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  • BTDT Monthly 09/2014

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    Some people and institutions I worked with in August - and more than before:
    Ministry for Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia
    Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft
    gökedesign
    Stuntcat DJ Team
    Dintje Dance
    Familie Staub
    Caia Hagel

    I went to a lot of restaurants, in Essen as well as in Prague. I think I can call this a hobby yet: Checking out how people work at these places, if they are okay or just over-professional, if they notice that I am having fun but at the same time interested in being absolutely no snob.

    DJed in a small circus tent. About 8h. Ping Pong mainly. At the end - at about 2 p.m. the next day - I span the first side of Magazine's "Real Life" album, apart from "Definitive Gaze", that is. The last line of "Burst" goes like this: "Keep your silence to yourself. You will forget yourself."

    Started working for Labkultur at their home base in Dortmund three times a week. This means that there are and will be more articles by me in the future, but that I will also be the main person to guide the other authors through this adventure.

    Went to the local bib and lent three books two months ago. Haven't finished a single one yet.

    (Pic was already used last year.)

  • Two Months of Music 7814

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    Here is some music I liked in July and August:

    LA Vampires feat. Maria Minerva
    "Seasons Change"

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    "Plug Me In"

    Monty Python
    "Lumberjack Song"

    Camper van Beethoven
    "Wasted"

    Pulp
    "Cocaine Socialism"

    The Happy Family
    "A Night Underground" (Lyrics)

    The Go-Betweens
    "The Statue"

    Roddy Frame
    "Birth of the True"

    Julian Cope
    "Doomed", "Lunatic and Fire-pistol", "Greedhead Detector"

    Sonic Youth
    "Pattern Recognition"
    , "Self-Obsessed and Sexxee", "Stereo Sanctity"

    Wire
    "The Other Window" (Lyrics)

    (Pic used before.)

  • Feuilleton 5

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    1) I mean: There is a worldwide civil war going on since ages - and the old school territorial wars aren't even happening between states anymore, isn't that somehow how it is? That's nothing one likes to tell to children, though. But then: Maybe children should know what adults are doing to them, and in such a way that they won't turn this violence onto others. It's not easy to find the right balance between fighting for what's good and fighting what's bad, when all the time we find the poison inside of us and people we hold dear. "Run, as fast as you can, to the nearest desert island." ended a school book of mine. Where have these desert islands gone? You can't tell.

    2) Everybody knows that the fascists found ways to influence people via media. Normally they show Hitler, the seducer, as the exemplary phenomenon. But of course there have always been similar attractors, not only in uniform and not only men. Nowadays it has become some sort of everyday sport to make use of such a seduction via social media and so on. But we should not forget that these mechanisms work in our everyday life as well, because they were only adopted, changed and - so to speak - mutated via media like televison, internet, etc. We are "attracted" to a certain kind of people, especially if we follow a certain tradition, especially, but not only, in the western hemisphere. That's why I think that a) neo-nazis aren't the old-fashioned street team we see on demonstrations and b) that the fascists have found a way to intrude us, our hearts, minds, bodies, souls in a way, c) and d) may follow. But somehow this does not mean that this makes people less obedient or less willing to adapt to these, sorry, "standards". This means - here and now - that I fear that about 99% of the population around me consists of Darwinists that don't care about being these as long as they feel comfortable adjusting to their surroundings. And who feel comfortable reading this as this here just seems to prove that their way of living and passing it on to their children and grandchildren is some sort of "hyper-natural", nietzsche-given order that makes them happy by just being passive and obedient, even if they follow instructions how to be oh so rebellious and "youth culture" or something for some time. It just helps the system to become more perfect and totalitarian - well, "normally". Am I in an Adorno mood or just too old to savour the fruits of being a German, European or Western superhuman? No, I am probably just unable to give up on something I never really believed in until it was violently taken from me. Or what? (If I sound too paranoid for your taste - or old-school leftist - when I write about fascists, you may think "technocrats", "nihilists", "cold-hearted animalizers", whatever you think may fit. In fact most of these dumb arseholes don't care anyhow - and they won't ever know that there is a different way of living around. But where they sense it, they probably will try to end it, because something inside them remembers it and does not want to have around what and who they can't be anymore. Because they followed their leaders or were corrupted by them way too soon. Tough, but true.)

