Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Sex machines

As seen today in Wired : Jon Traven does not look like a sex-machine inventor. He looks like a cowboy. But the divorced Christian homesteader from Idaho is one of many makers of garage-built erotic devices featured in Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews, a book by Timothy Archibald that documents the secretive subculture of hobbyists whose creations bear names like The Thumpstir and The Gangbang. "Here I am, this divorced Christian guy, not promiscuous at all, and here I am with a sex machine," reads Traven's monologue in the book. "It was an idea I came up with in the last year or two of the marriage, as a last-ditch attempt to save whatever we had ... our sex life, if nothing else. She actually pushed me for a divorce before I could finish it and give it to her."I will require anyone ordering a machine from me to provide proof of marriage and a signed statement of intent to use only within that marriage. Kind of like a gun dealer that requires proof of age and proof of passage of a firearm safety test before selling someone a firearm. Sexual arousal is a doorway to a person's very soul and isn't to be messed with lightly." Archibald shot Sex Machines on a medium-format Hasselblad camera, relying mostly on ambient, natural light. The resulting aesthetic is unstaged and unblinking. It's as if you've stepped into the kitchen of the Hide-A-Cock's inventor, and the machine were there staring right back at you -- from between a Pop-Tarts box and a half-eaten bag of Tostitos. Think American Gothic with giant mecha-dildos replacing pitchforks, or a Norman Rockwell print of the dirtiest thing that ever crawled out of an id. But despite the provocative title, Sex Machines is not intended to titillate, explains Archibald. "Porn is theater," he told Wired News. "I was more interested in documenting these people's lives." The project began when the San Francisco Bay Area editorial and commercial photographer received a magazine assignment to photograph the inventor of a foosball-like game popular in Silicon Valley dot-com lunchrooms. "The invention was his passion, and he was so proud," Archibald recalls. "He said, 'When someone's playing and captures a goal, you gotta capture that look on their face!' And I'm thinking -- they're not that into it, it's just foosball. But he believed in his invention so much. "Archibald turned online to research DIY inventor culture and computer modding in hopes of finding similarly enthusiastic subjects. He ended up stumbling on listservs for sex-machine inventors. "They posted photos of their machines in the forums, but the backgrounds in those images told something even more interesting about the inventor's life -- an empty yogurt container, a blender, a baby carriage. Mundane details everyone could relate to. The machines were anthropomorphic, alien, with fleshy appendages -- like nothing I'd ever seen before. "Archibald's e-mail queries to anonymous machine makers were politely but uniformly rejected. Most weren't selling their wares, and had no interest in giving up their privacy. A year later, Archibald contacted the operators of machine-sex porn site Fuckingmachines.com (NSFW), who in turn pointed him to inventors they thought might be interested in opening up their lives and studios. Soon, e-mails were cautiously returned, and some phone calls were answered, but one question remained: Just who were the people behind these machines?"I figured I'd ring the doorbell and some guy would answer in a leather zipper mask -- they'd all be people who lived in basements and couldn't relate to living, breathing women," says Archibald. "But no -- they were just like me. OK, not just like me, but I could relate to the tension between their ordinary lives and their unusual fascinations. "Archibald traveled around the country, shooting both machines and makers. When the idea for a book project materialized, he approached photography book publisher Taschen."I can still remember the rejection letter," he says. "It went, more or less, 'For us to publish something it must have high artistic merit but be hot enough to jerk off to. This book is the former, but not the latter.' As disappointing as it was, I felt like I'd finally hit just the right tone."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Christmas songs

