2024-02-16 is there still a first time within the routine? | entry by sven

it is an annual routine, my friends and colleagues already know about it. while some of us are into carnival (my refusal has been replaced by respect over the years) it appears as an unwritten law that we use the time to escape to the netherlands. just a short trip with all it´s standards, and yes, it feels like fan service to hunt down for the classic moments that feel like relaxing. pretty weird but working. it is a dilemma, why would you do the same thing again and again while dreaming of something new…well, you now it works. nevertheless there are first times within the routines, while creating a pattern you will realize the non-fitting element immediately.
above you see me at ‘the grey tree’. when we decided to do a walk from oostkapelle down to domburg we entered the woods with the tree in it and it is impossible for us to not visit it (... if we find it). we have already visited it in autumn 2023 with my mother but I did not find time to blog about afterwards. the tree has a funny meaning for us, we discovered it back in 2011 and we fell in love in it. as it was gated we also learned about it´s historical meaning and the connection to mondrian. this tree, mondrian´s approach and my adaptation of it will hopefully be part of my contribution to the klaus wiesel curated galerie an der ruhr group show ‘begegnungen’ scheduled for opening on may 5. it is going to be very conceptual, I will have to produce a reader and some works of the portfolio which have not been on display so far. cross your fingers!


the sculpture at the car park behind the dunes. this place is somehow magic as it feels like the end of the world but also cozy. we already had a stay in 2016 in oostkapelle, this is the update.


when we go to the sea, we need to see it and go for a walk… this time the sky was clouded covering everything into surreal light. looking back to domburg the beach appeared in strange colours, it somehow looks like a record cover by hipgnosis, meaningful, maybe melancholy, I can hear david gilmour´s guitar in my head… is this an omen?


these are our domburg standards, michi likes to brunch at the bier en melksalon (and so do I as I appreciate vegan and bio food more and more) while I love to sit outside in the cafe verdi, have a coffee and watch the people sauntering. when you leave, everyone watches you as dull as you did before. it is simple give and take.


and this is me dressed for the stormy (well, not this time) beach, I often feel like an astronaut discovering a far away planet with fauna on it. long trousers and flip-flops are probably the most stylish way to express a day-off feeling.


just another routine: we had a ‘toilet situation’ again. this is probably number four in in endless line of architectural solutions of embedding a cloakroom. or as like to call it: ‘it is no real holiday unless someone watches me while pooping.’ needless to say that this is definitely not my (sexual) preference, but it happens to us again and again. it looks like the toilet and shower are in a wardrobe, well the tiny kitchen is set into the right side. it was useful, cozy and nice, but strange as always.




this is our collection of ‘toilet situations’ through the years and countries… more to come.


our favourite restaurant at the zoutelande promenade de fiets was closed – and michi was shocked… I could not tell if this was just renovation or breaking down, the website tells it is ‘gesloten wegens verbouwing’ which calms us down a bot and makes a return possible. as you see, the beer taps are glowing already, we need to schedule our next return.


over the years (and especially after the corona lockdowns) we realized a wave of tourists coming in, everything was crowded and the towns across the beach tray to copy domburg as good as possibly with offering multiple options for buying cloths and bikes or consuming bear, coffee and fried fish. in the end, everything looks the same. to our surprise, it was not that crowded this time, maybe we came up so early this year while the weather was already sunny and warm. however, we wanted to close our trip with a coffee in the sun. unfortunatly we were not served, so we got our perfect place in the sun for free.


in 2010 we spend our summer holiday in a tiny house in biggekerke, it was cosy but actually not really comfortable, you had to climb a ladder to get into the attic where the beds were. it was also scary at night, when the storms appeared to tear the roof apart. also it had a tiny shower which you had to pass through when entering the toilet. it was tiny and strange, we nicknamed it the ‘doghouse’. I remember lying in bed in the attic taking pictures of the housed on the other side of the road. this is how the photographs which ended up in ‘insomnia’ had been produced. over the years – whenever we visited zeeland – we drove to the ‘doghouse’ and took a picture, especially in the last years. we were quite surprised and shocked to see that the ‘doghouse’ had been demolished. even the tree next to it had vanished giving space for the new foundation. it is strange to see that it is gone, like something of you past is supposed to be erased. with this story around it, ‘insomnia’ gets a new meaning and may become part of the ‘begegnungen’ show. we will see, it is a strong constellation anyway.



and here are some collected shots of the ‘doghouse’ as we were passing by on our way home. maybe we should document the new house coming up…?




update 2024-02-15: as we checked the portfolio today to find works with stones in it, Irealized how many tableaus are based upon photography I have taken from the inside of the 'doghouse'. 'insomnia' (2010) might be the most prominent one, but I have picked up the material again and again and created 'k-balls' in 2015. there are no pictures from the interior of the 'doghouse' but you can see the reflection of teh attic (with the beds in it) in 'wanderlust' (2014). also you can see the pre-demolition chaos inside as documented durning our crontrolling visits back in 2019.




