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Artist Spotlight: Tomas Nuñez

Tomas Nuñez produces work that is “seriously silly”. With accessibility, engagement and simplicity at the forefront of his practice, for his time at the Pilotenkueche, Tomas wants to produce art that is flamboyant, noisy, interactive and, most importantly, fun!

Predominately a sound artist, Tomas aims to sneak past the “gatekeepers of music“. Through growing up in the DIY band culture of Sydney, a scene that invents spaces outside of the ‘realms of money-making’ and the hetero-normative definition of what a band and music should be, Tomas knows there is not one linear way to make music. For him, this environment is about friendship, community and experimentation, a key focus for his upcoming work at PK which he claims “needs collaboration” and audience involvement. He is also looking forward to possible collaboration with other artists in the residency and is planning shows in and around Leipzig, so he can keep performing during his time here.

Touring groups of deaf, blind and autistic individuals around artistic spaces, Tomas became very aware of the rule and restrictions of the public art sector. Working at The Museum of Contemporary Art and other installations such as Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney, it became clear to him that the gallery and art environment is one dominated by the middle-class, intellectual masses and is linear in its need to maintain a quiet and contemplative aura, one that excludes many.

The marriage between boxing and music will be Tomas’ main focus in his residency here at Pilotenkueche. Approximately a year ago, Tomas began dancing around the boxing ring, and not just in the DIY music space; a combination prompting consideration of sound and space. The transformation of the boxing ring from an intimidating place to one of comfort and even “solace” was an important one for Tomas, building upon his work in museums and the questions of which spaces are accessible and welcoming.

After the first visit to the Alte Handelsschule Tomas has begun to think about what he will produce during the residency. He intends to produce “speed balls” (rubber coated objects with microphones attached) which will perform the purpose of a punching bag to be kicked, touched and interacted with by the visiting audience. Emphasising the similarities between music and boxing; their sensual, stimulating nature and their dependence upon collaboration and active involvement, Tomas’ work promises to get us all involved.


Written by Rosie Shackleton

To see more of Nuñez’s work go to his Vimeo and you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig

Curator Spotlight: Patricia Brien

Curating is a relatively new path for Patricia Brien, but it has been in development for a long time. Our Curator has an extensive experience in the academic field. Having taught in several universities at principal and senior lecturer levels and being employed in academic management positions, she knows how to organise and structure matters. Even in her speech this quality is recognisable, Patricia’s sentences are thought through. She is not afraid to take a deliberate pause to find the right word that will pierce through. Also, her approach to curation presents quiet moments for artistic thought. When conducting curation process, she believes in giving freedom to create. Observing the participants, Patricia detects connecting points within the group and thereafter forms a wireframe for a coherent exhibition.

An underlaying theme for this curator is human position in relationship to the inhuman, such as animals, plants and the unseen such as air and particles. She is inspired by neo-paganist love for rituals and storytelling, appreciating existing customs as well as creating new narratives, assigning meaning to objects and acts of no significance. Patricia Brien prefers site-specific work. This involves going outside and working with others or bringing the outside world inside. This Curator’s creative practice employs a two directional approach. Using both top-down and bottom-up strategies, Patricia can introduce efficiency within the group dynamics, simultaneously encouraging exchange of opinions and 2-way learning.

Patricia Brien is a lifelong learner and traveller. She has lectured and curated student work in numerous institutions, on different continents. Our curator has been exposed to numerous fields of study, though a lurking theme has been the fashion industry- covering fashion shows in Paris, investigating and incorporating sustainable and ethical fashion design. Her passion is textile art. Textile art is still an underrated art form, historically discriminated and dogmatised by the art world because it has been defined by the patriarchal canon as incapable of conceptual content due its historical connection with women.

The stay in Leipzig has given Patricia a taste for residencies, although she has previously taken part in several others, currently she is looking forward to producing her own work as well as creating community engagement projects with other artists.

