To watch children playing and listen their stories is a pleasure for most artists. Children are curious, they wonder, ask, look and talk frankly. If you want to reach them stories are the best. You have to fascinate them. This is both, easy and difficult. They are simply different. It made me smile watching my 9 years old granddaughter, a really brilliant young lady talking seriously to her barbies. Is that the same girl that five minutes ago explained and demonstrated what a screenshot is?When I developed the idea for the „Tatort Tübingen oder das gefährliche Leben des Wachtmeisters Glotz“ I wanted to tell the kids that ‚police ‚ means more than law and order. Maybe that my way seems to be strange, but they like it.
The constable Glotz is horrified by an order that he has to do his job no longer on car, but walking through downtown. He has a terrible dream. A gang of young people is chasing him, playing evil pranks and doing forbidden things. When the torture comes to an end throwing him into a dark cave he wakes up .sweating and shivering. But there is no darkness and threat! The sun is shining in his bedroom and he hears the children in the kindergarten laughing and chatting. At the end the brave policeman envites them all to an icecream.
That was 1987. But I never lost my trust in the enlightenment!
Axel von Criegern, Tatort Tübingen oder das gefährliche Leben des Wachtmeisters Glotz; Tübingen (Osiander), 1987
If an artist creates a parallel world, she or he do experience what creation means. You have to invent this new world. Errors are inevitable. You will realize that you are on a one way road and you may end with a hubris or mania. Symptoms of a mania will be if you can’t stop developing your private parallel world before including everything. I realized that when we studied fables in an illustration research project. Immediately I started to transform Aesop fables into „Tuwo “ fables. Our vacations at the cote d‘ azure became Tuwo vacations. I even developed a concept for a Tuwo Research Institute . This sounds like an obsession and a loss of reference to reality. Certainly it is. But we should keep 😎, because creativity is inextricably bound up with dreams, imagination and fantasy , isn’t it?!
Maybe that we are the most developed beings on the ‚ blue‘ planet. But we cannot think beyond our brains. So when we imagine parallel worlds we think human. And we need to think and feel very simple, archaic, because only this way parallel worlds are imaginable. And since I don’t want to imagine a hostile, abominable world, my parallel world is positive. Some issues are shown in the following pictures.
What the Tuwos learned from this unpleasant experiences was to search for their origins and to reconstruct their history. They could identify very old and very enigmatic archaeological finds as Tuwos. Very clearly had their ancestors settled all around the world; discoveries that gave the Tuwos a history and made them very proud.
We are so much used to our system of history and art history, that we have difficulties to classify the art of any parallel world. But remember that our history of art is by no means plain and transparent: think about the thousands of years after the Stone Age or the migration period, periods of cultural darkness, iconoclasm, art prosecution for political, religious, economic, racial reasons. We know little about the history of the Tuwos, but they certainly had and have their dark sides too; remains the hope, that they learn from our ‚ parallel world ‚.
It is fascinating to watch the tuwos struggle for recognition by our world. It was a hard and long way to create what we call an identity. They must have suffered a lot from the lack of respect. First they tried the story of a tuwo waking up from a long dream facing a strange world. (s. Barbarossa in the mountain Kyffhäuser or Washington Irvings „Rip van Wrinkle „). But they had to realize that this was just a story among others. The next approach was to behave more aggressively. They disturbed political meetings, messed around with banking, incited riots, offended moral, religious and cultural rites. Against their friendly nature they acted really disgusting. But that wasn’t what they wanted to be. L
This funny guy is born in the second half of the 1980 ies and belongs to the ‚ tuwos‘. The tuwos lived at this time on a small Pacific island. They are real pacifists and live in a perfect harmony with nature. There were only rare contacts with the inhabitants of a parallel world; and those were horrible!!…
Parallel worlds are not necessarily better worlds. Depending from the image of universe and world there lived terrible creatures on the opposite side of the earth, the oceans or in the darkness. In the age of traveling and exploring those other worlds became more real. I n the period of the world wars unknown powers-good and bad ones reached out to the real world, whether they were called ‚Super‘-‚Spider‘-or‘ Batman‘. And in our days parallel worlds may be other universes or production of our brain, more dangerous and horrifying than anything before.
There is a weird thing with my blog. Most of the subjects I write about have deep roots in humanities. And that is the difficulty. We are used to read and discuss issues of humanities in long texts. My apology for the very short version is that I consider them as part of the triad of picture, text and the special format of the blog. My blog is something like intellect light or reflections to go. That’s not new. There is a long history of epigraphs, emblems, satirical texts and pictures. And there is a long list of heroes who explored new ways of communication: Comenius and his orbis pictus, Hogarth and Goya, Diderot and his encyclopedia, the Authors of so called „ABC-Büchlein “ and not to forget Wilhelm Busch. And in this context we should remember the interdisciplinary approach of Aby Warburg, Panofsky and last not least John Berger, who died last week. His four features „The ways of seeing “ from 1970 at BBC tv were a revelation for me. He didn’t write a blog, but he had a message, that only he could write about. And think of possible blogs of him! A big legacy, isn’t it?
Ich stoße immer wieder auf das Problem der notwendigen Verkürzungen im Blog. Eine gewisse Beruhigung erfahre ich aus vielen historischen Vorläufern: Epigramme, Embleme, Satire, aber auch von jenen die neue Kommunikations- Formen erprobten: Comenius und der orbis sensualium pictus, Hogarth, Goya, Diderot und nicht zuletzt Wilhelm Busch. Als John Berger 1970 für das BBC Fernsehen die vierteilige Reihe ‚The ways of seeing “ verfasste, hat mich das tief beeindruckt. Ihm, der vergangene Woche gestorben ist, verdanke ich viel.