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Past Bangalore Event: VOL 13

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VOL 13

November 07, 2014
@ Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

A date with the Deepas.

The bangaloREsidency 2014 - Deepa Batch kicks off with a Pecha Kucha Night where the 13 new bangaloREsidents will make presentations, meet the audience and get a first impression of Bangalore's vibrant cultural scene. 

About the bangaloREsidency programme:

Goethe-Institut's bangaloREsidency programme has been conceived as a long-term collaboration between the Goethe-Institut and various innovative and contemporary art/cultural spaces and partners in Bangalore, with a view to offering German aspirants a space conducive to creative output and the opportunity to work with Indian artists/experts, in the challenging context of Asia's fastest-growing metropolis.

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Performing Abstract Systems

BY CHRISTIANE KUEHL
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Chris Kondek, born in Boston in 1962, began working as a video designer in 1990 with the New York theatre company The Wooster Group. In 1995 he worked with Laurie Anderson on her multimedia concertThe Nerve Bible and again in 1998 on her opera Songs and Stories from Moby Dick. In 1999 he moved to Berlin where he began working with the choreographer Meg Stuart and the theatre Director Stefan Pucher. He has also created videos for Armin Petras, Wanda Golonka, Hans-­Werner Kroesinger, René Pollesch, Michael Nyman, The Builders’ Assosciation, Rimini Protokoll and others, as well as for opera productions by Sebastian Baumgarten, Jossi Wieler, and Falk Richter in Bayreuth and Salzburg. In 2008, Chris Kondek received the OPUS prize for his video work as well as the FAUST Theater prize in 2012. Since 2004 Chris Kondek has been developing his own theatre works, including Loan Shark (2008), about the finance crisis, at the HAU in Berlin, and Please Kill 2011, (2012) also at HAU. Together with Christiane Kühl he has created seven other works.

Christiane Kühl, born in Kiel in 1966, studied contemporary Literature, Philosophy, and Spanish at the University of Hamburg. She was culture editor of the daily newspaper TAZ (Hamburg and Berlin), of the magazine The KulturSPIEGEL (Hamburg) and on- air editor at Radio Eins/RBB (Potsdam). She’s worked as a freelance journalist for various other outlets, including Zitty Magazine, Die Zeit, F.A.S., DU, as well as editing the magazine “Herbst. Theorie zur Praxis”, for the festival of international contemporary art, Steirischer Herbst (Austria). From 2011 to 2013 she was Assistant Artistic Director for the Berliner Festspiele. She has been invited to be a jury member for the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, The International Theater Festival Hamburg, Kontakt Torin (PL), the Heidelberger Stückemarkt and the Doppelpass project/Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Alongside her journalistic activities she has, since 2004, worked as an author, dramaturg and performer with Chris Kondek.

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Photography Comes First

BY NORA BIBEL
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

“These are quiet, concentrated, and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes, but in fact these are staged moments suspended in time.”

Photography has taken Nora Bibel all over the world: Vietnam, Myanmar, Germany and more. Nora speaks about her beautiful portrait work, books, and exhibitions that have made up her work. She tells us her themes are utopia, social change, home, memories, and more.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2015.

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Seek and See: Who Are We?

BY STEFANIE REICHELT
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Stefanie Reichelt is a Cambridge-based researcher and photographer. She studied Biology at Bonn University and has worked as a scientist in France, the USA (Berkeley) and the UK (London and Cambridge). 
 
She is the Head of Light Microscopy Laboratory at the Cambridge Research Institute of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) since 2005. Her research includes the development of new imaging techniques that will enable the visualisation of molecules in cells for cancer diagnostics. (http://www.lightmicroscopy.cruk.cam.ac.uk) Stefanie’s research was featured in ARTE TV Xenius: ‘Krebs’.
 
She is the founder and curator of ArtCell Gallery in Cambridge, which provides exhibition space on the Biomedical Campus site to the local artists and the scientific community. In her photographic work, Stefanie explores the nature of perception in photography. She has exhibited in various countries and her projects are widely featured in photography and science magazines. Her etchings and scientific images were projected on the Senate House during the 800th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Cambridge in 2010. She is a member of London Independent Photography and is currently taking part in Linn Schroeder’s Seminars at Ostkreuzschule, Berlin.
 
