Kang Sunkoo is a brilliant artist and the nicest person you would hope to meet. All of Framed’s team was intrigued by Sunkoo’s upcoming exhibition, so – each one of us, wrote a question or two for Sunkoo and he was so kind to send us his answers. We hope you’ll enjoy it:

It’s quite interesting (and faltering) that the story of our salon became a trigger for your new exhibition. How did you come up with the concept of ‘windows’?


I was at Framed during the first event on Simplonstrasse when Yael Nachshon asked me if I would like to exhibit my work there. I had been looking at the smashed windows the whole evening – I replied yes and that I already would know that I would like to show the windows. I asked Yael if that would be ok and she said yes if I remember correctly. During my work on this exhibition, I also came to the assumption that I might have always had some affinity for vandalism. I like reacting to a found situation.

How would you define your artistic work? it’s quite obvious that it’s political and related to actual things in reality, but there is always more than that, what would that be for you?

I try to take actions in my work which I see as a certain necessity for myself and the reality I assume.

who are your favorite artists?

I will try to answer this with an incomplete list in more or less chronological order of influence on me:

René Magritte, The Beatles, Run DMC, NWA, Akira Toriyama, Katsuhiro Otomo, Mode 2, Max Ernst, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Futura 2000, DJ Krush, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Ai Weiwei, Cannibal Ox, Chris Marker, Hsieh Tehching, Hans-Christian Schink, Kalouna Toulakoun


Since we always combine art with music at Framed events, we wonder whether music has some part in your creative process?


There was a period around the turn of the century during which I spent about half of my productive time with making music, a quarter with drawing and another quarter with studying architecture. Last week, my friend and favorite artist Kalouna Toulakoun played a Mini Disc with a recording of my old music which I had forgotten. It was not as terrible as I judged it in my memory. I might continue where I left off.


what music do you listen to lately?


Due to the above-mentioned memories, I recently rediscovered some of the music I had been listening to around 1998, 1999. For example DJ Krush‘s album Milight – there are little skits in between the tracks in which different artists answer the question of what the future is.

One of my favorite recent memories is being in a Richard Serra echo space between steel plates and listening to my daughter repeatedly sing „Halt dich, an deiner Liebe fest!“(ca. „Hold on to your love“) the chorus of a song from the German band Ton Steine Scherben from 1975.


we love your PR photo, where your face is being painted, could you tell us about this pic and why you chose it?


Thank you. I am glad to receive this question as I have a chance to give credit to the artists who produced this image: Maya Kang, Ophelia de Toth, and Jennifer Schmachtenberg. They are my daughter and her friend, who painted on my face together and my wife who was the photographer.

I chose this image because it contains aspects I find interesting for an image of this function for my identity. I also thought it is fair to publicly show my face painted over by others as I like painting over other people’s faces in images.


Berlin is quite a political city. Do you find Berlin inspiring?


Not so much anymore but again a little bit now that I recently moved away.


You are Korean in Origine, but you grew up in Germany, how would you define your roots?


I have spent time in Korea, Germany, the US, Austria, Switzerland, France, China, and some other places. Instead of roots, I have feet like a lot of other animals. One advantage I can see over root type beings (plants?) is that we can change our point of perception voluntarily.


You decided to do your exhibition on the 9th of November, the night of the November Pogroms. Could you explain this choice?


I asked Framed’s director Yael Nachshon, if it was possible after I saw that this year the date falls on a Saturday which I understood is Framed‘s usual weekday for the opening dates of the exhibitions and musical performances. The November Pogroms are referenced in the works which I am showing at the exhibition.

November was also attractive as I wanted to show the windows in an exhibition as soon as possible before they were replaced. Now I have learned that this might not happen anytime soon anyway which makes the situation even more interesting.


What would you hope for our audience to experience in this exhibition?


What the audience hopes to experience.

