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MILLER-ZILLMER FOUNDATION - HUMANLETTER NO.04

END OF THE YEAR, REALLY, IT WAS A YEAR!

FACING NEW CIRCUMSTANCES IS NOT EASY, CHANGING MEANS RISKING, BUT IF YOU BELIEVE IN IT AND THINGS GO WELL, IT CAN CHANGE A WORLD.
IN THIS YEAR'S FINAL HUMANLETTER NO.04 WE TALK ABOUT IDENTITY, VISION AND OF COURSE THE STRENGTH OF CONNECTION - COOPERATION. WE DEDICATE THE TITLE OF THE HUMANLETTER ‘INSIDE OUT’ TO THIS PARTICULAR YEAR, WHICH HAS WONDERED, OVERWHELMED AND DOMINATED OUR OUTER WORLD IN SUCH A FAR-REACHING WAY, TURNING THE INNER WORLD INTO OUR RETREAT, OUR INSPIRATION AND SOURCE OF POWER, THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS, DREAMS AND VISIONS. WE INVITE YOU TO LOOK BACK WITH US. IT IS SAID THAT THE OCCIDENT IS EFFICIENT BUT UNIMAGINATIVE, WE ARE LUCKY THAT THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO US. LET'S BEGIN OUR LITTLE JOURNEY TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ARTISTIC VISUAL EXPRESSION OF JORGE CHAMORRO. ENJOY 🧡

NETWORKING IS CONNECTING...

THE FACT THAT THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION HAS INCREASINGLY AND RAPIDLY DOMINATED OUR EVERYDAY LIFE IN RECENT YEARS WAS ALREADY ALARMING FOR SOME PEOPLE. THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, IT HAS REACHED ANOTHER DIMENSION, BECOMING THE STARTING POINT OF OUR LIVES, THE FUNDAMENTAL PLACE FOR WORK, ENCOUNTERS AND NETWORKING. IT HAS THUS BECOME AN ELEMENTAL AREA OF OUR LIFE. AND YES, WITHOUT IT, LIFE, AFFLICTED BY AN EPIDEMIC, WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE COME TO A STANDSTILL. THE CONTROVERSIAL ASPECT OF THIS IS THAT THE SPEED OF DIGITAL MODERNITY HARDLY LEAVES ANY ROOM FOR QUESTIONING, PROXIMITY AND TIME. AT THE SAME TIME, HOWEVER, COHESION, COMMUNITY, SOLIDARITY AND COMPASSION BECAME THE TOPICS OF THE YEAR. SO WHAT DID NETWORKING MEAN FOR US THIS YEAR?

WHEN WE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN FOUNDATIONS, THE EXCHANGE WITH OTHER FOUNDATIONS ALSO BEGAN. WE SHARED INFORMATION ABOUT AN EMERGENCY FUND FOR ARTISTS, WHICH PROGRAMS COULD BE DEVELOPED AND WHICH DIGITAL TOOLS COULD BE USED FOR IMPLEMENTATION. THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER TO INITIATE SOMETHING NEW IN SOCIETY WAS ENORMOUS. IN SPITE OF, AND PERHAPS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF, THE CRISIS. 


CONNECTING IS TRANSNATIONAL...

OUR FUNDING PROGRAMS »ARTISTS AT HOME RESIDENCY« AND »VISION INTO THE FUTURE« RECEIVED AN ENORMOUS INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE AND SHOWED THAT WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WORLDWIDE: OUR HOMES BECAME OUR OFFICES AND FOR ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS WHO WERE RADICALLY DEPRIVED OF THE STAGE, THE PLACE OF CREATION!

THE ARTISTS OF OUR HOME RESIDENCY PROGRAM SHOWED HOW A GLOBAL DIALOGUE CAN STILL WORK, AND WHAT CAN EMERGE FROM IT. NOT KNOWING EACH OTHER BEFORE, AND INFLUENCED BY THEIR INDIVIDUAL CULTURAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUNDS, THE ARTISTS CREATED A JOINT AUDIO-VISUAL WORK ON A DIGITAL LEVEL ACROSS NATIONAL BORDERS.

YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT INFLUENCE THIS HAD FOR THEM AND HOW IT WORKS, IN THIS VIDEO. FOR THE NEXT CHAPER OF THE PROGRAM WE NEED YOU. IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST AND/OR WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT OTHER ARTISTS IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME, THEN WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR DONATION HERE. CLICK IN THE REFERENCE ON »ARTIST AT HOME RESIDENCY« AND YOUR DONATION GOES 100% DIRECTLY TO THE PROJECT. ALL SUPPORTERS GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS AND INSIGHTS INTO THE PROJECT AND CONTACT TO THE ARTISTS. THANK YOU! 


IDENTITY AND MIGRATION...

THAT MIGRATION IS NOT EXCEPTIONAL, WE DONT ONLY KNOW FROM HANS MAGNUS ENZENBERGER'S ESSAY "DIE GROSSE WANDERUNG“ (THE GRAND MARCH). PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING, MOVING AND MIGRATING AROUND THE WORLD FOR AS LONG AS THEY HAVE EXISTED.

THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST NICCOLÒ MASINI UNDERTAKES AN ARTISTIC RESEARCH JOURNEY IN OUR NEW FUNDED PROJECT »ISLANDS OF TIME«. A LONG-TERM ARTISTIC RESEARCH ON THE IDENTITY OF NATIONS AND THEIR CULTURES. THE PROJECT EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE INTANGIBLE SENSE OF BELONGING AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF GEOGRAPHICAL IDENTITY AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY. IT WILL BE PART OF THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ‘PROJECT ANYWHERE’. MORE ABOUT »ISLANDS OF TIME« WILL BE REVEALED SOON!

ELECTRONIC ART AND WISDOM...

HOW CAN THE WISDOM OF NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, LIKE THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH AMERICA BE BROUGHT INTO NON-INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES? HOW CAN WE LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?

THE UPCOMING PROJECT »AIRE - ARTE COM INDÍGENAS EM RESIDÊNCIAS ELETRÔNICAS« FEATURES A SERIES OF ELECTRONIC ART RESIDENCIES IN NORTHEAST BRAZIL’S INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND FOCUSES ON THE SOCIO-CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND ARTISTIC CO-CREATION BETWEEN INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROJECT, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK HERE. WE VERY MUCH LOOK

FORWARD TO STARTING THIS NEW COLLABORATION THYDEWÁ, NGO FROM BRAZIL IN JANUARY 🧡

SOUND AND EDUCATION...

WHAT DOES OUR »MODULAR SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE« DO? UNFORTUNATELY THE PLANNED ACTIVITIES COULD NOT TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT THE PLANS FOR THE SUPERBOOTH2021 AND OTHER SURPRISES ARE IN FULL SWING. IN THE MEANTIME, GAMMON, THE LEADER OF THE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE, HAS CREATED A SOUND WORK IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER VIENNESE ARTISTS FOR THE SHORT FILM "WIENER TEPPICH" (VIENNESE CARPET). THE IMAGE OF ARTISTS AND RESIDENTS ON A PIECE OF CARPET IS A METAPHOR FOR "PHYSICAL DISTANCING" AND AT THE SAME TIME FOR A UNIFYING ACTION THAT OVERCOMES THE BARRIERS BETWEEN THE PARTICIPANTS. THE SHORT FILM IS ALSO A CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT OF TWO IMPORTANT URBAN AND SOCIAL HOUSING ESTATES IN VIENNA, WITH THEIR SPECIAL ARCHITECTURE AND, ABOVE ALL, THEIR DIVERSE RESIDENTS. HAVE A LOOK


NETWORKING IS COOPERATING...

IF THIS YEAR DID SOMETHING GOOD, IT WAS FOR NATURE AND THEREFORE FOR US. THE SPEED AT WHICH WE MOVED BEFORE, IN THE BELIEF OF IT’S INEVITABILIY MAY ACTUALLY BE A MISBELIEF. ALL THE TRAVEL FOR MEETINGS AND SHORT VISITS ARE THESE REALLY NECESSARY? THE DIGITAL WORLD CANNOT REPLACE PHYSICAL ENCOUNTERS, BUT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW WAYS. I CAN'T REMEMBER A TIME BEFORE, IN THIS MASSIVITY, HOLDING MEETINGS WORLDWIDE WITHOUT USING A TRAIN, A PLANE AND BEING ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TRANSNATIONALLY.
 

