Skip to content

Category Archives: power

REVEAL AND RELIEF

It is interesting – scary, as well – how power interprets certain things and engenders the ‘truth’(!). Recently, London police arrested street artist Banksy on the charge of ‘graffiti, public vandalism, criminal mischief, public indecency, resisting arrest, money laundering, criminal conspiracy and racketeering’. Beyond that, the police department revealed the artist’s identity with photos of him [...]

“IS THE MUSEUM A BATTLEFIELD?”

Filmmaker, visual artist, author Hito Steyerl asks:
“…armed forces fire flares to add to the confusing scene of giant smoke plumes, ambulance horns, and faces illuminated by mobile phone screens. At the Cultural Center, a brilliant, all-female group of culture workers and municipality officials discusses the role of art with me. I pan to frame [...]

BOFILLTOPIAS #02: WALDEN-7

With any look back at singular Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill – cover star of our very current issue – one building to be mentioned sooner rather than later will inevitably be his housing complex in the outskirts of Barcelona, surely not by coincidence named Walden-7. Constructed right next to his headquarters La Fábrica, it will [...]

MONDAY MUSIC: BLEACHERS

We were going to post the new video by Bleachers, I Wanna Get Better, directed by girl(friend) Lena Dunham, but alas, we can’t watch it – because we live in Germany. Anyone here will be familiar with the words coming up as above, which refer to a stalemate between the German GEMA, a notoriously bureaucratic [...]

HAUNTING HANDS

What power-crazed, voyeuristic creatures we are! The way the camera is continuously moving backwards from bizarre scenes of humans involved into scientific or ritual activities, indicating, gazing or even wordlessly shouting (what is the red-mouthed, lightly dressed model telling us?) at you, Pursuit by French DJ Gesaffelstein throws [...]

APOCALYPSE NOW?

These apocalyptic appearing press photos of the latest events in the Ukraine were published yesterday by the spanish newspaper El País.
Immediately touched by the anarchic brutality of a real event I started to notice that the images would arouse a certain sense for surreal beauty just at the same time they had a shocking impact [...]

Time to unconnect

This is not new, in fact Aram Bartholl’s concept of the Silver Cell is ten years old now. But as personal data management is likely to become common sense just like safe sex has in the 80s, the concept of this connectivity condom reminds us that we should all start looking into which data we [...]

THE PUNK SINGER

Rebel girl Kathleen Hanna is back! The lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, [...]

BEETHOVISION

While the craft of classical music courts notoriety for its mathematical complexity, its interpreters often express themselves in literary rambunctiousness and visual cues, relishing in matching timbres with colors, flourishing upon movements hippos and dancing flora a la Fantasia.  Floating above the soup of sentiments, Jorinde Voigt charts soundscapes according to an invented emotional notation, you [...]

THE SHOWCASE OF THE FEMALE

Sunday read in The Wire. The article looks at the appearance of female DJs at festivals. The statics proved that there is a massive imbalance. The reaction is a festival dedicated to female DJs. Perspectives is going to take place in Berlin, with workshops, talks, club nights with DJs and live performances. You can find the [...]