ARTISTA NEWS! – Business meets Arts

artista Maria Chiariello

A warm welcome to all my international friends!

All current and previous newsletters “Business meets Arts” are availabe now in English here! Enjoy reading it.

Lots of love, Maria

 

Artista News! - Art and Travel? 11/22

artista - Maria ChiarielloThe heart beats happily in a travel smock, provided you have the means.” – Wilhelm Busch

Hello and welcome to my ninth ARTISTA NEWS.

And a warm hello to my new readers. Feel free to send me a message if you would like to make direct contact. In case you missed the last newsletter, here you will always find all previously sent newsletters to read.

Today’s newsletter is about a question that worries many artists who love to travel: (How) can I make a living from my art while traveling?

All beginnings are difficult

If you are expecting a simple solution or a kind of panacea at this point, then unfortunately I have to disappoint you here. The truth is that building an artistic foothold that works remotely is a longer process. I’ve been dealing with the question more intensively myself for several years, I’ve dealt a lot with other “travellers”, looked at their concepts, made my own experiences and I’ve been able to learn a few things during this time:

1. The earlier you start, the better

Unfortunately, I’m not one of those early birds either, who set out to explore the world after high school, before studying, etc. Many young travelers have the advantage of just being totally open minded and without expectations. They travel modestly, don’t have much, don’t need much and accordingly they get by with little. Most of them work locally somewhere in their home country for half a year in order to then finance themselves by traveling for a few months. So part of the year is work and part of the year is vacation. The concept is probably the most common. Closely followed by “Work and Travel”, which ultimately represents a kind of combination. Knock on the spot to finance his stay. I don’t think I need to write more about it. It quickly becomes clear that if you want to do your art while traveling and not just any job, it is not necessarily the right thing to do.

2. It depends on your requirements

This point ties in with the first one, because the earlier in your life you discovered traveling for yourself and know that this is your passion or that you want to make this your life model, the sooner you will start actively heading in that direction develop and look for ways that will take you further in your “dream life”.

A concrete example: just four years ago I lived in downtown Weimar in a larger, chic apartment with a corresponding rent. I had also rented an additional rehearsal room. I financed my living with the performing arts and  I increased my income as a freelance lecturer for foreign languages. So I went to an educational institution twice a week where I lectured. In addition, I had a few individual students who studied Spanish with me. At that point, Artista Mentoring was still a vague idea in my head. Apart from that, our “tourmobile” was still a Ford Mondeo at the time, which was slowly being retired… Although this did not prevent us from completing a multi-week tour of Italy in 2015/6… but that is another story.

What I’m getting at: four years ago it was not possible for me to be on the road for several months at a time, let alone that I could not have financed myself with my art while on the road. The conditions just weren’t there. Excessive expenses and – the most important thing – too great a dependency in terms of the work situation plus a business model that was not designed for travel. Many travel lovers therefore wisely choose jobs that they can do online. Under the keyword “passive income” you will find thousands of tips and tricks, all more or less aimed at building an online business.

3. You must actively work towards becoming independent

If you want to work remotely, then it means that you have to adapt everything in your life to it. If your apartment is too expensive, then move to a cheaper one! Think about how you can travel comfortably and cheaply for yourself. And think carefully about what you need when traveling to be able to practice your art. Some people only need a pad and a few pens, backpacking might be enough for them. If, like us, you need e.g. technology, props and various musical instruments, then you are much less flexible. With us there is also the fact that there are not two of us, but three of us – our fur nose (German shepherd) also demands her place. For us, traveling in our own, individually adapted touring vehicle is the best option. But we only gradually realized that.

4. What do you need specifically to start your journey?

It all started for us in early 2019 with a rusty, old van. Since the Mondeo had given up the ghost, the dog had been added and the equipment was constantly increasing, it was clear: our new car would be a transporter. And if there’s an empty transporter lying around, well, then you can expand it… And once you’ve expanded it, you can really trundle around the world with it… so one thing led to the next.

5. You have to know what you want

Let’s get to the most crucial part of my findings. Although I had already traveled for a long time in 2015/6 and thought it was really great, it still took me an extremely long time to really understand that I don’t just want to live this part time vacation life, but preferably do it forever. I can’t count the number of “vanlifer” vlogs and room tours I’ve seen over the past few years. Do I also want to be a vanlifer who travels the world permanently in his self-built, chic camper and shares beautiful pictures on Instagram or documents his daily routine on YouTube? (By the way, this is also a way to finance travel! Many make a living from documenting their everyday life or placing advertising. Keyword: influencers).

Short, concise answer: No, I don’t want to. Because I’m not a vanlifer, I’m an artist! I love to travel, I also like to do nothing, but I would like to offer my art and my mentoring and use it to finance my living. Just like at home. And this realization is extremely important! Because – as stupid as it sounds – I didn’t know that for a long time. While I’ve thought at times that it would be great if I could “live on the go,” I haven’t done anything to make it happen for too long.

