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Sound Of Sun – The Egyptian producer

Oriental influence mixed with modern sound

Sound Of Sun - The Egyptian producer

Sound Of Sun Logo

Now it is official, good sound does not inevitably come from the States or Europe. The proof comes from Sound Of Sun, an Egyptian producer and artist who has dedicated himself to the Deep and Tech House.

He delivered his debut album on 11/11/18 and shines with a great sound that mixes the modern with oriental influence. It’s not just some normal sound, no, it’s soundtracks that every film studio and filmmaker should keep in mind. A whopping 10 tracks are available on the new disc and there are still far more in the drawer.

But who is Sound Of Sun anyway?

A 26-year-old man born in Saudi Arabia, who came to Egypt as a child with his parents and began learning his musical skills at the tender age of six and he continued to refine it. The piano had done it to him. After occasional interruptions, which was due to the school, he quickly decided to establish himself as an artist. He had a dream that he pursues today and threatens to continue to be reality.

After a little practice, he started producing his first house tracks. He also mixes and masters them all himself. His tracks enchant you and take you away to distant places. They are made to dream and tell stories like no one else can believe.

If you’re into Deep and Tech House, Sound of Sun will not be over. These tracks must be heard and ready to handle.

The record company Battl Victory Records and the publisher Battl Victory Publishing have recently taken care of that. In over 300 online stores worldwide, the album is available for download and streaming, as well as on Facebook and Instagram for use in videos and stories.

In the house own shop you will also find. Merchandise included.

If you have not heard and read about Sound Of Sun before, you will do so more often. A new star producer has come to stay and to enchant humanity.

It’s a must to follow such a talented music producer in the social media. If you are interested in using the tracks, please contact the publisher and the record company and info@battl-victory-records.com.

Musikverlag und -Label, Artist Management

Company-Contact
Battl Victory Records
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: info@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

Press
Pressestelle BVR
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: pr@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

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News about Battl Victory Records and the Founder

News about Battl Victory Records and short Interview with the founder.

News about Battl Victory Records and the Founder

Brand of Battl Victory Records

On 15.11. This year it is time again. Battl Victory Records celebrates the two-year-old. Since the foundation a lot has happened. Afterwards, the founder Battl comments.

Partly owed by the new regulations DSGVO and partly to expand the company, particular emphasis was placed on the customer. These should be offered a better shopping and listening experience. The record company, founded in 2016, is constantly expanding its portfolio. Which is due to the new artists. Dr. NICK , Herr Schmidt and Triton are only 3 of the artists working under label, publishing and management.

Meanwhile, the monthly rhythm is requested and negotiations are conducted. International artists are not excluded. One may anticipate that the Sound Of Sun could be committed from Egypt and contracts were sent to California, USA.

The small independent label from Wieseneck near Kelheim begins to grow. It grows into an international company and remains on the ground of the facts. To grant his artists liberties and to offer fair contracts. This is the exception rather than the rule in the music industry.

Not only the constantly new music is published, no, the online shop is growing and thriving. This has been completely restructured. This was perceived immediately in the DSGVO implementation and thus aufgerup double work. This can be seen. If you do not believe it, take a look for yourself.

New customers get a whopping 25% Welcome Bonus which will automatically be emailed after creating a customer account . The international shipping was expanded and generally reduced the postage costs. Furthermore, one may now come into the enjoyment of a Cashback’s system. Everyone who registers for Cashback World can save money here as well as other companies.

But to stay on the subject, there will be numerous discount and special promotions again this year for the anniversary. Here you will be informed early on the existing social media portals ( Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , Google+ and more). Nobody should miss this, especially now that a Halloween campaign is being advertised. This is directly connected to the anniversary and Christmas is just around the corner.

Should not one be tempted here?

We have long since expired and can not live without it.

The interview that has been eagerly awaited:

Press office BVR: „Hi, Battl, nice that you have found time for the interview, how are you?“

Battl: „I’m happy to find time to be here, so far, I’m fine, there is much to do right now, you jump from appointment to
appointment, make new contacts and meet new and of course you the „older“ artists.

PR: „That’s what we like to hear, there’s a lot going on here?“

Battl: „Yes, a lot is happening, but you should see that yourself best.“ (Laughs)
The shop was completely rebuilt to ensure a better shopping experience. New discount and
Promotions are entered. Here I am particularly proud to present an online advent calendar this year
allowed.
Shipping costs have been adjusted worldwide. A cashback system is introduced and the credit card payment
for the currency Euro and US Dollar.
Much has been adapted to the needs of the artists. Of course, the work-life balance should not be too short
come.“

PR: „We heard artists, what’s going on there?“

Battl: „The already existing artists are expanding their offer, meaning that new songs are being produced and will be coming
soon released. Also new albums which are delivered worldwide again. Spotify, Amazon, iTunes etc. Of course, too
as a normal CD and vinyl. The concert offer will increase dramatically. Germany, Europe and as well
worldwide.
They are in contact with several new artists / bands who have expressed their interest in working together.
It is important to mention that two new artists have already written. Sound Of Sun, an Egyptian Deep
and Tech House producer and Adrian Mendenhall a singer / songwriter from California. Last one is currently looking for
Band members. „

