Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters was a German artist, born in Hanover, Germany. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including dadaism, surrealism, sound, sculpture, graphic design and what came to be known as installation art, he is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures. Kurt Schwitters was born on 20 June 1887 at Rumannstraße No. 2, now: No. 8, the only child of Eduard Schwitters and his wife Henriette. His father was proprietor of a ladies' clothes shop; the business was sold in 1898, the family used the money to buy some properties in Hanover, which they rented out, allowing the family to live off the income for the rest of Schwitters' life in Germany. In 1893, the family moved to future site of the Merzbau. In 1901, Schwitters suffered his first epileptic seizure, a condition that would exempt him from military service in World War I until late in the war, when conscription was loosened. After studying art at the Dresden Academy alongside Otto Dix and George Grosz, 1909–1915, Schwitters returned to Hanover and started his artistic career as a post-impressionist.

In 1911 he took part in Hanover. As the First World War progressed his work became darker developing a distinctive expressionist tone. Schwitters spent the last one-and-half years of the war working as a drafter in a factory just outside Hanover, he was conscripted into the 73rd Hanoverian Regiment in March 1917, but exempted on medical grounds in June of the same year. By his own account, his time as a draftsman influenced his work, inspired him to depict machines as metaphors of human activity. "In the war I discovered my love for the wheel and realized that machines are abstractions of the human spirit." He married his cousin Helma Fischer on 5 October 1915. Their first son, died within a week of birth, 9 September 1916. In 1918, his art was to change as a direct consequence of Germany's economic and military collapse at the end of the First World War. "In the war, things were in terrible turmoil. What I had learned at the academy was of no use to me and the useful new ideas were still unready....

Everything had broken down and new things had to be made out of the fragments. It was like a revolution within me, not as it was, but as it should have been." Schwitters was to come into contact with Herwarth Walden after exhibiting expressionist paintings at the Hanover Secession in February 1918. He showed two Abstraktionen at Walden's gallery Der Sturm, in Berlin, in June 1918; this resulted in meetings with members of the Berlin Avant-garde, including Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, Hans Arp in the autumn of 1918. " the night he introduced himself in the Café des Westens. "I'm a painter," he said, "and I nail my pictures together." Raoul Hausmann Whilst Schwitters still created work in an expressionist style into 1919, the first abstract collages, influenced in particular by recent works by Hans Arp, would appear in late 1918, which Schwitters dubbed Merz after a fragment of found text from the phrase Commerz Und Privatbank in his work Das Merzbild, completed in the winter of 1918–19. By the end of 1919 he had become a well-known artist, after his first one-man exhibition at Der Sturm gallery, in June 1919, the publication, that August, of the poem An Anna Blume, a dadaist, non-sensical love poem.

As Schwitters's first overtures to Zurich and Berlin Dada made explicit mention of Merz pictures, there are no grounds for the widespread claim that he invented Merz because he was rejected by Berlin Dada. Schwitters asked to join Berlin Dada either in late 1918 or early 1919, according to the memoirs of Raoul Hausmann. Hausmann claimed that Richard Huelsenbeck rejected the application because of Schwitters' links to Der Sturm and to Expressionism in general, which were seen by the Dadaists as hopelessly romantic and obsessed with aesthetics. Ridiculed by Huelsenbeck as'the Caspar David Friedrich of the Dadaist Revolution', he would reply with an absurdist short story Franz Mullers Drahtfrühling, Ersters Kapitel: Ursachen und Beginn der grossen glorreichen Revolution in Revon published in Der Sturm, which featured an innocent bystander who started a revolution'merely by being there'. Hausmann's anecdote about Schwitters asking to join Berlin Dada is, somewhat dubious, for there is well-documented evidence that Schwitters and Huelsenbeck were on amicable terms at first.

When they first met in 1919, Huelsenbeck was enthusiastic about Schwitters's work and promised his assistance, while Schwitters reciprocated by finding an outlet for Huelsenbeck's Dada publications. When Huelsenbeck visited him at the end of the year, Schwitters gave him a lithograph and though their friendship was by now strained, Huelsenbeck wrote him a conciliatory note. "You know. I think too that certain disagreements we have both noticed in our respective opinions should not be an impediment to our attack on the common enemy, the bourgeoisie and philistinism." It was not until mid-1920 that the two men fell out, either because of the success of Schwitters's poem An A


Hipsterhood is an American comedy web series and written by Indian-American director Shilpi Roy. The series is broadcast on the internet and premiered on August 21, 2012. So far, nineteen episodes have been made and the show can be found distributed across the web including on YouTube and Blip. Hipsterhood is about discovering what it is to be a hipster in LA, what it is like to fall in love with fellow hipsters who are too cool for love; the shows plot revolves around two hipsters who are both living in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, who keep crossing paths but can't seem to get to the next level of talking. Hipsterhood was inspired and written by Shilpi Roy, a director producer who moved to Silver Lake, LA in 2007 to follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker. In an interview with Shilpi Roy, it states that when she moved to Silver Lake, she did not see herself as a hipster. Shilpi bought a pair of skinny jeans and it made her ask the question ‘does that make me a hipster?', which created an identity crisis.

