At seventeen

"To those of us who knew the pain"

November 2nd, 2008

 

I was twelve when my friend Vicky Tiegelkamp played a record of her older sister to me. It blew me away. And it was more than twenty years later when Justus Köhnke played Janis Ian on a party and reminded me of my teen emotions. Still love her records. Still listen to them. Saw an early live performance of her today. Simple, moving, beautiful, and timeless. 

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Magnetic beauty on the sun

Halloween
November 1st, 2008

Saw a beautiful sunrise this morning on my way home from a heart-warming party. Jamal Moss didn't make it. But some times drowning in music and friendship is just enough.

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Thomas Bayrle

Herzensbrecher (Heartbreaker)

October 26th, 2008

 

Initially I went to see Gerhard Richter's abstract paintings at Museum Ludwig today, and it was a most welcome surprise to see that they were also showing about 60 or so of Thomas Bayrle's works. Thomas Bayrle creates graphic pieces from other images, multiplying and distorting motifs obtained from books, films, video art, graphic art. The basis for all his work is generally the same - the transformation of a repeated motif by anamorphosis, shifting into another image, creating a truly mind-boggling result. A must - the exhibition runs until January 25th, 2009.

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Nice Mover

Gina X Performance
October 15th, 2008

This record provided strength when the hormons where dancing back in 1978

A1. Nice Mover (4:30)
A2. No G.D.M. (Dedicated To Quentin Crisp) (5:55)
A3. Plastic Surprise Box (3:05)
A4. Casablanca (5:35)

B1. Be A Boy (4:00)
B2. Exhibitionism (5:00)
B3. Black Sheep (3:45)
B4. Tropical Comic Strip (5:05)

 

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Full moon tonite

"O Superman" by Laurie Anderson
October 14th, 2008

"O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad. O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad. Hi. I'm not home right now. But if you want to leave a message, just start talking at the sound of the tone. Hello? This is your Mother. Are you there? Are you coming home? Hello? Is anybody home? Well, you don't know me, but I know you. And I've got a message to give to you. Here come the planes. So you better get ready. Ready to go. You can come as you are, but pay as you go. Pay as you go. And I said: OK. Who is this really? And the voice said: This is the hand, the hand that takes. This is the hand, the hand that takes. This is the hand, the hand that takes. Here come the planes. They're American planes. Made in America. Smoking or non-smoking? And the voice said: Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. 'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi Mom! So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. In your automatic arms. Your electronic arms. In your arms. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms. In your electronic arms."

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There is no kidding

Advanced style

October 10th, 2008

 

Enjoy the Advanced Style blog: "Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age." We all need role models - for example Iris Apfel (above), fashion iconoclast and true original.

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"Everything is bullshit but the open hand."

Bruce Cockburn, Strange Waters
October 8th, 2008

"The Wit of the Staircase: From the French phrase 'esprit d'escalier', literally, it means 'the wit of the staircase', and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended. "Esprit d'escalier", she replied. "Esprit d'escalier. The answer you cannot make, the pattern you cannot complete till afterwards it suddenly comes to you when it is too late."

The blog by extraordinary Theresa Duncan († 2007) is still a huge inspiration.

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Then we could be Heroes, just for one day

Peter Saville
October 2nd, 2008

I keep talking about this one-of-a-kind design hero of mine. Had the great pleasure to work with him on two of my projects, and he challenged my perception and perspective.

My dear friend and wonderful designer Manu Burghart took that hilarious photo the last time we met him in London - his car, my scraf.

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The next Einstein will be African

Neil Turok's 2008 TED Prize wish
May 35th, 2008

Neil Turok is working on a model of the universe that explains the big bang - while, closer to home, he's founded a school to promote math and science studies in Africa. Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future. In his talk Neil Turok recommends the Worldmapper for a different view on our planet.

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