Verena Wald The Artistic Process (detail)

Age of Artists – Our Year in Retrospective

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For the first time, over ten members of our network have been involved in projects and events in very different contexts this year. Examples are the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV), IT companies Comparex and Incadea, the Association of German Business Engineers (VWI) and the German railway network (Deutsche Bahn).

Our ideas on cultural education were featured in a publication by the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries e.V., while the Werte-Index, an institution mapping how and in which context societal values are discussed on the internet, published an interview with us.

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Jan Brueghel the Younger Satire on Tulip Mania 2nd quarter of the 17th century

From Ecstasy to Relevance: What Blossoming and Blockchain Have in Common

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Jan Brueghel the Elder, scion to an eminent Flemish dynasty of painters, was doing well in his day. On an equal footing with Peter Paul Rubens – both men used to work conjointly on paintings at times – Flower Brueghel, as he was aptly called, was one of the leading painters at the turn of the 17th century. But why should this be of interest to us? Still lifes, especially from these days, are not precisely at the core of the contemporary interest in art.

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Johannes Stüttgen

The increase in information is not paralleled with an increase in vocabulary – interview with artist and author Johannes Stüttgen

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Artist and author Johannes Stüttgen studied at Düsseldorf’s art academy as one of Joseph Beuys star pupils. “It was him who instilled my interest in the concept of art”, admits Stüttgen before elaborating with ease on the decades that have passed since his graduation. “Essentially, you (Age of Artists) are  striving for something similar. You are not searching for single artistic particularities, but a paramount concept of art.” By establishing the extended concept of art – the idea that artistic practice is not exclusive to art itself, but applicable to a range of disciplines – Joseph Beuys and Johannes Stüttgen became pioneers of a movement which refused to understand art solely as a physical artwork.

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Art of Innovation: London and Berlin Workshops

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“When it’s time for something different it has to be different”, says Age of Artists member Stephanie Barnes. Together with Phil Dodson and Doug Shaw, kindly sponsored by Herman Miller, Betahaus, and The Wesley Hotel Stephanie is co-facilitating a series of interactive and practical organizational and personal development workshops: The Art of Innovation.

Innovation and creativity, powerful skills we need for differentiation purposes in business, and to which we are attracted as humans.

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Rob Austin

An Artist Lives in the World Like Everyone Else- Interview with Rob Austin

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Robert D. Austin is an innovation and technology management researcher and professor of Innovation and Information Technology at Ivey Business School in Canada. Together with dramaturg and emeritus professor of theatre Lee Devin he examines business innovation through the lens of art practice. Their two books Artful Making and The Soul of Design explore the striking structural similarities between theatre artistry and production and today’s business projects. For Austin, there is no doubt artistic practices are highly relevant in today’s’ business environment, and particularly “in developed economies because communication and transportation networks have become so usable and inexpensive that it devalues cost-leadership approaches to business.

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Laura Kuch

Fehler als kreatives Prinzip: Interview mit Laura Kuch auf Deutschlandradio Kultur

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Den falschen Film für den Oscar nominiert? Sicher ein Fehler aber nicht so schlimm meint die Künstlerin und Age of Artists Mitglied Laura Kuch im Interview mit Deutschlandradio Kultur. „Man könnte aber auch aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive da mal draufschauen und könnte sagen, da ist ja was ganz Ungewöhnliches, was ganz Überraschendes passiert, etwas, was in Erinnerung bleibt und sich eben auch abhebt von dem sonst so perfekten oder makellosen Ablauf in so einer Oscar-Verleihung.“ Allenfalls ein Schlamassel also.

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Artistic Intelligence: How Art Inspires Innovation

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SAP’s Alumni Network  has published on their news center as well as on their global intranet an article about Artistic Intelligence: How Art Inspires Innovation.  Author Andrea Schmieden concludes “Age of Artists doesn’t focus on actual works of art, but rather on the artistic approach to producing creative and original results. Put this in business terms and the connection becomes clear: It’s about innovation and how we can evolve our creative potential to deal with new and complex challenges.” Please access the full article here.

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Ludger Brümmer

„The Moment of Surprise Always Adheres to Creativity. You Get Surprised by Yourself.” Interview with Composer Ludger Bruemmer

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Composer Ludger Bruemmer was one of the first of his generation who turned towards digitally produced acoustic-electronic music. He is one of the pioneers of a music genre that is beyond growth and several transformations. Did he know that already when he started? “Artists are always associated with the present. The reception is in the past. This means that art, or what we understand as art, is always art of yesteryear. Artists also live in the present world, so it doesn’t make any sense that they should live fifty years ahead.

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Sabine Schaefer Studio TopoPhonien 1992

The Idea of a Spherical Shape of Time – Interview with Installation Artist Sabine Schaefer

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Imagine yourself a career where you play in a rock band as a teenager before starting an apprenticeship in a bank. Being a qualified bank employee only causes you one problem: You don’t feel challenged enough. So why not mastering the entrance examination at the music conservatory in Karlsruhe to become a pianist and music teacher?

Well, this career exists and marks just the beginning of Sabine Schaefer’s journey that continues further today.

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