Art as a mirror of soul and society

Meaning and protection of being different and thinking differently

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Monika von Eschenbach-invitation by the shark-mixed media-digital photo print

Our world lives from diversity and balance 

Where monocultures emerge, they initially use only a few, but destroy our common livelihood. Faults in nature and in social life are made possible by an imbalance of concentrated . If you want to counter abuses or eliminate them, you need to maintain a balance in the game of powers.

Our influence on the balance of power in nature may be small, but we can influence our own life positively or negatively. The world of business and politics is defined by rules and breaches of rules, with the result not only of prospering societies, but also of climate change, wars and migration movements. We can change something, but only if there is a fundamental change in awareness and the relationships that result from it.

Logically these findings also apply to the world of art. Art and the art system do not have a life of their own, but are always as well  a mirror of the surrounding nature and society. The boom in the art market, the overemphasis on individual protagonists who threaten to neglect the asset, may shown to art lovers a distorted picture of the art world. If art wants to be able to fulfill its essential social task, artists must finally be perceived and valued as natural, necessary partners within the social fabric. Without art and culture a development of society - and thus also of the economy - is ultimately impossible. Having and wanting to use what is necessary, but still not appreciating it, ultimately reflects a basic problem of all common social systems. As important as it can be sometimes to focus on something, without diversity everything is nothing.

Just as there is a monopolization of the art scene with regard to a few "chosen ones", the perception of art is also shaped by a gender-specific imbalance. The imagination that is required to create something new is primarily attributed to the male gender and secondly to market value. Women, on the other hand, have at most been granted the status of muses or perhaps as sponsors of artists. Women whose work still arrive the eye of the public and who cam live from their work, are still a exception. Also in the case they are gifted by talent, success seems to be often unbelievable.

Art as mirror of soul and society

If you acknowledge that a work of art will be at its best a mirror of the soul, then it should also be noted that art is a mirror of society. Of course, this includes the inner and outer structures. Unfortunately, equality by balance is still terra incognita not only in art administration, but also in the field of artists themselves. If you want equal rights to participate in life, you need increased awareness and, above all, solidarity in the world of lone artists. Shouldn't it be a sign of freedom and reason that each individual can develop and imagine their own view of the world?

Thankfully, there are approaches of social movement and also a few artists who openly represent the conviction of equality as the premise of a social community. For example, Michael Jansen, veteran of the new avant-garde, calls  for "destruction of expectations" (see:  exhibition at KunstStücke by Dettmer | art projects). He would like to encourage expectations to break out of crusted thinking. His artist friend Heinz Zolper, painter and multimedia actor, as well has been committed to work on the ideas of "love and respect" for decades and even start "Dame - cult"  as a project for public spaces. He is pointing to the importance of the female being and is warning of the obligation to protect the other. Both artists recognize the pedagogical need to counter a borderline society and anti-social behavior and to show exemplary ways. The basic essence of a free society is precisely the coexistence of differentiation as well as agreement. In this respect, any preference based on natural or artificial differences is forbidden in an open society.

However, people don't just need art and culture to be human, artists also need unhindered access to the public as a basis of their lifes. The right to artistic development also means the right to connect with the public and to live by working. In this respect, it is an obligation of society as a whole to enable and promote this requirement regardless of gender, age and above all relationships.

Guest contribution: ArtExpert I network - Peter Merten, art and cultural scientist *
The article is also published on KunstStücke by Dettmer I art projects

* Merten recently edited the following books on ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien (new):
- Truths believed. Contribution to the philosophy of photography. Considerations on the work of the conceptual artist and
Photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch, 2020
- KAIN - Principle of the evil. 2019
- Magic of painting / or / What it's like to be yourself. Heinz Zolper monograph

Online order at: winterstiftung (at) web.de.

Conspiracy theories on Corona – a challenge

Brief note on conspiracy theories

Numerous conspiracy theories also circulate in Corona times.
What is behind it?

