Munich Stories Project Makes a Book

The idea was to take visual artists and match them up with a writer to create stories for a month.  This idea was brought to Munich Artists by Masha Baur who created a similar collaborative art project with a friend in Canada.

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artwork by Masha Baur for Munich Stories 2016 – Contrabass

I asked Masha if we could adopt the idea as a Munich Artists idea and she said yes so, in August, I invited artists and writers to join up as teams to create 8 stories over four weeks and called the project Munich Stories.(September 12 – October 16, 2016.)

For 2016, I invited writers I knew and I asked them to invite another writer.   I allowed the writers to pick the artist they wanted to work with and if they had no clue, I paired them with a Munich artist.

Each week the artists picked a prompt from a list and were allowed to pick topics off the list if both artists agreed to work on them. 2 topics were chosen each week.  The topics provided to the artists were:

Dog
Bavarians
empty spaces
orange(s)
rain
coffee addiction
paper
relationship
to swim/swimming
to fly
to create
difficult conversations
(contra)bass
reading books
stupid headlines
skyscrapers
weapon
bugs
dice
religion
Lebkuchen
time travel
teapot
traffic lights (svetofor) = Ampel
(spider) web
dust
Feather
Black
Underwear
Void
Beer
Hike

Each artist worked with one topic for three days and on Wed, they switched giving their writing/art piece to their partner to work with for the rest of the week.  We did this so that the artwork and writing would be influenced by each other and to offer a challenge to both the writer and the visual artist.

Munich Artists has a book launch planned at the Munich Readery for November 12, 2016.   The artists will talk about working with the writers and the challenges they faced illustrating stories. The writers will read a story or part of a story during the evening.

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Munich Stories 2016 Artist Jaqueline cuts

Participating Creatives for 2016

Petra Winter (Writer)  & Natalia Zurakowska (Visual Artist)

Diana Radovan ( Writer) & Pung  Worathiti Manosroi (Visual Artist)

Nina Rye (Writer) &  Masha Baur (Visual Artist)

Steve Toase (Writer) & Hazel Ang (Visual Artist)

Sabine Magnet (Writer) & Jaqueline cuts (Visual Artist)

Lynn Hardaker (Writer) & Elizabeth Hughes (Visual Artist)

The artists come from all over the world.  The book is called Munich Stories because the project is based in Munich and the writers have ties to the city or someone in the city.  I’m (Emmy Horstkamp ) the organizer, editor, and backend creative for this book project and I’m very excited that the experiment worked.

Our tiny Munich Artists team is currently editing the book and we will have a limited first edition of 100 copies for sale starting on November 12, 2016, at the Munich Readery and on Trefubox.co.

The Result of our Experiment

We enjoyed creating this project and will make Munich Stories an annual project.  For 2017, we would like to give the writers more time to write (two months one story a week.) and more time to edit (2 months instead of two weeks.) So the project will begin in July 2017 (writing July/August – Editing September/October -Launch November 2017.)

Munich Artists will invite one writer to write a novella for 2017 and ask their teammate to create the book cover.  The writer/Artist Pair will be announced in December 2016.

If you have any questions about this project, you can email emmy@kyfio.com   If you are an artist and want to participate in 2017, let me know.  We will be basing our selection of writers on nominations from our 2016 writers and the writers will select their artist to work with on this project.

5 Days Left in Our First Munich Artists Kickstarter

Hi Munich Artists!  We are at 94% for our first Kickstarter.

This is a quick message to ask you to donate to our Kickstarter so we can reach our goal. This is our first time crowdfunding and we are so excited that you have been helping us out.    To reach 100% we need to sell a few more card decks or have someone pick our 150 Euro package which still have one card proof left.

I have a few more artists bios to share with you.  As I mentioned on our Munich Artists Card page, some very generous Munich Artists participated in our projects and have together created a wonderful deck.  I want to thank each and every artist for their hard work creating our first Munich Artists deck.  This is a collaborative project and each artist of the artists below has helped to make the deck a reality.

