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Art|Basel|2016: «Dan Holdsworth’s ‹Continuous Topography› series presented in Audemars Piguet’s ‹Ice Cycle Lounge› created by Sebastian Errazuriz»

28 Jun

All photographs by Andreas Baier
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When visiting one of Art|Basel’s most adorable places, the «Collectors Lounge» on 2nd Floor, it is very hard to ignore Audemars Piguet’s shiny and gleamy «Ice Cycle Lounge», the homebase of Switzerland’s oldest watchmaking company on world’s best art fair. The object in the spot of this photograph is the «ice tank», composed of illuminated acrylic rods which will flash to mimic the regular rhythm of a heartbeat – and has been designed by Sebastian Errazuriz who is, by the way, responsible for the booth’s complete design.

Short before the press conference is about to start the journalists celebrate a relaxed form of open queueing in a professional manner – ça veut dire that they pretend being interested in something else.

In the background there is one piece from Dan Holdsworth’s ‹Continuous Topography› series to be seen. Later, during the press conference, we will learn that Holdsworth’s pictures are the result of a mixture between analogously manufactured photographs and digital imaging. The artist says that everything is a matter of precision.

And that fits perfectly to skill #1 when it comes to watchmaking: precision. As a visitor of Audemars Piguet’s booth you can also gain a deep insight into the richness of detailed work that needs to be done when creating or repairing watches with mechanical clockworks:

It’s a bit of a surprise but all journalists made it to their seats unfrozen.

Audemas Piguet’s CEO, François-Henry Bennahmias, introduces the design of the «Ice Cycle Lounge» and it’s creator, Sebastian Errazuriz, to the audience.

The artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz explains the way he works. He calls himself «a prodigious and obsessive workaholic». Or, according to Henry Ford’s most famous quote: «Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.» About his creation for Audemars Piguet specifically he announces: «I was humbled by the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the Audemars Piguet watchmakers in Le Brassus. the work they have been doing for almost two centuries is so incredible that any creative person who visits their installations will feel inspired to hold themselves to a higher standard of gravitas, beauty, and precision. the new lounge will hopefully become an experience for its visitors, managing to steal their attention and offering them a space to take a moment to think about time.»

According to his website: «Sebastian’s work has been featured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands press articles by the specialized art and design media. He has also received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, Art+Auction. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV in BBC, CNN, ABC, and NY1. Multiple books and catalogues feature his projects and his first monograph The Journey of Sebastian Errazuriz was published and distributed internationally by Gestalten in 2012.»

The artist Dan Holdsworth’s explains that his photographs deal with the phenomenology of technology, place, and consciousness, and are reflective of his profound engagement with photographic history. Holdsworth’s scenes are shot on site at exotic locations around the world, chosen for their pre-historic, futuristic, or metaphysical resonance. According to Patricia Low’s website «it takes up to one year to produce, the otherworldly effects of his landscapes are achieved through both analogue and digital processes; his images never falsify information, but rather enhance the invisible ‹truths› that are normally imperceptible to the human eye but can be visually evidenced on film. Holdsworth’s work has been featured at museums such as Tate, Photomuseum Winterthur, and the Pompidou Centre.»

Monsieur François-Henry Bennahmias cannot help but stating that «the awe-inspiring detail with which Holdsworth’s images are created echoes the precision and accuracy at the heart of Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking.»

Jasmine Audemars, the VR-President of Audemars Piguet, states that «Dan’s work portrays the Vallée de Joux in the Jura Mountains, the watchmaking company’s home, in all its glory and perfectly embodies Audemars Piguet’s philosophy: ‹to break the rules, you must first master them›» She continues that «each of Holdsworth’s works reveals millions of minutely calibrated measurements, showing the surfaces of the Vallée de Joux.».

She also says that «bridging the worlds of science and art, each image is created with the latest photogrammetry and geomapping technologies. It is the result of weeks of meticulous fieldwork in conjunction with a research geologist, amassing hundreds of photographic images. Through a specially configured computer programme correlating these images to GPS coordinates, Holdsworth has created astonishing three-dimensional models of the landscape, which offer us a new form of what he calls ‹future archeology›».

François-Henry Bennahmias and Sebastian Errazuriz.

A soundproof room serving as a private vault is enveloped with custom-designed panels illustrating icicles, stalactites, and stalagmites and feature a series of timepieces on display. At this place you can hear the mechanically ticking clockworks as if they were directly implanted into you ears. This will definitively help to make plastic surgeons jobless. More about this amazing «Ice Cycle Lounge» on designboom.

More about Dan Holdsworth’s work on Audemars Piguet’s website.

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Magnum Photography: «Commemoration – In Memory of René Burri»

22 Feb

ODEON – Théâtre de l’Europe:
Commemoration – In memory of René Burri

All photographs by Andreas Baier
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Leica Camera AG writes: «Many of his photographs are part of our collective visual memory – without a doubt, René Burri was one of the greatest photographers of our times.» The camera company continues: «A full member of ‹Magnum Photos› since 1959, René Burri impacted 20th century photography like few others. Never satisfied with a simple form of visual documentation, the photographer was always looking for unique perspectives and aesthetically demanding solutions, resulting in multi-layered images with a spontaneous yet precise composition.»

