┐ an unwelcome guest └

© REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis, A masked protester holds a metal bar during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens OPEN LETTER TO ANGELA MERKEL Dear chancellor Merkel, We start by saying we address you only as chancellor of Germany. We did not vote for you and do not acknowledge the existence of a chancellor of Europe. We, the subscribers of this open letter, write to you as free citizens. Citizens of a country you wish to visit on the next 12th of November, as well as citizens in solidarity with all the countries attacked by austerity. Due to the … Continue reading ┐ an unwelcome guest └

┐ Alexander Gehring └

@ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom @ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom The photographic series Messages from the Darkroom investigates the connection between photography and the occult. Based on historical photographs published by early twentieth century parapsychologist Dr. Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, Messages from the Darkroom enquires the ability of the photographic camera to capture magical or paranormal phenomena. Schrenck-Notzing, like many other scientists in this era of technical revolutions, when modern media began to make their first steps, was interested in occult phenomenona like mediumship and the physical exposures human … Continue reading ┐ Alexander Gehring └

┐ Tobias Kruse └

© Tobias Kruse, Untitled, from the series The Parting, 2007 Graduation trip of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium examination year 2007, at Lake Balaton, Hungary “Alcoholism extends the impersonal and transcendental event of the ‘crack up’ across a life by way of a caesura of time. Alcoholism, Deleuze writes, ‘hardens’ the present (Deleuze 1990: 158). In Fitzgerald, alcoholism’s temporality is that of the past perfect – I have-acted, I have-broken, I have-touched – where the present auxiliary is the hardened present and the past participle the volatile, churning real it extends across and holds in its entirety: a volcano held in porcelain. Still, … Continue reading ┐ Tobias Kruse └

┐ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs └

@ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, untitled, from the seriesLight of other days, 2009 DIRECT POSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHS, 20 X 24 CM EACH @ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, untitled, from the seriesLight of other days, 2009 DIRECT POSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHS, 20 X 24 CM EACH In “End of an Era” Onorato and Krebs continue to explore the nature of perception, a theme that also distinguishes their most well-known photographic series to date, “The Great Unreal,” produced during their travels through the US. Their illusionistic visual universes and installations thrive on the interplay between the visible and invisible nature of illusion and … Continue reading ┐ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs └

┐ Steffi Klenz └

© Steffi Klenz, Untitled, from the series Hewitt’s Heap, 2011 © Steffi Klenz, Untitled, from the series Hewitt’s Heap, 2011 “The first thing we ought to note here is that the German word for the uncanny is ‘unheimlich’. As Freud famously pointed out a century ago, ‘heimlich’, which literally translates as ‘homely’, means two separate things; both familiar and safe, but also secret and concealed. Freud suggests that the logic of the word heimlich develops along its own path until it begins to coincide with unheimlich, allowing him to argue for a proper psychological description of the uncanny as the … Continue reading ┐ Steffi Klenz └

┐ Michael Wolf └

© Michael Wolf , Corner Houses Hong Kong, 2010 (print screen) © Michael Wolf , Tokio compression, 2010 (print screen) © Michael Wolf , The Transparent City, 2008 (print screen) I’ve tried to pull back and not make a post each time I see someone’s work I find relevant but don’t personally like, but this is an exception (as there have been others). Michael Wolf is definitely a talented photographer and I’m sure a very energetic person, since the rythm of his production is overwhelming. Having said this, is my opinion that he works in series, not in projects, and … Continue reading ┐ Michael Wolf └

┐ Cathleen Naundorf └

© Cathleen Naundorf, Untitled – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris © Cathleen Naundorf, Mimi San – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris “When I decided to photograph 4×5 inches, and even with Polaroid, people asked, ’Are you crazy? Why don ’t you do digital, it takes much less time?’ But, it needs to take time. When you take the time to discover your subject it’s like you’re really meeting. And as you see with my pictures, there is some- thing special inside.” source: VS interview Another gift to the fashion world: Cathleen’s view of the world Continue reading ┐ Cathleen Naundorf └

┐ Jan von Holleben └

© Jan von Holleben, Untitled #14, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 © Jan von Holleben, Untitled #15, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 “Like amateur pornography, the pleasure of von Holleben’s work derives from its honesty. “People appreciate I’m not over-constructing an image: changing it in Photoshop 25 times, and their sense of reality alongside. I’m mucking around, but I’m not trying to cheat anyone (…) Play shapes von Holleben’s worldview – he sees it as a way to explore selfhood, relationships and ultimately reality. “Alongside Homo sapiens exists Homo ludens – the person who understands himself … Continue reading ┐ Jan von Holleben └

