Interview Justine Otto, Artist, Berlin/Hamburg

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justine_Otto

https://www.justineotto.de/

https://www.instagram.com/ottojustine/

http://www.artfacts.net/en/artist/justine-otto-54656/profile.html

Justine Otto

Where are you living?

I have two opposite living surroundings. One is in the outback of civilisation where nobody comes around close to the river Elbe. And on the other hand I live in Berlin and sometimes in Hamburg.

 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

i-m 42.

 

What inspires you?

Nearly everything can be a source of inspiration. For example music is one influence in my artwork. Some of my paintings have song titles .„Fourth Corner“ for example is a song titel from Trixie Whitley. For a while I enjoyed to visit abandonned places because the vibe of the just left and now forgotten has been a sparkling inspiration for me. I also collect old photographs and magazines as a source for my paintings.

 

Tell me about what you do?

I paint mainly , sometimes I make sculptures and collages. Art the moment I curate some exhibitions and do the graphical work for the cataloque for the next group exhibition i’ll be part of..

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

„A typical day“ looks like getting out oft the cosy bed and start everything with good coffee out of my ECM Cosmic coffee Machine. Than my lovely Labrador Minka wants to speed up and we go jogging in the landscape. Then I do the e-mail communication and coordinate the next exhibitions that will come. After a lot of green tea I finally start painting. I prefer to paint at night when I got the feeling to be complete on my own.

 

What are some of your favourite source for information?

newspaper and radio,I love listening to radio programmes at night.

 

How social media influence your life?

I have a fb site and I must admit that I found quite a few interesting artists on instagram. I think it`s a good source for discoveries. Sometimes I get fucked up with all this monitor staring and I stop it for a while.

Interview Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Artist, Berlin

https://www.instagram.com/ruprecht_v_kaufmann/

http://www.rvonkaufmann.com/home/

http://galeriecrone.com/

 

 

Where are you living?

In the South-West of Berlin – not the really hip part of town. Yet.

 
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

43

 

What inspires you?

Mainly literature and Music. For me the lyrics are very important when I listen to music. I am also a pod-cast junkie. But I have most of my best ideas, while running.

Tell me about what you do?

I am a painter. I create images that I hope will move people. Like trowing a roc into water and watching the ripples spread. Figures play a very important role: humans can’t help but react emphatically to images of people. That’s something I work with in my paintings.

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up at 5:30, work out make breakfast and get the children ready for school. Then I go for a run with our dog. The rest of the morning I usually spend answering emails (or questionnaires ) and taking care of business stuff. I am a great believer in naps. I take a power nap of about 15 Minutes every day. After that I get started on my paintings. I work until 6 or 8 depending.

What are some of your favourite source for information?

I read The New York Times and The New Yorker and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. But I also listen to NPR.

 

How social media influence your life?

I started to use social media very reluctantly. Because I am self-employed, they are a necessity, like having a current website. I usually set myself a limited timeframe to spend posting onto or reading social media. As a source of information or to really foster contacts I feel they have very limited potential-

Interview Lars Teichmann, Artist, Berlin

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Teichmann

http://www.larsteichmann.com/

http://www.artnet.de/k%C3%BCnstler/lars-teichmann/

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Where are you living?

berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering) –

36

What inspires you?

culture

Tell me about what you do?

painting

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

wakeup-paint-sleep

What are some of your favourite source for information?

books

How social media influence your life?

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Interview Alberto Madrigal, Artist and Illustrator, Berlin

You can find a lot of pictures of my work on my webpage:

www.albemadrigal.com

Where are you living?

I come from Spain, live in Berlin

 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I’m 33 years old.

 

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from the city, the people around me and cinema, novels and photography. I like to sit on a cafe and observe the people, draw them while I think about a story and how can I develop it.

 

Tell me about what you do?

I am a comic artist and illustrator. I have drawn three books, two of them as a writer as well.

(http://www.albemadrigal.com/about/).

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I normally go to the studio at the morning around 10 am and start to work until 18:00 on the afternoon. I always have a book that I’m working on. I need at least two years to do one so in the meanwhile I do another jobs as illustrator.

 

What are some of your favourite source for information?

The source of information is the people and of course the internet. As I draw the books I would search for photographs of the places where the story takes place. Without internet the process would be very slow.

 

How media influence your life?

I use social media mainly for my work, to promote my self. It’s a good way to understand if people follow what you do and what they think about it.

