open for discoveries but simply to stay away from all the everyday stuff. we got a doghouse again, well, small, cozy, perfect and with an architectural running gag for us.


the shower and toilet are in a different room of course, but that does not mean that a wall separates the two areas consequently. well, the upper part of the wall is missing giving an idea of an open cloak room. we are experienced with strange combinations from a trip to belgium in 2015 and I had to think of my own words: the only thing helping you here is being disciplined and to handle it like a grown-up. more or less, of course. (2015-07-20 belgian hotel hopping and room phenomena | entry by sven)


another great thing is hanging around in you room: watching spongebob in dutch or south park in english is perfectly relaxing.


fried seafood in domburg is a must have, well here it is.


I was fascinated about the mussels I had last autumn, it was great to try it again at de piraat, one of the classic beach restaurants in oostkapelle. as I did miss to take a picture of my first try, well here is a pic of my second.



here is another funny story at de piraat. next to a mother escorted by her son a their little dog stopped to tighten laces or something. during, the dog sat down to pee, only realized by little her son but feeling unable to says something when his mother said: “okay, we´re leaving!” the puddle of pee remained without anyone except us witnessing the situation. I was fascinated with the situation, three individuals, acting but not interacting and a result that no-one saw coming. it is just a puddle of dog pee, definitely no piece of art, but perfect metaphor for how things just happen.



and another doghouse: we must have stayed here in 2010 I guess an return to it every time we are around. as you can see, it is pretty much demounted inside, maybe reduced to a building shed recently, probably erased afterwards. we´ll see and probably check it.


and finally another beautiful picture of the sea. once again, you cannot capture it, truth found long before, anyway, here is one of many snapshots. enjoy!



two weeks ago I joined the opening of ‘ye olde food’ by ed atkins at k21 with matthias danberg. we both had never been to an opening at the k21 before and expected something big. as you can see, it was quite small but with all the important gallerists and caterers around (all ignoring us). atkins did nothing wrong, but the audience remained distant and passive even after sneaking through the exhibition. the show did not focus on digital production nor on the narrative strategies, so what was it all about? the museum is not interested in answering these questions but was happy to present a name that is already familiar in düsseldorf because of julia stoschek and her collection. there is a hollow aftertaste and the need to recap what I am looking for anyway and to accept where not to find it.


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karla köhler with sven piayda | k-city
HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2019 permanent exhibition

opening hours mo—fr 9am to 8 pm
consulting and sale wed 4 to 6pm
and by appointment
fon 0177 7299 665

galerie treppenhaus
henkestraße 91
91052 erlangen


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sven piayda | blossom / lifeguard / sleeping power
THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SHOW YOU

the horsebridge arts centre, whitstable, united kingdom
2019-03-08 — 2019-03-19

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the horsebridge centre
11 horsebridge road
whitstable, kent CT5 1AF
england, united kingdom

open 7 days a week
mo to sat 9am - 6pm
sun 10am - 5pm bank
holidays 10am - 5pm



sven piayda | swan cake
OB-ART 2019

ludwiggalerie schloss oberhausen, oberhausen
2019-03-10 — 2019-06-02
opening 2019-03-10, 3pm

ludwiggalerie.de






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2019-02-04 turning down options because every way is wrong | entry by sven
living and going forward is about making decisions and also others to make the consequence happen. all the time, while you can only go wrong. the new year delivered some new ideas, I am not into new year´s resolutions, but it plopped up in my head when the month counter switched to one again. whenever you make a decision you will find yourself in the future looking back wondering if you should have taken the other road. everyone always feels to have made wrong decisions. well, honestly, the concept of right or wrong gests more and more soft the longer you deal with it: every decision is only right in at certain time for a certain aspect. things change all the time. the illusion to anticipate the ultimate benefit for you in the coming 50 years is an illusion. and it looks more hilarious if you´ll say it this way. to nail it: just do it…

making a decision appears always tricky but at least the choice is yours. the other scenario driving me nuts is the world of options: a network of people planning and pretending, all kinds of people all around, bookers, curators, gallerists, colleagues, friends and girls. you find yourself a zero gravity scenario: you are waiting for (sometimes even working on) things to happen. you know the chance for success or taken up is microscopically small (almost zero) which keeps you going, keeps you waiting and makes you passive and submissive. sometimes it is even worese: people confirm something but do not act anyway. talk is cheap and it has never been cheaper than today.
when you are older there are two phenomena showing up: all your patience and goodwill are not taken up, you cannot trigger interest. sencondly, getting older means being more patient, but you realize that there is no time left, in the future you will even be more dull for all of these people you are waiting for. it is a simple paradox.

the only answer can be found by lateral thinking: you turn down the options yourself. dismiss something you were never offered anyway. escape from control based upon the illusion of an option. I do not know if people get aware of the things they have lost when I turn down my interest (I just image their surprise) but I feel better knowing that I don’t have to wait for something that will never happen. these ideas sound so simple, but it is a long way to put them into words and even more to use them as principles in your life.


