Artist and activist Kim Yaged is a writer with a unique vision, and a passion for art and social justice. She has a creative flair, a positive outlook, and a passionate bent.
An award-winning writer and photographer, Kim Yaged is passionate about…well a lot things. But, where art and activism meet is of particular interest to her and she takes dedicated action in that regard. One could classify Kim Yaged as an artivist, but that might annoy her. But, certainly she sees — and creates — art through a lens that encompasses a social justice perspective and social justice programs that incorporate art. Her work is quirky and edgy, and her artistic range is impressive.
Stephanie Schroeder asked Kim Yaged for some insight into her art and activism as well as her relationships with both New York City and Berlin.
We agree that the competitive nature of the event was frivolous. However, GO Brooklyn made it possible to meet some incredible artists in their studios. One of them is Eto Otitigbe, a polymedia artist who combines sculpture, video, installation, and performance to create illusions, sensitive spaces, and dynamic actions. We talked to Eto about the time he spent in Berlin last summer.
S2S: Eto, you just returned from Berlin where you finished your MFA from the Transart Institute. Can you explain what this program is and talk about your experience in the program in general and in Berlin specifically (i.e. who was your advisor, what was it like to live in Berlin as a New Yorker, etc.)?
Eto Otitigbe:Transart is an international low residency MFA program. The faculty and students come from all around the world with a majority from North America and Europe. TI is unique because it brings together a diverse group of art practitioners to one space that doesn’t have a rigid departmental structure.
The mission of S2S is to encourage the flow of creative energy and to bring people who are kindred spirits together for collaborations. With that in mind, The Trouble Notes, Hashart, and a bunch of other amazing folks will all come together for “Notes from Underground” at one of our favorite venues – St.Georg.
Follow the sound that will lead you to the depths of St.GEORG. Instead of stumbling into Ritter Butzke take the stairs that lead you down to a cellar with raw walls, graffiti art and an edgy vibe, which will be the setting for “Notes from Underground” this Friday.
Not for the sake of wanting to be different, but because it is boring when same and same alike mingle, we are inviting you to an unusual collaboration – a collection of the finest tunes presented by musicians that have come together from the streets of New York City and Berlin.
HAPPY B-DAY NACHBARSCHAFTS BASS!
Get ready this Saturday for the birthday bash of Nachbarschafts Bass at st.GEORGE in Kreuzberg!
As a DJ collective they go by the name Bass Gang. Creating a gateway between Hip Hop, Ghetto Style and electronic influences, their main intention is to create a new sound, differing from the standard Hip Hop tunes. Their music perfectly matches the urban edge of Berlin.
FIER management launches FIER vitrine during Berlin Fashion Week AW14/15. A curated selection of emerging avant-garde and contemporary fashion and accessories designers will present their collections at this year’s new fashion show organized by FIER management. Elise Ballegeer, a New Yorker designer based in Berlin will be part of the exciting event, introducing her latest fashion collection.
S2S: In 2009 you decided to leave the Big Apple to come to the German metropolis with the famous TV tower to realize your vision of a personal fashion label Elise Ballegeer. You impressed the fashion cognoscenti with your two collections at the fashion week last summer and were rewarded with success. What made you leave New York City and come to Berlin?
Abigail Dyer, a dramatic soprano born in West Orange, New Jersey, is part of this year’s “30 Tage Kunst,” a cultural series in Berlin launched by the actor Hans Brücknerin the year of 2009. This year it will be hosted by the orangelab located at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Artists and people interested in art have the entire month of November to watch and enjoy a variety of different acts and performances. Stefanie Tendler of S2S met up with Abigail Dyer to discuss her passion for Wagner, the city of Berlin and a fortunate meeting that had an influence on the development of her early career.
S2S: You trained as an actress in Adler Technique, as well as a singer in Berlin. Has there been a tight connection between you and this city ever since?
It all started one fateful summer night along the east river in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when violinist Bennet “The English” Cerven was playing a loft party overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Fellow musician B-Zy Brain spontaneously joined him in an impromptu jam session. They found their third member, drummer Olli/Oliver Maguire, on the road and became The Trouble Notes. After New York City, London, Dublin and Prague, The Trouble Notes’ whirlwind tour finally led them to the streets of Berlin. Stefanie Tendler struck up a conversation with Bennet Cerven and The Trouble Notes when she discovered the trio playing at Warschauer Strasse the other night.
S2S: What meaning does street music have in your life as a band?
The Trouble Notes: There is no better way to show people what you do than to stand on a corner (or under a bridge!), pop open a case and just play. Continue reading →