Archive | November, 2013

Robert Mapplethorpe: «William S. Burroughs» (1960)

28 Nov

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In Memoriam Carl Laszlo (1923 – 2013)

26 Nov

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All photographs by Andreas Baier

On November the 8th in 2013 our staff photographer’s mentor Carl Laszlo died at the age of 90 in Basel. Carl Laszlo was surely one of the great and most fascinating institutions in the international art and intellectual business. He survived the Holocaust while a major part of his family members were murdered; nevertheless he constantly insisted not having been a victim but a spectator sitting in the first row.

After the second world war was over he was taught psychology by ‪Léopold Szondi‬, provided museums as well as private art collectors with Réne Magritte and Salvador Dali, published his legendary magazine «Panderma» and was rumbling around with guys like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, with Robert Mapplethorpe and Gerard Malanga, with Allen Ginsberg, Dieter Meier or William S. Burroughs. With Richard Avedon and Kostas Axelos. With Manon, Simon Marsden or Olle Baertling. With Victor Bockris and John Cage. With Udo Breger and Howard Brooker and Earle Brown as well. With Dr. Dieter Burckhardt, Lucius Burckhardt and Louis Cartwright. With Christo, Bob Colacello and William Coupon. With Tim Curry. With Prof. Rolf Fenkart, Marie-Louise von Franz and James Grauerholz. With John Giorno, Patrick Gossweiler and Johannes Grützke. With Brion Gysin, John Hall, Debbie Harry, Frederick Hughes, Peter Hujar and Herbert Huncke. With Gérald Incandela, Marion Kalter, ‪André Kertész‬, Heiner Koechlin, Wayne Kramer, Dr. Alan Krassai, Les Levine and, of course, Klaus Littmann. With Thilo Maatsch, Chris Makos and Dr. László Mátéfi. With Duncan McLaren, Taylor Mead, Stewart Meyer, Marisol Escobar, Philippe Mikriammos and Paul and Kitty Mirani Pagano. With Eric Mottram, Gianna Nannini, Floris M Neusüss and – quite right – James Nitsch. With Claude Nobs, Daniel Odier, David Ohle and Meret Oppenheim. With Peter Orlovsky, Verner Panton, Esther Pfirter, Jürgen Ploog and Siegfried und Gesche Poppe. With Genesis P-Orridge, Marcia Resnick, Helmut Röhrling and Si und Dieter Rosenkranz. With Patricia Highsmith, Dr. Albert Hofmann, Dr. Robert Gordon Wasson and Baron Johann von Sardagna. With Sidney Janis, Karlfried Graf Dürckheim, Raoul Hausmann and K.O. Goetz. With Jean Arp, Lou Reed, Dieter Hagenbach, Alexis von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and Gräfin und Graf von Posadowsky. With Christian Schad, Janne Schaffer, Christoph Schwegler and Walter Steding. With Chris Stein, Prof. Thomas Szasz, John Tytell and Jörg von Uthmann. With Anne Waldman, Regina Weinreich, Peter Weiermair Carl Weissner, Bernhard Vischer lic. iur. and certainly with Miklos von Bartha as well. With Edmund White, Charles Wilp, Terry Wilson, and, of course, also with Fürstin Gloria von Thurn und Taxis as well.

And with, and with, and with … and with Hans Ulrich Obrist who shared probably Carl Laszlo’s last performance in public at the Fondation Beyeler. About this conversation Meerschweinchenreport reported here (this however in German).

His house, maybe we should better say villa, in Basel’s Sonnenweg 24, was a huge museum itself. Only a small part of his impressive collection gathering some 15.000 pieces of artwork was to be seen in one of the 14 bedrooms and the staircase. Even the guest’s bathroom made one believe being part in a high budget Hollywood-movie:

View into the garden and on the Burmesian temple.

About his time in the concentration camps Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau he published two books «Ferien am Waldsee» in 1956; and «Der Weg nach Auschwitz» in 1987. This is a quote from «Ferien am Waldsee»: «But even the more survival experienced in the concentration camp school were petrified, no one could get used to this sort of adventure. One saw mature men tremble, those who had seen thousands around dying away during several years in prison; one saw trembling Jews who had made it up until here, had managed it to save their lives, and were now forced to witness the destruction of their families in Treblinka and Majdanek; one saw camp elders and Kapos – the most privileged aristocracy of the camp – who had whipped many hundreds of companions in misfortune to death, had robbed, tortured and betrayed them, and were now bent and pale with fear of death, they were now awaiting their victims’ fate themselves. Suddenly everyone was there, even those who had hitherto hidden so skillfully.»