PR: „Because we’re at Sound Of Sun right now, there’s a little disagreement with a certain Mr. Vieira from L.A.
What can you tell us? „

Battl: „Not too much at the moment, you have to see what happens. Because as a record company, we do not have much to
do with these disputes unless they are
expand. According to Sound Of Sun, this was written by Mr. Vieira through one of his numerous accounts
and cheated on money. As we are among our artists, the suggestion was made advising to lawyers
to let.“

Pr: „That’s all you can say?“

Battl: „You just have to see if this is really it or not just a fake account, so far it looks more like fake
Nobody can be that unprofessional. But everywhere there are black sheep. We definitely have
no business relationship nor contact with this person. I did not even know the name until now. (Laughs)
We have reported this in Twitter and now look what’s up. Vieira has blocked us in any case. It is
pity that this happens, because then the impression arises that managers are only whistling. If he really is
Personally, I would not advise anyone to do business with him. „

PR: „You look calmly forward?“

Battl: „Yeah totally, this account pulls, no matter what this does the shorter one, as you can see with the blockage yes, for it is
rather even an advantage. Our artists have very quickly taken the wind out of their sails. On big thank you for that. „

PR: „We wish to continue doing well.“

Battl: „Thank you, of course I also wish and see you later. (Laughs sincerely) Until then, a good time.“

Musikverlag und -Label, Artist Management

Company-Contact
Battl Victory Records
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: info@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

Press
Pressestelle BVR
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: pr@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

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Blackspace develops new visual identity for the Munich Symphony Orchestra

Blackspace develops new visual identity for the Munich Symphony Orchestra

Poster advertising for the Munich Symphony Orchestra in the subway.

Blackspace, the brand experience agency, partners with the Munich Symphony Orchestra to launch the „Concert 2.0“ project – making the orchestra visible to the public with a fresh new look.

The Munich Symphony Orchestra has completely restructured itself for the 2018/2019 season. After receiving the „Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland“ („Excellent German Orchestra“) sponsorship award from the German State Ministry of Culture and Media, they are now handling their subscription series themselves.

The symphony is taking a bold, experimental approach to this task. Managing Artistic Director Annette Josef and Michael Keller from Blackspace have joined forces to break conventional listening habits with projects that transcend genre, unorthodox locations, and a new way of bringing art to people. The goal is „Concert 2.0“ – to redesign the symphony“s main product, the „concert“, to appeal to younger culturally savvy audiences beyond regular visitors. As Annette Josef put it: „Out of the concert hall, into the city. The symphony is bringing music to the people!“ The first obvious step for the general public is the Munich Symphony Orchestra“s brand new design, designed by Blackspace.

Cinematic imagery that tells stories

The supporting campaign currently on display throughout the city of Munich focuses on the orchestra“s musicians with a clear message: the same essence, but with a new face. At the same time, the video artists at the Blackspace „Black Lab“ are producing video clips that present classics from the symphony“s repertoire in an entirely new way. Michael Keller explains the unusual imagery as part of the „Concert 2.0“ concept, a new approach to communicating art to all of the senses: „We want to tell stories. And think in terms of video. The images show what people think about when they listen to music. The concert halls aren“t our only platform. Instead, we want these images to spread throughout the digital space and across social media, on smartphones, Instagram and Vimeo.“ Stills from these videos will also be featured on concert posters.

The wordmark as intonation

The symphony“s tagline speaks for itself: „Der Klang unserer Stadt“ („The sound of our city“). The newly developed „Münchner Symphoniker“ wordmark is onomatopoeia in the truest sense of the word. It emphasizes the umlaut above the „u“, the diaeresis, to visualize the intonation of the word. The logo is reminiscent of a double beat of the drum. The type is based on „Bressay“, a classic Antiqua typeface updated for digital use. It features charming drop-shaped accents, creating a playful, yet elegant look.

New spaces for art

Annette Josef and Michael Keller got to know each other while collaborating on a new concert format, the „Connecting Sounds“ project. The Munich Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the agency“s office, in an old industrial hall. The designers linked the music to sound-reactive table lamps, allowing people to experience the sound in a spatial and visual way as well. Later, guests were seated among the orchestra“s musicians, making them part of the sound installation.

Michael Keller expressed a genuine concern in conceiving this project: „The visual identity serves as a space for the symphony because we don“t have a concert hall in Munich. It“s important for Munich to claim new spaces for art.“

Brands, products and services trigger memories and make us feel certain emotions that stay with us for our entire lives. They impact our behaviors, our perceptions and our decisions. We can develop loyalties and connections to brands if we’re able to establish a strong, emotional and far-reaching relationship with them – through extraordinary, unforgettable brand experiences. This is our mindset and profound belief. We make the incomprehensible tangible, give shape to the unimaginable, and are always working to advance what is innovative and new. This is what our label BLACKSPACE stands for, and it drives our work.

