May 19, 2009

Exhibition ]Myth Germania[ Shadows and traces of the Imperial Capital

BERLINER UNTERWELTEN E.V.

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Shadows and traces of the Imperial Capital

Ausstellung ]Mythos Germania[Plakat Mythos GermaniaThe twelve years of the National Socialist regime – 1933 to 1945 – violently changed the face of Europe. Berlin, the imperial capital, was transformed beyond recognition as the Second World War returned to the place where it had begun. Yet even without the destruction caused by the war, the Nazis would have completely unhinged Berlin’s historical development with their plans to remodel the city.

The exhibition, “Germania – Shadows and Traces of the Imperial Capital” throws new light onto the historical site around the river Spree near Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) and the former ministerial gardens. The exhibit’s spectrum spans from the disastrous collapse during construction of the North-South S-Bahn line, to the planning of the “Great Hall”, through to the accumulation of rubble in so-called mounts of debris (like the “Teufelsberg”) during Berlin’s post-war reconstruction.This documentation brings together and demonstrates the relationship between selected construction plans; building techniques; organisational methods; and the social and political background of National Socialism in the historically controversial area between the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” and the “Topography of Terror”. Particular attention is paid to the consequences of the “relocation plans” for Berlin’s Jews.

For this exhibition, the Berliner Unterwelten e.V. (Berlin Underworlds society) has assembled years of its own findings Ausstellungspavillonon this Seminare – Reichshauptstadt Germaniasubject, together with the latest research available. A large variety of photos, building plans and architectural models – of the “Great Hall” and the “North-South Axis” – complement the prepared texts.

Period

Mar. 15th, 2008 – Dec. 31st, 2009 (closed Dec. 24th-26th 2008, Jan. 1st 2009 and Dec. 24th-26th 2009)

May 10, 2009

OBAMA @ WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDERS' ASSOCIATION DINNER (May 09, 2009), Part 1

 

Don't exaggerate Arab fears of Obama's outreach to Iran

Thu, 05/07/2009 - 10:08am

 

As Secretary Gates and other American officials travel from Egypt to the Gulf to reassure Arab leaders about American intentions towards Iran -- with considerable success, judging by the satisfied headlines this morning ---  it's worth stepping back to ask why their fears are surfacing now, in such force?

Partly, it is because American intentions are genuinely unclear. While the President seems sincerely and deeply committed to pushing forward with diplomatic engagement, mixed messages from other quarters in the administration and the American public make it difficult for everyone -- not just Arab leaders -- to divine where the engagement is heading.

But setting that aside for the moment, it's also because of the intra-Arab politics of the question.  It's important to recognize that Arabs are not unified on this question.  Iran is one of the hottest of political footballs in current Arab politics. There are not only sharp gaps between leaders and publics, within Arab elites, and between Arab leaders.  I've been following the Arab public debate about Iran very closely for years now, and there has always been robust disagreement about the value of dialogue and confrontation. Those internal tensions -- and the failure, rather than the success, of the "moderate" Arab governments to persuade public opinion of their anti-Iranian views -- may matter as much as the actual question of Iran itself. 

Obama prepares to throw Israel under the bus

Wednesday, 6th May 2009

As predicted here repeatedly – Obama is attempting to throw Israel under the Islamist bus, and he’s getting American Jews to do his dirty work for him. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel reportedly told the Israel lobbying group AIPAC on Sunday that efforts to stop Iran hinged on peace talks with the Palestinians. General James Jones, National Security Adviser to Obama, reportedly told a European foreign minister a week ago that unlike the Bush administration, Obama will be ‘forceful’ with Israel. Ha’aretz reports:

Of course not. If you are going to throw a country under the bus, you don’t invite it to discuss the manner of its destruction with the assassins who are co-ordinating the crime. As I said here months ago, the appointment of Jones and the elevation of his post of National Security Adviser at the expense of the Secretary of State was all part of the strategy to centralise power in the hands of those who want to do Israel harm.

