His photos deal with the social and familiar environment. What does home mean for the individual, how do you define memories, what sparks nostalgic feelings? Thomas Friedrich Schaefer creates photos that make you pause for a moment. Now he has been awarded the 1st prize at the Felix Schoeller Photo Award!
„Somehow you wish for this kind of accolade as a photographer“, says Schaefer about his award. „Although a jury is only a group of people, people like friends and colleagues, they rewarded my work based on their experience. It is my first award.“
BTK student Xiomara Bender has been awarded the first price of the photography award Close Up! for up-and-coming talents by C/O Berlin and the 64th Berlinale. Congratulations!
Initiated by C/O Berlin, 13 young photographers tried to get the best shots of the red carpet at the 64th Berlinale, taking the role of professional photo journalists. They decided whether to take portraits of the celebrities, the ticket sellers or take a self-critical view of the event photography – each of the young photographers chose a specific topic they wanted to visualize.
The series was being viewed by a jury in February 2014 at C/O Berlin. Afterwards Dieter Kosslick, the projects patron, awarded BTK student Xiomara Bender the first price, a Canon EOS 6D. In her series “Abrakadabra“ she documented the childlike anticipation for the film. If the film is good, one can feed on one’s personal pivotal moment. And as all the little ones will be adults in the future, for the photographers it’s the many small lights of the Berlinale, which make the film moments come alive.
Xiomara Bender’s and all other participant’s photographs can be seen in an open-air exhibition at C/O Berlin until April 2014. The works of the winners can be seen here.
BTK Alumni Alexander Jacob is “a little bit Oscar-Winner” who co-designed the set of the award-winning comedy Budapest Hotel.
A little bit of red Carpet, a little bit of Hollywood, a little bit of golden glam: „Grand Budapest Hotel“, the visually stunning, grandiose costume comedy made by exceptional-talent Wes Anderson, is one of the biggest winners of Academy Awards 2015 and was awarded with four Oscars.
The movie was honored with the Silver Bear already at Berlinale, as “best Comedy” at Golden Globe, with five BAFTA Awards, and now the highlight: the Oscar for film music, costumes, make-up and scenery. A “bit Oscar-Winner” is also our BTK-Alumni Alexander Jacob, who helped design the set in Görlitz.
„It was so extremely cold“, said Alexander in his Berlin dialect about his time in Görlitz in January 2013. Hollywood stars like Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson and Edward Norton came along, the film production lasted for three month. „We built and rebuilt the set all the time.“ Around 400 painters, carpenters, plasterers and designers created something which has now been honored with the Oscar in Los Angeles. “In the meantime we made movies with Clooney and ´The Hunger Games III´, The Book Thief´ and so many other movies– an Oscar movie comes along almost unnoticed.“
BTK graduate Dominik Fleischmann won the St. Leopold Friedenspreis in October 2014.
The award is named after the convent and is meant for artwork dealing with humane and socio-political topics. There are no specifications as to how the artistic works have to be realized. However, the content should make people think. Mottos are often taken from the Bible such as the one of the year 2014 which was “I am the guardian of my brother? from the Book Genesis, chapter 4, verse 8.
The first price was awarded to Peter Müller for his creation called „Funny Games“, made from videos taken by security cameras installed within the Berlin Underground System. It shows two teenagers beating up a man for no reason. People standing around did not intervene. Their fear was greater than their courage. By abstracting the still image he managed to visualize the aggression and fear. He used wood to emphasize that this behavior is part of human nature.
Sponsorship prizes were awarded to the photographers Willy Puchner and Dominik Fleischmann. For many years Willy Puchner has been exploring all aspects of age. His work „Dialog mit dem Alter“ is an emotional series of images showing old people hugging and loving each other. The second work by Dominik Fleischmann is called „Lakew II“ and is part of the „Leaves of Grass - Söhne und Töchter Äthiopiens“ series. He focuses on the life of people and their social conditions in all parts of the world. His work shows a sleeping watchman in the foggy Simien-Mountains in the highlands of Ethiopia.
Congratulations go to Dominik Fleischmann and Julia Lachmann! They’re the winners of the LISTROS DAY 2012 poster competition. LISTROS is an annual event for promoting enhanced youth education in Ethiopia. The competition was organized jointly by BTK and the University of Fine Arts and Design in Addis Abeba.
Even the hanging up of the winning posters all over Addis Abeba was a real joint effort by BTK students, Dawit and Regime von Listros, students in Addis Abeba, and friends. Together with Professor Hans-Hendrik Grimmling, a handful of BTK students traveled to Ethiopia for the launch. After all, it’s not every day that you get to see your own designs hanging up in the city.
BTK exchange student from Korea, Jung A Kim, won first place at Portfolio Review for the Month of Photography award. Portfolio Review regularly takes place and enables photography students in advanced semesters, as well as freelance photographers and photographic artists, to present their work to roughly 40 renowned experts from all over the world. In the end, a five-person jury chooses the three best portfolios.