Because It is Christmas (in case you forgot this week), let’s talk about a special present that will please the ones like me who have no special connection with all the things you can hear and see at this time of the year. I talk about all the songs you hear endlessly since weeks in every store, supermarket, street, radio …, all of a sudden, you dream you live in the forest alone, away from any stereo. This is it : the best of the worse Christmas songs. The people of Bulgaria took some advance last week because 28000 people elected Wham’s “Last Christmas” the worse Christmas song of all times. Frankly said, even the video clip should receive some reward as well. “All I want for Christmas” sung by Mariah Carey arrives without difficulty at the second position. Strangely, those two songs are also the most downloaded. A good one is also John Denver’s “please Daddy (don’t get drunk this Christmas) followed by Miss Piggy, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers and Wynnona Judd, Dennis Waterman and George Cole. Not yet being bored, listening all this ? go further with Dean Martin and Joni Mitchell. Try also a duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing “little drummer boy". One of the worst, also denied by Its composer Bob Geldoff, saying that his song is unlistenable, is “Do they know It’s Christmas”, even classified by AOL one of the 100 worst song ever. Let’s do it the Lady Gaga’s style who simply says, destroying a teddy bear on stage with her high heels “I hate celebrations, I am lonely and unhappy”. What about France ? well, don’t be surprised, we also have our national disasters, for example with La compagnie créole and of course the beloved Tino Rossi’s Petit papa Noel that we sung and sung and sung again. You also can try “si j’étais le Père Noel” of Frédéric François. Finally, The best of cover would certainly go to Siouxsie and the Banshees, one of the punk founder and who sung (with Robert Smith) “il est né le divin enfant”. If you still have ears, don't miss Dorothée, Demis Roussos and Franck Michael. Merry Christmas to you all !

Sunday, December 19, 2010

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Airport

  • An unique airport near the city centre, situated in the non-resident zones of Brandeburg, is a complex equation. Especially for the ones who live there who demonstrate more than 30 times those last weeks. Among claims : the noise of course. The anger against the new airport is growing stronger because of the administrative clumsiness. The routes of the plains and where they have to land have been changed and now the near cities are inside the plan. As if there was neither dialogue nor transparency. It is said that administration did not take care of the disagreements of the project. Far away of being isolated, the anti-airport receive support from the locals. 2/3rd of the people think the actions are justified. People demonstrate to not have planes at 600 meters on their head. For those people, the solution is simple : cancel the two paralell roads for the planes. But It is unlikely. The number of flights, concentrated on this airport will be so numerous that those two road are necessary early morning and late evening. People try to move the airpot more south. Though some would like to solve the conflict quickly, It looks like not so easy. There is no question to move the airport which has to stay near the center. Some try to study a plan to preserve the zones where you find residents, for example by forbidding the night flights, or to make arrangements to the houses. If this situtation lasts too long, It can cost Its seat to the mayor of Berlin who wishes to be reelected. Also if you take flight company like Ryanair, It says that one airport is not good for competition between companies, looking at what’s happening in Paris or other capitals in Europe. If the taxes are too high, Ryanair is planning to leave berlin. Which can cost their job to people when the city desperately seeking for employment.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Whorehouse in Berlin

