On the occasion of the 76th Cannes International Film Festival, BMW and boat manufacturer TYDE unveiled THE ICON – a new type of symbol for sustainable mobility on the water. The first battery-powered maritime vehicle of its kind, THE ICON combines emission-free locomotion with an understanding of luxury that is characterised by conscious enjoyment. Alongside its ecological design, THE ICON offers passengers a state-of-the-art mobility experience that combines maximum comfort in an exclusive ambience. By bundling technological expertise from different areas, BMW is once again demonstrating a holistic commitment to sustainable mobility through groundbreaking solutions that focus on people and the environment.
Some encounters have a dynamic that makes you take a deep breath occasionally to remind yourself that this acquaintance is still in its very early stages. The words ‘instinct’ and ‘fundamental trust’ come to mind. It’s a totally free space of innate trust, because curiosity about the first conversation and the experience itself creates so much anticipation. In that first moment something happens deep inside us, enabling us to choose how we want to conduct the conversation. Svenja Jung’s expression as she looks at me is wide-eyed, and when I notice that nothing about her body language is keeping me at arm’s length and that she’s simply giving me her time, we slip into our conversation. My pre-prepared questions go out of my head, but instinctively I know that I can simply take a chance on getting to know her. Getting to know each other involves the very beginnings of trust. In getting to know each other, we decide whether it will be a one-off event or whether something will suddenly happen that makes us prepared to take things further. Here is the story of how we got to know each other.
The art world derives its energy above all from new creatives who generate clever, exciting ideas that add new directions to established concepts in fascinating ways. It is precisely this that gives rise to an incredible sense of anticipation, enrichment and curiosity. At SLEEK we were intrigued, and so we invited a leading creative to take part in an interview. Tjioe Meyer Hecken is not just the director of the Wehrmuehle, the home of Art Biesenthal. She is also working closely with her mother to forge exciting connections between tradition, place and vision.
The Destruction of Beauty
From Greenland via the Arctic to Siberia, the North reveals the advance of climate change in a particularly dramatic way. It makes the beauty of the photographs taken by Icelan- dic photographer Ragnar Axelsson seem almost physically unbearable, as it shows us the amount of destruction we are accepting. Axelsson takes photos at the edge of the habitable world, a world that is difficult to reach, hidden and inhospitable. Nevertheless, people have found a way to attack and destroy this unique world and its border regions. This is destruction without reparation, destruction that encroaches upon a whole way of life and that holds a mirror up to us.