Corona Files 2021

From 8 Match the rules change!

8 March

Two people from different houses can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”

but everything non essential stayed closed – bars, restaurants, all shops not for essentials stay close

29 March

People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens

12 April

Shops allowed to open

Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol

Can write something briefly and something about our lockdown rules and all the zoom, zoom and zoom experience with an image from this series. Luckily I dont have to use it for proper work otherwise i would go mad.

Just let me know.

all the best, Siraj Izhar (London)

Rasso Rottenfusser, München
Alan Perez, Gibraltar
Jessica Arseneau, Standstill, 2020
Kathrin Rabenort
January, 2021

Corona Files

So from now in London this confusing Brexit govt tells us we can at last visit other people’s homes, but only in their garden and keep 2m away. And only 1 house per day. Strictly no mixing people from different houses in 1 day.
And also if we have to, we are allowed to use the toilet of the house that we visit. These are the rules but who will police all this?
They say they have already fined 14,000 people for rule breaking but when there is a big demonstration like this week for George Floyd, all the rules disappear as everyone comes out.
And people in the government are breaking the rules and then give excuses on television – like going 60 miles for an eye test. It’s a very strange confusing time.

We are allowed to travel unlimited distance to go to exercise but can not use the trains unless we have an essential reason. Risky if you get stopped.
So a lot of people are driving – near where I live the traffic can be more than 1 mile, just one person in a car about 40 times their body weight to move around. With all the pollution.
I am thinking of going to the sea next week (Brighton) to get some clean air – if the rules will change again, to stay with friends. (Siraj Izhar, London)

Marit Lindberg (Sweden)
(Christian Stock, Tux)

Wow, its difficult to be imaginative when a prisoner of the State.
I wrote a couple of essays on my blog on corona which got a lot of responses – they are also in other places.
Playing around with some ideas but nothing concrete. My time clock is too messed up. I sleep a lot.
I take a regular walk in the city and the Thames; the City is eerie, the homeless are struggling in particular as everyone has disappeared. There is a big gap here between what is said in the media and what happens in practice.
Anyhow to see the empty deserted monuments of Capital is very poetic

but of course the money extraction from around the world is still going on.
Want to make a work at some point….

When its low tide, I go on the Thames.

The geese and other birds keep me sane.
How long for….
Wish I could escape. I think Berlin would have been easier than London. (Siraj Izhar, London)

During the time of the big lockdown here in Vienna I made the recordings for the short film “Spring Will Not Be Televised“. The focus of these recordings is on TV-Sets in private living spaces that are visible from the streets outside. During nightly walks through the city I aimed to find as many of these TV-Sets as possible and to film the programs that were televised. In the cutting process I later tried to form a narrative out of the collected footage in a very free and associative way. The result, rather automatically than intended, turned into a media-based portrait of our present-day world.

What particularly interests me in this project is the fact that it is built on two visual levels.

The first level is the one of the televised image. It enables both, a view outside onto what´s going on in the world but also inside, onto the interests and media habits of the TV viewer. In times of isolation the wish for escapism and the dependency from digital media become visible more than usual. In this situation, media not just functions for purposes of entertainment but as one of the only sources for information about the world outside.

The second visual level is the environment the TV-Set is placed in. Here I tried to portray the ways of how information spreads through media. The film starts with images of the big TV-stations and media houses. Therefor I filmed inside the newsrooms from the streets outside. Starting at these epicenters of information the camera the pans to the media consumers. As the perspective gets closer and closer into the private spaces the images on the TV-Sets become clearer. Finally you have to feeling to stand inside the living rooms of the TV viewers.

For me personally the film shows an atmospheric picture of a society in state of emergency. At the same time I think that the pictures indicate how society has maneuvered itself into this situation by it´s doubtful ways of acing and dealing with the world. (Michael Heindl, Wien)

(Kathrin Rabenort, Köln)
(Kate McCabe, Mojave Desert)
(Max Sudhues, Berlin)
(Agnes Prammer, Wien)
Munich, South thermal power station
the good weather and my well-behaved adherence to the rule not to go mountaineering because of the pandemic is driving me crazy.
As compensation I paint large-format alpine landscapes with African groups of people.
In Photoshop I mount a giant pocket watch in a bizarre rock gate.
In a moment I will call Robert to see if we can go climbing on a hidden rock.
Robert says: not so. (Wolfgang Aichner, München)
(Wolfgang Aichner/Thomas Huber, München)
lot of hope also to change things for a better world. (Kim Dotty Hachmann, Berlin)
New times, call for new Looks-self-portrait with homemade mask that was created out of recycled art supplies. (Tina Dillman, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Here is a performance documentation I did with Krinzinger called Interruption (Duo)
At this a certain fragility and calmness as the singers feel the tremors of the fluorescent lights beating underneath their bodies.
I feel it has a sense of being on hold and poised in a delicate balance. The fluorescents are themselves at the end of their lives so there is space of intermittent and precarious behaviours going on but with a sense of rebirth too which I feel all adds up to a reflection on current times…(William Mackrell, London)
The streets are more empty than usual, but it is far from being quiet out there. I live on a very busy street, the overground U-Bahn is in full view. I noticed that the church bells ring at noon. I work mostly from home but I feel mostly imageless. My desk looks like this at the moment. (Jorn Ebner, Berlin)
(Matthias Beckmann, Schautafel des Schuppentiers Pangolin: Schuppentier, Skelett des Schuppentiers, Schuppentier in eingerollter Pose, Berlin 2020)
The pangolin is maby the host of the corona virus.
( India Roper-Evans , London)
(Win Knowlton, Berlin Wall 2020, Berlin)
Looking out the window of the Lichtenberg Studios July 2019, Yash, Bangalore

