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Pigeons

As I‘m cleaning up my hard drives in order to finally trying to systemize all my files I stumble across more and more nice video footage that I recorded a while back. Unfortunately I have forgotten about most of it but am always happy to find it again. The clip below is a set of several shots from pigeons – not the most interesting animals on our planet but yet nice to watch. I like it in combination with the music, a song by Babylon Circus.

trains in winter time

I spent a reasonable time on trains lately and most of the time had my camera with me. Of course I could have slept or read or whatever but most often I was staring out the window fascinated by the winter scenery that was passing by. I don‘t know if I should say „unfortunately“ but in Bolzano we mostly have sun and blue skies. The ski resorts are suffering a bit but I quite like the sun. It somehow makes you happy once you cross the Brennero and suddenly the weather changes from grey and snowy austrian weather to sunny „italian“ weather. But anyway I made this short video coming back from Munich two days ago. It’s basically three short clips in overlay mapped to the music – a song by Lali Puna called „Scary World Theory“. It’s a first try again (I keep forgetting things if I‘m not constantly doing videos and editing them) and at some points it definitely would need some fine-tuning. Other than that I‘m quite happy with the result. I hope you like it, too.

BI|KE – A Symmetric Vehicle

Besides the very nice filming technique with two perspectives I think this clip is closer to reality than most other clips that appear a lot more agressive with the help of music, camera perspectives, etc.
I like this clip, makes me want to go out and riding :) .

Coco Rosie


Coco Rosie – Promise

Haven‘t checked from when and which album it comes, but I really like this song. Although it’s not as „experimental“ as most other Coco Rosie songs their most recognised characteristic – the womens voices – come out quite nicely.

hot spring action

After the disappointment of the Laugavegur we headed to Selfoss, a town close to Reykjavik. The next town is Hveragerdi [Kverageri] which is the starting point of one of the geothermal regions in Iceland. Once you leave the town northward and hike for about 1-2 hours you reach a creek that has a nice temperature to take a bath. One of the smoky sulfur springs flows together with an ice cold mountain spring which creates a creek with an average temperature of around 40°C near the crossing. We spent the whole afternoon relaxing after the days of hiking and enjoyed it a lot.

On the following day we walked further towards Þingvallavatn, a lake that was created by the gap between the eurasian and the north American tectonic plate. It is supposed to be one of the Top 10 scubadiving spots on earth due to the clear water leaving sight of approximately 100-130m.

volcanic ashes

One of the most interesting treks in Iceland is the „Laugavegur“, a 4-6 day hike either starting in Landmannalaugar or in Skógar, a small town on the southern coast with one of the most famous waterfalls, the Skógafoss. We decided to hike northward starting in Skogar. The first day led across a small path between Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. After the eruption in March the trekking path has been changed and now leads across dark lava fields that are still hot inside.


In the higher parts of trek the landscape turns from grey rocks to black sand. After a while you realize that you are actually walking on snowfields covered by black ashes from the recent volcanoe eruption.


We weren‘t extremely lucky with the weather that day but a big part of the fog is also produced by steam from below.


Many people told us that we shouldn‘t put down our backpacks as they could catch fire very easily. I don‘t know if it’s more of a legend but the ground was hot in some parts.


A lava stream found its way down a valley.


On the first day we reached „Þórsmörk“, a mountain ridge facing Eyjafjallajökull. It’s name derives from the Norse god „Thor“.


The following days after Þórsmörk led across black sand deserts lined with green rock formations sticking out of the ground. Once again I was stunned by the landscape.


Several rivers have to be crossed on the hike which never was a problem except for the temperature.


In Alftavatn, about 1 day trip before Landmannalaugar, we had to turn around and take the bus back to the coast. On the day of our arrival severe snowstorms were raging on the last mountain pass and on the morning of our departure it still didn‘t look very promising. Another reason to turn around was our food calculation, we made a mistake and were running out of food.
The bus was fun though, an old offroad bus that is crossing rivers and rocky paths, rumbling on southwards.


It was cloudy unfortunately but you can still see the volcano smoking white steam into the sky.

