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Art|Basel|2017 – Bernhard Hofstetter: «Die lebende Schnittstelle zwischen Kunst, Mode, Design und deren adäquate Zubereitungsformen».

2 Jul

Bernhard Hofstetter und Mouna Rebeiz auf der Art|Basel
von unserem Redaktionsfotografen Andreas Baier
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Fangen wir der Einfachheit halber mal ganz klein und basic an; oder, um im internationalen Sprachgestus zu bleiben: «Bernhard Hofstetter, a designer and artist from Switzerland, wears a Tom Ford shirt, Fendi shoes, an Olympia Le-Tan bag, Alexander McQueen sunglasses and a hat he had personally designed by himself.» Well, und da es unser Haus- und Hofphotograph mal wieder nicht hatte lassen können, sich reichlich an digitalen Farbtöpfen zu bedienen, möchten wir unsere hochgeschätzten Meerschweinchenreportleserinnen und Meerschweinchenreportleser mit einem Link zum «New York Times Magazine» versorgen, der Sie zu «Bernhard Hofstetter digitally untouched» führen wird. Wählen Sie einfach das dritte Bild im Slider aus – et voilà!

Na? Eben! Das Leben kann so wundervoll durchinformiert sein, n’est-ce pas? Kommen wir also nun zum eigentlichen Kern unseres Anliegens, zumal es dazu noch so hübsch und gut und überaus verlockend aussieht: Das Ding mit der kombinierten Ästhetik im grenzüberschreitenden Medium der integralen Kommunikationsdisziplinatik. Dochdoch, Sie haben ganz richtig gelesen: Disziplinatik! Das Leben kann so wundervoll woanders stattfinden, nicht wahr? Schrauben wir also das Rädchen der Zeitmaschine H.G. Wells’ ein paar Jährchen zurück – also nur so weit, daß wir beim Aussteigen nicht Gefahr laufen, daß uns ein paar durchgeknallte wilde Irre mit Allmachtsphantasien unsere Finger mit ein paar unter geschmacklichen Gesichtspunkten deutlich überbewerteten Chicken-Wings verwechseln – und klicken diesen Link an. Wir befinden uns in der Pariser Galerie Hubert Konrad; und zwar am 12. März 2013. Präsentiert wird die «Betty Boop Collection» der französich-libanesischen Künstlerin Mouna Rebeiz. Und wen erblicken wir auf besagtem Foto ebenfalls? Genau: Bernhard Hofstetter – who else?

Das sollte uns zu denken geben. Aber, was sollte uns zu denken geben? Ganz einfach: Was Generationen von international agierenden Spitzenmodels nur bedingt hinkriegen, gelingt einem Bernhard Hofstetter scheinbar mühelos: die stil- und geschmackssichere Kombination von Kleidungsstücken, die normalerweise nichts miteinander zu haben dürften. Allein schon deshalb nicht, um bei der Bank keinen schlechten Eindruck zu hinterlassen. Aber unser Protagonist stellt mal soeben und ganz locker fast jeden Modeschöpfer kalt. Grandios. Da dürfte sogar ein Tom Wolfe in der Pfanne verrückt spielen. Ähm, was? (Erinnerungen aus dem Kindergarten: «Das heißt nicht: Was? Das heißt: Wie bitte? Und wir konnten gefahrlos süße Kekse mampfen, ohne daß uns eine frustrierte Magersuchttussie, die sich ob eines kulturellen Mißverständnisses versehentlich zum Kindergärtnern berufen fühlt, entsetzt den bösen Zuckerkeks entreißt, um ihn in der Folge vermutlich heimlich selbst zu verdrücken.)

Kommen wir nun zum nächsten Streich. Wir begeben uns direkt dorthin. Wir kümmern uns um diesen Link. Wir befinden uns nun am 26. Februar des Jahres 2015 auf der Vernissage der Ausstellung «Le Tarbouche» der, once again, Künstlerin Mouna Rebeiz in «The Saatchi Gallery», Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4LY. Klar, daß wir auch hier Bernhard Hofstetter antreffen. Und was schreibt das «Tatler»-Magazine zu seinem Outfit? Ziemlich präzise dies hier: «Where to begin? There’s the fur, the printed jumpsuit, the spotted bow tie and that Teletubby hat stolen from Dipsy. The whole combination is far more fabulous than anything we have worn in the last year. Top marks.» Es hat, in der Tat, auch irgendwie ein bißchen was eltonjohneskes, keine Frage. Aber letztlich: auch nur «irgendwie».

But how does he do this?

