Astghik Der Sakarian
How transparency creates space for discussion
According to the Cambridge dictionary the meaning of the word transparency can be: -  “the characteristic of being easy to see through“ or also

- „the quality of being done in an open way without secrets“

This months’ global topic, as usual, gave generous room for interpretation in numerous different directions. As part of this year`s business riot festival – a girls-only conference focused on women and the creative employment market – CreativeMornings Vienna was excited to host architect Astghik Der Sakarian. The October event took place at the Donauhof Wien, a recently created event space in the 2nd district of Vienna.

In the field of architecture, the notion of transparency can be viewed in both of the above mentioned dimensions. It is of great importance in terms of the material that is chosen for a certain structure but, moreover, has to be applied in the development department, while planning a building. In fact, even before sitting down at the drawing board, an evaluation, taking into account all participants involved, is crucial. This evaluation has to define not only the finances and the scope of the project but also all important requirements as far as purpose, function as well as the (present or future) location of a structure, are concerned. Thereby, only a transparent process guarantees the involvement of all stakeholders and thus the best possible outcome. This can generally be applied, whether for the building of a private residence or while working on a public or community space. Only in transparent work processes general exchange of experience and knowledge leads to the contribution of all potential partners.

Astghik Der Sakarian has successfully applied transparency while collecting ideas for new buildings, planning as well as during the implementation phase in many projects and various countries in the CEE-region as well as while working in Mexico. Together with fellow architect Heide Schick Der Sakarian found Beluga & Töchter in 2007 and in 2015 Der Sakarian atelier. Astghik focuses on private housing, urban development and participatory urbanism. She gives lectures and workshops at universities worldwide.


Check out what Astghik Der Sakarian had to say about the impact of CreativeMornings Vienna:

Katharina Moser – A European love story


For those who could not make it to July’s talk about LOVE, here comes a short summary:

“Europe is not an idea but a living experience.”

In the midst of crisis Europe should embrace its biggest asset - diversity.“

”Learning about people as well as their backgrounds can only enrich our lives and open our eyes for new ideas, opinions and places.”

 “Considering Europe’s 28 countries and 24 languages - love comes in all different expressions, colors, shapes and sizes. <3 “

Since the secession in Vienna has always provided space for revolutionary thinking, extraordinary ideas and has hosted many brilliant minds over the course of time, the beautiful building with the “cabbage dome” in Vienna’s first district was the perfect place to host July’s CreativeMornings Vienna event on the particularly versatile topic of love.

And yes, Vienna-based Katharina Moser, passionate European, entrepreneur and author had a very special love story to tell – about her love for Europe, for the idea of overcoming barriers, the spirit of cross-cultural adventure and especially the mixture of people that feel diverse but connected at the same time.

When “Europe asked her out on the first date” she was learning about cultural differences by sharing an apartment with a group of people from all over Europe in the Spanish city of Madrid. By sharing stories about their differences they overcame what set them apart in the beginning, even enjoyed their differences and found “common ground”. Katharina discovered, Europe, for her, meant exactly that. Shared stories, maybe even “a” shared story. That learning about other people as well as their backgrounds can only enrich our lives and open our eyes for new ideas, opinions and places.

Like in every love story there where “wonderful days of joy and excitement”, but also came the “times of crisis”, a period in her life she spent with someone who was not able to share her political views and passion on Europe’s diversity. Thus many discussions on politics and opinions, as it happens when you care about someone, that relationship came to an end, while her “love story with Europe continued and even got stronger”. She finally made her relationship with Europe “official” by founding her own company in 2015. MOSAIK, an agency for European communication projects that aims to create a positive European spirit.

“Europe and I have our good and our bad days”.
 Katharina Moser firmly believes that, only when we are interested in each other, we can benefit on a personal or even a political or economic level. “Just like in a relationship, you do not leave or quit, as soon as things get difficult”. Since Katharina voices her opinion, that Europe has to be creative especially in times of crisis, one of her company’s core principles is to connect stakeholders from diverse fields and disciplines and by that create new synergies. Katharina Moser prompts people to realize that Europe`s diversity and differences are its biggest asset. Like in a relationship, one can only grow by overcoming obstacles together. Considering Europe’s 28 countries and 24 languages - love comes in all different expressions, colors, shapes and sizes. “But that is the beauty of love, you can never be sure where it will take you.”


