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National Geographic: «Andreas Baier – Die Gesellschaft vom Hinterhaus»

15 Jul

Andreas Baier: «A Child Will Be Born!»
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Unter 8586 Einsendungen wählte National Geographic für das Thema «Mother & Child» 32 Aufnahmen für diese Bildstrecke aus. Eine davon ist eine Photographie aus dem Bilderzyklus «Die Gesellschaft vom Hinterhaus» unseres Redaktionsfotografen.

His comment: «Another photograph from my long-term project ‹The Backyard’s Society›. It illustrates impressively that males simply need a little extra time until they get used to the idea of becoming a father. If only females would get that point much less relationships would split before the child was even born. I am seriously convinced about that point.»

via YourShot Andreas Baier

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Andreas Baier: «Kasper König»

12 Jul

Kasper König auf der Art|Basel|2015
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Aus der Sicht unseres Redaktionsfotografen war dieses Portrait von Kasper König längst überfällig: kulturelle Stringenz gepaart mit einer zarten Portion Wahnsinn. Vielleicht ist es aber auch kultivierte Überlegenheit, die mit Licht unterfüttert den konstruktiven Dialog mit seinem Nachbarn aufnimmt.

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SONYmusic: «KLEIN braucht ein echtes Herrenportrait!»

16 Apr

Die Band «klein» – damals bei SONY unter Vertrag
Fotos von Andreas Baier

«Es ist nicht immer ganz einfach, eine Band adäquat zu fotografieren – müssen Sie wissen», so empfahl sich Mitte der 1990er Jahre unser heutiger Redaktionsfotograf gegenüber der Plattenfirma SONY für den durchaus heiklen Job, der damals mit dem Siegel kultverdächtig bestempelten Kultband «klein» ein brauchbares und multifunktional verwendbares Fotoalbum anzufertigen.

Es war der Unerfahrenheit des damals verantwortlichen Produktmanagers zu verdanken, daß unser heutiger Redaktionsfotograf den Job nach dieser verbalen und eigentlich unentschuldbaren Entgleisung dennoch bekam. Was folgte, das waren drei Tage Stubenarrest, quatsch, Fotografieren, ca. 200 belichtete Rollfilme und ein fettes Bilderpolster von mindestens 50.000 Kalorien: Ein schlanker Fuß sieht anders aus. Besonders auf dem Aufmacherfoto. Nachfolgend das CD-Cover:

CD-Cover des «klein»-Albums «kriminell»

Einige aus dem Kontext des «großen Ganzen» gerissene Textzeilen: «Ein Fußtritt durch die Kissentür, was kann ich denn da dafür?» Wobei, quatsch: Für diesen Zweizeiler zeichnet die atemlose Helene Fischer verantwortlich. Aber vielleicht: «Was macht die Hand im Automaten, wo die Geldscheine schon braten?» Wobei, schon wieder falsch: ist ja diesmal von Alice Schwarzer. Tja, es ist halt nicht immer ganz einfach, eine Band adäquat zu zitieren – müssen Sie wissen.

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Review-Magazine: «QVED 2015»

12 Mar

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Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

daß es genügend erstklassige Magazinmacher überall auf der Welt gibt, die es verstehen, hochwertige Zeitschriftenkonzepte zu realisieren, die am Markt Bestand haben, davon konnten sich die Teilnehmer des dritten «Quo Vadis Editorial Design – QVED» – Kongresses ausgiebig überzeugen. Die durchweg sehr hohe Qualität machte uns schlicht sprachlos, weshalb wir uns im Rahmen unserer Berichterstattung auf das Publizieren einer überüppigen Bildstrecke beschränken. Hier können Sie in unserem digitalen Review-Magazin «QVED 2015» entspannt blättern.

Herzliche Grüße
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Sneak Preview: «QVED 2015»

3 Mar

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In der «Little Met of Munich», wie unser Redaktionsfotograf die «Alte Kongresshalle» in München liebevoll nennt, fand vom 26. Februar bis zum 28. Februar 2015 die Veranstaltung «QVED 2015» (Quo Vadis Editorial Design?) statt. Um es vorwegzunehmen: Es war mit Abstand der beste Kongress, den wir in den letzten Jahren besuchten. Unser kompletter Bericht wird noch so zwei, drei Wochen in unserer Fertigungsstrasse verbringen – bis dahin bitten wir höflich um Geduld.

Die zentrale Frage lautete: «Editorial Design, wohin gehst Du?» Aus der Sicht des Coverjunkies Jaap Biemans bewegt sich das Editorial Design sowohl immer der Nase nach als auch diametral, wodurch ein emotionales Spannungsfeld erzeugt wird, in dem sich besonders polarisierende Titelbild- und Heftgestaltungen wohl fühlen und nur noch darauf warten, von ihm publiziert zu werden.

Tom Wolfe: «Das gemalte Wort»

25 Feb

Originalausgabe von 1975
Aus dem Amerikanischen übersetzt von Schult Ullstein

Kleine Leseprobe: «Typisch etwa die folgende Jackson-Polock-Geste: Eines Abends kreuzt er betrunken bei Peggy Guggenheim während einer hochfeudalen Party auf. Also zieht er sich im Nebenzimmer aus, marschiert splitternackt ins Wohnzimmer und pinkelt in den Kamin. Andererseits hat er es weder an diesem Abend noch zu irgendeinem späteren Zeitpunkt aufgegeben, Peggy Guggenheims Haus zu besuchen, wo es all diese schicken Leute gab. Er mußte unbedingt ohner Krawatte zum Storck Club oder zum 21 gehen, um zu beweisen, daß er dank ‹meiner Reputation› doch hineinkam – und wenn es gelungen war, dann mußte er natürlich betrunken und grob genug werden, um einen Rausschmiß zu erzielen. Die elegante Welt sollte ihn gefälligst akzeptieren, aber daß es ihm gefiel, konnte er nicht verkraften.»

