East German CID was unique in terms of hosting a country that exists no more, but more so by the...
Mercator College celebrated the award ceremony of 12th year of the Vernissage, the annual art...
At 7 pm, April 19th, 2014 the Mercator Common Room was a reminder of a tropical beach in the...
East German CID was unique in terms of hosting a country that exists no more, but more so by the culture and collective feeling that lingers on around the area. With the participation of students from various countries and the Eastern Germans themselves we were able to see the depths of Eastern German culture and the beauty of everything unique, through stories that all had their own way of telling. One of the organizers, Johanna Mo, tells us more about what happened in case you were unlucky enough to miss it or want to take another look!
On Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Jacobs students had the chance to go on a journey through the past and present of Eastern Germany; and all that without even having to leave the Mercator Common Room.
During one and a half hours, the audience got to hear many different “Stories from Eastern Germany”:
They met Familie Müller from the GDR and learned about the daily life at this time - the difficulties and the joys. They experienced the fall of the Berlin wall and even actively helped tearing it down. They went on a journey through the six Eastern German Bundesländer (states). They were introduced to the Slavic-speaking minority of Eastern Germany, their language, costumes and traditions.
a lot of dancing happened, both club style and traditional :)
They got to listen to live performances of some of the finest music composed by people from Eastern Germany and even witnessed two weddings. They went all out in the Berlin techno dance battle and went back to their days of childhood during the Baltic Sea sand cake battle. The journey eventually ended in the Mercator servery where typical (Eastern) German food was served.
Familie Müller revealing East Germany; right, classical tunes from East German composers
With “Stories from Eastern Germany” Mercator once more gave students the possibility to present their home regions to a wider audience.We, the organizing team, would like to thank Mercator College for opening its doors and hope that everyone attending the event was able to learn new things about (Eastern) Germany and had as much fun as we had!
Mercator College celebrated the award ceremony of 12th year of the Vernissage, the annual art contest hosted by Mercator College, on Sunday May 11th. After a month long submission process as well two weeks of careful scrutiny of judges three pieces were picked as winners and were awarded a special prize.
The theme of this year was “A New World”, which took form in very different ideas in every artists mind; for some concentrated on the ending of another while some saw it as a hopeful look at the future. For instance, one of the participants, Françoise De Sutter explained her cubist drawing to be related to a imagined world with less corruption.
Third place went to Leonie Reese for her exceptional photograph titled “Destination Unknown”, which was appreciated by the jury for its familiar yet evasive atmosphere and complex metaphorical potential and was praised for its graphic quality as well as the elegant light play in it. Jury was also impressed by the photo’s ability to “capture a moment suspended between desolation and hope”. Leonie was not able to attend the ceremony but her piece was an attraction nonetheless.
Second place was awarded to an acrylic painting piece named “Spring” by Amelie Schirmer for it impressed the judges with its vivid depiction of a world being born and its strong expression. The contrast between the dark surroundings complimenting the colorful brightness in the middle that is depicting the planet and the detailing at the bottom of the picture was praised and the painting was praised as it was found to be “deep symbolic meaning and is stout and fragile at the same time”.
Judges discussing the 2nd and 3rd place winners
The first place was awarded to Sofía Schlamp, for her sculpture piece made out of a single goose egg, named “World Map”. The jury was impressed by the originality of the technique and the aesthetic execution of it and asked Sofia to explain more about the method she used. Sofia then explained how she used a special technique in order to hollow down the egg and work on its shell for creating the piece and how it was her first time to work on a goose egg since she originally preferred chicken egg shells.
Finally the jury explained the anonymous judging criteria and how they did not know the artists before making the final decision. They also thanked the other participants and expressed their appreciation of all the work and creativity that took form in those pieces, adding that this year’s submissions were high quality in general.