Learn more about Katharina Moser’s ideas and projects such as the quirky card game “Come on over” or the Europe-Trip in Vienna “Route 28”:
http://www.mosaik-agency.eu/

Also check out her book on what Europeans consider typical Austrian “Servus, Bussi und Baba”:
https://www.amazon.de/Servus-Europ%C3%A4er-typisch-%C3%B6sterreichisch-finden/dp/3800073986

Here is another “lovely” version of Katharina`s talk made by Brightdaylight Visuals:
https://www.facebook.com/CreativeMorningsVienna/photos/pcb.921189837990711/921188391324189/?type=3&theater

 Up for some historical facts about the European Union? Refresh your memory:
https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/history_en

Traveling Europe does not have to be expensive. Get some tips on how to travel through Europe on a budget:
http://budgettraveller.org/

Want to fall in love in/with Europe? Here are the top romantic destinations:
http://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/new-page-1/best-romantic-destinations-in-europe/

 
All you need is love
J

 Your CM VIE Team

Creative meeting spots in Vienna


December’s theme is TIME. As there won't be an event in Vienna this month, we'd like to motivate you to use those few hours of spare time and spend them on meeting new awesome creatives in Vienna.

For doing so, we’ve collected some of our favourite places to meet up, drink a coffee, have a chat or do some work and talk to new people.

Cafe Phil


Jonas Reindl

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Balthasar Kaffee Bar


WIRR


Impact Hub Vienna

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Top Kino

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Post written by Alice, social media & community architect at CreativeMornings Vienna

THIS WAS AUGUST'S ACTION

While working on some of her food-projects, Titi Laflora again and again became aware of sounds, that were created by her cooking. She got to know the musician KEINKEIN, who produced most of his sounds out of samples. The idea for KitchenSoundPerformance was born, when Fräulein Terpsi joined their team. 

In August they performed at our very own CreativeMornings Vienna, in a session full of new experiences, a lot of good food and a great community.

Every month we motivate our community to tell us what they’re up to, if they need help on a certain project or are looking for someone to collaborate, by holding a lightning pitch. 

This month, we had Lilo Krebernik from ADhocPAD together with artist & designer Matt Jones presenting the Plastic Surgery:

as well as Kathrin Folkendt presenting her project about Austrian's female startup scene 12percent

Our monthly magazine, which features an illustrator, a quote by our friends the Typejockeys, an interview and essay and presents our team as well as the community will be online shortly!

Thanks everyone for joining us and thanks to our sponsors FRIYA, Julius Meinl Kaffee, MuellerGartner for the breakfast and 86/60 for the location!


Post written by Alice Katter, social media & community architect at CreativeMornings Vienna

Get creative – with the #VIECM Birthday Artworks!

Es gibt einen Grund zu feiern, denn seit bereits fast einem Jahr findet CreativeMornings nun in Wien statt!

CreativeMornings lebt von der Community, daher wollen wir Euch zum 1-jährigen Geburtstag einladen, Eure Kreativität zu beweisen!

Wie gehts?

Ihr habt die Möglichkeit eure eigene Illustration / Artwork zum Thema „Morning“ zu gestalten. Wir werden aus allen Einsendungen ein paar auswählen und diese dann siebdrucken und rahmen!

Dabei könnt Ihr eurer Kreativität freien Lauf lassen, es gibt nur ein paar Vorgaben, die zu beachten sind:

  • Vorlage: Da die Artworks gesiebdruckt werden, muss diese Vorlage verwendet werden. Im Dokument findet ihr auch die zu verwendenden Farben, das CreativeMornings Vienna Logo, Schnittmarken und 3 mm umlaufende Beschnittzugabe.
  • Thema: Die Artworks sollen unter dem Thema „Morning“ stehen.
  • Format: Das Format ist A5 hoch und wir werden auf durchgefärbtem pastellgrünen Papier (IQ color Grün MG28 von Mondi) drucken.
  • Farben: Die Illustration muss aus den zwei vorgegebenen Farben "Dunkles Petrol" (80/50/40/15) und "Rot" (0/100/100/0), oder aus Kombinationen der beiden bestehen.
  • Abgabe: Einsendungen einfach an vie@creativemornings.com schicken. Einsendeschluss ist der 22.5.2015. Einsendungen die nicht in der Vorlage angelegt sind, können wir leider nicht berücksichtigen.

Wir freuen uns auf Eure “creative mornings" Werke!

CreativeMornings Magazine #11:

In our last CreativeMornings session it was all about saying yes to chances!