Kleine Literaturkritik: «Wenn Tom Wolfe sein Schnellfeuer auf die gesamte moderne Kunstszene einstellt, ist der Boden mit Leichen bedeckt.» – New York Times, 1975. Und der weltberühmte Galerist Leo Castelli konstatiert in einer Spiegel-Rezension (DER SPIEGEL 18/1975): «Darin steckt mehr als ein Korn Wahrheit.»

Derzeit bei Amazon erhältlich: 1 gebrauchtes Exemplar für € 49,49.

Ergänzende Informationen gibt es in einem bemerkenswert langen Pluspedia-Artikel, der möglicherweise mehr Buchstaben beinhaltet als Tom Wolfes Hauptwerk selbst. Bitte auch nicht die ungemein gehaltvolle «Löschdiskussion» vergessen. Sie sei als eine Art Meta-Kunstmarkt zu erachten.

Magnum Photography: «Commemoration – In Memory of René Burri»

22 Feb

ODEON – Théâtre de l’Europe:
Commemoration – In memory of René Burri

All photographs by Andreas Baier
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Leica Camera AG writes: «Many of his photographs are part of our collective visual memory – without a doubt, René Burri was one of the greatest photographers of our times.» The camera company continues: «A full member of ‹Magnum Photos› since 1959, René Burri impacted 20th century photography like few others. Never satisfied with a simple form of visual documentation, the photographer was always looking for unique perspectives and aesthetically demanding solutions, resulting in multi-layered images with a spontaneous yet precise composition.»

As a happy subscriber of L’Oeil de la Photograpie’s newsletter we received an invitation we spontaneously decided to take full advantage of it: «Commemoration : In memory of René Burri» – «In memory of René Burri who passed away on October  20th, 2014, the Burri-Bischof family and Magnum Photos Agency would like to invite you to a commemoration in his honour. This tribute takes place on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 8pm at Odéon-Théatre de l’Europe, Paris.»

Our report about this happening is based on photography, so we will now end the written part of it. Only one more thing: the evening was great, it came along with some intellectual surprises and was purposefully positioned in a quite comfortable laid-back-zone. In other words, it was Paris to best our knowledge: filled with culture and art.

Well, one more last thing: at the moment our staff-photographer seems to be on a strange visual trip as he mixes visual large-grain-habits from the 1960s with photoshop blurs in the same images. We pray to god that this period might end soon but right now we feel helpless … anyway: enjoy.

If you have eaten just one piece of these gently gleeming and very well tasting chocolate cakes and do not feel hungry for the next three days, or so, then you know that you must be in France.

We already had him here, together with Franco Fontana, 1988 in Arles.

View from the balcony to the right side.

While having done some research on the internet, seriously driven by the initial intention of infringing René Burri’s copyright through the unauthorised usage of some of his amazing photographs in this very same article, we came across some interesting links you will find in the following: Steidl | Diogenes – «Mouvement» – not published yet, PHAIDON – «Impossible Reminiscences», Moser Verlag – «Blackout New York», Das Magazin – Burris T-Shirt, Achtung Photography – René Burri: Die Deutschen, Le blog photo – «Impossibles Réminiscences» René Burri à la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, René Burri on artnet, Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, BERNER BLITZ», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, NOUS SOMMES TREIZE À TABLE», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, 77 STRANGE SENSATIONS», Leica Rumours – «Leica Hall of Fame 2013: René Burri», Visible – «René Burri: Posted In Inspiration», Real Life Is Elsewhere – «René Burri», Art & Photography – «René Burri, 1933 – 2014», The Branders – «René Burri – “I’m Not a Purist”», Delirium Magazine – «RIP. René Burri», Entre Linha – «Morre o fotógrafo René Burri», Photographers Without Borders – «Speaking through photography with René Burri», Filmsnotdead – «Remembering Magnum photographer René Burri», Photo This & That – «René Burri», Le Monde – «Portfolio: René Burri», The National – «The UAE through his lens: René Burri, 1933-2014», Michele Roohani – «René Burri, one degree of separation between me and Che Guevara», Eric Kim Street Photography Blog – «10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets», Foto Post – «René Burri: Havana, 1963»

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Otto Herbert Hajek und Horst Ehmke: «Ein exquisiter Deal»

18 Jul

Otto Herbert Hajek, Horst Ehmke und Ehefrau Katja Hajek während der Vernissage im Germanischen Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg

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Der Künstler Otto-Herbert Hajek war dafür bekannt, auch die Disziplin Verhandlungsgeschick zur Kunstform erhoben zu haben. Wer einmal seine Villa in der Stuttgarter Hasenbergsteige 65 besuchen durfte, dem wurde sofort klar, was darunter zu verstehen war: Teppiche, Türen, Gardinen – alles echte Hajeks, die er als Multiple im Auftrag großer Firmen wie z.B. Vorwerk oder Biffar realisierte. Verglichen mit seinen Großprojekten waren das aber eher kleine Fingerübungen.