Jökulsárlón

Taking a long-distance bus in Iceland is fairly expensive so at some point we decided to hitchhike to reach our next destination. One day I got a ride from the campsite with two Germans we had met on the ferry so we split up considering that just two will be picked up more easily. Well this day we were wrong. While I reached Jökulsárlón in no time, together with Anna & Simon, Stanzi and Max were stuck in Höfn a small coastal town in the far south-east.

I decided to stay over night so I could spend the whole day relaxing in the sun with the spectacular scenery of Jökulsárlón. The lake/lagoon is situated on the southern end of Vatnajökull, the biggest ice cap in Europe covering about 8% of Iceland, which constantly spits icebergs that slowly float in the crystal-clear water. You turn around and just a few meters behind you is a black sand beach that is also flooded with melting ice. In between all this you constantly spot seals diving up from the ocean into the lagoon to hunt herring.

One very happy coincidence was that I met Johanna (my flat- and „soulmate“ from China) who I knew was in Iceland but we didn‘t talk before we both left to exchange travel plans (well I didn‘t have any until I reached the island). We sat for a great while talking and watching the sun set behind the glacier leaving the lagoon in a spectacular light. Despite the trouble Stanzi and Max had it was a wonderful day for me.

Just imagine flapping your tent open in the morning to see the lake just right in front of you. It wasn‘t my last time in Iceland when I thought that this scenery is just extremely absurd.



photos

da!

So after all the hours in front of the screen it’s finally done. I picked up the stack of printed magazines at the print shop last night. It was quite a sensation to see the guy coming in with the packs of a magazine that you actually made and put a lot of effort in. I‘m happy for now. Let’s see what the presentation on wednesday will do…

I‘ll post more photos later on.

special guest

We had a real shooting star in our little improvised photo studio last night. I think he really enjoyed being under the spotlight.

The Apples in Stereo

It’s sunday morning, the weather is extremely shitty and I‘m already back at where I‘m most of the time – my studio at the university. Time is still running – how could it be different? – and I‘m finally turning into a workaholic maniac who is barely meeting his flatmate (we talk on skype though :D ) and really only goes home to sleep. Fortunate enough I‘m not the only one, we‘re at least 3 here at the university outpost far off the city center (far in Bolzano measures).
So while I started preparing my day and thinking what my steps for today were I came across a nice song on the radio.
The Band is called „The Apples in Stereo“, yet another American Indie Rock Band that apparently exists for quite a while now (since 1991). I haven‘t listened to more of their music but the song „Floating in Space“ sounds promising, though not revolutionary.

The Apples in Stereo – Floating in Space

bike accessory

I just came across this very easy and still nice solution of a bicycle basket. It’s made by Mio Design a company from Philadelphia specialised on Eco Design.
I like the look of it but was wondering whether the laser cut metal sheet is that much more ecological compared to a regular basket. The energy used in the production process is assumably high but then again the welding of regular baskets is probably taking a lot of energy either.

via fixpatrix

thesis website

Well it’s done, the website for my final thesis project is online. I wrote before that my topic is ‚travel‘ or ‚journey‘ so I ended up with the idea of creating a magazine that includes more or less exceptional travel stories. Unlike other travel magazines that try to inform their readers about certain countries giving them hints on where to stay or when to travel, I aim to put the traveler in the centre. Traveling cannot be experienced in the exact same ways others did. There is no conformity so to say.

I‘m still at the beginning of the actual design process but to reach potential authors and readers I decided to launch a website already that serves as an example and showcase of what I have in mind.

The first issue will cover the topic ‚freedom of travel‘ so if anyone who is reading this would like to contribute a story, photos, etc. feel free to contact me and I will tell you more. Contributions are certainly possible in English as well.

Sorry though that the website and the magazine will be in German.

president

I just went to the flea market and simply couldn‘t resist when I saw this treasure: a beautiful metallic-red steel frame, 28″ chrome wheels, 3-Speed „gear-box“ that is working very smooth, a carrier that works fine for a second person (we tried right away), ecc.

