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Author: Mary Scherpe

At home: Carsten Nicolai

I do not need to tell you what the work of artist Carsten Nicolai is like, since most of you know it already.
However, I can tell you that he is speaking the most pleasant Saxon dialect I’ve ever heard. Being born and raised in Saxony myself, I immediately lost the tone when I left aged 18. I’ve always had a troubled relationship with this special dialect, but for some months I am starting to enjoy it again. Carsten says to speak this dialect feels like to willingly fall in a kind of sofa, a very soft one.

At the studio: Atalanta Weller

When I was finished with the portrait of Cooperative Designs, Dorothee asked me if I would like to meet two shoe designers that had their working space in the same unit. A door behind the knitting machines opened and I met Atalanta (left), the creative behind the label Atalanta Weller and her assistant Holly. Their studio is filled with sculptural heels, designed for Gareth Pugh and House Of Holland. Atalanta’s own collection has been out for the second time this winter and is available at Brown’s Fashion.

Susie Bubble visited her only some days later: Ata-Weller-Weller-oh….

At the studio: Cooperative Designs

Taking “At Home” portraits in London is considerably different than in Berlin and doing it with a 35mm lense is even more risky. London’s houses, apartments and studios are in no way comparable to the wide and bright spaces you find in Berlin.
This is the team of Cooperative Designs squeezed in between their knitting machines. Dorothee Hagemann and Annalisa Dunn are well known for their colorful and bold yet elegant knitwear, that is also available in their online shop.

The Creators Project: Radical Friend

You might know Radical Friend from their works as directors of music videos for Yeasayer and Black Moth Super Rainbow – here you see Julia Grigorian and Kirby McClure in their installation they did for The Creators Project. If you enter the pyramid you can have your face scanned in a seance like experience, the scan will enter an archive of faces scanned in New York, Sao Paulo and so on until at the end all faces will be re-born in a hologram sculpture in Beijing. In London it was placed next to the holy throne of Moritz Waldemeyer, that creates an individual nimbus for everyone who sits on it.
Young artists are obviously very willing to take up religious, spiritual and esoteric references. And they do not shy away from interactive media art, that had a really bad reputation in the last decade. Maybe it’s a revival?