michaela was part of the wohngemeinschaft staff for over half a year, now the shop delivering cool people with cool stuff has closed because of the need to focus on another store project in ibbenbühren. michaela worked there but must have spend half of her salary on products from there, so did I, also judith (the shop head) had many presents and goodies for us, we even grabbed some furniture after closing for symbolic prices. as a farewell gift michaela did a funny simpsons adaptation, a (probably) unfinished embroidery of the words ‘quit while you´re ahead’. the advice fits perfect into this post, get off the ship before it sinks and leave before someone askes you to go. it is all a question of timing, because everything has its time.


instafame: my former student and buddy dean blues has posted this picture of himself on instagram trying to copy parts of my style. I hope he has already gains some more likes. however, that was funny. it is even less funny that we have planned to record some music together back in 2017 and we did not manage to do it. actually it was my fault because of being trapped in professional and personal issues, the whole thing came to nothing. so when this post is about complaining about the pretended will to make something happening I am one of these blatherskites as well. the world is more complex than we want it. nevertheless, we are still planning something, without date or pressure, but it is supposed to happen one day…


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galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

the artists are expected to be present, except sven piayda
laudatio by martin turner

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2019-01-08 …only art will save us: the groninger museum | entry by sven
as I have reported in the last post about the disappointing visit of leeuwarden, we were okay with leaving it again and visited the groninger museum on our way home. I was the only one of our tiny group who has not been here before, nevertheless we were curious about the studio glass art of dale chihuly and if it might work as contemporary art show. to put the the spoilers first: yes, it does.

chihuly´s art is combining craftwork with some connectional approaches and surprised with outstanding quality and quantity. as the entry of 20 euro for an adult is close to the limit of acceptable pricing, the show made you forget about money quickly.






chihuly´s work gets you straight away. it is perfectly crafted, strong and fragile, poetic and connectional, and only made of glass. the show seems like a collection of beautiful surrealistic landscapes and specimen reminding a little of kelbassas panoptikum´s work. plus: every visitor get a guided tour device delivering music for each room. it appeared strange to listen to nineties’ grunge making want to dance in front of glass sculptures, the american symphonic pieces appeared a lot more suitable. sound is a great additional channel to an art show but it also leads your attention away from the impressive pieces.



the only contemporary piece of the collection on display was jake and dinos chapman´s ‘unholy trinity’, leading me into a strange déjà vu. when I visited the kunstmuseum bochum last week for ‘bild macht religion’ the crucifixion group was also part of the show. their mash-up of christian imagery and mcdonalds franchise figures may be see as pure pubertal provocation (which it is) but is actually more than just beating up favourite enemies. the chapmans presented the crucifixion also among sculpture mixing up pseudo-african (religious) art with mcdonalds figures questioning the impact of commercial issues on culture. so if you spend enough money and effort on placing content or products in peoples lives, they will probably absorb it and add it to their culture, even mixing it with religious feelings. think about the hype on apple products and their prophetic leadership and obeying consumers, like a church without transcendence. could you imaging to enter a catholic church and replace the crucifix with the apple logo? this idea might be close to the one of the chapman brothers.
and there is even more: obviously I have travelled 245 kilometres from the kunstmuseum bochum to the groniger museum to see another edition of the same work. isn´t this exactly what franchise is all about? also it feels like a negative jackpot, the chance to see the same work at the same time in different museums is quite low but it actually happens and proves a bad suspicion: the canon of work worth being displayed, collected and shown again is quite limited leading to a cultural world in which all museums show the same. I know, this is quite overdramatized, but I hope you´ll get the point. the ideas stringed to these double crucifixions are worth to be kept in mind, because they tell something about art and even more about the whole world you live in.


and this is us once again in the groninger museum in the collection. you can still see our disappointment on leeuwarden in our sad eyes, the groninger museum was worth it.



the collection and the outstanding architecture as well offered many placed to make funny mirror selfies, well, here they are. complex shows absorb the whole condition, so this is what it ends up with.


she might probably say: 'follow me on instagram!'
we do not know, more info in the previous post.


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galerie gublia, essen
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opening hours:
wed 3 pm to 6 pm
thu & fri 10 pm to 12 pm
sat 12 pm to 3 pm
and by appointment

galerie irma gublia
kreuzeskirchstraße 3
45127 essen

+49 (0)179 762 19 24

facebook.com/galeriegublia
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sven piayda @ galerie gublia


thomas r. hoeß, gabriella héjja &karla köhler with sven piayda
HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

the artists are expected to be present, except sven piayda
laudatio by martin turner

have a look at the invitation flyer over here

opening hours
mo—fr 9am to 8 pm
consulting and sale
wed 4 to 6pm
and by appointment
fon 0177 7299 665

galerie treppenhaus
henkestraße 91
91052 erlangen

http://www.galerie-treppenhaus.de/






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2019-01-04 hopeless boredom in the european capital of culture | entry by sven
the idea was hilariously simple: why not use the days off ‘between the years’ and spend the new year´s eve with friends in the european capital of culture to make sure there is good time before and after the party. well, we might have been naïve to believe there would be something special around these days but we would have been happy with something instead of absolutely nothing. all museums were closed on new year´s eve and day (even unusual for germany and luxembourg) and nothing was going on downtown. we were lucky to find a restaurant having open until 10pm but that’s it. no café, pub or club open, the dutch here celebrate nye at home (most of them do not even assemble on the street at night while other try to blow up the whole crossing…), parties start at 1am, but this is the time where you would normally end up the whole thing.

