Talk about the Weather
From Tuesday, 17th, until Sunday, 22nd of March, Talk about the Weather is proud to present the Private Panda Club, a venue where you can get in touch with the animal inside you.
Join the cutest pandas on earth, morphed by the warped minds of TADO, the ingenious duo from England, famous for the teeth-rotting sweetness of their designs. This is saccharine and sex everyone!
Opening hours: daily from 11 to 19 o’clock. Vernissage with TADO on Tuesday, 17th of March, starting at 20 o’clock.
The Character Walk is the official opening event to the Pictoplasma Conference. The Walk is a tour through over 30 venues in Berlin, showcasing different positions of artists working in the genre of reduced figuration. All exhibitions are open to the general public, entrance is free of charge.
The next regular Talk about the Weather will be held on Tuesday, April 7th.
The Idea: Creative people surround themselves with a network of inspiration & ideas whilst having a nice drink or two.
The Format: 3 speakers, 30 min each. On the first Tuesday of every month.
The Details: Talk about the Weather offers the opportunity to present work, ideas, projects or voice opinions about cultural currents. Each talk is followed by a lively Q&A, providing instant feedback, help or advice from every single member of the audience. Although Talk about the Weather is not about being entertained, it is always hugely entertaining.
Something to say? Please get in touch if you want to present yourself, an idea, a personal project or anything you think is worth talking about: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk about the weather is organised by Less Rain interactive design and as:if Film Matters film makers.
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Tuesday, March 3rd
Susanne Hake has the professional background of advertising, psychology and film.
She has developed two trainings: Storydynamics for Presentation, Rhetoric and Communication, a training to make your point and make it stick. The other one she introduced is Storydynamics for Film and Advertising, a training to effectively develop characters and story.
Loki English is an interaction and motion designer who has recently moved from London to Berlin.
He as been involved in interactive design since 2006 and presented two complimentary approaches to user participation and interactivity, exploring ideas of ownership and play.
Tuesday, February 3rd
François Chalet is an independent illustrator, animator and director from switzerland. Since one year he is professor for visual- and motiondesign at the BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule).
Next to his commercial work he is involved in cultural projects. He talked about one of these, namely his collaboration (since 2005 until now) as a visual artist with the french contemporary dance Compagnie Thomas Duchatelet. It’s about design and travelling, playfullness, experimentation, women and money.
Stefan Scheer is in advertising, runs an advertising agency (Bargfeld Scheer), is member of the board of the ADC and lectures at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf (advertising).
His work proves advertising to be not only great fun but extremely important for all of us. The subject of his talk was “Werbung ist Wahrheit”.
Tuesday, January 6th
Andy Kaiser, director and animation film maker, and Daniela Knapp, cinematographer, presented Friendly Fire.
The goal was to create an animated short film without resorting to a digital process: only to use technology pioneered by Ray Harryhausen and Fritz Lehmann and to see how far it can be pushed. Every effect in Friendly Fire was achieved in-camera, without the option of touching up or rig-removal in post production. This created a myriad of challenges, not least because the techniques used meant that there was a very limited resource of information and advice available.
Alexander von Reiswitz is an architect and photographer. After having worked all over the world, he came to Berlin in 1994. In 1997 he founded his studio “Atelier A”.
For the Family Constellation Project he arranges people on the street in order to shoot family pictures. The “models”, total strangers to each other, have only one thing in common: They passed by when the photographer tried to “form” a family. In this project, Alexander von Reiswitz tries to translate the randomness of life into pictures.
Stephan Steigleder, since 2006 Senior Manager Digital Media at Universal Music (Division Classics & Jazz), talked about Yellow Lounge.
Classical music was haunted by its image of being boring and old fashioned. The idea of introducing classical music into a completely different, typical environment, preferably frequented by people between the ages of 20 to 40, e.g. lounges, clubs and bars, was born out of this dilemma. Yellow Lounge conveys the idea of relaxing and chilling out.
Tuesday, December 2nd
Roland Fuhrmann talked and showed a short film about tree houses for hunting pigeons in Aquitania, France. These well concealed, up to 25 meter high treetop castles, in French: “palombières”, serve as hunting stands.
