And a happy new year...
... and be the lucky one this year, damn it!
You are what you eat.
Who doesn't know those evenings, going home after work in the rain and you know that a long evening and even a longer weekend lies in front of you. Longing for a hot bath and a filled refrigirator. That is how this place turns into a treasury of secret pleasures.
"You Are What You Eat" is a project from the photographer Mark Menjivar from San Antonio, Texas, who travelled through the land for three years to document this private treasury. He was exploring the effect the consumtion of food is having on individuals and our society. Until the third of february 2013 it is shown in Brooklyn 0.00156 acres, if somebody maybe is around.
Song Reader Beck
Even if I claim that Beck is a marketing specialist and not an aritst in the first place I would like to pull my hat off to him concerning his latest "album". Respect.
The idea not to record an album but sell the scores of his music looks like a real milestone in the music business. To give his fans the opportunity to interpret his music in their own way an publish them at the Song Reader Website zu veröffentlichen is a very fresh and new twist within this business.
Beck himself was talking about a dynamic project during an interview with the New Yorker. Musicians and musically gifted people this book is for sure a real challange and enrichment. But what do all the people who are not able to read scores? Well, waiting for his next concert I guess. Which will have a record number of visitors. (Look, and there I see the marceting specialist again) At bottom Beck's Song Reader is the idea of the century. As nowadays a concert often mutates into an expensive reproductive experience after listening to the album over and over again. With his scores he created a renaissance of the concert premiere.
Well, and for all persons who are not really into music but more into visual incentives, Song Reader provides a lot for you too. All 20 songsheets were designed by 20 different illustrators (Sergio Mebrillas, Alonzo Felix, Jing Wei,...). All in all the Song Reader is
printed well and presented in a presentable Retro Look. Except the cover – hmm Mister Beck, apparently there was no illustrator involved?
[© Beck and McSweeney's | Faber and Faber]
I am recently re-decorating my apartment and throughout my online research I came across this really fantastic blog Design Sponge. They provide a wide range of interesting information related to interior design and design and creating at home in general. DIY, sneak peeks, cities, before and afters, entertainment, products and much more ..
Whether if you want to start a craft project, make a meal, plan a trip or throw a party Design Sponge is a very helpful source for ideas and inspiration.
I mostly love the sneak peeks, where they show pictures of very creative homes – all with a very special style and personal touch. In addition to the explanation of the owners themselves this site really inspires and motivates me in many terms. It is so good to know that other people as well put a lot of thinking in making their homes beautiful an appealing without spending a high amount on money at the same time.
[© Design Sponge ]
Dark shadows over Val Sinestra
What is Live Action Role Playing like?
Well, I didn't quite knew until I was invited to one. It was a superior experience and a sensational setting: A therapy curation center in 1941. But not just one simple recreation house, no. Val Sinestra is a REAL recreation center built in the early 20th century now functioning as a hotel. It is located the middle of the swiss alpes – picturesque, frightening, scary and imposing.
One weekend with spa guests, doctors, nazis, underground fighters, desateurs, ghost whisperers, formative converters, village idiots, criminal investigators, miss housekeepers, ... The main character was doctor Nadig who became famous through his arsen therapy far beyond the borders of Switzerland.
The setting has been very close to the historical constellation. As soon as you arrive, you are playing your role already. I was assigned to play the role of Alice Sutter. A Swiss student and member of the Zürich communistic cell. You try to imagine the roles charakter, you dress like 1941 and use accessories of former times. You are thrown back into a whole different time. All the other participants as well are dressed differently and talk like they were talking in the second world war. Only the official gameleaders and their appearance according to the 21st century was a constant reminder that it was only a game.
I found it difficult to find out during the two days what the game was really about. The game and its progress is shaped by the actions of the other players and not set.
Even though I have been brutally murdered on a suspension bridge and died a honoring heroic death - Alice Sutter had a glorious time. It was interesting how hard it is to let go of ones own behavior, where yet the assigned role is characterized so differently.
Whether role playing or not. Val Sinestra is certainly worth a visit for hiking, relaxing and creepy feelings.
