The what’s the deal? project in Ljubljana was all about graffiti. Find out more about graffiti history by reading this wonderful zine:
17. June 2015
This zine contains all information about the what’s the deal? project in Munich where the focus was on the skateboarding scene.
Philip Metz made a zine about the Nomadic Sculpture for the What’s the deal? event.
The ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ is a usable art object for public spaces, created under the leadership of concept artist Philip Metz from Berlin. The sculpture is largely made of old recycled timber and can vary in shape and dimensions because of its modular structure. It was mainly made with skateboarders in mind. The object kept developing during its journey through Munich to five urban unused places. The experience gained and the dialogue with the surroundings and the public was used in the continuing design process. The ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ therefore surpasses an expectation that would be hard to fulfil anyways – especially for an object of art, which per definition is not an object created with the purpose of being used.
26. May 2015
Gemi is a community based project that was produced during 3 months in Munich. Artist Erdogan Onur Ceritoglu from Istanbul worked with pupils aged between 7 and 11 years in a socio-educational institution called Project Laden. They created a furniture-like installation from locally found scrap wood which participants can use and modify. The goal of this project was to assemble a playground sculpture made collectively by the artist and children through workshops.
The first workshop was about interpreting the characters and the environment in Jules Werne’s 20.000 leagues under the sea into models and visual material. Following, a vessel like furniture was being designed and carpentered from scrap furniture parts. After that, the kids painted the sculpure and assembled it in the institution where it is placed since then.
Watch the video about the project for more information:
21. May 2015
The „Moving urban cultures“ festival is all about workshops, live-concerts and talks about sustainability and young urban cultures. But there’s something else: in the past two years international artists have created various works for the „What’s the deal?“ project that will be exhibited during the whole festival.
Wandering around the Kreativquartier, without doubt, you will soon reach the „Kreativräume“, were the exhibition is located. Enter Hall 5 and find yourself in the middle of the project „From Space to Place to Utopia”: this project is about urban wasteland in four european cities. The artists’ task was to find an abandoned space and to show the present state through a photography. Then they should create a work about how the space could look in future. Eventually they invented wild utopias of how they wished the spaces be like. The selected cities were Munich (Max-Joseph Platz, Kreativquartier and Viehhof), Ljbuljana (Tobacno), Hallein, Austria (rooftops) and Amsterdam (Stenenhoofd).
Following the exhibition to Hall 6 and 7 you will experience the WTD Lab and the Art Intervention Amsterdam. The WTD Lab is a reflection of artists from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Turkey and Slovenia about sustainabiltiy. Their art work shows alternative solutions about this frequently discussed topic. The Art Intervention Amsterdam is dealing with how designers could change the world. Fourteen european designers engaged themselves in a multi-disciplinary manner with the subject of sustainability at the beginning of this year and will present their far-reaching results in the exhibition.
Leaving the inner area you’ll stumble across a wooden sculpture populated with skaters doing there tricks. The so called Nomadic Sculpture is located opposite of the Import Export Kantine and is once again ready to be skated on. Next to it you’ll find artistic and unique trikes on display which were constructed during the Schmiede Bike Lab, also ready to be tried out. Both art works are excellent examples, how the (sharp) distinction between art and commodity item can become blurred.
For more information about the artists and the work the infocenter is happy to help and provide you with all requested materials. Texts, pictures and videos about the background, research and results of the project are on display.
20. May 2015
The last day of the festival will be all about skateboarding includig Skatesessions, Skateworkshops and Talks.
One of the highlights will be the inauguration of the Nomadic Sculpture:
The Nomadic Sculpture is an object in public space that was developed in five phases. The aim was to create a sculpture that can serve multiple purposes – an expectation that would be hard to fulfill, especially for an object of art, which per definition is not an object created with the purpose of being used. The Nomadic Sculpture is built of reused material, variable in shape and can therefore adapt to each site which makes it suitable for skateboards.
But that’s not all: watch Videos of D.I.Y. Skatepark-projects in the WTD-Container or participate in a talk about Skateparks in Munich.
