Berlin, with andco, 2010
andco


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Leaving Berlin I bump into Daniel F heading to the art fairs. We briefly exchange identities (to keep the number of Jews in Berlin constant) and part ways...

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Unfinished Chandelier for "Pandemonium Germanicum"

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this image won;t be used by Mercedes advertising anytime soon. From the library-like topography of Terrors memorial of the former Gestapo headquarters.

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Old plane for "fire Practice" at Tempelhoff Airport.

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Designed by Albert Speer, Tempelhoff Airport is one of the largest buildings in the world. The three story basement is full of undetonated explosives left by the Nazis and flooded with water by the Soviets. Active till 2008!

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Tempelhoff: this is what fascist architecture looks like.

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Tempelhoff: built on old site of the Knights of Templar headquarters in Berlin. Site of the American and Allied Anti Societ Airlift to West Berlin.

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Me and Elan at the monument to the airlift.

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Theater

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Most of the Andco crew for LENZ.

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Alex Karschnia as a good young pioneer- which he is!

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Most powerful memorial I've seen.

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small wall

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Me and Cora in front of the Berlin Wall

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Otto Dix!

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At the Neue National Gallery, installation by Dutch artist Willem De Rooij where he paired up a bunch of 17th C bird paintings by the same artist with 19th C Hawaiian bird feather masks and objects. Amazing to perceive a pre Any Warhol effect when the dut

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Shooting a rubber band at a Fascist statue.

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Jan took us to see some glass paintings from Eastern Europe 1890's.

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artist Jan Brokof, Noah Fischer, Brenda Loya.

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Jan Brokof studio near to Treptower park. All kinds of faces, architecture, an artist compelled by some strange force to draw!

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Found the door where the little people go in an S-Bahn station.

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Valeska Gert: early performance artist from 1920's on. Jewesss who escaped the Nazis, lived in New York and founded the "Beggar's Bar" Really crazy and compelling you can see her in some Fellini films

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Amazing Nauman wall piece of printed dead animals in red paint on paper ---of many species. Not sure how he got them, but they include Kangaroos.

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Brenda with some gooood art from the Hamburger Banhoff show. (Forgot artist)

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At the center of Bruce Nauman's early 1970's mind vortex at the Hamburger Banhoff. Masking tape could still be in earnest then.

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Nikki as acid aristocrat

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Shouldn't this abject-chic art be over by now? But it's like a pox taking over the world it seems. A kind of class-specific aesthetic pseudo-sophistication- the emperor has no clothes methinks.

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Lone Punk

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GANG ZUM PATENTAMT

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Mechanical Symphony at the HAU from a Swiss group 
GANG ZUM PATENTAMT

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Showing the various delineations of a Kreuzberg street: for bikes and pedestrians and ghosts.

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Me, Cora, and a mourning Soviet soldier.

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Brenda!

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Amazingly emotional and historically problematic (but what isn't?) Soviet memorial at Treptower park.

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Shopping wirh Sebastian and Brenda at the flu-market. Full of tasty overpriced GDR relics mmmm...junk.

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Our laboratory where various magical objects for "Pandemonium Germanicum" are in magical development.

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Bending metal for the giant chandelier!

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Strange play about the workers at Volkswagon, supported by Volkswagon. Very very bad play.

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Sebastian making the giant feather out of feathers.

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Costume store

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Here a housing project where everyone agreed to adorn their sattelite dishes with colorful art. Thumbs up- that's the world I want to live in ;)

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Special tools available in the Bauhaus!

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Sebastian sounds the horn! Expensive antiquated brass boating accessories are sold at the Bauhaus aka Home Depot (how much did they have to pay for the name Bauhaus?)

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Buddhas for sale in the Bauhaus aka Home Depot.

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The dungeon-like workshop under the HAU theater from whence where I will bring forth my Frankenstein...

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China of the 18th C mind at Sans Souci in Potsdam, outside of Berlin. A real earlt-almost pre-colonial Folly.

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"Chinese Palace" at Sans Souci

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Chinese in the 18th C European mind!

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Sans Souci

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This sign on the door or a tourist place says that this is a safe haven for Neo-Nazi attacks!

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Statue of some Greek boy which apparently was like a gay flag flown by Frederick. He said "I won;t make a good husband as I have no use for women." Nobles could be frank with their sexuality.

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San Souci: Without a Care! Prussian Garden Palace of Frederick "the Great."

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Synagogue on Fraenkelhufer where I went for Yom Kippur.

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entrance to squat I have been passing everyday.

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anti-socialist propoganda in Alexanderplatz. The winner really does get to write history- and make no mistake- they write it!

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A photo of the "roundtable" where they met for the unification of Germany. You can see how the problem started there, again.

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From display in Alexanderplatz about the fall of the wall. This machine was used to print "freedom pamphlets" in the last year or two of the GDR.

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You can't have Berlin without this phallic thing. Actually one of the most impressive sights to be seen in any city I've been- the way it looms over you.

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What does Mid Century German art look like? Are we ready to look? Seems so.

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So indiscreet! I'm not in Kansas anymore!

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12th century Muslims used this computer to track the stars.

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This and the following compose a gallery of Ancient Babylonian Humanoid Rogues, seen in the Pergamon museum of Berlin.

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They stole the great Lion Gates of Babylon!

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This is the "Apollo of Williamsburg."

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Inside the "devils throne": the Pergamon Museum in Berlin where, like in New York, they stole a temple (it was "bought" apparently, but so was Manhattan, so were slaves, and who is counting). Anyway, here we see an exhibit on how ancie

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Where they publicly burned books--now a underground memorial.

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Very scary indeed: this is a candidate from (according to the Andcos) more of less a Nazi Party. It's a sticker! It's a movement! Seem familiar? And the slogan is...change!

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Alex Karschnia in front of a RECONSTRUCTION of a Prussion era building. That is what's going on now. To hell with imagination! Long live the King!

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good fucking question!

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Bikes put to civic use (and not just police!) (I think its civic, it is YELLOW)

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Unidentified thing in a shop window. Somehow ghastly. Somebody's invention no doubt. How wonderful!

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It seemed that sin was creeping in...even in Berlin.

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We went to a very special very German art store.

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This advertising campaign just doesn't work on Americans. Or does what the fuck??? sell???

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Violence: something happened nearby: a demonstrator was killed by police. It happened in German.

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You've got to fight those damn Nazis! That impulse that won't go away. Just don't turn into a thug doing so.

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Berlin is...silver spray paint graffitti text everywhere, New York 1985.

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First view of Berlin, near Fraenkenhufer in Kreuzberg. Berlin seems like a GOOD PLACE TO BE.

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Flying over the wind farms of Denmark. Ancient windmills of Europe, new again. (will they save us?)

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The sky is strange, very strange, and holy. A strange place to be. Will we live there some day?

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and we reach the clouds!

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Leaving the state --of mind--of New Jersey--that is actually beautiful, in a way, from above.

09/12/2010