Alexandra Ritter
Angela Smets
Ines Seidl
Janine Voelkner
Elizabeth Hughes
Berit Opelt
Süyümbike Güvenç-Noris
Penelope Richardson
Isidora Romani
Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Maximilian Lückenhaus
Brigitte Pruchnow
Emmy Horstkamp

If you would like to see the individual cards, here is a small slideshow of the deck:

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NOTE:

To help artists,  will be trying three other crowdfunding projects before the end of the year. One through Generosity, one through Indegogo and another project on Kickstarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Project: Munich Artists Playing Cards – Kickstarter Starts Today!

Here is the link to our Kickstarter.  You have until October 9th!  Please Help Us Create Some Amazing Cards and Have a Great Event.

With the help of the above group of artists who were selected from our 500 Artists Say Hello Event, Munich Artists will be printing a party set of Munich inspired artists playing cards and a deluxe set of playing cards.   The deluxe version will be ordered after the kickstarter is completed.   The party version will be ordered this weekend.  What is the difference?

The party cards are smaller in size and are being created specifically for the event.  The deluxe version or American poker sized cards and will have that beautiful box that Elizabeth Hughes designed.  Why the two different versions?  Because I want you to play with the cards and you may feel like the deluxe are too pretty to play with at the event.

HISTORY of 500 Artists Play Cards

At the Beginning of the year, Elizabeth Hughes approached Munich Artists about creating a deck of playing cards.  I (Emmy) told Elizabeth, we could create cards as long as we could throw a Munich Artists Play Cards Party/art happening.  She was on board with the larger idea and she joined the project as a project manager for the creation of the card deck.  Over the last few months, Elizabeth chose the artists, curated their artwork, designed the box, the back of the cards and created all the files to send to the printer.

We have had to make a few changes along the way but the cards are almost ready to be printed on paper.  We are very excited!

Here is the Back of the Card design created by Elizabeth for the cards:

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The back of the Munich Artists Card Deck

And here are three cards from the deck:

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  • Our Kickstarter starts Today September 16th.  To attend our 500 Artists Play Cards Event, you must purchase your cards through our Kickstarter.  Our cards will be for sale at Haeppy Art but the kickstarter bonus gifts are only available on our Kickstarter.   For the event we are ordering a version of the cards called party cards.  they will come in a metal tin.  The deluxe versions ordered after the kickstarter will be in a box designed by Elizabeth Hughes.
  • The Kickstarter has bonus gifts which will not be available ANYWHERE ELSE.  I have permission from the artists to make prints of their work for the Kickstarter and I would love for you to get a print of some of these cards to put on your wall.

 

 

500 Artists Play Cards Art Event/ Art Happening

Hello!  This information is in English.  Here it is in German.  If you have any questions, you can email emmy@kyfio.com.  Here is a list of the artists sharing their talents during the afternoon.  Here is information about the Playing Cards we created.Here is information about the Playing Cards we created.

Basic Information:

  • When:  October 16, 2016  1300 to 1800
  • Where: Einstein Kultur  Einsteinstr. 42  |  81675 München
  • What:  500 Artists Playing Cards Art Happening
  • Cost: 
    • Single ticket: 30 Euro (includes 1 deck of playing cards and a 1 stack of blank cards)
    • Family Ticket: 40 Euro – 2 Adults and their children (includes 1 deck of playing cards and up to 4 blank card bunches)

Maximum number of people we can have for this event is 200.

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We have a sponsor for this event which is helping to keep costs down.  You will see their name on our playing card decks for the event and on wall posters and on every blog post and in our sidebar.  We love Sponsors and are grateful to Stadtsparkasse Muenchen for helping us with this project.

Details of the happening:

You will have the opportunity to purchase 1 deck of Munich Artists playing cards and will be given one deck of blank white cards. The blank cards are to be used at the event.  You  can open your Munich Artists Playing Cards or keep them to gift away for Christmas.

At the event, we will have 3 (three) rooms.

Room 1 is for video streaming and watching performances.  There are bleachers to sit.

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Hall/Room 1 at Einstein Kultur

Room 2 is for Playing Cards –  The room is completely empty of furniture.