Contact
BLACKSPACE GmbH
Stefanie Börger
Luisenstraße 14
80333 München
Phone: 089 41 41 600 330
E-Mail: news@black.space
Url: http://www.black.space

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August Sander: Masterpieces – Photographs from „People of the 20th Century“

Exhibition is featuring over 150 original photographs | Press tour on Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m.

August Sander: Masterpieces - Photographs from "People of the 20th Century"

August Sander: Young Farmers, 1914 (Source: © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur)

Press tour: Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m. (Please register for the press by sending an informal e-mail to pr@sk-kultur.de)

Opening and award ceremony for Francesco Neri: Thursday, 6 September, 7 p.m.
The exhibition will be on view from 7 September 2018 to 27 January 2019.

The current exhibition, featuring over 150 original photographs and numerous documents shown in display cases, presents a representative cross-section of the „People of the 20th Century“ project.

The portraits from August Sander“s epochal work are not only of fundamental importance for the history of photography; they are also highly exciting objects of study – masterpieces for anyone who has an unsentimental, unbiased love of people and life; who likes to ask questions about the past and gather experiences for the future; who has a passion for looking, discovering, fantasizing, and analyzing: How do the people portrayed appear to us today? How did they spend their lives? What delighted or shocked them? What experiences left a mark on their faces, their hands, their physiognomy? What can they share with us from their own bygone world and times? How did Sander manage to meet and talk to so many different people, and to entice them into posing for a picture? What does the photographic material convey to us today – at a time when hardly any photographs are developed in the darkroom anymore and a kind of magic has thus been lost? What does time and manual craft mean for artistic engagement?

Viewed together, the people August Sander (1876-1964) depicted in such an objective yet dignified and personal manner unfold a whole cosmos that brings history to life. Looking at Sander“s photographs challenges us to search for similarities, differences, and comparable qualities. They summon memories of accounts from the past, render tangible transformations in people“s living conditions and way of life; we see occupations that have changed, which no longer exist or have been replaced; developments or events in society are made more vivid to us, as are changing pictorial styles and artistic aesthetics.

And yet apart from the referential character of Sander“s photographs, their historical relevance and inspirational force, qualities that have been highlighted by renowned authors such as Walter Benjamin, Alfred Döblin, Golo Mann, and Kurt Tucholsky, the pictures depict very concrete moments and display individually a remarkable degree of aesthetic quality. They compellingly demonstrate Sander“s knack at capturing reality and his eye for composing specific details into lifelike documentary photographs. Being able to experience this quality up close based on August Sander“s original handmade prints is a real privilege and something that can only be made possible on this scale in rare cases due to the conservation requirements of these so-called vintage prints.

August Sander first presented his project „People of the 20th Century“ in 1927 at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. He had selected more than 110 prints, a group that, as far as can be reconstructed, largely diverges from the current presentation, let alone the fact that several different prints of individual motifs were and are in circulation. Since Sander developed the project or – as he called it – his cultural work „People of the 20th Century“ between circa 1925 and 1955, i.e., over the course of three decades, also incorporating motifs he had produced from 1892 onwards, his stock of original prints and portfolios had grown immensely by the end of his life. Within his archive, this group of works forms a kind of cache from which the photographer drew freely for exhibitions and publications. This was a uniquely innovative approach in his day. Sander“s awareness of the exponential effect of image series as opposed to individual images made him a pioneer of conceptual photography, as did his resolute use of an unmanipulated, factual reproduction of his chosen motifs. His portraits were meant to underline his documentary approach and to do without any artistic embellishments while nonetheless manifesting a fine-tuned and restrained design.

Sander endeavored with his extensive portrait work to show a cross-section of the population, including people practicing different occupations and from various walks of life and generations – a mirror of his times. This intention is echoed in the title of his first book, Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time), published in 1929. The indirectly expressed face of the time as well as individual physiognomies were the focus of the photographer“s undivided attention for decades.

To give form to his growing compendium, Sander created a concept in the mid-1920s for naming most of the image groups and portfolios that were at the center of his work. The groups are called: „The Farmer,“ „The Skilled Tradesman,“ „The Woman,“ „Classes and Professions,“ „The Artists,“ „The City,“ and „The Last People.“ The latter, perhaps misleading, term stands for a series of pictures that respectfully show people on the fringes of society. Sander“s concept at the time, which proposed a sequential arrangement of groups and portfolios, is also followed in the current exhibition, drawing on single images or groups of representative prints from the corresponding portfolios.

Most of the photographs come from the August Sander Archive, which Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur acquired in 1992, thus laying the cornerstone for the Cologne photography collection“s further development. These works from the archive are joined in the show by exclusive loans of originals from the Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, as well as from major private collections.

