Art Crossing Borders e.V.

On art overcoming outer and inner borders and the chances of a new appreciation in times of upheaval

Julian Friedrich | Februar 2022

Dear visitor,

Thank you for your interest in Art Crossing Borders e.V.!

Art Crossing Borders e.V. is a registered non-profit association and acts without any profit intentions. It was founded to support and connect outstanding artists to create a strong community of creators and their supporters seeking first-hand solutions to the challenges young talents face today.

The goal is to find a new generation of artists and to align the funding structures accordingly in order to support them

in an unbureaucratic and concrete way where that is really needed. We want to believe in them as people; trust them and help them to implement unusual, new concepts and to stand with them in a time of digitised society and global competition.

We work together with the artists on new laboratories, utilisation systems, and exciting formats that have the potential to radiate back into the art world in order to inspire and move others. I lay particular importance on international encounters, mutual inspiration, and joint discussion about the future of art. A new generation of artists

should be able to assume their role in society being self-confident and feeling protected, and develop their full potential with newly acquired skills. Because we need their ideas, visions, and alternative perspectives today more than ever!

I would like to engage you for these goals and invite you to accompany me and this community on this exciting path! Let’s cross these borders!

First focus: Ukraine.

Ukraine

Touchstone of the European East-West politics; country of a young creative generation that needs our support

#ukraine #politik #krieg

When I ended up in Ukraine at the beginning of 2015, I quickly felt a deep connection to the country, the culture, and the people. Since then, I have been there more than 50 times, travelled to all cities, and had many conversations — until the pandemic in 2020 forced me to maintain contacts from my home office.

It shall not surprise you, dear reader, how much it hurts me to see this great country suffering from Russian military aggression.

These great people fought hard for their rights, which we take for granted, in two bloody revolutions. Ukrainians feel very close to Europe and especially to Germany. They have to and had to endure a lot, and perhaps it is precisely these hardships and difficulties that give rise to personalities who have a deep, creative power and an irrefutable enthusiasm that still inspires me
to this day I would like to enable artists from Germany to have this fruitful, mutual exchange with Ukrainians too. Come to Kyiv! I invite you to talk to the people and witness for yourself.

Anmerkung (27.03.2022): Dieser Text wurde noch vor dem 24.02.22 verfasst.

Igor Fedirko

Dolls are for kids! Through this young Ukrainian director I learned how much I allowed myself to be fooled by this prejudice. His ideas and theatrical pieces illustrate the special meaning that puppet theatre can have for both children and adults. And what potential it develops when it breaks new ground and gets involved in innovative ways with the new media and formats. Themes like sex, violence, the story of a child prodigy and puppets the size of a stage completely changed my attitude. »more

Anmerkung (19.04.2022): Igor Fedirko dient im Augenblick in der Armee und verteidigt Kiew.

Moravski Chamber Choir

Everyone who attends a rehearsal of the Moravski Chamber Choir feels that something is special here. It is the strong friendship, the hard work and the music that binds these extraordinary people together. No one has embodied these three elements more impressively for me than the Ukrainian amateur choir called “Moravski”. Olena Radko, the choirmaster, with her fine hearing and her wonderful manner, has merged a colourful troupe into a body of sound that makes you forget that amateurs are at work, some of whom can’t even read music. »more

Anmerkung (19.04.2022): Die Mitglieder des Moravski Chamber Choirs sind über die ganze Ukraine verstreut, teilweise in der Armee oder auf dem Land untergetaucht. 

Second truth

“Second Truth” is a silent short film series in which artists, filmmakers, musicians, and journalists from all over the world deal with social and political hotspots of our time in short videos. The aim of the extraordinary short film series is a tour through art house cinemas across Europe. The fact that the films go without words makes them universally understandable. With its open approach, “Second Truth” combines in an exciting and intelligent way almost all types of art in a bombastic multimedia experience format and gives cinema a new, contemporary dimension. It takes up the old tradition of silent films and subtitle explanations and combines them with the new possibilities of live concerts, cinema, and online screenings. In this way, “Second Truth” amazingly brings together all the goals of Art Crossing Borders e.V. in one project! »more

Elena Rubasheyska

Elena Rubashevska is an exceptional young, award-winning director, and writer. She received her master’s degree from Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema, and Television and has been working as a TV reporter and journalist since 2013. Her film concept “Symphony of Donbas”, through which I got to know her, is an antithesis to the 1931 film by the world-famous avant-garde director Dzyga Vertov, which has survived to this day. Originally created to glorify progress and a prosperous future, in her film Elena asks herself what has become of the lofty plans. She lets people and their thoughts have their say and raises the questions that are lessons for today.

B.A.A.M.

The “Basic Artist for Artist Management” program is the answer to a whole new set of challenges artists are facing today. Self-promotion on social media is no more a nice-to-have. It’s the new standard. Consumers, on the other hand, are not aware of what this means for young artists. Studies show that newcomers invest more than three quarters of their free time in self-marketing measures after all, in our digital society they are in global competition from the very beginning. They feel a lot of pressure to establish themselves as a brand like companies do if they want to make a living from their art. That’s because it is simply no longer enough to “just” produce songs or pictures. As a young artist, you are almost forced to combine many technical professions from the start: whether manager, communicator, producer, programmer, designer, marketing expert, or technician. The list could be continued at will. It actually resembles a who’s who of a professional advertising agency. All of it has its price. As a result, there is less and less time to develop your own art, reflect, and put up with failures. However, what remains at the end of the day is the constant feeling of never having done enough and of being lost without a word in the hunt for likes and attention. BAAM comes in here by hiring professionals from the industry to take over this important basic work for outstanding artists and groups. »more