6. At some point you just have to jump in at the deep end

Well, and at some point – when you’ve set the first course – then you just have to jump. This is easy to write, but it’s probably the hardest part of it all because you have to step out of your comfort zone and take risks. If you have a well-paying job locally, you will have to give it up. You trade your security for uncertainty and a lot of doubts: can I do this? what if my plan fails? how am I supposed to do it? Etc. Doesn’t sound that tempting at first – I know. BUT: you never know what you’re missing out on if you don’t jump! For example, I would never have walked over the Golden Gate if I had buckled under the gaze of my bank account in 2017 (“oh oh… expensive plane ticket, then everything is gone!”). And yes, after the trip we had to tighten our belts really tight, but it was so worth it! I’d do it again like that! With all the consequences. And that brings me to my final conclusion:

7. Don’t base your happiness on your financial situation

Let’s be honest: you never have enough money! Even on a low budget you can experience a lot and have a great time. You never know what tomorrow will bring. I’m trying to evolve more and more into taking opportunities as they come and not putting off too much into the future. Things people always regret most are the ones they never did. In this respect: better do it now and don’t wait too long!

business arts

Conclusion

Combining art and travel is a process! It takes time.

It will take a while for you to build up a concept while traveling that will make enough money to live on. Just like on site, there are a variety of ways in which you can achieve this. The life you are currently leading has also grown over decades. Back then, you probably had other goals and priorities. If this has changed today, then it can be frustrating, but it is utopian to throw everything overboard overnight. Have patience and keep at it. Be creative and take the risk. We artists in particular are masters at looking for alternative paths. To do this, we usually have to overcome the hurdles in our own heads first. 😉

If you are already established locally and your art works in one place, then consider how to make your concept mobile. If possible, expand your radius beyond national borders or think of a model that works regardless of location. Pictures can be sent, concerts streamed, consultations work via video call – you don’t have to be stuck in one place… Have the courage to look for new paths and actively work towards your goal. Even small steps are steps!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Greetings from – currently – Sardinia! 🏝

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, a few great news of my circle:

  • Social media is stressful! I’ve almost completely retired from the monopolies… if you have any tips for a great new platform, please share them.
  • The sound of the sea makes creative! blu12 has a new instrument in its luggage and is trying it out. Have a look on Youtube how beautiful a steel tongue drum sounds: Wind & Steel Drum (I shot the video 😉)
  • last but not least: if you are interested in my performative projects and life on stage, then have a look at my backstage platform Patreon (german/english content)

And that’s it for now. Have a nice autumn. See you soon. 😉

Artista News! - We are searchers! 08/22

artista - Maria Chiariello“Every artistic achievement is a victory over human inertia.” – Herbert von Karajan

Hello and welcome to my eighth ARTISTA NEWS.

Welcome to my new readers. Feel free to send me a message if you would like to make direct contact.

In case you missed the last newsletter, you will always find all previously sent newsletters here to read.

Today’s newsletter is about the artistic search or the search of the artist.

Which search is meant?

In a certain way, every human being – depending on the type – is temporarily or permanently looking for “something” during his life. Because everyone has certain goals or dreams. Everyone desires things. Everyone questions themselves from time to time. Some do this more, some others less. But in the end everyone knows the question of whether there isn’t “more”. So I might more appropriately call the quest striving.

We all strive for “more”

For some, this striving may be rather diffuse, while others have very specific ideas and goals. For my consideration it does not matter what this object of desire or goal is concretely. I would like to focus much more on the fact of the search and on the seeker – the artist.

The artist has been searching all his life

As an artist, this search or striving for “that certain something” is essential. I would even venture to say that it is precisely this excessive search for XYZ that makes the artist the artist.

No matter which artist we look at, each individual has their own personal, individual drive. For the painter, this may be a particular style or motif. The musician is driven by a melody, a rhythm or a harmony. And sometimes there is just an idea, a feeling or a concept. This then has to be shaped and filled with content.

Artists show you the world through their eyes. Her art is always an expression of her personality. The search and striving for that “certain something” is always also the search for one’s own identity.

Who am I?

“Who am I?”, “What do I want to tell/show the world?”, “How do I want to be perceived by the world?”, “What is my story?” – these and other questions artists ask themselves directly or indirectly every day. You are always searching. Being an artist means questioning yourself and finding your place in this world. The results that we call “art” are often stages along this path.

Striving to be the best version of ourselves drives us

I know that so well because I’ve been walking this path almost my entire life. I went through different phases: from vague dreams to more and more concrete goals. The starting point is always the same: there is this huge desire to make more of yourself, to become more. To be the best version of yourself. Art serves as an outlet, but it is not the solution to all problems. Many questions about meaning cannot be answered by works of art or artistic performances. Your own identity is complex. Especially the part of the artistic identity takes up a large part in the striving and searching of artists. It’s the final boss, if you will.

A concrete example?

As I write this, I realize that it’s not that easy to explain the extent and importance of this (I’ll call it) problem to outsiders. It’s like trying to cover a whole life in three lines. Perhaps it is more helpful and clearer if I introduce you to someone who has been on his very personal, artistic journey for many years.

blu12 (Martin Schütz) is a musician and has been for as long as he can remember. Or rather: he recognized the musician in himself early on. Even as a small child he composed melodies, took instrumental lessons and sang. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 15 and never let go of it. At that point at the latest, it was clear to him that he wanted to be a (professional) musician at some point. Today he can look back on a great deal of experience and many years of professional craftsmanship. Now he could be very proud of himself and say “bravo, I did it!” – but there are worlds between making music, wanting to be a musician and carrying the musician within oneself to the outside world. And usually, diffuse dreams always become more and more concrete ideas and goals.

blu12 has been going its own way for years. He keeps reinventing himself. Writes new songs, reinterprets old songs. He has already realized himself with his own band, in a duo and again and again as a soloist. Looking back, it’s almost as if everything brought him back to his roots: from band to duo and from duo to himself as a solo artist. For some time he has been living this facet more actively: in a new video podcast show he expands the musical context with expressive recordings and spoken passages. His story is no longer just related to music. He now shows more of himself as an “art figure”. A wish that has accompanied him for a long time.

