September 12, 2017

Dutch Poetry / Robert Beversen


When Robert comes to Berlin three years ago, our paths cross for the first time. I guess it´s a similar frequency we share, which brings us together each summer of the following years and so this summer. He is that kind of man, who is old school in the best way – full of poetry and joy. Always a smile on his beautiful face, I lose it once in the middle of the shooting, when I say: “ Robert, can you stop with this stupid smile, please?“ And I feel already horrible in the moment the words leave my lips… did I say stop and stupid? I should have said, give me more of of that smile, it is so contagious! Dutch poetry beats my Berliner „lip“; he takes me on the back of the bike over bridges across the canals to his favorite bars in town, shows me the pretty flat skyline from the highest building of Amsterdam and plays the guitar like some young god. I feel very blessed to receive a poem (he calls it riddle), that Robert wrote me to publish it here on my blog. Again, dutch poetry…. and yes, I can give every single word back to you, dear Robert. „I want to thank you!“ love, e

“I want to thank you”

It drives, it energizes, it gives hope and supports faith;
It fills and humanizes, never jeopardizes and is god-made;
It is in the rush of Amsterdam and in the heart of Berlin;
For ethics and aesthetics it hides at the very begin.

By it I will never feel much grief, never feel untrue;
Won’t have to stare in disbelief or stare into the blue;
I feel it all the days, starting when we had to say goodbye;
Cause now every time I gaze, I’m looking inspiration straight in the eye.

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August 18, 2017

Dæmon


This is another free shoot i made this summer, which I was only able to finish up in my sabbatical. By that time I was cross reading books about our eventually fucked up future, based on the idea of dataism and the new religion coming straight from silicon valley, and also some articles about greek mythology and the idea everybody is going back to a specific archetype based on the first design of the gods and goddesses. This was as interesting as devastating and I felt the need to lead into my own reflexion connecting these two topics in my work. Well I know, my concept is pretty much underneath the surface of the series, but… these were my thoughts. When I discuss these theories with my precious friend Marcello , he brings up the word Dæmon, which is the Latin word for the Ancient Greek daimōn „god“, „godlike“, „power“,  which refers to the daemons of ancient Greek religion and mythology. I also find out deamon is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user is. The title was born. When I think of possible locations for the shoot, the Teufelsberg, (literally ‚devils mountain‘ ) with its former US spy station from the 1960th comes to my mind as the perfect spot for my intervention. Phillip offered me to assist this time, and gabriela and i started to work on the props. I planned to make a selfportrait as one of my heroins athena, but in a more let’s say, cyber version… anyhow, free shoot rough plan, the crew for this hot sunday afternoon was found, when boris and marcello joined. Not that this is already complicated enough, i also decide to shoot with the brand new fuji middle format camera, that i rent from probis to try it out. Well, some sweat later the sun sets and this series was shot.  Thanks to my team and to the Teufelsberg crew for their support!Props: Gabriella Rioux, Assistant: Philipp Primus, Deamons: Marcello Pisu, Gabriella Rioux, Boris Tankilewitsch, Philipp Primus

 

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I loved this magic place so much, that I decided only two weeks later to shoot the photography for the poster for Sebastian Nübling´s soon to be premiered play: ‚Nach uns das All‘.nach_uns_das_all_layer