Tuesday, July 26, 2011

International Art Adventures in Berlin


On this day we set out to site see, various spaces in the City Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and then to the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Gegenwart-Berlin Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin.

City Center Berlin, Landscape Park

City Center, Pieces of the Wall

Piotr (from Poland), Peter (from East Berlin) Tali (from TelAvi), Marianna (from Hannover)

Hanging out in the lobby after walking around the Staatliche Museum zu Berlin,   http://www.smb.museum/, reflecting on the powerful art work created in the time of history most dark for the Germans, this became a springboard for dialogue. Peter Vicent grew up in the East, and knew life behind the wall. He shared with us stories of his grandfather during the war, and as a doctor how he was treated by the Russians, after declining the offer by the American Army to leave and go with them, and was subjected to the life he chose. Piotr, he and his family fled Poland during the 1980's arriving in Los Angeles, where they began a new life in America, before moving to Chicago when they couldn't find work in California. Tali moved to the Netherland's from Tel Avi where she currently lives with her husband and three daughters. Marianna moved to the United States in the early 80's, but remembers growing up in the Germany. 

 This was one of my favorites of the collection, the cubism era, the artist in the collection were able to use proproganda to express themselves, in a post-socialist climate, and capture what was happening in society at that time.

Richard Long "Berlin Circle", this was one of the most interesting installation I got a chance to view. The artist took walks in various landscapes. During these walks, he creates his works. He forms lines or circles with materials he finds, or leaves traces with is feet on the ground on which he treads. Born in Bristol, England he is on of the most protagonists of land art.

Okay, so I was next to last leaving the museum, but I got caught up in the heart of the exhibition, a two screen video installation, entitled A COUPLE THOUSAND SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD from 2007, recently donated to the museum through Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jamin in the Studio Vicent

Marianna Buchwald, MIME Artist, musician performing for the jam session in Peter Vicent's Studio. Marianna Buchwald was born in Germany, her parents, the artists Hella and Hans-Ulrich Buchwald, founded the mask theatre SCHARNIER-Theater Hannover in 1969. The Scharner engages dancers, actors and musicians as well as choreographers and directors from all over the world. In 1980 she moved to Chicago. There she taught Dynamic Mime at MoMing, the Goodman Theatre and the Cultural Arts Center CCS st. Mels.

Since childhood Marianna has also studied singing. She learned international folklore, German traditional songs and chansons by Nertolt Brecht, Degenhard, Bellmann. Later on she studied extensively the songs of the natives, the Batks. In America she was attracted to black music and culture and got to know the music of Meredith Monk. With special interest she observes Meredith’s way of integrating voice and dance to created performances.

"Intersections" Kaleidoscope Cultures Connecting at Mauersegler Park

The International Art Group and Phantom Gallery Chicago, and the Lunkenheimer Gallery presented "Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope Cultures Connecting" at Mauersegler Park, on Saturday July 16, 2011, 8pm - 10pm, Sommergarten, Bernauer Strasse 63-64, 13355 Berlin, http://www.mauersegler-berlin.de/

Host- Sylvio Kruger owner of the Mauersegler Park Kultur, sponsored the project with space and technicago support. This park is located on the memorial space of where the Berlin Wall once seperated a people. "Cultures Connecting" Chicago artist held discussions with Berlin artist about that era of their lives, and how that moment they were able to walk through it, and help knock it down.

We have to give a special thanks to Mauersegler, for their generous contribution of the SommerGarten, outdoor beer garden space. They provided all the technical help we said we wouldn't need.

Susan Fox, of Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery, presented "Intersections", Hanah Jon Taylor.

Hanah Jon Taylor, performed in this alternative venue, the SommerGarten was not the traditonal venue for a jazz artist from Chicago, but he approached it as an adventure, and was willing to truely improvise with Berlin artist Daniel Goritz, and Dan Casillas (Chicago), neither one of these "Cats", knew each other. They gathered for a pow-wow, about 1/2 hour before their performance which was something new for all of them. But, music is a universal language and each vibed off each other.