Im Bereich Kunst am Bau gelang es ihm beispielsweise, einen Vertrag mit der damals noch existenten Deutschen Bundespost abzuschließen, in dem festgelegt wurde, daß, salopp gesagt, von nun an bis in alle Ewigkeit jeder Bundespostneubau ausschließlich mit seiner Kunst zu bestücken sei, da es sich sinngemäß «um ein Gesamtkunstkonzept handelt, das sich stetig weiterentwickelt und diese Weiterentwicklung nicht durch die Werke anderer Künstler unterbrochen werden darf». Dieser Vertrag wurde erst durch die Umwandlung der Deutschen Bundespost in die Deutsche Post AG unwirksam.

Im Rahmen des «KUNSTüberall»-Projektes der Stadt Salzgitter steht auch eine Skulptur von Otto Herbert Hajek auf der Insel im Salzgittersee:

Hajek-Skulptur auf der Insel im Salzgitter-See

Hajek-Skulptur auf der Insel im Salzgitter-See

In Salzgitter-Thiede steht auch eine Skulptur der leider viel zu früh verstorbenen Hajek-Tochter Katja Ka:

Skulptur von Katja Ka in Salzgitter-Thiede

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Larry King: «My Most Important Mugshot»

9 Jul

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Television personality Larry King wasn’t just the usual possession and/or drunk driving criminal. Instead, he was arrested in december 1971 on 14 counts of grand larceny—for writing bad checks.

In the US – especially for celebrities – it is very important to have been mugshot during their time when they were young. Here are some more of them.

Interestingly, Instantcheckmate’s blog comes up with this DISCLAIMER: It is PROHIBITED by law to use our service or the information it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq. Instant Checkmate does not provide consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency. The information available on our website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use this information as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person’s criminal history. Instant Checkmate does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available through our website or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire. For more information, please review Instant Checkmate Terms of Use.

Since it was more up to Larry King providing us with a proper consumer credit we can only strongly recommend not to care about this whole article at all.

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Zwei Lebensläufe mit Niedlichs Buchladen als Schnittstelle

3 Jul

Der Gestalter Wolfgang Schmidt publizierte so einiges bei Wendelin Niedlich, u.a. das von ihm gestaltete Buch «Oh, Ihr verdammten Arschlöcher!»

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Auf der Suche nach der Antwort auf unsere Frage «Was macht bzw. wie geht es eigentlich Wendelin Niedlich?» trafen wir auch auf den Lebenslauf von Albrecht Metzger, der in den 1970er Jahren bundesweit als Moderator der Musiksendung «Rockpalast» bekannt wurde. Während unser Edelethiker Joschka Fischer es vorzog, regelmäßig Niedlichs Buchladen auszurauben, um die gestohlene Ware dann vor der Mensa der Frankfurter Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität auf als «Antiquariat» deklarierten Büchertischen zu verkaufen, zog es Albrecht Metzger vor, bei Wendelin Niedlich eine anständige Lehre zu absolvieren, was auch erklärt, warum – ganz im Gegensatz zu Joschka Fischer – aus Albrecht Metzger im späteren Leben etwas geworden ist. Einfach seine vorstehend verlinkte Vita anklicken und genauso entspannt lesen wie er ihn in realiter bis heute durchgezogen hat.

Übrigens: In seinem über Stuttgart weit hinaus bekannten Laden hatte sich Niedlich mit Nachdruck gegen den damals offenbar beliebten Bücherdiebstahl gewehrt, unter anderem mit dem Schild «Wer hier klaut, hat nichts verstanden». Wohl wahr!

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Art|44|Basel|2014: «Money Makes The Art Uprise»

28 Jun

The artist Hamish Fulton found a great way to camouflage the positive price development on the artmarket as a spectacular and emotionally moving uphill mountain panorama, which is simply fantastic.

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Our this year’s report about Art|Basel starts in the ICE going from Karlsruhe HBF to Basel SBB arriving short before noon. A guy, aged mid-fifties, chooses to sit opposite from us. It is quite obvious that he tries hard to be categorised as an art collector pretending to be an artist pretending to be an art dealer. Consequently, our humanised three-in-one-package celebrates a sophisticated form of understatement that – let’s face it – fails dramatically: two of its four kissing buttons on the left are heavily broken, its glasses, however, are over-polished and all its rumbling-mumbling-stumbling mind knows about art must have been generated from pseudo-glam magazines such as Superillu or Das goldene Blatt with which he must have come in contact with while visiting his hairdresser: «There is no quality in art anymore!» Or: «I don’t like the mechanisms of the artmarket.» Finally: «Jonathan Meese, Wolfgang Tillmans and Gerhard Richter are not artists. I can do this by myself as well!» Really?

About identity crises the famous psychoanalyst (an art collector and artist) Dr. Mustapha Mandelbaum says: «It is an expression of a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society. Some try to cure this dreadful disease through hugging a serious amount of trees. Others simply go to art fairs and think that will do. Both does not. When you try to cure yourself with the gracious help of art it is very important to know that you have to start building up your own art collection for which you have to pay real money. Imagine: A collector who recently paid $ 107m for Edvard Munch’s ‹The Scream› is surely pretty fare from having ever heard anything about something that is called identity crises. A person like him always knows who he is and what he wants.»

These two young art collectors seem to have just bought some art for almost $ 2.5m. Any signs of an appearing identity crises? One cannot really say so.

So, this might be a perfect moment to make three things clear:

1) Whatever the price for a piece of artwork is; as long as there is an artist or an art dealer who will mention it and as long as there is an art collector who is willing to pay it then that’s the price. And, most importantly, it is only the business of the people who are involved in it – and no one else’s.

2) The term quality, especially when it comes to art, cannot be defined. In case of doubt, please consider reading Robert M. Piersig’s «Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance».