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Like so many other fruitful encounters I’ve had in FRAMED events, I’ve met Haggai one evening, more then two years ago, at my house, on a Framed event. After the concert ended, we had a little chat on the terrace with a couple of mutual musician friends, and the next day – Haggai and I already recorded a song together. This is how fast I felt musically and emotionally connected to Haggai.  Since that night on the terrace, we started working together as much as possible and we became very good friends. Haggai is always surrounded by the best musicians, and the nicest people and he is always working on so many beautiful and interesting projects. Whenever I invite Haggai to play (in any constellation), I know for sure – it will be amazing!

As usual, here is a short interview with Haggai, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did:

What is music to you?

Music for me is a thing that brings people together. I got into music so I can play with my friends, and still, it’s one of my main musical drives. With the years I’ve witnessed how music brings people together in so many ways.

When did you know music was what you wanted to pursue as your career?

This just happened organically, I don’t remember ever making a decision like that.

How would you describe your original music?

Hard one… I guess it’s jazz, a bit romantic a bit middle eastern, very rhythmical. 

What would be your favorite part of this ‘business’? (practicing? writing music? playing live? recording?)

I very much enjoy practicing, but my favorite thing about playing music is connecting with propel, the band, the audiences, and everyone else I get to meet along the way. 

What is the goal? if there is one…

I’m not sure I would call it a goal, I would like to always be present whatever I do, be honest about what I put out musically, and be able to stop and make changes when needed.

What is your next musical dream? let’s say anything can happen – what would it be?

An ensemble made of musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers, all creating together interdisciplinary works. 

What music do you listen to? an album that is on repeat mode in your system lately? 

A lot of music, here are a few albums I’ve listened to this week (the ones I liked): 

The Bad Plus – For all I care, 

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep…

Yonatan Avishai & Avishai Cohen – Playing The Room

Summer Walker – Clear

Herbie Hancock – Secrets 

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee part tow

Tell us about your duo with Yonatan Avishai? what should we expect on Framed#27?

Growing up in Israel, studying jazz, Yonatan was one of the musicians I looked up to. In particular, he had a band which was called Third World Love (w/ Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, Daniel Friedman) which had a huge impact on me. In this Framed event we finally for the first time (!) get to play music together almost 20 years later. We will play originals by Yonatan and myself which we chose especially for this debut. As a very special treat, our dear friend and phenomenal percussion player Itamar Doari will be joining us for a few songs. Expect some great music and great vibes, human connections.


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LENNYTUNES – Lenny Ben Basat

Lenny Ben Basat is one of Israel’s most prominent musicians, composers and record producers, and the owner of the LennyTunes production house, located in the old city of Jaffa, Israel.

Throughout his extremely successful international career, Lenny has developed his unique musical blend, from the traditional Maqam of Arab music and beats of Africa to the urban sounds and techniques of drum machines, analog synths and vinyl beat chopping.

I have known Lenny for almost ten years now, through the music industry Israeli scene. It is great pleasure following Lenny’s  original, brilliant and beautiful musical projects over the years.
I am so happy to be collaborating with Lenny here in FRAMED and I am really looking forward to this concert (as so should you:) 

I hope you will enjoy this short interview with Lenny, and I’ll see you soon at FRAMED#26