the days were coined by a lack of options, nothing to do or to discover and officials like tourist info having no idea or serving wrong information. the whole city appeared boring and without any chance for discoveries. well, we ended up in cafés, restaurants and pubs – eating, drinking and discussing. we had a good time as group, no doubt, but this place as not necessary at all. even here silver linings are showing up giving a perfect truth: only art can save us.


the fries museum was open on only one day of our stay, so we visited it straight way. the dutch know how to curate museums, next to a big classic collection they served a rembrandt show next to contemporary positions on escher´s twisted realities. let´s have a look at the shows at fries before coming back to illustrate the disappointment of leeuwarden.



a loud and perfectly overwhelming start into the house, these weird video sculptures pumping techno sound while moving and making it impossible to get the whole thing. a visit to the fun fair, too much to remember…



the ‘phantom limb’ group show was perfectly curated, skipping big names for outstanding positions of each discipline. this is what a show should look like: discoveries and newfound questions everywhere. above you see me and us in and at a colour room helping you to loose orientation wile fiving into the colour.


the rembrandt show is also great but limited. it features a few works but is mainly filled with rembrandt´s students and coevals. is way to place light and giving plasticity to jewellery is awesome and his work is worth to be seen on the wall.


the works of his time were filled with details serving as symbols for mostly sexual innuendos. however, my favourite picture was the one of a young woman receiving a letter from her lover with a brooch as gift. when I looked at it the frame on the table appears like a laptop and the brooch as smartphone. I imagined her saying: ‘I have finally managed to install facebook on my laptop as well as on my phone!’ we had a laugh at the museum and I guess many of the works are working as comedies made to trigger people laughing or being impressed. in our age, visitors sometimes pretend being impressed without any joy, like you would imagine them in a church. humour is no innovation of the present, I´m sure that rembrandt and his mates would agree…


a street in leeuwarden that became a daily ritual: going downtown and back, again and again. not ugly, just boring.


jaume plensa´s beautiful work of a girl and a boy dreaming is brilliant and hopelessly lonely placed next to the main station.


new year´s eve at midnight. the have been rockets and firecrackers all day, at night there have been spots where all the stuff got blown up. it actually felt like civil war with only a few people on the streets and extremely loud firecrackers. it was mental. but no mood anyway…


we read about the new year´s day swimming. even more funny, with us searching for it with no one on a café knowing about working only 800 m away. however, the brave ones jumped into the water and making the whole event end after twenty minutes. nothing is celebrated, no need to stay, where do all these people go?


the oldehove tower made a big impression on me. unfortunately it was closed and not open for visitors. as you see on the picture (there is no photoshop editing) the big tower is formed like a banana. it is a unfinished piece and was supposed to be three times as high as it is. when it started tilting during the beginning of construction in the 16th century they tried to compensate the tilt giving it this strange shape. when you walk around it, you might get the impression that it is moving and about to fall down on you. however, this tower appears as perfect symbol to our trip to leeuwarden: no was to get in, a bad idea from the start and the helpless attempt to turn it into something stable. we love the netherlands, zeeland and walcheren, we are usually fascinated by every place we go and every museum we enter, but leeuwarden will stay without recommendation – and without return.


sven piayda
# H O W D E E P I S Y O U R L O V E
galerie tellerrand, gelsenkirchen
2015-11-01 — 2016-01-31
(archive)

sven piayda @ galerie tellerand
#howdeepisyourlove (archive of complete online show)
galerie tellerand


sven piayda
FOUR SEASONS / COWS AND SHELLS 3 / CATALOGUE

galerie gublia, essen
ongoing

opening hours:
wed 3 pm to 6 pm
thu & fri 10 pm to 12 pm
sat 12 pm to 3 pm
and by appointment

galerie irma gublia
kreuzeskirchstraße 3
45127 essen

+49 (0)179 762 19 24

facebook.com/galeriegublia
galeriegublia.de
sven piayda @ galerie gublia


thomas r. hoeß, gabriella héjja &karla köhler with sven piayda
HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

the artists are expected to be present, except sven piayda
laudatio by martin turner

have a look at the invitation flyer over here

opening hours
mo—fr 9am to 8 pm
consulting and sale
wed 4 to 6pm
and by appointment
fon 0177 7299 665

galerie treppenhaus
henkestraße 91
91052 erlangen

http://www.galerie-treppenhaus.de/






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