Virtual AIR Exchange Sessions

Artist-in-Residence Meetup

28.05.2020   - 11.06.2020

A new virtual edition of the “AIR Exchange Meetup” – a meeting with the artists and team of both SomoS and Berlin artist residency GlogauAIR.

This is an event taking place in the context of both houses’ “virtual residency program” and is open to regular and virtual resident artists of both places.

GlogauAIR and SomoS have been conducting exchange events with their respective resident artist groups for a number of years and we are very happy that we can continue this inspiring tradition on a virtual basis this time.

This session will be a unique opportunity to get to know and share experiences with other artists and art professionals and become part of an international artist community. This simple meetup format has proven to be an inspiring catalyst for collaboration, friendship and professional exchange.

Online meeting between international artists.

About the Format:

Each artist is requested to speak about one art work they might consider as being their most specific, or most recent.

Dates:

The exchange sessions will take place on three selected dates:

Thu, May 28th, 3 pm (Berlin time), 1-1,5 hours

Thu, June 4th, 3 pm (Berlin time), 1-1,5 hours

Thu, June 11th, 3 pm (Berlin time), 1-1,5 hours

Participants SomoS

Kira Fiorella Aguilar (Hungary)
Paula Valenzuela Antúnez (Chile)
Carlos Herraiz (Spain)
Karon Nilzén Jonsson (Sweden)
Gaurav Ogale (India)
Jinhee Park (South Korea)

Participants GlogauAIR

Eitan Ritz (Australia)
Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (Chile)
Ian Jehle (Canada)
Michaela Kurimsky (Canada)
Kovacs /O’Doherty (Germany)
Sonia Toneu (Spain)
Annelise Forster (Germany)
Pamela Guest (USA)
Alvaro Rodriguez Badel (Colombia)
Eitan Ritz (Australia)

Biographies Participants GlogauAIR:

Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (Chile)

Elisa Garcia De La Huerta is an interdisciplinary visual artist from Chile. Currently, her work focuses on two mediums: detailed portraiture using analog photography, and performance art based on improvisation, movement and experimental sound. The two disciplines are thematically consistent, detailing the ways in which nature interweaves with different aspects of the modern self, and post-gender politics.
De La Huerta is fascinated by the shadow of late capitalist culture, how it is fed by more or less conscious strategies of repression. Her works are based on the belief that a better balance between technological advancement and our relationships with nature and ourselves can be achieved with a global return to the feminine in all Her aspects, especially portraying intimacy as a vital form or resilience and resistance. The gaze she employs is both queer and humanizing, preferring the use of a more vulnerable language that evokes quiet reflection and a genuine erotic intimacy in contrast with the sensationalizing spectacle of today’s mass-circulation visual media.

Website: https://elisaghs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elisaghs
Instagram: @auzit


Ian Jehle (Canada)

Ian Jehle’s areas of focus are mathematics, game theory and participatory art making. While his primary experience is as an artist and teacher, his educational and professional background also includes engineering and mathematics. As such, he is deeply interested in the ways in which mathematical principles appear as part of our everyday experience of the world, not only through architecture and industrial design but also in the way people experience and use mathematics, often intuitively, in their decision making. His works mainly consists in drawing, installation, and new media. Jehle is currently working on a project involving robots, testing their ability to draw in a collaborative form.

Website: http://ianjehle.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ianjehle
Instagram: @ianjehle


Michaela Kurimsky (Canada)

Michaela Kurimsky (1992) is a production designer and actress from Canada, exploring character building as a medium to understand self-identity, personality psychology and personality disorders. She became fascinated with perspective seeing her social life, values, herself through a new filter, becoming hyper aware of how our past experiences influence the choices we make. How repeating an action over time can result in an unconscious habit. How we can create emotional bonds with sensory experiences and have it support our self identity. Her production focuses on the creation of realistic characters that encourage social and individual change and uses them to possibly study multiple personality disorders and mirror their progression, creating her own controlled triggers to come in and out of these characters, while professionally navigating character exploration.

Website: http://www.michaelakurimsky.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaela.kurimsky.7


Kovacs /O’Doherty (Germany)

Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011 and mainly work with installation, new media and sound art. Their work combines elements of durational and time-based art, minimalist movement, and electro-acoustic music and sound. They are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through repetition, patterning, layering, and archiving. Originally from Hungary and Ireland, they are currently based in Berlin.

