Tag Archives: Jos Diegel

Artist Spotlight: Jos Diegel

Jos Diegel is an artist of many facets. Interested in art as a catalyst for social change, he has immersed himself in different worlds with this very ethos as a binding thread. Through the years of his artistic practice since graduating from the University of Art and Design in Offenbach, where he focused on painting and film, he has honed in on his artistic and intellectual pursuits to create a rounded out practice all his own. At the core of his work stands a spirit of art and creation as an act of freedom and as a tool for resistance. He actualizes this philosophy through his own personal practice as well as several collaborative as well as educational efforts.

All of these efforts combine, although very different on the surface, to become a sort of signature style and workflow for Jos. His filming process is much like his approach to painting and community-oriented workshops – go with the flow and open as many boundaries as possible. By working with people from different disciplines Jos opens himself up to connecting perspectives and collaborating with a healthy dose of spontaneity and chance. As he succinctly and cheekily puts it – ‘I am not the best at anything, but I am the best at what I do’. In many way this is the self-empowering nature of Jos’ practice. Give people the tools and space for creating and they will create, ideally to the best of their ability.

By working in this mindset he takes his interest in film beyond filming shorts, documentaries and feature length narratives into a world of distortion and manipulation by playing with materials and process. In continuing his curiosity for film into more experimental realms Jos found himself playing with 35mm film by scratching and painting directly onto meters of film. This playful process turned into travelling for and organizing workshops in which participants engage in the same playful distortion. They find scenes, change them, recontextualize, add elements with paint and marker or scratch emulsion away with etching needles and other tools. The practice lends itself to play and experimentation and when spliced together and screened (ideally on a big screen in a theatre) it takes on a life of its own. Participants see their work linked to not only other participants but to major Hollywood production companies, old film strips found at flea markets or whatever random film strip is pulled from Jos’ bag of tricks on that particular day. In this way, the work becomes bigger than an individual person manipulating a few seconds of film. It becomes a group of people playfully subverting the normative ideals so often imposed on us by mainstream media and advertising. It becomes a new connection to past pop culture. It becomes a small yet powerful act of playful rebellion.

This idea is also carried through into Jos’ painting practice. While he paints and layers with color and texture in what he calls his solo practice, his current focus – and something we can look forward to in Pilotenkueche’s upcoming final exhibition – is overpainting on old landscape and portrait paintings found at flea markets. Although a completely different and equally vital part of Jos’ aesthetic, these two areas of interest and practice become inextricably linked. Not because they merely sprout from the same artist’s mind but because they share practical and theoretical elements while keeping a unique sense of process and style. They inform one another in a web of connection.

While Jos continues to expand his breadth of practice and interest in the function of society and the artist’s role in it, he will, undoubtedly, take us along for the ride. This inclusion of people from all walks of life and ages is a beautiful testament to how far his own work can reach and the people that it will speak to. We need only be present for a connection to emerge.

written by: Adrian Rötzscher

________________________


Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone 

Open: Sun 19 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig

Wrestling with Impermanence 

Vernissage: Fri 21 June 2019, 7PM
Open: Sat 22 – Wed 26 June 2019 1PM-5PM
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
Performance: To be announced

Visiting: Galerie Hotel Leipziger Hof, Helmut

This Thursday saw several pilots accompany our curator Vanessa Souli to visit two gallery spaces in the East of the city. First, they browsed a collection of works from over 90 local artists on permanent exhibition at the Hotel Leipziger Hof on Hedwigstraße.  The majority of the works reflected Leipzig’s vibrant history as a centre for printmaking and etching, ranging from the early 20th Century into the present day.

Next they headed towards Reudnitz for a solo exhibition featuring works from Jos Diegel, a Leipzig-based artist originally from Frankfurt.  The venue, Helmut, is a non-profit organisation and are dependent on various donations and support from committed members and the public. Also located in the East of Leipzig, it is a space for art, culture and political education and the works of Job Diegel touch on these themes; questioning the social-political structures within our societies.

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

Links:

Helmut on Facebook

Galerie Hotel Leipziger Hof on Facebook

This was the 34th Round

Last week we said goodbye to our most recent residents. We will remember the ideas and collaborative spontaneity inspired by the first round of 2018 to work at our studio! We would also like to thank our interns, local participants, guests and friends, attendees and our supporters, as well as the broader Leipzig community for participating in our events. We hope to foster a continued exchange between our international participants and the local artists.  