and here is another shot of me at the grey tree back in october 2023. I will come up with the whole collection soon. and there will be updated to this classic motif.


update 2024-02-15: as I am heading to attend the museum folkwang with (ex-)colleagues we did a short visit of the museum yesterday. when you need to get out but the weather does not allow to go for a walk, these modern halls are a great alternative. this building somehow appears like a cathedral to me, it makes me clam down and feel safe. It is a contradictive place anyway. the basement is traditionally the space for recently graduated photography students, the presented works and positions are often pretty good and have a range. I was surprised to seen an multiple screen installation by anna traskaliková, we have met coincidently on numerous openings within the past years, and it is great to find a familiar name among the exhibited photographers. her work combines ai-generated images to all new compositions. well, I´ll return with my colleagues!


update 2024-02-15: as the alicja kwade artist talk was postponed to next week, matthias danberg and me spontaneously decided to attend the opening of the tim berresheim show at nrw forum düsseldorf. going to düsseldorf is strange, everything is big, chic and stressful. all the time you have to wonder if you like or hate it. however, you cannot really enjoy a show during the opening it is more a party where you meet numerous people. I have met an ex-student of mine, she graduated 15 years ago. does this make me feel old? yes, but only in an extreme way. it was great to meet beatrice richter again, we have a long artist friendship for years but also haven’t met for years. it was great to hang out and attend the sneaker exhibition together. and we had to do a sneaker selfie, well here it is…




update 2024-02-18: I have been invited to a private jam last night which was a nice but also weird experience. as there is no audience, you just play without working on a song or progression. as I like to say that people play the way they are, I can say that this was true for myself. as I did not feel as comfortable as is wanted to, I hit surprisingly many false notes and realized a certain lack of tightness. I am not blaming anyone, but I have also realized that I can only play properly and reliable if others do so. I am not sure if this concept of making music works for me. I have to put out the second architects of utter destruction album and then record the next one! hope to see you at the jams!


update 2024-02-18: today I have quickly visited the galerie an der ruhr to talk with curator klaus wiesel about my contribution for the ‘begenungen’ group show. I will be in the room in which I have already exhibited 'future perfect (lvb#10)' in 2020. the upcoming assembly is drafted as ‘triangle readings’ and may feature two videos, but definitely one next to prints in different production techniques. the galerie an der ruhr is presenting art on different levels, from different decades and sources. I am impressed by the power and constant announcements of shows and events, which is sometimes irritating. I am not into everything that is happing in the rooms but as the museum mülheim is still closed, this appears to me as the only active (off-)space presenting art in this city. I do not expect to sell art but I hope for a great show, I can develop a kind of show within a show with stuff that I am in and we will hopefully have a great opening on may 5. above all, I like klaus wiesel a lot as he is a very interested and gifted artist and curator. I was even more impressed as I discovered his installation which criticises capitalism. having worked for big companies in the past, wiesel knows what he is talking about, mixing up critic headlines with inflationary bank notes. the coin-filled sacks may remind you, that profits are an abstract good which becomes meaningless when rising profits are based upon exploitation. unfortunately the installation is supposed to vanish soon but it is hitting the point of our days. all the discontent, anger and violence must have an origin in the feeling of having less than others. maybe money cannot solve this problem, maybe we should head for visions instead of tax reliefs (and other populism)…




update 2024-02-18: above you see me performing at electric café in eisenheim, oberhausen back in 2018, the bootleg is still available from here. the makroskope will present the electric café ruhr next saturday and I am looking forward to meet my electric mates. also I am working on finishing production which might work in a live context, well, I really like the idea of coming up live again with record of tides. also I am working on new glitch hop hdj sets again. something might be coming up! however, i´d like to see you all next saturday!

HIPGNOSIS | BREATHE
album cover art und photo design by aubrey powell & storm thorgerson
celebrating 50 years THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

sunday, 17 march 2024, 4 pm
crossing boundaries:
the connection between music and cover designpanel discussion with fabian elsäßer (cultural journalist deutschlandfunk/swr) and sven piayda (artist/musician), hosted by dr. sarah hülsewig (ludwiggalerie)

