What’s On the Menu? – How About An Installation?

Ok Creatives!  We have 2 installations where the deadlines are coming up super fast.

  • (New) What’s on the Menu? – This idea came to me while I was sitting and having coffee with moushumi sen sarma who is participating in our Say Hello Installation.  I opened my menu at the coffee shop and thought it was super cool that they put what they wanted on the left hand side and then had what they offered on the right hand side.

I thought this would make for an interesting installation.   I will print a big vinyl text sign to go above the menus Which Say  “What’s On the Menu? Munich Artists Take Away ” or something along those lines.

The menu cards created by Munich Artists will be displayed underneath.  I want all of them to be A5 Portrait Folded two pages like the photo.  PLEASE No landscape I will not use them… you can make an insert but make sure it attaches in some way when open so that I don’t have to worry about it.  Please put your Studio number on the menu…. I want them to be able to actually call you.  Inside where you have the WANTS.

If you have an old time phone you can lend me for the installation that would be cool. I want to put a phone on the orange table in the window.   Fee for this installation is 10 Euro and a dose of good Karma.   I will make little postcards for this Window Installation that has Everyone’s First Name and Phone number.   Make sure you have a number you don’t mind sharing with the world.

DEADLINE for artwork to be at my studio is MAY 13, 2017

  • (Elsässerstr. 19) Goodbye Installation- This installation which involves Black bags that you put tape etc on and let fade in the sun for a month.  The due date is in a few weeks. You can pick up the bags at Hands Gallery

Pariser Str. 21, 81667 Munich / Haidhausen 089/67
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Di./Do. 10-16 * Wed. 12-18 * Fri. 10-18 * Sat. 10-14

or at my studio at Frauenstrasse 18 by appointment.  You can text me at +4915129111465 to schedule a time to pick one up or go visit Claudia, she will be very happy to see you. Bags cost 3 Euro.  The fee for this installation is 20 Euro (minus 3 Euro if you buy the bag at Hands Gallery.)

We planned an event for this but it will be cancelled because there is a MARATHON that day.  All artists wil be able to pick up their artwork at my studio. I will not unmask their pieces until they are there and can do it while I video tape it.    All pieces will be shared on our Facebook page in a gallery.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

 

 

 

 

 

Explaining Munich Artists Say Hello 2017 Installation (English Version)

Deutsch

Welcome to our Say Hello 2017 Installation.

This year, I chose a small wooden box found at a local art store as the basis of each art object.

The box size was the only restriction imposed on the artists.  The artists were asked to use the box as the starting point for their art object but they had the freedom to create an art piece resonating with their art style and focus as long as it was no wider than 16cm.

In addition to submitting an art object made from a box, the artists submitted samples of their voices which have been merged into a sound piece called the quiet murmur. 

This year, our installation will be shown in three locations.  The first Installation will be spread out over several windows and is divided into three sections:  the murmur, the divide and the output.

The box melody installation visualises the art practice of Munich Artists, how artists keep their creative voices while working in a collaborative way with other artists.

The three components of the installation represent the following:

  • The murmur (Audio Piece from Munich Artists Voices) represents the harmonious voices of Munich’s creatives which inspire other artists to create and explore.  The audio pieces is divided into three sections to represent the development of collaboration which always starts with one idea.  An exchange of ideas and then the final enjoyment of sharing the finished art piece.
  • The divide (represented by empty space) represents the pause between inspiration and execution.  The time and space needed for creatives to take an idea and make it a reality.
  • The output (Art objects created by Munich Artists) represents the result of inspiration and reflection. It is the symbiotic and harmonious creativity of Munich Artists and demonstrates the uniqueness of each artist which is not lost as they  share their creative energy and talents with each other.

Because the installation spaces are all different, the installation will change at each location. We will share images of how the installation changes.

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If you want to be involved with your installations, you can sign up to participate in one of our installations. Here is a list of the current openings.  We will post a reminder for each installation in the weeks to come.

Note: If you want more information about Munich Artists Installations, you can connect with Emmy @kyfio.com .

Welcome to the Say Hello 2017 Installation (German Text)

Willkommen zu unserer “Say Hello 2017” Installation

Dieses Jahr habe ich mich dazu entschieden, eine kleine Holzkiste, die ich in einem Münchner Kunstladen gefunden habe, zum Mittelpunkt der Installation zu machen.

Die Größe der Holzkiste war dabei die einzige Restriktion (maximale Breite von 16cm), die ich den teilnehmenden Künstler auferlegt habe. Die Künstler sollten die Holzkiste als Startpunkt ihres individuellen Kunstwerks sehen und diese, ihrem eigenen Kunststil entsprechend, weiterentwickeln.

Neben dem Kunstwerk haben die teilnehmenden Künstler auch aufgenommene Stimmproben hinterlegt. Diese wurden von mir in einer Tonsequenz verarbeitet, die den Namen “quiet murmur” (leises Gemurmel) trägt.

Dieses Jahr wird die Installation in drei Lokationen gezeigt. Die erste Installation erstreckt sich über mehrere Schaufenster und ist in drei große Abschnitte unterteilt: the murmur (das Gemurmel), the divide (die Teilung) und the output (das Ergebnis).

Die “Box Melody” Installation verkörpert die gesamte Bandbreite an Munich Artists Künstlern und wie sie ihre eigene kreative Arbeitsweise und Energie beibehalten und dabei trotzdem Kunstwerke zusammen mit anderen Künstlern erschaffen.

Die drei Komponenten der Ausstellung repräsentieren dabei folgendes:

Das leise Gemurmel zeugt von den vielen tollen Munich Artists Künstlern, die eigene Kunstwerke erschaffen und andere Künstler inspirieren und unterstützen.

Die Teilung repräsentiert die Pause zwischen dem kreativen Prozess (Inspiration) und der Erstellung des Kunstwerks (Ausführung). Es zeugt von der Zeit und von dem Raum den die Künstler benötigen, um kreative Ideen in die Realität umzusetzen.

Das Ergebnis ist schließlich der Arbeitsnachweis aus Inspiration, Kreativität und Ausführung. Die Kreativität des einzelnen Künstlers, der sein Talent und sein Kunstwerk als Teil einer großen Munich Artists Installation zur Verfügung stellt.

Da alle drei Lokationen eine unterschiedliche räumliche Dimension haben, wird auch die Installation eine leicht unterschiedliche Ausprägung aufweisen. Nichtsdestotrotz werden die drei Komponenten in jeder Lokation repräsentiert und dargestellt werden.

Emmy Horstkamp, April 2017 

Say Hello 2017 – Box Melody Installation Booklet is Off to the Printer

Well Hello!  I have been preparing for the Say Hello Installation which meant I was dealing with artists and ideas and creating this booklet so that I could share all the wonderful art objects Munich Artists Created for the Box Melody installation (including my own.)
Please flip through the booklet and enjoy the artwork. If you don’t feel like flipping through the PDF, you can watch the video below,

 

 

Open Call Window Installations

Here we go!

Installation 1 – May 31 – July 1

While Our Say Hello Window Installation is at Odeonsplatz, we will have an installation called Goodbye at the window in Haidhausen.  This installation is open to 25 Artists.

Good bye Installation

The installation will use black cloth tote bags.  Claudia Ziersch has ordered our bags and is creating a tutorial for us on what I want you to do with the bag.

Each artist will get a black bag where they must tape a design/artwork to one side.  This side will be exposed to the sun for the month and we will have a gathering at the end of the month to remove the bags from the window and remove the tape from the bags.  The final bags will be photographed and shared on Facebook.

The cost for this installation is 20 Euro and includes the bag.  

The bag deadline will be May 14, 2017.  If you want to be there to watch your piece go up in the window, I will post the exact time we are installing the bags on Facebook.  When I have the tutorial from Claudia, I will post it on Facebook and on this Installations page on Munich Artists.  Artists who participated in Say Hello will get first dibs on this installation.

At the end of the installation, we will have a gathering where the artists get their bags and they will rip of the tape exposing the bleaching done by the sun.  The final art pieces will be shown on the website.  All bags must be priced for sale.  I will create a price for the whole installation. If you want to make 2 bags, you can but we will only hang one bag in the window per artist so that each bag gets enough sun exposure.

Installation #2 – July 1 – July 26

During the Beginnings Installation at Odeonsplatz, we will have an installation in Haidausen called The end.

