The Towers – Abstract Video Art by Joas Nebe

It’s the Little Things

Joas Nebe provides us today with an abstract video art about birds! Watch the artistry and read the fascinating backstory.


INTRO: THE TOWERS(HD/4k, color, 2019, 3m50s, 36s excerpt) “Since quite a while I am working on the issue of smallest creature, e.g. insects, butterflies, birds. I have had other issues before, too.
One big one was the visual impact that a metropole has on its citizens and visitors.
My video work always depends on where I am living. I have been living in the most part of my life in big cities like Hamburg or Berlin. Five years ago, I moved to a small town in Southwest Germany close to the French and Swiss border.
Since i am living-so to speak -at the countryside and my interest has shifted to nature and here especially to the smallest creatures, insects and birds.
Later it turned out (to be exact: this year) that insects and birds are facing among other species the greatest extinction since the death of dinosaurs hundred thousands of years ago. I read in a newspaper article the unbelievable number of 1500 species of birds only!
That was more than enough reason to continue with my issue. There was another drive to readopt the issue of birds on which I had worked before.
During the time I was living in Berlin, I used to be awfully fascinated by the different species and the mass of birds that came year after year to Berlin in order to stay the summer between the endless streets surrounded by endless multi storey buildings.
Why do birds come to at least for them to such a hostile place like this…?”

2019 MAGAZINE 43, issue 6, winter 2019, pp. 24-30, , link


INTRO: THE TOWERS(HD/4k, color, 2019, 3m50s, 36s excerpt) “Since quite a while I am working on the issue of smallest creature, e.g. insects, butterflies, birds. I have had other issues before, too.
One big one was the visual impact that a metropole has on its citizens and visitors.
My video work always depends on where I am living. I have been living in the most part of my life in big cities like Hamburg or Berlin. Five years ago, I moved to a small town in Southwest Germany close to the French and Swiss border.
Since i am living-so to speak -at the countryside and my interest has shifted to nature and here especially to the smallest creatures, insects and birds.
Later it turned out (to be exact: this year) that insects and birds are facing among other species the greatest extinction since the death of dinosaurs hundred thousands of years ago. I read in a newspaper article the unbelievable number of 1500 species of birds only!
That was more than enough reason to continue with my issue. There was another drive to readopt the issue of birds on which I had worked before.
During the time I was living in Berlin, I used to be awfully fascinated by the different species and the mass of birds that came year after year to Berlin in order to stay the summer between the endless streets surrounded by endless multi storey buildings.
Why do birds come to at least for them to such a hostile place like this…?”

2019 MAGAZINE 43, issue 6, winter 2019, pp. 24-30, , link


Artist:

Joas Nebe, who holds degrees in psychology and literature, is a self taught artist, born in Hamburg but now located in South Germany. After a few years in Berlin he decided three years ago to move south close to the French and Swiss border. Important exhibits include the artist´s “Climate Change Cartoons“ on display on exhibition “Letters from the Sky” which accompanied the Durban UN conference on Climate Change 2011 in South Africa and “Machine Fair”- a film about the mechanical site of a metropolis- shown at Museum of Modern Art, Moscow as part of “Now&After” screening in 2012. Other film works has been shown at 25th Festival Les Instants Video (Biblioteca Alexandrina, Cairo), Videoformes Festival 2014 and 2015, Sustain Our Africa, Madatac 3, 4, 5, 6 Competitive Official International Selection (Madrid), Papy Gyros Nights 2016 Hong Kong/ ART_TECTURE, In 24hours: Future Visions (SHIFT:ibpcpa) 2020, just to name a few.

Solo shows are “Intrude Art and Life” at the Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai in 2008, where Santiago Capriccio, a short epilogue to the Philosophical Cartoon cycle was chosen to be one out of 100 non-Chinese artists to be displayed on public video screens in Shanghai for one day, 2016 “Encyclopedic”, a one night solo show at The Greenhouse, Berlin, 2016, “You Did A Bad Thing For A Good Reason”, solo show at Berlin´s Cormac Weiss Gallery, curated by Marinus Jo Dimitrov IFEA (International Curatorial Award 2016) supported by Christopher Grape Fund; 2017 “On Nature” at 16:9 Gallery, UTCL, USA curated by Manzi Yang, 2020 The Palace Project, Online Fine Arts Museum, Argentine.

2017 Joas Nebe received a M 5 ARTS stipend for his video work “The Dictionary serial” (USA). 2017 he has been awarded with the Residency by Correspondence from The Arts Territory Exchange Program, 2018 with the Social Media Residency by Peripheral Forms, the Online Residency by Coldbench (all UK), the Social Media Residency by Open Call Artists by @boykeats/ Lu Gallagher (2020) and ECUMENE Residence (2020).

Joas Nebe ́s curatorial works have been shown in different European countries. He developed three projects to which international video artists contributed. “The Encyclopedic Cartoons Video Project” had it ́s premiere in Berlin and has been shown since in many European countries. His second curatorial work “the Proverb Picture Project” again with participating artist from different continents and countries had it´ s premiere on VisualContainer TV in 2014. 2017 Joas Nebe developed a project about democracy, scrabble and wordlists, called “The Democracy Scrabble Project”, had it´s premiere again on VisualContainer TV and (.BOX) Video Project Room, Milan in 2018.

Follow:

http://www.jsnebe.de/

https://joasnebe.wordpress.com

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