In an interview with Markus Somm from the Baseler Zeitung Carl Laszlo was asked by the editor-in-chief: «But the time in Auschwitz, you can hardly describe it as a happy time?» But Carl Laszlo, however, answered: «Of course, yes! The fact that I survived it, is a good thing. It would have been less good, if I would have been murdered, wouldn’t it?»

In 1986, Andreas Baier met Carl Laszlo the first time on Art|Basel. He instantly became fascinated by him, his very special way to reflect about life and certainly, when he was invited by Carl Laszlo to stay a couple of days in his incredible house, in his «home sweet home» as well.

This photograph shows the guest’s bedroom. Reading «Ferien am Waldsee» while being surrounded by paintings from various artists who all portrayed Carl Laszlo in their very own and special way is an experience that is still impossible to describe. All our staff photographer, formerly aged 21, remembers from that night is that he was constantly asking himself «Where am I?»

The next day, however, Carl Laszlo was so kind to provide him with some proper intellectual coordinates which helped him to find out his actual mental location. He quoted the Russian movie director Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovsky: «The only meaning of art is making dying easier». So, Andreas Baier used the unique opportunity to show him an advertisement that our staff photographer wanted to have published in Red Box (and which was rejected) in order to promote his skills as a creative photographer. On this photograph he wore these typical «cloths» one is to be put in after life and photographed himself standing upright in an opended coffin. The claim said: «Such a coffin should be nice ’cause worms also eat with their eyes!». Followed by his phone number. That was the whole add. To his surprise Carl Laszlo said that death is mankind’s only unsolved problem; and as it seems it will remain as such for a very long period of time.

This example might demonstrate best, that it was simply impossible to draw a clear picture of him.

Another example: When our staff photographer’s parents first visited Carl Laszlo in the early 1960s to find out if it might be useful to do business together they were so nervous that his father managed it to have mistakenly droped a fork from a cake plate straight into a painting by Salvador Dali which consequently evoked a small hole in the canvas. Naturally, his parents became instantly cold sweated. But all what Carl Laszlo said was: «Don’t worry, it’s a restorer’s job». So, all three agreed of not doing business together to ensure of not destroying this great and thoughtful atmosphere. It is to be said that this all happened at a time when Carl Laszlo already gained a serious reputation as a tough negotiator.

In his second issue of RADAR Carl Laszlo published some letters to the editor. Quite obviously, one advertising gallery had serious problems with William S. Burroughs’ literary quality, so it wrote: «(…) We do not want to financially support a magazine that plays down the risk of addiction and the drug problem. (…)»

Only to refresh our memories: William S. Burroughs’ book «Naked Lunch», first published in 1959: Because of US obscenity laws, a complete American edition (by Grove Press) did not follow until 1962.

Carl Laszlo replied: «As for the drug problem, we do not fight drugs, but only the risk of addiction in a society which plays down, overlooks or trivializes the risk of the most common addiction – namely alcohol: and the most lethal drug: the ideologies. We are convinced that only outspokenness, ie Enlightenment can help the addicts. For us the diminutiveness of the drug problem is out of the question. For a society, however, which prefers to examine the truth exclusively through the lense of closed eyes, our publications might seem scandalous to it.»

Carl Laszlo was surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands, of Buddha sculptures: in the gardens, under the roof and in his temple.

At the Art|Basel: Miklos von Bartha with Carl Laszlo.

The stock market guru André Kostolany said about him: «Carl Laszlo has a great and profound knowledge about the human soul.» The painter Christian Schad (1894-1982) wrote about his friend: «He’s someone who permanently walks between all fronts, not only in art.» And the Rumanian philosopher Emile Cioran Michel who gained his fame in France formulated the thesis: «For someone to whom had happened to what Carl Laszlo had to experience, everything on this earth is allowed.» «Nonsense,» replies Laszlo. «I never would have the idea to derive from my camp experience any special rights.»

About Carl Laszlo: Baseler Zeitung, Tacheles, art – Das Kunstmagazin.

Andreas Baier‘s parents were running an avant-garde art gallery as well as publishing an art magazine called «Magazin KUNST». So, he was born straight into the international art scene.

Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture»

23 Nov

The last time we took a deep look over Berlin’s river Spree our eyes were introduced to a swan’s pair of blue frozen feet which we recognised as a clear evidence that the incredible creative Chuck Porter must have been – somewhere somehow – around, which in fact, he was.

This time we are not sure what the visual scenery (shown above) wants to let us know; but since we take Bill Roedy’s advice to never ever give in seriously we are quite confident that we will be figuring it out – someday somewhere somehow.

