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Award-winning Author Debuts Heartwarming Inspirational Novel

Award-winning inspirational author Odile Koudou takes readers on a journey through her homeland in the compelling novel, “Secret River of Unshakeable Faith.” Koudou’s newest release follows the success of her debut novel, “The Blessing Legacy.” Secret River is now available on Amazon at https://buff.ly/30ljIw9

secret river book cover

The 9-time award-winner, Koudou has found continued success in the sharing of her family’s story of struggle to triumph. Through her eyes, she invites the audience to experience her father’s faith-filled guidance as a young girl growing up in a poverty-stricken region of rural West Africa. To view the Secret River book trailer visit: https://youtu.be/cLPHraYFV5M

Set in the Ivory Coast, the captivating narrative reveals the harsh reality of a strong man who taught his family the importance of faith. Driven by God’s assurance of divine provision, Odile Koudou weaves together a heroic tale of her father’s encouraging words that led her from a life of poverty to a life of promise.

About the Author
Odile Koudou is a 9-time award-winning author best known for her renowned literary work titled “The Blessing Legacy: A Memoir of Africa, A Father’s Faith, and a Destiny Fulfilled.” Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, Koudou has made it her mission to encourage and empower people across the world who are born into less than favorable circumstances to rely on faith to rise to a life of joy and promise.

Find out more about this gifted storyteller and her new novel “Secret River Of Unshakeable Faith” by visiting www.theblessinglegacy.com

HVW8 BERLIN presents Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard ‘MISSED CONNECTIONS’

Coinciding with Berlin Gallery Weekend 2020 | Opening Thursday, September 10th 6–10pm

Opening: Thursday, September 10th, 6–10pm

Berlin Gallery Weekend 2020: Friday–Sunday, September 11th–13th, 12–8pm

𝙍𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙚𝙢 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙏𝙚𝙜𝙚𝙡–Musical composition for two electric guitars and other objects performed by Alizee Lenox & Kevin Mullin: Saturday, September 12th, 6pm. Duration: 20min. Please rsvp to jenny@hvw8.com. Rsvp does not guarantee entry due to limited capacity.

Exhibition Runs: September 11th – October 16th, 2020 Tuesday to Saturday 2–6pm and by appointment. 

In observation of current social distancing rules, for the opening and during Gallery Weekend, we must limit capacity to no more than 20 people inside the gallery. We are requiring face masks and keeping the recommended safe distance of 1,5 m. Thank you for your understanding. 

To some the term “missed connections” might denote the last vestiges of romantic love, but at the same time it provides an ontological framework for an emerging, new mechanized love. Because of this dual connection to both romantic and realistic nostalgias, it succinctly expresses the wish for a change in ones private social organization, like a deus ex machina.

It is maybe in this sense of capturing a moment of potential alterity that the exhibition “Missed Connections” offers an accurate portrayal of something, or another. Somewhat ironically there are a lot of connections to be made in “Missed Connections”. In every room one encounters objects, installations, prints and animations always depicted as being more than just one thing, for instance the tombstone-carryon luggage, or the swimming pool-Jeopardy studio.

The point of departure for this contemporary grotesque is naturally an airport in which desires and horrors of a cosmopolitan travel experience mixes freely in humorous irreverence. Bulging eyeballs cry out adjustable queue dividers, creating a path to be followed into a vision of hell, made up of mounting credit card debts, offset later on against fantasies of unfulfilled potential and financial reward. 

Materially, constructions in papier mâché blend stylistically with 3D-rendered animations and computer drawn images, while handcrafted items intersect with ready-made objects. The materials, just like the motifs, melt stark contrasts together, adding to the chimeric expression of a fashionable demodernization.

In every room the phantasmagorical arrangement of things seem to suggest a snapshot of the inner life of a self-entrepreneur, or at least someone who has put their ass on the line in some sort of hectic travel environment. The anthropomorphous quality of the many things in here give the impression that everything is speaking to this imaginary main character. Like the titular glove in Max Klinger’s Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove, each object can potentially be imbued with both pleasure and doom, fantasy and nightmare.

Missed Connections naturally also presents the idea of a gap having emerged. While clearly pointing to an absence of something, so many schools of philosophy, psychology and even different mythologies recuperate the symbolic meaning of gaps as sources of creation. In Lacan’s psychology it constitutes the subject itself, as it is essentially divided, in Nordic mythology it is the beginning of the Universe, Ginnungagap, the yawning void.

As we strive to inhabit this world in better ways, our daily digital rituals will continue to juxtapose images of the inane with the intelligent, satire with sentiment and permissive intrigue with moral admonition – until one day maybe, a new world can emerge.

Opening: Thursday, September 10th, 6–10pm

Berlin Gallery Weekend 2020: Friday–Sunday, September 11th–13th, 12–8pm

𝙍𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙚𝙢 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙏𝙚𝙜𝙚𝙡–Musical composition for two electric guitars and other objects performed by Alizee Lenox & Kevin Mullin: Saturday, September 12th, 6pm. Duration: 20min. Please rsvp to jenny@hvw8.com. Rsvp does not guarantee entry due to limited capacity.

