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It's not me. It's you

Jérôme Havre, Anthropology de l’image, 2012. Laser print 21 X 28 inches.

Artist Talk

It's not me. It's you

Contemporary complexities of post-colonial identities
Jérôme Havre & Ilyn Wong

18:30 @ GlogauAIR

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European Colonialism (from the 16th century until the 20th century) around the world was a geopolitical move primarily motivated by economical purposes. The aim was very simple: to make the metropolis (and its elites) richer. This plan was put into practice at the expenses of the locals of these same colonized regions through an intense and ruthless practice of violence, exploitation and manipulation.

The white European heterosexual man's point of view dictated the norms, shaped the Truth. Any other possible perspectives were thoroughly silenced, brutally repressed. Only one version of the story could be told. Only one could be acknowledged. The highly patriarchal Eurocentric ideology was essentially based on the dichotomic idea of a developed, civilized, superior and powerful Europe in opposition to a shapeless mass consisting of all the non-European barbaric, naive and weak lands and its peoples.

This extremely simplistic and fabricated division of the world was largely widespread, not only in the main lands and among the colonialists, but also in the colonies and among the locals. This re-education or - more bluntly and unacademically- brainwashing was often carried out by the destruction and dissolution of the local collective identity (for instance, local languages were forbidden, monuments were destroyed, traditions were suppressed) in favor of the dominating class' episteme.

These behaviors and knowledge were learnt, spread and reproduced for years in politics, in arts... They infiltrated the flow of Language, they infiltrated the ordinary daily life, and they became part of people's collective and private identities. And so this hegemonic narrative became self-sustained and normalized. It became a dogma. It became what we call History.

However, in the 70s, along with feminist and environmental activist movements, anti-colonialist movements surfaced. With it came an awareness of their condition as subalterns and the drive to regain their own identity.

Yet, the prolonged and efficient bleaching performed by colonialism made this task difficult and controversial. The problem is that in fact, colonies integrated the imperialists' side of history as their own and even took part in it, in helping it expand and flourish. At some point, the perpetrators’ and the victims’ stories overlap and can hardly become indisociable from one another.

Here fundamentally lies the complexity of post-colonial identities: is it then possible for them to get to know themselves without it being through the identity that an external entity has created for them and forced upon them? Can we speak about post-colonial identities without falling into an essentialist fallacy? How are these identity complexities managed and how are they reflect-ed in the contemporary world?

Jérôme Havre - His art practice has concentrated on issues of identity, communities and territories that affect him personally. As a French/Canadian Queer man of African descent, his work interrogates the place of culture and identity and investigates the political, sociological and identity processes of contemporary life on themes related to nationalism in France and in Canada. His multidisciplinary practice is focused on defining how to make tangible these conditions of identity in settings that favor social transformation. Jérôme is currently a resident at GlogauAIR.

Ilyn Wong – Ilyn constructs physical, emotional, and conceptual spaces to investigate the intersection between history, memory, and fiction. Her work often oscillates between large historical narratives and intimately personal ones. The space created by these seeming dichotomies is also one where conceptual rigor can co-exist with personal and emotive impulses – where the tongue-in-cheek is also utterly sincere. Ilyn was a resident artist at GlogauAIR in Winter 2017.


Touchdesigner and Projection Mapping Techniques

Petko Tanchev + Kalma Lab

@ GlogauAIR

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Introduction to TouchDesigner - a visual programming software for interactive design, live music visuals, media systems and prototypes. Practical skill on projection mapping and individually created projects with the program.

First part of the workshop will be focused on the interface and the structure, work with operators, parameters and Python scripting. The workshop will also cover some of the concepts for developing artistic projects – operator families, converted data, time dependency, work with video source, 2D and 3D interactive art.

The second part will be devoted to how to use TouchDesigner in order to create specific architectural projection mapping. The instructor will discuss some of the workflows that he has been developing in his own projects. At the end of the day the participants will create their own mapping content for projection on provided 3D surface.

• 11:00–11:30 - Introduction to TouchDesigner
• 11:30-13:00 - Interface and structure: work with operators, export parameters, write expressions and scripts in Python.
• 13:00-14:00 – Lunch break
• 14:00-15:30 - Artistic concepts: more about operator families, how to convert data between different operator types, use time dependency, create custom motion data, work with video files, generate 2D images, model 3D geometry, add visual effects and post-processing, compositing, build complex networks
• 15:30-17:00 - Projection mapping techniques: demonstration of specific techniques and workflows, walk-through a projection mapping example, overview how to prepare our network
• 17:00-19:00 - Create art with TouchDesigner: practical work for a projection mapping installation on 3D object, the instructor will help to the participants to create and use their own content


CAPACITY: 15 people

COST: 70 Euro

All participants should bring a personal laptop, PC or Mac with the latest version of TouchDesigner 088 or 099 installed. In case you don't have it please download it from:

Petko Tanchev is a visual artist and scenographer based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2008, he graduated from National Academy of Art, Sofia with a bachelor’s in Scenography and continued with a master’s in Original Visual Performance Design. He has worked as a stage designer, with a keen focus on incorporating video installations in live theatrical performances. He also did numerous art projects that have been featured in festivals and museums both nationals and internationally.