Our staff photographer Andreas Baier recently downloaded a new set of digital oil brushes from the internet, so almost everything and everybody is going to be touched with them – even some originally good tasty looking sandwiches. Our readers are cordially invited to make the most out of this situation.

There we go: Honouring Bill Roedy’s exceptional career which is based on two remarkable cornerstones (Military and MTV), our staff-photographer felt responsible to melt down both aspects to one music-clip-lookalike-look.

In general: The creation of this visual language happens to be with all the respect he could pay him and MTV remembering quite well that MTV EUROPE was the only TV-channel that was willing to screen his commercial for a fictional funeral company named «Mr. Sandman’s Finest Funerals» Andreas Baier once was desperate to compete in Cannes with.

Picture above: Two members of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board: Niko Gültig and Michel Eibes. Recommended music track: Modest Mussorgsky’s «Pictures At An Exhibition»

Right from the start the Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s President’s Lectures enjoyed the status of a never ever to be missed event.

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The president of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Michael Conrad, introduces Bill Roedy and, of course, his book «What Makes Business Rock» as well.

Roedy’s book details his experience in expanding a corporation and gives advice to executives and aspiring executives in creative companies.

Clark Parsons and Michael Conrad.

The managing director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Clark Parsons, introduces each Participant of the Berlin School’s MBA-program to the audience. As a matter of fact, they literally come from allover the world.

As Bill Roedy will say a little bit later: «I am convinced that it is always possible to teach execellent creatives the secrets of financial business habits as it is impossible turning brilliant financial experts into creative directors».

After an impressive introduction, Michael Conrad hands over the microphone to Bill Roedy in order to clear the way for his president’s lecture.

As the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Class 11 Godfather, Bill Roedy brings with him a wealth of experience and educational inspiration. Roedy was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive of MTV Networks International (MTVNI).

A dedicated internationalist and music lover, Roedy was the architect of MTVNI’s successful localization model, which empowered the local operations to embrace both commercial and artistic autonomy, while finding the right balance between local and international content.

By the Milky Way, Bill Roedy finds: «These are sneakers with a huge whow-factor».

Bill Roedy’s sneakers come along with a huge kick-down-and-go-for-it-factor.

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It is Roedy’s pioneering strategy of respecting and reflecting audience diversity through local language, music and fashion that led to MTV Networks’ rapid global expansion – throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Under Roedy’s leadership, MTVNI developed and launched hundreds of channels, starting with MTV Europe in 1989. He worked on making MTV available in East Berlin and celebrated with Europe when the wall came down.

He and his team built a global operation that now includes over 172 locally programmed and operated TV channels outside the US in more than 162 countries in 33 languages, reaching a potential audience of two billion people, making MTVNI the largest networks in the world.


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Let’s now reflect about Bill Roedy’s thesis that the music channel MTV helped to tear down the German wall: Due to his quite aggressive strategy having MTV broadcasted via satelite without any encryption in order to conquer one country after the other, the people started to buy dish aerials all over the world with which they could receive and watch MTV for free. Once these dishes were installed the people were then also be able to get in touch with other countries’ news channels; with the interesting side effect that all news of the world were now bypassing unfiltered any government’s censorship.

Such new newsfeeds surely helped to build up a new sort of self-confidence helping unhappy earthlings to get rid of their totalitarian leadership figures in oh so many countries around the globe – and, of course, in East-Germany as well.

It is common sense that it was definitively MTV’s purest and highly genuine attractiveness that drove the people into buying tons of dish aerials. So, during this particular time frame MTV was the seed for the creation of that what is now considered to be a worldwide community.

On this photograph Bill Roedy exclusively demonstrates the broadcasting mechanisms of dish aerials and how their signals were crossing hurdles completely unharmed, such as the former German wall was one.

Finally, we can say that the experienced former commander of nothing less than three NATO Nuclear Missile bases in Italy significantly helped to change the world with something even the military was not aware of its tremedous long-term power: Music!

In 1998 Mr Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic.

He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1999 to 2002, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. Mary Robinson also appointed him as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010.

Also part of the audience: Michael Schirner.


Kofi A. Annan addresses Bill Roedy

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The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan addresses in a speech: «Ten years ago in 2001, HIV/AIDS had been around for 20 years. 28.6 million people were infected with the virus, and many millions more had lost their lives.

It was then that I called on the world’s businesses to join together in the global fight against the virus. The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS was formed, uniting the corporate sector, governments, and civil society in one common cause. MTV was one of the businesses at the forefront of the coalition, using its global network of channels to disseminate cutting-edge, entertaining, and innovative HIV messaging to young people worldwide. Under Bill’s leadership, HIV prevention and education was an integral part of MTV programming, and he was asked to serve as a Special Ambassador for UNAIDS in 1998.

