There is no way like humanity

STATEMENT FOR RESPECT AND HUMAN DIGNITY

Heinz Zolper, photo portrait. courtesy ArtExpert

Heinz Zolper, photo portrait. courtesy ArtExpert

Heinz Zolper is a German artist who has been campaigning for women and gender rights for decades, fundamentally for human rights through the means of art. The  European Artforum Culture Foundation accompanies and supports the artist in his project in cooperation with Winter Foundation Hamburg and other foundations or groups. Respect and human dignity are inalienable values ​​that the society - and therefore every single person - must defend. That's the reason why a particular concern of the artist is to sensitize and win over the public for the necessity of such engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

An important project that demands the support of many people, especially of municipalities, states and the federal government, is dedicated to the creation and installation of lively memorials in social spaces. A striking sign for that is the stylized portrait of a lady (Zolper call her "Dame"), which is part of the artist's iconography in painting, repeatedly varied with different attributes. At the same time, Zolper transferred this symbol to other disciplines such as graphics or sculpture.
Andy Warhol, who had admired  Zolper - and vice versa -  had already valued the importance of the lady symbol as a trademark of socio-political positioning. Now, in collaboration with ArtForum Editions, the artist has designed a multiple that can be worn as a jewelry pin. The multiple is handmade from enamel on iron, height 5 cm, signed by the artist on the reverse. The "lady as a symbol" is not only a work of art and a wonderful piece of jewelry, but it enables its wearer to take a position for mutual respect, for the need for emancipation and gender justice, for social commitment and an indefatigable commitment to human rights - all of them fragile values ​​that need to be strengthened.

Heinz Zolper, Lady as a symbol, multiple art, jewelry pin. ArtForum Editions

Heinz Zolper, Lady as a symbol, multiple art, jewelry pin. ArtForum Editions

The multiple can be ordered directly online at a subscription price of 50 euros I 60 USD per object from H.Z@lper.de or by mail to info(at)artforum-culture-foundation.org or to  winterstiftung(at)web.de. Proceeds flow into the non-profit project for memorials in public spaces. If you would like to support the project in addition, please transfer your donation under the keyword "human dignity" to our foundation account. Your donations are tax deductible.

PM I see also: Jürgen Raap, in: Kunstforum International, Lady's symbol as a jewelry pin, 11/11/2020

NOTES ON CORONA VIRUS

Corona virus and its disease Covid-19

HELP! - YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

coronavirus and its disease Covid-19 is threaten humanity.
Solidarity, respect and love are required like never before.

Eschenbach, Monika von > masked face bw. Artforum Culture Foundation

Eschenbach, Monika von > masked face bw. Artforum Culture Foundation

The virus multiplies in the throat. While an infected person speaks or coughs, he drops droplets almost automatically. These fly about 1.5 to 2 meters (when sneezing even 4 - 5 meters) before it will fall slowly to the ground. The infection usually arises from inhalation of such droplets and the aerosol of the evaporation.

If you are concerned that you have already become infected through contact with an infected person, for example, you should contact the responsible health department by phone, email or whats app. The experts will advise you which measures have to be taken. For actual daily statistics about corona virus infection please press here.

Coranavirus - How can you protect yourself?

According to experts, only special fine particle masks, also known as filtering face pieces (FFP), are suitable for protecting yourself from infection by droplets from sick people. They consist entirely or partially of non-replaceable filter material and reduce infectious aerosols in the inhaled air. During the SARS epidemic 2002/2003, some studies for so-called FFP3 masks had demonstrated a certain protective effect (up to 98% certain).

The WHO recommends that the masks are not used as a preventive measure for healthy people, but only for patients and people who may have been infected so that they do not spread the virus. In suspicious cases, medical personnel in particular should wear a mask to protect themselves from a droplet infection. To protect against viruses, the WHO and e.g. in Germany by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommended above all strict hand hygiene. Nevertheless, it makes sense to protect yourself largely as a healthy person and thus not to further heat up the infection chain.

