INUIT STONECUTS

“Raven’s Domain” by Mayoreak Ashoona
Stonecut, Nunavut, 1995

The land of the Inuit is called Nunavut, this term means simply our home-land which stretches over a big arctic territory in the North of Canada. In the old Inuit mythology the raven was seen as creator of the entire world and all living beings with beats of his wings. He also had the power of both a man and a bird, and could change easily from one to the other simply by pulling his beak over his head as one lifts a mask. According their tradition the first human being was born from a pea-pod plant, because the raven also filled the land with growing pea-pod plants, and when after some time one of the pea-pods burst open, out popped a fully grown human being, the first to walk around raven’s earth.

“Quiviuq” by Armand Tagoona / Ruby Arngna’naaq
Stonecut, Nunavut, 1973 

 

LATE SUMMER MIRRORINGS

What is nowadays more touching and impressing, a reflective artwork swimming on an apart lake and becoming part of nature or the fluid mirror image of a tree transforming to a fragile visual sculpture being only changed by cool waves and smooth breezes? 

Although these pictures show a lot of water we are still waiting for some real rain now for six months here in Central-Europe. The summer started by mid of April and has not ended so far till today making it really easy to stroll around such eye-minded finds.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Reflection

 

WHEN TWILIGHT TOUCHES US BY GÜNTER SPECHT

DRAWINGS AND WORD ACROBATIC

Do you also breed crayons in your mind
to sell them to the market?
I did it when being a child.

Dramatize your daily life,
the smallest at the beginning,
freedom as a goal.

Victory is a mere question of willingness

When the city sleeps, oblivion sweeps the streets.

The thoughtless word

God’s goodness is limitless, you assholes, just keep that in mind.

The 4 enraged citizens.

Pegasus lilli lalli

The Master of the exact metaphors

He fondly remembers a certain time
when sitting at the breakfast table
together with bear, fox and mice
to share everything even comfort
that healed all rather quickly.

CHALLENGING HABITS AND EMPOWERING YOUTH BY JULIA BENTZ

Our world is becoming warmer and climate change poses great risk to natural and social systems. Both human and non-human species are vulnerable. Dealing with it as a technical problem that can be addressed through greater knowledge, know-how, innovation and expertise, has not led to the substantial changes needed to address this challenge.

 

Art and creative practices have the potential to challenge current thinking on climate change by presenting new ways of approaching complex problems. Artists are often at the forefront of innovation, addressing problems in novel ways free from disciplinary constraints. Art has the capacity to not only raise awareness but also use creativity in addressing complex issues, encouraging reflection and acting as a conduit for cultural renewal. …..

 

>>> You will find the complete post and article here:

https://artistsandclimatechange.com/2018/08/16/challenging-habits-and-empowering-youth/

 

 

MAIL-ART – ANALOG BLOGGING OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Postcard by Artistampex, Canada

Photocollage on postcard by Clemente Padin, Uruguay

Art stamps by Pat Fish, U.S.A.

People think today that everything is so much better and unique today with all this technical progress and the digital virtual world. But people managed to live quite well with analog techniques in former times, and even blogging did exist long time before in the 20th century (and till today) by using simply the old international postal system which till today connects the world.

Creative people following the ideas of fluxus formed in the last century an international mail-art network of artists for collaboration, inspiration and support beyound the commercial and institutionalized forms of visual art. And I have been part of the same in the 80s of the last century such leading to a lot of nice and unexpected surprises when going early in the morning to my letter-box.

Mixed technique postcard, Jorge Orta, Argentina

Serigraph on postcard by Ryosuke Cohen, Japan

Stamp-art on envelope by Matty Jankowski, U.S.A.

Especially for creative people in the East-European countries this communication was very important and vital before the political changes of 1989 and the years to follow. But also for all others this was an appreciated independent and free gate to the wide world. The collaboration in this network comprised also real projects and challenges like in the blogosphere today.

Very common were mail-art object magazine where for each edition people could send 100 copies or pieces or originals, etc. in a special size, the editor would then compile the diverse entries to 100 diverse mail-art object magazines, and afterwards each participant would receive one copy of this back home by the post.

