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Justin Ginsberg Shares Experience In Germany

Justin Ginsberg, visiting assistant professor and glass area coordinator shares his experiences in Germany during recent exhibitions and a residency.

"This really started with a scholarship I received to attend the Pilchuck Glass school in the summer of 2013. During my time there I was able to connect with Nadania Idriss, founder and director of Berlin Glas e.V., a new non-profit glass studio in Berlin, Germany. After discussing my curatorial experience, she invited me to curate an exhibition, which would be held in December of 2013. Many of the artists had an affiliation with UTA. 

I received support from the university to travel to Berlin, to install the exhibition, and be present during the opening, which included a performance from a Belgium artist, Philipp Weber. During my time there I made a strong connection with this artist. During the opening, I also made a connection with Sébastien Bourdeauducq, a Scientist, and founder of EHSM (Experimental Hardware Software Meeting), a group dedicated to development in science, and DIY processes.

These connections created many opportunities for me in Berlin. With further support from the University (Through the McDowell Center grant, and further support from the Art + Art History Dept.) I was accepted to conduct a 5 week residency with a solo exhibition.

During my first week of my residency, I supported Philipp Weber and his performance titled Estrange symphony for the DMY International Design Fair. I also participated in collaborative demonstrations for the attendees of the conference with Irish artist Jesse Günther. It was a wonderful opportunity for exposure. During that week I also had the pleasure of helping create works for Mona Hatoum, an incredibly well known and influential artist who is represented at the Tate Modern in London, as well as several biennale, including the Venice biennale. It was a wonderful opportunity and I am in discussions with her to come to UTA when she visits the Menil Museum in Houston, for her solo exhibition coming up in 2017.

My residency was an incredible opportunity to work with several international artists, and concluded with a solo exhibition, titled Décadence. It was very well received, and developed more opportunities for me. The Museum Kunstpalast, in Dusseldorf, Germany acquired one of my artworks for their permanent collection. It has one of Europe¹s largest glass collections. I had a very long conversation with the curator who also gave me a private tour of the museum while it was closed, and I was able to spend some significant time with some of the hidden Joseph Beuys works. He taught just down the street at the art academy.

During my exhibition I also met several directors of the Bild-Werk glass studio located in Frauenau, Germany who requested I submit a proposal to teach a one month class in the summer of 2015.

My residency ended with a trip to Hamburg, Germany where I was invited as a speaker to present my artwork, research, and methodology at the EHSM annual conference, which was held at DESY, the 2nd largest particle accelerator in Europe. My presentation was intermixed with science innovations, and DIY developments, and have already been offered an opportunity to return next year to share my latest developments.

Other key notes of time there, include connecting with the Chair of the art department from ANU (the Australian National university) and the head of the glass/ 3d areas from ANU about an exchange program between the two institutions, which we are still discussing and drafting potentials.

I also have begun to develop a type of residency/internship through Berlin Glas e.V. for UTA glass students to get professional and International Experience."