In November, Instagrammer & mobile photographer Marion Vicenta Payr inspired us with 5 life lessons she made on Instagram:

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But Instagram is more than just a fun app to show beautiful things. It’s a useful tool for brands to reach their audience and tell their stories through others, that have a standing for a certain topic.

Marion alias @ladyvenom has been collaborating with a couple of brands in the fashion and automotive industry, and experienced that many brands still don’t really know how to use this photo sharing app.

Out of her experience, she summed up these 5 tips for brands to be ready for Instagram:

The first thing to keep in mind is that you are not posting for yourself but for your target group. So don't just post what you want to say but also think about what they want to here. 

Storytelling. One thing, that we should do before starting any activities, is to develop a content strategy that tells a story and touches fields and areas our target audience is interested in. Also think about seasonal events that you can use for telling a story to your customers.

But don't get blinded by the numbers! Some accounts may have big numbers of followers, but think twice, if  those are relevant for you.

Also pay attention to your numbers and use tools like iconosquare for analysis and to see which hashtags work for you.

If you make a campaign don't just post it onto your account. We don't just wanna tell our story ourselves. To build up credibility and reach our target group, we should work with influencers to create native advertising. The right influencers can make us reach our audience where they are already present and make them listen up. 

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Words by Alice Katter

Graphics by Eva Bertalan


© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
© Peter Kainz/MAK
© Peter Kainz/MAK
© Peter Kainz/MAK

Our next CreativeMornings on December 5th will be all about Education!

This time our event consist of two parts:

We will kick-off the morning with breakfast & coffee, followed by a talk from our speaker Franz Kühmayer, who will speak about “Learning & Leading — Lessons from organising the hardest motorcycle race on the planet.” The talk will be held in English.

This time right after the talk, you are invited to continue celebrating with us anddiscuss about this month’s topic EDUCATION at the first Morning Party, sponsored by4.0 Schools

The party starts at 10:00am and ends at 11:30am. 

Additionally our partner, the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is inviting all participants to explore the MAK DESIGN LABOR with free admission. 

The MAK regards itself as a laboratory of social knowledge and is a place of gathering, research, preserving and communicating, interactive learning and encounter, interaction and intercreativity. Not least because of its international branches and its cross-border activities, it is a forum for inter-cultural and artistic exchanges and blooming dialogue with designers, artists and architects . The flexible usable MAK FORUM is the “heart ” of the MAK DESIGN LABOR. It sees itself as a meeting place , showroom and experimental surface. In collaboration with designers and partners from research and industry, current design issues are analysed and presented in new formats.

There will be 80 tickets available this time, again it’s first come, first serve.

We look forward to seeing you again with delicious breakfast and interesting personalities! And keep your eyes open, there might be more surprises waiting for you…

Get your ticket for Friday the 5th of December here!

Registration starts Monday 1st Dec 11am: 

http://creativemornings.com/talks/franz-kuhmayer


© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
© Peter Kainz/MAK
© Peter Kainz/MAK
© Peter Kainz/MAK

Our next CreativeMornings on December 5th will be all about Education!

This time our event consist of two parts:

We will kick-off the morning with breakfast & coffee, followed by a talk from our speaker Franz Kühmayer, who will speak about “Learning & Leading — Lessons from organising the hardest motorcycle race on the planet.” The talk will be held in English.

This time right after the talk, you are invited to continue celebrating with us and discuss about this month’s topic EDUCATION at the first Morning Party, sponsored by 4.0 Schools

The party starts at 10:00am and ends at 11:30am. 

Additionally our partner, the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art is inviting all participants to explore the MAK DESIGN LABOR with free admission. 

The MAK regards itself as a laboratory of social knowledge and is a place of gathering, research, preserving and communicating, interactive learning and encounter, interaction and intercreativity. Not least because of its international branches and its cross-border activities, it is a forum for inter-cultural and artistic exchanges and blooming dialogue with designers, artists and architects . The flexible usable MAK FORUM is the “heart ” of the MAK DESIGN LABOR. It sees itself as a meeting place , showroom and experimental surface. In collaboration with designers and partners from research and industry, current design issues are analysed and presented in new formats.

There will be 80 tickets available this time, again it’s first come, first serve.

We look forward to seeing you again with delicious breakfast and interesting personalities! And keep your eyes open, there might be more surprises waiting for you…

Get your ticket for Friday the 5th of December here!

Registration starts Monday 1st Dec 11am: 

http://creativemornings.com/talks/franz-kuhmayer

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