LUDWIGGALERIE schloss oberhausen
konrad-adenauer-allee 46
46049 oberhausen





sven piayda | aftermath
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2020-09-26, 3pm at zeche carl
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2024-02-04 everything reminds me of the future | entry by sven

this year begins somehow different, I fell that certain things are different. my january was tough, going back to work and taking care of issues, my ones and the ones of others. I went through extreme ups and downs and I experience post-traumatic stress (next to the current stress), sometimes I cannot trust myself. however, there is hope in it. over the last months I have also experienced that I can create a future that I can clearly imagine.
for the first time in my life I feel old sometimes, I experience myself as grown-up, sometimes I feel like the only grown-up in the room. and even more, I sometimes feel like a wizard, people confront me with the weirdest things to solve, actually impossible for me - but nevertheless - I do it. there is hope in it, for all of us.
above you see me doing a spontaneous kirchberg posture picture in kettwig. this place has become a magic one for me as I had to register a change in address for my mother here. it was like a victory to see the name of the city of essen on her identity card. the picture was taken on the (probably) first non-rainy day this year. I need to go back to luxembourg, but I do not know when and why, maybe we need some beach first.


and here is the town hall in kettwig. I do not want to romanticize everything, but it is somehow my statue of liberty, I feel like a migrant to a better world, which is demanding more beauty, tradition and concept of the self. anyway, a better place to be. yesterday I even visited this place with my mother on a very rainy day. it felt like rainy day off in a beautiful place, we love it.


as spring comes in slowly, the cats visit us again. michi is in live with the black and white one, this one is quite self-confident. she likes to check out our rooms and we have to keep her out, bus as you see she likes to chill at our place quite unimpressed of our opinions. cats can teach you a lot.


being part of the ‘einsicht’ group show at forum kunst und architektur in essen was great. the show ends today and feel happy with it. making shows has become fun. above you can compare my appearances at the openings from last and this year. it is crazy how quickly a year passes by in retrospective. who wore better?


update 2024-02-06: and here is another picture of me at the closing the ‘einsicht’ group show at forum kunst und architektur in essen. being part o fit feels good and relaxed. we quickly uninstalled the piece and had some ramen. the same night curator klaus wiesel called me to confess my participation at the ‘begegnungen’ group show at galerie an der ruhr. I want to bring up this video piece once again, but as I will have my own room, I need to come up with some more works, old and new ones. I even think about sound but I am not sure… watch out, show coming up in may 2024.


I am booked to be part of the cover design panel discussion at ludwiggalere schloss oberhausen with fabian elsäßer (cultural journalist for deutschlandfunk/swr) as hosted by dr. sarah hülsewig, curator of the ludwiggalerie, as part of the ‘hipgnosis | breathe’ art show exploring album cover art und photo design by aubrey powell and storm thorgerson. the museum invited me to the show opening and as I am part of it somehow I thought I should go there. it was a fantastic opening actually, meeting olad friends. I was not really a fan of hipgonisis, but I was afterwards actually. the team came up with brilliant ideas concerning cover design which I knew from the designers republic, but these ideas obviously appear a lot older… aubrey powell attended the opening and came up with brilliant anecdotes on paul mccartney, black sabbath and robert plant. a brilliant show that attracts music nerds (like me) as well as artists and designers (like me) and is a door opener to the hipgnosis universe.



when we attended to the hipgnosis show opening the museum was extreme crowded. as I was invited to join the museum had booked seats for me. these are the few moments when you feel important as you can push through the crowd getting to your extra bit. feels funny and does not happen often. well, see you to our cover design discussion on march 17!


returning to the anyway jam in january was pure magic. a lot of guys that usually play at stadtkrug came up ad we had a good time. even if you meet these guys not regularly there is a lot of brotherhood and goodwill among all of us. it sometimes feels like the ‘fight club’, every night you´ll die and you´ll get resurrected. this makes me thankful and happy. I am looking forward to the next jam!




update 2024-02-06: the makroscope will host the electric café on february 24. I really look forward to this date, I do not want to play but I really enjoy the performance and the people. on the same day, just at afternoon, the trinkhalle in gelsenkirchen will present the vinyl lounge, a perfect thing for vinyl addicts. I hope to see you there. I am recently thinking about to return live, maybe with the electric café context next time. as I am coming up with a new record of tides album and am about to finish another one, there might be cool stuff to play live again. I just keep the options and do it in a context that is most fun for myself. maybe we can share it…


in the middle of january we also joined a demonstration against racism and rediscovered deportation fantasies of certain political parties. it is great to see that a big majority is taking the streets to make a simple statement. it great to see that we are may, but is is not the point. we cannot discuss hate as political opinion, no matter how many people agree or disagree. we have to fight for solutions that work for everyone involved and we have to talk about issues that make people sympathize for extreme parties. there is no simple solution, and there is no need to turn history in a farce.

