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JAN 19 - 02

WHEN ART AND NATURE MERGE

The recent revival of land art and its allure for cultural icons and global corporations

When Kanye West donated $10 million to installation artist James Turrell’s unprecedented, both large-scale and long-term art project “Roden Crater”, the high-profile rapper has not only stirred a revived interest into the extinct volcano turned experiential light-space venue, which is located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona and is described by the artist himself as “a controlled environment for the experiencing and contemplation of light”. But West has also shone a fresh light on an art movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, broadened the boundaries of art by the materials used as well as the siting of the works and is ever since commonly referred to as land art, Earth art or landscape art. Turrell’s project Roden Crater constitutes a perfect case in point for the latter since the 400,000-year-old, 3-mile-wide (4,8 km) crater’s land is, at first sight, not directly recognizable as any kind of purposely created art. Rather, Roden Crater, which Turrell acquired in 1977 and has ever since been working on its artistic transformation, is minimally invasive to the external natural landscape. The human intervention only becomes visible when one enters the dead volcano and gets immersed into the inner cone of the crater that has been transformed into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for viewing and experiencing sky-light, solar and celestial phenomena. Roden Crater thus perfectly embodies what the wider artistic discipline of land art generally stands for – or as Tate’s dictionary of art terms defines: “Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks or making structures in the landscape using natural materials such as rocks or twigs.” Closely linked to, albeit quite different from land art is another art movement that also leverages the landscape or at least the public space as backdrop for the actual work of art. The so-called monumental art is generally understood as large-scale pieces of art that are conceived with the clear intention of sending out a strong message or even of demonstrating a conspicuous symbol of power. Monumental art can be found especially within the public space (e.g. historical monuments, murals or autocratic architecture), while the criterion for the size of the art installation lies in the deliberate exceedance of human proportions. As a recent example serves here the enormous new inflatable artwork that street artist KAWS just recently installed at a generally accessible parking space in the Taiwanese capital Taipei. At more than 110 feet tall, the sculpture shows a seated variant of KAWS’ proprietary character “Companion”, a playful Mickey Mouse-like figure with a skull and crossbones for his head. Since ever more cultural icons like Kanye West, but also global corporations are keen on funding those heavy investment art projects to combine their financial support with a literally unmissable, impactful brand message, we at Cc are curious to observe how these large-scale interventions in public space will affect our living environment as well as the social interactions we are having within the latter.
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NOV 18 - 02

THROWBACK OF THE MONTH

Annabel Dexter Jones for 81hours at MOCA in L.A.

When 81hours contacted to us with the objective to shift the traditional jersey brand into a casual contemporary fashion brand in 2011, we created campaigns featuring upcoming icons of the international lifestyle culture who were related to fashion (i.e. art, design, film, music). This fruitful cooperation lasted over five years and the campaigns led to a sellout of the 81hours products, a significant revenue push in online sales and to a massive international media coverage. All the campaigns were very unique, but the winter 2012 campaign will always be in our best memories: In the short movie titled "The Gallerina", film producer Aaron Rose and actress Annabelle Dexter-Jones convey a lifestyle that has never been portrayed before. The story centers on a beautiful female gallery assistant expertly played by Annabelle Dexter-Jones. Gallery workers have the unique position of being a liaison between the creative- and the collector class and Aaron Rose wanted to explore that relationship. The film explores art-speak, one of modern language’s most beautifully obscure incantations. To the uninitiated, it is sometimes quite odd and entertaining and borders on poetry. Shot on location at “The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, this film is a love letter to both creativity and words. Works by Urs Fischer, Sterling Ruby, Wade Guyton, Rudolf Stingel, Josh Smith and Christopher Wool come to life through the Gallerina’s wistful dialogue.
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OCT 18 - 02

WHY ARE WE CREATIVE?

In his latest film Hermann Vaske takes the viewers on an entertaining and surprising odyssey into the world of creativity

Why are we creative? Is it in our blood? Do we do it to make ourselves immortal? Is it a reckless compulsion? Or do we simply do it to make a buck? As part of a personal quest, for over 30 years director Herman Vaske filmed the worldʼs most intriguing artists and thinkers, including over 50 luminaries, among them Academy Award and Nobel Prize winners, from the fields of visual art, music, acting, philosophy, politics, business and science, posing the question: “Why are you creative?” In his work Vaske achieved to interview the most talented creatives from all around the world: directors such as Wim Wenders and David Lynch, musicians like David Bowie and Björk, artists such as Marina Abramović and Damien Hirst, actresses like Angelina Jolie and Isabella Rossellini, statesmen like Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev or even scientists like Stephen Hawking and religious leaders like the Dalai Lama stood infront of his camera. The answers Vaske received are as varied and intriguing as his respondents. “WHY ARE WE CREATIVE?”, is a vibrant celebration of what makes us most human, most fulfilled. We at Cc have observed the work of Herman Vaske over years and are extremely inspired by his latest documentary. As Vaske says, “Creativity means bringing together two things that have nothing to do with each other and form a third”, we believe in the power of creativity in all of our projects in order to continually come up with something completely new.
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SEP 18 - 02

#dearMoon

SpaceX's 1st passenger flight around the moon will be an art project

Last week, during a news conference at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, company founder and CEO Elon Musk introduced Yusaku Maezawa as the first passenger to travel to space on SpaceX's BFR (short for "Big Falcon Rocket“) in 2023. But although the Japanese billionaire bought all the seats of the lunar flight, he doesn't want to go alone: "I thought long and hard about how valuable it would be to become the first private passenger to go to the moon. At the same time, I thought about how I can give back to the world and how this can contribute to world peace — this is my lifelong dream“, Maezawa said. This is why he decided to invite six to eight artists to go on the moon mission with him: „I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. I don't like being alone, so I want to share these experiences and things with as many people as possible, so that is why I choose to go to the moon with artists!" Further he explained that these people will hail from a variety of disciplines, potentially including painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects and more. We at Cc are thrilled by this humanistic approach and the importance Maezawa gives to the creative industries. To give a group of creators the opportunity to gain a completely unique perspective on our world and use that experience to create art for the rest of us is simply a brilliant idea. Maezawa was a skateboarder and musician before founding several companies, including the custom fashion company Zozo. The billionaire is now best known as an art collector; last year, he purchased Jean-Michel Basquiat's stunning 1982 painting "Untitled" for $110.5 million. To follow the latest news about Maezawa’s initiative, search for #dearMoon and have a look at the dearMoon website.
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JAN 19 - 01

THE FRANCA SOZZANI FUND

Anticipating and thereby preventing diseases through genomic research

“Musicians are drawn to beauty. And what could be more beautiful, more elegant than biology?”, replied Rockstar turned tech investor D.A. Wallach in a candid interview with Disruption Mag when being asked in 2016 for his motivation to have cashed out of Spotify in favour of focusing on the multi-trillion-dollar healthcare industry. Wallach, who was an early investor at Spotify, had long served for the latter as artist-in-residence and, with his band Chester French, was signed on Pharrell Williams’ music label for many years, further explains: “The issues facing consumer healthcare are nearly infinite. But the biggest problem is that our medical technology is still pretty primitive. We barely understand how biological systems work - how to monitor and intervene when they’re threatened. And we have such a poor understanding of illnesses, like cancer, that kill so many of us. I want to facilitate the development of decisive cures for the diseases that afflict us most.” This is why Wallach, in addition to investing into promising ventures within the comparatively still young and new synthetic biology market, has also founded his own initiative called the “Franca Sozzani Fund” that is dedicated to help prevent diseases by leveraging genomic information and cutting-edge precision medicine. Together with acclaimed director and photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Wallach established the fund in honour of the former’s mother Franca Sozzani who, after having gained worldwide recognition in her role as editor in chief of Italian Vogue, died from lung cancer in 2016. “When my mother passed away, I found out that she had never gone for a check-up,” Carrozzini says. “Her generation does not value treatment as prevention and that’s one of the main reasons why she died.” Aiming at setting in motion no less than both a mental and scientific revolution, the two co-founders Wallach and Carrozzini wish to seize the opportunity to substantially improve the lives of countless people around the world by helping to anticipate the risk of disease and to thereby intervene before it actually occurs. The scientific field having the potential to develop appropriate methods in this regard is commonly referred to as (preventive) genomics and strives for customizing health care around a patient’s specific genetic information, with the latter being discerned through DNA sequencing. After having met Wallach at the launch event of the book “What’s your bio strategy” last year in L.A., we at Cc are truly inspired by the passion and acumen that the only 33-year-old business man is approaching the life science industry with. And we are especially enthused about Wallach’s fund that appears to casually bridge the serious science world with the edgy avant-garde culture, and hope that his sympathy and standing, which he gained through his first career as full-time musician, will be beneficial to the image of an industry that still widely deals with the suspicion of being at least subliminally manipulative.
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NOV 18 - 01

