Interview Menno Aden, Photography, Berlin

http://www.mennoaden.com

Where are you living?

Berlin

How old you are? 47

What inspires you? A lot… how we live, how things look from other perspectives, nature, technology (new machines, robots, coding, ai…), other artists, at the moment conceptual artists and sculpturer (e.g. Gordon Matta-Clark, Rachel Whiteread, Asta Gröting, Helen Marten, Richard Artschwager, Hito Steyerl, Trevor Paglen, to name a few), food, coffee, tea, friends, dish washing, themes like identity, intimacy, surveillance, architecture, structures, systems in sociological, philosophical or psychological ways

Tell me about what you do?

I make art, especially in the medium of photography. My works are often topographical in nature, whether photographing systems of pipes, façades, or structures. I see myself more as an artist than a typical photographer. I often look for traces and use the camera like a scanner.

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

Waking up, office work (e-mails, phone calls, internet research), breakfast, studio work (scouting rooms, taking photos or Photoshop), dinner with friends

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Internet, books, friends and colleagues

How social media influence your life?

Social media influence me very strongly. When I show surveillance of privacy, social media is part of my life. Sometimes I see myself more as a philosopher than an artist.

Interview ANNA BRESOLI, Photography, berlin

www.annabresoligastronomy.tumblr.com/

Where are you living?
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
What inspires you?
Tell me about what you do?

Anna Bresoli (Spain, 1979), is a Berlin based photographer with more than 20 years
experience in editorial and advertisement photography. Her works have been exhibited
in fairs like Fotofever (Paris), Afoco (Cordoba), Positions (Berlin), JustMad (Madrid) and
her images have been published in printed media in Spain and in online media.
The challenge of creating a sincere dialog for oneself is the basis of my principle of
creation. This process is not easy, since there are many self-inflicted filters to erase
before a pure channel can resemble in order to transmit crucial information to the
collective intelligence we feed from. All creations are already there, we are the creators,
we come from the creation. The mission of each of us in this world to create our own
universe and our own shelter.
My motivation is to contribute, inspire and open up to all that surrounds me. Teaching
on the way and going deeper, merging the essence and the purity of life. Artist’s and
their creations are the remaining channels to remind us where we come from and what
we are capable of doing.
I am moved by nature, poetry, psychology, philosophy and music and by, using theses
tools, I am inspired by the darkness or as Jung calls it ‘the shadow’ we each behold but
cannot always can easily face. I feel we have this disconnection because we only choose
to see half, missing the totality of our souls. “People are going to do anything, no matter
how absurd it is, to avoid facing their own souls. C.G.Jung¨
“We have been educated to ignore it or to repress it and even to be ashamed of it. For
this reason, it seems something terrifying to know oneself, to accept oneself, since a
light is lit in the darkness of simple being.” – C.G. Jung.
My intention is to materialize the shadow as something beautiful and delicate, echoing
this throughout my work. In the darkness there are the answers and new opportunities,
and I want to communicate this valuable concept. The capacity of flowing inspiration
provides space for one’s own world to open up and the opportunity to confront one’s
own shadow therefore allowing freedom. “The privilege of a life is to become who you
really are.” – C.G. Jung.
This dark shadow is very present in my work, as is a resonance of light revealing
something beautiful.
One could say that this is praise to the shadow.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Currently my passions are divided into three fields.
I work for a French restaurant in Berlin (MORSH) doing gastronomic photography, I must
admit that I love this area of photography and I feel very grateful to have a job in which I
enjoy
The second of my passions is music,
Currently I am strongly involved in a new project called FANG, it is a kind of post metal /
progressive rock / crust / doom metal.
At the end of this month we recorded one song.
And the third, of course, is to create atmospheres through my images.
These three activities I combine with the practice of yoga. It helps me keep my feet on
the ground.
What are some of your favourite source for information?
I have many … the source of inspiration appears when I am connected, and can come
from any place, from a poetry, from a friend of a philosopher, nature …. if I am strongly
linked to the present there are innumerable sources of inspiration .
How social media influence your life?
Totally, in fact my work in the restaurant is not only to take photographs, but my role is
also as a community manager, carrying out tasks related to Instagram and Facebook.
and as for my more artistic work, it forces you to dedicate part of your time to this
medium, which I consider very important to be able to reach people. Although I must
confess that I do not dedicate the time of should

Interview Alexander Binder, Artist, Stuttgart

 

http://www.alexanderbinder.de/

Where are you living?
Stuttgart, Germany
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
41
What inspires you?
Gustave Moreau, meditation and history books.
Tell me about what you do?
I’m a photographer interested in all things mystic, surreal and occult.
Actually I’m trying to take images of things that are invisible to the eye.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It depends on the weekday. From Monday to Thursday, I’m earning money with my
day job to support my photo journeys.
Friday to Sunday I spent most of the time on reading, watching out of the window and
improving my photography.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I’m pretty old school … besides some online-magazines, mainly museums and
libraries.
How does social media influence your life?
I like to use social media. Nevertheless I appreciate the approach of American author
Jonathan Franzen. Social media should serve us to start conversations in real life
and widen our perspective. Not to replace it with some kind of digital mirror, where
we constantly stare at ourselves.