Accompanying the exhibition is the catalogue August Sander – Meisterwerke/Masterpieces, published in German and English by the Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This is the first publication on the photographer to feature original prints reproduced in their authentic tonality and with original cropping. Digital data obtained by scanning the originals were coordinated according to many different factors and then printed in four colors. Gabriele Conrath-Scholl has written a catalogue essay that explores in depth how „People of the 20th Century“ developed over time, adding a new chapter to the discourse on August Sander“s oeuvre, which has played a central role in the program of the Munich publishing house ever since it published Sander“s „Rheinlandschaften“ in 1975, followed by numerous additional titles.

Also on view:

A Look at the Collection: Hugo Erfurth – Pictures
An exhibition presented by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, in Room 2

Most of the portraits that survive from the studio of Hugo Erfurth (1874-1948) hark back in style to the era of art photography. This artistically motivated photographic approach, also known as Pictorialism, flourished at the end of the 19th century until around 1914. The photographers aimed to create exquisitely designed compositions, which were further refined using special manual and technical interventions. High-quality and extremely elaborate printing processes were used, allowing the photographer to apply painterly touches. Borrowing from painting in this way helped give the photographs a more exalted appearance, an impression further enhanced by printing them as large pictures to hang on the wall. The expressive motifs given such lofty treatment were imbued with symbolism and emotion – sometimes verging on the melodramatic. Prominent figures in society were honored with fine photographic prints, or such pictures would be commissioned for special occasions. With the advent of new technical possibilities for the medium in the 1920s and a return to pure documentary photography, the techniques of Pictorialism declined in popularity.

Regardless of the latest trends, however, Hugo Erfurth persisted in producing most of his motifs as art prints. He was particularly adept at the oil printing process, and his studio turned out some truly exquisite pieces. After initially focusing on genre photography and landscape, Erfurth increasingly specialized in portraits, at first primarily of family members. After acquiring and moving into the palace of Count Lüttichau in the center of Dresden in 1906, Erfurth“s studio developed into a prestigious focal point of the city“s cultural life. His portrait clients included nobles and members of bourgeois society and the military, as well as artists. The present exhibition includes engaging portraits of Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, and Richard Riemerschmid. Interestingly enough, some of these figures also posed for August Sander – resulting in likenesses of a very different kind. While Sander had also produced work indebted to the ideas of art photography, after the First World War he increasingly turned away from that style in his independent artistic work. Only relatively few, but nonetheless enlightening, examples of photographs by him in this mode survive today.

The exhibition devoted to Hugo Erfurth is a continuation of the cooperation launched in 2018 between the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. The photographs on display come from the holdings of both institutions, supplemented by loans from the Deutsche Fotothek Dresden. A booklet with a text by Adelheid Komenda will be published for the show.

2018 August Sander Award-Winner:
Francesco Neri – Farmers, Photographs from 2009-2018
(Rooms 3 and 4)

The first winner of the August Sander Award, launched in 2018, will be the subject of a special exhibition. Francesco Neri (b. 1982) is presenting the series that impressed the jury: „Farmers.“ Born in the town of Faenza in northern Italy, the artist began producing a photographic account of rural agricultural life in his home region in 2009, centering mostly on portraiture. His project gave rise to sensitive and yet plainly documentary portraits of farmers, whom Neri photographed in the settings where they live and work. Most of the pictures were taken outdoors in a garden or field, sometimes with a house or farmyard visible in the background. The atmosphere is shaped by restrained colors and light, putting the individuals at the center of the composition. They look out at the viewer with open gazes, without any exaggerated poses or evident shyness in front of the camera.

The show comprises 70 photographs, most of them making their debut here and some being exhibited together for the first time. Francesco Neri, who studied at the Ravenna Art Academy with Guido Guidi, displays his pictures as contact prints, taken either with black-and-white or color film. The prints measure 8 x 10 inches, or approx. 20 x 25 cm, and are produced using a large-format camera.
A booklet with a text by Claudia Schubert accompanies the exhibition.

The August Sander Award was established in 2018 and is sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. The prize for contemporary photography, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded every two years to artists up to 40 years of age who have demonstrated special merit in the field of documentary portraiture.

Press enquiries: tel: +49 221 88895 105, email: pr@sk-kultur.de

Press photos for the exhibitions can be found in the press area of the SK Stiftung Kultur website under the direct link: http://bit.ly/2tbQGP9

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie@sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de
Current exhibitions are open daily except Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m.

Admission: EUR5.50 (reduced EUR3), free the first Monday of the month!
Regular guided tours every Sunday at 3 p.m., cost: regular admission + EUR2 for the tour

Extended opening hours during the festival weekend for „Internationale Photoszene Köln“ ( www.photoszene.de): Friday, 28 September from 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 29/30 September, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibitions will be closed on 1 November (All Saints“ Day), from 24 to 26 December, on 31 December 2018, and on 1 January 2019.