If I ask Martin if he’s satisfied with himself and what he’s achieved so far, he replies “I’m on the right track.”

And I think that is exactly what is crucial for us humans: no matter what goal we have or what we are striving for, we should at some point actively move in that direction. The path is important because it makes us who we are. We always want to skip a few steps and take the shortcut, but unfortunately it’s not that easy.

You can follow Martin’s journey as blu12 on his website. He writes about things that move him and has created some really wonderful things lately. His self-made car rooftop stage (“the endless sunset stage”) turned out beautifully and I can highly recommend his YouTube videos. (all avaible in english, too.) Check him out!

business arts

Conclusion

We are all seekers! It doesn’t matter whether we try our expression through art or just lead a “normal life”. We are always looking for realization. We are travelers in our lives, always striving for the best version of ourselves.

But in doing so, we sometimes forget that not only our visions are important, but also our present. While we seek and rack our brains, we still live. Our lifetime also includes the stages in which we are not yet “great”, “better”, “slender”, “more famous”, “richer” or or. As we seek and work for MORE, let’s not forget to enjoy the present as well and rejoice in what we have. Looking only at what we don’t have or are not yet lets valuable time pass us by in case of doubt. Life is now! Let’s make the best of it.

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • new column on my website: seizures³, here I get upset about social madness (german)
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. You can find all trailers on Patreon.
  • I’m planning a longer autumn tour: Sardinia, here I come! 🌊🌴
  • last but not least: if you are interested in my performative projects and life on stage, then have a look at my backstage platform Patreon. (german/english content)

And that’s it for now. Have a nice summer. See you soon.  😉

Artista News! - Individuality 06/22

artista - Maria ChiarielloART IS THE STRONGEST FORM OF INDIVIDUALISM THE WORLD KNOWS.” – Oscar Wilde

Hello and welcome to my seventh ARTISTA NEWS.

Welcome to my new readers. Send me a message if you would like to introduce yourself to me. 😊 In case you missed the last newsletter, here you can read all the newsletters that have been sent so far.

Today’s newsletter is about individuality.

By the way, I’ll bet at this point that nobody noticed that I took a month off due to touring and that you last heard from me two months ago. 😄

What is individuality?

Oxford Languages ​​provides the following explanation for this:

1. Sum of characteristics, features that make a person special

2. [Strong] personality in its uniqueness

When I think about the terms “individuality” or “individual”, the following associations spontaneously come to mind: personality, type, character, rough edges, recognition value. I quickly get the cliché image of a “weird bird” who does things his own way and doesn’t follow social norms. I notice that individuality and individualism mix in my associations.

Individuality vs. individualism: one and the same?

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (which, by the way, is a website that I am very happy to recommend) provides the following definition:

“View that puts the single person (the individual) in the center. The supreme principle in individualism is the freedom of the individual. Social structures such as the state or companies are only seen as the sum of individual people. Individualism and liberalism (see there) are narrow interconnected, since both models are based on an order that presupposes freedom and the individual’s claim to personal responsibility as a natural right […]”.

It is interesting that individualism is thus strongly political. At this point, I will refrain from a critical discussion of the political component, because that would go beyond the scope. It should be mentioned, however, that individualism has had to put up with accusations of “radical individualization”, neoliberalism and egoism, especially in recent years. Let’s stick to individuality. If it makes for uniqueness, then this is of course a highly exciting field for us artists. Because every good artist has exactly this uniqueness in his work. I would even go so far as to say that every successful thing only came about through this individuality. It’s always that “thing” that resonates, polarizes and creates awareness and high demand.

Artists are creative individualists – right?

If we listen to psychology, it is assumed that individuality is innate in every human being. Psychologists also agree that individuality is the basis for creativity, motivation and innovation. But not everyone uses these skills. Artists do this actively. In theory, anyone can learn to think and work creatively/artistically. It takes will and interest. It is the same with individuality.

How do I live more individually?

Individuality is first and foremost freedom. Free thinking. Free action. Without violating the boundaries of another person. Because individuality should never be confused with egoism. Individuality is also possible within a society. Usually it is our own thoughts and beliefs that hold us tight. Or we slide to the other extreme and believe we can do anything (“radical individualism”, egoism, irresponsibility). So the first step is to let go of your own conditioning and allow yourself to be free in your thinking. Only then can ideas flow. Ultimately, art is always an implemented idea. The artist and sculptor Alicja Kwade very aptly formulated in an interview that the artist’s job consists of constantly transforming abstract perceptions (thoughts, ideas) into reality.

business arts

Individuality in art & business – a conclusion

I think individuality plays a very big role if you want to be successful in a certain area. It is a high art not to be deterred from your path. It takes a lot of perseverance and consistency to go your own way without looking left and right. Without asking what the mother, father or best friend thinks of it. Doing “your own thing” without making yourself dependent on others. I think that is actually the highest form of freedom and individuality that an artist (and human being) can have. The nice thing is: you don’t necessarily have to be artistically active yourself to express and live individuality.