 

Interview Tata Kiani, Author + Host, Berlin

Tata Kiani

https://www.instagram.com/violetkiani/

http://missviolet.de/

Fotos vom ersten Supperclub im Hotel Adlon Kempinski

 

Where are you living?

I live in Berlin
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

 30ish

What inspires you?

Travelling, Berlin, London, my older sister, Music

Tell me about what you do?

I work as a freelance author in Germany, I write a food blog in Switzerland, I work for a fashion retailers magazine in London and I host a supperclub at Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

 I wake up and look at my emails immediatly, I will have a coffee and start working in my pyjama. I finish my work day at 6ish and will squeeze in some late night hours if neccessary, I can work very well when its late.

What are some of your favourite source for information?

British media, I also hang out lots on facebook to stay connected with my friends who are all over the place
How social media influence your life?

 It is a huge influence, I could not live without it. I find it informative, inspirational and the perfect tool to keep updated about whats going on in everybodys life.

Why do I ALWAYS do this to my shirts? Not so dangerous after all… #icanteat

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Interview Danae Diaz, Artist (illustrations), Berlin

Photo by Nicole Sturz

 

http://danaediaz.com/

Where are you living?

Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

34

What inspires you?

Films, comics, Tezuka, books, Borges, music, Magritte, other people’s work, dreams, travels,…

Tell me about what you do?

I make illustrations for magazines, newspapers, books, ad agencies, music labels…. I also make animations and sometimes I work in bigger teams for animation productions such as featured films or TV series.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I wake up at around 8, take a shower, have breakfast, seat on the computer and start with mails check, bureaucracy and a little procrastination. After a couple of hours I get productive and start to draw. In the afternoon, after lunch break I get super productive and draw until the evening…at the end I think or make a work plan for the day after. In the evening I hang out, make sport or meet friends,… or I keep working if the deadlines are tight!

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Without doubt, the biggest, cheapest, easiest and fastest: the Internet. I also love to visit book and comic stores and ending buying something inspiring.

How social media influence your life?

I don’t really like to be active at that social media thing, and I am very bad with it…so I use it mostly to communicate with friends and/or colleges and being passive looking what others do. Very rare I post something myself, but I try to push myself now and then to be active, because I think it is a good way to promote my work.

 danae diaz illustration * www.danaediaz.com * +49 174 5270242 * contact@danaediaz.com

Die Zeit Hamburg Summer #diezeit #summer #illustration #editorialillustration #danaediazillustration

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Interview Tanja Selzer, Artist, Berlin

http://www.tanjaselzer.de/

https://www.instagram.com/tanjaselzer/

Where are you living?

In Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

45, a very good age

What inspires you?

People, the crazy ones, who teach me not to accept ostensible rules, to think and live as free and creative as possible

Tell me about what you do?

I’m an artist with a focus on painting. Right now I’m working on a project called „soul mate crash“. Technically it’s about the interface between painting and fotography. The content is about the unexpected and how to deal with it.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

My 2 kids force me to have a clear structure, a classical ninetofive working day. I’m very happy about that, otherwise I would sleep during the day, work in the night and get a depressive vampire

What are some of your favourite source for information?

I listen to the radio the whole day and I love the internet

How social media influence your life?

I’m addicted

 

Schaumfrau 130×220 cm 2012 #painting #berlin #tanjaselzer #thefemalegaze #retrospective

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Interview Marie Pohl, Actress, Writer, Singer, New York/ Berlin/ Vienna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvUrk4ScMg

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vge-kuee3k

Where do you live?
I spend a lot of time in New York and in Berlin and more recently in Vienna.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I do mind. Actresses should never talk about their age. We are as old as our roles need us to be.

What inspires you?
Inspiration is so very versatile. The ocean inspires me – it gives me a sense of belonging. A salsa dance with a great partner inspires me – it frees me from the necessity of words. Being on stage inspires me. Always. John Steinbeck inspires me. And Kafka and Karl Valentin. I love the quiet and unimposing moments. A rainy day with nothing to do. Loneliness. Empty bars. The night. The early morning hours. Boxing inspires me. Working hard. Starting from zero and finding myself at the very bottom and working my way up. Nina Simone. Langston Hughes. Cuba… inspiration often comes when I get up from what I am doing and take a break…

Tell me about what you do?