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

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Francesco Neri to receive the 2018 August Sander Award

The first award winner has been announced

Francesco Neri to receive the 2018 August Sander Award

Guido Guidi: Francesco Neri, April 2017 (Source: © Guido Guidi)

Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur is pleased to announce that Francesco Neri has been selected as winner of the first August Sander Award, donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach. The name of the award which will be presented every two years, refers, as many people know, to the important photographer August Sander (1876-1964). The August Sander Archive, and with it the photographer“s estate, has been part of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur since 1992. The award aims to foster young, contemporary artistic approaches to objective and conceptual photography, with a special emphasis on portraying people. The first call for entries for this new award met with a resounding response, with over 160 submissions received from both Germany and abroad.

Following intense discussions, the international jury, comprising Dr. Anja Bartenbach (from the donor family), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur), Hans Eijkelboom (artist), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (University of Münster), and Dr. Gabriele Hofer-Hagenauer (Landesgalerie Linz/Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum) first came up with a shortlist of eight candidates and then selected as winner the Italian photographer Francesco Neri (b. 1982 in Faenza) for his series „Farmers.“

„Francesco Neri“s „Farmers“ series greatly impressed us with its high artistic quality and photographic technique,“ said the jury in its statement. „The portraits of farmers in Northern Italy are notable for a sensitively realized interplay between light, the surrounding space, and the personality of the sitter. In consistently pursuing his self-chosen theme by way of serial comparison, the artist has created a compendium of exceptional documentary value. Each motif develops its own arresting visual impact while profoundly evoking a moment in time, letting us share in a horizon of experience that also includes the photographic process itself.“

Francesco Neri is committed to the analogue photographic tradition. Neri is member and tutor at the AA School of Architecture in London/Photographic Visiting School program and professor for photography at the Institute of Graphic Design in Faenza. He prefers to use a large-format camera, making contact prints from 8″ x 10″ color negatives. This procedure calls for great concentration while taking the picture as well as a good command of the technology and a clear vision of the final composition. Neri is keenly aware of how every small nuance can change the impression made by an image, so that the light, background, and cropping take on paramount importance for him. At the same time, he manages intuitively to incorporate random occurrences in his shots. Neri lets his subjects be themselves, observing their body language and the poses they naturally assume while seeking eye contact.

Francesco Neri“s photographic portraits are shaped by a fundamentally humanist view of the world. Through his historical awareness and a close connection with the Northern Italian setting, where he himself grew up, the artist succeeds in the series „Farmers“ in touching on universal social, economic, and societal themes, while also exploring individual life contexts and personalities.

Francesco Neri studied with Guido Guidi at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna. Neri is member and tutor at the AA School of Architecture in London/Photographic Visiting School program and professor for photography at the Institute of Graphic Design in Faenza. He has been working for over ten years on various long-term photographic projects, involving in particular portraits but also landscapes and interiors. His photographs have been presented in several solo and group shows since 2006. Images from the series that earned him the August Sander Award, „Farmers,“ which Neri sees as an ongoing project, were featured at the Fotografia Festival di Roma in 2015, in the group exhibition „With Different Eyes: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography“ at Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne and the Kunsthalle Nürnberg in 2016, and a group of his works is currently on view at the LVR LandesMuseum Bonn. Various portraits by Francesco Neri are featured in a group exhibition on the history of Italian portrait photography now being shown at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

Press images from the winner“s series can be downloaded using the following link: http://bit.ly/2pN0Ra3

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

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„Facing India“ from April 29, 2018 in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is presenting the first exhibition in Germany featuring six women artists from India.

"Facing India" from April 29, 2018 in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Prajakta Potnis, Capsule I, 2012 (Source: © Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai)

Although women and men have equal legal status, Indian society is profoundly marked by patriarchy. India finds itself in a state of fundamental social change, yet it remains torn between the poles of tradition and progress – and in this field of tension, women are still strongly disadvantaged. The rapid development of urban India thus runs contrary to the living conditions in rural areas. Countless ethnicities, castes, languages, cultures, religions, and philosophies form an ostensibly pluralistic society, in which identity is defined by differentiation from the respective other. The social structure of India thus reflects that of our global community as a whole, which basically struggles with the same issues.

„Facing India“ examines the question of how one“s own national history, present, and future manifest themselves from a female point of view. In their multimedia works, Vibha Galhotra, Bharti Kher, Prajakta Potnis, Reena Saini Kallat, Mithu Sen, and Tejal Shah shift attention towards historical and contemporary conflicts. Poetic, metaphorical, and quiet, but also radical, direct, and loud – they question borders of all kinds, be these political, territorial, ecological, religious, social, personal, or gender-based. The history of these borders, their visibility and invisibility, their legitimacy, and not seldom their dissolution are the themes of the works presented in „Facing India“. The exhibition focuses on six positions in order to present these more comprehensively. Socialized and educated in an increasingly globalized world, these women artists no longer limit their „border controls“ solely to India, but rather reach out into other countries and continents. The state, society, and the individual, as well as questions regarding identity and the environment, are critically examined. Nevertheless, as broad as their range of topics may be, explicit and implicit references to the presence of the feminine and the position of women, as well as solidarity and empathy, are recurring themes throughout the exhibition.

