• Feuilleton 4


    1) I have almost sold about 95% of my record collection now. I like that. When I look at that part of my room now, I don't see too much of other people's shit I thought I had to buy. As it often is: Yes, I could need the money (from the second hand dealer), but it was good to get rid of something mainly. (This is similar to drinking and eating less at public places, smoking less, buying less whyever trendy clothes (too late): If you can't pay for it, you avoid lots of shit. This should be good news for the working classes and alarming for all the fashionistas and consume addicts out there. But they won't care anyhow, right?) One half of the albums I keep will be with me still because of missing covers, general un-sellability or cracks on the record. Another quarter will be more or less funny novelty stuff. And about twenty albums and 7"es I want to own. And I don't mean keep or hold dear really. CDs? Similar. Another good thing about it: I will not be able to put records on anywhere for longer than 3 hours. Which is terribly great, too.

    2) Since Mid-June I have taken notes on my handy, at meetings and when I read sth somewhere or was told about something or somebody I hadn't heard of before. I will make use of these here.
    a) There are some notions that struck me during Forum d'Avignon Ruhr, that congress dealing with KQs, "creative quarters" and that "innovation is passion":
    - translocal networking
    - making change perceptible
    - keeping local authorities able to communicate internationally
    - the ruhr area as a "weltmeister of change" having to remain open for innovation more than others
    - innovation not meaning that everything has to be brandnew
    - UK innovation charity Nesta works with "creative intensity values"
    - there is a "deutsche gesellschaft für evaluation"
    b) Notes I took during the excursion with the International Visitors Programme of North Rhine Westphalia:
    - W. G. Sebald
    - Rheinischer Kapitalismus
    - "You need a gentle ego for that."
    - "Quality and trust"
    - Japan Association for Cultural Economics
    - "Nabucco Warwick" What? Googled it and got: "This study examines Turkey's role in the EU's quests to ensure secure access to energy resources through the Nabucco Gas Pipeline and how ..."
    c) While reading "Natural Symbols" by Mary Douglas:
    - "Purity and danger"
    - "These silver pearls of serenity, the most beautiful jewels of a cultivated conversation." (She is writing about which kind of laughter she likes here.)
    - that Rousseau, the deprivation hypothesis and a certain western idea of (teen) rebellion may not appeal to each culture on earth
    - Anti-Millenialists
    d) While reading an interview by german mag Spiegel with Alexander Dugin:
    - Arnold Toynbee
    - Friedrich Wilhelm von Herrmann
    e) Songs:
    "Girl Panic"
    "Blue Jean"
    "Cuts You Up"

    3) The end of the first chapter of Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" struck me like little else this year: A couple, Oedipa and Pierce, on a journey, has entered a museum and she starts crying after she has looked at the middle piece of "Bordando el Manto Terrestre", a tryptych by Remedios Varo. Here is some of the text plus a large part of that work of art. And this is how the chapter goes on and ends:
    She had looked down at her feet and known, then, because of a painting, that what she stood on had only been woven together a couple thousands miles away in her own tower, was only by accident known as Mexico, and so Pierce had rather taken her away from nothing, there'd been no escape. What did she so desire to escape from? Such a captive maiden, having plenty of time to think, soon realizes that her tower, its height and architecture, are like her ego only incidental: and what really keeps her where she is is magic, anonymous and malignant, visited on her from outside and for no reason at all. Having no apparatus except gut fear and female cunning to examine this formless magic, to understand how it works, how to measure its field strength, count its line of force, she may fall back on superstition, or take up a useful hobby like embroidery, or go mad, or marry a disc jockey. If the tower is everywhere and the knight of deliverance no proof against its magic, what else?

    4) Must have been the influence of the last Monty Python show I watched that made me listen to "Slap!" by Chumbawamba and "Ça c'est le Blues" by Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle one after the other. Good experience. Made me rethink again what country I am living in and with what (different) kinds of people. Time for a short holiday, I guess.

    (Pic used before.)

  • Disclaimer V


    Is it good to be in the media? Here is some more stuff I found in the web about me. (Did you know that there is a song by Die Türen called "Don't Google Yourself"? Now you do.)