(Surekha, Bangalore)

Christian Stock, Wien/Tux, “Kri(e)se” Dispersion on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 1985
( India Roper-Evans , London)

I was calling to Sweden today and my friend reported that her mother is concerned about the police state in Czech Republic, while she is concerned about that the Swedish state is doing less to protect people. Write now she is reading Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg) by Thomas Mann.

(Matthias Roth, Berlin)

(Max Sudues, Berlin)

Poem for Rod

ticking

art or poetry

we are

our part

life itself

the human world

the end

I am not your danger

(Jürgen Olbich, Kassel)

Actually, everything is quite bickering, everyone is allowed out, but only in twos, or if from a household with several, everything is up to except groceries, drugstores, apotecs, gas stations and „Spätis“. In Bavaria, only those people who live together or are “life partners”, whatever that means, are allowed to go out together. That is really terrible, with over 50 percent of single households a very stupid decision, I feel sorry for the poor people.

Everyone more or less adheres to these commandments and the rules of distance, about 2 meters apart. From time to time there is already tension, some older people become almost hysterical, they have very much internalized that the old have less chance to survive, while the young remain quite safe, especially the high death rates from Italy are worrying.
Not too much has changed for me, I work mostly from home anyway, but I can no longer go out to eat or celebrate, nor organize parties or openings myself, nor can I travel. Now I do sports via Youtube instructions at home with my girlfriend, not bad at all, outside in the yard I start to do tests for a new project for interventions in public space, because I can’t come to my friends and workshop in the Uckermark.

Economically I’m doing reasonably well, I have a fixed income for this year, which hasn’t broken away, but I’m very worried about the whole cultural structure, but also about the small-scale economic life, if we have bad luck, we’ll end up in front of international chains and a mail order company… (Uwe Jonas, 28 March, Berlin)

March, 2020

Elisabet Apelmo

The poetry and politics of everyday life

In my artistic practice, in addition to more traditional exhibitions, I am interested in creating public art that fits into its environment and is not necessarily or immediately perceived as art. In the past I have worked with sound, performance, video and photography in public spaces. In Lichtenberg, I started to explore how drawing can be used in public urban space.

The drawings are about the poetry and politics of everyday life – climate, peace, and social justice. They are inspired by messages and images I have photographed while walking in the area. They are all performative in nature, both in the actual making of them in public and in the traces of the drawings by hand.

Bright shadows

Outside the studio, I saw children drawing on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. At night, I went out with my sidewalk chalks and drew shadows of plants, a bicycle, and a post. Five drawings were made. I drew in white or very light colors, and since they were in the shadows, they could only be seen in the flash or daylight.

Missing

I saw several “Missing posters” whose texts expressed a sense of sadness, longing and despair about lost cats, dogs and a parrot. I made charcoal drawings from photos I had on the computer: my cat at home in Malmö and my dog who died when I was a teenager. Finally, a close friend who passed away. 14 copied drawings were put up.

Sand dove

At the Friedrichsfelde stadium, I noticed patterns in the sand on the artificial turf. Earlier I had photographed a sticker with a dove of peace. I made a stencil from an enlarged dove of peace and then returned to the sports field with the stencil, a dustpan, and a shovel. I swept up the sand on the artificial turf, laid out the stencil, and sprinkled the sand back into the stencil. This was repeated in five places.

It is not too late!

The text and font are borrowed from a poster campaign by the Berlin Environmental Movement, which is working to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. I drew the text in ink on six sheets of pen and paper, then attached them to various seats with double-sided tape.

“How a society is doing…”

Some of the stickers and posters I photographed were political. In the studio, I was listening to a Swedish radio program with Nicolas Lunabba from the Helamalmö Association, which works with children and youth and has social justice as its goal. I based my drawing on a translated quote from Lunabba. Then I enlarged the drawing to enhance the feeling of the hand’s work and the time it took to draw. The work was placed in the pedestrian tunnel of the S-Bahn Nöldnerplatz.

October, 2022

Birgit Spiegeler

On the Lichtenberger street the words meet

In mid-August to early September 2022 I was in artist residency in Lichtenberg Studios. I made work with the themes ‘So Close’ and exhibited at the Long Night of Pictures in a courtyard garden in Lichtenberg together with three artists from the area: Ruth Biller, Maria Vedder and Anita Stöhr-Weber.

As a poet, I was looking for words in the open space.

There were a few.

Free voice

Drive carefully

It could also

Your child

It’s not too late

Bucket loves you

Space for freedom

Poet than Goethe

Chill times Berlin

Association for active diversity

Less existential fear

Berlin says no to animal testing!

Electric light power

Low current

Lightning conductor

Plants

October, 2022