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Artist Spotlight: Mirjam Bürer

Mirjam has an affinity for spaces. Her dreams are very much involved with space. They appear with strong feelings of existence and memories. By spaces, she means a room, a garden, inside a bag, the figures shaped between the trees and so on. Nature is an indispensable part of her work. Her enthusiasm for spending time with nature is the core of her inspirations and even her decisions.

Collecting original seeds is a mission for Mirjam. Prior to 1994, she recognised climate change as a longstanding phenomenon. She saw that mono-cultures were forcing the farmers to use genetically manipulated seeds. At the same time the factories were delivering insecticide seeds in the same buckets and were pushing them on the farmers. However farmers were planting original seeds in their small private gardens. “People keeping the original seeds in the most important room of the house, because it’s the source of the food and all the genetic materials are in the seeds,” said Mirjam. Now when plants have defects, she has the original seeds to be able to feed humanity.

She has taught art at a visual art school for 30 years. Teaching was quite intensive and she moved studios often, but never stopped producing her own projects. She has traveled around the world because her work is multi-layered and looks to the outside while the source is deep inside her. She has been in Pakistan, Himalaya, Indonesia, North India and many more places in east Asia. For her, as an artist based in Netherlands, traveling to these countries and experiencing the culture and landscape of these lands intimately, has opened the doors of a different world.

Photos by PILOTENKÜCHE International Art program

Her Book “Local is global” was initiated in a collaborative project with Netherland’s University museum and biology scientists. “It was another eye opener to work as an artist and collaborate with scientists,” she says. The book took her to Korea. She changed the title to “Gross national happiness” in 2001. That’s the quote used in Bhutan: gross national happiness instead of gross national product.

It’s important for her to get involved while traveling, staying for a while, getting to know the people, and make her works with fresh inspirations from local landscapes and people. That’s why she doesn’t carry her art works around. “When I’m triggered with something I have to make it,” Says Mirjam.

There has not been much time for her to make exhibition for a long time and now she is here to have her time to focus on her work again. She wants to have her own interpretation of the kleingartens of the city. Maybe this will manifest in making her own plan of green lounges of Leipzig playing around industrial spaces or maybe in a small collaboration with other artists in the residency. For the final exhibition, she plans to make an installation of movie compilation, drawing and space of the elements that she was freshly engaged with.

written by Elnaz Mostaan


you can find more of Mirjam’s work in her Website. As well she will exhibit her works in the following events.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00
PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

PK RD41: Upcoming Shows

The studio is alive with creative energy. All those who came to our Open Studios (Designers Open Spot) last weekend were able to see the work in progress and talk to the artists. Those who couldn’t, don’t fear. We have two shows coming up and each has its own special flair.

This exhibition represents the accumulation of ever-accelerating rhythms in the altermodern
world and the momentum of regeneration. A spiralling ascension of energy followed by the
shedding of skin and matter, folding backwards into grey foundations of urban displacement.
There is a convergence of ancient forests and radiant future seed particles, mapping
migratory paths through time and space. The body is but a site of irrational experience which
confronts the machines of carbon-heavy Modernity.
A Kali-destructive rampage of nihilism anticipates the coming still; hyper-sensitising rituals,
filament tensions and porous-smooth materiality of the posthuman condition. This is an
emerging non-state where the more-than-human world metamorphoses in perpetuum into a
new corporeal becoming. The uncontaminated hierarchs falter and drop from the sky.


Patricia Brien, Curator


Reset unsettling flesh layers 


vernissage:
Fri 15 Nov
19Uhr-22Uhr
performances TBA

open:
Sat 16/ Sun 17
14Uhr-18Uhr
Thur 21/Fri 22/Sat 23
14Uhr-18Uhr

Alte Handelsschule
Giesserstr 75


From nonmatter emerges poetic spaces of nothingness. This spatial emptiness waxes dark
mass and a new spiritual gestation. A coded dialogue is written in the deep seams of carbon,
bearing the deconstruction of material and nonlinear points of multiplicity. Sharp angles
mutate into gentle recesses, energised with the properties of light and the intimacy of a
dream.

The pleasure in the surge of viscosity, and the illusion of vulnerability creates a space
between people, an assemblage which orientates the human to positive kinetic chaos.

Patricia Brien, Curator

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness

vernissage:
Sat 14 Dec
19Uhr-22Uhr
peformances TBA

open:
Sun 15 Dec/Tue 17 Dec/Wed 18 Dec
14Uhr-18Uhr

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9


PK RD41 International Artists


Wim Warrink (NL)
Daniel Domingo Schweitzer (ES)
Natacha Martins (PT)
Tamara Jacquin (ES/CL)
Travis D. Hendrix (AU)
David Elias Schilling (DE/ AT)
Cecilia Klementsson (SE)
Ingrid Pumayalla (PE)
Alison Hui (HK)
Mirjam Bürer (NL)
mgmn (LT)
Daniela Trinkl (AT)


PK RD41 Leipzig Artists


Nora Manthei
Lucy Koenig

CURATOR
Patricia Brien (AU/UK)


ASSISTANTS
Agnes Deruma
Elnaz Mostaan

Artist spotlight: Daniela Trinkl

Daniela Trinkl is fascinated by boxes. For the Viennese-based ceramicist, this interest extends to boxes of any kind, but is heightened by reliquary shrines. She is interested in science fiction, animism and bringing life to inanimate entities. Daniela not only finds the craftmanship of these objects remarkable, but also the spiritual value that people assign to them. She firmly believes that there is a 5th incorporeal dimension that is present in every art piece, but is not yet directly observable.