COMMITMENT, VISION, WAYS...

TOGETHER WITH OUR COOPERATION PARTNERS FROM MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY IN LONDON, WE WORKED OVER NUMEROUS MEETINGS ON AN UPCOMING PROJECT WITH THE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE AND COMMUNITIES FROM DEPRIVED AREAS IN THE UK. WE ARE NOT GIVING AWAY ANY DETAILS YET, BUT WE CAN ALREADY SAY IT WILL BE AN EXCITING PROJECT!

WITH OUR COOPERATION PARTNER AFRORACK FROM CHICAGO WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON A PERSPECTIVE EXCHANGE BETWEEN CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS OF COLOR FROM CHICAGO AND BERLIN. STAY UPDATED!
NATIVE INSTRUMENTS IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING US AND DONATED SOFTWARE FOR DIGITAL COLLABORATION FOR THE ARTISTS IN OUR HOME RESIDENCY PROGRAM.

WITH OUR DONATION TO THE YOUTH WELFARE ORGANIZATION AKTION'70 IN BERLIN, COMPUTERS WERE PURCHASED AND THUS DIGITAL ACCESS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS AS WELL AS PEDAGOGUES COULD BE PROVIDED. 


WE SUPPORT ARTISTS, ARTISTS SUPPORT US... AS YOU KNOW, EACH HUMANLETTER IS INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED BY AN ARTIST. IN THIS HUMANLETTER NO.04 WE PRESENT THE IMPRESSIVE WORK OF JORGE CHAMORRO.

JORGE CHAMORRO (MADRID, 1972) IS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER, TEACHER AND ARTIST.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID IN 1995, HE WORKED FOR TEN YEARS AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER IN SEVERAL STUDIOS AND AGENCIES. IN 2005 HE STARTS TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, DEVELOPING, UP TO NOW, COMMUNICATION PROJECTS FOR DIFFERENT CLIENTS AND PERSONAL PROJECTS. HE PRODUCED HIS FIRST COLLAGE COLLECTION IN 2006, AND IT HAS SINCE BECOME AN IRREPLACEABLE ART FORM. SINCE 2010 HE TEACHES GRAPHIC DESIGN, TYPOGRAPHY, VISUAL IDENTITY AND COLLAGE. HIS WORK HAS BEEN EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED SEVERAL TIMES NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. SINCE 2013 HE LIVES AND WORKS IN BERLIN AND MADRID. FOR MORE ABOUT JORGE ́S WORK PLEASE CHECK OUT HIM ON IG OR FB

WE COULD TELL YOU A LOT MORE ABOUT THIS YEAR, BUT BESIDES ALL THE INFORMATION, NEWS, THOUGHTS AND NEVER-ENDING WORDS, THE GAZE WANDERS WITH PLEASURE TO SILENCE. A REVIEW AND OUTLOOK OF A SILENT VIEW 2020 HERE

IT IS A YEAR THAT WILL SHAPE US FOREVER. PROXIMITY, HUGS, THE SIMPLEST TOUCH, A HANDSHAKE, ALL THESE THINGS THAT MAKE US HUMAN, WE HAD TO ABANDON. BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, NOTHING REMAINS AS IT IS. DESPITE EVERYTHING, WE HAVE ACHIEVED A LOT TOGETHER THIS YEAR. IN THIS SENSE WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR SUPPORTERS FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. WITHOUT YOU THE PROJECTS AND SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS, BUT ALSO THE NEW GENERATIONS, THE SO IMPORTANT WORK OF INCLUSION AND INTERCULTURAL NETWORKING, LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER, WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU!

THANK YOU!

WE WISH YOU A PEACEFUL END OF THE YEAR 2020!

STAY POSITIVE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

THE FOUNDATION'S WORK IS A CENTRAL ELEMENT OF COMMUNITY LIFE AND COHESION IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD. OUR ORGANISATION IS FACING A TEST DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT. EVERY SINGLE CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP US TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES TO PROMOTE EDUCATION AND INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE THAT WILL MAKE A MEASURABLE DIFFERENCE TO OUR SOCIETY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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RESPECT AND TOLERANCE, WORLD OPENNESS AND THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL ASSETS. A FOUNDATION FOR IMPORTANT WORKS OF COLLABORATION AND ENGAGEMENT.


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