My eight-week stay in New York was crowned with success - Maya, my English teacher, offered to help me organising a little exhibition on the premises of EC English Language Centres in the heart of Manhattan's Times Square. The board of management of EC English Language Centre was so keen on our art project that they wanted… Continue reading Danger! Blasting of ivory tower in progress
What does one need to create a structuristic artwork? Firstly, I'd like to focus on the tangible necessities: Regarding my experience teaching in New York, I can definitely say that this special technique is functional and doesn't require a specialised venue. The only room we had available in order to paint was our shared dormitory… Continue reading The Creation of ‘Aura’: Layer by layer
New York was nasty. But not in a "the-streets-smell-like-urin" kind of way. No, quite the opposite: I loved it so much there that going home bode an adjustment, even though I felt stunned sometimes. This metropolis has countless opportunities to offer, choosing something can be fairly hard. In my case selecting museums and other cultural institutions to visit was… Continue reading Artistic Technicians or How to be a layer-painting artisan
Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002), the famous French sociologist, and me (1991*), the unknown Swiss university student, have always had a one-way love-hate relationship. On the one hand I instantly admired his work, on the other hand I instantly hated it. But I try to be constructive so I'll start with the admiring part: Especially fascinating for me were… Continue reading Bourdieu’s capitals 2.o
...no, because nowadays it is obviously more about “l’art pour l’argent“, which is my personal way of expressing the apparently never-ending rise of prices at international art markets. “L’argent“ is the French term for money. Artistic masterpieces have become objects of speculation and therefore are being sold for undreamt-of amounts of money ("art follows money… Continue reading L’art pour l’art…?
In 2013, I decided to spend eight weeks in the Big Apple. Alone. Just myself. Only accompanied by excitement, anticipation and all of its friends: Anxiety, stress and their distant relative, culture shock. After having survived the first two weeks in a filthy room in an even filthier area of Brooklyn, I decided I needed to… Continue reading New York State of Art
In the second week as a Falmouth University MA student I learned a lot about creativity. Especially hearing about Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk 'Your Elusive Creative Genius' made me not only chuckle but think. One sentence of her that I will definitely not forget was "Do not always behave rational!" (Gilbert 2009). I very much love this statement… Continue reading Practice, Baby, practice
The sensation of learning something unexpected is full of inspiration and later on, anticipation. The thrill of the latter leads to a craving for more - in my case creativity and the feeling of having done something useful. Something worth studying for. This rather emotional introduction pretty much sums up my immediate feelings reflecting on… Continue reading The joy of the unexpected