As HIV statistics rose and fell in different countries and demographics over the years, young people accounted for over half of new infections almost every time, and still do today. In recognition of the media’s powerful role in reaching this affected group, the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) was established in 2005 to galvanise media organisations to play an even stronger role in prevention and education.

Bill was the first person I thought of to chair the leadership committee of this crucial initiative. His passion and dedication to the fight against HIV, particularly among the world’s young people, made him the perfect leader and pioneer for the GMAI. Under Bill’s chairmanship, it grew to include 140 companies from 70 countries.

As we approach the 30th year of AIDS, I cannot praise Bill enough for his continued dedication to the cause. Through the Staying Alive Campaign, countless young people are educated and informed through a medium that they trust and believe in. Further still, MTV has reached thousands of young people through the Staying Alive Foundation, ensuring that HIV prevention is tackled at a tangible, grass roots level in the local communities where it really matters.

Ist is an honour for me to lead our tribute to Bill today. I know there are many people from across the world that will have words of praise and admiration for Bill’s incredible achievements throughout his 22 years at MTV.

Thank you Bill for your tireless activism in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and many congratulations on a long and successful career at MTV Networks International.»


Medals & Awards

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Before joining MTV in 1989, Bill Roedy was Vice President, Affiliate Operations Manager of HBO. He completed his Bachelors in Science at West Point and then served with the Airborne, Ranger and decorated combat service where he received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star). He also served as a commander of three NATO Nuclear Missile bases in Italy. He received his MBA at Harvard University.

In addition: He has received the International Emmy Founder’s Award, amfAR’s Award of Courage, Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon in 2009. He has given numerous commencement addresses with honorary doctorate degrees.


Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI)

The «Global Media AIDS Initiative» (GMAI) is an umbrella organization that unites and motivates media companies around the world to use their influence, resources, and creative talent to address AIDS. The GMAI creates a framework for sharing television and radio programming among media companies in order to increase public health messaging. The organization also educates journalists, editors and producers on how to cover the issue. HIV is preventable, and GMAI members aim to improve public awareness and knowledge to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Within the GMAI, there are five national and regional coalitions of media companies. As of July 2009, the media initiatives in Africa, Asia, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean included over 300 member broadcasters total. The GMAI was conceived and organized by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Bill Roedy explains why he is passionate in the fight to end pneumonia, a preventable disease: «As a music lover and former CEO of MTV Networks International, I’ve spent decades trying to give voice to young people struggling for creative freedom. More recently though I’ve also taken to a new cause: the struggle of babies and children in poor countries just to survive.

Few people can even name the leading global killer of young children — it’s pneumonia — and it claims a child’s life every 20 seconds. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of these deaths take place in the developing world where access to health prevention and care is sometimes complicated.

World Pneumonia Day (WPD), November 12, is an opportunity to remember those many young lives lost to pneumonia which could have been prevented in large part with vaccines, access to simple antibiotics and improved nutrition. If we could ensure that existing vaccines reach those children who need them most we would make a huge difference in preventing the more than 1.5 million young lives lost each year to this devastating disease.»

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Q & A

Questions & Answers.

Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s President Michael Conrad listens to the questions.

Michael Conrad moderating Q & A.

After the official part of Bill Roedy’s president’s lecture, David Slocum discusses with members of the audience.

Susann Schronen.

After a long and very exhausting march through the jungle of creatively dried out lands (Berlin’s new wannabe airport) Michael Eibes, the Chairman of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board, has now reached a refreshing and most lifesaving oasis that has also been provided with the unique capability of signing books.

In the center (f.l.t.r.): Susann Schronen, Jamshid Alamuti, Sheridan Johns and Marie Budde.

The «Ambassador of Striking Yellow» and also member of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board, Niko Gültig, awaits his personally dedicated Widmung from Bill Roedy. Recommended music track: Yello’s «On Track».

Recommended music track: Crowded House’s «Four Fingers In One Day».

«Recognising a serious lack of green in this very same coloured image we both ourselves find us integrated, maybe you might like to consider starting your dedication with the creation of a green spot … possibly right here. Well, just a thought…»

Well, there is another way to describe Bill Roedy best – with the help of two of his tweets:

1) 10:51 AM – 15 May 2013:
«Had a great dinner with Barbara Bush and Mark Dybul in NY. And hearing about great work of both the Global Health Corps and Global Fund.»

2) 7:00 AM – 20 Jun 2013:
«Sitting in Finnegans sipping Guiness in Dalkey where Bono and Ali are having lunch with Michelle Obama. Ireland is as beautiful as ever!»

