Painter Joern Grothkopp already decided to become an artist when he was quite young. Likewise small decisions that he has to take while painting a picture, this important step for him was about an inner certainty: “If you’re not aware of the result before and finally you get surprised by yourself – this is annexation of future and time. It gives you self-confidence as well as self-coordination within this huge context where you don’t know where you’re standing.
Fabian Lempa is Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin and looks into the field of applied theatre interventions in and for companies. Applied theatre, he explains “means types of theatre that don’t usually occur in traditional theatre institutions, but rather find their way into social contexts in order to set in motion various and specific constructive processes of change.“ So when you think about a major or minor transformation in your organization applied theatre might be an option.
“Experimentation is key. You need to allow people to experiment and sometimes they don’t need to have a firm goal, just an interesting direction,” Martin Wezowski comments during our two-hour conversation in Berlin a while ago.
Wezowski represents a productive match between art and business. He was born in Poland and moved to Sweden at age fourteen. That’s also where his career between beats and business started. He soon began to play music and ended up as a member of Majestic, a Power Metal Band from Malmö in southern Sweden.
Gina Schoeler is co-founder and acting Minister for Happiness and Well Being at the Ministry of Happiness. Does it exist? Of course. Everything started with a question: What is happiness? That is what Gina Schöler and Daniel Clarens asked themselves during their studies of communications design in Mannheim, Germany. The ministry of happiness turned into their final project. In the meantime Gina Schoeler works in her profession but kept her role as reigning minister.
The young artist Lisa Peters studies and works in Berlin. She exudes a dynamic that is also visible in her art – at the moment she is focussing on video and sculpture. Basically it’s not possible to pin her down to one artistic discipline, because she discovers new fields frequently: “I don’t want to be “just” the sculptress or the film-maker. And I think this is great, that each work gives me the possibility to use an individual language.
During the conversation with the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa there was especially one term that came up quite often: Resonance. If acceleration is the challenge, than resonance might be the solution. Resonance means more to Rosa than usual; he reinvents the term. Against the background of acceleration in society Rosa deals with one of the great philosophical topics: The loss of meaning as a problem of modernity. “The major tales disappeared that are explaining us why we are here in this world.
“Actually I consider myself as a storyteller”, says the German movie director right at the beginning of our conversation. Except of cine films Quabeck has told his stories also in video clips, television serials and audio dramas. “The purpose of all my works was to address the unconscious of the audience and to catch them in their profoundness; to tell a story which builds up on many flats and which catches the audience in the lower flats.
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.
In part three, the final part, in our bricolage series we take the topic beyond the dominant notion of re-using available experiences and material to create original and new solutions together with David Kayrouz of Creative Pathways, a consultancy based in New Zealand. David is a passionate practitioner of bricolage as creative discipline but he takes it a step further: “the ‘resurrection’ of the existing is an integral part of the process, but personally I believe and see an important future lies in the use of bricolage through the amorphous possibilities available for a preferred connecting with the bricoleur’s senses through their free choice of media.