3) As an artist you can do whatever you want unless you do not affect someone else’s rights significantly. You can create a painting which colours will vanish within a year, or even faster; you can built a house which will collapse if it pleases you; you can chop off your fingers if you think you need to do so. All that is not necessarily art but it will be if you declare it as such.

The entrance hall of Herzog & de Meuron’s new building for the «Schweizer Mustermesse» looks a little bit like an American airport terminal. Is this to be seen as an homage to the high flying artmarket prices? If so: why not?

Taking full advantage of the fact that an artist can do whatever he wants our this year’s feature about Art|Basel will not be a traditional reportage but labeled as communication art. Enjoy.

If there ever was a proof missing that the process of negotiating an acceptable price for a work of art can be very passionate – here it is.

Isn’t it great to move upwards in the artmarket world with the creative support of Daniel Buren? By the Milky Way: the art collector who is to be seen on the left-hand side is Hollywood actor Kevin Spacy. Maybe he still wonders how quick everything was sold out.

Katja Novitskova’s «Pattern of Activation» also reflect about the power of the uprise. Is horsemeat getting more expensive? Or do we see how agile the sperm of a covering stallion can be? Any other suggestions?

Another «Pattern of Activation»: L’art pour l’art becomes L’art c’est moi.

Everything that can be in motion will be in motion – even it is an atomic blast offering items of daily use a new place to move on …

The artist Wolfgang Tillmans introduces his very young family member to the positive aspects of being relaxedly in motion.

Video installation by Julian Opie

Video installation by Julian Opie

We do not know what Sir Simon Rattle and Warren Edward Buffett are talking about specifically but we would not be surprised if the subject was «something about music, art and investment».

The smell of a freshly chopped off tree comes from Giuseppe Penone’s «Matrice di linfa».

The Long March Space presents Xu Zhen.

The New York based Edwynn Houk Gallery presents Vik Muniz’s «Hercules and Omphale (Detail) After Francois Lemoyne, 2007» from the series «Pictures of Junk». The chromogenic print, sized 227.3 x 179.1 cm, costs $ 95,000. The edition is 6 + 4 APs.

Since decades a great and stunning art magazine: «Flash Art» – If you haven’t yet you should better subscribe it!

Vincent van Gogh Reloaded? Art collectors come in various types and forms.

There are lots of brand new «Mirror Paintings» by Michelangelo Pistoletto to be seen. However, this is here not the case.

The small street between Halle 1 and Halle 2.

The way to «14 Rooms» leads through the small street between Halle 1 and Halle 2. The artists are: Bruce Nauman, Xu Zhen, Marina Abramović, Roman Ondák, Ed Atkins, Joan Jonas, Otobong Nkanga, Santiago Sierra, Laura Lima, Allora & Calzadilla, Damien Hirst, Jordan Wolfson and John Baldessari.

The two artworks by Gavin Kenyon (foreground) and Kara Walker (background) match perfectly: One could associate that we see human viscera, a product of stupid war games, such as ironically projected against the wall.

The Publishing House Taschen features Annie Leibovitz.

The Gagosian Gallery presents (from left to the right): Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder and Andreas Baier.

On the left: One of Jonathan Meese’s best paintings ever: «Lolly, The Spiritual Homebase of My Mind». However, we have an emotional problem with Jonathan Meese linked to his strange spleen – just to express it most politely – to notoriously demonstrate the «Hitler Salute» in public, which is not only naive but stupid and dangerous as well. At least Hitler saw himself as an artist too … and we all know what this psychopath of an artist did to the rest of the world.

We are pretty much certain that Meese is not a Nazi but in a lot of European countries right-wing extremists are gaining ground, in France they already made it up to 25% during their last election. So, if someone who feels responsible for our quite mindless and lollyesque yetibaby it would be cool if such person could just explain him to better stay away from topics he obviously suffers serious problems to cope intellectually with.

The Berlin based artist and «Lollipop Monster» Franziska Riemann has left the underground: her distinctive «Portrait of a Friend» was sold for Sfr 43,000.

The galleries Sprueth Magers Berlin London and Xavier Hufkens present this environment by Sterling Ruby.

Kherystyna Gmurzynska talks to an art collector. Both Kherystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer were awarded the «Chevalier des Art et des Lettres» by the French Minister of Culture. Krystyna Gmurzynska was the first foreigner to receive the «merit for special achievements» by Michael Shvydkoy, the Russian Minister of Culture, recognising her «important contribution to scientific research, and for the organisation of exhibitions in the field of Russian art of the 20th century.»

This year Gmurzynska Gallery presents a stunning Richard Serra as well as this incredible piece by Scott Campbell:

Scott Campbell

Looks like as if this photograph was taken in the 1960s: Günter Behnisch meets Herzog & de Meuron.

An installation by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys.

A view from the Media Center following a tram going to Basel’s downtown.

The Galerie Daniel Templon presents Jitish Kallat’s «Syzygy», a group of friendly dwarfs staring romantically at the moon phases which are brought into shape through the usage of differently eaten pizza wheels.

This looks as if Jeffrey Deitch himself has created this piece of art – and it reminds us a bit of New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Apropos Jeffrey Deitch: This article is about «Deitch curates Deitch».

The next BMW waiting to be transformed into a masterpiece of art?

MCH’s delicious bonbonnière …

The Gray Gallery states that «Money Separated From Art» (left) can only be liberated if the art collector opens generously his wallet. A move which leads automatically into a classic win-win-situation. How great is that?

Another 1960s-look-a-like-photograph which was taken during lunch time while our staff-photographer had a schnitzel with french fries at the Warteck.

The artist Sabine Hornig comes up with a roofless but semi-transparent apartment that provides you with the twisted feeling living half in nature and half in a concrete world – an a little bit in a huge exhibiton hall as well.

