Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.
My personal add to this would be that art mirrors the world of the time of creation. Whichever piece of art we take into evaluation, we can find the artist’s surrounding world through their work.
But how could we mirror then this digital, invisible and intangible world we live in today?
VALUE MANIFESTO, the first crypto multiple and a pioneer art project in today’s blockchain era created by Timo Niemeyer, has found an unique way to mirror today’s world.
After becoming involved in this project, I cannot help but wonder: What comes to the invisible concepts, online communication, shared economy models and manifesting against the outdated authorities, is this the perfect reflection of today?
I have always been quite a perfectionist, what comes to doing anything. I can easily keep editing a blog post for days, if I just have the time for that. Today I’m writing my heart straight out, because I have been reminded enough many times, that in the end, perfection does not exist.
DONE the best that I can at the very moment, is better than UNDONE fearing imperfection.
I made an experimental collaboration film ‘Hermannplatz’ a while back with a young poet Catri (Curiosity Killed The Catri) and my multi-talented composer friend Kwame Bruce Busia. It was more of an experiment in the beginning, but as it became a very short film in the end, I tested with it how submitting a film to film festivals work.
Any project takes time, effort and strength of mind. There are times you might struggle to find the answers, but a reminder of WHY will always drive your motivation back on track.
The film project POLYMER that I have been involved in for more than a year now, has had different stages throughout the process, as any project, but the reason WHY has always been strong in mind.
My co-producer and the writer/director of the film Matthew crystallizes our WHY well:
‘Our film is a response to the many corporate scandals in recent years, such as the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the Theranos fraud, and others. As filmmakers, we attempt to go behind the scenes and empathize with these characters, and try to understand what can cause ordinary, well-meaning people to participate in actions that lead to destroyed reputations and serious crimes.’
Matthew directing the actors in one of our rehearsals in Berlin, Germany
My personal WHY comes from witnessing the unfairness, greed and lying that goes behind the curtains, especially in corporate world. With this film, I want to raise awareness and keep the conversation going. We all have the option to be fair and kind to one another!
From the following link, you can watch our ‘Making Of’ -video and support us the way you can:
The award season has been flourishing these past few weeks around the world. In Berlin, for almost two weeks, it was all about Berlinale. As I am new to the film industry, it was quite overwhelming, but wow so enriching. I never knew how much was going on, until I experienced it myself. Here are some of the main moments of my festival time and few TIPS what to consider when taking part in one. PS. I apologize already beforehand the quality of some photos as they were taken quite on the run.
I started the festival experience with strolling around the locations with unexpected sunshine after months of rain. Lucky enough, I got to have few words with the festival director Dieter Kosslick himself, as he was on his way to one the first premieres.
The biggest part of film festivals is of course the screenings. I targeted mainly the premieres, as it is interesting to see and possibly meet the crew and cast and take part in the open Q&As if organized.
Many panel discussions, workshops and events are organized throughout the city during the festival, and I took part as many as I could and reasonably fit my calendar. The most eye opening event was ‘Closing The Gap – Creatives and Financiers on how to take action towards 50/50 by 2020’ -event organized by WIFT Germany, WIFT Nordic and Swedish Film Institute about the gender gap within the film industry. The conversation has been tough around the world thanks to the movements such as #metoo and #timesup, and it got heated here as well – in a good way to push us to work on towards the new goals.
Not to forget the fun and craziness of Berlin, I attended few nights out as well. Mainly they came out of the blue without organizing, so this is good to keep in mind when planning on morning events… When you meet interesting new people during the day, it is not a bad idea to ask where they are heading in the evening.
So planning to visit a film festival?
If anyone out there is planning to visit a film festival, one big thing I can say – the planning is the key! Obviously, different festivals work in different ways, but to plan the screenings and possible workshops, talks and parties is still important, so you don’t miss something that you are interested in.
In Berlinale, it is crucial to know when the tickets go on sale – some screenings sell out within seconds (online). For me, one film screening per day worked really well, on top of workshops, talks and parties – more would have probably been too much to focus.
In Berlinale’s case, a very warm winter wear is important as it can be freezing in February. Some true fans stay outside all night to wait the tickets to go on sale, but even though I am from Finland, I am not much of a winter person, so I preferred to refresh the event page in the coziness of my home every morning just before 10am.
Remember to get a good night sleep to have the energy also daytime, even though the parties can be tempting to stay til the next day. Good amount of parties can be amazing though, especially if you are looking for getting new contacts.
Which brings me to this: Be open to new contacts and surprising moments and occasions. You never know who you could meet and where. I met some key persons to my fun times at the festival in a metro – call it a luck or destiny.
Well lucky enough, I get to focus on my own film making now.
The world is full of stories – find your way to tell yours!
This time it took me a while to write my thoughts down. It’s not like there was no inspiration to be found but more of the overwhelming amount of it and the lack of ability to grasp it. I’m new in the city of Berlin and there is so much happening – a great deal of events to attend and interesting conversations to share.
Inspiration can be found everywhere. In every corner and under every bridge. The stories I keep finding, appear not only from obvious sources like events but also from unimaginable places, such as from my German homework. These first weeks in Berlin I have been overloaded with so many exciting ideas that I have to fight back a little to keep them flowing, give the ideas some space to grow and develop.
So, it is not really about WHERE you are looking for that inspiration, it is all about HOW. Look inside and feel yourself. Look at everything through all those different emotions you have, like happiness and anger, and let it power you onward.
As human beings we cannot always be on our ‘on-mode’, on the open and receiving mode. That’s why we might feel blocked, waiting for a direction to take. It is important to have periods of rest, so that another moment we can be full of energy to get inspired again.
The first time I visited Germany was in 2010. If I was asked before that what I thought of Berlin, my opinion would have differed a lot from today’s answer. Of course, Berlin has changed, but what has changed the most, is my knowledge and experience.