6 :30 a.m. : only the sound of the vaccum cleaner disturbs the felted atmosphere inside Artemis, one of the biggest whorehouse of Berlin. 4000 sq. meters “of relaxing mood and pleasures”, open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. The clean lady says that at the beginning, It is surprising to work there and you should not look too near what you’re cleaning but mentions that the girls are nice and the salary pretty good. Opened in 2005, the building is located near the motorway on the west side of the city that counts in total 700 houses. Inside, the atmosphere is more fine parties than heavy stuff : dim lights, Italian Renaissance paintings, and double windows. Not to mention 2 cinemas and the wellness space which offers hammam, massage or saunas. In the bedrooms, you will notice a discrete sign : “we kindly ask the girls to be careful with the paper tissues”. Decried for the football cup in 2006 for its chain work, Artemis can welcome 600 customers for 100 employees. Mostly people don’t talk about whorehouse but FJJ club, for Frei Körper Kultur (free body culture, popular in Germany) because the girls are naked. The staff is multicultural, the work as well : Französische (blow job with or without condom), or Griechische (anal). Prices are made by the house : 30 minutes costs 60 Euros. After having paid a entrance fee per day of 90 Euros, the girls keep the money of their “services”. Here, no need of training, trial period is 2 days, followed if It is good, of a hiring with a work contract, social security and retirement points. Since the law legalized prostitution in 2002 in Germany, prostitutes are workers like anybody else, assimilated with the status of independent. Sex as freelance opens rights to unemployment insurance and social security. More than 450 000 prostitutes are numbered in the country, against 15 000 to 30 000 in France. Management say that criteria of selection are not based on the face. The girl needs to be nice and mostly discrete. In the wardrobe of the house, baby sitters addresses, HIV tests and acupuncture trainings are indicated where the girls, between 18 and 40 years old, change their jeans and civil identity for leather sighs and stage name. Waiting on the sofa with her robe opened on an integral tan, M. waits to take her position. She’s typing a message to her son with one of her two mobiles. Aged of 29, coming from Romania, she takes the opportunity of closing hours to go shopping at the nearest supermarket. She generally comes 3 days per month in Berlin where she has her room at the top floor. She says It’s clean and she is free of her work hours and her clientele. Less modest body culture, naturist movement or political influence of the feminists favorable to the legalization, in Germany, prostitution is no taboo. The mercantile connection with sexuality is more common than in France. The Schröder government made a lot to legalize prostitution, social and legal. It is the contrary of France which condemn, thanks to the law voted under the influence of our actual president (internal affairs minister at the time) when 59% of French people would accept the re-opening of the whorehouses. This is all the paradox with France : prostitutes pay their taxes but their activity is forbidden. Security, hygiene, protection of the girls against pimps or networks, in Germany, the majority of prostitutes work in houses, massage rooms or bars. Only 3 % work on the road. Police statistics show tha t criminal activity linked to the mafia is diminishing since 2002. But the sex workers would also be more : affected by economical precariousness, a lot of girls coming from Easter Europe are now in the business, encouraged by this normalization. Someone’s working to help the girls working on the street says that legislation did not change much. Prostitution is not like any job and never will, in a house or not, legislated or not. The real problem comes from the economic crisis. Following estimations from taxes office, a prostitute receives 110 Euros per day of work, far away from the same amount in Deutsche Mark (the double) for one job. So the girls accept what they don’t really like, only to be able to pay the rent. Some of the house lost this year 50% of their income because competition is hard : almost 700 houses, massage salons or hostess bars are known and you don’t count the occasional prostitutes. So It is quite difficult to compete with a company like Pussy club which open last summer Its flat rate : unlimited sex + drinks + food, the whole thing for 70 Euros. The local sex industry is not missing of imagination to seduce the customer, where you can find some special rates for the seniors or for the unemployed ones. Some houses refuse to be a meat industry. Last spring, one made a green price, dedicated to customers who come with their bike but was not a great success. In the small salon close to the rooms, one is eating her kebab, wearing her panther thong. For five years, she took a one way from Cuba to Berlin to follow her man. Now she is a single mother. She speaks fluently Spanish, german and English. She numbers her hours spent at the house to which she gives back 50% of her gains. Her monthly salary, that she sends a part to her family, is about 2000 Euro net. The past years, we could earn until 5000 Euros. Now It’s all over but I will never go back in the street.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Not your ordinary view from the Eiffel Tower

On Friday, if you were going to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, you could see a giant penis! It was drawn into the snow covering the grass. A Dutch tourist took a picture and posted it on Twitter. Amazing view! But what if it was a PhotoShop? To be sure, I called the store which is a the first floor of the Tour Eiffel, and I was confirmed the masterpiece was still here, making everyone laugh. Unfortunately the garden department of Paris city hall told me they would soon rake it up.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ensemble

World Aids Day

Campaigners from around the world will be coming together on World AIDS Day, 1 December, to commemorate the theme of universal access and human rights. This year the World AIDS Campaign is working to promote the Light for Rights campaign. Light for Rights events are taking place on every continent this World AIDS Day! We also have many other tools below (and more to come). Our partners and friends are also working to prepare to mark World AIDS Day. The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) and the World AIDS Campaign say that to ensure continued success in the HIV response, policies and programmes must respect and protect the human rights of those most affected by HIV. The 2010 Global Update on the AIDS Epidemic by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) suggests that significant progress has been made in advancing access to HIV prevention, treatment, support and care over the past ten years, but notes that human rights approaches are crucial to further progress.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Losing my patience