what is music to you?
Music is a direct line to our origin story, sometimes it’s a weapon, and sometimes it’s a cure.
What led you into this amazing blend of electronic, Arabic and African sounds?
My hometown, Jaffa, is my main inspiration, for sure. it is a unique oasis where for thousands (!) of years, it was a main harbor town by the coast of the mediterranean sea, a tavern town, with many inns for the weary traveler of the deserts.. full of night life with exotic dance and music clubs. sort of like the middle eastern Tortuga.. this free spirit of music, has remained, you can hear it in every corner. it is brash music, but sweet and seductive..
Tell us about “The Bellydance Superstars” Album… Where does its name come from? when did you record it? what’s inside?
I recorded the album at my Studio in Jaffa, in a relatively short and intense time frame. The name is a way to tribute the old masters of bellydance music and culture – the musicians, and no less, the dancers. the whole album and live show is my attempt of driving those sounds and beats into the future, and still be representing the roots of this art form, and my hometown.
Would you say that your musical projects have a political aspect to them?
I guess that everything you do, particularly any kind of art, is political, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.
The cover for your new album was made by the great Israeli artist, 93 years old, Holocaust survivor – Dov or Ner. 
Together we have made an effort to bring Dov or Ner’s works to Berlin and we’ll be exhibiting them on FRAMED#26 alongside your performance.
What can you tell us about this intriguing connection between your music and Dov’s paintings?
Working with Dov is beyond words and a playground of pure imagination. I know Dov since my childhood, as I grew in a traditional agricultural Kibbutz in the south of Israel. His free spirit, free thinking, and raw art, was an inspiration. He also inspires me by the way that at his 93 years, he creates some of the most “youthful” and cutting edge stuff you can find. I feel very fortunate. this is the second music project we’ve collaborated on, with the first one also producing an exhibition of his paintings.
What inspires you?
Africa inspires me. in the way that music, dancing, the human body and nature, bond together so beautifully. the force is definitely strong there..
What should we expect from your upcoming performance at Framed?
A psychedelic electronic set of genuine grooves and seductive melodies from the Middle East, with a traditional percussionist and of course, a belly dancer.
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Richard Colombel is an artist and a Buddhist teacher.
He was a rising star in the Paris art scene in the nineties, when he withdrew into a Buddhist hermitage.  After 21 years he has returned to his art, as his meditation training has developed his vision.
I have met Richard and his mind-blowing paintings through a mutual friend. We quickly discovered that we are very close neighbors and quite quickly after that we became good friends. Since two years now, Richard has been me and my husband’s Buddhism/meditation teacher. Let me tell you – he is a rare teacher and a rare creature (: I feel completely blessed to have him around. 
On Framed #25 you will have the opportunity to meet Richard as well, to observe his magnificent works and event get a taste of his teaching on his Artist Talk on Sunday, 15.9.
Until then, here are a few lines from Richard…
What is painting for you? 

To paint is for me the chance to interpret the world with a distant overview and to question his reality. 

Who are your favorite artists? your biggest influences? 
I don’t have any preference because all teachers I had (10 years in Art school !) broke all of them. Thanks to them, I reached my own certainty about what has to stay on the canvas.
Could your tell us about your creative process?
Working with Oil is a bit like sculpting, everything has to be created, the space, the light, the texture. Painting is a journey through the best part of my mind, the creative one without limit. 
Buddhism, meditation, and art – who all of this comes together?
In that sense, Meditation is for me very important to nourish this process.
It means, be aware of this continuous flow of thoughts and play with it. 
Tell us something about the upcoming exhibition at Framed?
The next Framed exhibition will show my last paintings, obviously, the best of my work.
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I came across Port Almond’s music when I have received their beautiful Vinyl as a gift from the music label ‘Low Swing Records’ who happens to be the same label my album was recorded and produced in.  I came home that night, turned my recored player on, put my headphones on, and sank into a truthful, dreamy, gentle and wonderfully made piece of music.

‘Port Almond’ is the new alter ego of Norwegian singer-songwriter Rune Simonsen – also known as the lead singer of Washington (Mount Washington) and Lagoonbird.

I feel very lucky to host Port Almond in our upcoming Framed #25 event. 
As usual, I asked Rune some questions I found interesting, and he was kind enough to answer. I encourage you to keep on reading this interview with this very sweet man:

What is music to you?

Music to me is a lifelong passion. Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve been fascinated by the strange world of music – and all the possibilites it offers. As for songwriting, it’s mostly the joy of exploration that lures me in. It’s a wonderful feeling to start off with something completely simple and expand into combinations of ideas. I think it’s a question of curiosity in my case. Then later the music provides a great social platform – you collaborate with other musicians and get to meet fantastic people that share your interest for music.

What was the moment your musical journey had started? and what or who were your early musical influences? 

My musical journey began in the late 90’s as I was introduced to some great artists: Bill Callahan, Jason Molina, Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Sparklehorse, Emilou Harris, David Bowie and many more. At first I fell in love with alternative rock (and still am!) because of the way this type of music breaks with more ordinary ideas in music. That “offness” just excites me and gets my imagination going. Later I ventured quite a bit through the american country & folk music scene and found lots of inspiration from it. 