The End Installation

This is a super fun project and does not have a limit to the number of artists participating.

Each artist will create 4 pieces of artwork that fit in an A4 envelope (Please use enforced envelopes.)  You will address and stamp your envelop to be mailed to an address where you want the enveloped mailed.

The envelopes you mail to me will be displayed in the window during the installation. At the end of the installation, you will be sent your self addressed stamped envelope with 3 pieces of art from a random selection of the other artists.   One piece from each artist will be kept as the installation and will be priced to sell as The End installation.

The cost of this Swap 10 Euro and the one art piece you are leaving with me forever.

Deadline for Art pieces is June 23, 2017 meaning I must have your envelope by this date.   There is no limit to where you live, this is open to every artist everywhere.  If you are not in Germany, please add 10 Euro for postage (so international artists have a total cost of 20 Euro) If you are in Germany, you can add your own postage to your self addressed envelope.

Artwork addressed to me can be dropped off or mailed to:

Munich Artists Frauenstrasse 18, D-80469 Munich, Germany

Installation #3  Your True Self – July 26 – August 23, 2017

During the My true Self installation downtown, we will have an installation called Your True Self  at the Haidhausen window.

Your True Self Installation

This your true self installation will require small mirrors like this one. (Thanks Angelica Zeller-Michaelson for the mirror and the inspiration.)

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Each artist will be allowed to submit up to 5 small mirrors for the installation. You can put whatever artwork you want on the back of the mirror. If you put something on the front of the mirror, make sure it can handle a month exposure to the sun.

Cost per artist is 10 Euro  (not including the mirrors.)

Installation #3 and #4   Nagel Neu & Don’t Throw Me To The Curb – August 23 – September 27

Nagel Neu Odeonsplatz Installation

At Odeonsplatz, we will create an installation called Nagel Neu.  The artwork shall be created using a new piece of  Book Cardboard that 50 x 50.  The art pieces must be collaged and use 3 colours—Orange, Green and Violet.  I will have the 50 x 50 cardboard cut for the artists. Each artist will have some black lines on the cardboard piece that they will have to incorporate into the final artwork.

The collage work can be digital or traditional collage.  This installation is open to 16 Artists who will be selected from the Say Hello Artists.  All artwork must be priced for sale.  The art piece will be sold as an individual installation piece.  More information will be posted on an installation page on MA-The Window.  The deadline for submissions is July 26, 2017.  

All artwork will remain with Munich Artists as a complete installation. You must price your art piece for me for my records.

Don’t Toss Me To The Curb Installation.

Recycled Cardboard – All art pieces must be up to an A3 in size and created on Cardboard.  The installation will hang in the window and be placed on the floor of the window space.   All paper used in this art piece must be from the recycle bin.

The colours for this piece are also limited to Orange, Green and Violet.   If we have too many pieces for the window, they will be also be exhibited at Frauenstrasse 18.


That’s all for now.  If you want to participate in these events, the sign up sheets will be posted at our April 22, 2017 gathering from 1400 to 1800.

LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT 6 MONTHS!

Inspired? Munich Artists Shares our Inspiration 2016 Book & the Different Forms of Inspiration

Inpiration

We started a project last year called inspired.  For 2016, we used a piece of artwork by Brigitte Pruchnow as inspiration and artists were asked to make a piece of art influenced by the specific art piece created by Brigitte.

After the artists arrived at the studio to pick up their inspired books, I realized that the artwork meant more to these individual artists than I could grasp through the visual.

When they explained why they created their art pieces, I had a deeper appreciation for their individual art pieces and the book we created.

This lapse between the visual art pieces and the artistic meaning imbued through inspiration made me think about inspiration and how we are affected by the different forms of inspiration that surrounds us.

For the Inspired project 2016, we used this visual art piece by Brigitte Pruchnow.  It is a mixed media art piece shared with a group of artists chosen by Brigitte.

The artists spent weeks creating art pieces and then submitted their work digitally for publication.  The works were combined to create the Inspired book 2016 which was published in December 2017 by Munich Artists.

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Active Vs Passive Inspiration

Looking at artwork is a passive form of inspiration.  Looking at artwork inspires us in the same way as reading a good story or listening to music.  In all of these activities, we are not actively doing something to receive the influence, it is just there seeping into our subconscious and changing how we create or explore our creative worlds.

If we wanted to provide active inspiration, creatives need to be creating together and making mistakes together. The process of creating, the process of production would propel the artists forward and in a direction, they may have not been exploring.  The failures would guide them and inspire them to move on towards creative endeavors untapped and unexplored.  This active inspiration can happen alone or in a collaborative environment.

Active inspiration can also be found when artists are actively observing their environments or finding new ways to create out of necessity.  One artist from France, who showed at the Friday gallery told me to relax and work with what I had in my hands. No need to run out and hunt and gather.  I watched and was inspired as he looked around and created a clever fix.  This attitude shows creativity and inspiration by what is there which is they type of inspiration we hope the Say Hello 2017 box will inject into the artists participating.)

Negative Influences

Sometimes artists use drugs, emotional conflicts and physical reactions to spark inspiration.  The problem with this form of inspiration is that the flow of inspiration is dependent on negative influences and the artist requires the negative inspiration to produce and be creative.  This dependency has destroyed many artists and gets in the way of productivity and healthier inspirational influences.

Suggestions and Brainstorming

Conversations can be a passive or active for of inspiration depending on how involved the artists become.  We can sit in a space and listen to what is being said and be inspired to create something  or we can engage in an active discussion over a topic and find ourselves inspired to pursue a new body of work.

INSPIRED 2017

A conversation is the inspiration for Inspired 2017.   During an open studio, I talked with a doctor about her practice and why she chose to specialize in Pain management.

The doctor stated that Pain is what helps us feel alive. Without feeling (Pain) we die.  The doctor shared a story with me about a person whose pain was removed, and without being able to feel, the person died.

Her words made me think about Pain. It startled me that the pain I’ve felt in my life has helped keep me alive and it made me think about how past pain has shaped me as a person.

Her words inspired me to think about creating a book based on the idea of pain and the process of creation.  I wanted artists to delve down and share an emotional experience that influences them and their artwork. I wanted to have artwork that reflected pain as an acknowledgement of life.

For the Inspired project 2017, we will be focusing on this idea of pain.

Inspired 2016 Installation at MA-Window

Starting on Sunday, the 2016 Inspired book is in the MA-Window at Odeonsplatz showing the artwork projected on the wall.

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The artists who participated in the 2016 book are:

 

If you are interested in the artwork created for the book, some of the artists still have their pieces available. Contact the artist directly for more information.  If you would like a copy of the book, we still have a few copies available for 50 Euro.

Say Hello 2017 will be at Freiraum 16 Art Gallery, Munich Germany on April 22, 2017

  1. First Installation Location
Artwork in this photo is by Artist Andreas Jungk
Artwork in this photo is by Artist Andreas Jungk. I was focusing on the ceiling where the installation will hang during the event.

Our Say Hello 2017 installation will be shown From April 13 – April 24, 2017 at Oefelestr. 13a, 81543 Munich, Germany. (We install the installation from April 10 – 13th. Boxes need to be at Frauenstrasse 18 by April 4, 2017 because I need to see how many I have AND photograph them.)

Gallery Owner Angelika Baumgartner asked that we extend the hours for the event so Say Hello 2017  will start at 1400 and go until 1800 but, if you want to stay later, we have the luxury of staying until the stars begin to twinkle in the sky.

The gallery space is 100 sqm so there is plenty of room for the installation and for the artists, family, friends and other Munich Creatives.

2. More Information About the Say Hello Event

Video FAQ. I am making a video right now with more information about the box and the installation. If you have any questions, you can email me emmy@kyfio.com

EXPLAIN YOUR ART.  This year, I will make a list of artists who want to explain their art pieces.  I found from the Munich Inspire book, that there were some great stories of why the pieces were made for the book and I only found out about the stories when the artists came to my studio to pick up their books.  Short talk.  Keep it to 5-10 minutes. You do not have to talk about your piece but I want you to know that Say Hello 2017 is a safe place to share your artwork and your stories. Everyone who comes to Say Hello is happy that you are being creative and wanting to share.  We will set a timer for you so that everyone who wants to talk has the opportunity.