The seller told me that it comes from the late 60s. So far I couldn‘t find out anything about the brand, ‚President‘ from Austria, but it’s definitely an old bike and it’s in great condition. I really had to have it and to be honest it is majestic to ride :)

The only part I don‘t like is the headlight which is quite ugly but since the light isn‘t working anyway I might just change it to a nicer looking model.

Renon in spring

I should be working hard by now since time is proceeding fast but of course this makes you usually step back a little for some enjoyment. The weather in Bolzano is perfect, it really feels like summer and the mood of everyone is getting better and better. Yesterday we decided though that it was time for a mountain hike. We went up Renon to catch the last bit of snow and jump around a little with our snowboards. Seeing a half brown, half white scenery with the lifts in between looked a little strange and the snow was horribly wet but it was a great day anyway :)

Eyjafjallajökull

I just came across some more photos of the ‚Eyjafjallajökull‘ which are truly amazing. Check the Boston.com website to see more of it.


boston.com
(AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

boston.com
(AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

boston.com
(AP Photo/Omar Oskarsson)

freedom of travel

When we talk about the term ‚freedom of travel‘ [German: ‚Reisefreiheit‘] we assume a restriction by political force for example the restrictions a government lays upon their people to keep them ‚locked‘ in their own country.
As I was thinking about it though I realised that there is more to it. Of course the Chinese are restricted to travel, the East Germans were restricted as well but just look at the most recent news. The outburst of the icelandic volcano ‚Eyjafjallajökull‘ caused a massive air traffic problem. Due to a high amount of ashes in the atmosphere authorities canceled flights which caused many people to be stranded at airports, some even only in the Transit area. So in this sense it gets a whole new meaning to be able to travel freely. Not only humans cause restrictions but nature can do so as well. Should we be looking for a different way to surmount long distances then (once again ‚beaming‘ comes in mind)? Or should we consider to stop traveling or at least reduce it to a reasonable level?

The photos below show the outburst of the ‚Eyjafjallajökull‘:

SwissEduc.ch

SwissEduc.ch

photos by SwissEduc.ch

TGV

I really like the short jingle before they announce the arrival or departure of a train at french train stations.

Cuba

Although Cuba was among the socialist friends of the GDR it was of course almost impossible to travel there. Interflug, the one and only East German flight carrier, had flights to Cuba in its program but the price for a plane ticket was certainly way too high for the average income.
And not only that it was impossible to reach the island the distribution of books was also highly limited. The photos below show a photo book from 1964 by VEB Brockhaus Publishing. We found it on a street market a few years back and gave it to our parents. A little note inside quotes that it was formerly a present to somebody working in the publishers business.


‚In acknowledgement for your help in the design and publication of our company paper.‘


The socialist education is of course never far – the description of the photos translates to ‚For Zafra, the harvest of sugar cane, thousands of volunteers go to the countryside. – The liberated Cuban farmers work together in a state-owned farm.‘

all my bags are packed

Once again it’s been done before but it was still interesting to see what I usually take with me as ‚essential‘ luggage. One thing in the image is already wrong – my camera equipment is much bigger. Here I only put the small camera in the lower part as example. Other that that I carry the usual in my big red backpack: some clothes (including shoes, underwear and weather-proof pants and jacket), passport, headphones and MP3 Player, a cellphone (as alarm clock, usually not as a phone), a pocket knife, a pen and notebook, a toothbrush and -paste, a very handy sewing kit (served me already many times), super glue (also this can help in the worst case), a book, a towel, my house keys, a bag for daily use (camera bag, etc.), sunglasses and some spare shoe laces.

I wonder how far I could reduce it and still be able to help me out in the most situations?!

studio view

‚Just‘ another video clip, this time a time-lapse I made from a pile of photos I took out of my studio window. So yes, this is my view, it’s quite a luxury I admit.

*** Update: same song different perspective and shot at dawn – unfortunately it’s getting a little shaky once the exposure is getting longer

type in auction

The second ‚big‘ event of last week was the ‚typo auction‘ initiated by Martin. For his last semester project ‚UN-TYPE-ISCH‘ he collected letters from old neon signs and used them to create a book about typography that has a great 3D effect when using colored glasses.
After taking photos of the letters they were ’stuck‘ in our studio for a while until he decided to sell them in an auction and give the money to Designistan (our unofficial student group) to finance our blog, etc.