    3) Some notes I took within the last few weeks, transcribed from my mobile:
    "Zentralisierungs- und Vergemeinschaftungsbremsen"
    "fragile cooperation"
    "Pop needs Provinz"
    "Israel ist kein KZ"
    "Die Klügere gibt nach."
    The "right to forget" vs. "Noah's ark of memories" out of the movie "The Signal". And that German trains ask you "Have you forgotten something?" before the next station comes up.
    That Waldorf schools are becoming popular in China. Says German mag Spiegel.
    "As long as they can talk about it via mobile in the tram, train or plane, it must be good for them. Because they feel they were made for exactly this kind of world - by people they want to follow."
    Mall in Prague, exit. "Na shledanou" written there.
    "There is a riot going on" from the speakers of Bohemian Bagel Burger Bar.
    "Roam" by The B-52's
    "We were Sex Pistols."
    A guy in Prague confronting the tourists with an "Eat. Drink. Fuck."-T-Shirt. And that lots of the people there in the tourist business seem to act like porn stars - because they think we like that, really?
    A junkie at Karlsbrücke and the museum of medieval torture instruments on exactly the other side of the road.
    Art and culture as good alibis whereas the real tourism works differently.
    Nouvelle Vague from the speakers of ČESTR restaurant.
    "Tango 2000" by Nichts
    "Bei mir bist du schejn" at Reduta Jazz Club
    At Kings Court Hotel:
    - A guy from Russia drinking a Master Dark.
    - "The small towns make the beer." (Waiter)
    - "I'm leaving the comfort zone now." (Me to hostess)
    At Nuremberg: "Die Deutschen sind stressig und aggressiv."
    "Girl from Hanau" by Emplosia
    "Klassenbewusstsein"
    "Erwartungsunkonformes Agieren"
    "Bottroper Biedermeier"
    "Ein Affe nimmt immer den dicksten Ast." (Planet of the Apes - Revolution)
    "Für das gesellschaftliche Überleben mancher Eltern - wie dessen als Eltern - sind bestimmte Einstellungen ihrer Kinder geradezu notwendig."

    (Pic used before - last August.)

  • Substitutes XIV

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    This is a revival. Here are some pics I took lately instead of doing something useful. ("Substitutes" was a series about just that here in 2013.) The first shows a boat and more in a garden next to a house in Essen where I watched a football match on television.

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    The second shows a part of a Ford somewhere in Essen.

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    The third shows how I find it funny to do a semi-selfie photographing a shop window in Grevenbroich where a "I teach you how to use your computer like a typewriter"-bureau has just moved out. I was there in that area to write about a congress dealing with how to bring a different sort of life back into the centers of most of Europes towns. Another visitor and seat neighbour had a talk via handy the same moment.

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    Scenery at Gruga Park, Essen. Our eyes, better: our mind loves symmetry, doesn't it? A certain order. Whereas I also loved a huge storm a few weeks ago and how the more chaotic part of nature could be seen for days and weeks. Branches and even whole trees lying on the streets, etc. When I walked through another park later I found that when humans had done their work to bring the park back to (a similar) symmetry again, the whole scene looked really devastating: Trees cut by seesaws, lying there like coffins. Trees not allowed to grow any further because their damaged branches could hurt people. My eyes, my mind and my heart and belly did not like the look of what we do to achieve our beloved symmetry.

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    There was another really wonderful intervention at klasse:Raum at Theaterpassage Essen called "Only", with two dancers, a cello, taped music and the audience being involved, too. Finally there were lots of children there, too. And we all had a laugh or two and a good time.

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    This is the installation of Dina Shenhav at the vernissage of "zur nachahmung empfohlen", an international exhibition on tour, here at Zollverein, Essen. If you meet a person from Tel Aviv these days, you are even more embarrassed by the behaviour of some Germans towards what's happening.

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    Positively embarrassing: The last show of Monty Python in London, transmitted live to a cinema in Essen. Somebody placed this outside of the building, where I took this shot at the break instead of worrying too much about why nobody else I know was there.

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    "Kaiserhain", where I rested for a few minutes during Dortmund's Juicy Beats festival. This somehow prussian park thing gets me at times.

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    This is what a demonstration and police work in Essen during a squatting performance mainly look like in 2014, if the alarm bell and the security were more awake in the morning than the squatters and the whole thing does not really succeed. The whole thing lasted only for exactly 12 hours, and ThyssenKrupp won again very easily. (Like in Brazil.)

  • BTDT Monthly 08/2014

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    Not really that many new job connections to be exposed here. Felt more like working very differently than before in July. No existential fears, well, not really. No big projects. Time for other things or doing nothing really. Really? Well, quite. But then again, you know... No?

    Three days in Prague? Very soon.

    Reading "Natural Symbols" by Mary Douglas, "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon and "The Third Policeman" by Flann O'Brien. And the KWI report 2012/2013.

    Three days of quite large pop events in a row. No words for that. As for lots of other experiences. When I can't write about things, why this blog? I have a guess.

    Many visits of local (Essen) cinemas, less concerts than before.

    When lots of people are on holidays, you see more people around here (Essen) who can't afford to do so. Whom do they meet? More tourists than last month.

    Oh, these insights into the Essen and Rüttenscheid ("my" part of the town) scene! I am too curious to avoid it, even though it would be better for my mental and physical health. Found out that my stay in Berlin made it easier for me to behave like a tourist in "my" "own" town, too, though. "Get a life!"?? Like these???

    Went to a squatting performance against the ThyssenKrupp/Partytown/EconomicPromotion-power block of Essen (where big industry meets willing blowhards from the local hipster scene), that was paradoxically (?) organized by people supported by Folkwang/Zollverein/CulturalAdvisoryBoard of Essen (where big industry meets willing snobs from the local hipster scene). Living in a totally corrupted city where everybody feels they have to sell themselves cheap ain't always easy.


    (Pic shows the travelling group of International Visitors Programme NRW at Kunst Im Tunnel, Düsseldorf.)

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