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George DuBose - Biz Markie. ArtForum Editions

Conspiracy theories are a psycho-sociological phenomenon that broadly describes the attempt to explain a state, an event or a development through a conspiracy.  It is suspected, that i.e. a targeted, secret work of a mostly small group of people will detriment a few other people or or (parts of) society . They are generally understood by the public in the sense of ideologies that ultimately do not promote a critical debate, but rather hinder it. Numerous conspiracy theories also circulate in the case of the corona virus.

As far as conspiracy theories are based on rational and verifiable statements or questions, one should correctly speak of conspiracy hypotheses.
Hypotheses are fundamentally not negative, they require space where knowledge is missing or is not accessible.

Imagine: Corona-virus and its disease Covid-19 as well as conspiracy ideologies threaten humanity. Knowledge, solidarity, respect and love are required like never before.

So, even in times of Corona, numerous questions are still open:

-  Why is a long time advised procedure to wear protective masks  rejected or made ridiculous instead to declare openly that preventive measures are still missing? 
-  Why free stays in the fresh air (even in the forest, mountains, sea) are prohibited, but inside supermarkets (different from district to district, from city to state), supermarket cashiers and customers are unprotected?
- Why are disinfection procedures are done and masks prescribed and worn especially in countries with some experiences with aerosol diseases?  But in e.g. Europe there is  not even insight into this question yet?

Of course, we cannot give any qualified answers at this point and would even like to expressly warn against conspiracy ideologies.
Perhaps, however, our information will help to understand the problem somewhat better and to protect us all.

Truths Invented or Believed?

When it is no longer possible to explain everything with the work of an almighty God, there is a growing tendency to attribute unpleasant phenomena to the dark power of a conspiratorial group - “somebody has to be responsible for it”. This appears to be the only solution out of your own ignorance and responsibility. In this sense, conspiracy theories in the sense of hypotheses are primarily to be understood as symptoms of a crisis in the face of a state of ignorance. The state of ignorance in turn leads to fear. Fears are a natural feeling, so you should take them seriously. They are not sick as such, but they can make you sick if you can't deal with them.

Violence - internally and / or externally - can be a result of fear and thus a logical consequence of conspiracy tendencies: if the threat posed by an overpowered power is to great and if there is still no means due to an ideological self-sealing to refute the fearful idea, then, maybe, every means attainable will be right to defend it.

Fears must therefore always be taken very seriously. A way out of weakness can only provide by knowledge through comprehensive transparency and education. Because knowledge is the best way to find solutions. However, there will be no state of omniscient truth.Knowledge does not mean truth. Any research can only create knowledge, but we can only believe the truth *. Ultimately, truths cannot be suppressed by disciplining what can be said, but only by accessing and accepting as diverse a knowledge as possible.

* Recommended for a fundamental insight into the phenomenon "Believed Truths" is the publication of the same name as a contribution to the philosophy of photography at ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien. Book order online at: winterstiftung (at) web.de.
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Stay healthy**

**A common project of Artforum Culture Foundation,  WinterStiftung Hamburg  and GoPublic-Stiftungsberatung

 

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NOTES ON CORONA (Covid-19)

Healing the world !

HELP! - YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

Corona, the coronavirus and its disease Covid-19 threaten humanity.
Solidarity, respect and love are required like never before.

The virus multiplies in the throat. While an infected person speaks or coughs, he drops droplets almost automatically. These fly about 1.5 to 2 meters (when sneezing even 4 - 5 meters) before it will fall slowly to the ground. The infection usually arises from inhalation of such droplets and the aerosol of the evaporation.

If you are concerned that you have already become infected through contact with an infected person, for example, you should contact the responsible health department by phone, email or whats app. The experts will advise you which measures have to be taken. To see actual dayly statistics about corona virus infection, please press here.

Coranavirus - How can you protect yourself?

According to experts, only special fine particle masks, also known as filtering face pieces (FFP), are suitable for protecting yourself from infection by droplets from sick people. They consist entirely or partially of non-replaceable filter material and reduce infectious aerosols in the inhaled air. During the SARS epidemic 2002/2003, some studies for so-called FFP3 masks had demonstrated a certain protective effect (up to 98% certain).

