48 Forward – A Munich Innovation Event

Last week I attended 48 Forward.

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Munich Artists went to the  48 Forward to see what innovations, trends and visions would be shared at the event held at the Freiheiz in Munich.

The event was well planned and well executed but Munich Artists wanted 48 Forward to push more boundaries and inspire innovative and visionary creative people.  The conference felt geared towards people who want to be innovative, want to be creating trends.

What would inspire visionaries?  A speaker like Simon Sinek.

 

Here is what I learned at 48Forward:

  1. Not all Germans are careful and worried about their privacy. The first speaker admitted that he didn’t have a security code on his phone. There are so many apps out there you can use to make this process more fun. I wanted to jump up and give him my iphone to play with so he could see how fast it was to use. I later found out that Samsung also has fingerprint security so there is no reason not to secure the phone data and your privacy.
  2.  Germans would not mind being told what to do by a computer.

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53% of the people who logged in to vote at 9:39 on Thursday morning at the 48 Forward conference would have no problem having a computer tell them what to do.   (I would have an issue with this.)img_0721

 

3. There are quite a few hurdles to digitisation of the workplace in Germany

  1. Many Germans don’t want digital. They like paper. (Can’t fix this. I love paper too but I love digital and it works great.)
  2. Many Germans have no clue how to use digital devices including a computer.
  3. German companies and their employees are not ready for the flexibility offered by the digital world nor are the German labor unions or legal systems ready for this.(complicated but fixable.)
  4. Germans don’t have enough security on their digital devices. 64 percent of German do not have a password on their phone.
  5. I don’t remember the 5th hurdle…

4. I am bored when not engaged. This may not be news to many of you but I’m always surprised how quickly I lose interest when sitting in marathon lectures.  I was not trained to sit and quietly listen to other people discussing problems for such a long period of time.  This part of German business culture makes me jumpy and on Thursday I jumped to the back of the room, got a coffee and then stood so I wouldn’t fidget and be disruptive during the lectures on German business innovation.

Now, for their 3rd year, I would love to have:

  • Clusters organised in the beginning to make people mingle with people they don’t know maybe by industry. I am an introvert. Help me a little bit please. I have met lots of other introverts who would also love a little bit of a push.
  •  A German business problem that everyone can spend 20 hours trying to hack in an innovative and visionary way.  Have a company sponsor this and then utilise one of the hacks presented.  I love solutions and would like to see what they come up with during the day.
  • Sign up lists for break out groups that can discuss topics brought up by the speakers so you can see who is interested in what topic. You used digital to gather questions, use digital to gather people.  I really wanted to talk about this computer that is going to boss around 53 percent of the visionaries in Germany.  I had to wait until Saturday to talk to a computer expert about this.

You can see all last year’s lectures from 2016 on Youtube and they will have 2016 on soon.

NOTE: If you are looking for a place to hold an event, the Freiheiz in Munich is easy to reach and holds a few hundred people.

 

 

 

My True Self Installation Will be Presented at the Long Night of the Museum.

Munich Artists!  I had to wait, wait, wait and now I can finally tell you that our My True Self installation will be exhibited during the LNdM at Goethestrasse 53. (Münchner Flüchtlingsrat Goethestr. 53) which is an official location for the shuttle buses and an amazing location to display the My True Self installation.  This is our 3rd year exhibiting during the Long Night of the Museum and I want this installation to be amazing and fun and full of our creative energy.

What will be exhibited?   The video I’m creating of you and the white masks piled under the video and and a video wall of LNdM guests wearing either a white mask or a my true self mask.

NOTE FOR ARTISTS FOR the SUNDAY JULY 10, 2016 EVENT

  • Please bring your two masks.
    • 1 all white of your face
    • 1 mask that represents your true self.
    • Below is an example by Gabriela Popp.
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Masks by Gabriela Popp
  • Please wear all black or very dark blue solid colour clothing as I want people focusing on the mask not the outfit or your body.  NO PRINTS, NO WORDS, Just Solid dark blue or black colors.
  • Please block off 4 hours 900 to 1200 on Sunday July 10th.  Although we may take less time depending on how many times I send you up and down the escalator to capture shots.  The video will show a stream of people going down in a single file so depending on how many people we have I may have you go done a few times in different orders to capture the shots so I can make it look like a streaming line of people or the same person having to go down over and over again.
  • We meet at the odeonsplatz Window where we show our installations near the cash machine, in the underground on the side close to SF coffee.  If you have no clue where the installation window is text me +4915129111465 and I will go find you near the SF coffee.
  • If you want me to use your white mask under the installation, please write your name somewhere on the mask so I know who to give it back to after the October installation.
  • If you want people man handling your “My true self” mask at the Long Night of the museum, I will use it for the display otherwise I will be making masks for this purpose because after 8k people play with them, they may be worse for wear but it will be fun to see lots of people wearing the masks and taking photos so it is up to you if you want them using your art that way.

