MONTHLY UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2019

Time is sometimes a relatively complex thing. There is a now, a past, a future. Your mind can travel in time, and it can almost feel real. And then suddenly you are in another time again.

In the month of February the MINT members have in some way or another worked with time. Some looked back on an old medium for a new way of presenting photographs, one traveled into the thought of the future city and another traveled back to old photographic material about a longing for a time that once was. But by looking back in time we also look forward to the future.


WHAT WE DID

Anna and Mario have been working on a group project outside of MINT for the last months. Together with the photographers of their shared office space „Goethe Exil“, two designers, a project coordinator and a curator, they produced a newspaper that consists of ten photographic works about the city of Hanover. The newspaper is printed in a rotation of 10.000 pieces and will be distributed for free to the inhabitants of Hanover. With their personal projects, the photographers share a perspective on a city, that is often overlooked within Germany. „Hanover is a city for it’s inhabitants, less for it’s visitors, a city without the shiny facade of a metropolis“, writes project coordinator Catalina Hermanns in the press statement.

Together with Andreas Graf, Anna worked on a project about gambling and it’s heavy consequences for people who become addicted to it. Marios work consists of both photographic and written material and talks about his thoughts and emotions of his first year as a father.

On March 16th, the Goethe Exil office space in Hanover will open its doors for the presentation of the newspaper and welcomes everyone to join the exhibition, panel discussion and the release party.

More information can be found on
www.butjer-zeitung.de

For the Business Punk Marcel traveled to the future. Writer Daniel Erk introduce the article like this:

„It’s easy to recover in nature, but the future has always been invented in cities. Subways, skyscrapers, superhighways have emerged under pressure of cities, but meanwhile the city itself has become outdated. Noise and traffic jams, horrendous rents and parked roads, it becomes unbearable. An urban reboot is necessary and there is no shortage of ideas and innovations about how cities can become more humane, smarter and more sustainable: Rotterdam for example where a water amusement park turns into a cowering space. Or an architect whose houses can be completely recycled. Or at the Berlin Holzmarkt where the neighbourly club of the future is being devised.“

In the month of February Kasper traveled back in material from his five month stay in Istanbul in 2015. Here he worked on a photographic essay about the Turkish word and state of mind hüzün which can be translated into a sort of collective melancholia. The inspiration came from the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk’s book “Istanbul” in which he describe how you can not understand Istanbul and its people without understanding hüzün. Pamuk himself writes:

We might call this confused, hazy state melancholy, or perhaps we should call it by its Turkish name, hüzün, which denotes a melancholy that is communal rather than private. Offering no clarity; veiling reality instead, hüzün brings us comfort, softening the view like the condensation on a window when a tea kettle has been spouting steam on winters day.

By working on a book dummy, Kasper got a whole new understanding of the material and he can not wait to continue the work.

Also in February it was announced that Kasper will be a part of the NJC Next to You Masterclass in Kaliningrad in Russia and Iceland. For the masterclass seven Russian photographers and seven Nordic photographers are chosen to photograph each others locations. This year the number of applicants were higher than ever. See the full participant list via NJC.


WHAT WE THOUGHT ABOUT

When Marcel met the photographic artist Jaya Pelupessy in Amsterdam in January 2018 he was instantly fascinated with Jaya’s approach to the medium and the process behind. So for this month’s ‘What We Thought About’ he invited Jaya to sit down and have a conservation about it all.

See more of Jaya’s work here: www.jayapelupessy.com - Other audio notes: NYT article - Red Hook Labs - FOAM Magazine


WHAT WE SAW