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From the description text of an exhibition I went to see at the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg:

From 27 February, 2016: Liquid Identities – Lynn Hershman Leeson. Identities in the 21st Century

“Digital identity”, “patchwork identity”, “multiple identities”, these are all terms and constructs we use in our attempts to approach the complex question of “Who am I?”: Under digital conditions identity is no longer a fixed constant. Permanently in flow, it is contingent on a multitude of changing factors, the most influential of which are the presentation and communication opportunities offered by the Internet today.

Hershman Leeson’s art is fascinating, and many of her works eerie and unsettling.

Also at the Lehmbruck as an accompanying exhibition: Jakub Nepras - State of Flux

Rushing and fleeting. Hovering, static. Organic. The most otherworldly and transient light effects. I feel privileged to have seen these in real life. Needless to say the picture below doesn’t do the actual experience any justice.

Jakub Nepras: Landscape, videosculpture with sound, photo by Martin Polak, artist’s archive

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*looks around, carefully dusts off her journal, then decides to kick off the new journalling year in classic bullet point style*

What I'm currently reading:
  • Hans Fallada: Ein Mann will nach oben
  • Heirich Geiselberger, Tobias Moorstedt (Red.): Big Data, Das Neue Versprechen der Allwissenheit, Suhrkamp 2013 (a collection of academic and non-academic essays dealing with the consequences and possibilities of Big Data as a cultural, economical and political phenomenon)

What I'm currently watching on DVD:

  • Quantum Leap, selected episodes, re-watch ;)
  • The Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau I (which, btw. has an incredibly Star Trek-like flair to it)

Last three movies I watched at an actual cinema:
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

Last visit to a museum:
Last concert:
  • the ever amazing Käptn Peng in Oberhausen (Yes, I'm too old for this, but still so much fun. )
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Simply because it's so much fun to watch. Completely without words, so do you don't need any German to enjoy! :)

I guess, if there were such a thing as a special heaven for the artistically inclined, the fathers and mothers of Dadaism would sit on their own nonsensical little cloud and smile gently down.

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Now that summer is almost over (almost, but not quite), it seems like I'm slowly getting back in the right mood for journaling again. Emphasis being on slowly. There is this huge backlog of worthwile things I could write about. Truly fantastic holiday in St. Ives and London. The books I've read/ am currently reading. Or, for something artsy, the Ryoji Ikeda 100 metre audiovisual istallation that we went to see at the old power house at the Landschaftspark Duisburg, clearly one of the most physically overwhelming works of art that I've seen in a while.

Here's a link to a Youtube video of said installation. Please be warned, though: Very intense, stroboscopic light effects, extremly quickly changing black and white patterns, powerful sound effects. You might want to stay away from this video in case you are epileptic.

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After the article published in Die Zeit a couple of weeks ago, I had a certain feeling it would  only be a matter of time until other major newspapers would pick up on Kaeptn Peng. But a rather longish, favourable review regarding a left-leaning songwriter/ rapper and band  published in the feuilleton of the F.A.Z., which is one of Germany's most influential conservative quality newspapers? Good grief,  colour me impressed.

Mikroben, Kugelblitze und der ganze Rest
, (F.A.Z., 02.06.2013)

"Zwischen Ulk und Einsamkeit, verspieltem Jazz und und rhythmischem Rock - Ab ins Universum: Käptn Peng und die Tentakel von Delphi lösen den Diskurspop im Tanzrausch auf


Wohin soll uns das führen? Humor wäre natürlich schön, ein Lächeln. Für den Fan. Humor ist es, der die Lust und Erlösung des Rhythmus mit der Schärfe des Draufblicks versöhnt. Aber sind Käptn Pengs Lyrics, die man zunächst als ulkig, gewitzt und wohltuend unkitschig rezipiert, sind sie wirklich von einer kontrollierten, pointenfreudigen Distanz-Lust getragen? Oder ist es doch wirklich der Blick eines, der wider den Willen fortgerissen wird aus allen Zusammenhängen? Irgendwo wohnt eine maximale Einsamkeit und Verzweiflung in diesen Texten, und wenn wir die erst gespürt haben, hilft uns die Musik kaum noch darüber hinweg."