Be on Time.  Like last year, I would like everyone to be there at 1400 so we can introduce each artist this year and at that point the artist can talk about their art pieces.  This will start at 1430.

3.  Our Event Book – Munich Look Book

We will have a book again this year. It will be called Munich Look Book.  It will have your boxes in the first section.  The second section of the book, you can have one page to show a variety of your work or Create a unique page of art (like a journal page).  I will be sharing more details about the Look Book tomorrow.  The Look Book costs is included in the 50 Euro fee so there is no additional fee.  

NOTE: If you want to be in the book but you don’t want to be in the installation, the fee will be 100 Euro.  No explanation for the cost. That is just what you have to pay not to be there on April 22.

We will have a second look book in the fall based on the playing card artwork and Munich Stories artwork.  Cost will be 30 Euro for artists who participated in Say Hello 2017 and 50 Euros for everyone else.

4. Selection for Future Munich Artists Projects  (Munich Artists Playing Cards, Munich Stories, MA-The window, Inspire project)

  • Say Hello 2017 will be where we select artists for our visual projects this year.  If you want to participate in the Munich Artists Playing Cards project, you will need to be at the event.
  • We will be expanding the number of artists to 108  and the number of decks to two so that people can play rummy. 1 deck will be photography.  1 deck will be figurative, mixed media.   More information on the Munich artists Playing Cards will also be posted this week. There is a small 20 Euro fee this year for each artist but you get a deck of cards and Elizabeth H., Holger K. and I have less stress. (Cards are expensive to print, we are still in the red from last year.)
  • If you would like to participate in our Munich Stories project and you are a visual artist, please let me know. I’m starting to make the teams next week.
  • If you would like to be involved in the Inspire Project 2017, you can let me know at the event. I will have a signup sheet.  This year, the inspiration will not be an artist but the feeling of pain. This topic was inspired by a talk I had with a German medical doctor who said that pain helps you know you are alive. Without pain, you die.   The inspire project will be an open call project open to all artists and creatives with no geographic boundaries or medium. If you can photograph or write it, it can be in the book.  I will make a separate post for this with more details.  This book will be print on demand and offered as a kindle version.  The submission fee will be 20 Euro. No physical book included.  You will get a PDF version to share.
  • Christmas Ornaments – If you have an idea you want to share or want to hold a workshop, please let me know.  I want a Christmas tree full of hand made ornaments/ artist ornaments. Ideas for this project are appreciated.  We have one artist, Rainer Schmitten, who will be doing a lino cut workshop for us.    Artists have been asking me for a fundraiser project. We can make this the fundraiser if you want with all proceeds going to charity or we can make it whatever you want artists. I just want some ornaments on my tree this year.

Did I forget anything? Probably.

 

 

Long Night of the Museum a/k/a Die Lange Nacht der Muencher Museen is October 15, 2016

Don’t forget!   Munich Artists has an installation at Goethestr. 53.  We are showing the white masks created by Munich Artists for the My True Self Happening in July 2016.

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Here is a photo from the filming at the escalators at Odeonsplatz:

 

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Munich Artists involved with the My True Self Installation

 

The artists who created  masks and attended the event are:

  • Dorothea Grimme
  • Katrin Klug
  • Brigitte Hoppstock
  • Allun Turner
  • Gabriela Popp
  • Ines Seidel
  • Verena Friedrich (Marie is in the photo)
  • Christian Sylis
  • Angelica Zeller Michaelson
  • Emmy Horstkamp

(A few artists created masks but were unable to attend for the video shoot and two artists showed up who did not create masks but helped us wear masks.)

For LNDMM, The white masks are displayed as part of the “My True Self” Installation. I originally planned to pile the masks on the floor underneath the video screen but, now, I have them inside a case like this:

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I altered my original concept. This happens.  The space where I’m showing the piece does not have WIFI so my idea to have people share images on Instagram does not function.   I changed the concept so that the people look into a mirror and can snap a photo of themselves.  I have the masks on display next to the mirror. They are what a mirror absorbed.  I have a little blurb about the concept and will share that on my art page.

When the artists and I met in July, I took some great video but I will not use it tomorrow. I decided the video detracted from the two other pieces and I wanted people to enjoy looking at the masks and taking photos of themselves in the mirror.  I will use the video in another version of the My True Self installation which uses 3/4 mirrors instead of just two.

The present installation uses masks from the artists (You can see them holding their masks in the photo above.)  The artists will be getting their masks back after the event so this really cool piece above will only exist until tomorrow unless they let me keep it together.

I will share some images of the completed installation on our Instagram feed tomorrow.

If you walk by Goethestrasse 53 tomorrow  take a video or photo of the outside video display.  I created it and want it shared as much as possible.  If you share it on Instagram, please add  @munichartists so that I see it!

Note:

The Munich Artists involved in the My True Self project  did not know that the masks would be in the Long Night of the Museum as an Installation.  I did not have the acceptance email until after the event and I did not tell them that I submitted the idea to an open call for artwork because I don’t like to get people’s hopes up.  I feel artists have enough disappointment that I don’t want to add to the pile.

With that said, I hope that you will join us on Sunday at Einstein Kultur to build the card sculpture.  I will be video recording your work on the sculpture with a laptop cam to document the construction.   I have no clue what I will do with the video footage yet.  I may write a story about it or use it as a basis for a story that we can show at a later date but it is at this point, just documenting the construction of our card sculpture.

We  meet at Einstein Kultur from 1300 to 1800.   We get the keys at 1300 so building will start around 1330. At our 500 Artists events, I’m open to listening to ideas and meeting as many of you as possible.   You can ask artists like

At our 500 Artists events, I’m open to listening to ideas and meeting as many of you as possible. It is one of the few times that I’m hanging out at a party.

I remember the artists I meet at our events and when the opportunity arises to share their work or ask artists to collaborate I will first dig down into the Munich Artists trove to find what I need.

Admission to the happening on Sunday  is a deck of Munich Artists Playing Cards which, if you have not already bought a set, can be purchased at the entrance from Holger, my business partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction for Neuperlach Zoo Chapter 2

To help the Munich Street Artists who created the Mingaland installation at the Odeonsplatz window, we are having a 7 day silent auction of the artwork hanging in the installation- Neuperlach Zoo Chapter two – Mingaland Cash Machine.

Zwist, Kult, Pyser,DerBlauenvogel and ADK created the artwork shown below on A1 posters of a cash machine.  Now they would like to sell the artwork so they can get back on the street creating street art for the Neuperlach Zoo Chapter 3.

The work will be in the window at Odeonsplatz for another week so go take a peek and pick a piece you would like to keep.  I have my heart set on this one:

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#1 Neuperlach Zoo Chapter 2 – Bird – DerBlauenVogel

Here is what the full installation looks like (men not included):

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This is how a silent auction works.

  • Starting bid is 50 Euro.
  • You send an email to Emmy@kyfio.com with the amount you want to bid and which piece you are bidding on #1-9.
  • On Monday of next week, I will email the winners of the auction.
  • You will pay Kyfio UG for the art piece. We will take an admin fee plus tax out (30% total) of the money you send and the rest goes to KULT and the art group.
  • All work is original and one of a kind created on a print of an image of a Mingaland cash machine.

Here are the artworks for sale:

Absolute Truth – Munich Artists Summer Installation #2

Collaborations are important to Munich Artists and for the summer we asked artists to collaborate on installations at the window at Odeonsplatz that interact with the people in the subway and/or reflect the subway station space.

For our second installation, Michaela Wuehr and I (Emmy Horstkamp) created the Absolute Truth installation which you can read about on the installation page. which is a photo booth of the absolute truth.

The installation will be at the window for two weeks and we hope you will go check out the installation.  If you are interested in purchasing the artwork, you can let us know. The contact information is on the installation page.

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Emmy Horstkamp and Michaela Wuehr in front of The Absolute Truth Installation
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The installation is located in the Odeonsplatz subway station near the cash machine. On the other side of the cash machine is the underground garden and to the right you will see a store and a bakery.
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Two of the triplets arrive!  Michaela and Martin Wuehr bring the freshly painted triplets to the Odeonsplatz window for the absolute truth installation.

 

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Installation: Leave Me Alone? Emmy Horstkamp Installation

You have five more days to see  the first Munich Artists Summer Window Installation at Odeonsplatz.  The installation vacates the window on Sunday/Monday for the next Munich Artists Window Installation called Absolute Truth by Michaela Wuehr and Emmy Horstkamp.