Bernhard Hofstetter, modernes Bauhausverständnis
souverän zelebrierend: Das Runde schiebt das Eckige
photographiert von Andreas Baier
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Ganz so wie bei «Merz-Spezialdragées» die natürliche Schönheit immer von innen kommt, so ist eine entspannte Grundeinstellung zu allen Fragen rund um Kunst und Kultur eine zwingend Voraussetzung, um ungezwungen ganz selbst zu sein. Nur dann läßt sich modernes Bauhausverständnis in der praktischen Anwendung – beispielsweise auf der Art|Basel, oder gar signifikant verkleinert in einem Brotkasten – auch souverän zelebrieren. Ergebnis: Das Runde schiebt das Eckige.

Would you like to visite «World Redeye» in order to find out how Mr. Hofstetter’s outfit looks like in colour? Sure, just follow this link.

Bleibt eigentlich nur noch die Frage, was Bernhard Hofstetter beruflich macht. Hierzu gibt es, wen wundert’s, im Netz unterschiedliche Angaben. Vergleichsweise häufig heißt es, daß er Künstler und/oder Kunstvermittler sei. Gemäß dieses aktuellen Berichtes des SRF heißt es jedoch, daß er in einem Alters- und Pflegeheim arbeitet. Auf jeden Fall ist er, unabhängig davon, wie sehr er sich um die ebenso abwechslungsreiche wie perfekte Gestaltung seiner Oberfläche kümmert, inhaltlich klar strukturiert und entsprechend bodenständig ausgerichtet. Woher wir das wissen? Nun, wer Meerschweinchenreport regelmäßig liest, weiß, daß wir nicht wissen sondern spekulieren wollen. Aber dennoch: Wir sind im Falle Bernhard Hofstetters von der Richtigkeit unserer Vermutungen felsenfest überzeugt.

Auf der «QVED 2016» hielt unser Haus- und Hofphotograph einen Vortrag über seine Arbeit. Mit dabei auch das Aufmacherportrait von Bernhard Hofstetter und Mouna Rebeiz auf der Art|Basel, wie eines der Bühnensituationsfotos zeigt.

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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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Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «The Freitag Brothers’ President’s Lecture»

23 Sep

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We already introduced Berlin School of Creative Leadership to our readers when living advertising legend Sir John Hegarty held his President’s Lecture in Berlin’s Franklinstreet in order to make up-coming and most talented executives much more up-coming and, not to forget, much more talented as well. Followed by Bertelsmann’s CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, this time’s President’s Lecture was given by two very successfully operating brothers who conquered the design oriented part of the world with their recycling bags, simply called «Freitag».

In other words: They launched one of the great startup cult brands of the last two decades: Freitag, the iconic bags made of recycled materials. Now the Freitag Brothers explain precisely how they did it. This is what their President’s Lecture is all about.

Berlin School’s President Michael Conrad is introducing our blog photographer Andreas Baier to the Freitag Brothers who both will be interviewed by him shortly.

What did we say?

Michael Conrad introduces the Freitag Brothers to the audience.

The Freitag Brothers started projecting numbers, such as 1967, against the screen. They told us about their lives and why the idea of recycling is so drivingly important to them. They explained us that they are not going for market research in any way when launching a new product is in sight. They just do what they prefer most. They simply go for their own taste. Obviously there are enough fellows around the globe who have been provided with the same kind of feeling for a suitable product design. Interestingly, when they were about opening their first shop, they didn’t go to mainstream places like New York, Rio or Tokyo – they went to St. Moritz. What a smart move! They also told us how they had been copied by Migros which started to offer so-called «Donnerstag»-Bags to their customers for some EURO 25,-. Instantly, they felt being honoured by such an intensive attention their bags were seeking.

A producer of high-class leather shoes would have shown us some cows, horses, crocodiles or even mockingbirds enjoying their well-earned sundown. This would happen to teaching us where their material comes from – and how it felt before being offered the unique opportunity of helping out a small part of mankind to look far more better than the other and much more larger part of it. Well, as we said, the Freitag Brothers are a new kind: they’re special.

The Freitag Brothers’ very first bag.

Michael Conrad is as fascinated as all others.

Questions after questions after questions: they were all answered.

On videoscreen: all the same.

After the lecture there was enough space and time to go creative. Most wanted: to have a tourist-look-a-like snapshot showing oneself together with one or both of the Freitag Brothers who are as famous as the Eiffel Tower.

The Freitag Brothers and Mr Congratulations.

The Freitag Brothers bag-shooting starts. Freitag Bags are a «must have». No wonder that most of Berlin School’s this years participants wanted to be portrayed with both Freitag Brothers and their individual Freitag Bag. Just in order to put things that belong together together.

«Now it’s your turn!»

Again.

Again and again.

Again and again and again.

Michael Conrad Hall: The Freitag Brothers are putting themselves up against the wall.

Even here: the Freitag Brothers are driven by pure perfectionism.

The Freitag Brothers are making progress.

Voilà, the work has just been done!

Relaxed get together: Participants discussing Freitag Brothers’ inspiring lecture.

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