Website: http://www.kovacsodoherty.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kovacsodoherty/
Instagram: @kovacsodoherty


Sonia Toneu (Spain)

Sònia Toneu is Catalan painter and installation artist, whose current work reconfigures the contemporary landscape from layer overlays where she constructs, destroys and reconstructs images in a combination of geometric structures, free traces and vibrant colors. The influence of music in her personal history and travel has led her to describe the coexistence and superposition of elements in her works as the soundtrack of her experience in each place.
Sonia takes the landscape as a reference and as a definition of our identity as a society and as individuals. The fundamental concepts to initiate her creative process come from the observation of nature, the relationship between people and the environment, the coexistence with artificial elements, the superposition of constructions and the saturation of visual stimuli and objects.

Website: https://soniatoneu.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soniatoneu/
Instagram: @soniatoneu


Annelise Forster (Germany)

Annelise is an emerging painter (1996) originally from Adelaide, Australia focusing on creating energy and movement in her work, often drawn to portraiture and figure paintings. Her process of creating artworks is highly intuitive using colors and marks that she feels best portray the subject but not necessarily painting what is directly being viewed. This process is based on her emotional and mental state at the time of creation as this changes how she views both the subject and the work being created. She often works on large scale surfaces to fully immerse the viewer and create a more intense experience. Currently, her main interest is the impact of music on people’s emotional, physical and mental state. She is interested in investigating how different types of music affect individuals as well as large groups of people possibly discovering new ways to experience music and how it can be used to alter emotional and mental states, as an intentional or unintentional therapy and as a way of connecting people.

Instagram: @annie_marie_24


Pamela Guest (USA)

Pamela Guest b. 1995 in Quito, Ecuador, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Guest is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores personal narrative, family archive, and the intersection between documentary and animation through drawing, installation, painting, photography and video. Her work finds its balance through the merging of digital forms, tactility and her love for experimentation. She utilizes various mediums which include 2d animation, stop motion animation, installation, illustration, video and set design. Her latest work in Berlin has explored the cognitive function behind repetitive and obsessive thinking through animated installation, based on the resemblance between the process necessary to create animated sequences and that of repetitive thoughts.

Website: http://www.pamelaguest.com/
Instagram: @pamelaguest_


Alvaro Rodriguez Badel (Colombia)

Alvaro Rodríguez Badel (1991) is an artist and film producer based in Bogotá working between the arts and film industry. He works with digital mediums that stand between arts and technology intersection and five years ago he founded +Play, a creative technologists’ studio. During the past years, he has been working on emerging technologies like virtual and augmented realities, as well as installations and artworks which include light and interaction. Alvaro creates interactive installations, artworks, projections, full-dome experiences underlined by the ideas of algorithmic art.
He is also a documentary filmmaker, he loves to work with humanity, landscapes and nature taking its systems as a conceptual ground to start new projects. During his residency at GlogauAIR, he expands his project FACSIMILES, started in his hometown three years ago, exploring and documenting the architectural landscapes of different cities and places based on new technologies, mediums, and image processing techniques. His focus is to understand the relationships between man and his surrounding, conceiving the city as an artwork in constant change, as a group of untold stories of its citizens.


Eitan Ritz (Australia)

Eitan Ritz is an australian artist, dancer and composer interested in bodies as sites of congealment and memory. Repetition of the circadian foments a certain movement, sound and feeling through rhythms. Ritz attempts to understand these processes through an investigation into granular moments in movement and sound from his every day. This is a heuristic to rearticulate and recast his personal experience and investigate feelings and beliefs that surround us as we live and play in the world. His studies in Applied Linguistics have also allowed him to recontextualise dance and sound through the lens of language exploring the signifiers laden within the body and voice as we communicate and present ourselves.
During his residency in Berlin, he is willing to recast the city’s histories through his own personal experience, exploring and uncovering the unconscious through movement, sound, language and the body.

Website: https://eitanritz.tumblr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eitanritz
Instagram: @eitanritz


25 hr sailing (South Korea)

25 hr sailing is an artist duo from South Korea dealing with the concept of vanishing point and ‘misconception’ of depth through the use of new media. Along with their eyes that have been trained to recognize vanishing points, there are many tools, technologies, and specialized equipment that construct different focuses that constitute the field of visibility. The adjustments produced by the eye in order to create a three- dimensional seeing such as the sense of ‘having a gap,’ ‘being dislocated,’ and ‘overlapping’ are the frames through which 25hr sailing deals with their subject, Kukdo Theater. 25hr sailing gathers newspaper articles, books, academic papers, and accounts about Kukdo Theater to summarize the narrative of the building. Images of the building’s surface are layered with figures from different periods over the architectural surface of Kukdo Theater creating a pattern of time dislocated from the official records.

Website: http://25hr-sailing.org/
Instagram: @25hr_sailing


Biographies Participants SomoS:

Noel Hensey

Irish multi-disciplinary artist Noel Hensey is concerned with the idea of ’openness.’ Through photography, installation, sculpture, sound and video, Hensey presents the perceptive dynamics of encountering found objects and situations where the viewer’s habitual judgmental processes are slowed or stopped. The initial material he collects is stored in both digital and physical archives, and from these archives that material is filtered into finished works, using a number of methods including assemblage, appropriation, interchanging mediums and site-specific work.