Patricia Brien is a person who is always becoming, constantly doing something new. She considers daily rituals as an important means to centre oneself. She believes that throughout life we can continue to change and develop. Otherwise it’s boring.

written by Agnes


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

Artist Spotlight: Cecilia Klementsson

Cecilia resisted becoming an artist for a long time, but in the end she realized that she was just rebelling against her family. They encouraged her painting. She says she was always busy drawing something as a child and always had her best marks in art classes with not much of effort. She opted for something more challenging: natural science. However, she found herself painting in all of her free time and picking art classes. It was then that she really noticed how much she enjoys it and couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else.

Life took Cecilia from Sweden to Australia and she started her studies in Fine Art in Perth. “The most isolated and the sunniest city in the world,” Cecilia says. In Perth the base of her current technique of painting formed: having four colours and applying one at a time instead of using a pallet to mix all the colours. Cecilia compares her style of painting with a printer in terms of applying each colour in separate layers. She really wants to extract all the colours that you see on the skin so they lay on the top of each other, like how the impressionists did. This is how she avoids painting dull or flat bodies. Her self-limitations gave her the challenge to go for painting meatier and fleshier instead of plastic images.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Painting nudes was always one of Cecilia’s favourites. Jenny Saville is a painter that Cecilia admires. She believes her journey from Sweden to Australia, and the difference of the attitudes towards nudity in these two country triggered something in her. As well she secretly laughs at the fact that she like to give a little back to women who paint nudes

She started looking at nudes in advertisements in more detail. How are they getting away with that much of nudity? Commercially being beautiful. but at the same time pale and innocent and not erotic. So she decided to take normal people and put them in perfect posing of advertisement. but not with the porcelain airbrush look. Instead they are fleshy and real. This was for her the indication that people are still beautiful despite the real magenta and green shadows their skin naturally have.

Another concept that Cecilia is playing around is that what happens when a man poses in a feminine way or even a trans woman poses in a masculine way. What is man? What is woman? Where is the line in this spectrum? Plus, the fact that masculine and feminine codes change throughout history. “There is a lot of gender attached to the pose, and the way someone act and the body language,” Cecilia says.

The fact that advertisement is selling sex doesn’t draw Cecilia to it. At the same time she acknowledges that it takes talent to create such a beautiful visual thing. She is also fascinated that contemporary advertisements are being more inclusive and representative with different shapes of body and skin colours. The ads she uses are generally from the 90s.

Come see how Cecilia crushes gender borders with her paintings. You will see her self-portrait posing like a male Calvin Klein perfume advertisement model and a trans woman posing as Eva Mendez in the final show of round 41.

Written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by artist


You can find Cecilia’s art works in her website.

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


Press while here at Pilotenkueche:

MEDIUM

Beyond ‘Hypezig’: Connecting international artists in eastern Germany
by Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Magazine 43
Issue 8

Hungry Dungeon Friends Curatorial Tour

First and foremost, we’d like to thank everyone who packed the house for our Hungry Dungeon Friends vernissage at Kunstkraftwerk. The evening was one that still has people thinking nearly a week after. For those who missed it, the show is on until Sunday 1 September.

This Saturday at 3PM, our curator in residence, Colette Patterson will be giving a tour. Come find out what is behind the high quality works created by our International artists. We will also be gifted with a performance by Tom Austin.

Meanwhile, here are some images from the install and the vernissage shot by Stanley Louis, one of this round’s interns.

Hungry exchanges are often communicated through the affective fields of our bodies. The body-organism is linked to the world through a network of primal signifiers. An underworld of currents, there are some conversations that can only take place on the borders, on the edge of ourselves, of our contact with the other. The exhibition tries to circulate these borders, these textures, these interiorities, that are viscous, unformed, multiple and many times. We morph between states of consciousness, mapping unknown desires. This exhibition is the interim show of the Pilotenkeuche residents, and explores the possibility to traverse these spaces, inviting a tactile sensibility, and begs to ask what happens in a dungeon with friends? 