Berlin musician Daniel Goritz, and Dan Casillas (Chicago)

Alan Emerson Hicks, presented his Plastic Bombs, Destruction of Video Tapes, "Run Lola Run", which was a huge hit, because of the sound track, and the energy he brought to the performance. This was climactic for Alan, as he was working it out with me to make the "Intersection" of "Kaleidoscope" happen.

 Jayve John Montgomery flew into Berlin at 2:15pm, and was at the park before we made it there, setup and ready to go. He on the spot put his presentation together, "The Untied States of America", "Kaleidoscope" his filming of Berlin from the airport in the taxi to the "Wall Park", adding images from Chicago's landscape, dubbing to his computer ended the night.

"I thinking working with these guys was a experience. I had to trouble-shoot, they had to trouble-shoot, as I'm not a producer/promoter so to speak. I had to find my own location to present "Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope", musicians that were to play canceled, the gallery canceled the venue while we were on our way to Berlin. Cell-phones were off, Iphones didn't work, we had to resort to using pay phones, and ESP. Our computers ran out of power, artists blew circuits, ran out of adaptors, couldn't find a simple boom-box even. You name it, it happened. But, on Saturday the sun came out and gave us a wonderful day, a perfect day, we all got together and sent out "Positive Vibrations" until the police shut it down at 10pm."
Visual artists had our own area setup in front of the stage, painting the "vibrations sound narratives" of these performing artists, that were up for an international art adventure, and creating art to be presented for October's exhibitions during Chicago Artists Month.

Lewis Rice, International Art Group

Renata Bummer, Pankow Berlin

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"INTERSECTIONS" BERLIN - CHICAGO at Mauersegler Park Kultur

Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope Cultures Connecting Presenting Performance Artist

Elastic Arts and AMP-CHI presents the next concert of “Intersections: A series featuring musicians from the AACM and Asian Improv aRts Midwest” on Saturday, July 16 at 6 p.m. featuring the Hanah Jon Taylor Trio performing in the SommerGarten at Mauersegler Park Kultur, Bernauer Strasse 63-64 13355 Berlin, Germany. This exciting cultural and musical event brings musicians from the U.S. and the former East Berlin together for a true international “Intersection”.

Chicago native son, Hanah Jon Taylor

World class saxophone/flutist and Chicago native son, Hanah Jon Taylor travels to Germany for his Trio’s performance on July 16. His unique and lyrical persona on flute, saxophone and wind synthesizer has warranted him as a true innovator of the contemporary jazz idiom. He will perform pure improvisation on saxophones, flute and wind synthesizer, accompanied by Dan Casillas (guitar) from Chicago, and Peter Vicent (double bass) from East Berlin. From Berlin Taylor travels to Nimes, France where he will perform in the “Jazz a Junas Festival”. Taylor currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he is teaches Music History at the Madison Media Institute.

Daniel Göritz was born in 1965 in East-Berlin.

Winner of numerous prices and stipends, among them: the contemporary music price of the jury at the International Guitar Competition Kutna Hora 1988, first price winner of the Huddersfield International Composition Competition at Britain’s most important contemporary music festival 1994, winner of a City of Berlin Composition Price 1995, winner of the 24th Artists International Competition (New York) in 1996 with the Zephyrus Duo (resulting in their debut recital at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall in the 1997 Season), composition stipend at the Academy of Arts and Letters Berlin 2000-2002.

Being also active in the field of early music studies, he is the editor of SONATE D’INTAVOLATURA DI LEUTO OPERA PRIMA- a collection of the lute works by Italian baroque composer Giovanni Zamboni, published by Peters Edition.

As an ensemble- and orchestra musician Daniel Göritz is also performing regularly with some of the most distinguished Orchestras and Ensembles under the direction of renowned conductors. His credits have included (among others):

Berlin Philharmonic (Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez), Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Marek Janowski), Ensemble Modern (Peter Rundel), Staatskapelle Berlin, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Crosstown Ensemble New York, Absolute Ensemble New York.

For more information contact producer Susan Fox at: 011 33 1 42 79 91 87 (in Paris) or via email: mccca@sbcglobal.net.

Alpha Bruton, 01 577 531 1138 (in Berlin),  phantomgallerychicago@gmail.com, via Skype alpha.bruton