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MILLER-ZILLMER FOUNDATION - HUMANLETTER NO.03

"An 'interculture' is created by the process of interaction between different, at least two, cultures that are in interaction or communication with each other. Interculture is therefore highly variable and dynamic. […] In this process, the participating cultures or parts of them are not only summed up, but, influencing each other, form a new 'culture', an interculture […] it describes a constructive interaction process.“ (IKUD)

DESIGNED BY OKSANA DEMIDOVA

Today we are pleased to present you the summer edition of our Humanletter NO.03 under the title „Intercultural". As always we are happy to receive your feedback. What are your thoughts on intercultural communication? 

This time the Humanletter was designed by the wonderful artist Oksana Demidova in carefully detailed work through linocut for you. You will find more about Oksana and her work in the course of the letter. Enjoy!

New times discover new concepts. Since the world has been in crisis mode due to the pandemic, many have been existentially affected in their lives and work, masks have become part of a new reality, as well as physical distance in solidarity with our fellow people. When, if not now, is the time for cohesion and engagement on a large and small scale, for your near ones and for society. We are here for you. Whatever the new normal brings, we continue to work on connecting people around the globe and enabling new forms of cooperation.

Some countries are more affected, others less. What is clear, however, is that we all need the support of others at some point. In addition to the Corona crisis, we are also witnessing a growing nationalism and the division, demarcation of countries. We can counteract this national and personal isolation within an intercultural exchange across national borders and develop new concepts on the basis of global solidarity. 

Since all our projects were put on hold due to the pandemic in recent months, we have developed the Art Residency Programme to give artists whose livelihoods are endangered the opportunity to work together worldwide on a common project under the influence of different cultural backgrounds and disciplines. More about this in the course of the Humanletters. We have also been able to develop new collaborations that make new intercultural projects possible. We are actively working to create new concepts and programs and to help create the world within a new reality. 

Communication is everything. That is why we are all the more pleased about the feature in the Federal Association of German Foundations in the summer issue of Stiftungswelt/Info. We are proud to be part of the initiative "Zusammenhalt" [engl.: cohesion]

We also welcome AFRORACK from Chicago to our foundation network Since 2016, AFRORACK has been committed to providing diverse community access and the highest quality youth education centered around modular synthesis. Ever since they continue to reach more African Americans and young people of color in innovative ways. The AFRORACK brand is also evolving to address social change through its commitment to community service as part of our ongoing mission to help create thriving neighborhoods. To explore their work, please visit them online at www.afrorack.org. We look forward to creating programmes together.

Our network continues to grow from Berlin through London, to Los Angeles and Chicago. We are pleased to introduce our new cooperation partner: Noise Engineering is a brilliant Modular Synth manufacturer based in Los Angeles and we simply love their approach of packing big functionality into small modules and their commitment to the community. We look forward to future projects in collaboration!

In these changing times, we have asked ourselves how we can create new offers for our target groups. Is it possible to remain creative across borders despite a lockdown? Can we exchange ideas with artists and cultural workers and work together on a project, even if we cannot leave our own walls? For this purpose we have developed a programme in which artists meet on a new media level and get involved in a project over a period of 3 months.

Our goal was not only to initiate a new creative process and to support artists in their existence, but also to give the opportunity to strengthen cohesion in times of isolation. The work of the artists within our Home Residency Programme shows that such a concept can work:

The artists Francesca Saéz Agurto from Chile (currently living in Madrid), Roberto Santaguida from Canada, Pulpy Shilpy from India and Pavel Ruzyak from the Czech Republic have been working together on a common audio and visual project within our Artists At Home Residency Program over the last 3 months. During their creative process we were able to get some insights into their work and progress based on an interactive, virtual exchange. Even though the lockdown has for now been lifted, there are still limited travel and encounter possibilities. All 4 artists from different professional disciplines and socio-cultural backgrounds found each other for the first time within the residency program and developed a common process of intercultural cooperation on the basis of virtual exchange.

Through a live e-meeting we gave our network the opportunity to meet and converse with the artists and become part of their creative process. The conversation focused on the extent of the lockdown on personal freedoms and boundaries, political influences of artistic work and perspectives on a new form of collaboration. We would like to provide you with some insights. Time to slow down, let yourself get inspired by listening to a different and emotional perspective of intercultural collaboration. 

For more information about the programme and the project visit our website here.

We are already planning a second run of the project and to continue the Home Residency Programme until the end of 2021. We are currently looking for supporters who are interested in participating in this project, ideally and/or financially. Become one of our supporters and write to us here or donate.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Like almost all our projects, the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble project was put on hold by the pandemic. We originally planned to organize it again at the SuperBooth2020 Festival in Berlin.  Nevertheless, we are currently working on a collaboration with the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble and Middlesex University in London. It remains exciting and important. We will keep you updated.

How can we support each other in these times? 

Not only big steps make a difference, many small ones do too. Our cooperation partner Native Instruments Holding GmbH supported our Residency programme by providing software for the artists to work on sound within the project. We thank Native Instruments very much for their support. Find out more about their work here.

We support artists vs. artists support us:

In case you didn't know, each of our Humanletters are individually created and designed by a different artist. This Humanletter was designed in analog form, printed, processed and digitally integrated by Oksana Demidova. In the future every Humanletter will be touchable in a physical form. We thank Oksana for her dedication to this issue. How much work and attention to detail is behind it, can be seen in the fragments from the Making Of.

Oksana Demidova was born in 1996 and grew up in Lviv, Ukraine. Since her childhood she has been passionate about music and art and started at the age of 14 with experiments on oil painting, linocut graphic technique and film photography. In 2017 she  was impressed by the live performance of the band Algiers in Berlin and decided to work on collaborations with music bands. Since then, she has been making linocut posters and artworks for Algiers, Daughters, Foals, Bambara, IDLES, Uniform, Hope amongst many others. Oksana is also dedicated in making tattoos, playing guitar and modular synthesizers, and planning to release her music and move to Berlin in a few years.

For more about Oksana's work, please check out her Behance and Instagram.

We are now going on a little summer break to recharge our batteries for the challenges ahead. We hope you also have some time for yourself, the possibility to take a ride out, to get together with your nearest and dearest, to stick your nose into the sun, the water or a book
and to find some time for peace.  

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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