Sunday, 31 January 2010

andere monjo

i love the work of my friend andere monjo.!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

pictures from the past

sometimes i wonder how life would have turned out with me working as a gardener.
(me watering the plants on our balcony in germany)

What to plant in Februray

Flowers (annuals)
Ageratum, Alyssum, Arctotis, Asters, Baby's Breath, Balsam, Begonia, Bracteantha, Browallia, Calendula, California Poppy, Carnation, Diascia, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Foxglove, Gaillardia, Geranium, Lobelia, Marguerite Daisy, Nemesia, Ornamental Cabbage/Kale, Osteospermum, Pansy, Petunia, Snapdragon, Strawflower, Sunflower, Sweet Pea, Vinca, and Viola.
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Green Onions, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, English Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, and, Watermelon.
Herbs & Spices
Anise, Basil, Bay Laurel, Borage, Caraway, Cardamon, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Horehound, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Marjoram, Mexican Tarragon, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme, and, Watercress.
Achimenes, African Lily, Alstroemeria, Amaryllis, Amazon Lily, Aztec Lily, Blackberry Lily, Caladium, Calla, Canna, Crinum, Crocosmia, Dahlia, Gaillardia, Gladiolus, Gloriosa Lily, Hurricane Lily, Kaffir Lily, Lilies, Louisiana Iris, Morea, Rain Lilies, Society Garlic, Tiger Lily, Tritonia, Tuberose, Voodoo Lily, Walking Iris, and Watsonia.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

hello holland.!

i have a feature in the new issue of glamkult. if you are in holland and speak dutch ..... have a look.!

quickly study dutch or use google translator to read already a bit of the text here:

...... Qua werkwijze probeert Sannwald zo open mogelijk te blijven. ‘Ik doe veel verschillende dingen. Soms gebruik ik camera obscura, soms schiet ik analoog, soms digitaal, soms maak ik collages, soms fotoshop ik, soms doe ik alles handmatig. Ik streef daarin niet naar perfectie. Ik vind het heel leuk om een print die er goedkoop uitziet naast een heel glossy beeld te plaatsen. Tegenwoordig is alles zo gericht op perfectie, beelden worden overbewerkt. Ik wil dat dingen juist meer bereikbaar zijn. Bij mij is de belichting niet altijd even goed, of de photoshop niet perfect uitgewerkt. Ik laat graag fouten zien. Een van de uitdagingen van kunst ligt voor mij in de mogelijkheid om controle te verliezen over de structuren die zo overheersend aanwezig zijn in onze maatschappij.’.......

("DANIEL SANNWALD" door Vanessa Groenewegen)

Saturday, 23 January 2010

magnus larsson

my housemate stefan zschernitz showed me yesterday the work vison of his friend magnus. i am a fan now- look:

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

Friday, 22 January 2010

fairly tall

today i will post a preview of one of the wonderful documentaries my partner dieter deswarte did in 2008.

Fairly Tall

Dieter says:
"This is a preview of a short documentary I made in 2008.
It follows the life of 5 young boys living in Brussels
wanting to grow up fast but unable to hide their innocence."

Thursday, 21 January 2010

prison is a place / part 4

"without you"

some of the prisoners sent me photographs of them with their ex-girlfriends. They then asked me to remove their ex-girlfriends so that the photos could be resent to prospective girls friends.

prison is a place / part 3

After one year of writing, I asked the prisoners to draw a portrait of me, an imaginary portrait of how they thought I would look like.

here a few outcomes:

Prison is a place / part 2

I asked Joe to have his fellow prisoners represent the letter in one of his poems. He was to write each letter of the alphabet on a t-shirt and hand it to his inmates. They were then asked to model the shirts and subsequently polaroid pictures would be taken by the prison photographer. A different letter in every photo. I paid him two hundred dollars, wich was sent to cover the expenses of the materials. The cash was then placed in an aluminium wrap and posted to Joe´s mother, who would in turn transfer the money to Joe. Three months later I received a reply, but inside the envelope were just three Polaroid images with the letters: A, B and C. The only word i could compose was "CAB"....

I decided to beat them at their own game by telling Joe I could probably get two-hundred euros for every three letters of the eventual poem which consisted of sixty-one letters - could fetch up to 4066 dollars. Since one of the prisoners once told me that you can never get a 50 / 50 deal because that menat the one that proposes the deal must be a loser. I offered to split the cash in quarters and give 1/4 to the prisoners, keeping the other 3/4 for myself. Two weeks later I received all of the missing letters of the alphabet.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Prison is a place

Prison is a place where you write letters and can´t think of anything to say.

Four years ago I found a webpage called “Friends behind the Wall” that offers data of American prisoners looking for contact with the outside world by mail. I started to correspond with 34 Afro-American prisoners from different prisons in the United States. Since then I’ve collected over 300letters, drawings and photo’s, turning it into an archive of intense emotions.

These letters are documents of the communication between the prisoners and me.

This communication often led to a playful exchange of items like photographs, poems, song texts and drawings. By sending and receiving personal information, which was sometimes honest and sometimes false, it soon developed into a natural and unplanned game based on each other’s reactions. Two years ago I won the Royal Academy Prize with this work and a nomination as emerging artists at the photo museum winterthur in switzerland.

the next few days i will post fragments of this work.!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

i would love to tell you.... but i really can´t.!

oh i wish i could tell you... in the next two weeks i will work for two of my favourite magazines ever.! but... i will wait until its out.
so exciting.!

Friday, 15 January 2010

teacher daniel san

i will give 2 workshop classes in tokyo next month about:


more info click HERE

i will teach in this school (click school)

the second photo with the student is going to be my classroom!

Sayounara.! see you there.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


yesterday per post a letter arrived with a mysterious tape inside, posted by the last girlfriend of my lost father.
an enclosed letter says that the tape has unheard home recordings from my fathers secret band "GROßSTADT-BLUES".
It´s now over 25 years ago that my father died and
i hope his voice will recall lost memories.

Monday, 11 January 2010

pelican avenue

the new website of my friends from pelican avenue is online and comes along with a webshop with some exclusive web items... oh how nice it would be to sleep on this nice pillow.! lovely.
apart from nice cloth they also make some amazing video works.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


it was snowing last night and all the streets of london are covered with a small layer of snow.
sometimes i wish i could lay outside. just lay there and wait until i would be covered by snow as well.
watch out the next time you see a secretive small hill of snow on your streets.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

global warming

its going to get hot in 2010.... more soon!