The current installation was created by me, Emmy Hostkamp,  and is based on a story called “On Death” by Diana Radovan.

I created the installation and then experienced a near death situation with my mother which made writing about planning for your death and not being a burden a little too much like realty.   Neither one of my parents were planners and to create the artwork, I dug into my relationship with my own father and then, after it was installed, experienced my mother’s unexpected health crisis.

I’m feeling a little bit like I’m in some kind of twilight zone where the expectations of a Colombian/German child to take care of her parent are in conflict with her personal feelings.  I’ve followed my social/cultural obligation just like the daughter in the story and now, this piece resonates even stronger with me than it did before I created it.

The installation has two video components which have not been shared on the website but you can see them in this photo.

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If you would like to read more about the installation, you can read about it on the Will God Leave Me Alone installation page.

 

 

 

 

Silke Wagner Wall Installation – 8.November 1939

Sometimes  you are so busy in Mingaland, that you forget to look at the art gems right in front of your face. Yesterday, this fact was brought to my attention when a childhood friend asked me where he could see the Georg Elser memorial.

“What memorial?”

“The one that lights up every night.”

“I have no clue what you are talking about.”

Finishing our diner, my friend asked if I would go with him to watch the memorial light up. Since I had no clue what he was talking about and I hate not knowing what people are talking about,  I wandered with him up to Maxvorstadt to visit the memorial at 21:20.

This is what we saw:

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Silke Wagner created the installation in 2009 memorialising Georg Elser’s attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. The 5.1 meter art installation hangs on the wall of a building and remains unlit except for one minute each day at the moment the explosion.

I looked around at the people eating dinner and chatting at the local bars surrounding the memorial and wondered if we were the only ones that understood why the lights were flashing for the one minute shortly before half past nine.

If you are in the area, please go check out this wall installation dedicated to a very brave soul and created by an artist who wants you to pay attention to your past and Germany’s present.

Location:

Georg Elser Platz  – Tuerkenstrasse, Munich, Germany (Near Schellingstrasse)   If you still can’t find it, hunt down Cafe Zeitgeist. It is on the building right before this cafe.

 

500 Artists Say Hello Installation Artwork 2016

We celebrated our first 500 Artists Say Hello event on Saturday April 23, 2016 and are proud to share with you the installation artwork displayed at Quiddestr. 45.  Thank you to all the artists, family, friends and supporters who attended our gathering yesterday and thank you to Art in Motion and Paata (Nino Khundadze’s husband) for performing during the afternoon event.

We will be organising another 500 artists evening event on November 19th to celebrate the creation of our artists playing cards…so save the date!

If you would like to see the installation, the location will be open on Wed, Thurs. & Friday of this week from 1500 to 1900.  If you would like our Hello 2016 booklet, you can email me at Emmy @kyfio.com. The booklets is 10 Euro.

Open Call: 500 Artists Say Hello

German Version of Open Call

500 Artists Say Hello

Hi my name is Emmy Horstkamp and I’m the founder of the Munich Artists Group.

In 2013, I decided to create Munich Artists so that I could meet more artists who wanted to collaborate on projects and have fun being artists, while building a serious art practice and developing a unique artistic voice.   Over the years, I’ve worked to find ways to connect with fellow artists and celebrate their art creation in motivational and community building ways. This year we are having 500 artists say hello.

Save the Dates:

  • April 22 – May 2nd Exhibition
  • April 23rd Munich Artists Event from 1400 to 1800

Open Call: 500 artists say “Hello”

About

As the name suggests, “500 artists say Hello,” will show 500 participating artists. The selected artists will be featured on the Munich Art market website for the whole year 2016 and beginning of 2017.  This opportunity will facilitate artists to connect and be visible within the city structure.

The directory will only be open to artists who attend the event so admittance to this directory will happen once a year. I will have forms for you to fill out at the exhibition event.  Only these forms will be accepted for the art market website.  Munich Artists will add photos of your work we photograph throughout the year to this site.  The cost is 20 Euro.

Here is how the “500 artists say hello” art event will work:

All artists will create an art piece 30cm x 30cm which says hello in your art style. It can be a photograph, painting, sculpture, ceramics, video, art jewellery, flash fiction etc.  The art piece will be blue, shades of blue or monochrome (black and white).  I will not accept pieces with other colours.  Your piece must be mostly blue. You may use black, gray & white as the neutrals.  The colour blues you use is up to you.

Your art piece can use the words “Hello” in any language and in any medium or symbol that says hello for you personally or abstract that is entitled Hello. It can be sculpture, ceramic or video but please keep in mind that the space we will not insure your at piece. If you use a video screen it must be photo frame size. (I have four at the studio we can use.) 

The 500 art pieces will be used as part of an installation. If someone asks to show the installation again, you must allow us to use your art piece in the installation.  

How to apply

By March 10, 2016, you will send emmy@kyfio.com the following content by email:

  • Two 300 DPI images of your original artwork:
    •  1 of your hello art piece
    • 1 of your favourite art piece.
  • A photo self portrait – Front view so people can see your face please like driver’s license or a profile photo. (for the video so people can see you. If you are unsure, look at my Mingapill portrait I used in the video. (It was shot with my ipone.)
  • A word you feel represents you.  One word.

Artists will be contacted by Email.  The accepted artists will deliver artwork to the Friday Gallery by March 20th:

The Art piece must be maximum 30cm x 30cm. Larger pieces will not be accepted. If you frame it the piece must be a maximum of 30cm x 30cm

The artwork must hang on a wall and must be finished to hang on a gallery hanging system.

You will bring your artwork to:

  • the Friday Gallery, Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 Munich, Germany.  
  • Monday – Friday 10 until 1500.  Saturday 1 – 1500.  
  • I will be take the work to the exhibition space and hang it.
  • The curatorial responsibility for how the artwork is shown remains with the organizer (Munich Artists) for the sake of the exhibition/installation unity.

The German version of this post will appear on Sunday/Monday.   

The cost:  20 Euro per artist paid at the time the artist brings their artwork to the gallery.

PS.  I have the Odeonsplatz window again in July and will be creating a video installation using your artwork photos, words and self portraits.  Because it will visible to many people I want to make sure you pick:

  • your favourite art piece,
  • your favourite self portrait
  • Your favourite word. (You can explain if you want.)

Only the 500 artists from the exhibition/installation will be included in the video installation.

UPDATE: 

  • The total size of the piece is 30 x 30 including framing if framed.
  • If you frame, use black/white/gray/blue. No browns will be accepted.

Feb Installation Day 1 Process Video

2016 is the year of installation for Munich Artists and the Friday gallery .

We started the year with at installation by Emmy Horstkamp & TMNK at Odeonsplatz and continue our exploration of collaborative installations with Ines Seidel and Allun Turner at the Friday Gallery.

We will be sharing Their creative process As They work within the Friday Gallery space.

All the videos will be on our website for you to watch and, I want to edit them together at the end of the installation. This is not a classic documentary but a recording of how the three of us are dealing with the creations process within the Friday Gallery – two artists and the owner of the space.

Now, please watch Ines Seidel & Allun Turner talking and creating art.

 

Visiting Munich Artists at ISPO Trade Fair

This morning I went to ISPO.  What is ISPO?  It is sports and business connected and it took up six exhibition halls for a few days in Munich.

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I went to see the installation in exhibition hall 6 because Ines Seidel gave me a ticket. In her instructions, Ines told me to come through the East entrance but I entered through the entrance near the shopping mall and walked through all 6 exhibition halls to reach the cloud installation. Six exhibition halls full of visual stimuli trying to attract buyers prepared me for an art booth filled with clouds.

Do you believe me?

It was easy to spot Ines’s artwork because it did not look like sport equipment nor did it flash at me or try to get me to try it on (even though it was on a hanger.)  After checking out Ines’s new work I headed over to the installation and then

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Artwork by Ines Seidel – January 2016

I approached the Artist Miquel Panadero who was busy working on one of his installation pieces. We didn’t talk in art speak but rather spoke like artists and talked about the logistics of creating with a group of five, the execution of an installation in a relatively open space and getting an idea working in reality.  Those are topics you too can ask Miquel when he returns to Munich later this spring.