During the residency at NCBS, Stefanie proposes to look at the interfaces of art and science with a project called ‘Transient Portraits’. She will facilitate a collaborative creation of a series of ‘transient portraits’. This collaboration involves science, art, computing and education. The project aims to highlight the ever-present dialectic between transience and permanence in our lives. 

Stefanie is bangaloREsident at NCBS, Bangalore.

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Some Interventions (2000 to 2014) Art in Public

BY UWE JONAS
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Uwe Jonas (born in 1962 in Hamburg, studied political science) has worked as a visual artist and curator in Berlin since 1993. He takes a conceptional, context-oriented approach with a focus on societal transformation phenomena, generally in public space.

The use of public space and the way this space is perceived are shaped by cultural factors in a variety of manners and thus vary to a great extent; art in public space is therefore also dependent on the local conditions. This is the attraction and the great potential of exchange activity. He aims to promote this art form and to demonstrate its potential, which not only promises observers that art will become part of life and not just an ethereal pleasure, but also offers artists an opportunity to get involved with the “general public”.

Uwe is bangaloREsident @ 1 Shanthi Road.

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How Architecture Defines Places

BY ANNETTE KISLING
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

At the centre of Annette Kisling's work are places and the architecture that defines them. She is interested in what she finds in a place and what she perceives to be distinctive about that place. Nevertheless, she is aware that what is taken to be a documentation always involves a process of staging by her as the photographer. With her pictures she makes a statement about the architecture of a place that she formulates in a series or an extensive group of photographs. She is interested in architectural physiognomies in which the depiction of a detail, a structure or a surface can assume as much importance as that of a façade or a building.
 
Besides the exploration of the specific architectural features of different places, another key focus in her work is modernism. To name a few examples:

  • She focused on the architect Fritz Bornemann, an important representative of German postwar modernism, whose stark, transparent architecture is representative of the newly founded Federal Republic.
  • Also in Rotterdam, where she spent a lot of time, she was engaged in modernism extensively. Despite the city’s rapid transformation the influence of the 1950s and 1960s postwar modernism can still be felt.
  • During a long stay in Paris she became interested in the housing estates of the architect Fernand Pouillon built between 1950 and 1960. Characteristic for these estates is the rigorous and sculptural structuring of the façades as well as the use of concrete and stone.
  • For the fiftieth anniversary of the Hansaviertel in Berlin she contributed a work to the exhibition “die stadt von morgen”. The Hansaviertel was built in 1957 as part of the International Building Exhibition and was not only representative of the modern architecture of the period, but also of the dominant conception of urban living at the time. The Hansaviertel still retains the character of a building exhibition.
  • In Venice, on the other hand, she searched for traces of the architect Carlo Scarpa, an important representative of 20th-centuy modernism, whose work was central in establishing the influence of modern architecture on this city.
  • Currently she is involved in the housing estates of Bruno Taut in Berlin, especially his proposed colour design. Here, she has been focusing on the Onkel Toms Hütte estate, which was built between 1926 and 1932. 

What interests her in Bangalore is the densely woven juxtaposition of traditional and modern architecture, and thus also the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary influences, the clear signs of urban transformation. Besides exploring Bangalore as someone who is visiting the city for the first time, a central interest is Indian modernism.

She became aware of the architect B V Doshi. One of his most famous buildings is the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, a complex as well as functionally organised building constructed in stone. She is also interested in the main building of Bangalore’s University of Agricultural Sciences, which was built by the architect Achyut Kanvinde, another important representative of India modernism. She is interested in ways of looking at these buildings, their existence in time, and their presence in the contemporary cityscape...

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I Love Books

BY ANJA LUTZ
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

"I love books and all aspect of books."

In "I Love Books" from PechaKucha Night Bangalore Vol. 13, Anja Lutz is a Berlin-based book designer specialising in contemporary art publications. She studied at London College of Communication and the Jan van Eyck Akademie. She was Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, as well as Design Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. She is the initiator of the experimental publication platform shift! that has won numerous awards and was present at various festivals and exhibitions. Anja is also co-founder and art director of The Green Box art editions, a publisher of artist books. She develops and designs in close collaboration with the artists and has recently published the first interactive art e-book.