In cooperation with Winter Foundation Hamburg and GoPublic Stiftungsberatung we would like to give you some tips and recommendations for self-protection:

The art of hygiene*

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Disinfect incoming packages. Dispose of packaging material immediately.
  • Wear respiratory protection on contact. (Sun) glasses. (Disposable) gloves.
  • Only use towels yourself. Collect and wash in a safe sack after use.
  • Wash glasses after every external contact, dispose of other materials in a small bag immediately.

After possible contact:

  • Don't touch your face.
  • Wash your hair Or better: take a short shower. Dry thoroughly.

Advice if breathing protection is not available:

Do it yourself!
Pattern for breathing masks.

Please use always actual information !

Materials (in order from outside to inside)

  • Thin plastic film (e.g. parts of a bag)
  • Two to three layers of household towels
  • Lay out a thin layer of cotton wool (or a cotton cloth)
  • Activated carbon filter (e.g. for extractor hoods), if availabl
  • Folded paper tissues (or two layers of toilet paper

Working steps

  • Layer everything
  • Make a pattern based on illustrations of breathing masks by eye, made of fabric that covers the nose, mouth and over the chin based on the standard breathing masks.
  • Accordingly, the above material is modest in one operation
  • Sew all layers together using the sewing machine or by hand at the edges.
  • Sew on the elastic band (e.g. from underwear or pajamas) on the right and left, so that a loop is created that is sufficient and secure for fastening behind the ears.
  • Make absolutely sure that such a mask surrounds the nose and mouth well on the outside and that there is enough space to breathe inside.

These recommendations are not guaranteed and are subject to better care and / or newer knowledge.
* A common project of Artforum Culture Foundation , Winter Stiftung and GoPublic-Stiftungsberatung

Stay healthy!

CONSPIRACY THEORIES ON CORONA – A CHALLENGE

Corona virus and its disease Covid-19

Numerous conspiracy theories also circulate in Corona times.
What is behind it?

George DuBose - Biz Markie

George DuBose - Biz Markie. ArtForum Editions

Conspiracy theories are a psycho-sociological phenomenon that broadly describes the attempt to explain a state, an event or a development through a conspiracy.  It is suspected, that i.e. a targeted, secret work of a mostly small group of people will detriment a few other people or or (parts of) society . They are generally understood by the public in the sense of ideologies that ultimately do not promote a critical debate, but rather hinder it. Numerous conspiracy theoriesalso circulate in the case of the corona virus.

As far as conspiracy theories are based on rational and verifiable statements or questions, one should correctly speak of conspiracy hypotheses.
Hypotheses are fundamentally not negative, they require space where knowledge is missing or is not accessible.

Imagine: Corona-virus and its disease Covid-19 as well as conspiracy ideologies threaten humanity. Knowledge, solidarity, respect and love are required like never before.

So, even in times of Corona, numerous questions are still open:

-  Why is a long time advised procedure to wear protective masks  rejected or made ridiculous instead to declare openly that preventive measures are still missing?
-  Why free stays in the fresh air (even in the forest, mountains, sea) are prohibited, but inside supermarkets (different from district to district, from city to state), supermarket cashiers and customers are unprotected?
- Why are disinfection procedures are done and masks prescribed and worn especially in countries with some experiences with aerosol diseases?  But in e.g. Europe there is  not even insight into this question yet?

Of course, we cannot give any qualified answers at this point and would even like to expressly warn against conspiracy ideologies.
Perhaps, however, our information - and in the following our instructions - will help to understand the problem somewhat better and to protect us all.

Truths Invented or Believed?

When it is no longer possible to explain everything unknown with the work of an almighty God, there is a growing tendency to attribute unpleasant phenomena to the dark power of a conspiratorial group - “somebody has to be responsible for it”. This appears to be the only solution out of your own ignorance and responsibility. In this sense, conspiracy theories in the sense of hypotheses are primarily to be understood as symptoms of a crisis in the face of a state of ignorance. The state of ignorance in turn leads to fear. Fears are a natural feeling, so you should take them seriously. They are not sick as such, but they can make you sick if you can't deal with them.

