“Betriebsanleitung” – Is this a new or interesting painting?

My friend Jan Kämmerling recently published a wonderful catalogue of his paintings, titled Bedienungsanleitung/Instruction manual.

I am thrilled that I could contribute an essay about my experience with Jan’s art, which I intimately know since 20 years now. My thanks go to Jan for asking me to author this essay, as he thereby encouraged me to elaborate on my reflections about fine art, about the artistic intentions of his as well as my own, and the many links that I trace to my new field of study, cognitive science.

You can download my essay here (German +  English translation by Tom Raab).

Buy the catalogue, it’s worth it! And you support a brilliant painter. Also, marvel Jan’s paintings 🙂


What makes you move?

The question “what makes you move?” has moved me for a long time – physical movement is only one component of it. Today I can say that the interest in movement – the joy that lies in it, the manifold possible motivations within, the potential of connecting people … – has become the fulcrum of my very own … precisely!