How does your songwriting process looks like?

I’m having a lot of fun with songwriting these days! I usually need a week or so to get my creative process going. Then I spend all my time and focus on songwriting for the next 1-3 months. It’s eat, sleep & drink art, non-stop, all day long. I allow myself to head into any kind of song without restrictions. Ideas can develop regardless of where and how they might fit into the world of music. Sometimes I keep in the back of my mind that I need certain song types for the records so you’ll end up with a relatively coherent collection of songs that can be put on a record. Any musician will tell you it’s a lot of work but also very rewarding. Especially if the end product turns out alright and people choose to listen to it.

How would you describe Port Almond’s sound?

The sound of Port Almond feels new to me! I think it’s a mix of jazz, alternative rock, post-rock, afrobeats and folk. The key element so far has been to keep a certain degree of freedom in the music – both in the recording sessions and live. If you allow musicians to use their instinct and creative output, you can sometimes get this feeling that the music comes alive – it’s wonderful! Sometimes it’s also a bit scary because you kind of lose control over what’s going on. But I think it’s a good thing, not being in the center of every decision that is made. I was lucky enough to learn a lot from Guy Sternberg at Lowswing Records from our recording sessions last year and I’m curious as to how our sound will develop in the next few years. Hopefully we’ll find new interesting ways to experiment with sound and ideas!

Tell us about your beautiful Album that you’ve recorder at Low Swing Records? 

Thank you for the complement! I think a lot of credit has to go to Guy and all the great musicians that took part in the recording session. I am personally very happy with it. It’s the first time I record entirely to tape without the luxury of computer production tools. I found it to be a real challenge because of the nature of it all: capture the music as-it-is, make no mistakes, keep the music as vibrant as possible, don’t panic when you hear “tape rolling” in your earphones… Guy even made a tape-loop (actually cut the tape in a very old-fashioned way) and asked me to play along to the tempo of it. It sounded like a seal in the ocean…But we pulled it off and it all became a great learning experience. I’m very grateful for it. 

What can you tell us about the upcoming concert at Framed? What should we expect?

We very much look forward to play at Framed. I’ve always been a big fan of art (though I’m no expert) and I think it’s a fantastic idea to combine music and art like Framed does. Now that I’ve been introduced to the works of Richard Colombel, I can’t wait to see the exhibition. Me and Erik Nilsson (keys) will do our best to interpret the feeling created by Richard and choose a selection of songs that might fit in with the surrounding pieces of work. 

What music do you listen to these days? 

These days I listen to Amen Dunes, Snail Mail, Clairo, Low, Spoon, Frankie Cosmos – and sometimes a nice quiet jazz record. I’m still getting to know the genre but I really like T. Monk and Coltrane!

Tell us about your next musical/spiritual goal/dream

My new dream is an old one, I guess. Having rediscovered the marvels of music, I’m just very happy to be part of the music scene: perform, meet & work with talented musicians, write music…I also look forward to record my next Port Almond album next year. And can’t wait to play more concerts!
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Samar Rad – Mentrix

Meeting Samar was like a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. She has an extraordinary energy and a positive spirit. Samar is super talented in so many ways, and I feel very lucky to have met her. Here are some questions I was curious to ask Samar, and she was kindly answering. I am sure you will find this interesting too. 

Why music?

My first essay in primary school was based on a song I heard on the radio. The lyrics were deep and existential. But even though I was naturally drawn to music, I was neither exposed to it nor encouraged in this direction. As far as I can remember, from my memory of my childhood in Iran, music was banned.

But things changed as I moved to Paris and my fascination for music grew. I still didn’t play a single note of anything up until my late 20s. Ultimately, it is thanks to the teachings of Sufism that I discovered music and poetry that connected me to my social and spiritual roots; my fascination became an inspiration.

I started playing Daf, a framed drum originally played exclusively in Sufi temples. I began writing songs and experimenting with electronic production. Music is a result of my spiritual endeavor.