The architecture is reminiscent of Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Constructions or of the nests of an as yet undiscovered species. These buildings are constantly expanded using recycled construction material, old high-voltage towers, and scrap from agricultural machines. But the interiors hold unsuspected luxury: a kitchen, a WC, often even an elevator!
Courtesy by Hamish Morrison Galerie
Martin Eberle and Diana Simon presented their book Pyongyang. The book shows photographs taken by Martin Eberle in April 2007. It provides insight into North Korea; a profoundly insular nation which manifests a unique cultural and political landscape.
Pyongyang makes no attempt to explain North Korea; it simply attempts to portray the intriguing singularity of North Korea as it is today. For any outsider, the People’s Republic of Korea is the most inward-looking country in the world today. Media coverage as we know it in the West simply does not exist in North Korea.
Johann Zeitler and Klaus W. Eisenlohr are two artists that survey and explore big cities. Since July 2008, the two “Landvermesser” (geodesists) are undertaking an art research about public space in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, a district in Berlin famous for its housing projects from times of “Real Socialism”. As part of the project, they organized three art walks in three different places in the district.
During these site visits, which inhabitants of the district as well as members of the “general art audience” attended, artists and guests explored and experienced colours, visible urban developments, thresholds and junctions of the urban scape, representations and constructions of history, as well as city sounds. The artists Johann Zeitler and Klaus W. Eisenlohr present and discuss their joint Berlin project.
Tuesday, November 4th
Volker Schlecht showed his animation Germania Wurst, an amusing short rush through German history. From the Teutoburger Wald to the German reunification.
Thomas Zimmermann of the Berlin based Golden Section Graphics talked about maintaining creative quality within the contenxt of mass production and a higher market complexity.
Alexander Herzog, commercials director, presented short films and a music project. They are an antidote to his frustration with his daily commercial and music video routine.
Tuesday, October 7th
Marcus Doering and Peer Martiny presented a unique system that allows to illuminate overlapping and moving objects according to their exact contours with textures or live video streams of all kind.
Roger Ibars talked about his projects Self-made objects and Hard-wired devices. The Tokyo based artist and interaction designer plays with the perception of things of daily use, focussing on computer gamer culture of the 80ies and 90ies.
Tuesday, September 2nd
Klaas Glenewinkel gave an insight into MICT, Media in Cooperation and Transition, a non-profit media organization with offices in Berlin and representatives in Iraq and Syria. MICT’s activities comprise the training of journalists and media producers, programme and content development, radio, film and book production, as well as media monitoring in conflict regions.
Conchita Soares and Miriam von Versen presented „Petra und Britta“, a film about two very special mini starlets. Have a look at showreels and get a glimpse behind the scenes.
Zoran Bihać talked about his personal sources of inspiration and work as a director for music videos and commercials.
Tuesday, August 5th
David Fischer, Oliver Gibbins and Maki Shimizu presented “Ziqqurrat”, the story of an architectual dream. (English)
Christian Male and Björn Zaske talked about “The Tulse Luper Journey”, a Project by Director Peter Greenaway consisting of three movies, theater elements and online contents. As associate producer, Moccu made 25 online games and 25 animated films. (German)
Ariel Aguilera recounted Pandarosa’s general working progress with a main focus on one of their personal projects “2morow’s kingdom cargo” which explores questions about divisions, equality, status and hierarchy. (English)
Alexandra Kardinar and Volker Schlecht showed their creative approach to informative illustrations for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. (German)
Tuesday, July 7th
Stephanie Renner and Conrad Fritzsch
presented a new online music video station.
showed “footbonaut”, a new training machine that might cause a revolution in football training.
Luke J. Harris
talked about a new approach to music distribution and sound toys.
Tuesday, June 10th
discussed novel methods of product design for the quotidian.
recommended literature: If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters by Wolfgang Tillmans, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Janfamily: Plans for Other Days by Jan Family, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Designing Design by Kenya Hara, Lars Müller Publishers
presented new ways to create more personal and creative forms of e-mail through Me-Mail.
showed his unique porcelain objects that relate to patterns in one’s surroundings.
recounted his experience relaunching the east german sport shoe brand ILMIA.