33 episodes

Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us closer together. Fonsi departs every Thursday at 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

Yellow Van Stories Bastian Fischer

    • Society & Culture

Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us closer together. Fonsi departs every Thursday at 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

    Iryna Schneider "Ein Amalgam aus Großstadt und Natur"

    Iryna Schneider "Ein Amalgam aus Großstadt und Natur"

    Today is a double premiere! For the first time I made an actual home visit and I conducted the entire interview in German! My apologies to all English native speakers, the next one will be for you again as well.

    Meine Reisegefährtin dieses Mal ist Iryna Schneider. Sie betreibt eine eigene Marketingagentur seitdem sie aus der Ukraine nach #München umgesiedelt ist. Über sich selbst sagt sie: "Tagsüber bin ich Marketingmanagerin und abends Künstlerin."

    Wir unterhalten uns über ihre Kunst entlang der Grenze von Großstadt und Natur, den Wert des Ehrenamtes in unseren turbulenten Zeiten, und wie die Kunst, vor allem Kindern die den Krieg kennenlernen mussten, bei der Trauma-Bewältigung helfen kann. Und, wie immer, vieles mehr.

    Neben ihrer ehrenamtlichen Tätigkeit betreibt Iryna eigene Initiativen und Hilfsprojekt|e zur Unterstützung der Ukraine. Die Links dazu findet Ihr unten in den Show Notes.

    Willkommen im Yellow Van, Iryna!

    SHOW NOTES
    Schickeria [https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Schickeria]
    Kateryna Bilokur [https://reisen-kiew.com/kateryna-bilokur/]
    Banksy [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy]
    Tafel Deutschland [https://www.tafel.de/]
    Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. [https://www.malteser.de/]
    Pablo Picasso [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso]

    ILIYA CHICHKAN On
    Mutual Art [https://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Ilya-Chichkan/073633495B64AE80/Biography]
    Adamovskiy Foundation [https://adamovskiy.foundation/en/works/chychkan-illya/]
    Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/p/CnUH-rltdhv/?igshid=ODhhZWM5NmIwOQ==]

    IRYNA'S INITIATIVES
    https://www.instagram.com/irynas_artwork
    https://www.instagram.com/donate_for_children_ukraine

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Mykola Kondrashev "Choosing Ukraine"

    Mykola Kondrashev "Choosing Ukraine"

    Mykola Kondrashev is an award-winning cinematographer and photographer based in Kiyv who also holds a master's degree in psychology.

    With his experience on a wide array of projects including commercial music videos, feature films, and television series, Mykola has honed his skills to create captivating and powerful visuals.

    Mykola's impressive portfolio of projects spans the globe and he has worked with huge names like Coca-Cola, Radisson and Nescafé.

    Mykola's dedication to his craft is evident in all of his work, and we are excited to welcome him on board the Yellow Van to learn more about his journey as a cinematographer, how his daily routine has changed during the war and how the deep divide of war can split right through the middle of a family.

    And, as always, a lot more.

    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Mykola!

    Shortly after the recording of our episode, Mykola received mail from the army to be registered with them. As I am recording this, Mykola, like countless other Ukrainians is waiting for his marching order. It could come any moment of any day. Alex Kraev from Odessa, who you might remember from one of the previous episodes, has already been at the front for almost two months now. In one of his latest Facebook-Posts, he wrote: "I am not dead, I am learning." War becomes something else entirely when you know the people who are thrown into it.

    SHOW NOTES

    Nyvky - a suburb of Kyiv [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyvky]
    V2 Rockets [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-2_rocket]
    Bucha [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucha,_Kyiv_Oblast]
    Irpin [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irpin]
    Cossacks [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cossacks]
    Khokhol [https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/khokhol]
    Oseledets [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oseledets]
    Khmelnytsky Uprising [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmelnytsky_Uprising]
    Takflix, Ukrainian film streaming service [https://takflix.com/en]
    Wladiwostok [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wladiwostok]

    Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian director [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Loznitsa]
    My Joy, film directed by Sergei Loznitsa [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Joy]

    Link to the episode with Alex Kraev [https://www.yellowvanstories.com/alex-kraev-punked/]

    Mykola Online
    Mykola's Personal website [https://kondrashev.com.ua]
    Mykola's Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/kondrashev.mykola]
    Mykola's Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/mykola.kondrashev/]

    Donations
    Civilian: Psychological Association of Ukraine [https://www.npa-ua.org/donate?lang=en]
    Military: Eyes On Ukraine, Support for Drones [https://eyesonukraine.eu/]

    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    Yellow Van Stories is a Mind the Bump [https://www.mindthebump.de/] Production.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Gayane Arushanian "Chaos & Harmony"

    Gayane Arushanian "Chaos & Harmony"

    Gayane Arushanian is a multidisciplinary artist from Kyiv. She is the founder of the School of Experimental Art in Kyiv and the G-ART STUDIO in Zaporizhzhia.