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Miguel Panadero is very happy to be creating art in Munich for a few days before heading back to the Canary Islands (I’m jealous except my Spanish sucks right now so I’m just a little bit jealous but not jealous enough to move to Spain.)

ISPO INSTALLATION 2016

Miquel Panadero and Moreno Tapia have been creating installations at ISPO for three years.  The first year, they created one just by their lonesome – a big birdlike creature that rose high into the sky.  After a successful first installation,  the Spanish artists decided to try working with more artists. (I think because they are two men who like a challenge and are not into siestas.)

This year, five artists created an installation piece of clouds in the front of the exhibition booth space and then displayed their artwork in cloud like formations on the walls surrounding the installation.

The artists for this year’s installation are:

  • Adam Harthshorne (UK)
  • Majilina (Italy)
  • Miguel Panadero
  • Moreno Tapia (Spain)
  • Ines Seidel (Germany)

The installation developed during the exhibition so if you arrived on the first day, you would have seen just white clouds and if you arrived today, you would have seen the installation as I photographed it below.   The installation pieces will be auctioned off to benefit Movember so if you want a piece, please ask Miquel Panadero, Moreno Tapia or Ines Seidel where to bid on the pieces. I have no clue so don’t ask me.

Here is the full installation in monochrome:DSC00175

Here is the installation in colour:DSC00225

Here are two pieces created by Ines Seidel for the installation:

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installation art piece by Ines Seidel
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Installation art piece by Ines Seidel

ARTWORK BY MIGUEL PANADERO

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Miquel Panadero is an artist with many interests.  Although he was showing his installation and illustration skills at ISPO, he also works with paint and clay and other mediums to realise an idea.  Miquel uses his brain database to create his illustrations and to express himself in art form. Photography was not one of his mediums… yet.

Miquel works in a studio in the Canary Islands and flies all over to show his work so if you love his artistic style/installation/name/Spanishness, just let him know and he will fly to you if he can fit it in his schedule.

ARTWORK BY MORENO TAPIA 

Moreno is the other artist who hatched the idea for the installation and managed its creation.

Here are Moreno’s smaller works: DSC00182

Here are Moreno’s larger works ….and his shoe.

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Here are Moreno’s larger works and his foot.   Munich Raw Fodder.

So here is the deal with the big pieces.  The pieces were hanging on the wall (by chance right behind the installation.)  People ignored the art pieces thinking they were part of the installation but they were not.  The artworks were large art pieces by Moreno – A waterfall of mixed media abstracts.

Now, we visitors are sometimes sheep and our brains have a hard time adjusting.  All the other artists had cloud formation for their artwork so, logically his whole wall piece did not fit into the equation of cloud formations and therefore was not an artists specific work.  Naughty brains.

Seeing the problem, Moreno took down his large waterfall piece and hung up a cloud formation like the four other artists and that made sense to visitors. People stopped and asked him if they could buy some of the cloud.

The downfall of taking the work off the wall was that Moreno had to rollout his waterfall for me to see it and it is kind of hard to see a waterfall in the horizantal (It was a river with a rapids at the end just like my photographs show you.)

Moreno loves old newspapers and old papers and he also loves to take his older works and rework them into his current artworks.  At the installation space, Moreno had a stack of abstract art pieces under his cloud. I think you can get the feel of his abstracts by looking at the waterfall spilling all over the installation floor.

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Adam Harthshorne

Adam was sweet to answer my one question about his work.  I only asked one.  I’m blaming the lack of questions on a lack of caffeine and my meeting all of the artists at the same time. (This is never a good idea.)  Adam uses different techniques to make his images. A little bit of this print/transfer technique a little bit of that. I did not write them down but you are artists so you should be able to tell from looking at his work how he made it. (No screen prints, that was my one question.. Sorry Adam, I will ask you more questions next time.)

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Majilina

The fifth artist contributing to the installation is Majilina, an Italian artist. I didn’t ask her any questions nor did I remember to take a photo of her work (which I liked, I just did not take a photo.)  Luckily, I texted Ines and she forwarded me this photo to share with you.

Here are Majilina’s animal clouds:

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artwork by Majilina

LUMENMAN

Ines told me there was more artwork at ISPO in a big black box so we walked down the exhibition hall and found the box and walked inside and met Lumenman a/k/a Bernhard Rauscher.

As we sat down on the wood benches, I expected a video installation to begin but Bernhard said, “You are my first model of the day!”

 

 

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After about ten minutes of watching Bernhard set up his equipment, he asked me to stand up and strike a pose. Ines suggested that I fly (into the cloud) so I threw my arms up into the air and Bernhard did his magic, circling my body with his light wands as his camera took the image.

Bernhard asked me to stand very still… if you have met me, you know that standing still is not something I like to do, but, I did accomplish it for the length of his photograph and someday, in the near future, I will have a light piece to show you.  For now, you can look at the light pieces on his website and the one below that Lumenman made for the colour turquoise (part of our Munich Artists challenge).  I will have a few more photos from Lumenman for you in a post tomorrow.

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Artwork by Lumenman for the Munich Artists  14 day Colour challenge. January 2016

NOTE: We are nearing the end of the colour challenge. If you want to play along, you can find the colours on the 14 day colour challenge page.

 

 

 

Friday is For Finding Something Purple

Day 5 and the color is purple.  I played with my camera and made something with purple. This is not high art. There is no deep meaning other than taking an ugly stylized fish from the side of a building and adding some color and playing with my iphone and finishing today’s challenge. It is an example of how you can use your creativity just to play and have fun because…

Sometimes this girl just wants to have fun and playing with my iphone is fun and a great way to start the day.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out our 14 day Colour challenge here. 

Installations

The reason I’m not going heavy duty with purple is because I’m preparing my installation for the Odeonsplatz Window for February 2016.  My inspiration for this installation is Alice in Wonderland (rabbit’s hole), the Matrix (red/blue pilll) & This display at a sock store.

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The installation is titled “You pierced my heart and shattered my soul.”  My tribute to Valentine’s day.  I will give a “splaining” of the piece after it is created.  Right now, I’m experimenting with hanging the pieces at the Friday Gallery and figuring out how to deal with those bright lights in the space.

There are 23 pieces in the process of creation but maybe I will reduce it or mold it into one assembled piece.  We will figure that out when the artwork is installed on January 31st. (Great Sunday Morning activity.)  I still have not decided if I want to add a video component to this installation but I might experiment with how to add it this weekend when I take a break from Alice.

The Friday Gallery will be closed until February 1st as I use the gallery space to work on the installation. If you need to meet with me, please make an appointment.

Friday Gallery February Installation

Ines Seidel and Allun Turner will begin installing their “Talk” installation at the Friday Gallery in February. I will post the days that they are at the gallery installing pieces.  The gallery will be open Monday – Saturday from 1100 to 1500 during February so you can come see their installation and I will post when they add new elements along with an explanation of their talk.

Reminder

You have one more week to see the January Crush Installation at Odeonsplatz.  In a few days it will be crushed into storage tubes and moved to the Friday Gallery.

Here is a video of the installation( In case you have no desire to visit Odeonsplatz but are curious about our first installation of 2016.)  Want to read a little about this installation, you can go visit the Crush splaining page.

 

 

 

“Crush” Installation by Emmy Horstkamp & TMNK January 2015

We installed the artwork  by Emmy Horstkamp and TMNK “Nobody” at Odeonsplatz this week.

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Crush Installation January 2015
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Artwork by Emmy Horstkamp and TMNK ” Nobody”
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TMNK “Nobody” in front of Crush Installation

There are a total of four art pieces on paper and a video art piece included with this installation.  Ideally, the back two pieces will be seen slightly through the front artwork. This worked perfectly when I tried it at the studio but, the lights in the display window are scorching bright so the LEDs don’t have a chance.

I debated turning off the overhead lights but the window is in the subway and the brightness of the window does draw your attention to it and the pieces tucked inside.

I discussed with TMNK moving the back pieces but I’m leaving the two back pieces where they are behind the two individual figures because the images change the Crush story if they are shown next to the individual figures instead of behind them.  Below are the two TMNK pieces which are not really visible but are on the walls at the subway:

All artists want their art in front of the public but street artists only get this opportunity for a short period of time before the art piece is covered over by another art  piece or painted over white/gray/beige.  Sometimes when you walk by a graffiti wall you see a fragment of what was there before but the viewer has no way of flipping the front piece up to look what is behind.

