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24 Aug 2013
Es ist ein wenig ruhig geworden um den Middle East Messenger. Das ist euch vielleicht bereits aufgefallen. Das liegt nicht daran, dass es nichts zu berichten gebe, sondern hängt damit zusammen, dass ich mit meiner Arbeit und meiner Dissertation z.Zt. absolut ausgelastet bin. Trotzdem möchte ich euch aber endlich ein paar neue Bilder aus Bochum, der Anton Corbijn-Austellung und von einer Wanderung im Sauerland, zur Verfügung stellen.
Ende Juni dieses Jahres habe ich meine Freundin in Bochum besucht. Die günstige Gelegenheit habe ich u.a. gleich genutzt, um mir die Anton Corbijn-Austellung “Inwards and onwards” anzuschauen. Anton Corbijn ist jedem Depeche Mode- oder U2-Fan sicherlich ein Begriff. Seine Schwarzweiß-Fotos (s. Galerie) sind beeindruckend. Besonders erstaunt war ich über das Mike Jagger Foto in Frauenkleidern.
Das interessanteste an der Aussstellung war allerdings der einstündige Film, der das bisherige Leben und Schaffen von Anton Corbijn zeigte. Persönlich hätte ich den Künstler ganz anders eingeschätzt, nicht als nachdenklichen, teil schwermütig wirkenden, Einzelgänger. Der Film mit dem Namen “Inside out” hat seinen Namen wirklich verdient und zeigt Anton Corbijn sehr authentisch. Aufgewachsen in den Niederlanden als Sohn eines (emotional abwesendes) Pfarrers, sagt seine Schwester über ihn “ich glaube, Anton ist sehr einsam gewesen.” Die teilweise sehr ehrlichen und sehr nahen Statements von Anton und seiner Familie fand ich sehr beeindruckend, besonders unter dem Aspekt, dass wir in einer Welt leben, die nur von “Superstars” bevölkert zu sein scheint.
Die Ausstellung endete bereits im Juli. Aber es war sicherlich nicht seine letzte.
Ach ja, und ich konnte nicht umhin das “Schleg(e)l-Haus in Bochum abzulichten.
5 Jan 2013
On our stroll throuh Funchal we came across a small alley within “Zona Velha” (historic centre). On Rua de Santa Maria, Madeira’s oldest street, we discovered a artistic treasure in the form of colorful painted front doors. The street looks like an Open-Air-mile-of-art. The front door pictures seem to be launched by an initiative of the municipality. The city council invited artists of the region to decorate and beautify the doors of Rua de Santa Maria. Bigshots such as Paul David and Nini Andrade Silva are amongst die “door artists”.
As this part of Funchal happens to be the nightlife district of the city pubs string together in that narrow alley. In the evenings the sound of Fado – that is the portuguese version of blues – is present everywhere. During the day, however, there is enough time to admire the rare pieces of art.
5 Jan 2013
At the beginning of January New Year’s resolutions are still prevalent in the mind. Therefore, here are the ultimate ten reasons why Life’s good. Well, check it out in 2013! We should have a Poncha on it.
1 Dec 2012
Allowdley I was a little bit excited last thursday. What would be the outcome of the voting at the UN General Assmbly I wondered. In preparation of that voting I was happy to learn that brave European countries such as Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Luxemburg, Norway and Denmark declared to support the Palastinian suit. In my mind those states have understood one thing: this ballott is not about taking sides with the Palestinians and to support their struggle against Israel. No, to my understanding of this situation, this is about granting the Palestenian people identity as identity means according to Erikson (1994), that you know who you are and how one fits into the society. People, not owning passports and living in a country that does officially not exist, can be given a perspective by such recognition. Saying “Yes” to the observer status of Palestine does something really important to those people: the official and international acceptance that they exist! The voting is an important step towards peace in that region, because a nation that enjoys recognition and respect, is able to build up self-esteem and can look its negotiation partners directly into the eyes because they are “somebody”! The observer status of the Palestinians was overdue and drives the people away from illegality. It must be and should be a way for the Palestinians to build up self-respect and a perspective for the future. For having a future one will not destroy this perspective through attacks of any kind. Israel should not forget that a self-conscious nationa will not only fight against terror from the outside but also from the inside as can be witnessed right now in Egypt. If both sides are really interested in having peace and a fair solution for everybody last thursday should have been a day of joy, equally to the Palestinians as well as for Israelis.