As we already pointed out: everything that can be in motion will be in motion. The funny thing about the art scene is that famous art collectors (see photograph above) do attract more and more attention than famous artists. Well, to share lunch with Jeff Koons is as exciting as doing the same with Eli Broad or Roman Abramovich but in general: for normal art groupies it is much easier to collectively recognise money as an adorable value than a certain piece of artwork including its intellectual baggage coming along with.

The Media Center where press accreditation takes place. Here you receive all the information you need. One highlight is surely …

«The Art Newspaper» freshly squeezed. The Art Basel Daily Edition is been published by Umberto Allemandi. Its makers are quick and essentially straight to the point. Even the already printed edition always enjoys being placed close to the window in order to do some proper research in CinemaScope for the next day’s issue …

Art collectors come in various types and forms.

The Konrad Fischer Gallery presents (from left to the right) some «Mistreated Breakfast Sausages With Cream Hammer» by Andreas Baier; a «Hanging Base» by Yuji Takeoka and a couple of water towers by Bernd and Hilla Becher.

This year we made it to Art|Basel for only just one day. It was a great one. Bringing our reflections on the best art fair in the world to an honourable end, we are getting excited to have wrapped this indispensable nourishment for the spirit in the pretty dress of communication art – a technique we might like to use much more in futher future.

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In the past we reported about Art|40|Basel|2009 and Art|41|Basel|2010. At the end of last year our staff-photographer’s mentor Carl Laszlo died. This is his obituary.

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DDC-Preisverleihung «Gute Gestaltung 14»

10 Jun

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Im Oktober letzten Jahres wurden einmal mehr herausragende kreative Designleistungen unter der Schirmherrschaft von Matthias Wagner K, Direktor «Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt», und im Rahmen des DDC-Wettbewerbs «Gute Gestaltung 14» im Offenbacher Capitol ausgezeichnet. Neues Ehrenmitglied wurde Michael Conrad. Mit dem DDC-Grand-Prix wurde Götz W. Werner prämiert. Es war ein schöner Abend.

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Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «Andrew Loog Oldham’s President’s Lecture»

25 Mar

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Andrew Loog Oldham is best known as the manager who helped propel the Rolling Stones to worldwide stardom and crafted their bad boy image so well it became both their brand and burden. From 1963 to 1967, he also produced all Rolling Stones recordings despite having no previous experience as a producer. Oldham saw potential in the group being positioned as an anti-Beatles – a rougher group compared to the cuddly moptop image of the Beatles at that time. After Oldham’s departure, his relationship with the Rolling Stones was strained for several years. According to the Rolling Stones’ website: «Accounts regarding the value of his musical input to The Stones recordings vary, from negligible to absolute zero».

But does this any matter? Certainly not, otherwise we would not care at all and this time’s President’s Lecture at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership would not have been held by one of the ones of the 1960s and 1970s music business, would it? Nik Cohn said about him: «The most flash personality British pop ever had, the most anarchic and obsessive and imaginative hustler of all».

So, our staff photographer decided to honour this very special time where not only red doors appeared painted black on black and white photographs with precisely such very special vintage look. It was a time when so-called available light photography was en vogue, when so-called push development up to ASA 3200 led straight into very grainy prints, grain spots so large and so present that you could have easily given each single grain spot an individual name…

For the first time Berlin School’s President’s Lecture was given in the atrium of Scholz & Friends.

Matthias Spaetgens, Managing Director of the Creative Department Scholz & Friends, warmly welcomes Andrew Loog Oldham, Michael Conrad and all guests awaiting a great lecture, which in fact it was.

Michael Conrad interviews Andrew Loog Oldham.

There were two questions we desperately wanted to have them answered. The first is about a story we’ve been told a couple of times. When the Rolling Stones first reached the status of living a wealthy lifestye they bought, so it is said, a brand new Rolls Royce and drove it all around until they were running out of gasolene. They shall then have parked the car somebody somewhere – and erased it out of their minds. Some say that the car can still be found somebody somethere. Andrew Loog Oldham, however, could not confirm this happening but he added that Keith Moon certainly might have liked the idea…

The second question, unfortunately, we simply forgot to ask: How much money Andy Warhol would have liked to have?

Andrew Loog Oldham becomes phonetically dismantled while guests are waiting to have their stoned copies signed.

This is the way transparencies looked when their were taken on a film such as Ektachrome EL 400 pushed up to ASA 1600. But we are focused on pure black and white, aren’t we?

Well, does this look right? Not necessarily.

Here are some of the major problem zones: they need to be darkened and the contrast in total is to be strengthen.

Voilà: Another brick in the visual wall of the 1960s and 1970s black and white photo documentation’s esthetic.

Susann Schronen und Jamshid Alamuti.

Eva Lutterbüse borrows Michael Conrad’s pen in order to be fully equipped when her copy of «Stoned» is about to be signed.

Michael Schirner, Michael Conrad and Andrew Loog Oldham.

Well, we could have asked who these two gently looking persons on the paintings are but to know, as we all know, is the bitter end of any possibility to settling a proper and quite joyful speculation. For example, we very much like the idea of being introduced to Marie Curie and Albert Einstein after their visual relaunch. As well we think it is possible to see Mr. Scholz and one of his (girl)friends. May be these impressive two paintings show Mrs. and Mr. Litfaß… who knows…

Andrew Loog Oldham can currently be heard on Sirius satellite radio, hosting the Underground Garage program. Doing some research on the Internet we also found one of Oldham’s most important messages: Everybody Must Get Stoned. Just make sure you get trippled. Did we already mention that in April, Oldham will be inducted (along with KISS, Nirvana, Brian Epstein and others) into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame?