In the Crush installation, the front pieces could be flipped up if presented in a gallery space.  The viewer knows there is another piece and will be tempted to look at it. I know from a prior experience with multiple layers of canvas that viewers will flip to see what is behind even when the art piece is presented in a gallery space and there is no signage saying flip or keep your hands off.

TMNK Adding to Emmy’s Artwork

TMNK  is known for marking over other artist’s street art with his X, Crown and Love.  I found the following manipulation of another artist’s street piece in my photos from November 2015.

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Although artists are creating street art which is “temporary,” there is a feeling of ownership even though the piece is not legal. The owner of this piece would be the city of NYC.  Neither TMNK  nor the Pandabear artist would be able to say, “it’s mine” because the canvas they chose to use was not owned by them… such a lovely legal argument regarding intellectual property and property rights. In my conversations with TMNK, he admitted that artists got upset that he changed their work but that possessive energy belong only in the gallery on personally owned art materials, not on the streets.

Experimenting with this idea, I asked TMNK to work on top of my photographs in a continued effort to bring a sense of reverence to my digital photography.

Here is an example of the two pieces he created last week:

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The artwork has the feel of graffiti from the streets but is totally legal because I allowed TMNK to manipulate my photographs. This is unlike the other American artist who forget to communicate with the photographer before  using his artwork. TMNK cares about how other artists feels in the studio and he asked before drawing on the photos. I wasn’t sure how I would feel when he was done but at the moment I offered, I was curious and happy to experiment BECAUSE IT WAS A PRINT OF MY DIGITAL artwork and I could print another.

When he finished drawing, I liked what he did and decided to take the idea one step further. I asked TMNK to work over two of my digital prints on canvas from my Project T series.

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TMNK “nobody” Working over my T Series art pieces

How did I feel when he worked over the pieces which were digital with a bit of my own original artwork?  I felt happy.  No issues whatsoever.

BUT, I realised that I didn’t want TMNK touching my Plan B Dorothy art piece in the installation window. In fact, I didn’t let him see it until I was getting ready to hang the piece.

Why do I have this gap in my emotional attachment to my different art forms?  When I create the artwork with my two little hands, I’m very possessive of the piece and I don’t want it altered unless I trust the artist to complement my style and not overwhelm it.

After watching TMNK work on the four art pieces for the installation, I realized that his style was not really adding but reinventing the piece and taking it over.  By taking it over, it was no longer mine or ours… it was just his and that made me possessive of Plan B Dorothy.

I did not have this feeling with my digital work.  When I look at the above image of our combined work, I see them as our combined work and  I’m happy with what he decided to create. I had no say in what he created except by offering him the initial composition of Project T Banker and Project T Intellectual.

I especially love what TMNK decided to create with my street photographs.  Those images made me very happy. I’ve been trying to get Munich Artists to think like TMNK in regards to my photographs but they can’t. The idea of drawing all over my photographs is very stressful for a German artists and only Brigitte Pruchnow has been able to do it.

If you are interested in seeing what TMNK created while he was in my studio, please visit the Friday Gallery.  All his works created during his visit to Munich will be for sale at Frauenstrasse 18 which looks like this now:

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The Gallery will be officially reopened next week on January 11, 2016.  I still have to put a coat of white paint on the walls but all my studio materials are now contained and separated from the gallery space by these lovely dividers.

 

Street Art Collaboration Inside The Friday Gallery

Art Collaboration

This week we started the non video segment of our window installation. The installation will be installed on January 4th at Odeonsplatz, Munich, Germany.  I will make a tiny video showing you exactly where it is so you can visit it on your commute through town.  The two artists creating artwork for this installation are Emmy Horstkamp (me) and Street artist with a cool street art name. ( I don’t have a cool street art name.)

Initially, the installation was planned as a continuation of the madeyourbed series, but on Monday, I had a surprise visit from an American Street Artist at the Friday Gallery and after an interesting conversation my plans for the installation changed.

I didn’t tell the street artist what I was calling the installation nor did I tell him what to draw on the different segments of the installation.  I wanted the pieces to feel like the a graffiti wall and be filled with a collaborative synergetic energy.

To inspire him, I made the first layer by transferring my photographs of Munich  onto the paper so the paper was no longer blank. From the abstracted shapes on each art piece, the street artist began painting with black and red ink using his iconic motifs to fill the space.

Below you can see the street artist adding the second layer of drawing to one of the art pieces.

 

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A friend helped us by adding some colour to one of the art pieces. (Bonus for hanging out with us for HOURS.)

This week I will begin layering the  paper pieces at the Friday Gallery to see how they overlap and where I need to make cuts and add encaustic medium.

I want to make sure that the top layer integrates our styles and the feeling of a graffiti wall so I will be adding shadows around the main figures, some stencil work and some collaging … along with the word CRUSH.

The idea of this installation is to share the feeling of a graffiti wall dissected.  The artwork of some of the pieces will not be fully visible as if the artwork was done on a graffiti wall.

Wax will be used to add structural elements to the pieces and also to make the paper translucent so you can see parts of what is on the piece behind. Without being backlit, the wax will just add a texture to the piece.  With backlighting, the paper will be see through allowing you to see the piece behind.

I started cutting holes in the pieces and will walk by Tumblingerstrasse all week to get inspired by the layered graffiti and street art so that I capture the graffiti wall feeling in the installation.

I decided to name the installation CRUSH to represent not only the the love themes of this street artist but the actual crushing of artwork by layering the pieces closely together, pushing them together and crushing two very different art styles into one space.

The video part of the installation  will share a word story called Crush.

I will post an update of the installation at the end of next week. If you have any questions, you can email me emmy@kyfio.com

NOTE:

Our Feb Installation will be Ines Seidel and AllunTurner entitled “The Talk”which they will start at the beginning of Feb and will be ready for  Jewellery week at the end of Feb beginning of March 2016.

If you have a window you want to share with Munich Artists for an Installation, please let me know. We are looking for a space for March 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Installation: Ines Seidel and Allun Turner

I invited Munich Artists Ines Seidel and Allun Turner to create an installation called “The Talk” during Feb. 2016.  Both artists create art Jewellery and I asked them to incorporate art jewellery into the installation.

If the artists get into the swing of things, their artwork & jewellery will interact and expose how the different sexes use jewellery to communicate ideas, emotions, status etc.

I will be documenting the installation and sharing it with you on the website. The two artists have started working on an idea and I can’t wait to hear/see/experience their “talk.”

Munich Artists Ines Seidel
Munich Artists Ines Seidel

 

Long Night of the Museum @ Goethestrasse, Munich – 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition

If you were unable to make it to Goethestrasse 53 yesterday to see the “Dahoam is Dahoam is Wo?” exhibition, here are some images of the artwork presented.  It is always exciting to watch people interacting with the artwork and I love seeing Munich Artists in action.  Great job everyone. I hope to see more of your work during the coming year.

Munich Artists Event Planning Stammtisch – Friday July 17th

Life - Drawing without an eraser by photo Emmy Horstkamp

Stammtisch

Our next Stammtisch will be on July 17, 2015.   We will have mockups of the first colouring book (binder with artwork organised before I send the file to the printer) for comments.  I will talk about deadlines for various book projects and I will take suggestions for the series of colouring books.  The second book will be dealing with street notes left around Munich. If you want to participate in this, you better get cracking!  I posted the #letsplayagame on Instagram. Do you follow our Instagram feed? The game is to print the photo I’m posting online and then tape it somewhere in the city and snap a cool photo.   I don’t care if you leave the image there or take it home with you.  I’m interested in the photograph you snap.  Please if you play this game and send me a photo, you must give me permission to print it for commercial use. It must state this specifically in the email you send me or I will not use it.

The third book subject is up for grabs.  I want these books to be coming out each month starting sometime in August.  The books will be a hybrid “bookzine” because we are making them print by demand and I don’t want to date the content. I was thinking it would be fun to have an Oktoberfest book for September.   What do you think?

November 15th Art Event

We are organising an art event for November 15th (tentative date).  I’m submitting the request this week to see if we can secure the location for the event/exhibition and get Munich’s blessing and cooperation.  Think Stand for your Art but 10x as many artists and no standing but lots of opportunities to have fun which should clarify nothing which is the point… I don’t have permission yet so can’t go into details.  (Because of the size, there will be a cost between 100 to 300 Euro per artist.) We will be making a book from this project and we will have a dedicated website where all participating artists will be showcased.