There are so many great artists and works of art in the world just waiting to be discovered and experienced. An artist is always a kind of gateway to his reality. When you engage with him, you are automatically taken to that other side of perception and become part of it. And if art doesn’t really interest you, then maybe it’s fashion or design that inspires and touches you. Individuality is not an “artist thing” but a “human thing”. 😉 Our uniqueness is essential for our mental and physical health. The opposite of individuality is conformity/uniformity, which goes hand in hand with strong oppression and lack of freedom, which causes great harm to people. It goes without saying that as a society we strive for freedom and should definitely preserve it.

***

Finally, I would like to recommend the following documentary series: “Is that art?” (arte). The following four questions will be answered in an interesting and descriptive way and well-known artists will be interviewed: “Who makes the art? How much does the art cost? Who buys the art? What makes art art?”. Definitely worth seeing and entertaining. (German language).

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • new column on my website: seizures³, here I get upset about social madness (german)
  • on tour for a month and back with a head full of inspiration: I’m starting an expressive video format!
  • recommendation: my better half blu12 has two amazing episodes of “Paradise Express Show” online and I love them! If you need positive vibes, just click here: blu12 youtube
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. Check out the latest trailer. 😉
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for crass projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon (german/english)

And that’s it for now. You’ll read me again at the end of July! Stay healthy. 😉

Artista News! - Inspiration 04/22

artista - Maria ChiarielloThe inspiration is such a visitor who does not always appear at the first invitation.” – Tchaikovsky

Hello and welcome to my sixth ARTISTA NEWS.

Welcome to my new readers. Send me a message if you would like to introduce yourself to me. 😊 In case you missed the last newsletter, here you can read all the newsletters that have been sent so far.

Today’s newsletter is about inspiration.

What is an inspiration?

The Duden describes an inspiration as “creative idea, thought; a sudden realization; enlightening idea that leads someone further, especially in a spiritual activity; as enlightenment and inspiration.”

The words “incident, enlightenment, thought” are often used synonymously.

As an artist or creative person, good ideas are of course the basis of our work. Best of all, we have as many of them as possible. Unfortunately, inspiration is not something that can be set at the push of a button. Or does it?

Inspiration can be encouraged!

There are different ways to get the muse to kiss you. Many creative people swear by it, to deal with certain questions in a relaxed manner and without pressure and to simply let ideas flow. Above all, creative breaks should also be taken in which the problem is then consciously no longer chewed on, so that the brain can generate new ideas completely independently in the meantime. After all, it is not possible not to think. Even when we take a break, our mind box is still running at full speed. Like anything else, creativity and inspiration can be trained with different tricks.

Routines (positive habits) in particular can help to tap into inspiration in a targeted manner, for example by sitting at your desk at a certain time every day with a pad and pen and jotting down ideas, making sketches, painting, or, or, or. If this happens on a regular basis, then you get used to it and at some point more ideas will bubble up.

As a rule, it is not because we humans are fundamentally uncreative or lacking in ideas, but because we are distracted. Our everyday life is full of them. Starting with the smartphone and ending with everyday obligations such as the daily household chores. All of this keeps us busy so that we don’t find the time to be creative at all.

Inspiration needs space to unfold

If you only jump from one appointment to the next and stress yourself out all day, only to sink into the couch in the evening, you don’t need to wonder why you feel “uninspired” at the moment. 😉 A big topic that I’ve been dealing with for some time is the “creative space”. And by that I don’t just mean the time we should take for ideas (or creative work), but literally the space; the environment in which we move.

It strikes me again and again that when I travel (and especially by the sea) I feel particularly comfortable and inspired. It gives me ideas that I would probably never come up with in my small city apartment. Since I can’t be traveling 24/7 at the moment, I have to try to find alternatives in everyday life. After all, going for a walk or listening to music are things that have a similar effect. I think it’s very individual and everyone has to find something of their own.

But the fact is: everyone can experience inspiration.

business arts

Inspiration and “the economy” – do they even go together?

Yes and no.

Yes, because inspiration and creativity are already part of the soft value skills and are in high demand on the job market. No, because the economy is far from being as innovation-friendly as it would like to be. Because today the thinking of a profit-oriented performance society dominates, which attaches success to the two parameters of productivity and scalability. A value-based approach is still rare.

I can well imagine that inspiration is dismissed in many places as esoteric sentimentality and cheap calendar -philosophy, without even reflecting on what a great gift people with good ideas can be for a society that is faced with new challenges and crises every day.

Good and sustainable ideas can only awaken when society has had enough sleep.” Joachim Nusch

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • Did you know that I am multilingual and can therefore not only advise in German, but also in English, Spanish, Italian and French?
  • My own projects need me! I have so many great ideas in my head that I definitely want to tackle in the near future (I won’t reveal more yet)
  • ADVERTISING for my better half Blu12: the mobile stage on his tour bus is ready and soon he will start a podcast about his path as an artist: look here!
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the auditory show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. Check out the new trailer. (german) 😉
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for crass projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon (german/english)

And that’s it for now. You’ll read me again at the end of may! Stay healthy. 😉

Artista News! - Art Thinking 03/22

artista - Maria Chiariello“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

Hello and welcome to my fifth ARTISTA NEWS.