 

See you next week!

 

 

Munich Artists Visits The London Artisan

Over Easter, we visited the London Artisan.  We were not sure if it would be open on Easter Sunday so I contacted the London Artisan through their Facebook page and they told me they would be open.  In fact, the London Artisan is open every Sunday throughout the year at the Old Truman Brewery . If you are in London on a Sunday, take your lunch money with you to Elys Yard, Hanbury Street & Brick Lane and wander inside.

IMG_8505We visited on Easter Sunday and when we arrived, we were greeted by a packed crowd cruising down narrow rows of amazing looking food that smelled delicious.

After touring the booths on the main floor, we picked food from three different stalls and three different regions of the world.  The average price per dish was 6 GBP and the portion sizes were large enough to fill two people.  Every stand that we passed offered us food to try so we could have tried everything and bought nothing but that would be very wrong. Small business people deserve your support so buy their huge portion sizes and make the sacrifice and buy your dinner there too.  You can start your diet on Monday or Tuesday or the Following Saturday or whenever you return from your vacation but don’t count calories when you visit the London Artisan.

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Happy Food Vendors on Easter Sunday

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The food at this stand was served by a woman who might have only been able to say “6 ” in English.  I ordered from her and she said “6” holding up six fingers. The guy behind me wanted just a water and she told him “6.”  It Confused him but they both laughed when he showed her the water he wanted to buy. She bowed at him and gave him change.  Super busy stall.  Fantastic tasting food. Minimal language exchange in English. (I should have tried German….)
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Munich does not have tiny cupcakes. We were happy to find a London version of our NYC favourite.  These tiny gems were just as tasty and gone just as quickly.

Leaving the food section,  we explored the other two areas of the London Artisan which were not edible.  The first section was on the main floor and consisted of a mixture of vintage clothes, records, art, jewellery, UK made shoes, knit clothing, prints, sculptures and bags.

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Mixture of vintage and original clothing supposedly manufactured in London. (My daughter bought two dresses for 34 GPB.)

My favourite stand on the main floor was the jewellery designer with a label called Pick a Twig.

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Pick a Twig London Artisan Booth. Nice clean lines.  Nice Display. I loved the hanging lights.
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Happy Artist made a Sale.
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Packaging for the earrings
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Set of silver earrings
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Pick a Twig Earring Set – You pick which Twigs You Want
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The earrings are held onto your ear with a bent back bar.  They did not stay on my ears in the shower so I have to be very careful wearing these. I’m not good with fragile jewellery nor paying attention to my earrings so they may join Ines Seidel’s paper jewellery pieces that I look at but don’t wear.
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The earrings on my lobe.  I tried taking a selfie but my face was always too much in the photo.
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I snagged this photo from their Etsy shop. (The artist didn’t tell me she was on Etsy but Google showed me where to find their store.)

The jewellery line belongs to two artists Akville & Karolis. They designed their earrings so that each piece will work with the others and if you have several holes in your ears, you can become a tree.  Since I only wear one set of earrings, I can’t test this out for you but if you want to see all the little twigs, check out their online store or visit them at the London Artisan on Sundays.

If you are moving to London for good and want to rent a booth, the booth prices are around 75 GBP, a little less if you book for a month. If you are trying to develop a following, you will need to be renting a booth by the month. Don’t be trying to do a one off because that would make no sense unless you are already a famous designer and just want to hang out with the commoners for a day.

I was impressed with the turnout and believe this is a good opportunity to showcase your designs/goods.  If you decide to invest the 300 GBP for four Sundays, try and get a booth on the first floor which is busy.  The second floor looked like this:

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See the difference.  The artists and designers on this floor had more space but the traffic flow was minimal.   I purchased the earrings on the main floor but I saw something on the second floor I might have purchased if I had not already spent my daily spending allowance on twigs.  (One artist had smashed up raw diamond jewellery.)

Here is a business challenge puzzle for you to figure out. (If you don’t like puzzles skip down to the street art.)

How do you get the big crowd from the bottom floor to check out the second floor before buying?  How do you make the flow keep flowing and not trickle up the stairs?

We already know from our experience at the Munich Food Lovers Market, that Munich Foodies want to buy food and Munich art lovers want to buy art and the two don’t always mix.  This type of fair combines both of those by providing a big space for the artisans and a big space for the food. To be successful, you need to have both spaces on the same floor but separate so the people who are looking to eat can avoid the artwork and the people wanting art can avoid the food and those who love both can wander between the sections. Everything has its place every week and there are no surprises.

Now,  how do we make two levels work?

How about some flashing Neon lights or maybe an artist event where an artist like Lumenman waves his arms around your full belly and then emails you the evidence of your devotion to a foodie life.

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Example photo of a very fit man from the ISPO Event in Munich, Germany. Artwork by Lumenman who is not at the London Artisan because he lives in Munich, Germany.

If you are in London and are free on a Sunday, I would suggest you stop by and check out this market and the street art right outside the main doors which, on my visit, was HNRX.

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This photo of HNRX street art with a group taking a selfie makes me laugh each and every time I see it (I have three versions as reference photos, none of them very good.)  I would love a stencil of the threesome showing up on walls in front of lots of street art. You have my permission to use this image or the blurry one from Instagram to make the stencil of the trio. Make sure the artist you are covering with the stencil is ok with the idea especially if you are in Munich, Germany. It is not nice to cover up art before its time.  (What are the time limits for street art that is not commissioned?) I have no clue who the people are in the photo but they might get a kick out of it too. Make them famous. Just make sure to send me a photo so I can post it. You are also welcome to send me a stenciled street art piece as a thank you present or with some notice, you can come stencil on of my photographs or a waxed art piece. That would be cool.

 

 

Getting Ready For An Artsy Weekend

I gave you a head’s up last week about this week and as usual, artists waited until the last second to send in the information about their shows/popups, events.  Please look at the list below and pick something fun to do over the weekend.

Thursday

The opening show at the Frida Gallery (Frida Galerie) The gallery is showing artwork from member artists including Tanja Hirschfeld.  The space is located at Baaderstrasse 15.  The event starts at 1800. A cute little gallery space showing artwork by Munich based artists.

Friday

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Nightshift Popup Store/Exhibition by Christian Bolza and Rene Arbeithuber on Friday November 27, 2015 @ 1800.

Short time Galerie begins their annual Holiday existence at St. Anna Platz showing works by Tanja Hirschfeld, Yeonsoo Kim, Steffen Kern, Martin Sander, Pia Winkenstern, Michaela Wühr, Peter Boerboom & Carola Vogt, Julia Pfaller12295694_861379753930555_1185842875_o

Art Auction – Internationale Kunstauktion on Friday November 27, 2015 Vernissage starts at 1900 and the auction starts at 2000.  Art Goes Underground, Kapuzinerstraße 20  Back Building. 80337 Munich.

Ray Moore is having a party on Friday November 27th at Miao, Dachauerstrasse 14, 80469 Munich, Germany. Maybe he will be wearing his new fashion line and singing his song…


There is also a benefits concert-Munich Musicians for Refugees @ IG Feuerwache, Ganghoferstr. 41, 80339 Munich starting at 1900.

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Saturday

has organised an exhibition at Arthaus Neuhausen showing works from Joachim Lischka, Peter Kohout, Max Ackermann, Stefan Schlotterbeck, Heike Wiebke, Gerd Matschke, Jürgen Bauer, Elwood, Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow, Ulli Schmeling, Peter Adacker, Emmy Ann Horstkamp, Justin Koller, Susanne Nawroth, Manuela Illera,gabriele, Iliana Beshkova, Niko Vartiainen, Knut van Bris, Elzemieke de Tiége, Hazel Ang, Hubertus Breuer, Nina Schmid, Wencke Rowek, stan lafleur, Bobbie Komarek, Stefan Maier, Katrin Klug, Josef Maria Hader, Bärbel Wolfmeier, Christian Engelken, Maud Gravereaux, Knut van Brijs, Tina Schlegel

The exhibition opens with a party on November 28th and artwork will be up on the walls until January 10th.

Party starts @1900 Nibelungenstr.3, 80639 Munich, Germany (very close to the Rotkreuz Platz Ubahn stop).

NOTE:

Hello? What happened to Friday? When I first moved to Munich, the artists kept telling me that you don’t put an event on Friday because no one is in the city.  I guess I proved them wrong with the Friday Gallery.  Look at how many events are listed for Friday.  I wonder if this is just for the holiday season or if this trend will continue into 2016.

If you are a Munich Artist and you have an event and I didn’t post it, it could be because you didn’t invite me on Facebook. Please do not be offended if you are missing from the list. Keep sending me your information and eventually it will click.

The best way to get information posted is to visit me. My studio is at Frauenstrasse 18 and you are welcome to come by and introduce yourself. I like meeting new artists, artists I already know or people who love art.  I speak German but love writing in English (my mother tongue.)

I’m usually around Tuesday, Wed, Thursday from 900 to 1500.  Text me to make sure. Sometimes I have meetings or I’m working someplace else.

 

 

 

Don’t Let the Rain Stop Your Artsy Plans

Today it is raining.

What do you like to do when it is pouring? I like to sit in my kitchen and create art while a soup simmers on the stove.  That is the plan for later this afternoon after I grab a hard drive and start backup my computers for their annual clean.

If you are feeling like buying something artsy instead of creating art, there are a few places to  go this weekend.  You can:

Drive to Regensburg for the Kunstmesse Regensburg from Friday – Sunday.

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or stay in town and visit April McGee-Riess and Katrin Klug on Sunday at Selbstgmacht – Die Kreative Dult @ Hofbräukeller München Innere Wiener Straße 19, 81667 Munich, Germany from 1000 to 1900.

Not feeling like shopping?  How about experiencing art in action. On Saturday, Super + Flug Des Phoenix will be in the Pinakothek der Moderne from 1000 until 1400.

Here is some information for next week just in case I don’t post early enough in the week and you need to plan more than a few days in advance.

MONDAY

  • The platform will have an event “Fliegen Retten in Deppendorf” @ Kistlerhofstr. 70, 81379 Munich, Germany.  The event is a talk with Frank and Patrik Riklin and Dr. Reckhaus.
  • Kunstverein München is presenting “Feminist Land Art Retreat, Two Too Serious Ladies” on Monday November 23rd from 7.00pm to 9.00pm Galeriestraße 4, 80359 Munich, Germany

Thursday

Go see the opening show for the Frida Gallery (Frida Galerie) The gallery is a coop showing artwork from member artists including Tanja Hirschfeld.  The space is located at Baaderstrasse 15.  The event starts at 1800.

Friday

Short time Galerie begins their annual Holiday existence at St. Anna Platz showing works by Tanja Hirschfeld I Yeonsoo Kim I Steffen Kern I Martin Sander I Pia Winkenstern I Michaela Wühr I Peter Boerboom & Carola Vogt I Julia Pfaller

Ray Moore is having a party on Friday November 27th at Miao, Dachauerstrasse 14, 80469 Munich, Germany. Maybe he will be wearing his new fashion line and singing his rap song?

There is also a benefits concert-Munich Musicians for Refugees @ IG Feuerwache, Ganghoferstr. 41, 80339 Munich starting at 1900.

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Saturday

Applaudissement has organised an exhibition at Arthaus Neuhausen showing works from Joachim Lischka, Peter Kohout, Max Ackermann, Stefan Schlotterbeck, Heike Wiebke, Gerd Matschke, Jürgen Bauer, Elwood, Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow, Ulli Schmeling, Peter Adacker, Emmy Ann Horstkamp, Justin Koller, Susanne Nawroth, Manuela Illera,gabriele, Iliana Beshkova, Niko Vartiainen, Knut van Bris, Elzemieke de Tiége, Hazel Ang, Hubertus Breuer, Nina Schmid, Wencke Rowek, stan lafleur, Bobbie Komarek, Stefan Maier, Katrin Klug, Josef Maria Hader, Bärbel Wolfmeier, Christian Engelken, Maud Gravereaux, Knut van Brijs, Tina Schlegel

The exhibition opens with a party on November 28th and artwork will be up on the walls until January 10th.

Party starts @1900 Nibelungenstr.3, 80639 Munich, Germany (very close to the Rotkreuz Platz Ubahn stop).

Enough already? Enough already.  Put these dates in your calendar and I look forward to seeing you at some of them.  Just remember, I’m an early bird so you will rarely see me hanging out til the end of anything except when I’m the hostess with the mostest.

Have a great weekend.

PS I will explain Applaudissement in a post tomorrow. Promise.  Not that you were worried or wondering but I think you should know about it and support it and maybe even buy an issue of this tiny art magazine Bernhard prints them.

