Finland: Saari means island

Saaren kartano: the island mansion

The estate has indeed been surrounded by the nearby sea in medieval ages. But even today it feels somewhat like being on an island: For about a week now the weather has been sunny but extremely cold (-15 to -22°C), so not having a car and the limits set to walking and biking trips at these temperatures, our radius of mobility is quite small. Life concentrates on the estate: our personal living spaces in 3 smaller houses, shared spaces and facilities in a former barn and the manor which also houses the offices – oh, and the sauna. A taxi to the next town (about 13 km away) is provided once a week for shopping – like a ferry service to the mainland. The island feeling is good for focusing on work. The short days, the very cold outside and warm, dry air indside can be quite tiring though – but the quiet also lets me sleep very well! Continue reading …

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Finland: From Graz to Saari via Dortmund

shades of grey: view of the bay near the Saari Residence

Two days ago I arrived at the Saari Residence, 30 km outside Turku in Finland. I have spent only 2 weeks in Germany between the residency at Rondo in Graz and this one. It feels strange to make a new home every few months… Continue reading …

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Austria: Behind the scenes of life sciences – impressions II

Joanneum museum of natural history, depot vertebrates

fixating a sample of blood cells for light microscopy

foraminifera fossil, 15 Mio years, single-cell organism of 1 - 2 cm in size (!)

dolichorhynchops model

'the box', botanical gardens

oleander hawk moth

transmission electron microscope image of of the border between two intestine cells

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Austria: Behind the scenes of life sciences – impressions I

I am absolutely delighted about how open most bioscientists are in supporting my project. They take the time to guide me through their offices, training spaces and labs and share the content and enthousiasm for their work although I can still not give any details about the outcome of mine. But I am getting more and more aware that the constitutive character of evolution theory for our understanding of the living nature that surrounds us is impressively reflected in the diversity of biosciences and their research methods. Continue reading …
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Austria: Indian summer activities

Another sunny day in Graz! It’s end of October and we still have over 20°C down here (‘down’ south compared to Dortmund…). In fact, I hardly had any rainy or foggy day here so far – or say maybe three in total. It still feels like an Indian Summer…

Bärenschützklamm, Mixnitz (photos by Mirela Baciak)

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Austria: Evolution in Graz

Graz from Schlossberg

Graz as seen from the Schlossberg

I am in Graz for 3 weeks now – actually I arrived mid September but went home for a week to set up and open a show and take down another. I live and work in one of the 4 guest studios of the federal state of Styria on the 5th floor of the RONDO, a somewhat futuristic building at Marienplatz; 8 more studios for long term use by local artists are one floor down. I enjoy the situation: privacy and quiet for focused work and exchange and socialising if you want it. Also, the studio is really spaceious and after a short period of irritation I really like the unusual floor plan with curved outer walls now. Continue reading …

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Exhibition “Exotika 2013″ is part of the Berlin Art Week

 Exotika 2013 – Concepts of the Strange, Untamed and Beautiful

A project by Christine Falk and Alfred Banze

in Kunstverein Tiergarten and Galerie M, Berlin

View in the Galerie Nord

Berlin, intercultural capital and a magnet for people with different cultural and economical backgrounds, is one of the most important cultural cities of the world, which makes it the right place to question the term exoticism in the 21st century. German and foreign cultures converge here all the time and mirror the universal problems of globalisation in its immediate urban environment. Because of this development, the term exotic, which, up to now, implied a eurocentric, quixotic view at distant countries, takes on a new and global denotation. How relevant is the term exotic today against this background? Which role does the exotic play in our time of globalisation and migration and which functions do they fulfill?

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Inter-Format Symposium at Nida Art Colony

We were supposed to be leaving for Riga at 5:30 in the morning, boarding was completed. Then came an announcement from the pilot: ‘Apologies for the delay. We cannot take off for Riga due to technical problems. Please disembark.’ Outside the plane, there was a car from the airport security waiting. We were taken by bus to an old terminal building at the other end of the airport, while passengers read out the latest news headlines from their smartphone screens: ‘Due to a bomb threat, there are no flights to or from the airport.’ What at first seemed a minor delay turned out to be a ten hour wait. Thus, I got a rather unexpected start of my long journey to Nida. Waiting at the airport gave me time to reflect: Is this trip really necessary? What do I expect from a weekend in the Baltic? I could have decided not to travel. However, I was looking forward to an interdisciplinary symposium which key-words and questions revolved around issues close to my practice.

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New York Art Fairs

From Thursday March 7th until Sunday March 10th there were numerous Art Fairs. I was recommended to see five of them: Volta, Armory, ADAA, Independant and Moving Image.
Thursday:
Together with Nadja Verena Marcin and Regine Müller-Waldeck (who just arrived from Berlin) on the Volta. 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel which represents Nadja and me showed the Cuban painter Armando Marino, whom I know from the ISCP too. He showed huge powerful paintings. Continue reading …

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Studio visits

I visited many artists in theirs studios and we talked about our work. I saw Petros Christostomou, who builds architectural models of rooms in a small size, furnishes them accurately and then places something in a normal size inside. Finally he takes fotos, and that is what he shows, not the models. Between the model and the real size thing new meanings and associations are emerging. I visited the Cuban painter Renelio Marin, who makes paintings about philosophy and philosophers, most of the time in relation to his home country, often many scenes in one painting, often combined painting and drawing. You have to take time and watch carefully to see all the details. Michele Jaffe showed me in her studio her huge sound installation with 12 helmets and a very delicate sound piece, which is wandering between the helmets and seduces you to follow the voices. Her steel sculptures create an intense tension to the human body. John Zinsser showed me some of his abstract paintings, which are just perfect. Nothing to add. Michele Brody invited me her tea ceremony installation and to see her new root paintings (the roots of plants are creating the painting) in a temporary Chachama Gallery in Harlem. Chachama uses temporarily empty spaces and gives them to artists to make a show there. Yesterday I visited the ISCP, where I was as a resident two years ago. Two artists were presenting their work (the so called salon which takes place every two weeks, most of the time it is very interesting). Afterwards I could see the studio of Johannes Rochhausen, a painter from Leipzig. He is painting his studios like a stillife and in very reduced colours. The paintings are perfectly done and very calming. On Sunday – the day before my departure – I will visit the studio of the video and performance artist Nadja Verena Marcin.

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