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Protest

Berlin piracy

Hardy members of Germany's Pirate Party stripped down to their underwear and went to Berlin airport, their bodies marked with slogans in makeup or on paper signs: "Something to hide?", "Be a good citizen -- drop your pants." One woman has the word diaper scrawled on her lower back with an arrow pointing to her underwear and the word prosthetic printed on her leg. The word piercing and an arrow point to one of her breasts. The full-body scanners use high-frequency radio waves to produce an image of a passengers naked body beneath clothes. Anything a passenger is carrying against the body -- weapons, drugs or explosives -- would be exposed. The scanners would also reveal the presence of prosthetic devices and breast implants. As such, there have been privacy and legal concerns raised about the invasive equipment, particularly because its unclear if the scanners would be able to detect explosives hidden in body cavities and would therefore likely provide only minimal security.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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The absinthe effect

For your information from Wikipedia : Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV) beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but can also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as la fée verte (the Green Fairy). Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a spirit. Absinthe is unusual among spirits in that it is bottled at a very high proof but is normally diluted with water when consumed.
Last evening, there was at my friends' place a dinner. This is a kind of event this time of the year when we have the same meal, brought by one of us : duck backed in the oven hours long with mash potatoes and red collyflower cooked with wine and apples. This is absolutely delicious and It's not a thing I would miss, knowing in advance we will have a good time. It is in a small commity and It lasts hours; eating, drinking and sharing what happened during the year as we meet for wome of us only at this dinner. Some new people are invited but the close circle is always there. There was a new experiment to be made this evening : drinking absinthe and Its ritual. We brought the spoon (there is a shop in the city specialized in this alcohol) and the sugar and It started. It lasts pretty long, especially if you are a number around the table. Take your glass, put the spoon on it, put the sugar on the spoon, pour the absinthe slowly on it and, optional (that we did), set the sugar on fire with your lighter. Mix with some water. When It is ready, drink. It is very strong, so do not be surprised if suddenly, you can't express yourself correctly after the first drink. The thing is that we had more than one and sometimes even pure. The effect on me ? I felt suddenly vey tired (OK, It was already 3:00 a.m) but It charges me as well with some sad feelings that stay a long time today. This is completely weird and I asked around me and It is not exceptional. So I understand perfectly how It was in the beginning of last century when people got mad drinking this in Paris. I am not certain to try it again. I'd better have one of my favorite martini cocktail. If you wish to have something natural this week-end in the city, try the East Germany products' fair !

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Go East

Funny how a city can change : for 20 years, everyone in Berlin wanted to leave East Berlin, walk through what was left from the wall and find eldorado in West Berlin before It's too late, with all problems that come within : find a job, a place to live, being able to adpate yourself with new laws, meaning make your own life but you are on your own now. Lately this west Berlin's eldorado seems old as everyone wants to be a part of the East Berlin's evolution. I even start to see in my neighborhood cars from Denmark and Sweden. 20 people stands in the rain in front of building doors to visit a flat to rent it. I am happy for Berlin, the city needs the money but in a w ay yet the city is loosing Its heart, what makes Berlin popular : Its alternativity. Things are becoming standard and I am afraid It will be boring.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Best of my love


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Taxi zum Klo

Last evening, I went to the cinema to watch this movie from 1980. I was expecting some tour around the city and be able to see how It changed since the fall of the wall but actually had to see a documentary about the sex life of a gay man in the Berlin of those years. I understand at the time It could have looked outrageous but since then, also in our own life, we have seen much worse. Plot : West Berliner Frank tries to keep his professional and personal life separate. During the day, he is Herr Ripploh, a dedicated public school teacher, who does some tutoring on the side. Although he likes his students and his fellow teachers, he does only the mandatory functions required with them. At night and on the weekends, he is often known as Peggy to his friends, Peggy/Frank a gay man who is always on the prowl for anonymous sex often in public places. The one thing that Frank does do to blur his personal and professional time together is to mark his students' homework while he's sitting in public washroom toilet stalls waiting to meet men for sex. Things on the personal side of his life may change when he meets Bernd, a movie theater clerk. At first, Bernd is just the latest in a string of one nights stands. However, Bernd quickly moves into Frank's flat and the two talk of their future life together, Bernd dreaming of them living together on a farm. But Frank, despite loving Bernd, feels restless and continues his quest for anonymous gay sex. Bernd knows that Frank is still having sex with other men, doesn't much like it but can't stop Frank from doing it. Even a hospital stay, the result of his risky sexual behavior, doesn't stop Frank from cruising public washrooms. But fight after fight between the two, the latest following the annual Queen's Ball, makes Frank evaluate his life in all its components.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Don't it drive you crazy

