Performance last Friday went good, not as ‘smoove’ as I wanted, but still quite good. Actually it was voted for ‘Best Piece’ (of the festival) by a jury in that venue (Hau3) and on 1st and 2nd of April I can show it there again. I even missed the award (= vodka & restaurant meal) presentation, cause I didn’t know there was one. On their facebook-page they have a soundcloud-link with a recording of the prize-giving and at about 20.20 you can hear my announcement, my missing and some words by them about the performance - if you understand german. “Punkrock will never die.” Schon klar.
Here’s the final trailer for the performance on this friday. It’s in German, but most pictures probably speak for themselves. To sum it up: At first it’s about how much I love looking at photos of hardcore/punk-concerts and how I wanted to do something similar in art, when I was accepted for art school. And then Uni began… Well, and the second part mostly is about how much I hated it.
In German - Für die paar Follower, die in Berlin wohnen und es interessiert: Diesen Freitag, 21.2. 23 Uhr (~45 min) im HAU3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10 - ”Das könnte meine letzte Performance sein.”
Eintritt kostet leider 12€ pro 100°-Festival-Tagesticket, kann aber ein Freiticket vergeben und 2mal zum halben Preis. Vielleicht wird’s auch günstiger, da es die letzte Aufführung für den Abend ist. Hier mal noch das ganze Programm fürs 100°-Festival als Pdf.
Nothing much happening currently here, as I’m preparing this performance for February 21th. So here’s a gif of a dead man to tell you I’m alive. It’s from a German movie called "Die Nacht singt ihre Lieder" (Nightsongs), which I watched again some weeks ago. I hardly watch movies overall, but this one I really liked. One main figure is a guy, who never leaves the house and writes manuscripts, that always get rejected, until one day the lover of his girlfriend appears in the flat and while the two are arguing, he actually leaves the house, as he jumps out of the window. Besides the other parallels, hopefully this ain’t my fate, too. Well, it propably won’t be anyway as I just live two storeys high.
Actually I used to make quite a lot of gifs on this blog (what a ridiculous name, btw) about 3 years ago, but it turned to be like a cheap trick more and more to get notes and followers, which didn’t really bring me anything, until I sort of closed that account one day and opened this blog for a fresh start. And there I am again, making gifs..
So yeah, I was accepted at that performance-festival and this is my “press”-photo.. The phrase is from “Talking Heads - (Nothing but) flowers”, which I wanted to project on my head first too, but it was totally unreadable, therefore the lame compromise with the paint-layer.
The Performance is going to take place on 21th February, 11pm at Hebbel am Ufer (hau3) and I’m sort of in a shaky mood, because most of the piece isn’t even existing yet, but on the other side I can’t wait to dump my shitload of dilettantism there, as it’s quite a prestigious theatre in Berlin.
2013 is nearly over and I still don’t know, whether it was a good or bad year. It was kind of none of that - It was just there. I didn’t lose someone important and I didn’t get to know someone, who could be important to me. I finished university though. “Graduate of Free Arts - Mark 1,3 / Very good” - Sounds like a participant-cerificate in the annual sport events back in school. Successfully reached last place. I remember how these ignorant motherfuckers of professors praised their asses off about my works in the final exam. How it addresses so many contemporary topics and how my career now would blast off. The reality is, that I’m unemployed and live off my savings.
But as you might already guess: I’m happy that Uni is over. Happy not having to go to that ugly building, which indeed was constructed like a prison. Happy not having to take part in these pointless discussions in class. Happy not having to look at the works of other students, that mostly looked like a cross-section of mediocre art of the 20th century. Even when I look at my own stuff, which I posted here the last months, it feels as if there would be years inbetween, although it mostly hasn’t even been one. While studying art I always wondered, whether I actually would do art, if I wasn’t enrolled for it. Well, likely at least not in that amount and it’s really relieving not having to scroll through shitty art-blogs every day just to know about the latest piece of wood leaning on a gallery-wall or the new performance of a lady slipping on melting butter.
Even though I haven’t really reached something this year, I don’t look back at it with regrets, rather than as a preparation of what hopefully is going to come up. I’m still not the slave of a down drawing job and without thinking about it I’ve made the decision to not follow that “Get more money and climb up the career ladder”-path. Someone once said, that as an artist one should spend 10 years after finishing school with doing nothing, taking drugs and just hanging around to invest in your following tenure, because you will never learn more in your life than in those 10 years. Being 27 now, I guess I took that advice very seriously.
It can’t be like this forever: Money is slowly running out and I have to get a part time job soon. Beforehand I’m hoping to get that manuscript done and find a publisher for it. Also, I am going to record my first demo and send/upload it to labels. Yes, finally wrote that down. Almost to the day, it has been 10 years since I played my first and till now last show as a musician, when we covered the song "17" of the German band Tocotronic at a Christmas party in school. The song above (little video to it here), and like the other ones that are going to be on the EP, is, to be honest, heavily inspired by the early sound of Tocotronic. I know, in contrast to their early records, it still sounds like shit and I know that a lot has to happen, but I will continue working on it, because I’m not done yet.