The last paragraph sums up pretty well why I love these guys so much.

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Cavendish is currently reading Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain" with one of his English classes. And look what he found online: A thing of absolute beauty!

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Two anonymous online support groups that should exist, but unfortunately don't. At least not to my knowledge...

1. Christmas Phobics Anonymous. Not that I dislike Christmas per se. Also, I actually look forward to many of the things that usually come with the event. Card writing,  buying and giving presents, Christmas fairs, watching Christmas-y movies on TV, making my annual donation to Doctors without Borders. But all the social obligations and general business preceding Christmas Eve? Tend to make me rather anxious every time.

2. Anonymous Fans of Käptn Peng und die Tentakel von Delphi  Older Than 30 (Vereinigung Anonymer Käptn Peng Anhänger Ü30) .Cavendish and I went to their concert in Bochum last Monday. A simply wonderful experience, which I enjoyed so much I would like to draw sparkling hearts around it. But being able to clearly identify Cavendish and me on a picture taken during the concert and posted at the band's facebook site? More than just slightly weird, though a great virtual souvenir to remember a fantastic evening.

As for somewhat more age-appropriate cultural pursuits *g*:

Bernard Schultze: Gegenwelten at the Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, 19th October 2012 until 20th January 2013. I hadn't heard of the artist before we went there on Sunday, though Schultze apparently is being regarded as one of Germany's most important post WW II avantgardists. Very impressive exhibition, especially the sculptures, sometimes standing, sometimes dangling and mostly amorphous objects which Schultze named "migofs" and which possess an undeniably suggestive and nightmarish quality. Some of them reminded me of Hieronymus Bosch.

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Mostly dry with sunny spells, 23 °C. Best weather we've had for over a week. Cavendish is outside, moving the lawn and trying to get back at least some modicum of control over what grows and (what doesn't) in our flower beds.

Finished watching Boston Legal about a week ago. Back in spring when we started, I had no idea how much I would come to like this high-strung (even by D.E.K. standards), continuously over the top show with all its various insanities.

Celebrated the end of this glorious five season marathon by renting Sex, Lies and Videotape from LoveFilm. (Yes, I've finally succumbed. Originally I tried to kid myself into believing I'd just max out the free of charge thirty day trial period, but so far I'm enjoying renting stuff so much I'm not sure anymore I actually want to unsubscribe from the service.)

So far, so good.

Tomorrow we are going to head off to Düsseldorf to see the El Greco and Modernism exhibition currently housed at the Museum Kunstpalast.

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Friends, readers, countrywomen...

still remember the early pre-internet 1990s when getting hold of certain interviews, articles and tv features was incredibly hard for the interested but unfortunately German-based viewer? A time where failing to record a show on your VHS meant that you probably had lost all chances of viewing said show unless you were really incredibly lucky and there was a re-run, or you happened to stumble across a kindred soul who had taped just the thing that you'd missed and was willing to share? Thus, when I was 17 I used to write very polite inquiries to German broadcasting stations, a lot. Would there be a re-run of X? Or was there any chance to perhaps acquire a copy of Y on VHS for a certain fee? Lucky for me, the necessity for writing those letters of inquiry lessened considerably over the years, mostly thanks to the emergence of the internet and all the wonderful possibilities and networking opportunities which it offered. If you are reading this, you probably know what I'm talking about *g*

But, guess what I just did only a couple of minutes ago... Yup. Wrote another one of those damned inquiries, at least in advance, as one tends to be more well-informed and organised with increasing age.

Recipient: ZDFKultur, a more culturally oriented sub branch of the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, one of our main public-service television broadcasters). Unfortunately only available via satellite and cable, which I cannot receive for technical reasons.

The show in question: Abgeschminkt, 22./23.03. 2012, a brief documentary about German actor/artist/musician Robert Gwisdek, son of actors Corinna Harfouch and Michael Gwisdek.

