Together with “OHNE DEN HYPE”, Forward welcomes you inside the mind of creatives, artists and designers! In intimate and personal conversations with Forward-speakers, industry legends and creative shooting stars, the podcast evolves around personal topics – completely without the hype that usually surrounds them. The second edition sees graphic and motion designer Lucas Hesse speaking about finding his own style in a jaded creative world.
www.dieSpruecheklopfer.at. is probably the most unimportant podcast there is. The words on the sticker from the young podcaster and no longer quite young copywriter Günter Klinger are not hesitating. His podcast „Die Sprücheklopfer“ (in German language) talks about creativity in advertising. Writing slogans, concepts and social media content. Everything that tempts us into buying on ad-pages, billboards, commercials and digital channels.
Together with “OHNE DEN HYPE”, Forward welcomes you inside the mind of creatives, artists and designers! In intimate and personal conversations with Forward-speakers, industry legends and creative shooting stars, the podcast evolves around personal topics – completely without the hype that usually surrounds them. The first edition sees designer Stefan Sagmeister speaking about courage and coincidences.
After privately battling cancer the past years, the news of Virgil Abloh losing the fight against the disease at the age of 41 hit the world hard and unexpectedly on a Sunday afternoon. Abloh did nothing less but reinvent the creative industries - from fashion, art, design to music and culture - and made impossible things appear possible. An homage to a creative wunderkind.
Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world and a Pentagram Partner. You might have seen her in the Netflix documentary “Abstract: The Art of Design” where she gives a glimpse into her daily work routine and challenging projects. She developed the graphic identities of Tiffany & Co and Citibank and worked for a broad range of clients like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, The Museum Of Modern Art, among many more.
We talked to the inspiring graphic designer about the biggest work challenges for women, the importance of atmosphere in a room and global design trends.
Interview by Catherine Hazotte
One seems to not be getting enough of Sucuk & Bratwurst these days. Brands like Mugler and Umbro are hungry for the Berlin-based 3D artists and lately, also Rihanna got to taste a bite of Sucuk & Bratwurst. With an animated trailer for Rihanna’s limited vinyl record edition, the designers have basically caught the whole internet’s attention and are far from done.
Felipe Pantone takes graffiti to the next level. With his work, the Spanish-Argentinian artist conveys a collision of an analog past and a digitized future. A prism of neon gradients, geometric shapes and jagged grids are classic Felipe Pantone and adorn murals around the world as well as a 1994 Chevrolet Corvette. We had a chat with the artist about his first graffiti, his until today unknown identity, and the future of street art.
It's all new and shiny: Forward Magazine Issue No. 4 is here! In 146 pages and 11 interviews with creatives like Christoph Niemann, Annie Atkins or Felipe Pantone, the magazine focuses on re-connecting creatives, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the last 18 months and their impact on creativity, design & art. The blurry times we still live in are reflected not only in the featured articles and interviews but in the whole look and feel of the magazine. Get to know the concept of the "Reconnect Issue" and get it HERE!
König Galerie seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. No wonder, the misa.art is in full swing, the newest showroom on the coast of Monaco recently opened and the collaboration with Turkish gallery Pilevneli showcasing the best of both worlds is on until the end of the month. With selected pieces, also Esra Gülmen is part of two of those events, highlighting the importance of an artist’s signature style. Topics and projects like these will be in focus when the artist Esra Gülmen meets gallerist Johann König for a chat live on stage at Forward Festival Berlin.
Sven Marquardt is one of the most prominent figures of the Berlin underground scene. Back in the ‘80s he was portraying GDR’s underground scene using black and white film and an analogue camera. These days he is steeped in the club scene which he perfectly captures mostly in black and white. You might also know him from the documentaries Beauty and Decay and Berlin Bouncer about his photography, his contribution to the infamous Berlin club scene and making Berghain one of the most famous clubs in the world. We spoke to him about his art, changes in the cultural world and how the pandemic has affected it all.
by Ana Maria Carabelea
What has the legendary Max Siedentopf been up to lately? Ever since we last featured him, he made art for people who usually don’t like art, questioned the meaning of life, created sculptures out of liquor bottles, and most recently paid tribute to the infamous plumber’s crack. Curious about his latest projects? Let’s deep dive!
KÖNIG GALERIE has just opened its showroom in the historic city-state on the Côte d’Azur, exhibiting works by established as well as emerging contemporary artists at the architectural unique Villa Nuvola. In the spectacular premises of the showroom, the works enter into a dialogue with the interior design.
Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most important contemporary artists, well known for her instagrammable infinity room projects and her polka-dot artworks amongst others. This spring, a very special retrospective on the Japanese artist is showing at Gropius Bau as part of Berliner Festwochen.
Ever since 2016 the Forward Festival and the Gartenbaukino are a perfect match. The home of our Vienna Festival impresses with its gorgeous foyer, the unique powder room, and the giant cinema hall, which has seen iconic speakers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Erik Kessels or Oliviero Toscani. Now, the Gartenbaukino is getting a glow-up: Under the motto “Back to the future”, the Grande Dame of cinemas is being renovated.
Esra Gülmen is known to beautifully illustrate everyday struggles, that we have with ourselves and our lives. With her series “Don´t I look Turkish” she presented a very personal project dealing with first-hand-experienced racism and prejudices. As head of design at Heimat Berlin and a member at ADC Germany, Esra Gülmen is an artist with all her heart.
Ferry Gouw is a an illustrator, graphic designer, and art director based in London. He was the art director of Major Lazer and one of our favorite Forward Festival speakers. We interviewed him after his inspiring talk at the Forward Festival Vienna 2018 and spoke about drawing, his career, and his favorite comic books.
The iconic Voo Store in Berlin, Kreuzberg is a fashion store, gallery, third-wave coffee shop, and a creative community hub. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Voo Store is shining brighter than ever as a Berlin trademark. Happy Birthday!
Only two weeks to go until Forward Festival Vienna and we are already super excited for all the creative input and inspiration by this year's speakers. To get you in the mood for the Livestream (already got your ticket?) we are happy to present to you the talk by Serviceplan's Jason Romeyko at Forward Session Hamburg this August!
In the fifth edition of our collaboration with Sodabooks, we present you four new books and magazines for late summer - we will not call it autumn yet! The perfect read for this season – so grab your best pillow or blanket, make yourself comfortable with coffee or tea, and enjoy the last sunrays. It's wonderful because you don't need to wear sunscreen anymore - or sad? Not sure about it.