In Daniela’s PILOTENKUECHE atelier I find almost embryo like shaped objects. They stand alone or are exhibited on the wall. And true to form, some can be found in liquid filled boxes, some submerged in a synthetic pink hued silicone and others in milky epoxy resin. It almost looks like a laboratory of a modern-day alchemist, where these creatures will soon come to life. 

To give birth to these objects Daniela plays with common natural materials such as clay and porcelain, as well as with man-made ones, bringing Sci-fi aesthetics to the table. Contrary to reliquary shrines that carry memories from past lives, her creations might come from the future. One could say that they are living beings, but from a different world, perhaps like ambassadors of the 5th dimension.

Photos by PILOTENKÜCHE International Art

Her working approach is very organic, she starts by simply doing, thus inviting a flow of ideas and letting herself be guided and carried. She also mentions that the shape of an object does not always come in a visual form, it is almost as she can feel it within herself. It arrives from within, yet from somewhere outside. In her eyes, the artist functions almost as a medium, bringing something celestial to the world. In a way every art piece embodies an element, or a message hidden in a plain sight.  

Daniela stresses the importance of symbiosis between an art piece and its consumers. In fact, the interaction with the audience is the most interesting part for her, regardless the reaction or an absence thereof.

written by Agnes Deruma

photos courtesy of artist


We invite you to find more about her art and past work by visiting Daniela’s website or if you are in Leipzig this weekend feel free to drop by PILOTENKUECHE for the PK Open studio event to interact with her creations in person.

PK Open Studios / Designers Open Spot

Sat 26 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio
4PM-6.30PM: BYOB potluck
7.30PM: performance Izabela Kałduńska

Sun 27 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Daniel Domingo Schweitzer

Daniel works with simple triangles, only they aren’t really triangles. When you look at the development of his work you see something beyond visual aesthetics. He started with the main focus being the human body. After experimenting and dissecting the current world’s lifestyle and social norm’s efflects on human’s body, he came to the conclusion that the corporal side of the human comes from shape and restriction. This lead to space becoming the center of the artwork. This may sound like a big shift, but the human body stays very much involved in the work, but how it is demonstrated differently.

Daniel’s work shifted from meticulous human sculptures to minimal and simplified objects which deal with the matter of space. By slowly deforming and deconstructing the body, Daniel searches for that point where it is still identifiable but at the same time reduced. “I wanted to see how much I can remove from the body and still talk about the body,” says Daniel. This process led to a point where the object remains and the human body almost disappears. What remains is the object which substituted a part of the human body. It defines the space. Now the fractal geometry he makes is a metaphor of body.

During the process of focusing on space rather than the human body, he realised that triangle was the perfect form. The triangle is not only the strongest form, but it requires the minimum amount of lines to make a shape/surface/space/ geometry.

Photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Playing with material is like sketching for Daniel. He edits and reforms the material he is working with until it satisfies him. Not only has he simplified the human form, but he has started using simpler materials. He searches for processes that are faster and can be in alignment with his mind. If the processes are too cumbersome, the mind jumps ahead and the material doesn’t allow you to catch up. In addition to their simplicity, these materials are chosen for their ability to carry meaning.

Currently, he is allowing the viewer to physically interact with the art work. He believes when the viewer moves or rearranges the elements of the work, it results in a trace of that body. It forms a reflection of an idea, thought and way of perception. It replaces the person and body. The viewer activates a space in their own image.

When you look at images you contemplate it but when you interact with an art piece you become part of it. You get empowered. Your personality modifies the world because your intensions are there,”

The world of visual media is so saturated today that it is difficult to get the viewers’ attention. An image is consumed in 2 seconds and then that image is dead. Art can be the opposite of this. It needs time. It needs to involve more than the eyes. Replacing “DON’T TOUCH” with “Please Touch” gives the onlooker permission to be more than just an objective observer.

At PILOTENKEUCHE Daniel is working on progressing a version of interactive, movable installations with repeated models. The triangles will be in a continuous process of construction and deconstruction.

written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by artist


you can see more of Daniel’s work at upcoming PK shows and his personal website.

PK Open Studios / Designers Open Spot

Sat 26 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio
4PM-6.30PM: BYOB potluck
7.30PM: performance Izabela Kałduńska

Sun 27 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig