Die grade Linie ist die unschöpferische Linie

 

Just before Christmas I ran a Hundertwasser-themed workshop as a fundraiser for 101 Social Club. (If you are not familiar with Austrian artist, architect, environmentalist and cranky old hippy Friedensreich Hundertwasser, I have written about him quite a few times- you can find the entries here) People had food and drink, learnt about Hundertwasser’s work and philosophies, and did three different casual art activities- collaborative line making, resist painting, and creating architectural models of Hundertwasser-style buildings out of recycled materials. All while listening to the fine selection of Can, Neu, Fennesz, Cluster, Faust and other artists from the playlist below (I had it on shuffle on the night)


The severed hands and wall paintings were fortuitously left over from another event.
Collaborative line-making. Everyone draws at the same time, traversing the paper back and forth. You can’t take your pen off the paper, draw straight lines or cross over any lines.
Resist painting with wax and watered down black acrylic (indian ink works better, but I couldn’t get hold of a big enough or cheap enough bottle in time)
Creating architectural masterpieces in teams.

Fanzine Ynftyn 14- jo, freilich, die gnädige Frau Magister Emma ist nach Österreich gekommen

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I used to go to Austria quite a lot to run workshops in schools, travelling from school to school each week. I started writing this zine after my first trip to Vienna in 2010, didn’t finish it, and then finished it off a couple of years later. I made a few copies at the time, but then mislaid the pages again when moving house, so barely anyone has read it. I recently found them again, and scanned them, so people can order it now!

I’m working on a second zine about rural Austria and travelling up and down the Alps by train.

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Expect:
* Schiele & Hundertwasser
* Schokobananas & Schnitzels
* All the dumplings you can eat
* €2 black and white photo booths

You can get it from the shop on my website. £1 + postage. You can order a few zines for the same postage. I also have some reduced prints for £3.50 + postage. Once those are gone, they’re gone.

Hundertwasser

Every so often I like to write on here about things I like, and why I like them. I’ve (finally) been finishing my zine about Vienna, and there’s a section about Hundertwasser in there, but I didn’t really have enough space to say everything that I wanted to say, and in a b&w zine obviously you totally miss out on the colours, which are a major part of his work, so here is a longer thing about him and his work. I’ve visited the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna quite a few times, and I wrote about one of my visits here. I first came across his work in 2001, when I was 16/17, and bought a £3 book from a discount shop because it looked interesting from a quick flick through. I’m glad I did! All the pictures in this entry are either taken by me, or come from hundertwasser.at. I don’t feel like I’ve really caught  my exact favourites here, but collecting images from lots of different sources and making sure they were all credited properly would have taken a long, long time. Here’s an overview of some things.

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More Vienna- Hundertwasser

Also on my to-do list was the Hundertwasser museum. If you’re not familiar with him he was an Austrian painter, architect, graphic designer, environmentalist and all round interesting eccentric.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedensreich_Hundertwasser

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Here’s the outside of the museum

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