As a happy subscriber of L’Oeil de la Photograpie’s newsletter we received an invitation we spontaneously decided to take full advantage of it: «Commemoration : In memory of René Burri» – «In memory of René Burri who passed away on October  20th, 2014, the Burri-Bischof family and Magnum Photos Agency would like to invite you to a commemoration in his honour. This tribute takes place on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 8pm at Odéon-Théatre de l’Europe, Paris.»

Our report about this happening is based on photography, so we will now end the written part of it. Only one more thing: the evening was great, it came along with some intellectual surprises and was purposefully positioned in a quite comfortable laid-back-zone. In other words, it was Paris to best our knowledge: filled with culture and art.

Well, one more last thing: at the moment our staff-photographer seems to be on a strange visual trip as he mixes visual large-grain-habits from the 1960s with photoshop blurs in the same images. We pray to god that this period might end soon but right now we feel helpless … anyway: enjoy.

If you have eaten just one piece of these gently gleeming and very well tasting chocolate cakes and do not feel hungry for the next three days, or so, then you know that you must be in France.

We already had him here, together with Franco Fontana, 1988 in Arles.

View from the balcony to the right side.

While having done some research on the internet, seriously driven by the initial intention of infringing René Burri’s copyright through the unauthorised usage of some of his amazing photographs in this very same article, we came across some interesting links you will find in the following: Steidl | Diogenes – «Mouvement» – not published yet, PHAIDON – «Impossible Reminiscences», Moser Verlag – «Blackout New York», Das Magazin – Burris T-Shirt, Achtung Photography – René Burri: Die Deutschen, Le blog photo – «Impossibles Réminiscences» René Burri à la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, René Burri on artnet, Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, BERNER BLITZ», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, NOUS SOMMES TREIZE À TABLE», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, 77 STRANGE SENSATIONS», Leica Rumours – «Leica Hall of Fame 2013: René Burri», Visible – «René Burri: Posted In Inspiration», Real Life Is Elsewhere – «René Burri», Art & Photography – «René Burri, 1933 – 2014», The Branders – «René Burri – “I’m Not a Purist”», Delirium Magazine – «RIP. René Burri», Entre Linha – «Morre o fotógrafo René Burri», Photographers Without Borders – «Speaking through photography with René Burri», Filmsnotdead – «Remembering Magnum photographer René Burri», Photo This & That – «René Burri», Le Monde – «Portfolio: René Burri», The National – «The UAE through his lens: René Burri, 1933-2014», Michele Roohani – «René Burri, one degree of separation between me and Che Guevara», Eric Kim Street Photography Blog – «10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets», Foto Post – «René Burri: Havana, 1963»

«What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it’s just a document.» – René Burri

Croissants D’Amour: «Je suis un poème»

3 Aug

«Croissants D’Amour» – flashlight painting by Andreas Baier
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Je suis un poème parce que je t’aime.
La lune est ma tribune, la lagune bleue
et je veux te dire que tu es mon plaisir.
Tu es la crème sur ma glace,
le système de mon future en masse,
le foie gras, voilà, les brunes
dans mon cendrier à Montparnasse,
les allées comme les Champs-Élysées
qui sont les traces de mes sentiments
et les pigments sur ma peinture de toi.

Tu es la place dans mon cœur et je suis sûr
que l’odeur de ta nature est la cure parfaite pour moi.
Ton intellect est direct comme celui d’un roi
mais trois fois plus. Ce soir je prends le bus
pour voir ta lumière pour la première fois.

Tu es le miroir de Juan Miró, un château de la Loire,
mon gâteau du soleil et très mignone, mon appareil
de téléphone qui me réveille et la Sorbonne dans ma tête.
Ce soir je prends une bicyclette
pour voir ta lumière pour la première fois.

Je crois que les mois d’été sont préparés
pour les jouir devant les cafés
des Grandes Halles de Paris
comme Jacques Tati ou Braque, compris?
Je suis un poème parce que je t’aime.

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Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana: «This Is Happiness»

7 Jul

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The most important party pendant Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles is the party in the Camargue given by Luc Hoffmann. This photograph showing Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana was taken there by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier.

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Bazon Brock: «Direktor des Himmels»

22 Jan

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Website Bazon Brock.

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Peter Fischer: «Das Köln der 1950er und 1960er Jahre»

30 Dec

Schaufensterpuppen «50+» aus den 1950er Jahren

Auf dem WDR-Portal DigIt (Meerchweinchenreport berichtete bereits hier über das Privatbildarchiv von Götz Alsmann) finden sich unter dem Nick archivkoeln Bilder aus dem Nachlaß des früheren Stern– und Life-Fotografen Peter Fischer. Außerdem arbeiteten er und seine Frau Charlotte für die Neue Illustrierte Köln.