Why would I possibly be interested in viewing this? : Well, Robert Gwisdek is interesting. Rather promising, highly talented actor, and judging by his interviews and music projects apparently also equipped with a very well-functioning brain. When Gwisdek's not busy acting, traveling or doing something entirely else, he is making something (under the pseud of KÄPTN PENG), that can only be described as inhabiting the borderland between "a type of music usually so not my cup of tea that I don't even know its proper name" and bloody brilliant, bizarre performance art video installations with rather unique lyrics.

Kreisfilm, Shaban & Käptn Peng on Youtube

One of my favourite vids
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Currently watching Simon Schama's Power of Art, the episode on Bernini.

As someone mainly interested in 20th century painting, I never would have thought it possible that lifeless stone could be turned into something like this...

Rape of Proserpina, 1622, Galleria Borghese, Rome

Wow, just wow.

Oh, and thank you so much for the wonderful birthday greetings, folks! Feel hugged! You know who you are :-)
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If the city of London were an artwork, I bet it would be a true Jackson Pollock. A huge, breathtaking canvass, filling space, filling time. Bustling with the energy captured, of one million paint sprays. Throwing the full force of motion, of colour, right into your face.

Orientation only comes from looking at traces and layers and axes. Find your fixed points yourself, navigate, rotate along your interests and passion. Regardless whatever excites you, tickles your brain or simply amuses, just follow along and enjoy, because on each street corner there’s plenty.

To pay full respect to all the places we went to, or to cover at least half of the amazing things we have seen, would take me hours.

So just this:

Weather was fine (mostly), and we walked quite a lot. There’s a nice little company offering guided tours. Themed walks, walks through various parts of the city. Altogether highly recommendable.

Yay for compulsive collectors, because they are the source of amazing museums!

Meeting with [ profile] kathyh at Sir John Soane's was priceless, and so was chatting with [ profile] vastan at Piccadilly Circus, out in the rain.

A much too short visit to the Tate Modern. The entrance hall completely blows me each time I’m there.

I had the most wonderful time, tracing the 18th century. Paintings, houses and street fronts. A harpsichord in action. Historically correct naval uniforms and port wine. The sunny meadows of Greenwich.

Movies and Theatre:

I’m Not There (Bob Dylan biopic, as fascinating as it is flawed)

Glengarry Glenn Ross (Which had mostly raised my curiosity, because I had seen the movie version of it some years ago. Also, the additional benefits of very fine actors live on stage, including Papa Swann as Shelley Levene. [ profile] cavendish, though, didn't nearly enjoy Mamet's play as much as I did)
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On Friday [ profile] cavendish and I went to see The Guggenheim Collection at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

Needless to say the visit was a quite mind blowing experience. Roughly about 200 carefully selected modern and contemporary artworks borrowed from Guggenheim Museums all over the world. As the power, impact and cultural importance of the displayed pieces surely cannot be squeezed into your average sized LJ entry, I'll restrict myself to typing just this. All the horror and beauty, hope and fear, obsession and negligence of the 20th century comprised in a nutshell.(Alright, the nutshell is large, altogether 7500 square meters, two buildings facing each other with the most delightful ice rink and fair in between, but still a nutshell in essence.)

Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Chagall, Duchamp, Mondrian, Marc, Ernst, Pollock, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Nauman, Serra are only the more famous ones of the featured artists, the visible, breathtakingly beautiful, occasionally quite terrifying tip of the iceberg.

The huge body of pieces under the watermark is certainly more difficult to fathom, because the names and visual impressions are less familiar and haven't imprinted themselves into the collective cultural conscience as strongly the above mentioned ones. But wow! Brilliant stuff, fun stuff, deeply frightening stuff that makes you miss a heartbeat or two when you walk past it. 

If you happen to live in North Rhine-Westphalia or any of the neighbouring federal states, just take a heart and  go there, even if you aren' t into modern, post-modern, pop and contemporary stuff. The exhibition is still open to the 7th of January and the experience so worth it.

A happy, creative, sense-making and altogether wonderful 2007 to you all!


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