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into carnival (my refusal has been replaced by respect over the years)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
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
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
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
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
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
update 2024-02-18: above you see me performing at electric café
in eisenheim, oberhausen back in 2018, the bootleg is still available
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!
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
sven piayda | aftermath
zeche carl, essen / youtube, worldwide
2020-09-26, 3pm at zeche carl
2020-09-25 on youtube
complaints? ideas? contributions? collaborations?