I am happy about every single reader who has joined. I would like to know more about you. Send me a message if you would like to introduce yourself to me. 😊

In case you missed the last newsletter, here you can find all previously sent newsletters to read (german, link to english in every newsletter).

Today’s newsletter is supposed to be about Art Thinking.

What is Art Thinking?

Art Thinking can be described as the way of thinking like an artist. It is less about creating art and more about the process of finding (creative) solutions. Anyone who has been following me for a long time knows that I have been dealing with art and artistic approaches for a long time. And apparently it is now so present in my external communication that I have been asked several times whether the Art Thinking method came from me.

To put it bluntly: No. Everything that goes into my work is based on evidence-based research. There are many smart people who have been dealing with the potential of art & creativity for several decades. Of course, my own experience is also included, but in general my experience can be proven at any time with practical examples. There are many fascinating books on the subject. You will find a selection linked at the end of the next paragraph.

What are artistic interventions?

The various approaches (by artists) are referred to as artistic interventions. These can be various characteristics such as curiosity, willingness to experiment or impartiality. But also practical things, such as asking questions, listening carefully, not being unsettled when things fail, etc. I think it becomes clear that the artistic approach means an open-minded, almost playful way of thinking, in which people experiment – and without any pressure of expectation. This way of thinking is in direct contrast to rational, planned thinking, for example, in which very specific solutions are to be aimed at.

Much can be learned from artists

For an artist these things are perfectly logical. Otherwise it would probably not be possible to create new things. But this way of thinking only becomes interesting for “non-artists” who are used to a rational (linear) way of thinking. Especially with complex problems (and crises), rational thinking often reaches its limits. This is where a fresh perspective and a different strategy can help.

Why not approach challenges the way an artist does? Maybe the solution has to be creatively “created” first.

business arts

What can “the economy” learn from Art Thinking?

I once put it as follows: Business plans, forecasts and safeguards, while art questions, provokes and initiates. Great things can happen when both join forces. Personally, I believe that a paradigm shift would do well, in which the potential of artistic approaches is seen and understood. Many things in business may work well and “take their course”, but this does not apply forever. Our world is becoming more and more complex and crises are increasing: creative and practice-oriented solutions are required in this case. Because scalability and forecasts (alone) will not help us.

There are always positive examples of artistic interventions: performance art, for example, which draws attention to important topics with posters/images/photographs. In urban development, for example, urban gardens are created. Installations serve to make historical places more visible. In general, artistic interventions open up a view of the bigger picture. Here you can see more “best practice” examples from organisational, personnel and product development: company culture economy

Recommended books/research on Art Thinking:

Art Thinking – Amy Whitaker
Artistic Interventions – Dr. Berthoin Antal

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • Artista needs a backdrop! I am frequently asked for online workshops and zoom calls; a suitable setting is now needed for this. 😉
  • Tour start is imminent! It’s supposed to start in April: with a new on-board network in the Tourmobil, the first small trip of this year starts (destination: the sea)
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the auditory show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. Check out the new trailer. (german) 😉
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for crass projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon (german/english)

And that’s it for now. You’ll read me again at the end of April! Stay healthy. 😉

Artista News! - Art needs democracy 02/22

artista - Maria ChiarielloPutting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will.” – Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

Hello and welcome to my fourth ARTISTA NEWS.

It’s nice that you’re here or that you’re new to it. I thought long and hard about how to start today’s newsletter. Do I simply ignore the current events because the media plays them up and down, or do I address them precisely because not writing about them would feel like closing my eyes to the ones who are suffering right now?

As an artist soul, I always have one leg stuck in current events – I can’t help it, even if all the bad news often blow my mind. Anyway, I try to stay hopeful and focus on the positive things. Even if it is hard sometimes.

Social media should be used with caution

I’m extremely critical of social media at the moment. As in every crisis, camps form. In stressful situations, we humans quickly fall into black and white thinking if we are not careful. Good vs. bad. Right vs. wrong. For vs. against. But unfortunately it’s not that simple. Crises are highly complex. Communication is complicated. And not everything that is said or shown out there has to be true. Because we can see and forward information around the clock via Twitter & Co, we fire up a machine (albeit well-intentioned). Of course, this also spreads propaganda and false reports very quickly. I don’t want to lean too far out of the window, but it seems to me that with social media we are already in the middle of the war and actively participating. We’re fighting a kind of “online war” that is psychologically burned into our heads. This is not good. 

At this point, I find the work that so-called “fact checkers” are doing at such a time (and of course also afterwards) interesting. The organization “Sicher im Netz” [“Safe online”] provides helpful tips on how we can recognize fakes and disinformation. It’s not just about war propaganda, but about the opposite: namely covering up attacks on Ukraine in order to downplay and relativize the war.

This war threatens us all

The fact is, this war concerns us all. And the wave of solidarity around the world gives hope! I’m not a war expert and I don’t know anything about power politics. But as a freelance artist, democrat and freedom-loving person, this war is an attack on the freedom of all of us. That is unacceptable.