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Scream Baby, I'll tell you who you are

One might think that the slab only concerns the deer and yet ... A recent study has established that we could also react to the sound of a single voice as if it were an aphrodisiac. Eyes closed, if we listen to someone talking, we can evaluate his physical power. Close to the muscle. In late summer, early fall, the deer goes through a rut period, and humans only hear the haunting echoes. These screaming animals until losing reason, have a sound called sis, rather unpleasant, that we could compare the efforts to a human vomit. Their raucous roar echoing the early morning and evening twilight. But at the peak of the rut, males don’t stop all day long and prevent sleeping women and men tormented by loneliness.With each season, sometimes man, sometimes woman, suffers from being abandoned by listening to the sounds of other living beings stirred with passion. Females who listen to these screams receive also indications about the male body calling and head naturally to the more powerful ("reassuring"?). Deeper is the scream, the more they seem irresistibly attracted. And for good reason: Because of the testosterone, the male vocal cords thicken and cause an immediate sound with serious overtones, showing a power such as the female, when she hears it, feels safe. In a fascinating article devoted to the latest study on the human voice, a journalist compares the rutting deer vocalizations with Rocky Balboa ("Adrienne" Adrienne! ") Based on a study conducted entirely by a team of the University of Santa Barbara. This study demonstrates, without a doubt that we are perfectly capable of assessing the physical power of a man by only hearing his voice. This does not necessarily mean that all Musclors have hoarse throat, but our ears can detect elements (yet unknown) in his voice betraying the hormone levels and / or size of the biceps ... Human beings are mammal too and we can see in it a sort of legacy of our ancestors. It was probably a time when it was useful to have several possibilities (including nights and at far distance) to identify a dangerous rival for men, or a strong partner for women.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Yes we can can

The conquest of worlds

Under the title "The priciple of tree house" or : "The conquest of the worlds", betahaus shows that Berlin is a cross-section of the work of the artist Miriam Dröge from 2004-2007. The photographs show multifaceted "built" situations / dwellings, which are all under the principle of "in his own world". The principle tree house called first, the need to tap into his own world and, second, interpreted the title of Ernst Bloch's work, The Principle of Hope. On display are in addition to tree houses and entrenchments and booths, a series of interior men-recording, which remind you that we are not only in our childhood cavities.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WORLD WIDE

WORLD WIDE

Without you

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20 years of reunification

After celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, Germany on October 3rd has another anniversary to celebrate : the reunification. Twenty years later, the economic promises made to the East Germans have been held. However, unification is far from complete ... in the people's head.The inflated optimism that Chancellor Helmut Kohl had presented to Germany's future income is the unification of East Germany to the east and west Germany. When presenting its annual report on the state of German unity, Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, did not hide his satisfaction, declaring : "The united Germany has done great things. This is a great success story. "If little by little, the economic differences are fading, it is clear that the West is still very attractive. Since reunification, it is not less than 2.6 million East Germans who joined the West. However, the former GDR still shows somewhat nostalgic about his past. The reality of this phenomenon, which is described in Germany as "Ostalgie", has been further confirmed by a survey by the Emnid institute for the daily Berliner Zeitung. It reveals that a majority of East Germans still think the former GDR had "more positive than negative." "The situation in practice is better than the atmosphere,". Even if it appears statistically the positive balance of reunified Germany there is still reported some difficulties. As revealed in a study by the Institute for Demoskopie Allensbach, published by the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the pictures have not disappeared. 69% of East Germans still feel that their compatriots in the west's are "arrogant". 54% think they think only about money. To the west 49% of Germans associate the inhabitants of eastern Germany at the end of "dissatisfaction". All is not completely rosa. According to the study of the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach, 41% of respondents also say that "the differences outweigh the similarities" between the people of both parts of the country. Figures that are being told to Thomas Petersen, researcher of the Institute, that "the propaganda apparatus of the GDR was excellent, unfortunately. It still has the effect and can not get rid of it easily." "But the Germans are clearly tired of discussions between East and West," he says. For 64% of respondents to its study it seems absurd, twenty years after unification, to dwell on the differences between East and West. And only 20% of respondents indicate to feel "a little stranger."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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07. Berliner Kunstsalon