Why in Berlin? 

I moved here for love. And I’m glad I did.

Do you feel there is a specific purpose for your music doing?

It is my spiritual quest on a personal level. If along the way people like what I do, feel inspired and support me on this path, it is a blessing.

What process do you go through to write a song?

With this first album, I experienced different types of processes. Sometimes, like for the track “Walk”, I like starting with an Iranian traditional song in a certain ‘dastgah’ – which is a bit like the Arabic ‘magham’.

At times melodies just came with lyrics spontaneously, like for “Igneous Sun”. Or sometimes I would create the music first and then write the song, letting the music inspire me. Other times, like for track “Nature”, I would feel randomly inspired and it would all happen in a split second.

What inspires you?

Inspiration itself. Whatever brings tears to my eyes, I dig into it and take it apart. Mostly, it is Sufi poetry.

How do you think ‘being a woman’ affects your music and your career? 

My music is more a reflection of my identity than my gender. As of my career, I don’t really have one and I don’t look at what I do as a career. But as women are generally subject to limitations in various cultures, I do identify with that. At the moment, women face many limitations in Iran when it comes to singing but I have faith that things are slowly improving. As an Iranian woman, I feel that it is important to do what I do, and hopefully it will help push the needle in a good direction.

What is your current dream regarding your music?

That it will find its right tribe and be loved. That it will allow me to travel more often to Iran, but most importantly, that it will carry a positive message about where I come from. Iran is a beautiful country, with beautiful people. There are many misconceptions about Iran. The bad media and political wars don’t do Iran justice. I hope that my music will make people want to travel to Iran and make up their own mind about the country, culture and the people of this ancient land.

What music do you listen to lately?

I listen to Tom Ravoncraft’s show on 6 Music and follow the radio shows by Fink on OpenLab fm and KCRW Berlin – all types of really good music. I’m a huge punk fan. I like my indie too.

Tell us a little about ‘’My Enemy My Love’’, your new debut album?

It is my tortured relationship with myself, my life as an immigrant, my journey as a soul in this body – very existential business.  

What can you tell us about the concert you’re preparing for FRAMED?

It is my very first live performance of my own material. I’m very thankful to FRAMED for encouraging me and inviting me to perform. I hope I will put on a good show.

I forgot one important question – what does MENTRIX mean? And why not use your own name? 

I was once looking for the female word for  “mentor” and couldn’t find it , so I made up the word “mentrix”.

On this musical journey, I wanted someone to look up to but also a guide that inspires me; like Khizr for Moses, an evergreen source of wisdom.  So I self-baptized my musical project Mentrix. Even though it’s me, I like that I have to refer to my higher self or internal guide every time I make music.





Samira Hodaei 


Samira is also a  rare woman that I feel very lucky to have met. She is super talented, intellectual, brave, kind and beautiful! When you see her art in person you immediately understand how rare and precious she is. Samira took the time to talk with us about her artistic practice and upcoming exhibition “Cinema Europe”, part of FRAMED #24. Enjoy…

What is art to you? 

It rarely happens that an artist can invite others for doing and not only making. That is the moment which gives life to art.

How does being a woman, who is also from Iran, affect your career and artistic process?      

I think wherever you are born and grow up always affects you – as your roots are there.

Is there a specific goal you are trying to reach with your art? 

There are some situations that we face today because of the past. With my work I would like to make a ‘walk’ happen through these histories.

What inspires you? 

Everything around me. 

Your painting technique is quite unique, could you tell us a little about it? 

I wanted to paint something similar to pixelated images. I created this technique and have been painting in this way for almost 10 years.  

What should we expect from ‘’Cinema Europe’’, your exhibition in Framed?

It is a kind of silent storytelling. There is a story which is hidden, and there may only be one way to hear it – listening to each other.  

Within your reconstruction of the cinema, you have made a sort of artistic manifestation against forgetfulness. What do you think are the consequences of forgetting? 

Turning endlessly in a circle.

What is your current dream as an artist? 

To bring good work out from the pain.