Pinchuk art centre
Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine, 2015 – Garden bed as a tank (art installation)

Art needs democracy

Artists are always somewhat activist. They reflect the beautiful and the ugly sides of a society as well and find an expression for things that are otherwise hushed up. Freedom of expression has been severely restricted in Russia for years. It is not surprising that hierarchical structures always try to eradicate critical voices and this of course primarily affects artists, cultural workers, researchers and other free spirits. And despite this structural oppression, many brave people have found [and still find!] a way to resist. This resistance is important, because otherwise injustice has free rein.

How are artists in Russia and Ukraine dealing with the current situation?

Artistic resistance exist for a long time. Already at the beginning of February, 350 well-known artists and authors made an appeal against the Russian troop deployment and already saw the escalation of the situation coming. The culture industry has been issuing warning words for years. But no one listened to them. For many cultural workers, Russia’s invasion came as no surprise. Initiatives such as “Heart for Ukraine” (from Berlin) have been carrying out music and art projects with Ukrainian children in war zones for several years, in order to give them at least some normality back. In Moscow there are currently protest uprisings by Russian artists who are protesting in the streets against Putin’s war and who risk ending up in prison. Theater managers and artistic directors are terminating their employment contracts at Russian state theaters in order to distance themselves from Russia’s war crimes. Of course, the whole thing also has an impact on the German cultural landscape, which is home to international actors, directors etc. Many state institutions are seperating themselves from various (Russian) characters, who obviously sympathize with Putin. 

It quickly becomes clear: the damage that Putin has caused to Russia is huge. His reputation has been damaged internationally. And of course it doesn’t just affect him. Of course, that’s a cold consolation. But I follow the worldwide (sincere) resistance to Putin’s politics with respect and hope that enough people around the world will prove to him that he can’t do whatever he wants to.

And what does all this have to do with art & business?

Admittedly, drawing the line from an unjust war to the culture industry seems pretty far-fetched at first. But as I wrote above: The world is highly complex. In our globalized system, we are all entangled with one another. When a country is burning on the other side of the world, people come to our side of the world. So it is not surprising that Claudia Roth (our minister of education/culture) has already announced aid for Ukrainian artists. “Art & culture are the elixirs of life for democracy,” she summarized the whole thing nicely.

If we can learn one thing from artists, it is that we do not close our eyes to injustice and use and defend our freedom of speech. We should do this for those who can no longer do it for themselves. It’s our responsibility. We cannot use the advantages of a globalized world every day and then – when things get uncomfortable – turn our backs on those in need.

In this sense: be in solidarity! Because if the current situation has shown us anything, it is that we should never take our peace for granted and things can change very quickly.

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • not a new project, but I’m very proud to have been nominated for the Grimme Online Award! My satirical memes of 2020 were suggested. 
  • I am currently conceptually supporting blu12, who is building his “endless sunset stage” (a mobile stage on the car roof)
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the auditory show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. Check out the new trailer. (german) 😉
  • my heart project “Crazy Heart Tour” started as crowdfunding and is now an integral part of our business model. Curious how this works? Then have a look here: The Crazy Heart Tour
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for crass projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon (german/english)

And that’s it for now. We’ll see each other again at the end of March! Stay healthy. 😉

Artista News! - The value of cultural landscape 01/22

Art is the free excess power of a people that is not wasted in the struggle for existence.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Hello and welcome to my third official ARTISTA NEWS.

Thank you for taking part.

First of all, I wish you a wonderful start into the New Year! So that you may work on all your projects and dreams with a lot of energy and thus meet them bit by bit.

Today I would like to invite you to think about an really important topic:

What is the current value of our cultural landscape for our society? 

Of course I am speaking for the german landscape, but anyways, I think that there are global parallels somehow. Art is important. We all know that. But is enough being done to protect free art? What about the actors behind the art and cultural landscape? I don’t even want to go into what the financial situation is like for many artists – there are enough reports of that online.

Rather, I would like to point out the consequences for our society that result from a lack of cultural diversity.

Clichés dilute values!

When we think of artists, our clichés often range from “outlaw” to “vagabond”. We think of painters sitting in their studios. We think of eccentric guys who don’t feel like getting a “real job” and instead pursue their passions at the expense of empty pockets. We’re thinking of actors in hobby ensembles just struggling to keep their heads above water. We often assume that artists can’t make a living from their art anyway and are only doing their “hobby” on the side.

As a full-time performing artist, there are two questions that constantly accompany me:

1. Do you do this full-time?, 2. Can you make a living from it?

That’s how deep the clichés of the unemployed artist are. We professional artists fight against these prejudices every day. Because these clichés are a structural problem that significantly influence the value of art. If we perceive artists as a fringe group of “dreamers” who don’t do any real work and live with empty pockets, then the basis for realistic assessment and appreciation is missing. It is often forgotten that “the arts and culture landscape” is a huge, diverse field full of different actors. The term “creative culture” is so vague that it means all creative professional groups from painters to copywriters. Even marketing describes itself as a creative economy.

Culture is more than a leisure offer!

Of course, this problem also became clear in the Corona policy: the art and culture industry is simply dismissed per se as a “leisure facility” in various legislative decisions of the government. This means that museums, theatres & operas are legally treated like swimming pools, cinemas and clubs. – No wonder that the German Cultural Council raised its voice against it several times and at least managed to ensure that the cultural institutions are now treated as such. Because that is what constitutes social value. The German Cultural Council is currently trying to ensure that cultural institutions are equated with educational institutions and places of learning. I would welcome that too, because culture is education.

