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January 14, 2016

2015/2016 with Gwendolyn Noltes

If December is all about reflecting and setting new goals, then January is the month to actually get to work: to push limits, change habits and work to reach goals. In our 2015/2016 series, betahaus members share with you what they’ve learned in 2015, and what their goals are for 2016

Gwendolyn Noltes

Lessons

  1. Don't focus on one project I’ve been trying to get funding for a new artistic project and I’ve put a lot of time and energy into writing grant applications. Unfortunately without any success so far. Learnt a lot and so on, but since I focused solely on this project, I wasn’t receptive to any other opportunities and might have missed some chances there. In 2016, I’d like to be more open minded. ...
  2. Keep on moving! My life motto. It’s important to keep on moving, in any thinkable direction. Even if you’re stuck at some point (career wise or personal life), force yourself to get up and move. It helps. ...
  3. Make choices So now and then I reach a point that it feels like my mind is exploding; too many things to think about and too many things to organize. Migraine is an unfortunate consequence. Making choices and listing all my activities help me to create an overview so that I can breathe again. Even though I've worked as a freelancer for several years, it remains a learning process!

 

It’s important to keep on moving

Goals

  1. Keep on smiling This sounds cliché, but for me it’s important to keep seeing the positive sides of life; even if you’re facing some difficulties. When I’m working in the Betahaus café I’m always trying to welcome people with a smile. It’s great to get one back. Even better to give a compliment with it too (well-meant of course). ...
  2. Approaching potential clients convincingly Being an artist means I haven’t studied marketing or any other ‘sell-yourself-to-the-big-world’ course, so for me it’s hard to ‘sell myself’ to ‘the people out there’. I’m always insecure about my work; this doesn’t help. In 2016 I’d like to train myself in approaching potential clients convincingly. Even better would be to have an agent. ...
  3. Collaborations Collaborations with talented people are great! At the moment I’m working on a new project with Luisa Cázares Orduño. She's an illustrator and also works as a barista at the Betahaus café. We’re aiming on a long-term work relationship. I’m looking forward to many exciting and challenging collaborations in 2016. ... 
I’d like to train myself in approaching potential clients convincingly

 

Besides being the familiar friendly face of a barista in the Betahaus café, Gwendolyn Noltes is a freelance scenographer. In layman's terms; she's a stage, set and costume designer and concept developer for various artistic projects.

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Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.


In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.



Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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