The WHO recommends that the masks are not used as a preventive measure for healthy people, but only for patients and people who may have been infected so that they do not spread the virus. In suspicious cases, medical personnel in particular should wear a mask to protect themselves from a droplet infection. To protect against viruses, the WHO and e.g. in Germany by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommended above all strict hand hygiene. Nevertheless, it makes sense to protect yourself largely as a healthy person and thus not to further heat up the infection chain.

In cooperation with Artforum Culture Foundation also the Winter Foundation Hamburg we would like to give you some tips and recommendations for self-protection:

The art of hygiene*

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Disinfect incoming packages. Dispose of packaging material immediately.
  • Wear respiratory protection on contact. (Sun) glasses. (Disposable) gloves.
  • Only use towels yourself. Collect and wash in a safe sack after use.
  • Wash glasses after every external contact, dispose of other materials in a small bag immediately.

After possible contact:

  • Don't touch your face.
  • Wash your hair Or better: take a short shower. Dry thoroughly.

Advice if breathing protection is not available:

Do it yourself!
Pattern for breathing masks.

Please use always actual information

Materials (in order from outside to inside)

  • Thin plastic film (e.g. parts of a bag)
  • Two to three layers of household towels
  • Lay out a thin layer of cotton wool (or a cotton cloth)
  • Activated carbon filter (e.g. for extractor hoods), if availabl
  • Folded paper tissues (or two layers of toilet paper

Working steps

  • Layer everything
  • Make a pattern based on illustrations of breathing masks by eye, made of fabric that covers the nose, mouth and over the chin based on the standard breathing masks.
  • Accordingly, the above material is modest in one operation
  • Sew all layers together using the sewing machine or by hand at the edges.
  • Sew on the elastic band (e.g. from underwear or pajamas) on the right and left, so that a loop is created that is sufficient and secure for fastening behind the ears.
  • Make absolutely sure that such a mask surrounds the nose and mouth well on the outside and that there is enough space to breathe inside.

These recommendations are not guaranteed and are subject to better care and / or newer knowledge.
* A common project of WinterStiftung Hamburg, Artforum Culture Foundation and GoPublic-Stiftungsberatung

Stay healthy!

 

Zolper: Suggestion not only for International Women’s Day

The "Dame" by Heinz Zolper - a metaphor for Love and Respect

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Dame sculpture in front of Speicherstadt Hamburg, draft by the artist Heinz Zolper

In a recent symposium on feminism and gender discussion in preparation for World Women's Day 2020, Heinz Zolper once again drew attention to the importance of holistic social life. He gave a clear rejection to dominance outside of a factually and ethically responsible context. Authoritarian claims to power and, in the near future, mechanisms of oppression may have no place in an enlightened world. They are an anachronism, which, however, makes it very clear how bad things are in terms of education and societies and groups.

Worldwide - and especially in large areas of the so-called western hemisphere too - women and other less re-presented social groups have no fair chance to participate independently in common life. Ultimately it is not enough to privilege only individual women through promised management positions. As long as existing systems only change some figures, but do not take into account a consolidation of the biological and psychological requirements and goals of all parts of society, the previous functional orientation remains unchanged. Therefore, quota regulations should only be made as a minimum requirement in the form of unimpeded and directly enforceable rights; everything else ignores the interests of girls and women, but also of other disadvantaged groups (such as children or minorities). The status quo can only be improved in terms of equality and enforceable rights for all. Because what good is it to exchange individual person on defined positions, but to maintain an unjust system. Respect for women, but generally respect for all creation, requires clear rules and visible signs of warning and reminder. However, respect can only really arise where is a place to develop self-confidence and an understanding of the need for love. Of course, this requires a process of learning and understanding - for those who are affected as well as for people who prevent this - doesn't  matter  fee it out of malice or stupidity. Such a process requires appropriate space and security, otherwise it cannot develop. In order to avoid polarization, it is also important to understand that actual or supposed claims will cripple the personality of the practitioner and generally reduce his chances of positive participation in life. Ultimately, it doesn't matter whether it's male, female or childish - what matters is the diversity of life. Caution and respect for one another is a basic requirement for all social interaction and every sustainable life. Disregard and disrespect, no matter by whom, are anti-social. The pursuit of these goals can only be achieved through a paradigm shift in everyone's mind if we want that our behaviour will be shaped by love and respect. Of course, this includes generally social ostracism of disregarding or even abusive behavior and actions. And these limits must apply to everyone, regardless of gender and age; and they shouldn't stop at the economic interests and of course enclose our earth with all it's creatures.