Culture is education

If, for example, I am booked with my children’s theater in a primary school, the fact that the play also has an entertainment character quickly fades into the background. Much more the children experience a different format of education. Through our game we teach them (in an artistic way) values ​​such as tolerance and friendship. Through our performance they get to know a whole new kind of communication. Many children come into contact with the medium of theater for the first time. All this is more education than fun. Thinking that theater is “just fun & entertainment” says a lot about the value you place on it.

Diversity is our greatest asset

Our society thrives on diversity. It needs a wide variety of offers and actors, it needs the discourse that results from it. Art often aims to stimulate thought, to criticize things and to poke one’s finger in certain wounds. Where words fail, the artist finds other ways to address problems. Each format has its own justification: from comedy clubs to contemporary art exhibitions. Art reflects current events, comments on and criticizes them. This is incredibly important and valuable! I don’t need to mention what happens when we are no longer allowed to criticize and there are no more socially critical opponents. We then steer straight to uniformity and conformity. And that doesn’t just begin when the last artist has given up his profession because he’s scratching the bottom of his livelihood, but long before that: collectively, in all of our heads.

So the next time someone tells you they’re a professional artist, remember that in front of you is a self-employed entrepreneur who not only works creatively, but also works in a bloody tough field. And let’s be honest: we artists may work in a creative field, but a lot of what we do behind the scenes is very ordinary work that every self-employed person knows. From accounting to self-promotion, we do exactly the same things as all other small and medium-sized companies. Usually even more, because we are often solopreneurs. 😉

What does this mean for us?

Artists often think in complex ways. They love metatextual levels. The true work of art usually hides beneath the surface. In many situations in life it can be an advantage to look behind the facade and ask yourself “what is this person trying to tell me?”.

Questioning yourself and your surroundings regularly keeps the mind fresh and prevents us from getting stuck.

Banane mit Tape

What about this banana?!

Is this a banane, taped on a wall? Yes. On the surface it is. But it’s also a wonderful artwork from an really intresting artist. This artpiece is called “Comedian” by Maurizio Cattalan. The italian artist did a great social criticism with this banana.

Read more about it: the idea of Cattalan (worth 120.000 bucks)

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • new slogan, new luck! If you are attentive and stop by my website from time to time, you will have noticed: Artista Mentoring now stands for “New Drive through New Thinking” 💡
  • Do you already know the MITOSSI RADIO SHOW – the auditory show for your ears! A joy for all lovers of podcasts, live music & radio plays. Feel free to listen to my voice in the trailer. 😉
  • my heart project “Crazy Heart Tour” started as crowdfunding and is now an integral part of our business model. Curious how this works? Then have a look here: The Crazy Heart Tour
  • As mentioned above, my mobile children’s theater is not only entertainment, but a great medium to give children important values. My oldest and favorite stage character is the sailor Grünzipfel (camera slapstick)
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for crass projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon

And that’s it for now. Have a wonderful time!  You’ll read me again next month! 😉

Thanks for reading! Hope you are doing great!

Artista News! - AI meets Christmas 12/21

“The artist was always completely integrated into society, but not into the society of his time, but into that of the future.” – Ernesto Cardenal

Hello and welcome to my second official ARTISTA NEWS.

Thank you for taking part.

I wish you and your loved ones a few happy holidays and lots of positive energy after all these challenging times. Today I thought about stepping out of line with my newsletter. I don’t want to lose big words, but instead let a few pictures speak for themselves.

 Have fun! Maybe that will create a little more Christmas spirit? 😉

If you are now wondering whether I created these fancy pictures, then unfortunately I have to disappoint you. That was not me.

An AI “painted” these pictures – with my help. I just fed her with a request for a Christmas mood and chose a style – et voilà! She did the rest within 10-20 seconds. Kind of crazy considering how long illustrators sit on some works … right?

If you’d like to play around with the creative AI, feel free to do so here: WOMBO Dream

[There are, of course, tons of other tools and apps for AI ART. What I like about Wombo is that it also works in the browser and runs without registration.]

 

Will this mean that artists will soon become obsolete?

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t examine the matter critically … So at this point at least a few brief thoughts on it.

Personally, I don’t believe that AI can and will ever replace human artists. AI wasn’t primarily designed to create art. Basically everything to do with AI art is more of a gimmick to play around. A machine does not do art with the intention of expressing something specific or of realizing itself. These are human needs that have always shaped art and make it what it is. Art is human expression.

I assume that AI art will, however, establish itself as an independent branch of digital art. In interaction with human creativity and an artistic approach, completely independent works of art are possible. Digital art hits the nerve of our time. This can currently be observed in the whole hype about NFT (non fungible tokens) – although one should of course not ignore at this point that this is also particularly interesting for investors and blockchain fans. In principle, it’s less about art and more about commercialization and profit. Incidentally, also an interesting topic that I would like to deal with even better. 😉 (Spoiler: blog article will follow.)

But for today I’ll let it be good.

