Happy new year! 2015 was a year of change – it’s time to breathe deeply and for moving forward into a new chapter. More challenges are coming up this year, we can be virtually certain. Sometimes we may feel so helpless to make a difference, but this shall also make us more determined to continue. So, let’s keep it going. Air41 wishes you all well, and we thank you for your continued confidence and participation in an environment of changes.
Three must-do’s for 2016, especially during the stone-cold months before ITB: Schmieds Puls’ second album “I Care a Little Less about Everything Now”, the difficult but still fetching follow-up on their debut „Play Dead“, another unique crossover between jazz and, yup, Austrian fairy tale. – And Chemnitz (subtitle: City of Modernity) in Western Saxony (1953-90 renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt), which hosts a special exhibition of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) co-founder of the expressionistic artists’ circle “Brücke”. The museum Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz will exhibit a total of 490 works (many unseen to date), including 60 paintings, two sculptures, and hundreds of other exhibits. Closing date 10 April. – Matching a memorable centennial, that of the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, which seems to resonate ever intensely, Volker Perthes’ compelling essay “Das Ende des Nahen Ostens, wie wir ihn kennen”.
„The New is not a fashion, it is a value.“ (Roland Barthes)