Sofia with "World Map" and jury evaluating on it
Additionally the exhibition featured equally unique works; including but not limited to a tessellation that depicted the repetitive pattern that was modified to form a question mark, by Tobias Schraink; and an exceptionally detailed charcoal drawing that featured and altered reality through social media, by Angelina Frank. Every piece was inspiring in itself and the picture gallery features all of them.
Throughout the event students came to see their fellow artists’ work as well as to enjoy a nice glass of sekt or cheese from different world regions. The event in its simplicity and elegance has proven that the Vernissage is a beautiful tradition that will be a respected and featured in future with Mercatorian pride.
At 7 pm, April 19th, 2014 the Mercator Common Room was a reminder of a tropical beach in the Philippines as The Voice of the Philippines, aka the Filipino CID, began a night filled with music, dancing, games, Filipino traditions, and of course food. The event was fun for both the audience members and the organizers, who, in particular, enjoyed seeing their weeks of planning turned into a reality as they shared their culture with the Jacobs University community.
An important aspect of Filipino culture is the idea of community and family. Since all of four of the Filipino community are graduating this year, they felt it was an important and special way to showcase their culture to the place they called home for the past three years. The actual idea of a Filipino CID had been in the mind of the organizers since last year, so they were happy when they were approved to do the CID in late November. Although planning for the event was difficult given the small community of Filipinos on campus, lots of help was provided through their friends on campus and through the Filipino community in Bremen who organizer Christine Talens, had been in contact with since first year. Affectionately calling the Filipino community in Bremen, the Filipino moms, the organizers met with them to get help with how to accurately represent the Philippines. The moms were even kind enough to help out with the food preparation the day of the event. In honor of all their support and help, they were given front row seats in the event. Like the organizers, they too expressed joy at seeing their culture represented, particularly the hula dance, which was a reminder of their days as young Filipinas performing before others.
A second important aspect of Filipino culture is food. Three meals a day, rice with every meal, and two snacks in between. Food represents community for Filipinos which explains why Filipino food is easy to make in bulk and often involves leftovers taken home by guests. In the case of the Filipino CID, this meant preparing enough food for 200 very hungry people when only 100 people showed up. Although they remained within budget there still remains 10 kg extra glass noodles, 5 kg extra bean sprout, and other bulk leftovers. Despite the initial craziness of food preparation and other things, the event was successful and a happy sendoff for the current Filipino community at Jacobs.
Text by: Dianna Bautista
As we leave behind a very stressful midterm period it's time to take a look at the events that took place in Mercator recently. During the last week of March and beginning of April, right before the Spring Break, Mercator College Office had a week of cheer-ups where Mercatorians and other Jacobians came together in the college office to take a break from their stressful work. Here is a list of what happened:
Imagine if you could make a garden without moving anywhere, that's what happened at the Garden Cheer-up. While enjoying nice homemade carrot muffins and freshly made pizza students were able to plant seeds for a plant of their choice; which means a lot more blossoms and buds to welcome spring!
Remember the afternoon naps you hated so much? I bet they appear like a nicer idea now! Although we weren't able to make every lecturer agree with “the afternoon nap plan” we were able to make a nice nap room in the evening for students to take a break from their exam preparation. The catch? All the nice snacks from childhood were also there!
As exciting as it sounds the Moonlight cheer up took place in the patio in front of the servery, with lots of barbecue food and cozy blankets. A warm pre-summer night couldn't have been more chilled and comfortable in open air. The atmosphere was improved even more when Mercatorian musicians decided to bring down their guitars and tune up the night!
In addition to the college office cheer-ups MCO teamed up with BRIMUN team to make the Karaoke Night; in the comfort of the college office many Jacobians came to relieve their stress or just to have fun with their friends. Although we had many awesome singers the climax of the night was when everyone got arm to arm to sing “We Are Young” by Fun, for all the good times!
Were you there? Did you enjoy it? For any feedback as well as creative cheer-up ideas that you think we must try, contact us from here.
COMING SOON, Spring Updates: CIDs! where we discover the most recent CIDs and hear about their preparation process!