Born in Berlin, Sebastian Heiner studied at the UdK (Universität der Künste) in his home town. Normally he works and lives in Berlin, where he shares an atelier with the artist Jörn Grothkopp. The Berliner told us as well, that his painting is influenced a lot by his temporary employment abroad. Over several years he held ateliers in Beijing, Shanghai and Bangkok. “I think, a lot broke loose inside of me while I was staying abroad.
Michael Atavar is Artist and Creative Consultant. He works with individuals and businesses, helping to solve professional problems, using creativity as a key. He is the author of four books, most recently ‘Better Magic – How To Have Creative Ideas In 24 Steps’.
Age of Artists: What is the science behind your new book ‘Better Magic’? And what is the real magic?
Michael Atavar: Rationality is important – data is useful, especially in business, but my book takes a different approach and explores the irrational as a source of ideas.
Based in Berlin Julian Schwokowsky is an artist who pays special attention to his gut feeling. This approach takes place directly from the beginning of his working process. “In my opinion I can learn from every person that I meet. It might be the kebab seller or a child. That describes pretty much my attitude in this world: I consider everybody as a possible role model. It is about a general curiosity that you can find especially in children.
The Israeli painter Zohar Fraiman, who lives in Germany, developed her skills from Jerusalem to Berlin. Influenced by painters, among them Edgar Degas and Balthus, and the society where she grew up, our conversation with her emphasized the importance of inspiration, focus, intuition and perspectives.
Although Fraiman always felt the need to be a painter, she does not come from a family of artists instead they are more geared towards business and entrepreneurship.
At first, an exposition of Bernard Pras only slightly differs from a bric-a-brac store. There are piles of objects and materials that seem to be randomly arranged on the ground such as during a Sunday garage sale. However by looking at each of the parts you realize that they are tied together, ingeniously aligned to draw and replicate a well-known image, but only when seen from a certain perspective. The french artist, fond of Bricolage and Improvisation, uses an anamorphic perspective to turn 3D into 2D.
Note: This is the second part of an Interview with Tim Leberecht, Chief marketing officer of NBBJ and Author of The Business Romantic. Please access the first part here.
Dirk: Tim, in your book The Business Romantic you propose to not just use quantitative measures to deal with complexity. What other options do we have?
Tim: Complexity begins when quants end. The truly complex things are the ones we can’t comprehend, those outside of our grasp.