If you’re a Skater yourself, show your skills and tricks in a special surrounding during a Night-Skatesession. Or just enjoy a great Live-Concert with Faauna and a DJ Set of Caroline v. Monaco & Prügelprinz Ernst August.
Design and sustainability is the motto of Friday, June 19. A group of international designers and artists from various backgrounds have approached the idea of sustainability – the practical as well as the conceptual side and will represent their ideas and works during this interesting and exciting day.
Starting with a workshop about Design & Compassion with Sasa Kerkos and Sebastian Cavazza you will gain insights from socio-political movements, global economy and the idea of creating from your personal ideals for a better world.
What would the world look like without a manual? This is the topic of the following discussion of Denis Oudendijk, who calls himself a Waste architect, and will surely give some mind-blowing impulses.
The day continues with another highlight: The exhibition of the Art Intervention Amsterdam who is dedicated to the main topic “How to change the world as a designer”. Fashion performances about Fair Fashion Food, a Dinner Happening and a Live-Concert of Gurdan Thomas as well as a DJ Set of YAYOILOUISE from Ljubljana are the perfect end of a productive and interesting day.
The most sustainable way to carry yourself from one place to another, without taking hours, is surely by bike. Sunday, June 14, will be dedicated to bycicles that have been around for almost two hundred years but are still as useful and popular as ever!
During this day, you will encounter many new and innovative models that you might not have known about yet. The first ones to introduce themselves will be cargo bikes, proving that there is no need for a car, even if you have to transport heavy objects. As it is still possible for little breakdowns to occur, the Repair Bike Box from Ljubljana is ready to show you some tricks to bring your bike on the road again.
It is against the nature of bikes to stand fixedly in one spot, so a BMX Show will let you experience what they are capable of when pushed to their limits and used in the realm of art and artistry.
In the afternoon racing bikes will prove that bikes are not only for transporting oneself or objects, they can be really really fast too. Needless to say that we can not dismiss you without some music, this time by the progressive rock trio Mother´s Cake from Austria.
Korinna Lindinger made a zine for the Schmiede & WTD research
….Schmiede is a network of people strongly engaged in various fields of arts, design, technology and performance. Members are called Smiths. They get together for intense cooperation and experiment for ten days every year at Schmiede Hallein….
Welcome to Schmiede the playground of ideas.
September 10th – 20th 2015
Application is open till May 31st.
Schmiede is a producers festival and community, a playground where our ideas come to play.
Since 2003 annually, Schmiede produces this focused collective experience far off on an island in the Austrian countryside. We provide space, time, basic tools, food, events, a heterogeneous group of participants (Smiths), guests and projects. Schmiede unites to work and connect – genre, origin, tribe, eating habits – it doesn´t matter, motivation, quality and the will to work and engage with others are the core criteria.
Schmiede receives around 300+ applications per year. Schmiede accepts around 250 participants a year (numbers vary according to background eg.: a musician needs more space than a graphic designer). The SchmiedeNetwork consists of around 700 producers from over 20 nations and 5 continents. The annual mix of participants is split between 60% returning participants and 40% new participants. The age distribution is focused lies between 18 and 45, however the majority of Schmiede participants range from 20 to 35.
For ten days the Saline in Hallein becomes an open and free playground (2000m2) for 250+ digital creatives and artists from all around the world. Depending on the needs and possibilities of its members the SmithNetwork moves along the borders of art, culture, handcraft and creative industries. Schmiede ends with the SchmiedeWorkshow, a grand public exhibition, where the Smith productions of the past ten days are presented to the the public and media. Participation is decided according to current application. Application for Schmiede always ends on May 31st. And yes: Everyone needs to apply, every year.
Do you have a project in mind, but don’t have the space, people or tools to realize it?
Do you want to take time to develop yourself and your projects engulfed in a large group of peers?
Do you want to meet like minded creatives to collaborate, exchange ideas or just get inspired?
Do you want to present your project or idea in front of your peers and get feedback?
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