viernes, 30 de octubre de 2009





“The man will turn into God” Kazimir Malevich

More nuanced are Christian philosopher Emmanuel Mounier´s words, when he says: “The man has the vocation of turning into a God, but this is irreversibly forbidden for him, which turns his aspiration into a new source of displeasure.” Here we have a handful of artists who, freely interpreting the book of Genesis, turn themselves into God for a week.

If the Almighty shaped matter, the artist - in his effort to replace Him as an absolute creator - should proceed in the same way. But, how can we forget the differences between them? I mean that if God created Nature and Being based on nothing, the artist must divest himself of Being in order to arrive at the starting point: nothing. This brings to mind Malevich’s Suprematist paintings.

Accepting the artist as a creator, it is important to note that he has never been able to create something absolutely new, something that is based in, and comes from, nothing. He has never been able to create something different than God had created before. In fact, the artist of today seems to try to undermine any form of divine creation. It is as if art, since the irruption of the Avantgard in the early twentieth century, attempts to fight against natural forms.

Malevich observes that after having subjugated Nature to geometrical forms on his canvas for the last centuries, the artist has in the present two ways to handle it: confrontation or denial. To the first of them we could add “modifying” or “affecting” Nature, as in for example Land Art (Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty or some interventions of Christo and Jeanne-Claude), that push against Nature with the will to become creators, instead of being simple servants to someone else's forms.

It is only God who has the right to rest after his work in order to contemplate what he has done as in "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Bosch. This God, in spite of giving himself some airs, observes his own creation, which is the real protagonist. The artist, quite the contrary, is not able to ever rest. He has to maintain a state of permanent activity, to avoid that himself or his work fall into oblivion.

The truth is that most of the artists involved in this project do not believe in the creationist theory nor in God. But, curiously, after having talked to them, I noted that they sympathized with God much more than, say, art critics. The artists do not realize that the Almighty is the greatest judge and critic. And they, who in a way were attempting to play God in this art exhbition, will have to answer for their acts in front of Him. Then we will see whom they prefer, because God is implacable and never wanted that man put Him into the shade.

André de Nils was born in Perpignan in 1973, from a Catalan mother and a French father. After his elementary studies in his homeland, he moved to Dijon for a short period. Then he settled in Paris and studied Philosophy in La Sorbonne Highly influenced by professor Louis-Philippe Renard, André started to study Aesthetics and Arts History. Author of Religion dans l'art du 20 ème siècle (Les editions du Midi, 2004) and Du mythe à la toile (Renoir, 2007), among others, Nils also wrote for the international press and for important magazines. His critical study about the French-Rumanian video-artist Sophie Noir gave him international recognition.

miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2009



Viviana Alcalde was born in Valladolid, Spain. She studied Fine Arts at Complutense University of Madrid and Art in Public Spaces at Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. She is multidisciplinary artist and her current work is focused on the memory and experience and its relation to space. She works and lives in Berlin.


Betiana Bellofatto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After her studies in Image & Sound Design at the Buenos Aires University, she worked in short-films in the direction and art areas. She is interested in photography and writing. She participated in many collective exhibitions in Buenos Aires. Her present work is focused on the human being and his relationship with his environment. She lives in Berlin.


Natalia Blanco is an artist born in Brazil, who has adopted the Spanish nationality and now lives in Berlin. She completed her studies in Fine Arts at the University of Castilla la Mancha. Multidisciplinary and multi-faceted, with a conceptual background she discovered the pleasure of the illustration and the world of sounds in her installations.


Bodo Brüsehaber, born in Stralsund lives in Berlin, freelancer in graphic design + editing + visual art. starts with music in several bands, but 1997 decided to go solo for experimental stuff in a digital way on tracker progs like "octamed", since 2001 he puts moving pictures to his sounds + does visual art for musicgroups and videoinstallations.


Davide Comelli was born in Italy. He studied Graphic Design in Urbino, Italy, Photography and Illustration in Barcelona, Escuela Masana. His work is based on the perceptual illusions of the space. In some cases the causes of the illusions' mechanism show a sort of abstract language that we use for create the every- day "space". Mirrors, optical illusion and the painting technique sometime could be a great tool for understand what the shape could be.


Jan Fischer was born in Mozambique, where he was as a farmer. At the age of 17, he migrated to USA, where he worked as a stockbrocker in Wall Street Trade Center for many years. After a nervous breakdown, he retired to Patagonia, where he found a place between the Mapuche community. There he developed his shaman abilities, but got involved into toxic abuse. He decided that his time in South America had come to an end, and migrated to Paris, where he built a short but successful porno-star carrier. Now, he is settled in Berlin, where he combines his work in a laboratory with his art projects.


Lune Léoty, born in le Mans, France, studied Graphic Design and Video at the ESA Institute of Art of Cambrai and Fine Art at the Kiad Institute of Canterbury. Her work focuses on the individual and the quest for balance, combining video installation, drawings and performance.


Janaina Pessoa, actress, director and dramatist, has worked with (a.o.) Enrique Diaz, Gerald Thomas, Roberto Alvim, Ivan Sugahara, among many others. She lives in Berlin.


Valeria Schwarz was born in Eldorado, Argentina. After her studies in Fine Arts in Spain, she moved to Berlin, where she lives and works as an artist and independent curator since 2007. She made exhibitions in Argentina, Spain, Germany and Brazil. Her works are in public collections like the Centro de Arte Concello de Sanxenxo and the Centro Cultural Solar do Barão, Brazil. She assisted many artists like Tatsumi Orimoto, Julian Rosefeldt, Julio Rondo, a.o. In collaboration with DNA gallery, she organized a pannel discussion with curators from the Mori Art Museum (Tokio), Marta Herford; Museum de Arte Reina Sofia and A Foundation.


Hyun Ju Song was born in Seoul, South Korea. BA in Multi-Media-Design at the Hongik University. She worked as researcher in Digital Image Lab/ Korean German Institute of Technology. In 2009 she received in South Korea a patent for Viewer System for providing image overlapping with enviroment and method therefor. Her work is based on experimental video with body animation.


Nietzsche said, “From chaos comes order”. Johnny Rotten said, “Get pissed…destroy!”. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again”. David Bowie said, “When you rock and roll with me, there’s no one else I’d rather be.”

“Let’s start a new band where there are absolutely no rules”, said the two spaniards Raúl and Alberto, both emigré residents of Berlin, Germany. Raúl, born in Barcelona, and Alberto, son of spanish emigrants, have met only months ago by accident (very probably not by accident!) And this they have, the product of their musical mind-meld, is still an infant at this stage, still learning to focus its gaze and use its hands. But its mission and its message are clear, crystal clear: The old methods, the old structures no longer apply. The slate is clean, the playing field is level, the game is on and the rules will be made up as they go along, only to be discarded again when they in turn no longer apply. The primary musical components are sweat, tube amplifiers, deep convictions, weird noises, instinct, irony, irreverence, risk, rainy-gray melancholy, plug-ins, humor and sex, melody-dissonance-volume, blistered hands and blistered hearts.