„Facing India“ was developed out of a continuing dialog with the artists and reflects a kind of collective plea for communication and the notion of unity in diversity beyond pigeonhole thinking and caste mentality. The exhibition architecture incorporates these ideas. Each of the six artists has her own separate exhibition space, which are arranged to provide clear visual relations to each other. The center of the exhibition is an open communication forum, which allows the visitor a view in all directions – both literally and metaphorically.

Catalog
The catalog, edited by Ralf Beil and Uta Ruhkamp in separate German and English versions, with a preface by Ralf Beil and an introduction by Uta Ruhkamp, essays by Urvashi Butalia, head of the feminist publishing house Zubaan, and Roobina Karode, director of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi and Noida, as well as in-depth interviews with all six artists conducted by Uta Ruhkamp. Hatje Cantz Publishers, 240 pages with 150 illustrations, 24 x 31 cm, hardcover, 38 € in the museum shop.

The exhibition will be held from April, 29. until October 7, 2018.

Press preview on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Opening on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 7 p.m. with party from 9 p.m.

The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is one of Lower Saxony“s cultural beacons. Opened in 1994, the non-profit foundation above all realizes wide-ranging thematic cultural history exhibitions alongside major monographic presentations of contemporary art. A unique architectural feature is the 16-meter high and 1600 square meter large exhibition space-a Germany-wide unparalleled possibility space for art and cultural with a large international impact.

Company-Contact
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Christiane Heuwinkel
Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg
Phone: 05361266969
E-Mail: info@kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de
Url: http://www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

Press
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Christiane Heuwinkel
Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg
Phone: 05361266969
E-Mail: presse@kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de
Url: http://www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

Art Culture

Nominations for the August Sander Award 2018

Portrait Photography Prize for young talent meets with international response

Nominations for the August Sander Award 2018

The jury of the August Sander Award, Photo: Janet Sinica

The response to the competition for the August Sander Award donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach was excellent. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur received more than 160 national and international contributions from artists under 40 years of age, including some from America, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Iran and the UK. Following intensive discussions among the members of the jury, a short list was drawn up from the numerous entries, and one of these photographers will be awarded the prize:

Hieronymus Ahrens (Germany): „City for the Blind“, 2016-2017

Michele Borzoni (Italy): „Workers byout“, 2017

Snezhana von Büdingen (Russia/Germany): „Begegnung mit Sofie“, 2017-2018

Dan Hirsch (Israel/Germany): „My Life as a Man, since 2009

Paul Kranzler (Austria): „Syndicate 18 / Youth Portraits“, 1993-2013

Masixole Ncevu (South Africa): „Isolation“, 2017

Francesco Neri (Italy): „Farmers, 2016-2018

Nelli Palomäki (Finland): „Shared“, since 2016

„The various thematic approaches have taken up questions of current political and social topics, presented life plans and biographical episodes and explored media-reflexive fields. In addition, the great majority of the works were of excellent artistic quality“, saw the jury, comprising Dr. Anja Bartenbach (from the donor family), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Die Photographische Samlung/SK Stiftung Kultur), Hans Eijkelboom (artist), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (University of Münster) and Dr. Gabriele Hofer-Hagenauer (Landesgalerie Linz/Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum).

April 24, 2018 we will announce the winner of the August Sander Award. The ceremony will take place September 6, 2018, in the context of the opening of the exhibition „August Sander – Master works. Photographs from People of the 20th Century“ at Die Photographische Sammlung/Stiftung Kultur in Cologne.

Starting in 2018, the August Sander Award will be conferred every two years. The prize is designed to promote young, contemporary artistic approaches to objective and conceptual photography. The prize was named after August Sander (1876-1964) because Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur holds in its August Sander Archive the largest collection of original works by that artist anywhere in the world. In honor of Sander“s significant portrait photography, the photographic works submitted by the applicants should primarily revolve around the theme of portraying people.

Press images from the nominee“s series can be downloaded using the following link: http://bit.ly/2pN0Ra3

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

Art Culture

Tracing Transformations – Photographic Impressions between Landscape and Living Environment by Laurenz Berges, Michael Collins, and Paola De Pietri

New exhibitions of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne | Preview for the Press: Thursday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.

Tracing Transformations - Photographic Impressions between Landscape and Living Environment by Laurenz Berges, Michael Collins, and Paola De Pietri

Paola De Pietri: No title (01), from the series „Questa Pianura“, 2014 (Source: © Paola De Pietri)

You can accredit yourself for the press preview by sending an informal e-mail message to pr@sk-kultur.de.

Opening: Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.

