Do you know that feeling looking out your window, secretly peeking into the lives of strangers? You don’t do that? Then give it a try. It’s exciting to consider the stories that might lay behind the curtains. I’m sitting on my windowsill right now, wondering if the man and woman – window on the third floor right in front of my couch window – are professional TV critics or just love watching TV? No, not now. Today, I am not
For this entry of Homemade Culture Jean-Lorin Sterian interviewed Mark Salvatus from Manila, the founder of 98B – which started in his appartement. Jean-Lorin Sterian: How did you start 98B? What was the inspiration? Mark Salvatus: I’m living in a small apartment in Cubao in Quezon City, north of Manila. It’s also the studio where I work. In November 2011, after returning from a residency program in Yokohama, Japan, I invited Mayumi Hirano (now my wife), a researcher and curator
This lorgennale, the festival in charge of the endogenous art happenings inside private homes, spiced up Stuttgart’s cultural scene May 24–28, 2017. lorgennale is a festival initiated by Solitude fellow Jean-Lorin Sterian and co-curated with Paula Kohlmann in Stuttgart, until very recently, a host in the now-defunct project space LOTTE – land of the temporary eternity. The festival was entirely financed and supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude. lorgennale anchors performances, concerts, lectures, and exhibitions in the intimacy of local residences.
I arrived in Stuttgart on the third day of lorgennale festival, curated by Jean-Lorin Sterian, a friend and a current fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. We met during my cultural journalism residency in 2016. I arrived on Friday evening, dropped my stuff off at Solitude, and ran to the city to catch the 7pm performance. Over three days, until the last day of the festival, I saw most of the performances, which were in German. It was difficult for me
What was your inspiration for starting this project? It all started when one of us, one day saw a poster in the streets of Amsterdam where it read something like »theatre+ concert at Paul’s house«, following the address. Those lines worked out like a »click«, and the thought was, »wow, it is possible to present artistic proposals at someone’s house?«. From that to the concept of CONDOMÍNIO Festival it all happened very organically. After some thought and research done, and
lorgennale Zagreb – In Six Rooms The pilot edition of lorgennale was organized in Zagreb/Croatia. The next one is coming to Stuttgart from May 24th to 28th, 2017. There will soon be an open call for people who want to open their houses for an art event. room no. 6 the sixth room was the most beautiful. because it was in a big apartment in the center of zagreb. because I’ll be living here for three days, the last days.
»Where others see a living-room, I see a stage.« Researcher, writer, artist, and performer Jean-Lorin Sterian organizes a shifting art festival hosted by various domestic spaces across European cities: lorgennale. In this blog, he shares his experiences and insights visiting apartments, organizing events, discovering new artistic potential. What is contained in the four walls? The unconscious of a society? In addition to the blog, an interactive map collects homemade arts and culture events worldwide. Soon the artistic experiments will happen