CC ART COLLABORATIONS

Cc launches a new website in order to strengthen collaborations between artists and brands

Limited Editions, Artist Residencies, Strategy Workshops, Experimental Pop-Up Spaces: Today, ever more artists and companies realize the potential of each other, which is why manifold collaborations between both worlds arise. But often, these collaborations prove to be difficult: The company’s expectations may not match those of the artist and vice versa, or a lack of mutual understanding may prevent both a fruitful process and the sustainable implementation of the generated insights into the corporate structures. As the owners of Cc Consulting also operate the Circle Culture Gallery, one of Cc’s key strengths lies in speaking both languages while always putting respectful, equal and empathetic dialogues first: Cc knows the artist’s wishes and potential fears perfectly well and is, at the same time, aware of those of the collaborating company. Since the founding of Cc in 2001, the consultancy therefore deliberately initiates cooperations between brands and artists and accompanies both sides equally throughout the entire collaborative process. Past collaborations - like those between Mini and Ana Kras, ABSOLUT and Olivia Steele or Siemens and Chilly Gonzales - have shown that with the help of Cc as an intermediary, artists and companies work together more successfully, more trustfully and more creatively with the fulfilling result that both parties’ expectations are often even exceeded. With the launch of the new website www.cc-artcollaborations.com, we from Cc now want to expand our service as an intermediary in order to better promote creativity and innovation in the art and corporate world.
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OCT 18 - 01

CREATIVE OF THE MONTH

Circle Culture’s exhibited artist JR creates an immersive installation at the Brandenburg Gate

This week, the internationally renowned French street artist JR transformed Berlin’s most famous landmark: the Brandenburg Gate. Exclusively for the Day of German Unity, JR created a 25-metre-high installation that attracted the capital’s attention strongly. Almost twenty-nine years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, JR connected an historical image with the famous symbol of Germany’s division to convey the euphoria and joy of the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a moment that embraces and reflects the fundamental spirit of the annual Day of German Unity festivities, namely the longing for freedom, unity and democracy. Speaking about the project, JR stated: „The Brandenburg Gate was part of a wall that represented the division of Europe following the failure of a mass murder ideology. It separated women and men who lived in two opposite systems of thought.The opening of this Gate has kindled a wind of freedom that has engulfed millions of Europeans.“ JR has always been using street art as a political statement, bringing social and political important issues to light, like problems of immigration and crossing borders. This time he has surely caught everyone’s attention, bringing back vivid pictures from the history of Germany, which should give everyone a pause for reflection on the importance of the Reunification Day. We at Cc are especially delighted to the appreciation JR – an old friend and exhibited artist at our gallery – receives. He was not only asked to create a street art installation on the capital's most iconic monument, he even had the honor to build it during Germany's most important public holiday. We are very excited to see his creative career flourish and we can't wait to discover further upcoming projects of the French artist.
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SEP 18 - 01

JOYN BIO

Website launch announcement of the newly formed company “Joyn Bio”

After building name, brand and CI, we are proud to annnounce the launch of Joyn Bio's newly developed Website: www.JoynBio.com. We at Cc are very pleased that we could help our client to build this highly innovative synthetic biology brand. Read the full story  about Joyn Bio at WIRED.