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.
Young, dynamic, international are some of the descriptors that instantly come to mind as soon as you enter the FabLab in Berlin: typical Berlin. However, this would not be accurate because Berlin’s FabLab is only three years old, making it even younger than many other FabLabs that are to be found in large cities all over Germany. Most of these FabLabs deal with 3D-printing and Laser technologies, but for what purpose?
“The focus of the FabLabs lies in the educational and enlightening purpose”, explains Wolf Jeschonnek, founder and manager of the FabLab in Berlin.
Helge Steinmann, in the street art scene, is better known as “Bomber One”, a graffiti-institution in Germany. Born in Hessen, he studied communication design and became active as a graffiti artist in the late 80s. Mainly operating in and around Frankfurt he is also known internationally as an analyst, co-creator, and guest to various events and campaigns. His work has been published in a number of magazines and publications. In an interview with us he spoke about his career as an artist, about the freedom of the arts, and appreciation of oneself, the process of learning and education, as well as idea generation, and the daily struggle with structures and restrictions.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Beechey is a professional dancer and also rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, a renowned institution for classical and contemporary dance, that exists for more than 90 years. And yet the word artist makes him a bit scared when describing his line of work: “My name is Jason, I was born and my passion is exploring the body in movement with music, the possibilities and to help other people discover their possibilities.
We met Paul-Henri Campbell upon recommendation by his associate, the painter Aris Kalaizis. Campbell is a bilingual writer of German and English. In his essays and poetry, he often deals with modern mythologies. He has written poetry about, for instance, the Firebird Trans Am, New Yorkˈs A-Train, the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, and the Concorde. We talked on an autumnally cool but sunny afternoon at a café in Frankfurt.
We talked to him about how he came to literature and what it means for him …
“Literature is unique among the arts.
In summer 2014 we had one of those rare discussions at the sunny but drafty courtyard of Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB):1 The talk was chastening and stimulating at the same time. Professor Ariane Berthoin Antal has spent much of her time doing scientific work for artistic intervention in organizations. We talked about her research and people that build connections between business and art. We also talked about how fragile such connections can be and what happens if art is just used to stabilize the already existing organizational environment.