Other forms of collaboration in this sector are wandering changing art objects (more on this in a future post), and mail-art shows with special topics where each entry from the diverse countries will in any case be presented in the show whereever (living-room, institutions, public showcase and today also in the internet or blogs) followed by some kind of documentation for each of the participating persons (poster, brochure, small catalogue, etc.).

“I know nothing than art”, postcard by Robert Rehfeldt, Germany

Quarterly published mailart object-magazine by Vittore Baroni, Italy

Stamp-art on envelope by H. R. Fricker, Switzerland

This kind of mutual international exchange follows of course another velocity than the contemporary digital world, but movements like slow cities or slow food proove that not everybody is happy about the recent virtual developments which have happened mainly in the last 2 decades. So, here you see some pure analog artistic stuff like beautiful postcards and envelopes, varied stamp-art and inspiring objects which reached  me via the international postal services.

Mail art object by Géza Perneczky, Germany/Hungary

Collage/Copyart on postcard by Richard Meade, U.S.A.

Postcard by Juliana Hellmundt, Germany

The last piece shown here at the very end is really a quite robust-crazy object from my archive brought to me by a postman, a simple red brick with the inscription Einstein standing for both a stone and the famous physician. The brick was delivered by the post unpacked as a parcel, on the backside of the brick my name and adress were also inscripted reminding a little bit to petroglyphs from ancient times.

Information on actual mail-art of today and present times can be found in the blog-links hereunder:

http://mailartprojects.blogspot.com/?m=1

https://julianahellmundt.wordpress.com/

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/m?id=2496677%3AMobilePage%3A1032481

 

 

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LOOKING UP IN NOTION

Some visual examples here what may intrigue the mind when looking up here and there. It just depends on where to be and what to focus significantly in our varied ambience.

Archaic playable fanfare – reconstruction of 20th century

Blue sky and city mural at Berlin-Spandau

Climbing to the sky – Nordart 2018 exhibition

https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/09/29/lens-artist-photo-challenge-13-look-up/

VEB KÜHLOMAT, BERLIN – WONDERLAND OF GRAFFITI

In fact this site in Berlin comprises one of the most weird locations which I have visualized and explored so far. What I am showing here is however not at all comprehensive as this huge premises tends to be more a wild industrial labyrinth of ruins in continuous change, a real adventure playground with varied looks and diverse risky ambitions.

The place is better known under its original name Flughafen Johannisthal and was in use as an airport until the early 50s of the last century. Being situated in the Eastern part of Berlin the facilities were then changed to a huge industrial production area of cooling devices by the administration of the former German Democratic Republic being called VEB Kühlomat. After the unification of Germany this industrial site was closed in the early 90s of the last century and set into a deep sleep till today.

I have visited the strange place in early September for a couple of hours and therefore only seen a part of the endless technical jungle where nature tries to cover all again quite quickly. Everywhere debris is lying in the way like thoughtful obstacles but more dangerous are unexpected holes in the grounds and the poor condition of the halls, hangars and buildings where several fires have occured in the recent years such making the site not safer and a bit spooky in general. 

So when loafing around this particular enchanted place several nervous and insisting noises always accompanied me on my obscure way so as if the ground was mourning and complaining about its fate – groaning wooden beams, dissolving walls and a curious sharp wind drifting around the next dilapidated corner leading to a contradictional but pure amazement overall.

The fabulous site attracts a lot of creative people as an open and free space for their multiple ambitions in the sector of murals and graffiti. And it is fascinating to realize how a little bit of colour can change a place of decay to something else and again completely  new. 

You may still find quite a lot of places like this in the German capital but the number is anyhow decreasing. So it is also not clear how long this site will exist in its actual shape furtheron because the building of new houses with urgent required appartments is planned here by the city for 2021. 

If you intend stepping into this labyrinth, it may be found in Berlin-Treptow at Segelfliegerdamm. You have only to look for options in order to cross the fence, such opportunities are always available somewhere.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Our World