Violence - internally and / or externally - can be a result of fear and thus a logical consequence of conspiracy tendencies: if the threat posed by an overpowered power is to great and if there is still no means due to an ideological self-sealing to refute the fearful idea, then, maybe, every means attainable will be right to defend it.

Fears must therefore always be taken very seriously. A way out of weakness can only provide by knowledge through comprehensive transparency and education. Because knowledge is the best way to find solutions. However, there will be no state of omniscient truth.Knowledge does not mean truth. Any research can only create knowledge, but we can only believe the truth *. Ultimately, truths cannot be suppressed by disciplining what can be said, but only by accessing and accepting as diverse a knowledge as possible.

* Recommended for a fundamental insight into the phenomenon "Believed Truths" is the publication of the same name as a contribution to the philosophy of photography at ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien. Book order online at: winterstiftung (at) web.de.
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Stay healthy ! **

**A common project of Artforum Culture Foundation,  WinterStiftung Hamburg  and GoPublic-Stiftungsberatung

All recommendations are subject to better care and / or newer knowledge.

 

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PUBLICATIONS AND GRAPHIC EDITIONS

ArtForum Editions – Books and Graphics

ArtForum Editions is an imprint of the non-profit Artforum Culture Foundation,  started in the mid-90s. The main subject is creating publications and graphic edition In collaboration with artists, charitable foundations and international projects. As an independent institution, ArtForum Editions can pursue goals outside the mainstream and promotes independently avantgarde tendencies. Limited  books and catalogue-editions are published in collaboration with different partners, a.o. with MarcMan Graphics.

One of a few long-term projects was dedicated to a Philosophy of Photography. In 2020 a book in two volumes by the German-Greek art theorist Orestis Safiriou will finally published: Geglaubte Wahrheiten (Believed Truths).  Using the life and work of the conceptual artist and photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952-2001) the book is going far beyond the personal aspect. It is a unique philosophical parkour, undertaken into the realms of knowledge and belief. The publication was made possible by using  manuscripts from ArtForum archive. First edition will be published in German. An English edition is in preparation.

A further long-term project is dedicated to the late Swiss artist photographer Vera Isler (1931 - 2015). Together with the Art-Nachlassverwaltung in Bern/Switzerland,  Artforum Culture Foundation is managing photographic portfolios of significant cultural heritage. A highlight of the collection are the hundreds of ultimate portraits of the important artists from the second half of the 20th century. Artforum Editions has published catalogues and editions, a monograph is in preparation.

Under the aka Art Production (AP) Astra, an artist pool of well-known and unknown artists was established outside their own artist brand in the early 1980s with the aim to create independently symbiotic art for young collectors. This commitment had become necessary due to the limitations that artists are often confronted inside the market activities. Over the years, a common line developed, in which visual appeal and content form a popular form. AP Astra became one of the favorite creators of graphic editions.

Great projects have been associated with crossover talent Michael Jansen for many years. Beuys already became aware of his artistic talent when he invited him to joint projects (see a.o. their collaborated work in the Lichtenstein Art Museum, Vaduz). Among the many cooperated publications are: Zeichen (signs) , Assemblagen, 2004, MetroMusic. Accompanied by an extensive series of graphic works, the volume OptiMystic Vitamins was recently published with pictures that were brought to light by Jansen from the wonder worlds of artistic fantasies. For the estimated viewer these images are a chance to become a life companion, both in private and in public space.

Another great artist, who collaborate for many years with ArtForum Editions is the painter, sculptor, graphic artist and filmmaker Heinz Zolper. He became famous  through creation of the “Dame” motif as a big icon for women and gender equality. But generally his icon is a symbol and motivation for love and respect. Just in his early years he was cooperating with Andy Warhol, both admired each other's personality and work. Graphics by Zolper have been published over the last years exclusively by ArtForum Editions. Recently a few book publication were published by ArtForum Editions:   Safiriou, Magic of painting / or / What it's like to be yourself.  Paintings by Heinz Zolper 1979 - 2019 and Safiriou, Zolper. Kain – Prinzip des Bösen i principle of the Evil. Both books were edited by Peter Merten  and published in limited editions, some with graphic supplements.