The „Tracing Transformations“ project presents three positions from three different countries: Laurenz Berges (*1966) from Düsseldorf, Michael Collins (*1961) from London, and Paola De Pietri (*1960) from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Their photographs focus on landscape-related and structural phenomena that they primarily discovered in the vicinity of their studios or their homes and in this respect can be studied over the long term. All three of them attentively observe the meticulous transformation of their environment and use their large-format cameras and therefore the high image quality they achieve to document factual and atmospheric conditions.

The concept of „Tracing Transformations“ finds multilayered analogies in the photographs by the three artists. It can refer to weathering, but it can also illustrate a form of intuition and decomposition, dissolution and change. On display are documentary but above all contemplative photographs that deny any premature answers, take the metier to its limits, and challenge our visual curiosity.

The spectrum of motifs in the photographs by Laurenz Berges makes reference to constellations of urban landscapes, to buildings, constructions, and spaces that, used and used up over decades and often abandoned, tell stories about everyday occurrences. His preferred terrain is the Ruhr region, where he finds, for example, simply built townhouses from the postwar period; discovers the avant-corps of a building from the turn of the 20th century that displays a bizarre, apparently useless wooden frame; three bells arranged on a wall that features countless signs of use and whose nameplates are blurred; a plane tree that was planted a long time ago and whose roots have grown under the pavement, raising several stone slabs. Yet no one seems to walk here anymore; the streets that Berges takes pictures of come across as deserted and show no signs of any future modernization.

Michael Collins is presenting a selection of photographs from three different areas of his work. The diptych „Hoo Flats“ features landscape views in the estuaries of the Thames and the Medway east of London and constitutes the culmination of the three years he spent working in this area. The artist found an imposing tree in Hampstead Heath in London and photographed it from three different perspectives. The photographer approaches the representational area of the sculptural with the three photographs taken in industrial areas. These images are also historical evidence of spent labor and situative atmospheres. In his oeuvre, Collins reflects on the metaphysical qualities of the medium of photography; he sees photography as equivalent to other artistic media, such as painting.

The buildings and trees Paola De Pietri photographed between 2014 and 2017 are situated in the northern Italian Po Basin in the Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto regions. Paola De Pietri“s delicately elaborated black-and-white photographs are characterized by a discretely stringent aesthetic. The motifs are the solitary trees and houses so typical of the region. The spacious character of the fertile basin with its fields and rows is exemplified by a relatively low horizon. The misty weather, the leafless trees document a colder and less colorful season, which De Pietri took advantage of for her work to achieve a visual emphasis of the seemingly exemplary motifs. The outlines of the more distant objects dissolve and merge in a light, foggy background.

These works by Laurenz Berges, Michael Collins and Paola De Pietri encounter one another for the first time in this exhibition. It unites their intuition and their sharp eye for temporary as well as timeless realities, for facts and gradual transformations, as well as their sensitivity for the specifically fine aesthetic that arises from it.

A leporello (German/English) will be published to accompany each of the artistic positions. Assembled in a slipcase, as artistic publications the leporellos have been designed to acquire collector“s value. (Snoeck Verlag, Cologne; graphic design: Claudia Ott, Düsseldorf)

Concurrently in Room 2:
A Look at the Collection: Landscape – Transformation – Space

With this presentation accompanying the main exhibition, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur presents historical and contemporary works that once more intensify the artistic examination of the subject matter. Focus is placed on three selected works that were transferred from the holdings of the Stiftung Kunst im Landesbesitz, North Rhine-Westphalia, represented by the Kunstsammlung NRW, to Die Photographische Sammlung as permanent loans in 2017. These works by Boris Becker, Elger Esser, und Candida Höfer are now being thematically and formally related with positions from our own collection by Lawrence Beck, Lee Friedlander and Pierre Bonnard, and Albert Renger-Patzsch in a group exhibition.

These will be joined by conceptually related works by Albert Renger-Patzsch, Burkhard Jüttner, and Klaus Rinke from the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn. The presentation also explores the alternative ways of depicting the landscape that exemplify humankind“s access to nature as well as the relationship between subject and conceptual realization.

Room 3:
A Look at the Collection: Paul Dobe: Photographic Studies of Nature and the Finding of Forms

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur contains a comprehensive collection of prints, negatives, slides, graphic motifs, and further documents by Paul Dobe (1880-1965). A trained draftsman, in his oeuvre he concentrated on studying nature, turning his attention toward flowers and plant structures. He may have possibly met Karl Blossfeldt in 1905 during his studies at the teaching institute of the Museum of Applied Arts in Berlin, where Blossfeldt taught „plant modeling“.

The black-and-white photographs by Paul Dobe feature flowers and trees as well as photographic reproductions of his drawings. Taken with great precision, the images have been carefully mounted and labeled: with quasi-scientific aspiration and against a botanical background, Dobe sought principles of construction, a law of form based in nature. Dobe devoted himself to the photographic portrayal of different cloud formations with similar impetus. These images are also included in the exhibition. In addition, the photographic sheets that pursue the idea of the principles of order taken from nature in an abstract way and ultimately condense into the new creation of pure forms have a surprising impact.