In 2013, Petko co-founded Melformator, a creative collective specializing in event management, interactive design, and audiovisual performances. In 2016, he became the curator of Creative Media Lab, the digital arts department for The Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv. Petko nurtures the talents of rising artists as a lecturer of Tools for Visual Programming for the MA Digital Arts programme at the National Academy of Art, Sofia.

Petko’s current work focuses on the creation of real-time media content for projection mapping and interactive installations by combining hardware devices and visual programming software. He often develops site-specific projects, drawing inspiration from and revealing a location’s context. He creates virtual worlds, which challenge our accepted perceptions of a physical reality we think we know. With an experimental approach, Petko welcomes exploring new tools and the ever-changing technologies in order to develop cutting-edge creations.

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In collaboration with

Chema Alvargonzalez

Visions of Berlin

Alvargonzález, Plensa, Miralda and Bernardó
Galeria Senda

23.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
@ LAB 36 - Galeria Senda (Barcelona, Spain)

GlogauAIR and La Memoria Artística de Chema Alvargonzalez are pleased to inform you that works by GlogaAIR's founder, Chema Alvargonzalez, will be exhibited in LAB 36 the new space of Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain.

The group show Visions de Berlin: Plensa, Miralda, Bernardó i Alvargonzález (or Visions of Berlin: Plensa, Miralda, Bernardó i Alvargonzález) offers an insight on how the German capital deeply influenced creatively and intimately these four artists.

This show is part of the activities surrounding LOOP Barcelona videoart festival 2017.


Meet the Artist

Caroline Lundblad

MEET THE ARTIST is a series of short interviews given by GlogauAIR's resident artists. The aim is to provide the public with the opportunity of getting to know the artist behind the art as well as to get a glimpse of the creation process that can rarely be seen.

Meet the Artist: Caroline Lundbland on Vimeo

Caroline Lundblad, with artist name Frauke, is a choreographer with a focus on butoh and performance. She is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, but also does work internationally. She has created her own genre of Butoh where her works are site specific and unique. Frauke often works with other artists from different artistic disciplines and her performances are inspired by contemporary art and contemporary choreography.


David Gonçalves

Mineral / Vegetal / Animal

May 2017 @ GlogauAIR's showcase

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Drawing sessions


Every Monday 19:00-21:00 @ GlogauAIR

GlogauAIRs weekly live model drawing sessions are back.

From 6th March on, GlogauAIR will host Glogauakt at the Project Space, live model drawing sessions open to everyone.

Fees: 5 €
Free for resident artists


GlogauAIR Artists in Residence Program:


July 25th, 2017

For the residencies starting in January 2018

October 25th, 2017

For the residencies starting in April 2018




Dear Home

18:00 @ GlogauAIR

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We are more and more living in a world of shifting homes and while we do so we carry with these movements not only feelings of insecurity and homesickness, but also a need to change, an urge to grow, and even an ability to adapt to our new surroundings. All these can shed light or cloud the very perception of what it feels to be at ‘home’.

The Dear Home exhibition explores what the feeling of ‘home’ means to different people. Through a multi-sensioral approach, the work presented offers the possibility to observe and/or interact with the stories of others, that likewise, are all searching for that feeling.

Participating artists:
Alexander Bratt
Agnieszka Bułacik
Samantha Hookway
Szymon Keller
Elliot Silva
Agnieszka Wojciechowicz

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Related Workshop:
How to Feel Home

13th May 2017 @The School of Life Berlin
Workshop Leaders: Agnieszka Bulacik and Elliot Silva

This workshop is a space for people with migratory backgrounds and experiences to come together, and reflect upon who we are and where we come from.

As a safe space to share experiences, the workshop will be an exchange of strategies on how to understand what just is the “feeling of home.” It is "Dear Home’s" truest aim to create an experience that helps each participant to take the feeling of home into their own hands.




Johnny Guitar

All These Faces

27.04.2017 - 30.04.2017
Vernissage 19:00 - 22:00 Thursday 27th April 2017
@ GlogauAIR
29.04-30.04 Opening times 12:00-16:00

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Johnny Guitar, or the Jack of Hearts - you either want them or you want to be them.

Johnny Guitar walks through the door like a heavy breeze. It looks like our luck’s run out. Click-click is the sound of the impatient roulette counting time, or the the click-croon of an anxious, finger-picked, tempo-driving tune. You know it’s a losing game, but you keep playing just in case. Click! The revolver stutters and fires.

The setting is a saloon, the characters are artists, but the bandit-blood runs deep, and suspicion is the only collective instinct. So a shootout must ensue.

This is the end.

Our luck’s run out.