A monograph of Georgios Bouzians and his contribution to German and European expressionism has been in preparation for years. Numerous images from private collections will provide a vivid picture of this artist who was formerly active in Greece, France and Germany.

The importance of Greek artists and art mediators can no longer be ignored in the history of modern art. A project about a compendium on the importance of Greek modern and contemporary art had started in the early 1990s. It will due for publication in conjunction with an updated artist dictionary.  Just to say a few names: the influences of Zervos and Teriade on classic modern art are as much a fact as e.g. the influence and support of Alexander Iolas to modern and popular art (from Magritte to Warhol). Greek artists like Gyzis, Parthenis, Bouzianis, Ghikas, Gaitis, Tsarouchis, Akrithakis or Kounellis have left also lasting impressions.

However, art has no borders. It speaks it’s own language. The  American star photographer George DuBose pointed this out very clear, when he said: I speak music (milao musiki). He has gone  to photograph and design more than 300 album and single covers for such diverse artists as the Ramones, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, XCLAN, RunDMC and Melissa Etheridge. In 2009, the New York Times said "DuBose is one of the most important album designers in the past 40 years". Bonafide Magazine (UK) called DuBose: "The Godfather of Hip Hop Photography", Grand Slam Magazine (UK) called DuBose: "Hip-Hop's most recognizable photographer.  For 2020 four art-calendars were published in cooperation with Wonderland Publishing, New York, as limited (signed and numbered) artist editions: George Dubose - Photography. Limited calendar - editions: My Best Shot. Rockers and New Wave artists I Old School Hip-Hop I Tom Waits I Madonna ... Raw. A very early concert. Further book and photo-editions will follow in close cooperation.

It is a simple truth: Artists and their art need support. That's the reason ArtForum Editions publishes graphic editions as well as art catalogues and monographs on art. ArtForum Editions is giving as well advise to talented and established artists who are looking for an art-historical and art-philosophical discussion of their art and help to realise projects.

 

INTERVIEW

Question: Which assignments does Artforum Culture Foundation (abbreviation ACF) fulfil?
Apostolidou: ACF is a foundation which runs cultural activities. The main running projects are, for instance, our NETWORK+ Project and our idea of a European Cultural Centre (ECC) in Thessaloniki. To name one project based on a single artistic idea, this is the initiation of the project Sancto Subito with which we would like to perform a contribution to the actual discussion about the system of ethical values.

Question: Contemporary art plays a leading role at ACF. What is the policy of ACF concerning international change exhibitions and itinerant exhibitions, which ACF shows in its spaces or sends somewhere else?
Apostolidou: ACF wants to promote the cultural dialogue and the artistic exchange in the conviction, that this is conducive to the reciprocal understanding and the tolerance between the nations. Concerning the role of ACF, it consists in promoting cultural variety and knowledge about the art as well as in announcing significant art in Greece and from Greece.

Question: What are the main focuses of ACF?
Apostolidou: The name of the foundation itself formulates already the responsibility to be involved for cultural interests. This contains at first all areas of culture, all parts of the arts and extraordinary expression forms of social life. We are open for all areas of culture and try to link up existing activities to allow new views. Indeed, because of personal interest and for strategically reasons, nevertheless a special focus lies on the mediation of fine art. Our assignments can be controlled and forced better over this line. Literature readings, music, dance and theatre complement our program. Furthermore we are willing to  co-operate for cultural activities of local authority districts and companies. We like to be in contact with galleries and collectors. With pleasure we exert ourselves for the objective interests of artists. This approach is especially suitable to link cultural, social and intellectual interests.

Question: Which is the practical use that do you see subsequently of such synergy effects?
Safiriou: L’art pour l’art is absolutely necessary, because mind and soul want to be able to relax. This should be immanent, in any case, of every art. However, in addition, we see art as a practical instrument of philosophy, to give sense (!) to our life. We have to imagine, that art is the only area in which science can be freely run. We are interesting in artistic research as contributions to individual psychology, to ethics and to utopia. An architecture as a living space, e.g.,  and the integration in town planning and landscape planning,  is nowadays an area where is highest state of emergency and where totally thinking and working is absolutely necessary.