I need organised individuals willing to be in charge of various parts of this project because it is too big for me to handle alone.  Here is the beginning list:

  • Publicity
  • Entertainment
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsorship/Donations
  • Workshops (8 hours)
  • Sales (Be in Charge of the two sales locations)
  • Book/Catalogue
  • Marketing materials
  • Participatory art  project (2)
  • Food

These are not paid jobs…. just like me, you will be wearing a volunteer hat.  If we get enough sponsorship, there may be some compensation but you can’t take on these roles thinking about that.   It will be really cool and hopefully we will be able to repeat this kind of exhibition on a yearly basis and attract the sponsors we need to pay you for your time.

The event will be juried by artists.  I will be asking established artists to take on this role.  Those artists will automatically be included in the event.  You can suggest an artist you respect to be one of the jury members.  I will select the list of artist jury members to be involved by the end of July 2015.

The theme of this event will be the prismed zeitgeist.  You can read about it on this post talking about prismed zeitgeist.  Artists will be asked to create new works based on idioms that don’t translate from German to another language.  Here is an example:

Tomaten auf den Augen haben.

A more detailed explanation which is being sent to the city will be posted here.  Once our idea has been approved, we will be making an open call for artists to exhibit for the event.  Because it is being juried, please do not be upset if your artwork is not selected. You are welcome to participate in another way.  We will have workshops & participatory art as an integral part of this event and will need artists who love to deal with people interacting with the public. You can hand them as many business cards as you want as long as they don’t end up in the art projects.

We will discuss the idioms on July 17th, how many we should have because this will determine how we organize the artwork.  Also, I need feedback about the location (which will be announced one we hear back from the city).

We are submitting our application this week but I need to know how much “work” an artist is willing to do for a one day event or if they are willing to pay for security to make it a two day event. (Sat/Sunday)  Once we have city approval, I can give more information about the exhibition. For now, please reserve July 17th for the planning meeting “Stammtisch” and November 14 and 15 as the tentative date(s) for the event ( Saturday/Sunday).

Have a Great Monday.  A newsletter shall soon be following.

 

 

 

 

Super + Installation that Blew Munich Artists Away

Not literally.  The installation was the next doorway down the hall from Gabriele Rothweiler’s studio.

When you entered the room, you were surrounded by a silver material that billowed.  It was translucent, light, pliant and rustled.

The room contained a few white leatherette chairs. A friend and I  stood for a moment enjoying the material moving with the breeze and then sat down to see if it was a different experience.

Sitting in the white chairs, we listened to the sound as the fan blew against silver coloured fabric/plastic.  I think the material might have been emergency surgical blankets glued together because seams were clearly visible.

From the chairs, the lamps and fan became a distraction from the experience.  The mechanics of the installation took center stage instead of the effects created by the fan and the lights.   Because we could see the fan and light directly in front of us, we talked about how to get rid of them so that we could just enjoy the sound of the air being pushed through the material.

Was this a commentary about society focusing on faults when surrounded by beauty?

The sound created when the air hit the material reminded me of the wind as it rustles the leaves of the trees.  It also reminded me of island life where the ocean is a constant companion, filling your ears as the waves find the shore.

I decided to share the video footage which focuses on the sound and imagery and not the equipment used to make the installation.

I don’t know if seeing the equipment was a flaw or a necessary element.  If this was a flaw in the execution, it can be easily rectified.  A small screen made from the same silver material would solve the visual flaw when sitting down.  You would still see the fan when standing but it would not be the visual focus.

When we were getting ready to leave the room, two guys popped out from behind the material and asked us what we we thought about the silver sheet material.

I was surprised at the questions. It was like asking me if I knew what goes into gesso or what goes into encaustic or screen printing solvents.  I didn’t feel the questions was necessary or worth recording and remembering.   For me, the feelings evoked by the experience were more but maybe too many people are disconnected from their feelings and can only focus on fact and this was the artist’s way of connecting with the audience by making them touch the installation.

Either way, I appreciated the idea and look forward to seeing the next version of this which may include the audio clips gathered on Saturday.

Wanting to be one of the dancers – artwork by Suzanna Treumann for January 2015 art installation piece

In January 2015, Munich Artists invited artists to draw on a black line created on the walls of the the Schwere Reiter theater.  the art installation was displayed during the theatre performance “Ground(s) – Diptychon” by Jasmine Morand with David N. Russo.  It was wonderful to have a great group of artists creating art on site but we realised that one artist, Suzanna Treumann, went one step beyond the rest by camping out at the theatre and creating a temporary studio on the floor of the main theatre room.  For several days, Suzanna worked and immersed herself in the life of the dancer.  If you would like to read her thoughts, here is a link to her blog.  Below are a few images of Suzanna’s inspiration and creations.

Open Call for January 2015 Munich Artists Project – Art Installations for David Russo and Jasmine Morand Theatre Production

Remember me?  Remember getting together in December? Lets start 2015 with a bang by creating some art together. Here are LOTS of details:

Date: 13.1.2015 through 18.1.2015

Location: Schwabing/Maxvorstadt Munich at a Theatre Complex

Invited Artists: Munich Artists Group organised by Emmy Horstkamp

Project: Art Installation in association with David Russo and Jasmine Morand Theatre production

Information about David Russo’s and Jasmine Morand’s theatre production

Name: Grounds (s) Diptychon – Ground(s) is a diptych. Two pieces which exploit novel technologies in order to bring out specific atmospheres through the relationship between gesture and image, where motion, light and graphics operate in an inter-dependent and symbiotic way.

Underground –  Underground is an installation inspired by peep shows and danced in real time by a woman and a man in a confined, intimate space. Set in a semi transparent structure with diagonal slits through which you can see clearly, the piece is inspired by Japanese bondage art. Inside the structure, a man and a woman move slowly, maintaining distance at first, restraining their energies until their bodies are finally confronted with each other. The tangled bodies move slowly at first, then gently crescendo into a frenetic pattern, where fragments of full- blown eroticism can appear, perceived as quasi subliminal images. The action unfolds in almost complete silence, where any noise from the dancers triggers the lights to switch off. This effect enforces a strangely breathtaking kind of intimacy, where people are invited to watch something which is both minimal and aesthetic, while being witness to something truly intimate, humanistic.

Playground – Three dancers are involved in a reflex game with increasingly complex rules which eventually turns into war-like conflict when an “object of desire” is introduced.Playground is at the cross-roads between performance and dance, using fully interactive video-mapping as a dynamic scenic tool, combining gesture, sound and image in a synergetic way.

At first, the piece developed as a simple reflex game between three dancers. Slowly the rules become more complicated, and transform the dynamics between the characters. The “playground” itself evolves and becomes a terrain where other, new rules develop and take over. Amid this, a cylindrical element is introduced and becomes an object of desire for these dancers and, naturally, the source of tensions and conflict. Invisibly, the playground becomes a war-game. The goal becomes to possess, win, to impose, to triumph. Gradually, as the alliances between the dancers are in turn made and undone, the fight for victory takes on more importance in the dynamic. As the rules and original causes of the conflict vanish from the game, the ultimate victory is taken by the dominating light and graphics which fight a war of shadows across the whole stage, dwarfing the embattled dancers by sheer size and intensity, underlining the absurdity of the conflicts unfolding on stage.

The video projections and sound-scape are influenced by the cylindrical element’s position in space, and react dynamically to movement. The graphics created and used in giant video projections were loosely inspired by the geometry of a chessboard and the constant opposition of light and darkness.

What happens when you take a popular game that everybody knows and modify one single element? Ryota Kuwakubo

Information about the Munich Artists Visual Artist Project

Munich Artists will create an art installation on the walls of the theatre foyer and the hallways leading to the two performances located in two different areas of the building.

All artists will be invited to come into the space on Tuesday and Wed to create artwork for themselves while the theatre artists are doing dress rehearsals.  The directors want you to be inspired by their artists and the theatre performances.

Installation : Group Wall Collage

The artists who decide to participate will be encouraged to drop some artwork into a box (box is part of the theatre concept) and those artworks will be collaged and hung on one wall where the book will be located (A very big wall.)  The artwork dropped off ideally will be created based on the visit to the space but artists will be encouraged to bring in old sketch books, art pieces, or found art to be ripped up and used for the collage.   All artists will be offered the opportunity to collage and add layers until the performance ends on Sunday.   All artwork brought to the theatre must be paper or canvas so that it will be light enough to hang from the wall without too much support.