I am an actress for film and theater. I sing Italian love songs from the 50ties. And I write travel novels — like my books “Maries Reise” (Marie’s trip) and Geisterreise (ghost trip) — travel stories based on true experiences from countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Georgia, Finland, Ireland etc…

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It all depends on what I am doing, traveling or researching, writing or learning lines for a part. I can be an early riser and/or a late night lover. I have one ritual that I do every day: Before I speak to anyone after I wake up (whatever time that may be) I give thanks to whoever is out there protecting me. I drink a lot of coffee, also in the morning and I have recently started to box and am usually at the gym in the evening until 9/10pm. Then I eat.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Books. Good books. Conversations with people on the street. Personal experiences (mine and others).

How social media influence your life?

I use Wikipedia a lot. And I keep in touch with people from all over the world. I can call and send messages for free to friends in Rome or in Berlin or in New York, Africa, Latin America, Asia, anywhere! I appreciate that. A lot. I also like reading what people I know are up to – keeping in touch – seeing what people are interested in and last but certainly not least, announcing my readings and shows and books, I find social media very helpful for that.

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

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Interview Alexa Karolinski, Filmmaker, Los Angeles/ Berlin


Karolinski's first major film was Oma & Bella, a documentary about her grandmother and her grandmother's friend and roommate. 
Both women were Holocaust survivors. The film features the two women cooking and discussing their lives
https://vimeo.com/user3300579

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Karolinski
http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/alexa-karolinski/
http://www.alexakarolinski.com/

Support her new film project:


Where do you live?
I share my time between LA and Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
31

What inspires you?
everything around me

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a filmmaker

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
coffee, emails, walk the dog, emails, writing or shooting, watch videos, maybe a movie … it depends!

What are some of your favourite source for information?
the internet.

How social media influence your life?
It’s part of my life in a natural way. something I just do, like speak

gnarly LA sky. Poor forests.

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Interview Daniela Schiffer, Co-Founder changers.com, Berlin

http://www.changers.com/

@ChangersCom

@DanisTweet

Where are you living?
Berlin

How old you are?
35

What inspires you?
That’s not an easy one. What drives me is that I really want to change and improve things. That’s like the baseline. For my work I take inspirations from everywhere, things I read in articles and books, things I see in daily life or things I learn when talking with friends.

Tell me about what you do?
I have founded a startup, Changers.com

together with my partner Markus.
With Changers we bring people onto their bikes and into using public transport. We have build an app, that measures the kilometers you traveled and calculates your individual CO2 balance. Every sustainably traveled km earns you a bonus point, our so called Recoins.
We license this app to companies, to help them motivate and reward their workforce for doing something good for themselves and the environment. Thus building a sustainable bonus system in which users, companies and cities can be integrated.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
First – I try to sleep as long as I can, so my mornings are stripped down to the essential smile emoticon
If I can make it, I am out of the door in 15 minutes, no breakfast no nothing (I know, bad habit). Fist coffee is in the office. Sometimes I put a little yoga in between and if I am in super hero mode, I go running for like 45 min.
Then off to the office. Coffee. Being a founder means, you have at least 5 different jobs, and that’s what structures my day. So I start writing our monthly financial report to the investors, than am off to a product meeting discussing some feature, than I contact a couple of journalists, talk to clients, do some sales calls, clear some things with our hardware manufacturer, next meeting regarding some UX decisions, that have to be made – and then it’s lunch time wink emoticon Well, you get the idea.
That’s what I truly love, that my work is so incredibly divers and that I have the opportunity to learn on so many levels.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
My main information source is the internet of course. Then it depends, what kind of info I am looking for. Sometimes I am looking for news or articles on a certain topic, sometimes I have to dig deeper and look for research papers on that particular topic. It really depends, what you are looking for.
If I have questions regarding management or some typical founders issues, I also like to talk to other entrepreneurs. Having a network of people whom you can talk and ask any kind of questions, is super valuable for me. It’s like a support group and believe me, sometimes, when it gets tough it’s good to get all the support you can get.

How social media influence your life?
Well – again, I think I use social media most for information purposes and sharing stuff I am interest in. I am rather reserved when it comes down to posting private things, but of course use it quite extensively for our company.

I think, the biggest influence on my life is, that I can keep in touch with friends, who are living all over the world, so much easier than before. And you get back in touch with people whom you haven’t seen in a long time. This is really beautiful.
Other than that I try to keep the chatter out of my life as much as possible and be very selective about the channels I use