┐ Katharina Bosse └

© Katharina Bosse, Untitled, from the series A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother, 2004-2009 © Katharina Bosse, Untitled, from the series A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother, 2004-2009 “After living in New York for six years, I moved to Germany and became pregnant. Nothing in my career as a photographer and artist had prepared me for this experience. Not only were the physical demands of carrying and caring for the babies demanding. It was a forced change from everything I had learned so far: individuality, ambition and workaholism. I felt like a teenager again, … Continue reading ┐ Katharina Bosse └

║ Julian Röder ║

© Julian Röder, Protests agains G-8 summit in Genoa, Italy, 2001 © Julian Röder, Protests agains G-8 summit in Glenagles, Scotland, 2005 © Julian Röder, Protests agains G-8 summit in Kokkaido, Japan, 2008 (…) “No, these are not battle scenes in the art historical sense. Even if Julian Röder does have a strong understanding of pouring the confrontational situations of crowds – their clustering and the bursting apart – into striking pictures. The old masters Altdorfer and Uccello come easefully to mind. What Röder shows is not the compacting of an historical occurrence; it is the immediate present. However, it … Continue reading ║ Julian Röder ║

║ Thorsten Brinkmann ║

© Thorsten Brinkmann, Streefkerk, Berta von Schwarzflug, from the series Portraits of a Serialsammler, 2010 © Thorsten Brinkmann, Streefkerk, Venus del Whitespitz, from the series Portraits of a Serialsammler, 2008 “Enter Thorsten Brinkmann. Here is the confident hand of someone who knows the joke, knows just how to tell it, and, best of all, knows that there is something more to the story than just an easy laugh. Added to the mix is the fact that all the jokes are at his expense since every photo is a self-portrait. Thorsten Brinkmann creates environments. He goes out to the junkyards, flea … Continue reading ║ Thorsten Brinkmann ║

║ Hiroko Inoue ║

© Hiroko Inoue, Untitled, from the series Inside-Out, 2005 © Iroko Inoue, Untitled, from the series Inside-Out, 2005 “In her photo series Inside-Out, the Japanese artist Hiroko Inoue explores psychical constellations that go beyond the normative process of socially preformulated reality on account of various life experiences. Windows of patients’ rooms in the psychiatric ward of the Otto Wagner Hospital in Vienna show both the view outward into the open and the interior of a territorially and mentally delimited living environment. The connotation of the open out-of-doors as a space inviting freedom is counteracted by the bars on the window … Continue reading ║ Hiroko Inoue ║

║ Vanja Vukovic ║

© Vanja Vukovic, Untitled #4, from the series The self is a room, 2008 © Vanja Vukovic, Untitled #3, from the series The self is a room, 2008 “The self is a room. It contains the concurrent as well as the non-concurrent, the individual and the social, the orderly, the archived, the unsorted, and the repressed. The only thing it does not contain—and which first strikes the eye—is emptiness. Never has there been so much individuality, as the preserver of the circumstances may observe. But self-realisation has long ago turned into dictates of “Pursuit of happiness“, under the load of … Continue reading ║ Vanja Vukovic ║

║ Rui Calçada Bastos ║

© Rui Calçada Bastos, Untitled, from the series Life in a Bush of Ghosts, 2008 © Rui Calçada Bastos, Untitled, from the series Life in a Bush of Ghosts, 2008 “Rui Calçada Bastos also exploits astute readings of the early conceptual artists. He talks of “revealing the City’s intimate histories and continuous memory” and “the sensitivities that become attached to spaces”. That is a large plateful since Berlin is certainly a city that abounds with histories – some are intimate to the story of the city itself and other to the individuals who live there – but Calçada Bastos´ intention … Continue reading ║ Rui Calçada Bastos ║

║ Jörg Brüggemann ║

© Jörg Brüggemann, Untitled, from the series G8 Heiligendamm, Germany, July 2007 © Jörg Brüggemann, Untitled, from the series G8 Heiligendamm, Germany, July 2007 “From the 6th until the 8th of June 2007 the annual G8 summit was held in Heiligendamm, Germany. During these three days the most powerful leaders of the world met to discuss and decide the future of humanity. Outside the fence, that was built for an estimated 13 million euros, the globalization critical movement gathered 16.000 people to protest against the decision made inside the fence. Both sides used detailled designed stagings to get the attention … Continue reading ║ Jörg Brüggemann ║