Shilpi started analysing the hipsters around her and, where the idea for the dialogue came from. The first season was funded by Shilpi’s own savings; the second season is being funded by a kickstarter campaign which launched on Feb 4 2013 and raised $7,041 beating their original goal of $5000. Shilpi Roy started her career working for Warren Littlefield, the former head of NBC. After attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she made the award-winning short film The Indian & the Samurai, Shilpi worked for controversial companies such as Brave New Films, PlayboyTV; the plot surrounds two hipsters - Cereal Guy and Faux Fur Girl - who are too cool for each other, but too awkward for themselves. The majority of the "dialogue" takes the form of the characters' thoughts as they consider talking to one another; the characters, played by Elizabeth Ferraris and Kit Williamson, always obsess about what to say or do, resulting in awkwardly silent interactions in real life. Daniel Vincent Gordh of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries will be a new character in season 2.

Every episode was filmed in a different location in Los Angeles. Episode 1: Hipsters meet at the grocery store Episode 2: Two Hipsters one street corner, Sliver Lake Episode 3: The Hipster Jog Episode 4: Hipster Catastrophe at the coffee shop Episode 5: Hipsters at the dry cleaners Episode 6: The “other” women at the 99 cent store Episode 7: The “other” woman from hipster Guy's POV Episode 8: A hipster boutique on Sunset Blvd Episode 9: Hipster's dog birthday party Episode 1: Hipsters with Hangovers Episode 2: Hipster Run-In at the Pharmacy Episode 3: When Hipsters Date Episode 4: Hipsters Texting Episode 5: Sometimes a Hipster Just Needs a Drink Episode 6: Flashback! Hipster Ping Pong Episode 7: Hipsters Jogging, Again Episode 8: The 99 Cent Store, Revisited Episode 9: Hipster Mecca: The Silverlake Farmers Market Episode 10: Hipsters in Nature Official website

Albert Schultz

Albert Hamilton Schultz is a former Canadian actor and the founding artistic director of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company. He resigned his position with Soulpepper after sexual allegations against Schultz became public in January 2018. Albert Hamilton Schultz was born in Port Hope, Ontario, on July 30, 1963, he is the son of the editor of the Port Hope Evening Guide. He has sister, his father died of leukemia when he was six, his mother moved the family to Napanee, Ontario. He grew up in Alberta. Schultz studied drama at Toronto's York University from 1981-1982, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artfrom 1984-1985, he received an honorary doctorate at Queen's University in 2008 and from Bishop's University in 2009, which has since been rescinded. His theatre career as an actor includes several roles at the Stratford Festival, including Romeo in Robin Phillips' production of Romeo and Juliet, at Soulpepper, including the title roles in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Chekhov's Platonov, Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests.

He played the stage manager in Our Town, Henry in The Real Thing, Alceste in The Misanthrope, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, El Gallo in the musical The Fantasticks, Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera and Martin in Edward Albee's The Goat.. Schultz's television career includes the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's hit drama Street Legal, the medical drama Side Effects, the comedy The Red Green Show, the role of Conrad Black in CTV's Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, he is executive producer of the CBC series Kim's Convenience. Schultz has directed Soulpepper's productions of: Death of a Salesman, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Oh, What a Lovely War!, The Caretaker, Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Time of Your Life, Angels in America, Parts I and II, Of Human Bondage. He co-created and directed Soulpepper's musical adaptation of Spoon River, he directed Susan Coyne's Kingfisher Days for the Tarragon Theatre.

Schultz is the recipient of several awards, including: a Gemini Award, several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Toronto Critics Awards, the Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, the Salute to the City Award, the Toronto Life Award, the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award, the Toronto Arts Council William Kilbourn Award, the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his work on behalf of UNICEF. In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a founding member and artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and for his commitment to training generations of theatre artists." In May 2014, Schultz received the National Arts Centre Award, a companion award of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, recognizing work of an extraordinary nature and significance in the performing arts in the past performance year. In January 2018, Schultz was publicly accused of sexual misconduct by four professional actresses who worked with him at Soulpepper Theatre Company; the women involved are Diana Bentley, Hannah Miller and Patricia Fagan.

Lawsuits on their behalf were filed against both Soulpepper. Schultz resigned his position as artistic director on January 4, 2018, saying: "While I will continue to vigorously defend myself against the allegations that are being made, I have made this decision in the interest of the future of the company into which I poured the last 20 years of my life, in the interest of the aspirations of the artists and administrators of the company."Ann-Marie MacDonald has spoken of her time as a Soulpepper production's equity deputy, citing concerns of those she represented being laughed off by the company. His case was settled in 2018. Albert Schultz on IMDb