I was recording with very shaky hands and ‚editing the video afterwards.

The Great Eiermann Competition

We finally did it we had our first Ping Pong Competition at the university. The Competition table was a regular Eiermann table we have in our studios. It was a great success with 14 people participating actively and many spectators stopping by to have a beer or watch the games.

Sara & Martin as well as myself filmed during the whole evening, I did the ‚editing‘ afterwards. I like the rather ‚trashy‘ style very much but I have to admit that it is due to the little time I have to edit it properly. And besides it fits into the image of the evening and Simones pink bike tights :)

heile Welt shirts

I spent some time in the silkscreen lab yesterday and made new ‚heile Welt‘ shirts. It’s a very limited edition so if you‘re interested send an e-Mail to heilewelt2010 [at] gmail.com (prizes are negotiable)

male shirts are available in the colors above (light blue w/ neon green & brown w/ light yellow) in sizes medium & large

female shirts in a darker blue (don‘t have a photo, yet) and the same brown, sizes medium, small & large

The shirts are 100% cotton in a really good quality.

beam me up

I have an entry in my notbeook from a trip where I had the wish of beaming myself to my desired destiny. The whole entry started a very interesting discussion with my brother and friends and came back to mind just recently.

‚I‘m once again stuck in a travel bus. Sleep is impossible since the ground we drive on cannot be called a road [European measure] and the driver really seems to insist on the ‚EXPRESS‘ sign on the outside. While I‘m dozing I start thinking about how much time I spent for transportation on this 10-day trip (not inlcuded inner-city transport) and come to a total of about 30 hours. I‘m impressed although not shocked. Wouldn‘t it be nice to be able to beam myself instead of going through all this hustle?‘

The whole idea was mainly brought to audience by the TV show Star Trek with its most famous sentence ‚Beam me up Scotty.‘ but it could become reality one day as scientists already work on it for quite some time.
In all the discussions we found out that beaming is not just about crossing long distances without the dimension of time. There are far more positive and probably even more negative aspects that need to be questioned before anyone should really consider using this technology.

One of the many aspects we talked about were the components ’space‘ and ‚location‘. As we discussed it we figured that they lose their total meaning. It simply doesn‘t matter anymore where I am if I could beam myself to any place in about no time. In the meantime it puts a very high pressure on us. Because we can we also have to be basically ‚everywhere‘.

I think the most important question though was whether it effects my body or different if I can be ‚reduced‘ to a binary code what would be the effect when just a small portion is changed?! We found a possible solution to that but the consequences are immense. My personal binary code of the very moment needs to be registered and saved in a HUGE database to have something like a backup in case of an error. What this means though is that I‘m giving the information of myself to make reproduction possible.

From this point I could go on forever but to me or us it showed that transportation becomes a mere side-product or maybe also simply a justification for scientists to work on it.

Hamam

I saw this sign this morning while waiting for the ski lifts to open up in Selva Gardena (Wolkenstein) in Val Gardena (Gröden). Just a very lovely use of english at the fassade of a 4-star Hotel.

Gerhard Richter

Images are never ‚blurry‘.
What we define in photography as ‚blur‘ is the aberration of the object depicted. But as images are not made to be compared with reality they cannot be ‚blurred‘ or ‚imprecise‘ or ‚different‘ (different than what?).

(Gerhard Richter)

question

I‘m more and more thinking about my upcoming thesis and started writing down any kind of thought that seems appropriate for my topic. In general the topic will be ‚travel‘ or ‚journey‘ which sound and are actually quite huge terms that don‘t really give me a point to start. Or I simply would need to choose a ’sub-topic‘ and start from there which of course seems easier to find than it is. I still have time to cut it down a little but then again I would like to do that soon.
So this morning I had a question in mind that is a little abstract but follows the idea of ‚Fischli/Weiß':

„If my mind is traveling can I say I‘m on vacation?“

Well I didn‘t find an answer, yet. Maybe I will be soon…

Bolzano streets

Another video clip that caused my computer to crash several times (also caused by power cuts in our flat) but that came out alright. I‘m still not extremely satisfied with the end result – the close-up of the highway jumps a little too fast (rendering it again only takes about 6 hours ;) ) – but it’s already much much better than the first one.
Enjoy.

