ART Fabrik

Préparation du Vernissage

Dans quelques semaines, nous ouvrirons notre ART Fabrik pour la saison estivale et nous sommes en train de préparer notre vernissage d’ouverture. Nous commencerons par la céramique de Joanna, des bijoux d’Harry et des peintures de ma part.
Joanna a un volume incroyable de merveilleuses céramiques qu’elle a fait au cours des dernières années, malgré le travail quotidien dans son restaurant. Je suis donc allé à son atelier et, ensemble, nous avons rassemblé quelques pièces pour commencer l’exposition. Il s’agissait d’une longue photo-session et de post-traitement pour tout mettre en ligne. Mais quand vous travaillez sur quelque chose beau, c’est amusant.
En outre, nous avons amélioré notre site Web et créé des fichiers pour la publicité.

Il reste encore beaucoup à faire.
Nous devons :

  • changer l’éclairage dans le galerie pour avoir une lumière plus brillante pour montrer les objets exposés.
  • crée quelque chose pour rendre la galerie plus visible de l’extérieur. Le meilleur serait de bloquer l’entrée sur la rue de façon permanente, sinon les voitures se gareront et les gens ne trouveront pas l’entrée. Mais il pourrait être difficile ou impossible d’obtenir une autorisation de notre municipalité pour cela.
  • finir la catalogue pour l’exposition
  • et last but not least, il faut tout nettoyer, accrocher les peintures, placer les céramiques et les bijoux.

J’espère vous voir à notre ouverture le 20 mai, 18h00!

 

Temperaments

Perfect Blue

I was searching for a long time for the perfect blue, played around with different pigments, lost my track a bit through the dead of my mother and finally felt that I need another colour in this painting.
My perfect blue has got a dash of green, a green I created by adding some terre jaune italienne to the Lapis Lazuli blue.
Blue stands for the ratio, the cool analytical part of a person. Do you remember?
Having some green in the blue was not really a conscious decision, it just came into my mind after all these sad weeks. These weeks also had a good side: I spent time with my wider family, socialized, did not rush, slowed down instead.
Thinking of C.G. Jung’s allocation of temperaments to colours, I really welcomed some “green people” attitudes for helping me through these difficult weeks.
“Green people” are very social, focus more on relationships than on solving problems. They love to discuss things thoroughly but hate to be pushed to decisions. It could be that they never decide anything at all and therefore, blue or red people are needed ;-).
I am more a purple person and thus sometimes it was a bit challenging for me, but I am happy to have such great a family!

The painting has been finished with savon noir and linseed oil, bringing the colours alive.

Faith Ahead

Trust in Technology

A few days ago, I got enthusiastically introduced to Ethereum, a platform for decentralised applications, based on a public blockchain and using Ether as a crypto currency.
The main idea of this project is building decentralised, digital networks to handle standardised agreements (smart contracts) between people, f.e. handling financial transactions, booking hotel accommodations, granting of credits, etc.
Such standardised procedures can be programmed, run automatically, without human interference and thus seem to be more objective and free of manipulation (which I doubt because what was created by humans can be manipulated by them).

I don’t want to get into the very complex technical details but what startled me during our discussion was the belief that it is better trusting an algorithm than a person or a corporation or a government.
I confess, our world is on so many levels in trouble and many people are questioning the current economical and political conditions, and therefore searching for ways to disrupt the centralised systems which often misuse their power and the trust of people.
Technology was/is used to improve life conditions but to me, today, nearly everything is optimised and efficient, is measurable.

Technology determines our lives, it should be vice versa: we should determine how much technology we really want to have in our lives. Moving away a bit from the faith in technology to sustainable processes would make our world more liveable.
Technology reduces diversity. The complexity of social systems is reduced to what is technically viable. Discussions about alternatives, taking into account each persons emotions, motifs, rational and irrational behaviour and thoughts take more time and might lead to a complete different decision than filling a system with relevant logical data and let the algorithm decide. It goes faster when using algorithms, sure. Our economical system is driven by the idea of exponential growth. It’s driven by greed.
What  does it do with us, when decisions are taken purely based on rational arguments? Where does it lead when robots build self-driving cars?  Do we really save the world with it? For whom is it good? Who has an advantage?

Don’t get me wrong, I am a great believer in efficient structures and processes (which sometimes is a burden for my family ;-)), I am using technology to earn my living but I just don’t belief that we can solve major today’s problems with technology only.
Technology has limits. It can’t include emotions and a big percentage of our decisions are taken on the basis of our emotions and not rationally.

Reflecting on my own behaviour, I don’t really trust a government or corporations, it’s more having a sort of limited confidence that they will fulfill the contract I made with them, e.g., when I buy a car I want to be sure that it drives, when I vote, I want to be sure that the representatives act in a wider sense in my interest. Let’s say, I want to believe that it works somehow, but having in mind that it could not.
But everything what is important to me personally, I try to oversee and manage by myself. Unlimited, I trust only very few people. But that’s not a blind trust either, its an ongoing reflection about the status of our relation. Because, everyone can change everyday and in order to do justice to us, it is a good thing to look at ourselves again and again.
To me, real trust is based on personal relations, knowing, that I can be like I am, that the other person sees me, hears to me.

ART Fabrik

Une nouvelle saison chez l’ART Fabrik

L’ART Fabrik est un projet créé en 2016 par un petit groupe d’amis de Fitou, Susan Thompson-Cantau & Christian Cantau, Harry Tilley et moi.
Susan & Christian ont demenagé de Fitou et ne donc continuent pas à travailler avec nous, mais nous sommes toujours des amies 😉.
Après une première année intéressante avec notre galerie, nous avons décidé de la re-ouvrir le 19 mai 2017.
Cette année, nous devenons de plus en plus professionnels: nous avons mis en place un site web https://artfabrik.fr/, élaboré un plan de publicité sur nos activités et formulé certaines conditions pour les artistes.
Notre espace est dédié aux artistes locaux et montre différentes formes artistiques telles que la sculpture, la peinture, l’impression, la photographie et les bijoux.
Si vous souhaitez exposer votre travail dans notre galerie, contactez-nous ou en utilisant notre site web par notre page Facebook.
Nous avons encore des places d’exposition disponibles pour la saison. Nous espérons de voir vos œuvres dans notre espace ART Fabrik à Fitou.