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • Ciao social media, hello newsletter! I only treat social media neglected. That’s why I write regularly for my blog and love to stay in touch with you through my newsletter. Gladly forward to interested parties! Registration link here: NEWSLETTER
  • My heart project, the “Crazy Heart Tour”, started as a crowdfunding campaign and is now an integral part of our business model. Curious how it works? Then take a look here: To the Crazy Heart Tour
  • Winter time is always fairytale time for me: from November to December we play a wonderful Christmas theatre-play. The “day fairy” is one of my personal favorite roles. You can find a glimpse of my lively fairy here: Day Fairy & Night Prince
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is usually not enough for blatant projects; You can support us stage heroes on our personal backstage platform Patreon – the current highlight: our MITOSSI® Christmas Special Radio Show! Would you like to listen to the trailer? Here we go!
  • btw: MITOSSI is trademarked & officially registrad as a brand yet! 😊

And that’s it for now. Have a wonderful time!  You’ll read me again in the new year! 😉

Thanks for reading! Hope you are doing great!

Artista News! - How far is Art allowed to go? 10/21

“Don’t think about creating art, just do it. Let everyone else decide whether it is good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. As they decide, create more art.” – Andy Warhol

Hello and welcome to my first official ARTISTA NEWS.

Thank you for taking part.

Today I would like to invite you to think about the following question:

How far is art allowed to go?

Especially in a society in which increasing divisions are noticeable and the freedom of expression is suffering, this question is perhaps becoming more and more important.

When it comes to complex questions, it often helps to look at definitions. first of all we should clarify what exactly art is and what its role is. But “What is art?” is not an easy question at all. Various “attempts at definitions” are circulating on the net. However, there is no clear description, as this is precisely what makes art so special. Nevertheless, in my opinion, Artfocus provides a beautiful and differentiated approach, which I would agree with.

Artfocus about art

“Art is an essential form of expression for feelings and thoughts that move people. Art is less what critics and speculators consider valuable and tradable, but everything in which the artist has a piece of himself. Be it a large work or a rather modest one. It is always an expression of expressive creativity and the need to communicate.”

What I think

Assuming that art is an expressive expression and represents a means of communication between artist and recipient, the boundaries of art, in my opinion, are based on the same criteria as the boundaries of communication – it means that these are to be agreed individually with each conversation partner.

In concrete terms, this means that what seems to be insulting one person, because he/she may react sensitively, can be perceived as “normal” for another person. There are many examples to confirm this.

Probably the most prominent and tragic example are the murdering related to the Mohammed cartoons by Charlie Hebdo. Unfortunately, extremists didn’t understand any joke and avenged the (in their eyes) blasphemous drawings with an assassination attempt on the team of the satire magazine. Of course, one can argue at this point whether the caricatures were blasphemy or not. Does satire stop where entire ethnic groups feel discriminated? I keep it simple to myself: “We are welcome to discuss it, but without killing each other.

An example from the beginning of the year is less tragic when a few German actors satirically amused themselves in a video series about the Corona requirements. It was just a shit storm because those affected felt mocked by the videos. Again the question came up: How far can art (satire) go?

This is precisely where I see the task of art: to initiate discussions and question things. This of course also includes standards, rules and statutes. For me personally, the “WHAT” of a statement counts more than the “HOW”. In concrete terms: I do not react sensitively and do not feel personally attacked when someone uses harsh words or formulates coarse words, if what is said has substance. In my environment, however, I observe that many people attach great importance to how something is communicated and quickly become negative if they assume even the smallest personal attack. Art basically moves on this fine line of communication.

What can learn from the above question for our (professionals) everyday life?

Art is communication. We communicate every day. Many of our statements are harmless and do not offer any potential for conflict. But it gets interesting when it comes to emotional issues and values ​​that we have. At this point it can really bang – because let’s not kid ourselves, none of us only work together with our desired customer who suits us to 100%. Professionalism means, that we are able to work with people who we would not consider as our best friends. A business relationship is not a friendship. In the business context, it is about delivering a good job performance and supporting the customer / business partner in a specialistic way. That doesn’t mean you have to be “Everybodies Darling”. On the contrary: you should rather make sure that you are aware of your values ​​and principles and that you also represent and communicate them – whether you decide with sensivity or with rough gloves, you decide that. 😉

Projects I am working on right now
In a nutshell, here are a few great projects I’m currently working on:

  • ARTISTA gets a new format! You can already puzzle out in which direction I will go in the future 😉
  • the heart project “Crazy Heart Tour” started as crowdfunding and is now an integral part of our business!
  • I not only like to talk about art, I also love being on stage and constantly developing myself as a performer, my personal “fictional character” is the clown Ms. Italia – I am constantly working on this. You can get an impression of her (& Mr. Rockalicious) on YT: Stage Chaos Deluxe with Ms. Italia
  • last but not least: applause is the artist’s bread and butter, but that alone is not enough for working on projects; you can support our stage chaots (and/or our tour) on our crowdfunding platform Patreon

And that’s it for now. You’ll read me again in November! 😉

Thanks for reading! Hope you are doing great!


Would you like to subscribe to my newsletter? Please enter your name and email adress. And don’t forget to check out your mails to confirm your subscribtion. Please check your spam folder too! 


Support me on Ko-Fi, so I can get some Coffee! 😉

Do you like my newsletters? Are my articles helpfull? Do I ispire you? – Well, great! I love it.

If you want to give something back, please support me on Ko-Fi.

https://ko-fi.com/beyond_artista

Thank you so much!