Press queries: +49 (0)221 888 95 105

The press images in conjunction with the exhibitions can be downloaded directly from http://bit.ly/2mSBVzZ

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

Art Culture

Sthlm Tailors to an English Speaking Audience

Sthlm Tailors to an English Speaking Audience

PechaKucha Night #62

A night of thinking and drinking will take place at Noden, Stockholm.
Tailoring to Stockholm’s ever changing demographic, this free, English language event will present a mix of Stockholm based Journalists, Music Producers, Digital Strategists to inspire a crowd of Entrepreneurs, Researchers, Designers, Artists and more. A dozen creatives will share the best they’ve got in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. 20 images get 20 seconds each. Unlike Ted Talks, the event seeks to celebrate and inspire creatives at every level of their career. The night will feature a compulsory drink break.

FREE ENTRANCE!

Doors open at 7.30pm – first presenter on stage at 20.20pm sharp!

The event will take place at Noden, a hub for ’spiritual atheism‘ that embraces the idea of doocracy.

TONIGHT“S PRESENTERS:

Claes Olson, Music Entrepreneur, Owner of COMEDIA and Founder of Indie Music Sweden
„Silence and Sounds: 1 + 1 = 3“
https://indiesweden.se/

Jane Ruffino, Content Designer and Content Manager at Daresay Digital Agency
„The Courage Report“
https://daresay.co/

Jesper Årström, Digital Worker
„Proximity Value“
www.jesperarstrom.com

Jonas Freden, Journalist
„How to Write“
https://www.facebook.com/jonasfredenjournalistik/

Sumbo Temo,Journalist
„The Node – a Home for Syntheism and Co-creation“
https://www.facebook.com/noden.sthlm/

Leigh Fitzjames, Creative Producer and Tonight’s Host
„The Thingification of All Thinks“
www.humanstoryteller.com

PechaKucha 2020 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps- just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 2020 format. Svensk Form is an ambassador for PechaKucha in Sweden. PechaKucha was created by the architect duo Klein-Dytham in Tokyo in 2003.

Transmedia in U.K., NYC, Sweden

Contact
Human Storyteller
Leigh Fitzjames
Stockholm 01
12345 Stockholm
Phone: 46732429793
E-Mail: leigh@Humanstoryteller.com
Url: http://www.humanstoryteller.com

Art Culture

New single „Golden Ratio“ by orange ate kid (OAK)

OAK announces new EP „Thrive and Prosper“.

New single "Golden Ratio" by orange ate kid (OAK)

orange ate kid (Source: OAK)

The band, orange ate kid (OAK) from Hamburg, can´t stand still or rest. The title of the new EP „Thrive and Prosper“ says it all.

Since Friday, January 19, 2018, there is a foretaste of the upcoming OAK EP „Thrive and Prosper“ on YouTube. The wonderful filmmaker Lukas Prezel has been accompanying the band for some time and also made the video shoot for the song „Golden Ratio“ of the new OAK EP „Thrive and Prosper“.

Here´s the video for „Golden Ratio“.

„The hard and sweaty work on our second EP „Thrive and Prosper“ has finally come to an end,“ the band says.

orange ate kid (oak) is continuously working on their sound since their foundation in 2012. Energetic alternativ rock combined with elements of post-hardcore would probably fit the most when trying to describe their style of music. Joining a show will be a prove of their powerful dynamic performance as well. The band released their debut EP „Waterlungs“ followed by the single „We are the Island“ and two music videos. The release of „Thrive and Prosper“ will now lead to a wider range of songs that can be experienced at one of their upcoming shows.

Text section of Golden Ratio:

All that was, all that will be
Does not matter now
All that is, all that counts,
Is that we feel alive.

Refrain:
Stop for a second and lift your head,
Deeply breathe,
And then contemplate ‚bout this:
That you’re thankful to be alive
It’s time to be alive (2x)

Preorder the new EP on www.weareoak.de

orange ate kid (oak) schrauben seit 2012 an ihrem eigenen Sound, der als kraftvoller Alternative Rock mit Post-Hardcore Elementen beschrieben werden kann. Wer die Band in den letzten Jahren verfolgt hat, weiß, dass sich die Energie auch live voll entlädt und es dabei mal härter und mal weicher zugeht. In den letzten Jahren sind die EP „Waterlungs“, die Single „We are the Island“ und zwei Musikvideos entstanden. Zusammen mit der aktuellen EP „Thrive and Prosper“, für deren Schaffensprozess sich die Band länger als bisher in ihren Hamburger Bunker zurückgezogen hatte, entsteht somit eine dynamische Basis, die das Live-Set der kommenden Shows bestimmen wird.

Contact
orange ate kid (OAK)
Kevin Lange
Hauke-Haien-Weg 16
22149 Hamburg
Phone: 0049 (0)15786745466
E-Mail: booking@orangeatekid.de
Url: http://www.orangeatekid.de