text by curator Colette Patterson


Hungry Dungeon Friends

Saturday 24 August
Curatorial Tour by Colette Patterson
performance by 
Tom Alexander Austin

open 
Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM (closed Mondays)
location:
Kunstkraftwerk
Saalfelder Str. 8
04179 Leipzig


PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Curator
Colette Patterson (UK)

Assistants
Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)– 

Artist Spotlight: Zara June Williams

Life is like a game. The Australian artist Zara June Williams explores the unexpected and the intuitive of the creative process. Approaches such as combining different individual paintings and interacting with remain marks and droplets of the paint allow her to view the familiarity with a new lens. She invents rules for her art-making and stays playful with the colours and forms. Her art practice seemingly parallels to the nature of life as a game, where we developed regulations and strategies, and laboriously invest ourselves into it.

“Sometimes I get so caught up in the complexity of it all that it ends up seeming like nothing. That’s how I feel about being alive in general. It’s everything, but it’s meaningless.”

Zara’s paintings come across as a game of vertigo and chance. Roger Caillois introduced the four elements of game in his 1958 Man, Play and Games (Les Jeux et Les Hommes): Agon, Alea, Mimicry and Ilinx, which means competition, chance, simulation and vertigo respectively. Intrigued by the remains of the process, she lies down papers beneath her paintings to catch the drops. “I guess I speak a lot about chance.” Often she wonders whether it is the unintended trace or her paintings are the actual work. “I think the interest came from questioning the ego and control. I found I was no longer satisfied with outcomes that I could easily anticipate.” 

To add the unpredictable quality into her work, she sets up certain parameters and games. For example, she took a cluster of wooden frames found on street which resonance Jose Dávila’s “Homage to the Square,” and lands it randomly on the surface. She then paints between the edges of the frames and repeats the process of interacting with the unintended composition of structures.”It is like I allow someone else to do something that I have to respond to.” Zara is meanwhile interested in working with found materials which already come with a character she can react to.

Her captivation of inviting chance to interfere with the work rises from the desire for the sense of an instant novelty. Ilinx,the Greek word for “whirlpool,” means the alteration of recognition, which Caillois defined as “an attempt to momentarily destroy the stability of perception.” “Assemblages is another way I can surprise myself from the outcome.” She cuts her paintings into half and plays around by putting different pieces together. “Cutting and reassembling works allows new and complete images to form instantaneously. There is a freshness to this method that I enjoy.” 

During the residency, Zara has started to experiment with integrating photography and painting. She takes pictures of her works, collages them in photoshop, and then transfers the resulting image on another painting. “Photography is potentially another tool I can use to accumulate information to the point of collapse. Finding ways to digest chaos created by my own doing is an ongoing challenge.” 

Written by Huai-ya Lin


See Zara’s work in the upcoming exhibitions

HUNGRY DUNGEON FRIENDS

vernissage: 
Saturday 17 August 
7PM-10PM

open: 
Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM (closed Mondays)
location:
Kunstkraftwerk
Saalfelder Str. 8
04179 Leipzig

GRATEFUL PARK

vernissage: 
Friday 20 September
7PM-11PM
open: 
Saturday 21 September – Monday 23 September
1PM-5PM 
location:
PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program
Franz-Flemming-Straße 9


Work in progress: Setup of the Final Exhibition // 21.09.18

After two and a half months of the program, the artists are preparing for the final exhibition in the studio rooms of Pilotenkueche. With the support of the curator, positions are negotiated, new combinations of artworks are discovered, and even walls find new homes as the studio undergoes a metamorphosis in the days leading up to the opening on Friday, which will include work from each of our international residents and local participants, as well as performances from guest artists. 