 

 

 

It’s Friday. In Case You Have Not Made Plans, Here Are Lots of Artsy Things to Do

It is going to be another sweltering weekend so it will be hard to be indoors.  If you are determined to see art and be with artists, you can do the following:

Friday July 17, 2015Party at Chilli Gallery Neuhausen. The party starts at 1830.  Nymphenburger Str. 151, Munich, Germany

If you would like to see some of the drawings that Munich Artists created during the 30 day challenge, stop by and say hello.   Neuhausen is very easy to reach by U1 Ubahn.

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Jahresausstellung Klasse Oehlen A01.05  (the whole academy is having their yearly exhibition) Akademiestraße 2 – 4, 80799 Munich, Germany

Opening times for exhibition:

Eröffnung: 17. Juli 16 – 21 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: 18. – 26. Juli
Montag – Freitag: 11 – 21 Uhr
Samstag + Sonntag: 14 – 21 Uhr

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SATURDAY July 18, 2015

Strassenfest Kreittmayerstrasse with #OldBraunfels  I don’t know how much art will be here but Ken Knowles is part of Munich Artists and he will be playing his music at the festival on Saturday from 1500 to 1700.

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Indoor Outdoor Somerfest at the Haecki Market. Saeulenhalle Muenchen. Arnulfstraße 62, 80335 Munich, Germany  This is the first time they are doing this market. There will be art for sale, food and music. Munich Artists will not be there because I’m busy making books and cards but April Mcgee will be selling her jewellery there and there will be other Munich based artists selling their wares.    One of the organizers for the event is Nuraan Arnold.  Go check out the event. Hopefully with the high ceilings, the space will stay kind of cool to match the people hanging out outside/inside.

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SUNDAY July 19, 2015

Japanfest!  If you love Japanese things you will enjoy the Japanese festival in the English Garden by the tea house. Location: Japanisches Teehaus Kanshoan, 80538 Munich, Germany. The event starts at 1100 and goes until 1800.   Ramona Romanu will have her artwork on exhibit with the German-Japanese Society.   Go check out her Geishas and Koi fish.

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If I missed an event, sorry!  I’m dragging through my Facebook event calendar for events to share with you.  If you have an event, you can email the invitation or announcement to emmy@kyfio.com.  Next week, we will try to get this out on Wed.

Have a great weekend and try to stay cool.

Munich Artists Going to the MUC Food Lovers Market on Sunday Feb 15, 2015

On Feb 15, 2015 from 1100 to 2000, Munich Artists will be at the MUC food Lovers Market.  The following Munich Artists will be showcasing their artwork and interacting with visitors doing participatory art projects (projects will cost between 7 to 20 Euro).

  • Gabriele Rothweiler (Photograper/Painter) – Gabriele will have people jump on a trampoline and take photos of them flying. For Sunday, she will be printing them right on the spot with her portable printer for a small fee.  Here is an example of her work.
  • Andreas Hirsch is a creative working in various mediums. He will be selling screen prints and watercolours at the market but will be making buttons with visitors. Here is an example of one of his screen prints:

Angela Smets will be selling her illustrative blocks and small charms.

Emmy Horstkamp will be selling her original art magnets.

Manueal Illera will be displaying her linocut prints and charcoal drawings.

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Submitting a Request for a Permit in the Morning

Do you know the movie “My fair lady?”  In the movie, there is a musical dance scene near the end of the movie where the father is singing about his life and celebrating because he’s getting married in the morning.  Well, we are a bit nervous because this will be our first time trying to get a larger group of artists together and we are celebrating that the paperwork is filled out and a bit nauseous because we are submitting the paperwork in the morning.

Luckily Munich Artists have stepped forward to help manage the crowd and get them in order.  As soon as our permit is approved, I will share the list of captains.  Because we want everyone to have fun but keep things organised, all artists who want to participate must sign up on our online Doodle so we can assign them to a captain. If you are signing up as an art collective or group, please let me know so I can put you with the same captain.  All artists of all mediums are encouraged to participate. Because of the inspiration for this event, there is no sound.  You will need to be able to express your art visually in the form of a photograph, art piece, CD, musical instrument (without playing it.)

If you are an artist in Munich, please join our closed Facebook group for more information or email emmy@kyfio.com to get access to our secret page on the website.  Some of the information for the event will be made public once our permit is approved but for now, we need to keep what we are doing a little under wraps.

PS:

I ran out of time this weekend to post a page of Christmas markets/popup events.  If you have one, please email it to sofia@munichartists.com so that it can be added to the page (photos are appreciated).

 

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