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Interviews with Lir Vaginsky

At our FRAMED #KIDS event we had the pleasure to witness an amazing violin performance by Lir Vaginsky. From the minute she took the violin into her hands until the moment she finished the last tune, the whole room was in a state of total concentration and calmness. Lir is only 15 years old but to our ears she sounds like a very experienced and mature musician. After the event we wanted to know more about her and her talent, so we asked her some questions that might intrigue you as well.

When was your first contact with the violin? Tell us that story!

I started to play the violin at the age of seven. Coming from a very musical family of course I wanted to play an instrument as well . Violin wasn’t my first instrument, I did play the piano and cello before. After hearing my cousin play the Beethoven’s spring sonata for violin, I decided to start taking violin seriously as I wanted to play it too.

When did you know that music was what you wanted to do?

As I have so many musicians in my family it inspired me to join their field and become a musician. But I pretty much knew straight away that this is what I love and want to do .

What advice would you give to younger musicians that are doing their first steps into music?

I think you really need to want it in order to achieve your best. There will always be ups and downs. The way to the top is definitely not easy but it’s worth working for.

What inspires you?

My mom is definitely a big Inspiration of Mine. Seeing her perform since I was at a very young age inspired me a lot to become like her. Sometimes I also get to perform with her and it is always such a joy.

We know that you come from a musical family. How does that affect your musical career?

I was very lucky to have so many musicians in my family . Especially my mom who amazingly supports me and helps me all the time. I don’t think I would have achieved everything I have till today without her .

What are your goals as a musician?

That’s a big question . Of course becoming a soloist would be a dream but it’s very hard and there is very limited places up there. For me playing solo with orchestra is an amazing feeling but I also do enjoy a lot chamber music which I do quite a lot.


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Interviews with two of our Young Artists


On Sunday, the 7th of July, we opened our FRAMED#KIDS exhibition.  With a joyful and playful atmosphere, we were enchanted by the wonderful art made by these amazing kids. Colors, figures and funny characters filled our walls at FRAMED. While we were enjoying the music, the art and company, we spotted one of our little artists. Meet Ariel and his wicked out friends.

Hey Ariel, your work is very impressive! Tell us again, what is your age?

I am 5 and 11 months old, next month is my birthday and I start school!

Wow, both are great news! And where were your born?

I was born in Israel and lived there for two years and then moved to Berlin.

Cool! So, which is your favorite city so far?

Tel Aviv and Rome, but I haven’t been yet to Rome.

*Laughs* So, Ariel, tell us more about what is your inspiration to draw?

Sometimes I just feel like drawing, sometimes can be places or when I see my mom. I like to go to museums and also to discover new places. For example, I made lots of drawings of Cleopatra, Caesar and old ships after learning about Ancient Egypt and Rome. Later I started making portraits of my friends. Now, because I learned to play chess, I have created some characters and started drawing little stories about them. Also my mom is a Sculptor and she likes to create things and my father is an Animator and Illustrator and I want to be like them.

Wow, it seems that drawing is truly your passion. What do you want to show in your drawings?

I want to tell my own stories and draw them.

And do your stories come from your imagination, your dreams or something you see?

Many times they come from my imagination. Sometimes, from things that I see or learn about.

Do you have any favorite colors?

Yellow and white. My mom told me that “tzahov” (yellow in Hebrew) was actually the first word I said, followed by “yareach” (moon in Hebrew).

Do you also use different materials for drawing and painting?

My mom always encourages me to try new materials so I have been experimenting with ink, printmaking, collage, clay, papier-mâché, oil pastel, charcoal, beside my markers and crayons.

Wow, your mom really supports your artistic skills. Does painting mean something special for you?

My mom taught me to always carry a sketchbook with me. It is part of me.

That is nice to hear! So, what do you want to be when your grow up? A painter?

I would like to write and illustrate books for kids, and also to be an Archaeologist.

That is great! We are sure that you are going to be the best archaeologist and book writer and illustrator! Thank you very much for your time, Ariel!





Among all the colorful chaos we also found the young artist David. We asked him about his work. 

