Finds and haiku

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Then there is the photo haiku exhibition designed by Christof Blumentrath (Haiku) and Markus Kämper (photos) "Finds & Haiku" has unfortunately become a victim of the corona pandemic, there is on the website a virtual replacement. In addition to the photo haiku, this website offers further interesting details and explanations on the creation of the exhibition, but also on the haiku, as well as an extra ten audio haibun written and read by Christof Blumentrath and accompanied by sound installations by Markus Kämper - a wonderful opportunity in difficult times Enjoy culture.

A review by Brigitte ten Brink:

The exhibition “Fundstücke”, a collaborative effort by Christof Blumentrath (Haiku) and Marcus Kämper (photos), has fallen victim to the corona pandemic and so now there is an exhibition catalog in front of me, the illustrated works of which have not (yet) been visited in reality could. However, the works with a lot of additional information can be viewed on the website mentioned above. As an extra there are Haibun written and read by Christof Blumentrath on this website, which are underlaid with sound installations by Marcus Kämper.

The illustrations for “Fundstücke” are preceded by a foreword by the authors, which begins with a quote from Pablo Picasso: "I'm not looking, I think. Searching is based on old stocks and wanting to find what is already known. Finding that is completely new. All roads are open and what is found is unknown. " For Picasso, “find” has a more positive connotation than “search” because, in his opinion, something new is discovered through “find”, but “search” can only come up with familiar things. I would therefore like to supplement this Picasso quote with a quote from the first Pippi Longstocking book. Pippi explains to Annika and Tommy what a seeker is. A seeker is: "Someone who finds things you know. What should it be different? The whole world is full of things and it is really necessary for someone to find them. And that is exactly what the seekers do. " * This explanation by Pippi, like the Picasso quotation, requires an open view of and in the world for everything that it offers, especially for the small, the inconspicuous things that are not seen on superficial observation and yet treasures in can recover. It is in the eye of the beholder to recognize the treasure as such and to raise and appreciate it.

Marcus Kämper and Christof Blumentrath have now found things, or rather their remaining remains, what was left of what they were. Things that are normally not noticed, that are carelessly passed and that are no longer usable. And now something extraordinary is happening. These remaining things, these “found objects”, are given meaning by one putting them into the picture and the other underlining this photograph with a haiku. In my eyes, this is the phenomenon that is called wabi-sabi in the haiku theory: to recognize and visualize beauty even in simplicity, in imperfect, transient, and thus to give the whole thing its very own, unmistakable and stylish To give beauty.

It is fascinating how Markus Kämper succeeds in giving the finds, razor-sharp on a black background, an aura that turns them into works of art. The Haiku by Christof Blumentrath, unpretentious in the language and yet wonderfully lyrical and heartfelt, intensify this effect in an impressive way.

On the website mentioned above there is a short documentation about size, material, date of discovery, time and place of discovery as well as a lot of further information, among other things, about each aspect of the associated haiku. This website is worth seeing, worth reading, "A bridge between real and visual exhibition", as the authors write in their preface to the catalog, and a wonderful way to enjoy culture even in difficult times.


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