Sth old: Heart-print glued to cardboard (in which the words are cut out), that is attached to a red painted lightbulb going off and on about every second with the help of a power-switcher-plug-thing. Size is 20x25cm/8x10in.
Because it’s in german, in german: Hier mal ein Cover von Almuts - Draußen riechts nach Winter. Gefällt mir leider selber nicht so gut, wie das Original und man hätte sicherlich noch viel dran machen können, aber ich hatte das Gefühl, wenn ich es jetzt nicht “veröffentliche”, mach’ ich’s nie. Ziemlich Lo-fi, Hall gegen unendlich und man merkt dem Lied wohl an, dass ich in diesen langweiligen Tagen viel 'In diesen langweiligen Tagen (Demo 1993)' von Tocotronic gehört habe…
I made my conclusive theoretical term paper about the performance/-musicgroup HGich.T (who you might know from their hits ‘Hauptschuhle' or 'Tutenchamun’) and was allowed to make a video, which is uploaded here [yt, 18min, german]. Achja: Note 1,3 und “die erste Theoretische Hausarbeit auf Youtube.” Hallelujah.
Applied for a Performance-festival yesterday and this is a scene of the beginning, which is uploaded here [yt, 5:30min, german], but I don’t really know if I continue working on the piece, if they don’t take it.
Btw, I have the feeling it’s a little narcissistic/stupid to make a gif of your own video, but I actually hardly click on youtube-vids on tumblr anymore, so I thought I make something different. And I really like that scene with the Elvis-record, which is said to be one of the most covered …ha covers ever.
After a long delay finally another blog-entry: Painted and sticked my old guitar (mostly with Sonic Youth CD-coverartwork), which you hopefully soon see in ‘action’, as this is what i’m doing right now: Music. Recorded some demos, but they’re to vague to post them here, as well as some writing and videos for a performance. Not much information for now, but although this is some more long-termed stuff I guess it’s somewhat better or cooler to just present the final result, than to talk about every little shit one does. So in case I don’t see ya: Good afternoon, good evening, and good night!
For The URL Project, digital artist Rafaël Rozendaal asked YouTube users to help him conceive his latest URL creation. He received over 500 submissions for a potential domain name. Watch Rafaël meet the lucky collaborator, YouTube user bestfriendbed, and reveal the beautiful result of their efforts.
Their collaboration is up at http://nothingeverhappens.com. It’s a hypnotic, enigmatic moving image which dares the viewer to continue in anticipation. Rafael himself said it was like “looking into a cave,” only slightly perceiving what you are seeing.
As mentioned above there was a submission a few weeks ago to suggest a title for a new work by Rafaël Rozendaal. He actually took one of mine, which in turn I got the idea subconsciously from a Even as we Speak song, as well of one from the Swedish band The Faintest Ideas / Javelins. So I didn’t really think of them, when made the suggestion, but as I’ve listened to the songs pretty often, I guess they sort of contributed most here. An if you ever wondered how I look like: My shitface emerges in the video, too.
something stupid (in german, but i explain in english): andreas elsholz’ summertime recited as a poem. elsholz was a soap-opera star in the mid-90s in germany and has disappeared more or less from the screens since the 2000s. he and his hit-single emerged again, when german let’s player gronkhmentioned him in several of his minecraft-episodes and even revealed that elsholz was invited to a let’s play together-live-event in august (4000 people) and even agreed, but couldn’t make it, due to idontknow. so long, so uninteresting. what amazes me is the turn or contrast within a few years of somebody being a known television-personality, recording a song and making it to the charts to a known internet-personality, naming a pixel-beach in a computergame after the other person, talking about him every while and therefore gets into the position to invite the other guy, more or less, because he records himself playing games (and having a charted single now, too.) closing sentence about living in a strange world, although it’s not strange at all.
The movie-in-a-movie-thingy is very inspired/stolen by Brad Troemel’s ‘The Millennial Biennial’, a video where I was like paralysed and just couldn’t look away.
I made a painting called ‘My Top 50 photos of screaming singers’ where I attached a digital photoframe to a canvas which plays my current Top 50 photos of screaming singers. Whenever I find a new photo that makes it to the list the artwork therefore changes as well. Also, size and material of the medium (here: canvas, paint & monitor) only matter in dependence of the displays architecture or in other words: If it fits, it fits. Altough here it’s sort of a statement towards painting, too.
Guess, this shows best, what I meant here with ‘progressing, context-bound, personalized art, that always leaves a space for intimacy and self-reflection for the viewer’ (e.g. here: that you have a knowledge/relation to some of the singers/bands and their songs or simply say: “I like that photo, too”), whereby I’d like to add, that it’s always based on an original (mostly art, here: photos of singers) which I try to ‘convert’ into something with an own value.