The "Dame"-sculpture - a must project for public spaces

The artist Heinz Zolper (* 1949) has been pursuing these goals for nearly half a century. And he has created an adaptable metaphor for his discourse: the so-called “Dame” portrait - which he wants to put more in the public eye as a symbol that is visible from afar. When Zolper hopes for love and demands respect, he trusts nothing more than on a process in the word's true meaning. 'Re-looking' as a literal translation of the Latin respectio refers to the repeated consideration and thorough assessment of a new impression in order to avoid the limited and superficiality of the first glance. Only a constant questioning of our own actions and our immediate perspectives can lead to the recognition of the rights of the other. Only thus can effect respect for the other and our environment. However, where love and respect are lacking or not given enough attention, everyone ultimately loses, regardless of the supposed position of power. That's the reason why Zolper's "Dame" is not just a multifaceted sign of the demanded respect for women, but a reminder and monument for the incompleteness of people and for social interaction. The artist, whose painterly work has accompanied the Winter Foundation for many years, wants his "Dame" sculptures  to be understood as a memorial in public space to inspire and motivate us for our daily life. (pm)

References:
Magic of painting / or / what it is like to be yourself, monograph, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Cain - Principle of the Evil, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Zolper, women's cult, feminism and gender discussion, catalogue Dettmer art projects, ArtForum Editions

Compare also: Fragments from now. For an unfinished future, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, March 20. - May 03.2020

Destruction of expectations

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Jansen, Michael - MetroMusic Moscow, ArtForum Editions

PLEASE NOTE:

Dear friends of art,
access to the exhibition is  possible after prior notification and agreement under the relevant hygiene protection regulations. 

Art friends are welcome to  contact the Dettmer art projects team  via email  . Of course you can contact anytime as usual the Winter Foundation  by email.

We hope you enjoy the art show
and above all good health.


Michael Jansen challenges new ways of seeing

Essential works by the artist Michael Jansen (* 1951) are presented in the art salon of our cultural partner KunstStücke by Dettmer I art projects in Cologne. The small show offers the viewer a good overview of the artist's extensive work:
Signs (as drawings and reliefs), OptiMystic vitamins (diaphane colour worlds), artificial landscapes, colour field painting and photographs. Unknown signs appear spontaneously and varied as drawings or reliefs. His series of OptiMystic Vitamins and Artificial Landscapes appeal to our senses and psyche. Examples of his colour field painting invite to meditation and historical reflection. Finally, in his photographs, Jansen combines different motifs, digital processing and substances into a different subject. Jansen challenges the viewer to a new way of seeing and thus makes him a partner in his art conception.

The art salon of the lawyer and painter Jana Dettmer, Dettmer art projects Cologne, invites after successful Zolper-exhibition all estimated art lovers to participate an insight into the work of an artist, who is also known for his important impulses to contemporary art. It is important to remember to his collaboration i.a. with Joseph Beuys (room 3 / All German post-war poetry ...), John Cage, Marina Abramovicz, Mike Hentz, his cross-over installations (soundscape, weather projects) or his appearances during the Documenta Kassel exhibitions in 1983 and 93. The present exhibition becomes possible thanks to private donors and to loans from the Winter Foundation. Few works are available to support the project. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition (15 EUR).