    Gayané is not only an outstanding artist, but she also has a Master's in Urban Construction and Design and Economic Cybernetics from the Zaporizhzhia State Engineering Academy.

    Her mathematical knowledge and her artistic eye and love for colour enable her to create shapes, forms and colour patterns oscillating between harmony and chaos.

    She says:
    I have always believed that art was and is the source, the way, and the opportunity to be honest with myself and the world around me. Equilibrium is about finding the balance of the image of the world, the world within. Colour, shapes and composition are the only criteria of harmony for me. There is an ideal state of the world around - Chaos! And all of this is in the indefinite darkness that you and I reveal every day.

    Gayané was born in Armenia and had to flee her home when the first war between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out. The Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022 made a lot of those memories resurface.

    Today, we want to take a look at Gayané's very personal story of becoming an artist, the Ukrainian art world in a more general way and the challenges it faces because of the war.
    And a lot more, of course.

    It is a great pleasure and privilege to have her in the Yellow Van today!

    SHOW NOTES

    Cybernetics [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernetics]
    ARC Gallery, Chicago [https://www.arcgallery.org/]
    City of Kherson [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kherson]
    City of Uman [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uman]
    First Nagorno-Karabakh War [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Nagorno-Karabakh_War]
    Khmelnytsky Uprising [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmelnytsky_Uprising]
    Fibonacci Sequence [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_sequence]
    Berlin Ensemble [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_Ensemble]
    Gaia, Greek goddess [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia]

    Gayane's Inspiration
    Yuryi Khymych [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuriy_Khimich] (painter)
    Arkhyp Kuindzhi [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkhip_Kuindzhi] (painter)
    Vasyl Symonenko [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasyl_Symonenko] (poet)
    Myroslav Skoryk [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myroslav_Skoryk] (composer)
    Sergei Parajanov [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Parajanov] (film director)

    Gayane Online
    Gayane's Online Art Classes:
    www.airbnb.ru/experiences/1008843 [http://www.airbnb.ru/experiences/1008843?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=43765a1b-e94f-432e-a0ec-0cf00551a311]
    Gayane on Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/gaya_arushanian [http://www.instagram.com/gaya_arushanian/]
    Gayane's Website:
    www.gayanearushanian.com [http://www.gayanearushanian.com/]
    Gayane on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayane-arushanian-702409ab

    New York Group Exhibition "Design On A Dime" [https://www.classy.org/event/design-on-a-dime-2023/e462193?c_src=social&c_src2=social]

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    Yellow Van Stories is a Mind the Bump [https://www.mindthebump.de/] Production.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Anastasiia Sanzharovska "Day By Day"

    Anastasiia Sanzharovska "Day By Day"

    Anastasiia Sanzharovska is a producer, director, and video editor from Ukraine. She originally studied system analysis and maths but turned to her real passion film soon after finishing her studies. She has been working as a producer, director, 1st AD,  and video editor ever since. In February 2022, Anastasiia was in Egypt for a 3-week holiday but got stuck there due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She has been living there ever since.

    We'll talk about her early beginnings in filmmaking, why she chose film over maths, the Ukrainian TV scene, and her life in Egypt. And, as always, a lot more.

    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Anastasiia! Thanks for travelling with us.

    SHOW NOTES
    Links to a selection of Anastassia's works
    What Is Wrong With Me (Short Film) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnht2ciexWs] - Direction
    ZFeelZ Shame (Music Video) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znOKy1Zox5E] - 1st Assistant Director
    Тизер ДВДС 2 (Short Movie) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GojHEtv7v0g] - 1st Assistant Director

    Anastasiia's Social Media Channels
    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/AnastasiiaSanzharovska?mibextid=ZbWKwL]
    Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/anastasia_snzh/]
    LinkedIn [https://www.linkedin.com/in/anastasiia-sanzharovska-601196104]

    Sinai Media Club in Sharm El-Sheikh [https://www.facebook.com/sinaimediaclub]

    Initiatives To Support
    Prytula Foundation [https://prytulafoundation.org/en/] - Support for the Ukrainian Army
    Come Back Alive [https://savelife.in.ua/en/] - Support for the Ukrainian Army
    National Bank of Ukraine [https://bank.gov.ua/en/news/all/natsionalniy-bank-vidkriv-rahunok-dlya-gumanitarnoyi-dopomogi-ukrayintsyam-postrajdalim-vid-rosiyskoyi-agresiyi] - Dedicated Account for the Humanitarian Assistance of Ukrainian Citizens