Here is a selection of impressions from the 34th round, including museum tours, gallery visits, artist talks, and our preview and final events:

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Guests
Sébastian Branche (Sound Performance, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
Georgy Zarubin (Sound Performance; Leipzig, Germany, Russia)
Christoph Liedtke (Literature, Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Mark Hornbogen (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Axel Kores (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Clara Sjölin (Performance; London, UK)
Klinke (Music; Halle, Germany)
DISCO TOTALIS (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)
DJ La Dingue (DJ; Paris, France)
Karen Schneider (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)

Re-View: FLUGBAHN // 24-28.03.2018

Here are some impressions of the final show of recent residents of the 34th round. We thank all the attendees, guest artists, and friends. See you next time!

Impressions

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE 

Artists

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE 

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE

Guests
Sébastian Branche (Sound Performance, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
Georgy Zarubin (Sound Performance; Leipzig, Germany, Russia)
Christoph Liedtke (Literature, Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Mark Hornbogen (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Axel Kores (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Clara Sjölin (Performance; London, UK)
Klinke (Music; Halle, Germany)
DISCO TOTALIS (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)
DJ La Dingue (DJ; Paris, France)
Karen Schneider (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)

Re-View: Consultations // 15.03.18

The consultation between a curator and an artist is a crucial moment for the exhibition. The direct contact between the participants guides the overall direction of the curation, and encourages creativity, a process that transforms the initial and individual ideas. In this pairing, we develop a different concept about an exhibition, one that is greater than the ideas of one mind. The consultation period also allows the artist to reevaluate their work and to compare their ideas with an outsider, which ultimately helps define their position in the exhibition. It is likewise essential for the curator to understand the individual pieces that are a part of the exhibition as a whole. We are looking forward to a night of performances and collaboration, and would again like to invite you to Flugbahn, the final exhibition of the 34th round at our studios!

Opening: 24.03.18, 18:00h

Open: 26.03 – 28.03.18 (Mo, Tue, Wed, 12 – 15h)

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Re-View: Consultations // 26.02-28.03.18

Consultations, curation talks and follow-ups are an important part of our program. In the last week our in -house emerging curator, Maria Aria, discussed ongoing processes with individual residents of the 34th round, in preparation for the final exhibition “Flugbahn” held on March 24th at Pilotenkueche.  All are welcome to attend! 

Impressions

All Photos by Pilotenkueche

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Work in Progress // 34th round

After two months of the program, our residents are preparing with our final exhibit in mind. They are in the phase of completing their individual projects, manifesting collaborations , and discussing exhibition possibilities. We hope to see you during the final exhibit of the 34th round, “Flugbahn.” 

Impressions

All Photos by Pilotenkueche

FLUGBAHN” / international group exhibition

Opening: 24.03.18, 18:00h
Open: 26.03 – 28.03.18 (Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri 12 – 15h)
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemmingstr. 9, D-04179 Leipzig

Find this event on facebook

Program

18:00h  Opening
18:30h  18:30h  Sound Performance by Sébastien Branche
19:00h  “Rituals”, Performance by Anja Heymann
19:30h  “MindDrawPlay”, Performance by Georgy Zarubin
20:10h “Tape Performance”, Sound Performance by Christoph Liedtke & Mark Hornbogen
20:30h “Die letzten ihrer Art”, Pt 1, Reading by Axel Kores
20:45h “Lyrik”, Reading by Christoph Liedtke
21:00h “Drum Performance”, Sound Performance by Christoph Liedke & Mark Hornbogen
21:30h “Die letzten ihrer Art”, Pt 2, Reading by Axel Kores
21:45h “The Real Douche”, Music by Mark Hornbogen
22:15h “Rest”, Performance by Clara Sjölin
22:35h “( ゜- ゜)つ ”, Performance by Jing Yu
23:30h “Klinke”, Concert (Experimental-Garage-Beat)
00:30h DISCO TOTALIS & Dj La Dingue b2b Karen Schneider (Hits & Sick Stuff)

Artists

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Guests
Sébastian Branche (Sound Performance, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
Georgy Zarubin (Sound Performance; Leipzig, Germany, Russia)
Christoph Liedtke (Literature, Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Mark Hornbogen (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Axel Kores (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Clara Sjölin (Performance; London, UK)
Klinke (Music; Halle, Germany)
DISCO TOTALIS (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)
DJ La Dingue (DJ; Paris, France)
Karen Schneider (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)