You can see the work by winner Jung A Kim in a solo exhibition at dat Galerie from February 13th to March 7th, 2015. By the way: This year’s winner especially liked the inspiring atmosphere at BTK’s Portfolio Review.
We’re delighted that our colleague Yang Liu has been distinguished with the coveted Red Dot Design Award! For her award-winning signposting system in Dresden’s Albertinum, she combined neon and metal lettering. The Neo-Renaissance building is today a museum, home to the sculpture collection and the New Masters Gallery of Dresden’s public art collection. In light of this, BTK Professor Yang Liu’s signposting system unites the modern interior design of Volker Staabs with the historical building from the 19th century.
We congratulate Cedric Vilim for winning the 2010 German Youth Photo Award! He was able to win over the jury in the special category “Wonderland” with his term paper on art photography, under Professor Matthias Leupold. For his series “Hold on – Nothing new in the East”, he photographed the architectonic characteristics of the former GDR along Germany’s Baltic Sea coast – they being a symbol of the “not wanting to let go” mentality of the people who live there.
He used a twin-lens, mid-format camera, scanned the 6 x 6 colored negatives, and then completed a slight color correction on them. Cedric has been studying Communication Design at BTK since 2007. With this series, he wanted to show the discrepancy between Germany’s celebrated reunification in the press and its divide in reality.
BTK’s Assistant Professor Martin Backes has been nominated for the INDEX: Award, the world’s biggest design award. His work “Pixelhead”, a grainy mask that you can actually put on, reminds us of the important role that art plays in today’s discussion on data protection and anonymity.
The topic is controversial, polarizes, and forces us to think about our own place in the digital world. Because everything that is not supposed to be in the public domain will be systematically made to feature a grainy look – just like the design in “Pixelhead”. This foreign, parallel world is at the heart of Martin Backes’ artistic project, who teaches Sound Design at BTK.
Congratulations to BTK Professor Volker Pook and BTK student Cedric Vilim for their third design award! Their book design for the volume “Art as a Negation” by Lars Mextorf has now won the Red Dot Award, too, following the gold award from Berliner Type and the Certificate of Typographic Excellence from Type Directors Club.
More than 100 drafts and an entire year of work went into the unique publication, which focuses on the topic of Minimal Art – reflecting reduction, objectivity, and schematic clarity. This can be seen, for example, in the white cover, which features striking, neon-red lettering, as well as in the consistently two-toned design, and in the clear typography.
“China’s most beautiful book from 2007 to 2009”: BTK Professor Yang Liu is happy to receive the award for the design of the book “3000 years of Chinese publication history”. The festive award ceremony took place in Shanghai.
The design of this extraordinary book was also honored with the Red Dot Design Award 2010.
Born in Beijing, designer Yang Liu has been a professor at BTK since 2010. Her work has won several renowned design awards.
BTK’s Assistant Professor James Higginson has been honored for his experimental film “Willful Blindness” with the silver award in the category “Best editing” at the 2012 VEGAS INDIE FILM FEST! The winning films at this international festival were shown in major and alternative movie theaters across the globe.
“Willful Blindness” tells the hypnotizing tale of a man who drags himself home after being shot at. The artist intertwines the stories of three people, without the use of words or a clear timeline, mixing old memories with the present, and dreams with reality.
After winning at the 2012 VEGAS INDIE FILM FEST!, the experimental film “Willful Blindness” has now received the Merit Award at LIFF, the Lucerne International Film Festival. At the screening in the public pool in Lucerne, the audience could dive into the kaleidoscopic roller-coaster ride of three figures in the movie and go on an impressive journey to the existential questions and decisions surrounding our own survival. The movie’s concept took artist and BTK Assistant Professor James Higginson to his limit, thus ensuring lots of inspiration and discussion at the party that followed.
The photographs by BTK Professor Andrey Glusgold have been distinguished with the 2013 Felix Schöller Photo Award in the category “Landscapes”. The ceremony took place at Osnabrueck’s cultural-historical museum, where they are also on exhibit.
Andrej Glusgold sees his photographs as a way of communicating with the soul. In addition to pure aesthetics and intellect, he is interested above all in the psyche’s inner landscapes and hidden mechanisms. Andrej’s work has already appeared in several international publications and has been exhibited several times – from Los Angeles to Berlin.
We’re delighted that BTK Professor Matthias Leupold has won bronze as Best Photographer of the Year 2008 at the Lianzhou Photo Festival in China. In addition to contemporary Chinese photography, works from select international photographers are also put on display there.
Matthias Leupold is a freelance photo artist who also works in the areas of Media and Industry. He has been Professor for artistic photography and digital image media at BTK in Berlin since 2007. In his series of works, he probes the ways that series appear and their connection to society