"I am interested in local crafts and the Hampi crafts project, initiated by Jaaga. I am also planning to research popular crafts in and around Bangalore. The way I work with artists when designing their books, is always a collaborative one. The same goes for the »shift!« publication projects, where collaboration is at the heart of the activity, drawing from each other's ideas, inspiration and expertise. In the same way I want to view a book on local crafts, by not just doing a book about, but first and foremost a book with the crafts people. This could also go as far as including their crafts in the actual making of the book.

I would also like to put a focus on the sustainability aspect of local and popular crafts, insofar as they offer highly inventive ways of using and reusing material. This re-appropriation of existing and often discarded material constitutes an important aspect of how we use the possibilities around us, with awareness and respect. I believe there is a lot to learn from the people who produce these re-appropriations and I would like to research their approaches and products. And seek an exchange with them, to develop new items and ideas based on their knowledge and experience."

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Reset Reality

BY MAX ERBACHER
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Maximilian Erbacher’s oevre, including installations and interventions in public space, is concerned in one way or another with artistic examinations of subtle shifts, which force us to re-assess the supposedly known. Led by his discerning gaze, we come to places where communication between people and their environment seems no longer possible. Erbacher slightly refocuses the way we usually look at the world and makes us rethink what we consider our true experiences and our knowledge of places and stories.(K. Stremmel, Cologne 2007). 

His works have been previously shown in Mirko Mayer Gallery (Germany 2011), Jonkang Lu Art Shanghai (China 2010), Städtische Skulpturenmuseum Heilbronn (Germany 2009), Zentrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam (Netherlands 2003), Taipei Fine Art Museum (Taiwan 2002) amongst others. With a DAAD stipend he has also taught media arts and performance at the University of Pécs (Hungary 2011).

Erbacher studied graphic arts at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany, Media arts at University of Ulster Belfast, North Ireland followed by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, with Valie Export and Jürgen Klauke. 
 
Currently he curates the off-space Boutique- Raum für temporäre Kunst he founded in 2011 in Cologne where he lives and works.
 

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BY RALF HOMANN
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

In general, Ralf Homann's work deals with spatial concepts and with such of the media while also reflecting upon their interdependency. He is interested in activating the public space by means of performative practices.

In his works, which are constantly negotiating the boundaries of art and politics, he investigates knowledge – its hidden narrative or invisible design – to engender new perspectives on reality and its representations. While operating in various media forms, a strong series of his works focuses on radio. He also applies sound or transmissions to his sculptures thereby folding physical and digital spaces.

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Noise

BY MARTIN LUTZ
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Martin Lutz makes things with sounds and sound out of things. makes this to music. sometimes. declares the ambience to music. makes music to a part of the ambience. this is the music. and this music is the sound.

Martin Lutz studied musicology at LMU Munich and SoundStudies at UdK Berlin. He works as a composer, musician and sound artist for dance, performances, theatre, installations and film. The focus of his work is the examination with sound and its relevance for and texture in the space. Field recordings and experimental sound production are the basis for compositions, that take sounds and soundscapes out of their natural context to give them a new content-related and spatial sense.

Martin Lutz has been invited to work out and realise the sound concept and a music score for the new dance production "Bhinna Vinyasa – Multiple Assemblages" commissioned by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, for the 2014 edition.

Two years ago he worked with Attakkalari on the performance "AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue“, which performed in India and Europe. The idea was to research contemporary Indian urban sound environments, to make field recordings of them and to create with this audio-material (in collaboration with the Austrian sound artist Sam Auinger) sound compositions that could be termed as somewhere between music and soundscapes. For this project they also worked together with Indian musicians to mix parts of the soundscapes with elements of Indian classical and folk music.

The requirements for the new performance will be similar. Basis for the artistic process will be the examination of site-specific Indian urban developments, social and cultural transformations of individuals and societies. The task will be to find a sonic language that characterises typical urban Indian milieus and their inner dynamics. He will work with Indian percussion musicians from Bangalore and also with video and light artists from Europe to find a performative path between (sound)installation, performance and music for contemporary Indian dance.