Welche Mode trägt man in welchen deutschen und, ähm räusper, «ehemaligen» deutschen Städten? Eine Frage, für deren sachgerechte Beantwortung sich die ebenfalls modebewußten «Trümmerfrauen» bereits kurz nach dem Krieg brennend zu interessieren schienen.

Das Historische Archiv der Stadt Köln verwaltet Fischers gesamten Negativbestand. Derzeit stehen eine Auswahl von ca. 50 Bildern aus dem Köln der 1950er und 1960er Jahren auf dem DigIt-Portal des WDR zur Begutachtung bereit.

Unübersehbar: Der Einfluß eines Irving Penn
oder auch David Bailey auf Peter Fischers Arbeit.

Was zweifellos den Charme dieser Bilder ausmacht, das sind zwar einerseits ihr klarer professioneller Grundduktus, der jedoch aus heutiger Sicht unübersehbar an seine damaligen technischen Grenzen trifft. Wir haben uns bewußt auf einige Modeaufnahmen konzentriert, empfehlen aber unbedingt, sich auch die restlichen Bilder von Peter Fischer zu Gemüte zu führen, die einen Einblick in damalige Bars, Cafés, Bekleidungs-, Elektro- und Lebensmittelgeschäfte sowie in ein Parkhaus gewähren.

Modeschau in den 1950er Jahren

Erscheinungsbild einer typischen deutschen Kleinfamilie aus den 1950er und 1960er Jahren, dem Straßenbild der Bundesrepublik entnommen und im Studio mittels Schaufensterpuppen originalgetreu rekonstruiert.

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Peeps in Places – National Geographic Photo Contest

14 Aug

Ramses’ lost head replaced by Meghan Lyon

Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the US and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”. They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax.

So, it is only clear and sharp enough that National Geographic is running a photo contest named “Peeps in Places”. Here are the information about Peeps in Places 2009. And here is all you need to know about Peeps in Places 2010. However, I am very sorry to say so, time frame for your entries has already expired.

Nevertheless, as I think, it is good to be among those who now know. Knowledge is not only the power of the future but today as well.

But which knowledge is worth to be recognised as such? Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear. And so did one Peep as well. Did Peeps in Places and National Geographic promise you too much? Playing around with human history is the best way to learn more about human history. That’s the secret of National Geographic’s tremendous success. 

Photo by citizenkafka

It is said that Julius Caesar’s wisdom was whispered constantly through a yellow Peep into his constantly unharmed ear. Can human history be more frantic and fascinating? And even more importantly: Have you ever tried to digest one of these horribly coloured Peeps? As a US or Canadian citizen it might work; but as a European? No chance at all! Your stomach will threaten you, if necessary, to becoming a member of a terroristic organisation in order not to be pushed chewing this kinda stuff.

Just let’s remember then: A group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated the dictator on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, hoping to restore the normal running of the Emperor’s stomach. However, the result was not satisfying and led into a series of civil stomach wars, which was hard to get out of it and led ultimately to the establishment of the permanent Roman Empire by Caesar’s adopted heir Octavius (later known as Augustus). 

You see: Only National Geographic and its conceptual strength is able to establish a photo contest which is both teaching and entertaining at its utmost accuracy. Being stabbed into your stomach or being forced to chew a Peep might have the same negative side-effect; both brought together in just one picture. In our eyes, this is what life is all about!

We wish National Geographic and its great team a wonderful time, and we hope that they will decide to go for another lap next year. We love to participate then – as long as we need not delivering an evidence of having eaten some of these crazy little bunnies…



Asger Carlsen

19 Jul

Das fraglos Praktische an vollfunktionsfähigen Menschen im Volljährigenmodus ist, daß man ihnen eigentlich nicht viel zu dem erzählen muß, was sie gerade sehen. Was in Restaurants eine Selbstverständlichkeit ist, nämlich daß sich während des Verzehrs keinesfalls ein Ober mit übergeortdnetem Mitteilungsdrang ungefragt neben den Tisch zu stellen hat, um eine Suada über die Herstellungsphilosophie des Kochs loszuwerden; diese Erkenntnis scheint sich im Kunstbetrieb immer noch nicht so recht etablieren zu wollen. Da wird geunkelt und gemunkelt bis der Arzt kommt. Meerschweinchenreport möchte sich von dieser Vorgehensweise freundlich distanzieren.

Nur eins: Ich gebe mich gerne der Vorstellung hin, daß es sich bei der Dame auf dem oberen Bild um eine junge Nina Hagen handelt, die gerade mitten in ihrer Selbstfindungphase steckt. Der frisch durchstudierte Fotokunstkritiker tritt entschlossenen Schrittes ans geöffnete Automobilfenster und fragt höflich: Na Schätzchen, heute schon zwangsinterpretiert worden?

Die Arbeiten Asger Carlsens sind auf angenehm sanfte Art und Weise bescheuert. Ein Besuch seiner Website lohnt sich auf alle Fälle: Asger Carlsen.

Auf Asger Carlsen wurde ich über das schöne Kunst- und Kulturblog Ignant aufmerksam, das ich zukünftig hin und wieder besuchen werde.

via: Ignant