Almost 40 years ago the most famous leader of the Palestinian people Yassir Arafat, am held its speech on 13.11.1974 at the UNO . Imagine this, nearly 40 years later and the so called “Palestinian question” could not have been answered so far. Can one really blame the Palestinians for trying and trying again to get the recognition of the international community? It made me happy to see that also on the Israeli side there are on-again and more often voices that do not portrait the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one-sided and unforgiving as many Israeli and Palestinian politicans do. Instead they admit that the world at large can – if it wants to – form its own opinion about the conflict. I refer to names such as Shlomo Sand (“The invention of Israel. Legend and truth”) and Peter Kosminsky’s film “promised land” and Social Media Tools.
30 Nov 2012
During a culturally motivated hiking trip different things can be discovered. Things you did not necessariy have in mind from the start. It is worth to keep your eyes peeled offside the beaten tracks. Next to unintended encounters with bizarre items, such as shocking chess games or knicknacks, I retraced Lawrence Durrell’s footsteps, the author of “Bitter Lemons” and additionally Public-Relations-Chief of the British island administrations and who leaves Cypress when his idyll turns into a witches’ cauldron when assassinations and “mopping-up operations” took place.
I get to know how bitter olives are turned into delicious olive oil and am faced with “ghost towns”, i.e. hidden abandoned buildings, the so called disadvantages of a booming or longed for rush of tourists.
North Cyprus has so much more to offer than mere sun, beaches and the sea. Take your chance to discover new things whereever you are!
15 Oct 2012
In cooperation with his wife Ebrun, who also appears in Tepeciks stage plays, the author recited four excerpts from this short stories. These short stories are basically about satiric prepared interactions between Turkish migrants and German bureaucrats who’s behaviour in its unlogical consequence – admittedly – might be unvoluntarily ridiculous.
Even though the description of bizarre situations might be absolutely traceable, the evening kind of fell into folkloristic representation and reminded my partly on the Hamburg based Ohnsorg-Theater. Maybe this impression was due to the fact that the texts were read in Turkish language first and then translated into German. Therefore the time period between the Original and the translation was maybe too long so that the spark could not get ignited. Or maybe it was due to the fact that the stories all in all resembled each other too much and did not leave room for any variety.
The evening was rounded off by some Turkish goodies.
5 Oct 2012
Yesterday evening Brunswieck was given the chance to sniff some metropolis-carrying air: the International Theatre Workshop 2012: Turkey was opened amongst others by a concert of the band “CazYapJazz“. Offbeat of the two-week activity (04.10-21.10.2012) next to delicious fingerfood contributed by the Restaurant Troja a short speech was given by the Turkish consul general H. Avni Karslıoğlu from Hannover and unfortunately a solemnly and too long monologue held by the immigration commissioner of Brunswieck , Doris Bonkowski. The speech partly gnawing at one’s conscience seemed to be – in my mind – redundant for the skilled audience. It felt like blowing a chance to just wish the attendees an evening of fun instead of proclaiming Brunswick as an international city (which it is not) with citizens of transcultural shade.
On the contrary, the gig of the five-member group “CazYapJazz”, coming directly from Munich, can be decribed as absolutely successful and stirring. In a good temper from the start, very sympathetic and committed the guys played a dedicated Jazz-Fusion and were able to thrill the audience within two to three songs and drag them on the dancefloor. The event’s leaflet describes the band’s music as a mixture of “danceable Turkish-German Jazz- Drum & Bass – Fusion and Funk”. No matter how one wants to entitle the music style it just puts one’s teeth on edge, the die unpretentious cheerfulness of the band members infectious. An all around successful evening. I am looking forward to further Turkish inspired guest performances during the next two weeks to come.