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    Yellow Van Stories is a Mind the Bump [https://www.mindthebump.de/] Production.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Andriy Dubchak "Dignity"

    Andriy Dubchak "Dignity"

    Today with us in the Yellow Van is Andriy Dubchak, a correspondent and photographer for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty as well as the founder of the interactive media platform Donbas Frontliner. He specializes in telling the stories of soldiers and civilians caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He received a 2022 Free Media Award from the Fritt Ord and ZEIT foundations for his "courageous professional reporting from battle zones." Andriy also received a Lovie award for coverage of the Maidan protests in 2014 and a Gold Medal in the LifePressPhoto competition in 2020, and more. Andriy has captured the main pivot points of the younger Ukrainian history and I am thrilled that he has found the time to join us on the Yellow van today.
    I had the chance to speak to him after he had just returned from Bachmut, where heavy fighting is taking place.

    FOLLOW DONBAS FRONTLINER
    Web [https://www.frontliner.com.ua/]Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/donbas.frontliner/]Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/FrontlinerUA]Twitter [https://twitter.com/frontliner_ua]YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh_kbW4p8By8rg3d9x30zDA]Telegram [https://t.me/donbasfrontliner]

    SUPPORT DONBAS FRONTLINER
    Patreon [https://www.patreon.com/donbasfrontliner]

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    Yellow Van Stories is a Mind the Bump [https://www.mindthebump.de/] Production.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Dafna Rachok & Ivan Shmatko "The Stoic Use of Expletives"

    Dafna Rachok & Ivan Shmatko "The Stoic Use of Expletives"

    With us in the Yellow Van this week are Dafna Rachok and Ivan Shmatko.
    Dafna Rachok is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research seeks to understand how vulnerable groups in Ukraine respond to existing HIV prevention and treatment programs and how their attitudes to the state shape their desire or reluctance to seek those programs. Ivan Shmatko is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Alberta (Canada). Ivan has been a part of the volunteer movement in Ukraine since February 24. He has done research on policing in Ukraine and the imaginaries that shape how police officers see their work and interact with others. His doctoral research project focuses on the experiences of newly mobilized soldiers in Ukraine. Being on leave from their universities in February 2022, they decided to stay in Ukraine [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=ukraine&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400] when Russia [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=russia&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400] assaulted their home. Rather than escape to safety across the Atlantic [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=atlantic&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400] Ocean, they looked for ways and means to support their homeland [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=homeland&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400] and their fellow Ukrainians.  Join us as we talk about their #volunteering work, the importance of humour [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=humour&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400] in times of darkness and why Ukrainians collectively dislike  Elon Musk [https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=elonmusk&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A7042191701821542400].
    And, as always, a lot more. Thank you, Dafna and Ivan, for joining the Yellow Van.
    Your bravery and empathy are an inspiration.

    SHOW NOTES
    Sociological group "RATING" [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rating_(sociological_group)#:~:text=Rating%20(Ukrainian%3A%20%D0%A0%D0%B5%D0%B9%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B3)%2C,approved%20by%20the%20ESOMAR%20and]
    International Red Cross and Red Crescent [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Red_Cross_and_Red_Crescent_Movement]
    World Food Programme [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Programme]
    Leonid Kuchma [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Kuchma]
    Article by Dafna Rachok: On Trust, Transparency, and Learning from the Experience of the Extraordinary [https://huri.harvard.edu/trust-transparency-and-learning-experience-extraordinary]
    Article by Ivan Shmatko: A Voracious Beast - Emotional Energy in the Tsunami of Suffering [https://huri.harvard.edu/voracious-beast-emotional-energy-tsunami-suffering]

    DONATIONS
    Come Back Alive [https://savelife.in.ua/en/]
    Hospitaliers [https://www.hospitallers.life/]

    FOLLOW DAFNA AND IVAN
    Dafna's Twitter [https://twitter.com/DafnaRachok]
    Dafna's LinkedIn [https://www.linkedin.com/in/dafnarachok/]
    Ivan's Twitter [https://twitter.com/shmatkoivan]
    Ivan's Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.krakun]

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear [https://jimkroft.bigcartel.com/product/love-in-the-face-of-fear], Jim Kroft [http://www.jimkroft.com/]

    Support the show [https://www.buymeacoffee.com/yellowvan]

    Yellow Van Stories is a Mind the Bump [https://www.mindthebump.de] Production.

    • 2 hr 25 min

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