Bill Roedy’s Dedication

Two dedications waiting to be compared and interpreted. Above Bill Roedy recommends our copywriter Hamlet Hampster: «(…) Please Read this Book! (…)»

Sir John Hegarty’s Dedication

The famous creative Sir John Hegarty, however, recommended our copywriter Hamlet Hampster in July 2011: «DON’T READ THIS BOOK!»

What we are now asking ourselves is: What will happen when reading a book that – quite obviously – better should not be read; and not reading a book that cannot wait to be read? Honestly, we are a bit afraid of trying out… Are there any suggestions, out there?

With the visual impression of the formerly best known «Testbild» we not only say buy-buy but like to draw your attention to this «tent talk» with Bill Roedy and Michael Conrad:

Following this link you will be able to watch Bill Roedy’s complete President’s Lecture. So, be a happy sneaker – and just do it!


***Materials For Extended Discourse***
Sir John Hegarty’s President’s Lecture
Hartmut Ostrowski’s President’s Lecture
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe’s President’s Lecture
The Freitag-Brother’s President’s Lecture
Thomas Burrell’s President’s Lecture
Chuck Porter’s President’s Lecture

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Anton Corbjin: «Johnny Cash»

20 Nov

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DDC: «Gute Gestaltung 14»

19 Nov

Sehen DDC-Juroren beim Jurieren nur noch rot…

so diskutieren sie sich am Kaffeebuffet wieder zurück in den gelben Bereich – und vergeben Auszeichnungen für besonders hervorzuhebende Kreativleistungen.

Der DDC-Kreativwettbewerb «Gute Gestaltung» gehört im Designbereich zu den renommiertesten Auszeichnungen, die man sich im Büro an die Wand hängen, ins Regal stellen – oder beides kann.

Der Sprecher des DDC-Vorstandes Michael Eibes begrüßt die angereisten Juroren aller zehn Wettbewerbskategorien.

Blick in die gutgelaunte Menge der DDC-Juroren. Vorne links: Dieter Leistner. Dahinter auf der linken Seite: Stefan Soltek.

Juror Peter Apel hat da noch eine Frage…

DDC-Juryvorsitzender Niko Gültig ganz im Kreise der vielen begehrten Bewertungpunkte, die in dieser Bildstrecke zum letzten Mal visuell in Erscheinung treten.

DDC-Juror Christoph Grünberger bei der Arbeit.

DDC-Juroren Tilman Bares (Vordergrund) und Gregor Ade (Hintergrund) bei ihrer Bewertungsarbeit in Sachen «Unternehmenskommunikation».

Bei der Arbeit: Die beiden Juroren Christian Daul und Sven Clasen beschäftigen sich mit den eingereichten Arbeiten in der Kategorie «Markenkommunikation».

Bei der Arbeit: Die beiden Juroren Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp und Axel Braun bei ihrer Beurteilungsreise durch Raum, Zeit und Architektur.

Christiane Scharpf ganz in ihre Bewertungsarbeit vertieft.

In der Kategorie «Zukunft» beraten (v.l.n.r.) Jenny del Corte Hirschfeld, Oliver Scherdel, Laurent Lacour, Prof. Jörg Waldschütz und Jürgen Blümmel.

Farbiges Belegbild für die Fortsetzung konzentrierter Jurorentätigkeiten am Gefülltebrötchenbuffet.

Im konstruktiven Dialog: Die Juroren Martin Grothmaak, Peter Zizka und Prof. Laurent Lacour.

Im konstruktiven Dialog: Die Juroren Peter Zizka, Michael Eibes, Martin Grothmaak und Laurent Lacour.

Der Juryvorsitzende Niko Gültig überwacht zusammen mit der immer sonnig grüßenden Anne Tecklenburg das kreative Bewertungsgeschehen mit der Präzision eines schweizer Uhrwerks. Zum Zeitpunkt der Aufnahme war es beispielsweise 12:12 Uhr.

Eine der überragenden Haupteigenschaften großer Kreativer ist ihr großer und kreativer Schattenwurf, den sie beim Fotografiertwerden gleichsam fingerschnippisch gegen den Aufheller werfen. Rechts im Bild: Jurorenfotograf Peter Hamel.

«Herr Prof. Waldschütz, dürfen wir Ihnen eine Frage stellen? Spielt der Aspekt der Street Credibility bei der Gestaltung des Jahresberichtes der Deutschen Bank in Zukunft überhaupt noch eine tragende Rolle?»

