Sunday, December 11, 2011

Munich's Got Talent - Creative Nite at Art Babel

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For those of you familiar with Nerd Nite here in Munich, you'll be happy to know that Patrick Gruban and team, the event's founders in MUC, have launched Creative Nite, a 'sister' event highlighting local creative's and their respective projects/crafts/businesses.

Here's how it works: Five local artists/creatives get 8 minutes to talk about their work or a specific projects, with a 15 minute break in the middle. A simple yet brilliant format.

I was flattered and surprised to be asked to participate in the inaugural 'Nite' last Thursday at Art Babel. Here's a rundown, in order of appearance.

Daniéle Brown, Schmuckdesignerin - talked about the inspiration she finds both in nature and in the city, the intricacies of her craft and the joys and specific pleasures of wearing something handmade by a true artisan,as opposed to something mass produced.

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Mario Klingemann, Computational Artisan - I recognized Mario from a Fab Lab meeting earlier this year. He presented the art he creates with code he develops which spawned a fun and lively Q & A after. wards I had a 'No Way!' moment when he shared an Occupy Wall Street Poster he created, which I had recently seen - and greatly admired - on Pinterest. Here I was a couple of days later only to find that a fellow Münchner had created it!
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Moi, talking about e.m.papers - I used my 8 minutes to talk about e.m.papers - auf Deutsch! (special props to Lisa! for the last minute coaching) basically telling the story of e.m.papers from it's earliest incarnation to it's present day form.

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Katja Bathon, Set Designer - Gave an interesting behind the scenes (har har) talk about what it's like to work on a set and the kind of creative problem solving involved. Impressive use of wooden pallets!

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Tobias Förtsch, Produktdesigner - Took the ca. 150 person crowd through the process that he and his colleagues at Casitoo went through to develop their totally cool line of bags made out of old Leitz folders.

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The evening was inspiring. I'm so glad these guys have started this and I plan to definitely attend future ones. The next one is February 8th, 2012. The Creative Nite München site is here, Facebook group here.

More images from the nite here.
Listen to a Radiosendung about the event here.

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