This autumn, Berlin is flowering with art. With worldwide famous artists, the 7th Berliner Kunstsalon opened in the unique monument dedicated to Art at the Landsberger Allee 104. Building on the successes of recent years is the BERLINER KUNST SALON again this year on an exceptional exhibition center : Under the direction of Roland Kluempen more than 100 artists exhibit their works in the former, created in 1881, central stockyard and slaughterhouse. The unique concept of the exhibition attracts each year more than 12,000 art lovers, gallery owners and collectors. Die Idee zum Berliner Kunstsalon entstand bereits in den 20er Jahren und zielt seither darauf ab, Künstlern eine Plattform für den Austausch mit anderen Künstlern, Kuratoren und Galeristen zu bieten. Im Bereich der zeitgenössischen Kunst zählt der Berliner Kunstsalon zu einer der größten Veranstaltungen, neben dem Art Forum Berlin. The idea of the Berlin art salon was already there in the 20’s and since then aims to provide artists with a platform for exchange with other artists, curators and gallery owners. In the field of contemporary art is the Berlin art salon one of the largest events, in addition to the Art Forum Berlin.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Berlin Park

City parks

Berlin is a never ending discovery, also before the (near) end of summer. We are lucky enough because since some weeks the weather stays nice, quite warm for us. So I take the time after to go for a swim and drinks at Weissensee. Time as well to discover new places like this beautiful outside bar, facing the lake : Wasserturm. Please check the opening days and hours because the place is often booked for private events. I understand, I thought about it. I like to pass by after the swim, It is not even a detour. It is also the only place I found in the city capable of serving a decent French Ricard. I also have the time to discover the parks and lakes. If you are interested, please check this list and in English. The other Saturday, having a bicycle tour with my man, as almost every week-end, we ended up here. We don’t go with the bike with any purpose. Sometimes I just need to check something in a shop or simply let go and the wheels drive us anywhere. This park is a complete surprise. It is hidden between the south train station, the motorway and a place where you find big stores like Ikea. And suddenly, after crossing the bridge, you find landscape, a big park, and this one for which you have to pay a fee. This is called a biotope. They leave plants go their way, that is why you don’t walk directly on the floor but on ways specially built. The park is built on old railways unused since years because of evolution of traffic and building of new tracks. So instead of leaving the whole thing dying without activity, this park saw the day. You walk between plants and forest and discovers old train garages, mechanical warehouses, old steam locomotives, and of course restaurant and cafés. Some people exhibit products from the land (Bio is a high matter here) and you carry on walking until the end. I wish you a good time.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Fantasy film festival

This week in Berlin, you can attend the fantasy film festival. We saw yesterday evening Amer, a modern-experimental giallo movie. If you don’t know what giallo is, I recommend this article, that explains you a little what It is. This evening, something completely different but can be fun : Rubber, the life of a tire of Its own. This one is French and I am proud because It shows that French cinema can also be something else than Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche or Louis de Funès. The plot : Robert is an inanimate car tire that has been abandoned in the desert and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to wreak havoc on small desert creatures and various lost items, his attention soon turns to humans. Director Quentin Dupieux, better known as Mr Oizo, is a French music producer and film director best known for his electro house music. Mr. Oizo’s first feature film, Steak, was released in France in 2007 and received some good reviews from critics.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Inner City Out

The Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin hosts the artwork of the well-known Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. "Innen Stadt Außen" is the first solo exhibition by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in a Berlin institution. The exhibition’s central theme stems from Olafur Eliasson’s close relationship with Berlin, where he has lived and worked for many years. Berlin is also the city where he has set up his multi-faceted studio, combining the functions of research, production and teaching. Since 2009 he has held a chair at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he heads the Institute for Spatial Experiments.