Hi David, so nice to meet you! Your artworks are looking great! How old are you?

I am 8 years old.

Can you tell us the different places you’ve lived?

I was born in Israel. I lived 5 years in Israel and 3 years in and Berlin 

I hear you have visited many cities. What was your favorite city so far?

So far I liked Italy the most, but maybe I will like Greece better.  We will go there soon for vacation!

I see lots of different rainbow colors in drawing! Do you have any favorite colors? 

Yes. Orange.

Do you also use different materials for drawing and painting?

Yes. I also use clay, markers, pencils, colored pencils, pen, water colors and acrylic colors

Great! That’s a lot of different materials. What do you want to be when your grow up? Maybe a painter?

I want to write books and draw the drawing of my books.

That’s amazing to hear, David! I really look forward to reading your stories, I think they will have amazing illustrations. Have a good time in Greece!

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I was lucky to meet Jovana Popic through a mutual friend not too long ago. On our first meeting, before even seeing her art works, I already wanted to collaborate with her. You dont get to meet such an impressive, sensitive and intelligent women every day.
The second time we’ve met was at her studio, together with Dorit (Framed’s art curator).
That was the first time I saw her brilliant work. I loved it.
I am very happy and proud to host Jovana on FRAMED#23
Preparing for the event, I have asked Jovana a few questions I though might interest you as well:

At what point of your life did you understand you wanted to be an artist?

It happened by itself. From the moment I was able to hold a pencil my surrounding noticed that I was
passionate about drawing so this activity of mine was supported with all means, because it meant they
could be left in peace for some hours. This helped me a lot in developing my artistic skills at such early
age already (-:

What is your professional daily routine?

I cannot say that I have a daily routine regarding my professional activities since I am a multimedia
artist engaging in various materials and art forms. My activities differ from project to project,
but the constant daily routine is an ongoing process of thinking and giving shape to new ideas.

You have mentioned that your art is a way of addressing some social and political issues, what
kind of issues occupy your mind these days?

I strongly believe that art is a medium for dealing with those issues within a society, which cannot be
addressed through political or social dialogue. Art should provide a space for the production of
individual and collective insights, relative to the canonized worldviews and governing social and
individual contexts. At the moment I am working on my new project focusing on the connections
between memory and artificial intelligence.

How do you think art can make a difference, regarding those issues that most times
society is still afraid to approach?

By opening a space for dialogue.

Your art can emerge in different formats and materials. How does an idea start to form
in your mind? And what comes first, the material or the concept?

When working on large scale installations, the concept must be solid from the very beginning.
But at the same time, in this initial phase, there is always an impulse which is not completely
controllable or rational which triggers the whole process. This impulse is an essential part of all my
artistic ideas, and is best visible in my drawings, but it is in the foundation of my multimedia
installations too.
Parallel to this process, the idea about a suitable material emerges. I think this process happens
automatically, due to the basic way how an artist in general communicates with the world:
by aesthetical thinking.
My artworks are my way of communicating with the world around me and I use my art as a tool for that

What inspires you?

Issues such as memory, identity, the connection between identity and a place, concepts of knowledge,
artificial intelligence, destruction and the void of human presence.

Is music part of your creative process in some way?

Sound is often a crucial part of my installations and even of my photographical works,
in an audible or inaudible form, but yet very present.
I also believe that in some cases acoustic images are often more powerful than any visual image.

As an artist, tell us something that you still would like to do/achieve with your art, that you haven’t done yet?

I would love to build a stronger relationship between my art and science, through my artistic research.
Therefore, I’m just about to start a long-term project devoted to this intention.

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I have never met Daniel Freitag in person, but after a few emails between us and talking over the phone, I have a good feeling Freitag is “one of the good guys” (:  and I am looking forward to listen to his concert coming up soon on Framed #23
I ran into Daniel’s music almost a year ago, while doing my weekly research for good musicians I don’t know yet. It was such a refreshing breeze listening to Daniel’s songs for the first time. A tastefully balanced combination between electronics, acoustic instruments, beautiful melodies and intelligent lyrics. 
Here is a short interview with Daniel with some questions I was curios about…

Was there a special moment in life when you have decided to be a musician?