(This old building and its surroundings are so amazingly special that they have done a whole horror movie there recently: www.fensterzumjenseits.com)
My husband does really LOVE my austrian special sweet backery. BUT, there is one thing he claims the americans have done pretty well: The Apple Crumble! Now during apple season we do have one nearly every 3rd day. Also because it is just too simple:
1) 5 big sour apples
> wash them, cut them in little cubes and put a bit lemon juice on top (and mix grated nuts among it), spread it in the baking dish
2) mix 100g butter and 100g brown sugar together with 175g flour (and a bit of cinnamon)
> with the mixer and crumble it over the apples
3) backing at 200° degrees for 30 minutes
4) afterwords served with vanilla ice cream, cherries or blackberrys or something like that – the hotter the better!
And be quick, because if you start "crumbling" suddenly there are only crumbles left!
Bon appetit! And happy birthday grandma!
[ © Frl.Pfeiffer]
Woyzeck/Wozzeck did have a great premiere in the Münchner Kammerspiele yesterday.
A highly impressive ensemble, an intensive and exhausting production, a spectacular stage set and outstanding musicians. With this piece the young director Barbara Wysocka created a whole new world of commuters and exposes a painful point of view throughout the themes of guilt and constraint.
This rehash was created from the bases of the fragmental drama of Georg Büchner and the Opera of Alban Berg. Janek Duszynski arranged Alban Berg's music in a whole new way and for a good reason the music is indeed more than accompaniment, a break or an underline. The read thread which the spectator is able to hold on instead of drowning within the violence – whilst Franz Woyzeck (fascinatingly performed by Kristof van Boven) is wading, running, swimming, falling... through the knee deep swimming pool.
The cold is creeping under your skin and watching the permanent wetness in symbioses with the music makes you want to break out or at least help. With a lot of strength you have to remind yourself to breath – that much volume, distress, coercion, power, loss, pain, loneliness and suffering are overwhelming yourself.
A haunting and honest stage play.
[© Poster Münchner Kammerspiele]
Wolfi the musketeer
I have been at the book presentation of Richard Oehmann's new book "WOLFI THE MUSKETEER"
Wolfi (which is the short form of Wolfgang a pretty common name here in german speaking countries) and his talking Horse-Zebra named "Hebra" (Pfebra in german) have been instructed by their king Achmet to sell misprinted holy picture cards and they are not quite successful in the beginning. Sandra the Pfebra wants to do good business and Wolfi wants to be celebrated by the people as a musketeer. One after another they get closer and start singing together. Great adventures ahead they travel through their king's country...
Richard Oehmann wrote a wonderful story with self-illustrated drawings. The book comes with a CD from the band "Cafe Unterzucker", containing great and funny songs of the two strange adventures heros.
Wolfi the musketeer is a multimedia reading experience for the whole family (sadly only in german!)
Thank you Mister Oehmann, a real pearl throughout the children and adult literature.
Published by August Dreesbach Verlag (Der kleine August).
[© Photos: Frl. Pfeiffer | Book August Dreesbach Verlag]
"and the kingg didn't wantet to gife the princes awaey. tat pig." So true. This signboard was lying in the park and after some resarch I found the source of this sweet sentence that seems like a "german Miranda July": Buchkinder Leipzig an association that encourages children in "free writing" no matter if the words are written correctly or if the sentence makes sense.
These books made by children, make perfect sense though. Often silk screen or linoleum printed, they present a unique source of childhood phantasy and primordial story writing. What a beautiful, honoring idea publishing these stories and illustrations.
Many of these books imply the genuine view of a child's world. This exact world I do go back once in a while, for health care reasons and creative inspiration only of course...
[© Buchkinder Leipzig]
Amanda Wachob Art Tattoo
I am surfing the web on a beautiful sunday morning and stumbling upon these beautiful art tattoos. I LOVE them. I have never seen something like that. Amanda Wachob is the name to remember. She creates this amazing piece of art on skin. Amanda Wachob is a New York based artist and isn't only involved within the tattoo business but creates visual art beyond skin as well.
Magazines have reviewed her work already since 2007. Why do I only notice her art now?!
From now on I am starting to save some money, to go to New York and get one of these stunning colored brushstrokes. Well, guess I have to try to get an appointment first. Fully booked nearly a year in advance! These busy women in the arts, tzzz.
[© photos Amanda Wachob]