In the past weeks, Jean-Jacques Rousseau fellow Pınar Öğünç made 35 interviews with people from Turkey, mainly workers, to write about structural problems, inequalities of their sector which became more visible in these harsh times. Five of them were translated to make them available to an international non-Turkish speaking readership.
Ana Mendes spoke with digital artist Daria Jelonek, who explores the connection between technology and nature. In her work, Jelonek investigates »how humans will live with the increasing amount of technology and the degradation of biophysical nature« and what nature actually is to us.
»Now is the time to make black knowledge traditions more visible than ever. To anchor them in Germany's cultural memory, so we can set the course for coming closer to an anti-racist society,« says Yaema Bangali.
Independent curator and editor, Krzysztof Gutfrański talks to Alexander Manuiloff, dramaturge, writer, and founder of Radar Sofia – a contemporary writing platform and residency programme in the heart of Sofia.
In apartment advertisements one will read “ Apartment for rent: 3 rooms, kitchen, bathroom, hallway”. A kitchen is not a room.
»Can I borrow your body for one day?« asks BINEMA, an »Art Intelligence« created by Marko Milić, artist and WimmelResearch-Fellow. BINEMA created several »stations« all over the Robert Bosch GmbH campus that could be observed and experienced with a VR headset. Find a video documentation of the project here.
Christina Myers Hepburn, a Los Angeles-based practitioner of touch therapy is in the limelight of Padraig Robinson’s film An Empirical Queer Theory (2019). The work discusses touch and physical tenderness as basic human needs, and at the same time challenges normative rules of society.
In her poem »Truth is Calling«, Maayan Danoch speaks about a turning point, a moment of realisation, a place that separates the now from what was.
Æther is an independent art space located in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria. It was founded in 2016 by the artist Voin de Voin. Since then, Æther organized numerous solo and group shows presenting the work of international artists, scientists, and activists. A hotbed for critically engaged artistic and curatorial practices, Æther conceives the exhibition space an experimental platform.
In Very Compact Theory on Longing, Vinicius Jatobá describes the pain of having lost something – or someone – loved that can never be retrieved. He performs a reading of his text, exploring the geography of feelings encompassed by the Portuguese term »saudade.«
A multipart and multilocal conversation between Ariel Bustamante and Rebecca John about listening practices, intimate setting, and the Conversation Room.
Miniature objects coming together into spatial compositions and landscapes. Made, arranged and photographed by Maayan Danoch at Solitude's wood workshop.
»Ode to Seekers 2012« is a looped video that celebrates mosquitoes, syringes, and oil derricks—symbols of some of the most significant threats to human life—mosquito borne illnesses, drug addiction, and the petroleum industry.
»I arrived in Germany the day they closed all the borders or at least the ones I needed to cross.« Giuliana Kiersz is one of the fellows who should have arrived at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in April. Due to the official Covid-19 restrictions she had to remain in a Berlin flat. In the poem from the kitchen window i see the world she now shares her daily observations. She could't imagine … what's reality now.
In the animation Freeze Frame by Soetkin Verstegen, identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside. The work was mainly realized during her residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2018. Read the introductory interview with the artist.
Wandering thoughts about the present state, the virus, and human conditions. Voin Voinov recalls long-lost communication skills to enter the stage of global interconnectedness, a way of caring for and feeling the world.
Hannah Star Rogers and Steffany Suze Boucher’s poetic sculpture collaboration constructs a hybrid aquasphere in digital form.
For Ana Mendes' blog »On Drawing«, she spoke with the South Korean artist Sun Choi, who takes an experimental approach to painting. Educated at the Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Choi questions the nature of art as well as the western canons imposed onto Korean art.
The exhibition Our Loves Are Not Only Human shows artistic works in which the social and ethical dimensions of care between humans, non-humans, other species, and the world of things collide.
The protagonists of Susanna Flock's latest video work »I don't exist yet« are different shaped, bright green, clumsy objects. The work looks in a strangely funny-uncomfortable way at stand-ins (placeholders) of computer animated characters – not yet digital bodies – their realities and substitute realities.
In our interview with the artist we talk about gamification as a means to represent violence and how the web residency project at first appears to be an orchestrated battlefield, but actually is an invitation is to take a critical look at this »maker« battlefield.
In this manifesto, Nishant Shah juror of the Hash Award 2020 emphasizes the web-residencies that ambitiously, provocatively, and radically responded to the calls. In dealing with the imminent failure of future and the future of our unfolding failure they were strongest when they asked for a system reboot in order to liberate ourselves.
The latest cinematographic work ziyaret, visit by Aykan Safoğlu – the second part of a trilogy – is an attempt to sensitively deal with loss and transgression while visiting graves on the Old St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Berlin.
How can art be used as a practical response and political statement from the exile? In the interview we talked with the artist about her Web Residency project »Vigipirate Quadcopter Drone« created for the Solitude & ZKM web residencies on the topic »Violent Consumer Media« curated by Dani Ploeger.
The artist Kosta Tonev deals with the role of media technologies in the representation of reality and the contradictions of modern consumer technologies. In our interview with the artist we talked about his work and the paradox of the information age.