The photographer Richard Nicholson’s sequence «Last One Out» showing London’s remaining professional darkrooms is a must-see for all who get sentimental about certain things vanishing these days irreversibly.

 

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Sir John Hegarty’s President’s Lecture
Hartmut Ostrowski’s President’s Lecture
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe’s President’s Lecture
The Freitag-Brother’s President’s Lecture
Thomas Burrell’s President’s Lecture
Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture
Chuck Porter’s President’s Lecture

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Some Like It Hot: «40 Must-See Photos From The Past»

10 Dec

Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938

Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

First morning after Sweden changed from driving
on the left side to driving on the right, 1967

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Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture»

23 Nov

The last time we took a deep look over Berlin’s river Spree our eyes were introduced to a swan’s pair of blue frozen feet which we recognised as a clear evidence that the incredible creative Chuck Porter must have been – somewhere somehow – around, which in fact, he was.

This time we are not sure what the visual scenery (shown above) wants to let us know; but since we take Bill Roedy’s advice to never ever give in seriously we are quite confident that we will be figuring it out – someday somewhere somehow.

Our staff photographer Andreas Baier recently downloaded a new set of digital oil brushes from the internet, so almost everything and everybody is going to be touched with them – even some originally good tasty looking sandwiches. Our readers are cordially invited to make the most out of this situation.

There we go: Honouring Bill Roedy’s exceptional career which is based on two remarkable cornerstones (Military and MTV), our staff-photographer felt responsible to melt down both aspects to one music-clip-lookalike-look.

In general: The creation of this visual language happens to be with all the respect he could pay him and MTV remembering quite well that MTV EUROPE was the only TV-channel that was willing to screen his commercial for a fictional funeral company named «Mr. Sandman’s Finest Funerals» Andreas Baier once was desperate to compete in Cannes with.

Picture above: Two members of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board: Niko Gültig and Michel Eibes. Recommended music track: Modest Mussorgsky’s «Pictures At An Exhibition»

Right from the start the Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s President’s Lectures enjoyed the status of a never ever to be missed event.

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The president of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Michael Conrad, introduces Bill Roedy and, of course, his book «What Makes Business Rock» as well.

Roedy’s book details his experience in expanding a corporation and gives advice to executives and aspiring executives in creative companies.

Clark Parsons and Michael Conrad.

The managing director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Clark Parsons, introduces each Participant of the Berlin School’s MBA-program to the audience. As a matter of fact, they literally come from allover the world.

As Bill Roedy will say a little bit later: «I am convinced that it is always possible to teach execellent creatives the secrets of financial business habits as it is impossible turning brilliant financial experts into creative directors».

After an impressive introduction, Michael Conrad hands over the microphone to Bill Roedy in order to clear the way for his president’s lecture.

As the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Class 11 Godfather, Bill Roedy brings with him a wealth of experience and educational inspiration. Roedy was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive of MTV Networks International (MTVNI).

A dedicated internationalist and music lover, Roedy was the architect of MTVNI’s successful localization model, which empowered the local operations to embrace both commercial and artistic autonomy, while finding the right balance between local and international content.

By the Milky Way, Bill Roedy finds: «These are sneakers with a huge whow-factor».

Bill Roedy’s sneakers come along with a huge kick-down-and-go-for-it-factor.

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It is Roedy’s pioneering strategy of respecting and reflecting audience diversity through local language, music and fashion that led to MTV Networks’ rapid global expansion – throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Under Roedy’s leadership, MTVNI developed and launched hundreds of channels, starting with MTV Europe in 1989. He worked on making MTV available in East Berlin and celebrated with Europe when the wall came down.

He and his team built a global operation that now includes over 172 locally programmed and operated TV channels outside the US in more than 162 countries in 33 languages, reaching a potential audience of two billion people, making MTVNI the largest networks in the world.

 

Bill Roedy exclusively demonstrates
the broadcasting mechanisms
of dish aerials

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Let’s now reflect about Bill Roedy’s thesis that the music channel MTV helped to tear down the German wall: Due to his quite aggressive strategy having MTV broadcasted via satelite without any encryption in order to conquer one country after the other, the people started to buy dish aerials all over the world with which they could receive and watch MTV for free. Once these dishes were installed the people were then also be able to get in touch with other countries’ news channels; with the interesting side effect that all news of the world were now bypassing unfiltered any government’s censorship.

Such new newsfeeds surely helped to build up a new sort of self-confidence helping unhappy earthlings to get rid of their totalitarian leadership figures in oh so many countries around the globe – and, of course, in East-Germany as well.

It is common sense that it was definitively MTV’s purest and highly genuine attractiveness that drove the people into buying tons of dish aerials. So, during this particular time frame MTV was the seed for the creation of that what is now considered to be a worldwide community.

On this photograph Bill Roedy exclusively demonstrates the broadcasting mechanisms of dish aerials and how their signals were crossing hurdles completely unharmed, such as the former German wall was one.

Finally, we can say that the experienced former commander of nothing less than three NATO Nuclear Missile bases in Italy significantly helped to change the world with something even the military was not aware of its tremedous long-term power: Music!

In 1998 Mr Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic.

He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1999 to 2002, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. Mary Robinson also appointed him as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010.

Also part of the audience: Michael Schirner.

 

Kofi A. Annan addresses Bill Roedy

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The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan addresses in a speech: «Ten years ago in 2001, HIV/AIDS had been around for 20 years. 28.6 million people were infected with the virus, and many millions more had lost their lives.