Artists will be allowed to paint and draw on the collaged pieces. The only limitation for this collaborative art piece is that the subject matter must relate to the performance and whatever you add must make sense to the rest of the collage. (no bandstanding, advertising or tagging.) We will do minimal curation to remove inappropriate materials.

All supplies must be supplied by the individual artists.  If you want to paint on the collage, please use acrylics. NO spray paint or oils.  If you are a messy painter, bring a drop cloth. You will not be able to keep your selected art piece on the collaborative collaged piece.  all collaged art becomes part of the whole and will not be returned specifically to you.

Installation: The Black Line

Selected artists’ artwork will relate to a black line that will be taped across all the walls and will connect the theatre rooms. The line will be continuous but not straight. The black line must be incorporated into the art pieces of the selected artists.  The artists who create artwork off the line will be able to take their artwork home with them. All rights remain with the artists creating the pieces coming off the black line.

This part of the project is not open to all artists. If you want to be one of the ten artists working along the black line, please send an email to  emmy (at) kyfio.com  (If I don’t know you, please add a link to your portfolio.)  We started choosing artists to fill the space and I will make the final decisions over the weekend based on how the artwork will flow together through the available space. (If you want to work as a team that is ok but you must show me artwork that you created already as a team of artists.)

All artwork should relate to the ideas described above about the play.  Please do not use already created artwork. The directors want the energy to be from this specific site and performances.

Artists Book

Each registered artist (who comes in during the week) will be allowed to add a finished art piece based on the performance to a book which will be on display during the weekend.

The book will be a gift to David Russo and Jasmine Morand who are the theatre performance originators.  All pieces attached to the book will be no larger than an A4 size (or will have to be folded up and inserted into the book).  The artwork attached can be high quality digital prints of a piece created by the artist during the week or an original art piece. No art pieces attached to the book will be returned.  No exceptions.

The book and the wall collage will be open to all Artists but you must register to work on the art piece and get access to the theatre space. Sign up sheets will be posted on the website on January 6, 2015.

Please do not go to the theatre unless you have signed up for a specific day.  Please do not fret if I don’t pick you for one of the walls, you can work on the collage and put an individual art piece in the book for people to see. Please respect the performers preparing for their show. This is a stressful time for them and we are lucky to have this opportunity to invade their space.

Tentative Schedule

13.1.2015 Tuesday -Artists create art in space, add artwork to book and work on collage wall

14.1.2015 Wed –  Artists work on their selected spaces, create artwork based on the performances, work on collaged wall.

15.1.2015 Thursday – Art Exhibited

16.1.2015 Friday – Art Exhibited

17.1.2015 Saturday – Art Exhibited

18.1.2015 Sunday – (Take Down Art Pieces)

Note

I will be making signup sheet where the artists will need to sign up for the days they would like to come in and do work. That way we know who is showing up and how many artists will be participating.  I will post the signup sheet tomorrow January 6th 2015.

The theatre will open up early on performance days so people can come see the artwork before the show. (If your friends and family want to see the artwork but do not want to attend the theatre event.)

For the ten artists working on the black line, All artwork must be removed at the end of the performance on Sunday. If you want to take your artwork home, please reserve this day to take it down otherwise you release your rights to the art pieces you created and I can toss it or keep it.  I will not hold artwork for anyone. (The space is just too big and I have a small car.)

If you want part of the group collage, I will be cutting the collage up into squares.  All artists who participated in the event can have a square but they must be registered and leave a physical address for the piece to be mailed.  No unregistered artists will receive recognition or a piece of the collaged artwork.  No exceptions.

The hallway leading up to the peep show needs to encourage viewers to be quiet.   This is a challenge for the artists given these walls to display their artwork.

I will be posting photos on January 6th of the space so you can see the walls we are working with for this installation.

Once you sign up for the project, you will be giving the location of the theatre.

David will have a press conference for the event and will talk about the artwork in addition to his theatre performance.

If you have any questions, please email emmy (at) kyfio.com.

Thanks!

Emmy Horstkamp

December 13th – 1400 to 1430 – Be at the Square

News:

In our Facebook group, I suggested we have an artist installation and the artists agreed it would be fun.   I applied for a permit and the city called and said it should be ok so here are the details:

Event Date:  Saturday December 13, 2014   (RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW OR FOG so figure a way to protect your art piece)

Time:  1400 to 1430.

We will meet between 1340 -1345 with team captains at Steinstrasse 59.  The total time of the event will be 30 minutes.

At 1430 you can head into Steinstrasse 59 and visit the kunst werkstatt cardboard box mountain and help us figure out what to do with it when the Christmas season is over.   Ideally I want you to meet new artists and have fun showing off your artwork to the Munich Christmas Crowd heading to the different Christmas markets.

Location:

Who Can Participate:  Any Munich Artist (Any Medium.  Any skill Level.  Any Age)  I want people to see the creative energy of the city. You can be a visual artist, a singer, a musician, a dancer.  If you are not a visual artist, you will have to figure a way to display your work visually because our permit will will not ask for music/dance but we would love to have you represented.

Please add your name to our doodle list https://doodle.com/vqs9s9azi4eaxsh2 to be put on a team. We need to keep things relatively organised so that we can share the name of the artists involved on the website and share links to webpages etc and apply for our permit.  If you want to be a team captain please let me know by emailing me at emmy@kyfio.com with the subject line (Team Captain.)

We have 8 captains and all artists need to be put in a group.   Please sign the doodle and you will be added to a group.  This is to line up in a group of fours on the field.  If you are an art group and want to be close to each other, please let me know in an email at emmy@kyfio.com and I will put you together as much as I can.

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING:  We are going to create a square hopefully surrounding a green park space with artists holding their artwork in their hands. The artists will have stickers that says “I am a Munich Artist” or “I love Munich Artists.”

My initial inspiration for this idea were the religious groups who hold signs downtown so if we stay in that vein, we stand in groups of four with a tiny space between the groups silently holding up our artwork or pieces representing our artwork like this image by Jeffrey Ely.  Since we will be doing this near Steinstrasse 59. I would like the artists to stand in groups of four along the street and we will photograph you and put you on the website.

You are all artists and I welcome you to create your own button that says “I am a Munich Artist” that you can maybe swap with other artists at the event but I will have a button there so this is not essential but I want people to know who you are.

Size of art pieces:  I want the artwork to be able to be held up and seen from a distance.  This means that it can’t be too small and it can’t be too large.  Largest piece should be 70 x100cm.  Smallest piece should be A3. If you play an instrument that you can hold, you can hold that in place of an image. If you are a dancer, you can hold a portable video screen showing you dancing.  If you are a singer, you can hold up your music CD, a microphone or an image of yourself singing.

Team Captains: Because we will need a large group of artists to be in specific places, I will be designating team captains.  The job of the team captains will be to make sure their artists know where to go.  Make sure all artists on their team have the information they need for the event.  Team captain names are above.

Other information:

  • If you want to help us document our art installation/event that would be great!  We need photographers and videographers to make some video and photos to share.
  • All the artists who participate will be asked to send an copy of their art piece to us by December 10th so we can post in on the Munichartists website and so we can have an example of your artwork if we make a book for the event.  I think that would be a fun souvenir for everyone that is involved.  It will be print on Demand available in January 2015.  I will give a one week window for the artists to send their artwork/BIO after the event with permission to use the photo but would like the image before so that in case someone sees your artwork and wants it, they can find you!
  • If you are an artist selling your artwork, make sure the piece you show is one that is for sale.  I will post all images on Munich Artists and link to a page on our site which will have your contact details and information about the art piece that you have submitted to me. This must be to me by the 10th so I can post it online before the event.
  • NOTE:  You can email me at emmy@kyfio.com if you need some information.

What do I get from doing this?  If you are new to Munich Artists you might be wondering what is the catch.  Well, there is none.  For the last two years, I’ve worked to build an art community and introduce Munich Artists to each other.  This event is a nice way to end 2014.

This event is also a gift to Munich Artists who love collaborating and making cool things happen and a promise that Munich Artists will continue to think up cool things for artists to do in Munich.