Vernissage Cologne, Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The vernissage will be accompanied with music by Jumana Hamandouche (clarinet) and Marion Mick (accordion).

Exhibition February 28 - extended until May 28, 2020.
KunstStücke by Dettmer art projects. Stammheimer Straße 15 (near Botanischer Garten), 50735 Cologne

International peace price for Kim Phuc Phan Thi

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Phan Thi Kim Phúc, 1972.06.08. (c) Photo by Nick Út. All pics Kim Phuc Foundation

Few people know her name,
but almost everyone knows her picture.

A little child burned by napalm, running naked and screaming across a Vietnamese street. Since then, today's 55-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi is the "girl in the photo" or "The Napalm Girl". She is engaged as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, founded a foundation for war-tainted children and speaks to thousands of people every year. And if you listen to her when she, who still suffers from the napalm attack of that day, is speaking about reconciliation, It is an admonishing example of denying any hate. A testimony of absolutely human greatness, especially in times of increasing hate and inhumanity

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Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the so-called "Napalm girl", will be honoured with the 10th International Peace Prize "Dresden Prize" in the Dresden Semper Opera.
The award ceremony is a joint event of the organization Friends of Dresden Germany e.V. and the Semperoper Dresden.

Date: February 11, 2019 at the Semperoper Dresden

Music: Mike Yung (USA) - for 37 years he sang in the New York subway until he became famous discovered two years ago.
Moderation: Jakob Augstein, Hamburg (journalist and publisher)

Tickets for the price of 10 euros (students / students reduced 5 euros) are available at the visitor service of the Semperoper or via order@semperoper.de

NICOLE WERMERS: WOMEN BETWEEN BUILDINGS

With Women Between Buildings, the Kunstverein in Hamburg will be showing the most comprehensive solo exhibition of Nicole Wermers in Germany until May 6, 2018.

The artist works in sculptural series  and creates object worlds, which are taken from the profane everyday design. Functional elements become  ornament of a sociopolitical and historical engagement within the immediate environment  on the basis of the formal idiom of modernity as well as of the surrounding urban space.
The exhibition features works from the past 10 years, including Untitled Chairs from the 2015 Turner Prize nominated Infrastructure Exhibition, as well as two new sculptures created specifically for this exhibition. The artist appropriates herself semi-public places with an upside-down camera which gives the impression that she is walking on the blanket. Hotels, corporate lobbies and the CCH Hamburg are thus becoming enigmatic, interchangeable endless architectures. Women Between Buildings, this title is a reminiscent of the standard work on urban planning Life between Buildings by the Danish author Jan Gehl from the 1970s, in which he has written about responsibility in urban planning.
Nicole Wermers (* 1971 in Emsdetten, lives and works in London) studied with Sigmar Polke and Claus Böhmler at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg and at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. In addition to numerous other awards she was nominated in 2015 for the Turner Prize.

Until 06. may 2018
Kunstverein Hamburg

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFT FOR THE 200TH BIRTHDAY OF KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG

Wolfgang Tillmann’s exhibition on the 200th anniversary of the Kunstverein Hamburg is celebrated with great media interest.
The exhibition at the Klosterwall forms the end and the highlight of the celebrations of the largest and oldest art association in Germany.
The exhibition will be open until 12 November 2017.

Wolfgang Tillmans shows his talent as a crossover artist also with his visual album ‘That’s Desire’. Directed and photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, this 27 minutes film features performances by Hari Nef, Karis Wilde, Ash B., Matthew Salinas, Bashir Daviid Naim, Rachel Guest, Christopher Olszewski and himself as well as band members Juan Pablo Echeverri, Jay Pluck, Kyle Combs, Tom Roach and Daniel Pearce.

Participants danced and improvised in Los Angeles and New York to the music, without previously knowing it. Whilst editing the footage with Michael Amstad in Berlin, it became clear, that what was planned to be cut into six individual videos, should not be separated, but should remain as a consecutive sequence of six different moods.