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Mike Meiré: Conflicts and Holes / Von Bartha Garage, Basel

Mike Meiré is primarily known as art director and designer. He is art director of magazines such as Brand Eins, Kid’s Wear, NZZ, Arch+ and Garage. Meiré also conceived art/design projects such as The Farm Project and Global Street Food. At von Bartha Garage Meiré presents new and site specific works in an exhibition titled Conflicts and Holes.

Mike Meiré: Conflicts and Holes / Von Bartha Garage, Basel. Vernissage, April 12, 2013.

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London Art Fair 2011

Yes, Frieze is not the only art fair in London (but the coolest – whether this is a compliment or not, I’m not sure). London Art Fair is different – very different. It’s the first time that VernissageTV visited the fair, and apart from some impressions of the fair, we spoke with the directors of three galleries. Niklas von Bartha (Partner, Bartha Contemporary) is presenting the work of Mike Meiré, Will Lunn (Co-Director, Sumarria Lunn) has several installations by Littlewhitehad at the fair, and Debra Wilson (Co-Director, WW Gallery) talks about WW Gallery’s Art Star Superstore at London Art Fair.

German designer, creative director, curator and artist Mike Meiré is known for his editorial design projects and art/design installations such as the Farm Project and Global Street Food. In Cologne, he recently presented his installation “Back Room“. He is also responsible for the new editorial design of the renowned newspaper “Neue Zricher Zeitung” NZZ. At London Art Fair 2011, Bartha Contemporary presents artworks related to the NZZ project.

In various sites across London Art Fair, Sumarria Lunn Gallery presents sculptures and installations by Glasgow-based artists Craig Little and Blake Whitehead, known als littlewhitehead. Among others, there’s “Spam”, a life size human figure with a Darth Vader helmet; an installation under the stairs, reminding of Tracey Emin’s bed installation; and “The Struggle”, the first of a new body of work, that consists of 100 copies of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” burned to dust and cast in a mould of an antique copy of the Bible.

In a response to the discussion whether art fairs have become shopping malls for the super-rich, WW Gallery turned its booth into an Art Star Superstore, filled with “products” by the artists Siobhan Barr, Wendy Elia, Susie Hamilton, Sadie Hennessy, Marguerite Horner, Valerie Jolly, Jarik Jongman, Liane Lang, Eva Lis, Enzo Marra, Rob Miller, Eleanor Moulsdale, Gustavo Murillo, Sardine & Tobleroni, Ayuko Sugiura, Boa Swindler, and Chiara Williams.

London Art Fair takes place in Islington’s Business Design Centre, the former Agricultural Hall, also known as “the Aggie”. The building from 1861 was created by architect Frederick Peck. The clear span of the space was greater than both its contemporaries at the time, Crystal Palace and Alexandra Palace.

This year, the London Art Fair celebrates its 23rd year. The main section of the fair iincludes over 100 Modern British and Contemporary galleries. In addition, there’s the Art Projects section that showcases 31 UK, European and American galleries; Photo50 that presents contemporary photography; and tours, talks and discussions.

More videos from London coming soon: Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work. Curated by Scissor Sisters at Alison Jacques Gallery; and Martin Creed at Hauser & Wirth Savile Row.

London Art Fair 2011, January 19, 2011.

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Global Street Food / Interview with Mike Meiré

Global Street Food is the latest project by German designer / creative director / curator / artist Mike Meiré. At Vitra’s Art Basel Party we had the opportunity to have a look at Global Street Food and spoke with Mike Meiré and Andreas Dornbracht of kitchen and bathroom brand Dornbracht. Global Street Food is part of Dornbracht’s Edges series of cultural projects and in a way the successor of Mike Meiré’s Farm Project for the same series.

Global Street Food had its debut during imm Cologne 2009. It basically is an exhibition of street kitchens collected from around the world. Among them: a cheese and sausage stand from Buenos Aires, a chopping block from Hong Kong, China, a fruit and vegetable stand from Rundu, Namibia, a terracotta chicken grill from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and many others.

In this video, Mike Meiré talks about the fascination with these improvised kitchens in public places, how he got the idea for the exhibition and how the show relates to the Farm Project.

This video is an excerpt, for the full-length version (22:41 Min.) containing the complete interview with Mike Meiré, statements by Andreas Dornbracht and some atmospheric shots of the Vitra Party, click here!

Mike Meiré’s Global Street Food has been shown in the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus as an accompaniment to the exhibition “Antibodies. Works by Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989 – 2009” from June 11 to July 12, 2009.

Private viewing and Festa Brasileira, Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein / Germany, June 6, 2009.

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Mike Meiré for Dornbracht / The Farm Project / Interview, part 3/3

Mike Meire for Dornbracht Edges Cultural Projects The Farm Project Interview
In 1987 Mike Meiré founded the advertising agency Meiré und Meiré, along with his brother Marc. Since 1999 he is art director of the business magazine “Brand Eins”. In the third part of the interview Mike Meiré talks about the creation process, from where he gets his inspiration, artists he likes and his favorite brands. VernissageTV met Mike Meiré in Cologne where “The Farm Project” has been part of “Passagen”, the supporting programme of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. Cologne, January 15, 2007. Interview with Mike Meiré, part 3/3.
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Mike Meiré for Dornbracht / The Farm Project / Interview, part 2/3

Mike Meire for Dornbracht Edges Cultural Projects The Farm Project Interview
Mike Meiré is the creative mind behind many diverse projects. He is designer as well as art director, artist, editor, and curator and defines himself more as a professional dreamer. In 2006 he won the Visual Leader of the Year Award for the art direction of the publications Brand Eins, Kid’s Wear, McK Wissen, Mini Magazine, Dornbracht, Siemens and Strenesse. He curated the Stardust Festival with Mark Borthwick (on the occasion of the Art Cologne) and performances for Dornbracht Culture Projects, and he conceived the installations The Farm Project, E-R-S (Energetic Recovery System) and the MEM ritual architecture for Dornbracht. VernissageTV met Mike Meiré in Cologne where “The Farm Project” has been part of “Passagen”, the supporting programme of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. Cologne, January 15, 2007. Interview with Mike Meiré, part 2/3.
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