“Freunde von Freunden” (FvF) is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. For Léa Bouchat’s interview with Min Jun Park, Nils Clauss was invited to photograph this leading Korean musical artist, who by the name of DJ Soulscape creates an eclectic blend of old and new music.
Min Jun Park recently released music that pays homage directly to old, forgotten Korean music from the 1960s and 70s. This sound was heavily influenced by American music when the US Armed Forces were based in Seoul after the Korean War and was later suppressed by government crackdowns, thereby pushing Korea’s collective memory of its bold music history underground. In a society where the majority of the young population listens to Korean pop, Min Jun has succeeded in raising awareness of this forgotten music era. In the hope of refreshing the Seoul music scene he started a DJ collective called 360 Sounds.
To read the interview and view the images, please follow this link.
Fotografien zu Symptomen der Gegenwart
With works by
Nils Clauss, Wolfram Hahn, Bettina Lockemann and Kai von Rabenau
05th April – 31st May 2013 || Opening: Thu, 04th April 2013, 7 pm
ARD Hautstadtstudio, Wilhelmstr. 67a, 10117 Berlin
The exhibition at ARD Hauptstadtstudio presents four photographic positions that subtly comment on themes of recent political interest – energy politics, social networks, EU organisation and global financial crisis.
Shiny fassades, dreariness of administration in black & white, deep insight into private areas, and the proverbial drop in the bucket; the photography of the four young artists shine a light on visual aspects, features and symptoms of each particular subject and let one draw conclusions on their inherent structures as well as their modes of operation and action.
The photographs invite the viewer to reflect upon in which – mainly visually distinguished – framework social processes happen and how they and their structures influence our behaviour and perception.
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Underwood International College (UIC) was established in 2005 and is part of Yonsei University, which is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. Nils Clauss was kindly asked by UIC to photograph the Yonsei campus, UIC facilities, classes and students for their official 2013 brochure.
Between the 5th and 10th of November 2012 the Goethe-Institut Korea arranged a unique visit of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO) with conductor Alexander Liebreich in Pyongyang, North Korea. As guests at the Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory the orchestra was working on a concert program together with North Korean music students playing Joseph Haydn, Witold Lutosławski next to a traditional folk song called Doraji, which is part of the standard repertoire in North and South Korea alike. In addition to joint orchestra rehearsals the Goethe-Institut Korea and the MKO arranged chamber music classes. After 3 days of rehearsals the German-Korean ensemble performed the works in a closing concert at the Pyongyang conservatory.
Nils Clauss was kindly invited by the Goethe-Institut Korea to join and document this special event in form of a short documentary.
Everyone in Berlin, Germany, is kindly invited to join the opening reception of the group exhibition FREMDUNGEN at the GALERIE WEISSER ELEFANT on the 20th of October at 7pm. This group exhibition will present Nils Clauss’ award-winning series URBAN NATURE alongside the work of Wolfram Hahn, Andy Rumball, Kai von Rabenau, Rainer Sioda and Hannes Woidich. The exhibition will run until the 17th of November and can be visited Tuesday to Saturday from 1-7pm (Auguststrasse 21, 10117 Berlin).
The title of the exhibition, the derivative ‘Fremdung’, refers to several different forms of perception of the other, the unknown, the distant. In German language it can be linked with expressions of contemporary socio-°©‐cultural discourses – alienation, disassociation, infiltration, estrangement, being disconcerting or outlandish – that can influence our life and culture and implicitly shape the notion of what we call home.
We become aware of our own identity by the incursion of something alien, which it threatens to discompose. The outside, the unknown is being demarcated in order to assert the concept of our existence. But what do we actually know about the construction of what we call home? Don’t we need the other to comprehend our own existence? And don’t we find a lot of our own ideology in the definition of the unfamiliar?
The exhibition Fremdungen, prepared and compiled by Daniel Klemm (UNCOMMON PLACE, Berlin), in its range of works mirrors the different strategies how to deal with the unknown, the seemingly strange and that what we cannot or do not want to understand. The artists show us their interpretation of what amounts to be the alien and the home: their own originally created ‘Fremdungen’.
Stadtaspekte is a German online magazine in search of “the reverse side of the city”. Through their publications they seek to find out “why and how we live in certain places”. In their recent issue the magazine features Nils Clauss and his URBAN LANDSCAPE and URBAN NATURE series. For more information feel free to check out the article online.
Nils Clauss was kindly asked by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Hamburg Messe und Congress to document the German Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu. A big thanks to everyone at the German Pavilion for their great support!
INTERIORS featured the WAREHOUSE photographs in their latest print publication (Vol. 310, July 2012, p. 94-106). Warehouse is a pub & restaurant in Seoul founded by the New Yorker Jason Choi. Recently the establishment has been given a complete new look by American designer William Craig and German architect Ralf Zabel. Nils Clauss was kindly asked to document this brand new location.
Nils Clauss was kindly asked by the Pavilion of the Russian Federation to photograph their National Day celebration and the Russian Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu. A big thanks for everyone at the Russian Pavilion for their great support!