I can’t remember a specific moment, but I was obsessed with music and being a performer/musician since I can remember. I had my first band when I was 12 and that was already like a dream come true. But coming from a small village, I was quite intimidated by the idea of trying to be a professional musician in a big city like Berlin, where I moved when I was 19. Also, my band dissolved at that point and I didn’t feel ready or confident enough to start out as a solo artist. I was always recording and writing songs, but was never completely convinced. So I was quite glad to discover theatre as a place where I could experiment and grow.

How do you begin writing a song? the words first? the lyrics? an idea? could you reveal a bit about your process?

I almost always write the music first, harmony and melody. Usually some words and sentences just come to me and stay. But writing the lyrics becomes quite a puzzle for me, because at some point I make a first demo with improvised vocals and that one is usually perfect from the flow of vowels and consonants, except the lyrics don’t make sense. It gets to a point where the whole song is recorded and ready, and then comes the tricky task of writing lyrics that keep the songs energy and depths. And often while trying to keep certain vowels and consonants in the place of the demo, because the flow was right. It takes a long time to figure it out. The only exception is a new song called „My Heart is an Avenue“ that will be on my next record. I find it much easier to write music to lyrics, but you get different results and I feel I come up with better musical ideas when I start with the music. I find that when I start with the music first the theme and mood of the song just come naturally and intuitively and not intellectually. And that emotional core is what connects me with music in the first place.

How is writing music for Theatre is different from writing songs?

In theatre and film there is always something that exists before the music. Something concrete to relate to. Like the text, the scenery or other aesthetic aspects. These things basically dictate to a certain degree how music can sound and work. It is not about me, it is about trying to help the director and the actors tell a story. For me it is very liberating and inspiring, because with my music everything has to come out of my head and I’m the only reference point. In theatre you also work with space, you create a room with sound which I love. I also improvise a lot during rehearsals, so it is kind of a jam with the actors in which the music becomes another actor.

Could you tell us about your new album? 

Sure. I tried to be much more open and direct with the new songs. With the lyrics, but the production as well. I almost went crazy recording the last album, but I also learned so much. So this time it went much faster, also because a lot of demos became the actual album versions. I tried to limit myself in regards to sounds, instruments and tracks to keep as focussed and simple as possible. That also came out of necessity, because I recorded most of it in a small room in Paris. It was a quite turbulent phase and the album just happened, it wasn’t really planned. But that makes it sound sort of free, while being intimate at the same time. It’s not finished yet, but definitely will be this year and come out in 2020. 

I’ve read that you acquired your skills in writing and producing on your own. Could you tell a little bit about how you taught yourself?

I think it is about curiosity and a vision. There was always something I wanted to do and since I can be quite obsessive I just went for trial and error until it works. Where I grew up there wasn’t a lot going on culturally and all the people I looked up to where unreachable to me. I had a lot of time to kill and didn’t know any other way, so it was what I did all day. Today teaching yourself is so much easier with all these tutorials on the internet, which is great for learning practical stuff. But I think to get good at songwriting you just have to write an awful lot of songs and you slowly get better and learn.

What inspires you?

On one hand art, films, books. I also find artist biographies very inspiring to stay on track and be uncompromising in the whole process. On the other hand it is life, stuff that happens to me, to others and that touches me. That usually get’s me to a point where I just have to get to pick up the guitar or whatever and something happens.

What music do you listen to lately?

Cass McCombs was on heavy rotation for a while, Shikara Sakamoto, Sun Kil Moon and a french composer called Charles Koechlin. But most of the time I listen to a handful of old albums over and over again. Joni Mitchell – Hejira, Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate, Mark Hollis, Coltrane and some brazilian stuff from the 60ies. 

What are we to expect from your concert at FRAMED?

I will play a few new songs for the first time, which is very exciting. Then most of my first album and maybe a cover version. My good friend Nils Ostendorf will join me on trumpet and an old italian synthesizer. It will be quite intimate, but adventurous as well.

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