Friday, June 17, 2022

KROKODIL FESTIVAL: The Year of Magical Thinking

LOCATION 1: Center for Cultural Decontamination, Birčaninova 21, Beograd


“The Year of Magical Thinking is a title we owe to the recently deceased American author and essayist Joan Didion, whose insight into the roads travelled by the human species through the XX and XXI centuries, and her memorable descriptions of societal unrest and psychological fragmentation have left an important mark on the way we experience the contemporary world. Taken from her eponymous autobiographical book that talks of her facing the sudden death of her husband and terminal illness of her only daughter, this title, of course, represents a direct homage to the insuperable writer. However, it also directs our attention towards the collective, global, extremely complex trauma the population of planet Earth is facing today. In a direct head-on collision with the certainty of environmental apocalypse, new and mysterious pandemics, aggressive, bloodthirsty dictators with their fingers on the triggers of nuclear weapons powerful enough to destroy all of humanity, and the extreme stupidity and blindness of the human species that, due to the development of communications technologies, has been unveiled before us in all its splendour while as Arthur Koestler said, we “sleepwalk toward Armageddon”, it would seem we are unable to fully comprehend where we have led our civilisation. And in return, where our civilisation has led us. Connecting Emerging Literary Artists 

WHEN: Sunday, 19 June, from 7 PM PARTICIPANTS: CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists) – Arianna Bonazzi (Italy), Andraž Rožman (Slovenia), Lisa Weeda (The Netherlands) and translators Ana Popović, Jelena Dedeić, and Bojana Budimir. Programme moderator: Mima Simić. POETS SOUNDS – speech art trio SPRECHBOHRER (Germany), Tone Avenstroup (Norway), Katalin Ladik (Hungary) and Miia Toivio (Finland). Programme moderators: Dragan Protić Prota and Florian Neuner. ADMISSION: Free LIVE STREAM: No online stream DEBATE PROGRAMME

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Mainstation Düsseldorf, Konrad Adenauer Platz 14 
76133 Düsseldorf Germany

The exhibition A World To Work With shows works by twelve artists in the Modellbahnautomat at Düsseldorf‘s main station. In the tradition of sculpture exhibitions in public spaces, works are presented as models on a scale of 1:87, ranging from unrealized to completely newly developed concepts. With works by: Gina Fischli, Alexander Janz, Daniel Kuge, Louise Lawler, Fritjof Mangerich, Isa Melsheimer, Gerardo Nolasco-Rózsás, Lucila Pacheco Dehne, Sophie Pape, Thomas Schütte, Maria Visser and Alex Wissel The exhibition is curated by Alexander Janz and Felix Koberstein. 
Models play an important role in artistic production. Many larger projects are first created on a small scale before they are realized in the size they are intended. This is mostly for pragmatic reasons. Many constraints that exist in reality are undermined in the model. In this way, ideas and thought experiments that cannot be easily realized due to size, cost, safety risks, or other limitations can be vividly put up for disposition. Models are used for experimentation in the studio, but also as a form of presentation for communicating ideas. It is therefore no coincidence that the aesthetics of the model-like, especially since the Neo-avantgardes, has itself become a field of interest for artistic reflection.

Friday, May 06, 2022

May 5 freedom concert @ Amstel Amsterdam

Anita Meijer, Why Tell Me Why

The May 5 concert is traditionally the closing event of the national liberation celebration. Opera singer Tania Kross, rapper Fresku and rock band Navarone performed, among others. And the mentioned Anita Meyer of course. She sang her 1981 mega hit Why Tell Me Why. Freedom is something that cannot be taken for granted. I hope freedom remains especially now in Ukraine.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Lyubov Panchenko (Любов Панченко)

Was a Ukrainian artist and designer known for her influence on Ukrainian culture.

Panchenko came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the Ukrainian Sixtiers, a group of artists and thinkers who advocated for freedom of expression during the repressive Soviet regime. She became known for her fashion design, blending the modern with traditional Ukrainian embroidery and other elements. Her fashion was featured in Soviet Woman, a prominent women’s magazine in Ukraine. Yet her work was also censored by the Soviet Union as it preserved and promoted Ukrainian culture. Panchenko was also a painter who incorporated folk art and traditional symbols if Ukraine into her work, including creating painted pysanky, or Easter eggs. She worked in many other media, including stained glass and sketches. Read more…

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Ian Cumberland


Ian Cumberland is an Irish visual artist. He was born in Banbridge. His work focuses on portraits with his paintings typically using oils as the primary media. He studied fine art at the University of Ulster. He has won several prizes, the most significant of which was the Davy Portrait Award in 2010. In 2019 and 2020 Cumberland deals in his work with increased commercialization, technological development and its effects on the individual. In doing so, he creates scenes that seem like a private snapshot and transport the viewer into a voyeuristic experience. He develops these by integrating his paintings into an installation consisting of audio and video works, neon light, sculptures and other plastic materials. Through this kind of deconstruction of his created sceneries he achieves a visual construction that alienates the human being within his culture, the influence of the mass media and data surveillance.

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

In memory of Panayot Panayotov - Paneto

In German

During the rare moments when Pani was not working in his studio, we saw an engaging personality who was always up for a good conversation. He was a bon vivant with a well-filled glass of Bulgarian wine or a Rakia that he could always tell something about. He loved Bulgarian cuisine and culture. A real Burgundian, he told stories for hours on any subject. His opinion was always substantiated. We'll miss these moments. Lilly, Petia, Dolf and family in The Netherlands.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Lucienne Day

Via Ron van der Ende (Facebook)

Lucienne Day's career in design spans 60 years and the freshness and originality of her work ensures that it is still relevant to contemporary interiors. A versatile and influential designer, Lucienne was commissioned by a wide range of companies and extended her very particular vision to carpets, wallpapers, tea towels and ceramics as well as textiles. With her husband Robin she pioneered the post-war revival of design and manufacture and extended the boundaries of modern design, enjoying international recognition. Her best known textile design 'Calyx' was launched at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and subsequently received the coveted International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators. 

Lucienne Day's early textiles were inspired by her love of modern art, especially the abstract paintings of Paul Klee and Joan Miró. Reflecting on recent trends in textiles in 1957, Lucienne observed: “In the very few years since the end of the war, a new style of furnishing fabrics has emerged…. I suppose the most noticeable thing about it has been the reduction in popularity of patterns based on floral motifs and the replacement of these by non-representational patterns – generally executed in clear bright colours, and inspired by the modern abstract school of painting.” However, although abstraction was the dominant idiom in her work, Lucienne also perpetuated the English tradition of patterns based on plant forms, often incorporating stylised motifs derived from nature, such as leaves, flowers, twigs and seedpods. After dabbling in painterly, textural abstraction during the early 1960s, she experimented with hard-edged, multi-layered geometric designs composed of squares, circles, diamonds and stripes during the mid to late 1960s. Stylised florals and arboreal designs remained recurrent motifs until the mid 1970s.