«Oh güld’ner Herbst! Ihr prangt in meinem Busen, sehr möcht ich mit Euch heut’ schmusen. Ihr öffnet Eures Blickes Pforten, es fällt das Laub an allen Orten.» Zum kompletten Herbstgedicht.

Ein Gerücht besagt, daß der Künstler Gerhard Richter für mehrere Stunden nicht mehr aus diesem Raum herausgefunden habe. Meerschweinchenreport bleibt natürlich dran!

Matthias Wagner K, Jenny del Corte Hirschfeld, Fritz Gottschalk, Wolf Udo Wagner und Stefan Nigratschka.

Die Jury in der Kategorie «Geschäftsberichte» sind auf alles besonders gut vorbereitet, kennen sie doch die eingereichten Arbeiten seit Wochen in- und auswendig, so komplex sind die zu berücksichtigenden Gestaltungskriterien, daß es mit «ein bißchen Durchblättern» nicht getan ist. Im konstruktiven Diskurs: Marcus Wenig, Clemens Hilger, Oliver Wagner und Klaus Chmielewski.

Konzentrierte Typoanalyse. Im Focus der focussierende DDC-Juror Michael Rösch.

Gutes Designwettbewerbbewertungsprinzip: Mit Zuckerbrot, Zuckerbrot und Zuckerbrot.

Am Jurorenbuffet: Jurorenfotograf Peter Hamel.

Fachgespräch zwischen Octavio Klemens Nüsse und Fritz Gottschalk.

Im Gespräch mit zwei administrativ mitwirkenden Studentinnen: Gregor Ade und Sven Clasen.

Bildmitte: Poonam Choudhry im Gespräch mit Matthias Wagner K.

DDC-Juror Christoph Grünberger im Gespräch mit DDC-Juror Fritz Gottschalk.

Sabine Keggenhoff.

(v.l.n.r.): Fritz Gottschalk, Michael Eibes, Jochen Beithan und Clemens Hilger.

Auf dem Weg zum Jurorendinner: Saturday Night Fever auf dieterleistnerisch.

Als unser Redaktionsfotograf «Käfer’s» Flaconsaal im Wiesbadener Kurhaus betrat, ward er vom unbändigen Wunsch beseelt, unbedingt in der 1970er-Jahre-Stilistik der «Kodak-Tri-X-Pan-Available-Light-Photography» zu arbeiten, sprich, den Chip mindestens mit ASA 3200 zu belichten, so grobkörnig zu arbeiten wie irgend möglich, um den Charme der Pariser Caféhaus-Fotografie aus dieser Zeit zu transportieren.

Vorne links: Clemens Hilger und Jenny del Corte Hirschfeld.

Norbert Herold begrüßt Prof. Olaf Leu.

Michael Rösch.

Oliver Scherdel und Christiane Scharpf.

DDC-Jurorin Jenny del Corte Hirschfeld.

Kleine Flaconsaal-Impression.

Niko Gültig stellt den Festredner Matthias Wagner K, Direktor des Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, den Jurymitgliedern des DDC-Wettbewerbs «Gute Gestaltung 14» vor.

Der Lichtbildvortrag zeigt das Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, nachdem es durch umfangreiche Umbauarbeiten wieder in seinen ursprünglichen Originalzustand versetzt wurde. Ganz so, wie von Stararchitekt Richard Meier einst erbaut. Urheber der vielen Architekturfotografien: Dieter Leistner.

The Vortrag is now over. Matthias Wagner K, Direktor Museum Angewandte Kunst und Schirmherr, collects the applause.

Katja Wenger und Ursel Schiemann.

In der Bildmitte: Norbert Herold.

Aus der Serie «Fein geputzte Teller im Vordergrund». Dahinter: Christian Daul.

Noch eine Flaconsaal-Impression.

Uli Mayer-Johanssen im Gespräch mit dem diesjährigen Jurorenfotografen Peter Hamel.

Dieter Leistner und Uli Mayer-Johanssen.

Eine kleine Hommage an die Seite Photoshop Disasters: So mögen sich unsere Leserinnen und Leser auf die Suche der verschiedenen von uns bewußt eingearbeiteten Fehler begeben. V.l.n.r.: Prof. Olaf Leu, Uli Mayer-Johanssen, Gregor Ade, Clemens Hilger und Oliver Wagner.

Im Gespräch: Prof. Olaf Leu und Uli Mayer-Johanssen.

Kleiner Philosophen-Scherz: Zwei Tischkerzen unterhalten sich angeregt mit einem Delphin über Jean-Paul Sartre. Zwei Wochen später explodiert der Delphin. Warum?

Fritz Gottschalk hält eine spontane Rede.

Till Schneider hält eine spontane Rede.