Yesterday Vice-President Joe Biden and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry turned the thumbscrews tighter, telling Israel to stop building more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement.

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May 8, 2009

The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 5,000 Years of Art

Special Exhibitions


The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
May 6, 2009–August 9, 2009
The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor

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Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs. 

 

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs.
View behind-the-scenes footage and interviews related to the exhibition.
youtube Our YouTube channel features a wide variety of videos, including behind-the-scenes footage and curatorial talks.

The exhibition is made possible by Marc Jacobs.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

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May 5, 2009

Behind the Scenes: Jia Zhangke

The New Yorker Blog

May 4, 2009    --   This week in the magazine, Evans Osnos writes about the Chinese director Jia Zhangke. In this video—which includes clips from “Platform” (2000), “Unknown Pleasures” (2002), and “Still Life” (2006)—Osnos talks about Jia’s sense of aesthetics and analyzes some recurring themes in his work.

May 3, 2009

darya dadvar --Yade Man Kon mon amour

به یاد زنده یاد دلکش


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2009 Hugo Award Nominations

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Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the ballot for the 2009 Hugo Awards. The announcement on the Anticipation web site includes links to some of the nominees’ web sites, including free downloads of selected nominees.

Best Novel
(639 Ballots)

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK)
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella
(337 Ballots)

  • “The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
  • “The Political Prisoner” by Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF Aug 2008)
  • “The Tear” by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
  • “True Names” by Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2)
  • “Truth” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Novelette
(373 Ballots)

  • “Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s Jan 2008)
  • “The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
  • “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel (F&SF Jan 2008)
  • “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
  • “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)

Best Short Story
(448 Ballots)

  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008)
  • “Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
  • “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)

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May 1, 2009

Kurt Schwitters, the great dadaist of Cumbria

Philip Oltermann

The Guardian, Tuesday 28 April 2009

Panoramic exterior of the Merz Barn

Panoramic exterior of the Merz Barn. Photograph: Nick May/Littoral

In the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, there is a cheekily doctored portrait of King Edward's eldest son, Prince Albert Victor. Half of his mustachioed face has been blacked out, and a razor blade has been glued across his chest in a reference to the (discredited) claims that the prince was Jack the Ripper. It looks like a piece of pop art, not unlike the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper LP, and so the date comes as a shock: 1947. A scrawl explains that this used to be a portrait of HRH, adding: "Now it is a Merz picture. Sorry!"

The prankster who wrote these words was Kurt Schwitters, one of the most innovative and eccentric artists of the 20th century. In his native Germany, there are schools and streets named after him. In Britain, where Schwitters spent his final 18 years, his legacy has been all but forgotten. Now a group of artists and academics, including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, want to change that - by building a Schwitters museum in the crumbling barn near Ambleside in the Lake District where he worked.

Interior of the Merz Barn (2008)
The Merz Barn today with a photo installation of the missing Merz Barn wall art work

The Merz Barn today with a photo installation of the missing Merz Barn wall art work, October 2008

Such a picture-postcard setting might seem an unlikely spot for a museum devoted to an artist now seen as one of the leading lights of the very urban dada movement; but Schwitters' life was anything but straightforward. Born in 1887 and brought up in Lower Saxony, he became Hanover's official typographer, establishing a bourgeois lifestyle by the time he came into contact with the more anarchic figures of the Weimar Republic's art world, such as George Grosz and Tristan Tzara.

Schwitters shared their techniques - cutting up newspapers, magazines and photographs and glueing them back together - but not their politics. His approach was also more wide-ranging, incorporating performance poetry, sculpture and architecture. A compulsive hoarder, he gradually transformed his home in Hanover into a sort of walk-in collage of detritus, incorporating paintings, abstract sculptures and found objects. The Merzbau, as Schwitters called this, grew so big that he had to ask his tenant on the floor above to move out so that he could break through the ceiling. (The term Merz was a contraction of the word Kommerz, and became a prefix for his collages.)

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