Featured Artists:

Andrew J Burford
Aya Imamura
Clark Beaumont
Ewa Kubiak
Ilyn Wong
Kasia Justka
Piotr Macha

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Words of image. Images of words

Ewa Kubiak
Written Drawings, 2014

Artist Talk

Words of image. Images of words

Ewa Kubiak
& Nisha Bhakoo

18:00 @ GlogauAIR

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Word and image are different techniques used with the same purpose: to provide somebody with a sense of description or representation of something, whether it is material or immaterial. They are structures that allow the communication of an individual reality, rendering it accessible to others.

Both word and image constitute universes within themselves; they are an embodiment of concepts, symbols with encoded meanings articulated accordingly to their own specific rules. Also in both cases, the processes used for production and decoding are unsteady and particular, shaped by metamorphic variables such as Time and Space, which make them even more complex and richer – and thus peculiar - within themselves.

These similarities have been noticed long ago and the attempts to test their limits and blur the boundaries between these two apparently very different worlds, has been an on-going challenge for scholars and artists. How many times have we heard a visual work being defined as 'poetic' and a literary one being characterized as 'visual'? Indeed we can refer to Homer's description of the Achilles' shield in Iliad, or even to Ezra Pound's imagism, where words lend an extremely vivid optical perception of what they tell. In
visual arts we can give Tarkovky's films as an example of poetic cinema, as he uses literary mechanisms to articulate images as if they were verses in a poem.

More literal takes on the intersection of both techniques have also been carried out. Mallarmé's theory of words being objects themselves – focusing on their architecture, their sculptural form as iconographic elements - as well as Heidegger's conception of language as a Being in itself – he considers words to be self-contained identities - have encouraged the development and creation of much concrete and visual poetry, as well as influenced visual artists – such as Bruce Nauman, Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer – who started to integrate word and speech in their practice.

The symbiotic connection between both languages seems to be umbilical; the frontiers that makes them apart seem to be feeble and are just the starting point for further questioning. In which ways do they potentiate each other? Can they even exist without resorting to each other? Can images stand by themselves without any need for verbal speech being created around it? Can words and a verbal narrative be created or sustained without recurring to visual elements and realities? What are the limits of the verbal and the visual language? How does their usage shape our experiences and perceptions?

Ewa Kubiak – Her artistic work explores the relation between textual and visual messages. Through creating visual narrations Ewa examines the extends and limits of language and image; writes/says what she cannot depict visually and depicts what she cannot describe with words. Her work is also about storytelling. Through a strategy of experimentation and working with varied techniques she is mostly inspired by simple, ordinary views and occurrences which she approaches in a very analytical way and thus deform what the starting point was. She is currently a resident artist at GlogauAIR.

Nisha Bhakoo – Nisha is an Indian-British poet whose work has been published in numerous literary magazines, and been included in anthologies by The Emma Press and Mud Press. Her debut poetry collection You found a beating heart was published recently, in October 2016 by The Onslaught Press. In her poetry she is interested in exploring traversable boundaries – blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, the masculine and feminine, as well as the familiar and the unfamiliar. She is deeply inspired by psychoanalytical approaches to poetry. She is also keen on making short poetry films, as she has a strong interest in visual art and film-making too, and she tests innovative ways of presenting her poetry. Nisha was a GlogauAIR resident in 2015.


Meet the Artist

Galen Gibson-Cornell

MEET THE ARTIST is a series of short interviews given by GlogauAIR's resident artists. The aim is to provide the public with the opportunity of getting to know the artist behind the art as well as to get a glimpse of the creation process that can rarely be seen.

Meet the Artist: Galen Gibson-Cornell on Vimeo

Galen is a visual artist working at the intersection of printmaking, photography, and urban commentary. He examines printed posters pasted on city walls, and the anonymous passers-by who might rip, tear, over-paste, scribble, or otherwise retaliate against them. He interacts with these poster surfaces by methodically photographing specific sites, collecting poster detritus and other ephemera, and deconstructing them in his studio.


Roger Mas

Institut Ramon Llull

20:00 @ GlogauAIR

Using texts in which street slang and literary language merge with archaic speech, Roger Mas is able to create a special and spontaneous atmosphere with the support of the audience. Irredemp concert gets its inspiration from three sources: modern music, Mas' own tradition and traditional music from all over the world.

Roger Mas (Solsona, 1975) was born in a family of musics. During his early career as singer and composer he won the Premi de Catalunya Ràdio in 1996. Since then he has released 9 albums, for each of his projects he has obtained different distinctions and recognition from the critics and developed a honest songwriter personality. His work is marked by a great and clear creativity and shows why Roger Mas is one of the rising voices of the European songwriting scene.

The concert will take place at GlogauAIR, non profit organization that was founded in 2006 by the spanish artist Chema Alvargonzález, to create a meeting point for artists of different disciplines and encourage the collaboration between different artistic profiles and nationalities. With this aim regularly take place at GlogauAIR the Open Studios Exhibitions as well as other events like video and sound art, performance festivals and concerts. The residence is located in one of the Jugendstil buildings conceived as a school by the renowned architect Ludwig Hoffman in 1896.

A collaboration with the Government of Catalonia and the Institut Ramon Llull.

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