Aus der Serie «Fein geputzte Teller im Hintergrund». Vordergrund: Oliver Wagner.

Gerhard Richter encore une fois.

Christian Daul im Gespräch mit Olaf Stein.

Der große Jurorenrundgang: Die Mitglieder der jeweiligen Fachjury, hier «Unternehmenskommunikation», stellen ihren Jurykollegen der anderen Fachkategorien die von ihnen prämierten Arbeiten vor.

Till Schneider und Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp erläutern bei der großen Juryzusammenkunft die Hintergründe ihrer Entscheidungen.

Hat ihre Geheimtinte zu Hause im Geheimfach gelassen: Lisa Schulze-Oechtering beim Übermitteln einer Geheimbotschaft.

Christian Daul präsentiert eine ausgezeichnete, weil ungewöhnliche, Weinflaschenbeschriftungsweise.

Das gute Stück im Close-Up-Look.

Ist die Bewertung kreativer Gestaltungsleistungen mit kreativem Hütchenspielen vergleichbar? Klares nein: Es geht um prämierte Eiskrembehältnisse mit eingearbeiteter street credibility. Im Bild: Juror David Kuntzsch.

Christian Daul, Sven Clasen und David Kuntzsch präsentieren eine weitere durch ihre Jury-Division prämierte Arbeit.

DDC-Juror Fritz Gottschalk.

Volker Stengele erläutert die Entscheidung der Jury in der Kategorie «Unternehmenskommunikation» (hier nicht im Bild). Dafür jedoch beispielsweise Jochen Beithan, Marcus Wenig, Norbert Herold oder Christoph Grünberger.

Volker Stengele erläutert die Entscheidung der Jury in der Kategorie «Unternehmenskommunikation» (hier im Bild).

Prof. Gisela Grosse (CCI).

DDC-Juror HP Becker.

Marcus Wenig erläutert seinen Jurykollegen die Digitalversion eines prämierten Geschäftsberichtes.

Präsentation der Foto- und Filmjury unter dem Vorsitz von Dieter Leistner.

Prof. Gregor Krisztian stellt seine neue Kompilation mit ausgezeichneten Nachwuchskreativarbeiten vor, die von den Mitgliedern der DDC-Juryversammlung betrachtet wird. Hier beispielsweise von Michael Rösch.

Auch nach zwei Tagen konzentrierter Juryarbeit ist die Stimmung im Kreise der Juroren ungebrochen, wie hier durch Jochen Beithan (vorne rechts) demonstriert.

Michael Eibes.

DDC-Juryvorsitzender Niko Gültig «dirigiert» für dieses Jahr ein letztes Mal: «Und jetzt bitte ich, daß sich alle unisono von ihren Plätzen erheben» … (In der dritten Reihe rechts: Gerald Jude).

was auch umgehend und ebenso unisono geschieht. Vorne rechts: Jurorin Sigrid Ortwein.

Niko Gültig verabschiedet sich von Sven Clasen.

Till Schneider im Gespräch mit Anne Tecklenburg.

Heike Brockmann und Thomas Poursanidis im Gespräch mit Peter Apel.

Straight through the middle: Gregor Ade.

In der Bildmitte: Prof. Gisela Grosse. Über sie und ihre Tätigkeit berichtete Meerschweinchenreport beispielsweise hier und hier.

In der Bildmitte: Prof. Laurent Lacour.

Frisch zurück vom banskyesken Außendiensteinsatz: Peter Zizka und Martin Grothmaak.

Niko Gültig im Gespräch mit Fritz Gottschalk, eingerahmt von Martin Grothmaak (links) und Peter Zizka (rechts).

Summa summarum: «Wenn einem so viel Gutes widerfährt, ist das schon einen 16 Jahre alten Lagavulin wert». Location: Hotel Nassauer Hof.

Fritz Gottschalk im Hotel Nassauer Hof.

Prof. Gregor Krisztian schaut noch einmal kurz vorbei – und verabschiedet sich auch wieder sofort. Über ihn und seine Arbeit schrieb Meerschweinchenreport beispielsweise hier und hier.

Sensibel religiöses Thema. Deshalb keine Kommentarmöglichkeit.

Gelungener Architektenscherz (1)

19 Nov

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Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture (Sneak Preview)

12 Nov

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After an impressive introduction, the president of the «Berlin School of Creative Leadership» Michael Conrad hands over the microphone to Bill Roedy, the former Chair & CEO, Mtv Networks Int., to give his President’s Lecture.

Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of TV.

Prior to joining MTVNI, Bill Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the «Pioneers» of the U.S. cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer in the United States Army where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War.