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Interview Oliver Groene, Artist, Berlin

http://www.jarmuschek.de/oliver-grnewerke

http://www.olivergroene.de/Arbeiten.htm

http://www.codex-berlin.com/

Where are you living?

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg/Pankow

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

48

What inspires you?

Good painting as a painter, good music as a musician. Where “good” means that within the respective structure, I can recognize a consciousness of the means and history of the medium and a will to overcome that state of consciousness.

Tell me about what you do?

I work as a painter and as a musician. Both as “workers” in the above sense.

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

As an artist, I take the liberty of not having a regular day (that’s why I’m an artist in a subversive sense), as a human being I have to plan the day very well: getting up, doing human things, then being an artist, having the work to do.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Everything that my brain can grasp, be it digital or analog.

How does social media influence your life?

It is a gratification of vanity (which is an inherent part of my vocation), unfortunately only for a few moments.

 

Interview Adeline Spengler, Artist, Paris

http://adelinespenglerphotography.format.com/

https://www.instagram.com/adeline_spengler/

 

Where are you living?
I live in Paris

How old you are?
I’m 46

What inspires you?
My prime inspiration source is nature. I love its beauty. My pictures are made outdoors in natural environment. I’m also inspired by photographers such as Sarah Moon, Francesca Woodman, Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas and Masao Yamamoto. My mixed media paintings aim to evoke oceans, wind, earth and fire. My favourite painters are Gerhard Richter, Kandinsky, Chagall, Jackson Pollock.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a photographer and a painter.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I’m used to stay up late because I love working at night. I’ve recently left my art director job so I can work full time on my artwork. I like to challenge myself so I try to do a painting a day. I also do photographic work. I’m currently setting up a trip on a very small island in French Brittany. Traveling is a way for me to gather inspiration and come up with new ideas. I also spend a lot of time in art shows so I can keep entertained. Paris is a great place for art.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I use the internet quite a lot. It’s a great way to follow artists and understanding what’s happening in the art world. I also read a lot of french photo’s magazines such as Fisheye magazine, Polka magazine, 6 mois.

How does social media influence your life?
I use social media to keep in touch with my friends. Facebook & Instagram are also great places to interact and connect with other artists.

 

Interview Ira Konyukhova, Artist, Moscow

https://www.kair98.com/

https://www.instagram.com/falscheweisse/

Where are you living?
Right now I live in Moscow, although Iʼm moving to Braunschweig at the end of
January 2018.
How old are you? (if you donʼt mind answering)
33
What inspires you?
Usually something we try very hard not to notice it.
Tell me about what you do?
Video/Installations/Sculpture/Writing
and even photography
Whatʼs the structure of a typical day like for you?
I usually get up at 10 am – sometimes earlier, sometimes later, I try my best
anyway.
Then I have breakfast until 11.30. I know itʼs long, but I need this time to prepare
myself mentally for the day.
Then Iʼm usually working, writing script or review of the exhibition, or the
applications. Or Iʼm doing research, working on the projects regarding
conceptualizing, visualizing, or cutting the film out of shot material.
Itʼs usually very vague, even for me.
Then Iʼm going to the openings if there are any, or for a walk for an hour, or I’m
reading something Marxist.
End.
What are some of your favourite sources of information?
Marxist books, exhibitions and exhibitions catalogs, Facebook, Russia Today
and Tagesschau.
How does social media influence your life?
Immensely. Whatever time I get up, the first thing I do is to check my Facebook.
Usually not because I’m expecting something interesting happening there, but
because staring at the screen emanating white light is the best way to
understand that you’re not dreaming anymore.

Interview Vanja Crnojević, Co-Founder Borderfree association, Zurich /Greece/Serbia

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http://www.limmattalerzeitung.ch/limmattal/region-limmattal/schlieremer-fluechtlingshelferin-vanja-crnojevic-zum-ersten-mal-im-leben-war-ich-sprachlos-130101649

https://www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/lebensart/gesellschaft/wo-die-wege-zusammenlaufen-1.18667809

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/weltverbesserer/das-sind-momente-die-sich-einbrennen

EUR Konto – IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 9155 0838 2
BIC: POFICHBEXXX

Borderfree association
Zentralstrasse 156
CH-8003 ZüricH

 

Where are you living?

I live in Switzerland but from the beginning of refugee crises twenty months ago, my life is changed so I live two weeks in Greece/Serbia and two weeks in Switzerland.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

37
What inspires you?

People who are changing their whole world.
Tell me about what you do?

I work with refugees on the Balkan route and we have a lot of projects and activities and thats includes from the first help to German language lessons.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

We don’t have tipical day, every day comes with new challenge and new problems, im offen on the way between Greece and Serbia in different camps.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Tv,Facebook,Newspapers
How does social media influence your life?

Social media sometimes is sick creation and sometimes help us in our job so I just can say that social media is depends how we are using it.

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 sources for information?

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

 

How does 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 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 sources for information?

books

How does social media influence your life?

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Interview Tata Kiani, Author + Host, Berlin

Tata Kiani

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

http://missviolet.de/

http://missviolet.de/2016/06/12/fotos-vom-ersten-supperclub-im-adlon/

 

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 sources for information?

British media, I also hang out lots on facebook to stay connected with my friends who are all over the place
How does 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.