All photos by Pilotenkueche

“CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 21.09.18, 18h
Open: 22.09 – 25.09.18, 10h-15h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Program: 21.09.2018

18h Opening
19h 0000                  Chelsea Markuson, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
20h Book of Secrets Beate Körner, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
        Strings               Ando Saori, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
21h Rosalind Franklin – Sound Performance
22h+ Aftershow

Artists

International residents
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

Piloten Küche round 36 Vanessa Soli, Curtis Welteroth, Lily Cummins. photo maeshelle west-davies

Re-View: Consultation // 11.09.18

Curator Vanessa Souli selects works for “CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”, round 36 final show. Curating a show is much more than just hanging some pictures. A bad install can ruin the whole thing. Works should engage and empower each other. In order to get a complete picture of the deeper meaning behind each of the artists’ works, Vanessa Souli speaks with each artist individually.  She has also been here throughout the entire round and has been able to witness  how working in a foreign environment with new people has influenced both the work and the artists, themselves.

The Final Exhibition of our residents from the US, Japan, Argentina, UK, Germany, Austria, China, and Taiwan, will present ongoing work after three months spent at the residency. This round of artists had a particular focus on painting, textile art, installation, sculpture, and performance, and one sound artist who also will contribute their work to the program of the Final Show.

All photos by Pilotenkueche

 

“CORPORAL TEMPERATURE”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 21.09.18, 18h
Open: 22.09 – 25.09.18, 10h-15h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Program: 21.09.2018

18h Opening
19h 0000
Chelsea Markuson, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
20h Book of Secrets
Beate Körner, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
Strings
Ando Saori, Resident of the 36th round – Performance
21h Rosalind Franklin – Sound Performance
22h+ Aftershow

Artists

International residents
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

The PILOTENKUECHE art program is an independent project, open to artists of all nationalities. The common goal of the final group exhibition leads to intensive dialogue about individual ideas and practices, and binds each artist temporarily into a group, leading to a long term network that exists even after the residency is over.

Re-View: “Architecture of Experience” // 06.05.18

On Thursday, some of our pilots had a joint exhibition at an experimental art space in Lindenau. We had a wonderful time in the show space, featuring paintings, installation and illustration from three of our residents. 

We would like to thank the gallery owner Marcel Noack of Ping-Pong for his collaborative spirit!

All Photos by Pilotenkueche

Opening: 06.09.2018, 19h
Open: 06.09.2018, 19-22h; 07.09. – 09.09.18, 17-20h
Location: Ping Pong, Helmholtzstraße 1,
04177 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography; Vienna, Austria)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

Marcel Noack (Gallery Owner; Leipzig, Germany)
Ping Pong

Exhibition Setup PING PONG // Opening 06.09.18

After two months of the program, some of our residents are preparing the second exhibition of the current round. Supported by the curator Vanessa Souli, they are in the phase of completing their individual projects and setting up “Architecture of Experience” in the art space PING PONG.

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

‘Architecture of Experience’ is the second show of a selected number of artists, current residents of the 36th round of Pilotenküche Art Program. How does architecture influence our experiences and emotions and how does space facilitate or hinder our lives as human beings and as artists? The exhibition showcases curated works which comment upon the relationship between spatial structures and emotional experiences, either literally or metaphorically.

Opening: 06.09.2018, 19h
Open: 06.09.2018, 19-22h; 07.09. – 09.09.18, 17-20h
Location: Ping Pong, Helmholtzstraße 1,
04177 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)

Artist Talks: “Space Chorus” // 30.08.18

Here are a few impressions of this weeks artist talks at the Alte Handelsschule exhibition Space Chorus with the latest residents from the UK, Israel, Japan, China, Australia, Argentina and the US. We gained an insight on the current approaches at our studios, highlighting diverse methods of negotiation between space, object, and interpretation. This round has an interest in reinterpreting tradition, pinching social norms, and using interdisciplinary methods in ways that are both playful and sincere. 

All photos by Pilotenkueche

For those who were unable to attend, feel free to join us at the Finissage on August 31st at 19:00h! 

We are excited to show you what we have been working on this round, and hope to see you there!

Artists

International residents
Ando Saori (Performance, Choreography, Video, Photography; Osaka, Japan / Bielefeld,
Germany)
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)
Zoe Trilnick Farji (Collage, Mixed Media, Poetry ; Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)