C+H Art Kollektiv

Carsten Eichmann + Helene Marie Thian

About C+H Art Kollektiv

C+H Art Kollektiv is Carsten Eichmann, PhD and Helene Marie Thian, JD, MA.
We began creating music/videos/spoken word art in 2000 in Zürich.

In 2020, we have submitted a video artwork consisting of 4 videos and entitled Candelabra
to the Bonn Museum in Germany for its Videonale.18 video art competition.

We have also created the music video below entitled Kind to Nature.

Kind To Nature

Music, Lyrics and Video by Carsten Eichmann © 2007/2020
Creative Advisor: Helene Marie Thian
Produced by C+H Art Kollektiv

 Helene Marie Thian, JD, MA is an artist/poet/writer from New Orleans, Louisiana who previously lived for many  years in Japan, trained in Jungian psychology at the C. G. Jung institut in Zürich and obtained her Master’s (With Distinction) from University of the Arts London. She is also a haikuist and won an Ion Codrescu Prize in a haiku competition in March, 2020 sponsored by the Research Centre for Japanese Culture Structural Studies in Kyoto, Japan. Her collages with found objects and Dadaist poetry are featured in the video artwork Candelabra, created with Carsten Eichmann for their C+H Art Kollektiv, and submitted to the Bonn Museum in Germany in June, 2020 for Videonale.18.

Her favourite sentence is from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale from Kansas says to her dog when they end up in the land of Oz, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.” 

Dr. Carsten Eichmann obtained his Master’s in Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and his PhD in Physiology at University of Marburg. Since 2004, he is a freelance Website designer/software developer/videographer and resides in Germany and Switzerland.

He has been creating experimental music and art videos for C+H Art Kollektiv since 2000.

We love Nature. We love Art.

C+H Art Kollektiv. Zürich/New Orleans.

Helene Marie Thian, JD, MA

New Orleans, LA USA


e-mail : c-hartkollektiv@outlook.com

Skype name : helene.thian

  • Partner, C + H Art Kollektiv, Zürich/New Orleans

  • Graduate With Distinction, Master’s programme at University of the Arts London

  • Curator for noted Japanese artist Tadanori Yokoo

  • Research contributor to V & A Museum’s David Bowie is… exhibition

Work History:

2020 – C + H Art Kollektiv established with Dr. Carsten Eichmann, Zürich

  • Video artwork consisting of 4 separate videos and entitled Candelabra (2000-2020) submitted to Bonn Museum in Germany for its Videonale.18 competition

  • Music video If We Are Kind to Nature, Nature Is Kind to Us published on YouTube and submitted to Dog Eat Dog, film director Michael Moore’s production company in Berlin, Germany

2012 – present: Cultural Historian

  • Public presenter/researcher on early 20th century designer/retailer

Henri Bendel, native of Lafayette, Louisiana (2014 – 2016) and founder of

New York City department store Bendel’s

    • Presented at the Alexandre Mouton House Museum to a sold out audience and at the Lafayette Science Museum for the Center

for Louisiana Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Responsible for uncovering long lost oil portrait of Henri Bendel

  • Lecturer/Interviewee at V & A Museum, London (2013)


  • Research contributor to V & A Museum for a world touring exhibition (2012-13)

  • Included in the select number of Acknowledgements in accompanying publication:


  • Article on museum gallery spaces vetted for publication in Dress journal of the Costume Society of America

2007 – 2020: Japanese/English document review attorney

  • Consilio, Inc., New Orleans, LA (2019-2020)

  • Hudson Legal UK (2011)

  • FTI Consulting, Inc., San Francisco, CA (2010-2018)

–Translation, coding and organization of documentation in both Japanese and English languages; 2PR (second pass reviewer), supervision of translation staff

  • Finnegan, Henderson, Washington, DC/Reston VA (2007-2009)

1990 – 2014: Coordinator for Japan Projects

  • Coordinator: Tadanori Yokoo solo exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans,

including organization of Louisiana pantribal powwow on site

  • Coordinator: Tokyo exhibition of New Orleans artists Martin LaBorde and Zella Funck

  • Assistant: Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando

  • Interpreter: Japan Foundation tour performance of shamisen/taiko duo Itanji! at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans

  • Coordinator: Tokyo/Mississippi musician Steve Gardner and his band, including

arrangement of radio appearances in US and concert at Ogden Museum of Southern Art

1990 – 2014: Journalist (Assignments include:)

  • Arts/Features Writer for The Japan Times and The Asahi Evening News, Tokyo

  • Writer/Editor for English language broadcast news at NHK, Inc., Tokyo

(Japanese public television)

  • Columnist for FP (Fusion Planning), architecture/art/design magazine, Tokyo

  • Documentary Coordinator in Japan for HTV Wales

  1. 1991: Foreign Legal Assistant and Translator, Tokyo

Miki Law & Patent Office; Adachi, Henderson, Miyatake & Fujita Law Office; Matsubara,

Muraki & Associates


9.2011-12.2012: MA History and Culture of Fashion programme candidate at University of

the Arts London/London College of Fashion. Graduate “With Distinction,” 2013.