It was then that I called on the world’s businesses to join together in the global fight against the virus. The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS was formed, uniting the corporate sector, governments, and civil society in one common cause. MTV was one of the businesses at the forefront of the coalition, using its global network of channels to disseminate cutting-edge, entertaining, and innovative HIV messaging to young people worldwide. Under Bill’s leadership, HIV prevention and education was an integral part of MTV programming, and he was asked to serve as a Special Ambassador for UNAIDS in 1998.

As HIV statistics rose and fell in different countries and demographics over the years, young people accounted for over half of new infections almost every time, and still do today. In recognition of the media’s powerful role in reaching this affected group, the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) was established in 2005 to galvanise media organisations to play an even stronger role in prevention and education.

Bill was the first person I thought of to chair the leadership committee of this crucial initiative. His passion and dedication to the fight against HIV, particularly among the world’s young people, made him the perfect leader and pioneer for the GMAI. Under Bill’s chairmanship, it grew to include 140 companies from 70 countries.

As we approach the 30th year of AIDS, I cannot praise Bill enough for his continued dedication to the cause. Through the Staying Alive Campaign, countless young people are educated and informed through a medium that they trust and believe in. Further still, MTV has reached thousands of young people through the Staying Alive Foundation, ensuring that HIV prevention is tackled at a tangible, grass roots level in the local communities where it really matters.

Ist is an honour for me to lead our tribute to Bill today. I know there are many people from across the world that will have words of praise and admiration for Bill’s incredible achievements throughout his 22 years at MTV.

Thank you Bill for your tireless activism in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and many congratulations on a long and successful career at MTV Networks International.»

 

Medals & Awards

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Before joining MTV in 1989, Bill Roedy was Vice President, Affiliate Operations Manager of HBO. He completed his Bachelors in Science at West Point and then served with the Airborne, Ranger and decorated combat service where he received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star). He also served as a commander of three NATO Nuclear Missile bases in Italy. He received his MBA at Harvard University.

In addition: He has received the International Emmy Founder’s Award, amfAR’s Award of Courage, Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon in 2009. He has given numerous commencement addresses with honorary doctorate degrees.

 

Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI)

The «Global Media AIDS Initiative» (GMAI) is an umbrella organization that unites and motivates media companies around the world to use their influence, resources, and creative talent to address AIDS. The GMAI creates a framework for sharing television and radio programming among media companies in order to increase public health messaging. The organization also educates journalists, editors and producers on how to cover the issue. HIV is preventable, and GMAI members aim to improve public awareness and knowledge to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Within the GMAI, there are five national and regional coalitions of media companies. As of July 2009, the media initiatives in Africa, Asia, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean included over 300 member broadcasters total. The GMAI was conceived and organized by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Bill Roedy explains why he is passionate in the fight to end pneumonia, a preventable disease: «As a music lover and former CEO of MTV Networks International, I’ve spent decades trying to give voice to young people struggling for creative freedom. More recently though I’ve also taken to a new cause: the struggle of babies and children in poor countries just to survive.

Few people can even name the leading global killer of young children — it’s pneumonia — and it claims a child’s life every 20 seconds. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of these deaths take place in the developing world where access to health prevention and care is sometimes complicated.

World Pneumonia Day (WPD), November 12, is an opportunity to remember those many young lives lost to pneumonia which could have been prevented in large part with vaccines, access to simple antibiotics and improved nutrition. If we could ensure that existing vaccines reach those children who need them most we would make a huge difference in preventing the more than 1.5 million young lives lost each year to this devastating disease.»

Go on reading here.

 

Q & A

Questions & Answers.

Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s President Michael Conrad listens to the questions.

Michael Conrad moderating Q & A.

After the official part of Bill Roedy’s president’s lecture, David Slocum discusses with members of the audience.

Susann Schronen.

After a long and very exhausting march through the jungle of creatively dried out lands (Berlin’s new wannabe airport) Michael Eibes, the Chairman of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board, has now reached a refreshing and most lifesaving oasis that has also been provided with the unique capability of signing books.

In the center (f.l.t.r.): Susann Schronen, Jamshid Alamuti, Sheridan Johns and Marie Budde.

The «Ambassador of Striking Yellow» and also member of the German Designer’s Club’s (DDC) executive board, Niko Gültig, awaits his personally dedicated Widmung from Bill Roedy. Recommended music track: Yello’s «On Track».

Recommended music track: Crowded House’s «Four Fingers In One Day».

«Recognising a serious lack of green in this very same coloured image we both ourselves find us integrated, maybe you might like to consider starting your dedication with the creation of a green spot … possibly right here. Well, just a thought…»

Well, there is another way to describe Bill Roedy best – with the help of two of his tweets:

1) 10:51 AM – 15 May 2013:
«Had a great dinner with Barbara Bush and Mark Dybul in NY. And hearing about great work of both the Global Health Corps and Global Fund.»

2) 7:00 AM – 20 Jun 2013:
«Sitting in Finnegans sipping Guiness in Dalkey where Bono and Ali are having lunch with Michelle Obama. Ireland is as beautiful as ever!»

Bill Roedy’s Dedication

Two dedications waiting to be compared and interpreted. Above Bill Roedy recommends our copywriter Hamlet Hampster: «(…) Please Read this Book! (…)»

Sir John Hegarty’s Dedication

The famous creative Sir John Hegarty, however, recommended our copywriter Hamlet Hampster in July 2011: «DON’T READ THIS BOOK!»

What we are now asking ourselves is: What will happen when reading a book that – quite obviously – better should not be read; and not reading a book that cannot wait to be read? Honestly, we are a bit afraid of trying out… Are there any suggestions, out there?