Question: ACF disposes of relatively big exhibition floor spaces and more attached space. For what needs ACF has to be so self-sufficiently?
Apostolidou: It is one of the aims of ACF to led artists real, virtual and spiritual space where they can show their artwork and where it can be valued according to her own aesthetics without having to pretend. This was and is one more one of the main functions of the exhibition hall and the other spaces.

Question: How is the financial position of ACF?
Apostolidou: ACF is a non-profit private foundation. This means, our work is not profit-oriented, possible profits are used exclusively for foundation purposes. ACF undertakes all activities from the own strength and therefore private and public sponsorship is necessary and very welcomed. A municipal or state sponsorship or participation does not exist at all till today. For this reason ACF is independent and we are free in our decisions. Nevertheless, a support from the European Community would make sense and would become very helpfully to fulfil our pan-european and international targets.

Question: Which special performances does ACF offer additional to the art and cultural program?
Apostolidou: ACF publishes own publications, books, catalogues and posters. Additional and in co-operation ArtForum Edition publishes graphics and multiples of selected artists. ACF has a library system for research purposes at the seat of the foundation, as well as at the contact offices. ACF is a partner for private and institutional collectors to whom we can give assistance in collaboration with specialists in questions of the art market, for conservation, technical analysis, art historical problems and authenticity. As a partner of artists we consult objectively further approach and we coordinate documentation and inventory. We can also be responsible for treatment, care, publication and utilisation of art estates of antiquities up to contemporary art.
ACF also maintains good relations with Greek publishing companies and can arrange contacts for writers. In the same way ACF is a partner for foreign music and theatre ensembles coming to Greece and the neighbour countries. An area for which we like to do more in the very future will be cinematography.

Question: How do you see the situation of Greek literature today?
Apostolidou: There are great Greek authors, prominent lyricists. However, the young authors have fewer chances outside Greece. This has possibly to do with narrative forms, which are not simply, can be mediated to most of the audience. On the other hand, the phenomenon has to be ascertained, for Italy e.g. the Melanese publisher Inge Feltrinelli have pointed out, that the origin of the authors is not of big importance. Attributes like “German” and “Italian” or “Greek” and “English” really do not exist anymore in today’s literature. Last but not least, personality is necessary for success, but however, indeed, there are cultural differences also in the reception.

Question: Does sport not replace increasingly the role from art and culture in the favour of the people?
Apostolidou: First of all, sport is an essential part of the culture and, secondly,  artists deal for a long time in an analytic way with this phenomenon. In this sense sport activities of course also belong to our assignment. The Greeks are keen on sport, they have create  sport as a cultural thing. The resumption of the Olympic games in 1896 was financed to a third part from the private pockets of the people, which were not quite rich.
A great support came also from wealthy people of the Greek community, living in  Alexandria, Egypt. It is to be seen with joy how Greece and the Greeks have shown their  capacity and organisation talent with the Olympic Games in 2004 and the football European championship as well. This has delivered an important contribution to the cultural self-confidence of Greeks today all over the world. Nevertheless, it is a pity that, although the international Olympic committee designate the environmental care as columns of the Olympic ideas, the responsible managers have done only very little for this.

Question: Did it belong to the concept from the beginning of ACF to include also art in the program from neighbour-countries and international art beside the focus on contemporary art from Greece? On which considerations this decision is based?
Safiriou:In my opinion the cultural bottom is especially fertile in these regions which dispose of a great heritage  and which has been offside for longer time because of political and economic reasons. This is in culture not more differently than in agriculture. However, it requires special care.

Question: Which politic-cultural aims do you pursue and how do you see the possibilities of ACF?
Safiriou: There will be no lasting peace, as long as mistrust remains the prevailing and everything edging out norm. Cultural ignorance is the mostly incriminating factor which sows mistrust between us and which can lead to war. The increasing efforts towards a cleaner and greener planet lead to nothing,  if we will destroy at the same time the human achievements which are contemptuous foreign to us. It is not enough giving disaster relief and economic support to the people, but to refuse her aesthetic needs, however, only because these are different from our needs.

Apostolidou and Safiriou are members of the board.