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Empty Hall/Room  at Einstein Kultur

In room 2 artists can participate in creating a large 3d sculpture using their blank cards OR they can take their blank cards and draw artwork on them. It is up to them.  If they want to draw artwork, please bring  markers (edding/promarkers)  We may be filming Room 2 with a Webcam to stream after the event.

The space has concrete floors. If you are going to be spending lots of time drawing, you will need to bring a pillow or chair/drawing board BUT you can also meander to room 3 and sit on a pillow.

Room3 is for singing on a small stage, reading stories to the people in the room, talking, eating, sitting on benches and drinking.   This is not a quiet room. If you decide to read a story out loud in here, you better have a good stage presence to get people’s attention.  If you want to do a monologue, we can schedule it for room 1.  

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Hall/ Room 3 at Einstein Kultur

Food and drinks will be located in room 3 OR in the lobby.  There is a bar in the lobby.

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Lobby at Einstein Kultur

We will have access to the main lobby and the bathrooms.  The video loop of our 500 Artists Say Hello will be in the lobby and will be displayed during Kunst in Sendling. (the week before.)

Collaborations:

Room 1 – Video Room  This room has bleachers.  I will create a video using video clips from artists who send a video clip to me.  The video will be entitled  “How to play with cards.”  The video you send does not have to be card related.   You can put the video clip in my dropbox for this project. Deadline for video clip submissions to be included is October 1, 2016.  Please submit a clip 30 seconds or less.

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If you want to do a reading or monologue in Room 1 we can schedule it. Please let me know in advance so that I can create some kind of background in the loop for the time that you are doing your thing.

Room 2 – Playing Cards Room  We will have lots of space to create. This is a big empty hall. If you have something you want to create with playing cards, please let me know. You can create sculptures made from blank playing cards and bring them to show.  I will have the cards before the event and will be happy to have you pick them up at Frauenstrasse 18. Playing Cards will be picked up at the event.

If you want to make a short video, you also have the opportunity to do this in Room 2.  

Room 3 – Food Room – Everyone gathers where there is food.  This room has low benches with cushions. It is really comfy and a great place to hang out.  This space has a small stage which can be used for flash fiction reading.  I will ask the artists working on munichstories.com if they will read one of their stories that they have created during the challenge month (September 12 – October 15th)

If you want to sing or dance or perform, please let me know and we will work something out.

If you are a conceptual artist and you want to create something interacting with the card sculptures and the space, please let me know.

Unlike 500 Artists Say Hello, we don’t have an installation display on a wall BUT the walls are concrete so you are welcome to bring an A4 print of your artwork that we can tape onto the wall.  This will be an organic display. I will not curate it.  You are artists. I know you will make it look good. ( I need to double check that we can tape things on the wall.)

Inspired 2016 Book—Inspired by Brigitte Pruchnow

Munich Artists created an art book called Inspired 2016.

For the first book, artists created an art piece inspired by this artwork by Brigitte Pruchnow.

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Inspiration art piece by Brigitte Pruchnow

A group of around 26  Munich Artists created art pieces based on Brigitte’s artwork.

The following is the tentative list of artists involved (A final list will be shared on the project page when all artwork has been submitted):

Hazel Ang
Anna Blumenkranz
Devaney Claro
Britta Eriskat
Christine Friebe
Emmy Horstkamp
Elizabeth Hughes
Manuela Illera
Angela Josupeit
Christina Corell
Anette Koch
Maximilian Lueckenhaus
Corinna Naumann
Berit Opelt
Niala Orsmond
Simona Petrauskaite
Brigitte Pruchnow
Elke Reis
Alexandra Ritter
Isidora Romani
Gabriele Rothweiler
Rainer Schmitten
Ines Seidel
ursula Singer
Allun Turner
Michaela Wuehr
The book will be published as an A4 Landscape. If you are interested in a copy of the book, please let me know.  We are only printing a limited number.  You can email me emmy@kyfio.com if you are interested. The cost per book will be 50 Euro.  We will only print one run per Inspired book.
If you are interested in purchasing an original piece of artwork from the book, please contact the artists directly.
We will continue working on the inspired series.  For 2017, we will be inspired by a physician’s comment about pain.