  • Selected to speak at Costume Society UK Study Day in London:


  • Selected to speak at University of Limerick, Ireland:


  • Awarded Pasold Research Fund MA travel grant for research in Japan

  • Thesis chosen by Course Director as permanent reference work for UAL/LCF Library

2000-02: Training candidate at C. G. Jung Institut in Zürich

  • Selected on first round draft by Selection Committee

1984-86: Graduate researcher at Sophia University, Tokyo

  • Recipient of Japanese Ministry of Education’s Monbushō Scholarship

1981-84: Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, LA

Juris Doctor awarded May, 1984

  • Admitted to Louisiana State Bar Association, 1984

  • Honor: Selected from over 100 students as one of 16 semi-finalists, Loyola Law School Moot Court Competition

  • University of Santa Clara Law School Japanese Legal Studies Program, 1982

1976-80: Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, LA

  • 1980, Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies, major in Journalism and minor in Art History. GPA 3.65/4.0


  • Dean’s List Candidate

  • Kappa Tau Alpha charter member (national honorary fraternity for journalism)

  • Honors English Literature program candidate

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, national honorary fraternity

  • Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary fraternity


1. “Moss Garden: David Bowie and Japonism in fashion,” a chapter for

David Bowie: Critical Perspectives as organized by University of Limerick, Ireland

and published by Routledge, Inc., 2015


  1. David Bowie is…Customizing,” a chapter for Enchanting David Bowie as organized by Deakin University, Australia and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015


  1. Japonism in fashion in London, 1971-72: 1 Designer, 3 Photographers, 3 Magazines,” Kyoto Costume Institute’s Dresstudy journal, Issue No. 65, July 2014 (http://www.wacoal.jp/c/kci/2014/07/dresstudy65_information_on_dresstudy_no65.html )
  1. Quote contribution in Too Much-Info, (Tokuma Shoten, 2016) a book commemorating the 40th anniversary of Japanese band The Plastics https://www.amazon.co.jp/情報過多-―Too-Much-Info―-プラスチックス/dp/4198641501?ie=UTF8&keywords=plastics&qid=1464976075&ref_=sr_1_5&sr=8-5
  1. The Third Man: Ziggy Stardust, an article published in Italian and English at www.davidbowieblackstar.it (2017). http://www.davidbowieblackstar.it/the-third-man-ziggy-stardust/
  1. Featured personal narrative in David Bowie: I Was There by Red Planet Publishing, UK (2017) http://www.redplanetzone.com/book-item/david-bowie-i-was-there

7. Author, Setting Up & Operating a Business in Japan (1988) Charles Tuttle, Inc.,

the first manual for foreign entrepreneurs in Japan


  • Letter of Commendation and honourary pin awarded by Hitachi City government for cultural exchange efforts between Hitachi City and the Hopi community of Hotevilla, Arizona in 1997

  • Ion Codrescu Third Prize Winner in Lafcadio Hearn Haiku Competition 2020 in Kyoto, Japan

  • Honorable Mention for artist’s book collage assemblage in Tokyo

Language: Fluency in Japanese (written and spoken)/ Master Rank in the Shozanmai School

(Shizuoka, Japan) of calligraphy


  • Interviewed by Marco Werman for National Public Radio’s program The World:


  • Interviewed by BBC Singapore for BBC News online article:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia- 35278488


1) Dr. Kathryn Johnson 2) Mr. Tadanori Yokoo

Director’s Researcher Artist

V & A Museum, London Tokyo, Japan

3) Dr. Shaun Cole

(Formerly, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Communities, University of the Arts London)

Associate Professor, Winchester School of Art

University of Southampton, UK

Dr.rer.physiol. Carsten Eichmann
Oktober 1984 – März 1992 Physikstudium in Siegen und München
April 1992 – September 1992 Auslandsaufenthalt in Paris
Oktober 1992 – September 1993 Reise auf dem Landweg nach Indien und Nepal
Januar 1994 – Dezember 1998 Promotion in Humanbiologie (Marburg)
August 1997 – September 2004 Arbeit als Postdoktorand am Institut für Virtuelle Produktion (Zürich)
Oktober 2004 – heute (2020) Selbstständiger Programmierer & Webdesigner


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