Sunday, June 30, 2019

CELEBRATING PRIDE & BEING YOURSELF - LGBTQ: LOVE & RESIST






June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village. In New York the whole month of June has been dedicated to many celebrations of this major breakthrough in the fight to protect human rights. Fifty years later the LGBTQ movement has gained recognition and many victories have been achieved. Yet sadly human rights are still infringed—I am myself a proof as a survivor of domestic abuse, constantly fighting bullying. 





"Love &Resistance: Stonewall 50" at the New York Public Library




Pride and comsumer colture?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bauhaus Centennial

The Bauhaus logo

"The ultimate goal of all art is the building!" is the first sentence of the Bauhaus manifesto. 

The German school Bauhaus (literally translated as "building house" () was founded in Weimar by Walter Gropius in April 1919 and was operational until 1933. The main philosophy was about design as an interdisciplinary practice involving architecture, painting, sculpture, performing arts, graphic, industrial and interior design and typography. The notion of Gesamtwerk ("total work") and Gesamtkunstwerk("'total' work of art") was informing any methodology and product.

The manifesto continues with enthusiastic appreciation of craftsmanship 
So let us therefore create a new guild of craftsmen, free of the divisive class pretensions that endeavoured to raise a prideful barrier between craftsmen and artists! Let us strive for, conceive and create the new building of the future that will unite every discipline, architecture and sculpture and painting, and which will one day rise heavenwards from the million hands of craftsmen as a clear symbol of a new belief to come. 
Architects, sculptors, painters—we all must return to craftsmanship! For there is no such thing as “art by profession”. There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan. The artist is an exalted artisan. Merciful heaven, in rare moments of illumination beyond man’s will, may allow art to blossom from the work of his hand, but the foundations of proficiency are indispensable to every artist. This is the original source of creative design. 
 The Bauhaus has provided great inspiration for my interdisciplinary practice Space Ink integrating art, architecture and design at different scales, merging physical products with computing methodologies. My work with performance art also finds references in Oskar Schlemmer, another great Bauhaus master.

Google Doodle also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement.


Eva Mueller's Bauhaus Tattoo 


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Vernissages | "From its course into channels" Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College

The fourteen exhibitions From its course into channels opened yesterday at the Hessel Museum of Art, at the CCS (Center for Curatorial Studies) of Bard College. The exhibitions included works of over forty artists, and were organized by the graduating class of the master of arts program in curatorial studies. The curation presented "diverse methodologies, research interests, and exhibition formats - from focused solo shows to new commissions and thematic exhibitions".



It was a relaxing and inspirational day, walking in art and nature in the beautiful campus of Bard College, including a stroll in the Blithewood Gardens, designed circa 1903 by Frances Hoppin. The formal garden (walled Italian) presents a gazebo at the focal point of its main axis, framing views of the Hudson River.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Performance | Eiko 's "Remembering Fukushima" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Yesterday the Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosted an important performance by Eiko Otake, on the eighth anniversary of the nuclear meltdown of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima Prefecture. The disaster was caused primarily by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011 and still carries tragic consequences.  The program included live performative actions by Eiko in the Cathedral site and photographic as well as video and photo recordings of the performer in several places in the surroundings of the disaster, documenting the artist's work in the years following the disasters. In this years-long Eiko's work art is a means to expose the gravity of this nuclear disaster and lack of responsiveness from corporations and governments.