Exhibition Runs: September 11th – October 16th, 2020 Tuesday to Saturday 2–6pm and by appointment. 

In observation of current social distancing rules, for the opening and during Gallery Weekend, we must limit capacity to no more than 20 people inside the gallery. We are requiring face masks and keeping the recommended safe distance of 1,5 m. Thank you for your understanding. 

To some the term “missed connections” might denote the last vestiges of romantic love, but at the same time it provides an ontological framework for an emerging, new mechanized love. Because of this dual connection to both romantic and realistic nostalgias, it succinctly expresses the wish for a change in ones private social organization, like a deus ex machina.

It is maybe in this sense of capturing a moment of potential alterity that the exhibition “Missed Connections” offers an accurate portrayal of something, or another. Somewhat ironically there are a lot of connections to be made in “Missed Connections”. In every room one encounters objects, installations, prints and animations always depicted as being more than just one thing, for instance the tombstone-carryon luggage, or the swimming pool-Jeopardy studio.

The point of departure for this contemporary grotesque is naturally an airport in which desires and horrors of a cosmopolitan travel experience mixes freely in humorous irreverence. Bulging eyeballs cry out adjustable queue dividers, creating a path to be followed into a vision of hell, made up of mounting credit card debts, offset later on against fantasies of unfulfilled potential and financial reward. 

Materially, constructions in papier mâché blend stylistically with 3D-rendered animations and computer drawn images, while handcrafted items intersect with ready-made objects. The materials, just like the motifs, melt stark contrasts together, adding to the chimeric expression of a fashionable demodernization.

In every room the phantasmagorical arrangement of things seem to suggest a snapshot of the inner life of a self-entrepreneur, or at least someone who has put their ass on the line in some sort of hectic travel environment. The anthropomorphous quality of the many things in here give the impression that everything is speaking to this imaginary main character. Like the titular glove in Max Klinger’s Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove, each object can potentially be imbued with both pleasure and doom, fantasy and nightmare.

Missed Connections naturally also presents the idea of a gap having emerged. While clearly pointing to an absence of something, so many schools of philosophy, psychology and even different mythologies recuperate the symbolic meaning of gaps as sources of creation. In Lacan’s psychology it constitutes the subject itself, as it is essentially divided, in Nordic mythology it is the beginning of the Universe, Ginnungagap, the yawning void.

As we strive to inhabit this world in better ways, our daily digital rituals will continue to juxtapose images of the inane with the intelligent, satire with sentiment and permissive intrigue with moral admonition – until one day maybe, a new world can emerge.

Text by Mikael D. Brkic

Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard (born 1991 in Kristiansand, NO) received her BFA from the Malmö Art Academy (SE) in 2012. Aagaard’s installations are caught in between form and function, art and design, discourse and disgust. She reacts to the intrinsic structures of the art world, of socialization, distribution and value creation. With the artist Bror Sander Berg Størseth, Aasgaard worked as a duo under the name Aurora Sander.

Their work has been exhibited at several galleries and institutions, including: UKS (NO), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (FR), La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (IT), 7th International Moscow Biennial (RU), Yamamoto Gendai (JP), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (DK), Nicolai Wallner (DK) and Sandy Brown (DE). Aasgaard has been a guest lecturer at Prosjektskolen in Oslo and UdK in Berlin.

Made possible with support of adidas Originals
Fridge stocked by Warsteiner

To view by appointment or for other inquiries, please email info@hvw8.com

To view exhibition on Artsy: HVW8 Art + Design Gallery

Self-taught Software Developer Launches Beammob

New Interactive Music Streaming and Online Community for Artists & Fans

“From corporate actions at one of the largest financial firms to losing everything and moving back in with his mom only to re-emerge again re-shaping the music tech world today.”

During this Pandemic, rap artist and self-taught software developer Escoth has utilized his downtime time cranking away at code and recording songs for his new EP on his lunch breaks, often not sleeping for 24 hours on some days. His platform, Beammob, has been gathering avid users due to its fan share profit incentives that artists have taken a liken to.

At a time when “boycott Spotify” is becoming a widespread buzz word among independent artists, Beammob has popped up as an attractive option for artists serious about making a living from their music. Millennials also gravitate to the platform due to its environmentally green activities. One of the newly added features  allows rappers and singers to lease there acapella stems to djs, producers and businesses for cash.

Although Beammob has only been officially launched 3 weeks ago, It has already been featured on podcasts such as Keetria’s Style of Business. 

Armed with a new streaming platform Escoth has released his single titled “Signed The Accord” exclusively on beammob.com and is set to release another single in October

Please get in touch with escoth at escothworld@gmail.com for interviews or promotions.

Website: https://www.beammob.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beammob

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beammobb