HIPGNOSIS | BREATHE
album cover art und photo design by aubrey powell & storm thorgerson
celebrating 50 years THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

sunday, 17 march 2024, 4 pm
crossing boundaries:
the connection between music and cover designpanel discussion with fabian elsäßer (cultural journalist deutschlandfunk/swr) and sven piayda (artist/musician), hosted by dr. sarah hülsewig (ludwiggalerie)

LUDWIGGALERIE schloss oberhausen
konrad-adenauer-allee 46
46049 oberhausen





sven piayda | aftermath
KURZstummfilmfestival

zeche carl, essen / youtube, worldwide
2020-09-26, 3pm at zeche carl
2020-09-25 on youtube

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2024-01-05 new beginnings on old ruins, carry on, homeboy | entry by sven

here we go again, the fascination of the new year has vanished over the years. our new years eve was a lame classic for us featuring dinner, cinema and non-alcoholic sparkling wine. it must have been the first nye in 30 years on which I did not drink any alcohol. I also didn´t do it the days afterwards, I´d like to report that I feel better but I don't. we let the far neighbours do the fireworks and their did take it seriously, obviously. the last year has taken a lot from me and changed me a lot. I still need to get away from certain issues and emotions that remain of echoes of that situation. also I am trying to get back to normal life, whatever that my mean. so I am forcing myself to go out and make sports again. I feel like an empty shell, it is hard to motivate myself and allow a good time.

more or less accidently I started a new record of tides album and have already finished 12 tracks already. it just happens when I hang out with different laptops on the couch, layering samples to a weird post-whatever sound. it just happens. (no, it is not 'playground magrathea', the album is finished for months, it is already the album beyond it...)

there are also projects coming in, exhibitions and options to play live, even anticipated releases, I am starting slowly and need to keep it on the comfortable level. if you are to old (as well as your friends) to party hard, you prefer a calm night and a great new years day in return. it has become a luxembourgish tradition – or lets just say an option – to spend the day in the museum. as the mudam was a little too far away and has nothing great on display we agreed on the lehmbruck museum in duisburg. alicja kwade is always entertaining, surprising and even questioning our reality and beliefs.


the cars of ‘parallelwelt’ are a contemporary classic. yeah, it is a flat joke as well, but she makes you gaze and wonder.




next to her sculptures kwade delivers exquisite video and sound works. a big room features humming speakers pointing to concave plates, while you walk between the plates the reflected sound changes and modulates. maybe perception is always based upon modulated echoes?


the room also featured spinning clocks as well as a broken on and a led clock. the plate on the wall also mentioned a bronze sculpture entitles ‘sun’. I checked the walls and the floor again and again, but there was no work fitting to the title. when I looked up I finally realized the sun. actually a bronze replica of a melon placed under the ceiling. maybe this is what the piece is all about, realizing the own behaviour. why would you look for the sun without looking up?


more or less to do the complete round we checked the hall of the lehmbruck sculptures, which has also made it as motif for a gursky tableau. michi had a strong dislike for the hall which is undecided if it wants to be a cave or pretending to be outside, the dark ceiling as well as lehmbruck´s depressive postures give you a hard time. only one piece developed a certain gravity, drapery in life-size needed us to look closer. I started joking that this is a spook and I was not completely wrong: even here kwade presents a ‘self-portrait as ghost’ hiding in perfect sculptural drapery.


as we had great spotlights in the dark exhibition spaces, we needed to take some pictures. well, it ended up like my version of 'parallelwelt’.



we did not see much art in the last months so we decided to use the days to do something and ended up in the museum unter tage in bochum. the underground space featured a group show on urbanity as well as on landscape. surprisingly we remained quite uninspired. even if there are great works on the wall, you do not get what it is all about. presenting and observing only does not hand over any kind of emotion or finding. In the end, this visit was quite disappointing.


next to the museum unter tage you can find the café which is build into (onto?) the ruins of an old castle. well, this is somehow the perfect image for the start into this year build in stone. My mobile shot of it appears as dark and uncanny as old masters approaches to landscapes. 2024 here we go, be kind, I am leery anyway.


sven piayda | skull and fish
E I N S I C H T
forum kunst und architektur, essen
2024-01-14 – 2024-02-04, opening 2023-01-14, 3 pm

forumkunstarchitektur.de

forum kunst und architektur
kopstadtplatz 12
45127 essen

HIPGNOSIS | BREATHE
album cover art und photo design by aubrey powell & storm thorgerson
celebrating 50 years THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

sunday, 17 march 2024, 4 pm
crossing boundaries:
the connection between music and cover designpanel discussion with fabian elsäßer (cultural journalist deutschlandfunk/swr) and sven piayda (artist/musician), hosted by dr. sarah hülsewig (ludwiggalerie)

LUDWIGGALERIE schloss oberhausen
konrad-adenauer-allee 46
46049 oberhausen





sven piayda | aftermath
KURZstummfilmfestival

zeche carl, essen / youtube, worldwide
2020-09-26, 3pm at zeche carl
2020-09-25 on youtube

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