Final Exhibition // “FLUGBAHN” of the 34th round / 24.03.18

The final show of our most recent participants from the US, Canada, Israel, Denmark, Chile, Turkey, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Ireland, bring a focus on painting, sculpture, textiles and photography. The group will present the work following three months spent at the program. Here are impressions of their most recent preview exhibitions, realized and displayed at the spaces of our partner “Alte Handelsschule” and “Ping Pong“:

 

“FLUGBAHN”‘ is a flight path. In the 34th round at PILOTENKUECHE, we discover new trajectories, and examine common intersections. A single space contains paper and sound, dyed fabric and video footage, modified attire and paintings. In one moment individual routes are perceived, in another, the collective enterprise of sharing one Flugbahn.

We are also pleased to incorporate the work of our local participants, Anja Heymann and René Schäffer, as well as our guest artists featured during the program of the opening night at our studios. All are welcome to board the final flight of the 34th round.

 

FLUGBAHN” / international group exhibition

Opening: 24.03.18, 18:00h
Open: 26.03 – 28.03.18 (Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri 12 – 15h)
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemmingstr. 9, D-04179 Leipzig

Find this event on facebook

Program

18:00h  Opening
18:30h  18:30h  Sound Performance by Sébastien Branche
19:00h  “Rituals”, Performance by Anja Heymann
19:30h  “MindDrawPlay”, Performance by Georgy Zarubin
20:10h “Tape Performance”, Sound Performance by Christoph Liedtke & Mark Hornbogen
20:30h “Die letzten ihrer Art”, Pt 1, Reading by Axel Kores
20:45h “Lyrik”, Reading by Christoph Liedtke
21:00h “Drum Performance”, Sound Performance by Christoph Liedke & Mark Hornbogen
21:30h “Die letzten ihrer Art”, Pt 2, Reading by Axel Kores
21:45h “The Real Douche”, Music by Mark Hornbogen
22:15h “Rest”, Performance by Clara Sjölin
22:35h “( ゜- ゜)つ ”, Performance by Jing Yu
23:30h “Klinke”, Concert (Experimental-Garage-Beat)
00:30h DISCO TOTALIS & Dj La Dingue b2b Karen Schneider (Hits & Sick Stuff)

Artists

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Guests
Sébastian Branche (Sound Performance, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
Georgy Zarubin (Sound Performance; Leipzig, Germany, Russia)
Christoph Liedtke (Literature, Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Mark Hornbogen (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Axel Kores (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Clara Sjölin (Performance; London, UK)
Klinke (Music; Halle, Germany)
DISCO TOTALIS (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)
DJ La Dingue (DJ; Paris, France)
Karen Schneider (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)

 

 

Re-View: PILOTENKUECHE at LS43 / 10.02.18

Last week, PILOTENKUECHE exhibited a selection of video works from the permanent collection. Curated by Jos Diegel and taking place at our most recent partnership venue-  LS43, this was our first show based in Berlin. We thank the organizer and curator for this opportunity, and look forward to future collaboration!

LS43 is a trans-media space that supports contemporary trans-media and video artists with cyclical two month exhibitions. 

Impressions

 

International artists
Sharon Norwood (Painting, Drawing, Ceramic; Florida, USA)
Benjamin Verhoeven (Film Arts; Belgium)
George de Moura (Animation, Video; East Hampton, USA)
Katie Shannon (Mixed Media; Glasgow, Scotland)
Wednesday Kim (Installation, Mixed Media; New York, USA)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Demetra Kallitsi (Conceptual, Performance, Video; Cyprus)
Sheena Scott (Film, Video; Bridlington, UK)
Corinna D’Schoto (Installation, Painting; Glasgow, Scotland)
Martin Holz (Mixed Media, Painting, Installation, Sound; Author; Leipzig, Germany)

Links
Jos Diegel 
LS43 

Re-View: “UNHEIMLICH” / 09.02-02.03.18

Here are some impressions of the preview show of the current residents of the 34rd round. We thank all the attendees, guest artists, and friends, as well as organizer Barbara Röhner for our first exhibition at Alte Handelsschule. For those who were unable to attend, feel free to arrange a viewing appointment or join us at the Finnissage on March 2nd at 19:00h!

Impressions

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE 

Gallery View

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE 

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson(Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Recchione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morissette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curator
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)