Conexion Dracula is an artists' retreat that takes place in Finca Dracula, one of the world's ten biggest orchid collections, surrounded by a magical garden that blends into the nature of the neighboring national park. The event presents the artists with activities and challenges. The intended disciplines are photography, plastic arts and literature. It hosts 10 participants who have a developed artistic language and seek opportunities to broaden the scope and creativity of their work.
The residency will take place from 7-17 July 2013 . If you would like to apply for a place, please see details at www.conexiondracula.com/ConexionDracula/English.html and apply before the deadline of 23 April 2013. The retreat will take place in the town of Guadalupe/Cerro Punta, Province of Chiriqui, Republic of Panama. Conexion Dracula will cover the basic costs of the event; artists must pay for their air tickets to Panama City, overnight stay in the city and any specialized equipments or materials.
Creative Futures is Creative Scotland's flagship programme supporting the development of Scotland's creative individuals. We are committed to cultivating our artistic and creative talent, promoting professional development and advancing the connectivity and ambitions of Scotland's creative practitioners and organisations. Now in its third year, Creative Futures is the largest co-ordinated residency programme in Europe, supporting up to 200 individuals every year, developing the skills, talents and potential of Scotland's creative practitioners.
The radical change in the outlook of modern art, the transition toward the temporal, the multiple, may be viewed as the reversal of the movement that brought Aristotle's heaven to earth. Nowadays we have started bringing earth to heaven. Art has become involved in our daily adventures in order to renew everything it touches. Digitalization encourages us to accept information and points of view that even challenge our preconceptions.
As a founding Editorial Board member of this new journal The International Journal of Creativity and Human Development, I wish to give you an insight into the work I have been engaged in over the past fifteen years. I have come to the academy from the community-engaged arts sector, what now may be termed research led practice. Primarily, my interest focuses on the area of social impact and human, social and cultural capital development.
I am a multi-faceted and independent artist, a member of the Association of Visual Artist in the Balearic Islands (AAVIB) and the Association for text and music writers in Germany (GEMA), and the manager of the Centre Cultural de Sant Joan / Ibiza.
The same week as I was born in 1953, one of the first TV sets in the neighbourhood came into our house. This makes it understandable why I prefer to work with modern and mixed media. I practised ever since my childhood cultural tourism across Europe with my parents, visiting cathedrals, castles, museums and so on - and from the age of nine with my own photographic camera.
I began my creative career in my teens, being inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. After graduating in Public Relations and Marketing, the debut of my first musical works was held in the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Peter in the city of Hamburg. Then I joined a multi-media and performing project, with one of Germany's most famous groups of that era: ‘Release Music Orchestra’. In 1977, I designed an action with objects, sounds and gestures, which was presented in the centre of Kassel during the Documenta, thus coordinating one of the first programme improvisations in an international art fair. The following year I moved to Ibiza.
During the 80s and 90s, I organized several innovative exhibition projects, like ‘Ein Kürbis voll Asche’ or ‘12 unter Null’. With the start of the new millennium I worked as a consultant for aesthetics and cultural relationship with the foundation TECSAL in Valencia (until 2005), where in 2000 I organized a symposium with key stakeholders of Europe on the subject ‘Prospects of Christian Art in the XXI Century’ and published the recompilation of the papers in 2003 as a book (German / Spanish).
In the fall of 2008 I was proclaimed with José F. Tauste the ELASTICISMO as a Nou Surrealism Pitius and started with my investigations on creative internet works. Since then I have been successful with my works on the digital distortion of photographs and have had several exhibitions in Spain and Germany. Also in 2010, I received the highest support by the ‘Institut Ramon Llull’ in the Balearic Island, for the realization of a huge installation in a floating museum, with interpretations of middle-age philosophy in contemporary images. In Spring, I presented my distortion-photography in the frame of the ‘Tiennale der Photographie’ in Hamburg 2011.