My brief point that I discovered now during my second week in Berlin, is about the historic part of this city that I didn’t know much about.
Berlin, as well as Germany, is presented in such a monotonic way what comes to history and cultural knowledge in schools and media. We all have learned about the horrors that wiped Europe past century.
But before the world wars, and even between them, Berlin was one of the most avant-garde and open-minded cities in the world. As an example, it gave the wings for the world famous star Marlene Dietrich that was famous for her openness of viewing life. Art and different ways of life were flourishing in that Berlin.
As much as certain movements have tried to destroy all this beauty of life, it has all grown back and strong. Berlin is once again one of the most liberal and free cities in the world. Cabarets have changed to techno clubs and the classical style to more urban looks, but the famous Berlin air is back in the air.
The power of love is the strongest of all. And Berlin proofs that big time.
The promised network of streets that bring everything experimental together
I have been in Berlin almost a week now, and I see that the amount of things you can experience will probably never end. The city is pumping its’ own artistic air, which I’m sure has drawn all these souls to it.
BERLIN WALL / EAST SIDE GALLERY
One of the most iconic places in Berlin is definitely the Berlin Wall and specifically the East Side Gallery, though surprisingly only one picture seemed to be packed with tourists – the famous kiss. But it is not the only art on those walls, and there are so many ways you can experience the wall. Again mirroring the city itself. Here are few shots around the wall, not including that kiss.
CHANGING MEETING TIMES AND CANCELLING
This seems to be a growing trend all over the world, perhaps thanks to the smartphones that able us to cancel last minute and keep situations open.
Here in Berlin especially, I can see that people make vague plans and promises which they don’t even have an intention to keep. Maybe it is part of the culture of this city, and whoever lives in it, starts behaving this way. Maybe it is the hectic and interesting lifestyle itself that makes people do those changes or maybe, as mentioned earlier, the human beings with the technical media around have changed. Or maybe it is occasional, just today I confused the dates with a friend of mine.
Either way, lesson learned – keep your mind open for changes!
I came up with a thought, that as amazing as art in different forms is, the real art is always the reaction to it. I often see myself watching more the people in the museums or galleries, rather than the actual art. In the gallery openings in Berlin, my interest towards those art viewers have at least doubled. It is interesting to see which kind of a crowd is gathered to see that specific opening. It tells a lot about the exhibition as well. The interaction is always the key.
ONE STREET TO ANOTHER WORLD
This is something typical of any big city, the sub worlds and areas that host various types of neighbourhoods change even from one street to another. As Berlin is such a mix of cultures, it has been mind-opening to walk around, meet new people and experience that famous Berlin air. Street after street.
As any art I do, I always listen to music while I am writing my blog posts.
There are momentary inspirations, from certain beats, certain tunes, feels. My playlists include styles from A to Z. Whatever is the feeling at that moment. Last week the list was pretty up tempo, as was the moment. Though, whatever the style, music does magic to my creativity. Whenever I feel a block, the music is the key.
I have danced since I was a child and pressing the play button always started to move my body. And not only my body, also my mind. The thoughts and feelings inside me became alive as a story through my movements.
At times, I get an inspiration to paint, and I have realized there is a real difference in the outcome depending on the music I chose to play in the background. Those choices usually mirror the feelings of that moment. With few darker tunes it is good to get sad feelings out, we all have those every now and then. Upper beats will let your heart shine.
During my travels and when writing, I use background music as the scenery requires. I was listening to samba beats when I landed to celebrate a New Year’s eve in Saõ Paulo, tight house beats before going out in Paris and Berlin, Harry Potter tunes during Scotland walks and mandolino strings under the southern Italian sun. If I want to go back to those moments, all I need to do is to turn on those tunes.
With music, your mind travels to another place and land. And since that travel is in your mind, the only limit IS your mind. Let your creativity free and experience!
WHAT IS YOUR SOUNDTRACK TODAY?
Sun goes down arriving in Helsinki,
Creating New Mindset
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When I was a little girl, some days we had all doors of our family’s house open without anyone home, us kids playing somewhere outside and running through the house every once in a while. Once I found the neighbours’ cat inside, once a squirrel. I know this sounds very careless way of behaving to some of my friends around the world who always locked their doors many times and prayed on top of that not to get robbed. Just, the surrounding culture is different.
Because of the common trust in the neighbourhood in a rather small town and the Finnish culture behind, free living was the normality. I never found a thief or someone uninvited, just those animals. When all the people around have the same mindset it is possible to create such a trust.
Trust is a big subject about which I have learned on my many travels and cultural experiences. As I am from Finland, I compare my background learned there to everything I experience.
Trust exists on different levels. It is not something you’re born with, you learn to live it from the people and culture around you. For example, my parents gave me the sense of their trust on me and as a respect back to them I’ve always worked hard to keep that trust both ways.
Trust in any community (from neighbourhood and sport teams to a country and the whole world) grow by knowing and understanding one another. The more everyone puts effort and their heart in it, the more trustworthy the being can become.
A human being is not bad, mean, greed or untrustworthy from birth, the influence of the existing world and thoughts and believes of people nearby modify every person to behave in a certain way.
A crash appears when we experience a different way from what we’ve learned. Coming from a place where you have a common trust around, I had to learn through different events that (at least at the moment) it is not the same everywhere. Police, other officials and neighbours might have their own agenda behind every action. Also it is not easy to start trusting if you’ve always been careful.
In the end, we are all the same, and only we as humans can change the existing norms. By creating more truth and trust around us, we can go ahead towards living free together. It acquires lots of patience, openness and most of all capability to throw ourselves to trust.
Creating art makes you trust your feelings and soul on paper ..or on whatever else