    This biobalance technology guy is not me!

    I am (still) listed among the participants of Forum d'Avignon 2013.

    Here is a documentation about a congress in Dortmund I once wrote.

    Nice to find something about a Goldkante DJ set in Bochum still.

    People are looking up a telephone book page to find my number. (Which won't have helped them.)

    An anagram page has risen in these google-charts again, too.

    Somebody found my name at a page where you look for people doing PR. I never ever made an entry there.

  • 2x 5 out of 5

    no pop writing duisburg

    Here are 5 music-related and five non-music-related postings from my semi-anonymous facebook account, posted from March until July (which is about 5 months):

    March 22
    Liebe Kinder. So etwas macht man als Erstes, wenn man mit den Sex Pistols durch ist:

    March 23
    Ich habe vor einiger Zeit mal (konkret) Quatsch geschrieben. Natürlich gibt es ein gutes Julian Cope Video.

    April 6
    Freitag Abend hab ich mal wieder versuchen müssen, Punk in einem Satz zu erklären. Der ging so: Punk ist "Glaubt denen nicht. Aber glaubt uns auch nicht."

    May 29
    Ein Ohrwurm zum geneigten Väter-Schaulaufen-Gucken:

    June 16
    Da es sonst niemand postet...

    April 28
    Europawahl-O-Mat, Teil 2: Exoten (1)
    Ihr Wahl-O-Mat Ergebnis
    1. FAMILIE 55,3 %
    FREIE WÄHLER 55,3 %
    3. Tierschutzpartei 53,9 %
    4. ÖDP 52,6 %
    5. PBC 50 %
    REP 50 %
    7. BP 46,1 %
    8. Volksabstimmung 44,7 %

    May 8
    Ich fand die bisher in diesen meinen virtuellen Kreisen geposteten "Was bin ich für ein..."-Tests teilweise etwas kuschelrockig. Hier einer zum Aufwärmen:
    Und mein schönes Ergebnis:
    Vertigo (100%)
    Shadow of A Doubt (89%)
    Psycho (78%)

    May 8
    Und die Kasper-Variante einer an sich spannenden Frage:
    Mit dem schönen Ergebnis:
    You got: Laura Palmer
    Well, well, well, looks like you’re an enigma, wrapped in a mystery. A murder mystery.

    May 8
    Und natürlich abschließend:
    Mit dem schönen Ergebnis:
    You are David! You have deep thoughts that a lot of people just wouldn't understand. You are creative, passionate and detailed. But sometimes all you want to do is be alone...

    Somehow I stopped using Facebook by the end of June.

    (Pic used before.)

  • BTDT Monthly 07/2014

    ruhr nahe annental

    In June I have been working with the following institutions more than before:
    Forum d'Avignon Ruhr
    Servizio Pianificazione Urbanistica
    Observatory of Cultural Economics
    Cultural Policies Observatory
    Estonian Design Centre

    I watched some matches of the male soccer world championships.

    I smoke less.

    I had to visit some places and meetings that made me feel sick.

    Had a great time with the International Visitors Programme of Northrhine-Westphalia, visiting exciting places from Essen to Cologne with five til seven amazing people.

    Wrote the documentary of Forum d´Avignon Ruhr 2014.

    Earned some money with some of the mentioned, too.

    Was involved in some fun interventions in the so-called public space and liked it.

    This blog is having less views than a few months ago and I don't mind.

    (Pic used before.)

  • Two Months of Music 5614


    A selection of songs I liked listening to in the last two months.

    Nat King Cole
    "It is only a Paper Moon"

    Le Futur Pompiste
    "Girls of those Days"

    "The Damned Don't Cry"


    "Right Wing"

    Duchess Says

    "Pretend We're Dead"

    The Dandy Warhols
    "Love is the new feel Awful"

    "The Hunter"

    Robert Palmer
    "Looking for Clues"

    Wax Idols
    "All Too Human"

    Locas in Love

    Die Heiterkeit

    Wayne Newton
    "Danke Schoen"

    (Pic used before.)


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