contemporary art ruhr: sellers, talents & no paintings | entry by sven|
even if I consider the contemporary
art ruhr as a kind of annual ritual, I have realized to have posted my longer
article on the media art exhibition back in 2014, so it may be time again. a time
slot on a well scheduled friday evening made me come in as press, just to return
the other day with michaela´s vip tickets on supersaturday (whatever that
may mean). well, fortunately I have missed the opening speech and had a direct
look at the sellers hall (the fair is now locates in the halls of zollverein,
no longer in the sanaa building) which is always a meet and greet of who is who.
nothing is wrong with it, connections are the basement of sales, the supersaturday
was actually low frequented, but an even better opportunity to look at the works.
fairphone to shiftphone | entry by sven|
I still remember unboxing
my brand new fairphone 1 (second batch) back in 2013, it was my first smartphone,
as usually I was not leading the movement. being connected in society means to
do what everybody else does, even if you think of yourself as very individual.
smartphones waste time, make you stupid, help you to keep in touch, turn into
trash after two years (so you need a new one, ads say) and are made of components
that are brought into your hands under horrible circumstances. even a so called
‘fair’ phone is not really fair, at least it tries to be instead of simply not
giving a shit. do not get me wrong, I do not feel better than anyone else be putting
the eco thing on my agenda (I also proudly own many questionable brands), but
a better camera or a new design is something that does not really trigger me.
talk before sueing one another | entry by sven|
today the DSGVO starts and
everyone is going nuts. i cannot really believe what is going on, the law has
been made to protect ordinary people, but i can already smell lawyers trying to
make money from it, actually your money. it is pretty bad, i know it is stupid
going to a show opening at a gallery and
find some unflattering pictures of you on facebook and on whoever´s site.
you might face some questions afterwards like have you´ve been smoking?
or who´s that girl?.
tender bond and superior´s arrogance | entry by sven|
when you do things for a
certain time, there are some routines coming up. this might sound bad, actually,
these are the things you can rely on while searching for new borders. above you
see me doing my first real solo show at anyway in 2008. I did a AESTATEvisual
show a little later and some deejaying, I always thought about returning one day,
as you do not kick out the lower spokes of the ladder when you climb up (knowing
you will have to step down again one day). this is very important to me, as it
means being thankful, keeping contact and not denying collaboration because you
might be something better now. every venue is good if you can develop something
time to tabula rasa: the length of eternity | entry by sven|
it´s pretty strange,
I remember my mood last year, I was so into finding a representing gallery, I
was really wanting it and working for it, really pushing things forward calling
it ‘crunch time’. now, one year later I have realized that I actually do not want
what I was looking for, none of the galleries we worth the work on it. fortunately
I have met irma gublia, our show was great and we have found a good base for working
together, even in the future, but it is no real representation but close to it
which is more than fine with me.
cologne #52: make it hip, big or save | entry by sven|
as the cologne art fair
is an annual event for me and I was happy to receive a press card once again I
decided to show up and have a look. to be honest, all the social media made it
hard to be surprised and to feel worth it. this year everyone was obviously having
an invitation for the vernissage (even I was offered a ticket), so all the social
media was flooded with un-credited pics of the fair even before people like me
had the chance to visit it. it seemed to me that the whole perception was quit
after the opening, no need for a second look. once again, instagram may have made
perception superflat: I have been there, I have seen it, that´s it, let´s go to
tesseract: from basquiat to 2001 | entry by sven|
when the schirn kunsthalle
announced a basquiat show, it was immediately set that we´d go to frankfurt. as
michi has a bff in town, it was clear that I would have time on my own exploring
the museums, kunstvereine and galleries. frankfurt is best known for its banks
and the impressive skyline, which only looks good from far away. checking in downtown
near main station meant expensive parking and streets that never let you go into
the direction you need to go. the city is a complex building site, these ruins
next to skyscrapers look surreal, they are actually not beautiful, never architectural
challenges appear to be boredom in glass in steel putting a shadow on the streets.
the city is full of people, mostly bankers and beggars. driving around means to
find the next traffic jam, the people drive around frustrated and egoistic, sometimes
with even dangerous manoeuvres. to go somewhere by car means double time than
simply walk there. taking the car with you is making sense anyway when it is even
more expensive to have it in a car park.
anticipation of future perfect | entry by sven|
more accidently I have found
the picture above on one of the computers we use in studio, a capture done and
forgotten. I shows me in one of the previous exhibitions at galerie gublia, when
we were planning my show. however, it is a funny pic, I look quite lost in a deep
thought while a lady holding a glass of wine is watching me. this is what the
pic shows, I am sure the situation was quite different…
fun and the cobain complex | entry by sven|
I really cannot say that
I am a slave to trends, I am often off-trend, sometimes ten years ahead or ten
below, which turns out to be the same mostly. two years ago I have joined instagram
for the two of the worst reasons: because everyone else does it and boredom. however,
especially the stories are big fun, posting weird stuff which vanishes after 24
hours keeping a bunch of people entertained wondering what could be wrong with
you. but there is nothing wrong with it: I have accepted that I cannot lean back
and wait for offers, or to be discovered or to be found in the net and asked to
offer works or do a show. this scenario happens one tome in ten yeas and then
it comes to nothing. posting and sharing stories on instagram reminds people that
you are still there and that something is going with you. not more not less, it
is not very much, but still better than nothing. once in a while, you meet people
having an eye on you, from wherever they are watching. and maybe it leads to something.
maybe is all we have.
installation log, feb 20 & 22, 2018 | entry by sven|
log, feb 20, 2018: installing a show is always exiting. sure, if you haven’t
done it for the first time, there are some things you are aware of, but it is
always thrilling. what if you hang the works too low, what if too high? what if
you do not have enough pieces and what if they are too small for the walls? what
if the walls are made of concrete and you cannot drive a nail or drill into it?
classic: routines, variations and verifications | entry by sven|
it has been quite a while
since my last entry and being honest I was wondering if I was supposed to close
the blog. it is still an up and down, still fighting back from my tibia fracture,
still dancing around the same issues, I felt like I was lead into a dead end.
I wish I could write some day that I have fixed everything and that I finally
have the live that you pretend to have on instagram, so could finally close the
blog, there would nothing left to discuss. it is always tension that drives us,
my static dissatisfaction must be genetic, pushing me forward.
is present: outdated media in the making | entry by sven|
welcome to 2018, a good
start to all of you. a new start like every year, with all the old issues remaining,
but new hope and a new schedule that is already full of dates. nevertheless i
just want to give a short update. recently i am planning a vinyl release for record
of tides. the idea is spinning in my head for months now, above you see me with
a dummy version back in october.