hendekagon // a space traveller’s guide to haumea

Hello music lovers, today I proudly (and exclusively!) present the video Hendekagon – A Space Traveller’s Guide to Haumea Pt. 1.0–the first part of Ro’s new project that was presented this week with a total five-hour audiovisual performance as a new outcome of our artist’s community Adventurous Music.

The whole mix is based on a consistent concept starting with a super chilly one hour Ambient set. When I was watching this part for the very first time, I totally got in a trance-like state of mind. It felt as calming as sitting on a beach watching the sea or in front of a mesmerizing campfire–a pretty cool experience I’ve had right in my living room.

And this is only the beginning, ’cause after that intro the set takes you gently on a journey through time and space along with some of the greatest artists time being in Electronica, Dub, and Techno feat. Autechre, the Hypnus and Kabalion labels and many more. Feel free to go with the flow and move to the beat until another round of Ambient sound smoothly brings you right back home.

So if you are hooked after watching this video, missed the show or would like to revive it, you can get the full audio experience right here on Ro’s blog.

Have a good time! :-)

illustrations // black and white

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I am on Instagram now with some of my black and white illustrations.

I was looking for and thinking about a cool and easy way to select and present my favorite drawings. Until now they were hidden among all kind of scribblings in different sketchpads and sketchbooks. I almost forgot some of them, because I didn’t enjoy going through these books that much. So last Sunday I selected my top 20 and put them on Instagram. Not because I was fishing for compliments or something like that, I just wanted to see them all together “exhibited”. Yet the feedback I’ve got somehow made my day. :-)

And then I came across this – in my opinion – extremely inspirational illustrator.

Have a fun weekend!


PS: It’s actually my top 19 and one of them draw Ro.

inspired by // jackson pollock

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During the holidays, Ro and I watched this movie about Jackson Pollock. Ro in particular already was a big fan of this painter’s work. Me not so much, but after watching this drama, I really wanted to dive into abstract expressionism and action painting.

And so we did. I remembered the canvases in my tiny art chamber sitting there for several years. After deciding which one to use, I pulled out some acrylic colors and paintbrushes and quickly changed our living room into a creative workplace.

Each one of us chose a color and then started to sprinkle it in a certain way. If you think that’s easy – no, it’s not. You really have to get into the technique and figure out the results of each move you make. It’s not just splashing paint. Almost every drop and brushstroke turned out different than we expected. Usually, I prefer things turn out as planned but, in this case, I enjoyed being surprised and really liked the metamorphosis our painting took. We also used a bit too much water first, so all the colors got mixed up. But in the end, I love how our masterpiece turned out and appreciate every little detail and creature I can see in it. ;-)

So do you like abstract expressionism? And do you have a favorite painter?


PS: One of those pictures has a little eye in it, can you see it?

watched // two artists, a girl from spain and a public enemy

MovieRecs

Despite the fact that I watch a movie almost once a week every single week of the year, these are the four I have seen lately and can highly recommend – especially for cold and cloudy days of winter.

#I Hockney. I have to admit, I never heard of David Hockney before. But when I saw this movie poster, I got curious about this artist and his work. In the end, I’ve learned a lot about his various drawing styles, starting from – I would say – scribbles I don’t like that much to huge colorful paintings that really impress me. He is also leading a fascinating life, so this film might be a good inspiration for anyone in arts.

#II Victoria. This movie was introduced to me as one about Berlin’s club scene and as a one-take that could be interesting to watch. After that recommendation, I expected a documentary. Which Victoria is not. It’s a brilliant movie that turns an easy and fun night into a gripping thriller, in which every action and each step following the other are very realistic and – in my opinion – can actually happen to someone. In Berlin. Or in any other big city. First I thought the movie was a bit slow-moving, but then I figured out that this is the interesting part that a one-take movie is all about and what makes the difference to the cut ones: It slows you down and lets you participate in every little detail from every single scene. So give it a try, it’s a great one! Btw.: It’s shown tomorrow night at LuRu if you’re in LE.

#III Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s WorldThis documentary really really got me. It’s fascinating and kinda creepy at the same time. Even though Giger’s art was very present in my life back in the mid-1990s, I have to say I never liked his motives in particular that much (well, maybe except the Alien), but I surely liked the colors (gray and black) and the Surrealism. But above all I admired him for his – in my eyes – perfect drawing skills. So I was interested in watching this movie about his life and work. And then I got a portrait of a man that I can hardly describe because after watching this docu I was thrilled and also felt sad, sorry and disturbed at the same time. But in understanding his art, I got a lot out of it. And who says, an artist’s life is always sunshine?!

#IV Citizenfour. This documentary portraits Edward Snowden after he exposed the NSA spying scandal. An investigative journalist, a reporter and this filmmaker visit Snowden in his Hongkong hotel room. With great interviews and carefully asked questions, they all together drew an impressive picture of this whistleblower. 

Have fun watching! :-)


PS: Last week the LeipzigGlocal invited me to tell a bit about my 13+ years experience as a DJ playing experimental electronic music – just in case you would like to know. :-)

PPS: Picture credits: I, II, III, and IV.