The situation in the cultural sector has been described and discussed in numerous interviews, corona diaries, comments and reports in the past few weeks. Our annotated collection of currently 188 sources gathers voices from different sectors and media. This creates a picture of the cultural landscape in crisis, whose temporal transformation can be explored interactively via a dedicated tag cloud.
Ossowski proves that this argumentation is wrong. It is not a question of prohibition to work, nor is it a question of how Christmas can be celebrated in the family circle. Because this argumentation overlooks the fact that Christmas does not mean pure happiness for everyone. People who have to cope with family losses or separations, who live alone or are ill, often find the Christmas season a great emotional burden. For these people, culture provides solace in the pre-Christmas period. Many would therefore have done anything to give the pre-Christmas season an inner meaning through cultural events. The mental needs of these humans are put aside in favor of gifts and Christmas goose in the family circle, thereby we should be particularly concerned in the Advent about their well-being.Read More Read Less
A subtle vision welcomes visitors on the front page of facing arts: an animation of black and white artist portraits that have a questioning, challenging or just curious eye on the visitors. In the foreground changing quotes from the commented collection of articles »Quo vadis ars?« are sliding. These short highlights give an overview of the current discussion about the arts in times of Corona. The names of the cited persons link to the respective text in the review collection. Facing arts documents the diversity of the cultural landscape and at the same time opens up a discourse space reflecting the importance of the arts in the present.
Closed concert halls, theaters, museums, literary houses, libraries and cinemas are not only an expression of a society in a state of emergency, but also a sign of a crisis that is particularly hard on the creative industry. For artists, the closure of all public and private cultural institutions does not only mean a ban on work, which for most people goes hand in hand with an immense drop in sales. At the same time, the prescribed social distancing also means that personal exchange and interaction, as they are not only important for musicians, actors, writers and acrobats with colleagues, and the public, but also at the same time the development of new project ideas and thus the acquisition of new orders for the coming months is hardly possible. It is the crisis after the crisis that has l left many cultural professionals in a state of shock. With reference to Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film Angst essen Seele auf [engl. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul], the chairman of the German Cultural Council Olaf Zimmermann has found a fitting picture for the current situation. The aim of facing arts is to counteract this rigidity,
In facing arts, the many hard-to-understand faces of creative artists in Germany and beyond condense. The projection thus creates a new form of publicity at a time when Article 8 of the German constitution is largely overridden and public demonstrations are not possible. Artists gather here virtually, not only to draw attention to their situation, but also to demonstrate their right to practice freely. In this way, the public also becomes aware of how large the anonymous number of solo soloists in the cultural sector actually is. 188,332 active artists are registered in Germany's Artists' Social Welfare Fund (KSK) alone.
But speed does not only play a role in the facial animation, but also in public discourse.
Who remembers at the beginning of June 2020 how the situation of the artists was assessed in March.
What forecasts were made and which artistic genres are currently being given special consideration
in the discussion, in other words, who is supported by the media and thus receives a voice and who
does not? The commented collection of contributions "Quo vadis ars?" is intended to trace the
development of the discussion. The question raised again and again about the function of art
and culture in society can thus be answered.
In the quotations on the front page of facing arts, individual actors have their say. The short statements are taken from the collection of articles. Each time the page is called up, nine portraits and five quotations are called up at random. The animation with the black-and-white portraits in the background of the page is meant to arouse curiosity about the project facing arts and at the same time to make people think about the individual fates of the artists in the face animation collective.
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Facing arts is supposed not only to be a web platform. To give the cultural landscape literally a face, facing arts will present the faces of the arts in public space. Every place is possible putting pictures in motion: from the cinema screen to tours in museums and galleries to large-scale projections in public space.
The face projection or your thank-you clip is particularly impressive as all eye pairs are always in the same position. So viewers have the feeling to be "watched" by the projection. By marking the pupils yourself in your picture, you relieve us of this step and we can release your picture faster.
Your Thank-You-Clip is automatically generated with the preciding 49 images uploaded on the plattform. So your portrait will bei included in the clips of the next 49 persons submitting their portraits after you.
In order to attract interest for the situation of artists during the corona crisis it is important to communicate your project to a larger audience. So please share your Thank-You-Clip with other artists so they also can get part of the project. In this way we will show, that art is an important socio-economic factor of our society.
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Facing arts is a projet by STORM.
STORM is an acronym playing with the initials by Miriam Seidler & Tim Otto Roth,
who are hit both by the Corona crisis. Dr. Miriam Seidler is a scholar in German literature and currently works as specialist
in public relations. Dr. Tim Otto Roth is a scholar in art and science history and works as a conceptual artist and composer.
He is known for his huge projects in public space, cooperations with leading scientific institutions and his immersive sound and
light installations. Miriam and Tim collaborate regularly for years. With facing arts they reaslize their first common art project.
You find more informatin on both initiators on www.miriamseidler.de and www.imachination.net.
Special thanks to Paco Croket for the tag cloud programming!
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