Based on the two cornerstones of Bill Roedy’s career (Military and MTV), our staff photographer Andreas Baier felt responsible to melt down both aspects to one music-clip-lookalike-whatsoever-look.

This happended to be with all the respect he could pay him and MTV remembering quite well that MTV EUROPE was the only TV-channel that was willing to screen his commercial for a fictional funeral company named «Mr. Sandman’s Finest Funerals» Andreas Baier once was desperate to compete in Cannes with:

Our full report about Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture will have to wait this time a little bit longer to be published. This is due to a heavy workoverload we are sentenced to deal within the next couple of weeks.

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Sneak Preview: «DDC – Gute Gestaltung 14 Jurytagung»

3 Nov

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Die Entscheidungen nebst Würfel sind erneut gefallen: Einmal mehr traf sich die große DDC-Fachjury, um über die eingereichten Wettbewerbsarbeiten zu beraten und zu urteilen.

Meerschweinchenreport war auch dieses Jahr dabei und wird in den kommenden 14 Tagen, oder so, umfangreich nicht nur mit vielen, vielen bunten Smarties, sondern auch mit einer ausführlichen Schwarzweißbildstrecke darüber berichten.

Unsere Bildunterschrift zu vorstehender Aufnahme:
«Eine der überragenden Haupteigenschaften großer Kreativer ist ihr großer und kreativer Schattenwurf, den sie beim Fotografiertwerden gleichsam fingerschnippisch gegen den Aufheller werfen.»

Religiöses Thema. Deshalb keine Kommentarmöglichkeit.

Marc Herold: «Systematisch Systemisches»

3 Nov

Marc Herold für «SZ Wissen»
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Als wir vor vielen, vielen Jahren das erste Mal den Kreativen Marc Herold in seinem Münchner Atelier besuchten, um uns seine Illustrationen anzusehen, da gab er uns zum Abschied – damals waren C90-Kassetten noch hip – eine C90-Kassette mit auf den Weg, auf der sich verschiedene seiner selbstgeschraubten Tracks befanden. Unter anderem auch ein von der reinen Laufzeit her als durchaus radiotauglich zu bezeichnendes Stück mit dem Titel «Die Quintessenz amerikanischen Filmschaffens».

Zu hören war eine Nummer, die unter musikalischen Gesichtspunkten dem Genre American Yodeling zuzuordnen ist. Über diese legte er jedoch aus unzähligen Hollywood-Spielfilmen mühsam, ja beinahe zielstrebig fanatisch herausgeschnitten, immer nur den verschiedenen Hollywood-Stars entsprungenem Ausspruch «Mein Gott» bzw. «Oh, mein Gott».

Marc Herold: Systemanalyse 1

Über eine Länge von etwas mehr als drei Minuten war also ausschließlich «Mein Gott», «Oh, mein Gott», «Oh, mein Gott», Jodeljodeldodel, «Oh, mein Gott», «Mein Gott», «Mein Gott», «Oh, mein Gott», Jodeljodeljodel, usw. usf. zu hören. «Die Quintessenz amerikanischen Filmschaffens» eben. Nichts mehr aber auch nichts weniger. Diejenigen Hörerinnen und Hörer unserer damals noch aktiven Meerschweinchenreportradiosendung werden sich an besagtes Stück mit Sicherheit erinnern.

Außerdem befand sich auf jener C90-Kassette auch ein in etwa 70-minütiges Stück, das sich in heroldtypischer Weise analytisch der Fragestellung «Warum sich Frauen und Männer einfach nicht verstehen» widmet: Typisch männliche Filmsätze setzte er typisch weiblichen Filmsätzen dialogesk geschnitten gegeneinander. Ergebnis: Kriegsführende Männer unterhalten sich mit haushaltinordnunghaltenden Frauen. Kein Wunder, daß beide Geschlechter chronisch aneinander vorbeireden. Künstlerisch wären diese vorstehend beschriebenen Werke Herolds einer Art «aufklärerischem Fluxus» zuzurodnen.

Einer inneren Eingebung folgend besuchten wir kürzlich seine Website und fanden erneut – Wie wäre es auch anders zu erwarten gewesen? – hinreichend Erfrischendes. Beispielsweise seine systemischen Systemanalysen:

Marc Herold: Systemanalyse 3

Neben seinen eigenen Werken, die Marc Herold auf verschiedenen Websites thematisch gegliedert präsentiert, unterhält er auch einen Blog, der sich «Wunderwelten des Comics» nennt. Er widmet sich der «Ästhetik in Illustration und Textübersetzung alter Comics». Das Blog zählt bislag 47 Einträge, u.a. die beiden nachfolgend Wiedergegebenen:

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