With the visual impression of the formerly best known «Testbild» we not only say buy-buy but like to draw your attention to this «tent talk» with Bill Roedy and Michael Conrad:

Following this link you will be able to watch Bill Roedy’s complete President’s Lecture. So, be a happy sneaker – and just do it!

 

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Sir John Hegarty’s President’s Lecture
Hartmut Ostrowski’s President’s Lecture
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe’s President’s Lecture
The Freitag-Brother’s President’s Lecture
Thomas Burrell’s President’s Lecture
Chuck Porter’s President’s Lecture

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Berlin School of Creative Leadership: «Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture (Sneak Preview)

12 Nov

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After an impressive introduction, the president of the «Berlin School of Creative Leadership» Michael Conrad hands over the microphone to Bill Roedy, the former Chair & CEO, Mtv Networks Int., to give his President’s Lecture.

Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of TV.

Prior to joining MTVNI, Bill Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the «Pioneers» of the U.S. cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer in the United States Army where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War.

Based on the two cornerstones of Bill Roedy’s career (Military and MTV), our staff photographer Andreas Baier felt responsible to melt down both aspects to one music-clip-lookalike-whatsoever-look.

This happended to be with all the respect he could pay him and MTV remembering quite well that MTV EUROPE was the only TV-channel that was willing to screen his commercial for a fictional funeral company named «Mr. Sandman’s Finest Funerals» Andreas Baier once was desperate to compete in Cannes with:

Our full report about Bill Roedy’s President’s Lecture will have to wait this time a little bit longer to be published. This is due to a heavy workoverload we are sentenced to deal within the next couple of weeks.

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Sneak Preview: «DDC – Gute Gestaltung 14 Jurytagung»

3 Nov

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Foto von unserem Redaktionsfotografen Andreas Baier

Die Entscheidungen nebst Würfel sind erneut gefallen: Einmal mehr traf sich die große DDC-Fachjury, um über die eingereichten Wettbewerbsarbeiten zu beraten und zu urteilen.

Meerschweinchenreport war auch dieses Jahr dabei und wird in den kommenden 14 Tagen, oder so, umfangreich nicht nur mit vielen, vielen bunten Smarties, sondern auch mit einer ausführlichen Schwarzweißbildstrecke darüber berichten.

Unsere Bildunterschrift zu vorstehender Aufnahme:
«Eine der überragenden Haupteigenschaften großer Kreativer ist ihr großer und kreativer Schattenwurf, den sie beim Fotografiertwerden gleichsam fingerschnippisch gegen den Aufheller werfen.»

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Effective Game Show Development

30 Sep

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John McAfee: «How To Uninstall John McAfee»

26 Jun

John McAffee has lived his dream – and now his dream lives him. This quite interesting viral has gained more than 3,5m views in just one week. You should see it.

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Leonard Bernstein: «Final Lecture At Harvard University»

6 Jan

Es soll Menschen geben, die Herbert von Karajan für einen großen Dirigenten halten. Aus der Sicht eines wahren Marschmusik-Connoisseurs mag das ein durchaus nachvollziehbarer Gedanke sein. Aber im direkten Vergleich zu einem Genie wie Leonard Bernstein bleibt von einem von Karajan nicht viel mehr als das Bildnis eines zuverlässig und gewissenhaft agierenden Handwerkers, dem die von ihm verlegten Wasserleitungen auch dann nicht platzen, wenn sie mal eingefroren sind.

Hatte von Karajan eigentlich jemals was eigenes komponiert? So etwas begnadetes wie die West Side Story? Hier haben wir Leonard Bernsteins letzte Vorlesung an der Harvard University mit dem Arbeitstitel «The Poetry Of Earth». Es sind drei volle Stunden, von denen selbst wir bisher nur die erste gesehen haben. Wir werden deshalb die Musik eines Arnold Schönberg nach wie vor für unhörbar halten, allerdings wissen wir jetzt, worum es dabei geht: Weitestgehend um intellektuelle Spielereien, die im Bereich der Musikwissenschaften ihre Existenzberechtigung haben – und die, auch das wird klar, eine der Grundlagen für die Entstehung der West Side Story bildeten.

Das ist aber nur ein klitzekleiner Aspekt. So um 50:00 (Timeline) macht er sich über ein kleines und hochberühmtes Gedicht von Noam Chomsky her: «Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously». Bernstein beschreibt diesen Wortsalat als: «The result of ill-matched semantic components». Und er fährt fort, indem er es transformiert: «Last night I slept badly; my usually colorless dreams were invaded by sort of dirty-green ideas, which caused me to sleep fitfully and to toss furiously». Anschaulicher lassen sich die unterschiedlichen Einstellungen Schönbergs und Bernteins zur Musik nicht beschreiben.

Oder, etwas naturwissenschaftlicher vorgetragen: Der Mensch stammt eben nicht vom Affen ab, sie hatten lediglich dieselben Vorfahren. Womit wir die Wette, daß wir es schaffen würden, in einem Beitrag über Leonard Bernstein sämtliche der deutschen Sprache mächtigen Schönberg-Jünger gegen uns aufzubringen, souverän gewonnen haben dürften. Yeap!

Und vielleicht noch etwas: Leonard Bernstein referiert ungemein humorvoll, auch über das Thema Humor in der Musik. Humor, ein Begriff mit dem ein von Karajan ebenfalls nichts wird hatte anfangen können.

Die komplette Bernstein-Harvard-DVD-Packung ist übrigens u.a. bei Amazon erhältlich.

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