Website: www.noelhensey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nhensey
Instagram: @nhensey


Carlos Herraiz

Carlos Herraiz is a Spanish painter, born in Barcelona in 1995. Deeply interested in the human condition, Herraiz spent time in art therapy workshops, studying behavior and emotion. Initially his paintings were largely figurative, and though he has gone on to explore abstraction as well, these elements of humanity remain in all of his works. His works now range from the figurative to the abstract, with many falling somewhere in between. Herraiz has been increasingly interested in the time and space between past and the present, clearly visible in his work and in his process, as he combines theories of abstract expressionism from the past with contemporary interests and techniques.

Website: http://carlosherraiz.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlosHerraizSabate
Instagram: @carlosherraiz


Paula Valenzuela

Paula Valenzuela Antúnez (1988) is an abstract painter from Santiago, Chile. After spending three years in Buenos Aires, she currently lives and works in Viña del Mar, Chile. She is interested in how painting can be used as a way to depict and interact with the landscape. For her, painting is one of the ways that humans can have a relationship with nature. “In relation to the landscape and hand in hand with it,” she says, “I am always investigating materials that generate a dialogue with nature and with questions that are often more existential and that I myself cannot answer, but I am attracted by that mysterious relationship between spaces, how we see them, how we configure them and how we observe them.”

Instagram: @paulavalenzuelaantunez
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paula.v.antunez
Website: www.paulavalenzuela.com


Jinhee Park

Jinhee Park is a Korean speculative designer and visual artist dealing with the concepts of philosophy, science and technology. Through fictional narratives and alternative realities, her work creates a dialogue around present issues in our society in the form of design. Park’s work aims to engage people in these topics and pose questions to determine their potential probability. In her recent works, the artist expands on the concept of space, specifically with regards to relativity and the division of physical space, collective awareness of the outside world and the expansion of the outside world. While at SomoS, Park aims to widen her research on social space, questioning what influence we receive from ever changing social institutions, and how to deal with it.

Instagram: @jnhplayground
Website: http://www.jnhpark.com/


Gaurav Ogale

Gaurav Ogale is a mixed-media artist, writer and creative consultant, based in Bombay, and is particularly interested in generational differences, travelling, and philosophy in his work. The artist sees himself as a visual storyteller and chronicaller of all kinds; drawing, journaling, animating visuals, and designing video. Most recently, Ogale has turned his focus to understanding contemporary aesthetics, and how they find their roots in personal journeys, objectives, and archives. Ogale’s illustrative work uses primarily watercolor and incorporates digital elements, displaying his experience as a mixed-media visual communicator, creating images that behave in unexpected and light-hearted ways.

Instagram: @patranimacchi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaurav.ogale.5


Kira Agular

Hungarian artist Kira Aguilar is a recent graduate in Fine Art, beginning the next steps of her professional career and is now based in Berlin. She began her tertiary studies focusing on painting, but felt stimulated and inspired by the new media and conceptual discussions taking place around her, and shifted her focus to digital realms. While Aguilar maintains a love of physical mark-making, she currently creates multimedia 2-dimensional pieces, as well as video and sound works, in an attempt to understand contemporary media oversaturation.

Instagram: @kiraxaguilar
Website: kiraguilar.com


Karon Nilzén Jonsson

Swedish artist Karon Nilzén Jonsson (1994) is originally from Stockholm and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Royal Art Academy. The artist works primarily with video, sculpture and installation.

As Karon says, “I am forever searching. Not for a solid shape or a true religion, but for a path close to it and further on to the next.
I see myself in eternal change, something that never will end, even after death. The body changes, the mind changes, the materials change. I have always wanted to slip away from the given, the roles and the belongings which brings with it different attributes. It is about the concept of time, contradiction, condition and boundaries. Visual art is for me a very fluid concept and it can take different forms.”

The artists’ choice of media is mostly video and sculpture which might also be mixed with other tools such as text, performance and music. In that way Jonsson tries to find an “unspoken language, a sharp tool for a sensitive communication.”

Website: https://karonnilzen.blogg.se/
Instagram: @__karon__


Program

Both resident artist groups from SomoS and GlogauAIR will present their creative work to each other, and to associated curators, chat about their residency experiences and share additional information, such as links to websites or social media pages or other contact details to get in touch outside of the exchange setting.

In this presentation, each artist presents one work, followed by a short Q & A with the audience.
Each session, 4-5 artists will present. The artist will speak at one session only.

RSVP required.

We are excited to meet up and are looking forward to the exchange!