Flamenco

another short clip I made for a friend at the university, this time even with recorded audio (the actual quality is pretty good, when rendering it for the web it was messed up a little)

snowy days

Another great Christmas present that I got in 2009 was a pair of snow shoes which came to use for the first time this morning. We managed to get up very early and head for the ‚Rittner Horn‘, an about 2200m high peak just outside of Bolzano. While it was raining in the city at the time we left it was snowing pretty much all the way up. Being so early we were really the first ones to reach the peak by foot to then see a great winter panorama of the Dolomites. The ride down was not the best powder ride I had but it was still fun except to the point when we realized that I had lost one of my snow shoes that were attached to my backpack. Well I went up again and tried to find it which was useless at this point since the clouds had conquered the mountain. I didn‘t see a difference between the ground and the sky and kept falling which eventually led to strong cursing and last but not least I wasn‘t successful in my search either. Up to this point it was a lot of fun and I‘ll probably have to walk up there again tomorrow and restart my search (Max will borrow me his snow shoes..I sure hope I don‘t lose one again :) ).

loopdiloop

I was watching the new animation movie Avatar yesterday, unfortunately not the 3D version of it, and while I was watching it I had a question in mind that I discussed with my brother earlier today.

The question is simply ‚Can birds fly loops?‘

My brother and I came to the conclusion that physically they should be able because their weight-wing-size-ratio is pretty good as opposed to planes which are not always able to fly loops (just check the Microsoft Flight Simulator and you‘ll notice how hard it will be to loop a Boing 787 and similar). But unfortunately this is not the answer because the wings of birds are very different to those of planes. The wing of a bird is creating the upward as well as the forward force to get up in the air. Planes have turbines or propellers to do so and have the wings fixed to the body without the ability to move (except maybe some early versions of planes which weren‘t very successful).
Max suggested to ask the internet – WolframAlpha – to get an answer but it didn‘t work either. Google was the only site that linked to possible answers so I found out that the hummingbird can fly upside down for a short time, no loops though.

One guy wrote a very nice answer:

I do not have a definitive answer to your question, but the following story suggests they can not. After all, birds fly for a living, not for fun, and the ability to loop probably would not help them find their next meal.

Well who says that birds have no fun when flying? Maybe they haven‘t realized that they should try flying loops.

Partly Cloudy from Dan Graham on Vimeo.

China

Since I was asked a few times already I will make a ’short‘ photo presentation next Tuesday in atelier0 (at the university in Bolzano) so anyone who is around should stop by :) .

It will be in German though (I can translate and since all students are doomed to learn English as well here it shouldn‘t be a big deal).

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is one of the many means to cross the waters dividing Hong Kong. It was founded in 1888 and is since then been extended several times but the boats remained as one of the historical artefacts in this else extremely modern town.

I just like the animation that’s why it’s on here :) .

people of the People’s Republic

I came back to Europe last week after another wonderful trip across China – this time even more ambitious than before crossing almost all the way from the north to the south by train, etc. I will certainly post some more photos in the next days/weeks until I will put this blog into a ‚pause-mode‘. It’s been fun to write and post photos, etc. during the last year also because I was on the road quite some time. Now that I have to settle down (at least for about one year) and eventually finish my studies I‘m sure there is much else to do and prepare for. So thanks to everyone who stopped by to see and read what I had to tell and for the very positive feedback I received (including my little counter which revealed a very suprising ~2300 people visiting this blog since I left Europe in May…ok my advertising wasn‘t the worst either :) ).

For now I thought I should post some photos of people since China is called the ‚People’s Republic‘ and I would say they absolutely deserve this title just in terms of numbers :) .


shortly after the 60th birthday on Tian‘anmen Square


Chinese at what they like most…


farmer woman in Dalì (Yunnan Province)


Xi‘an has a ‚Muslim Quarter‘ where you can find the most delicious culinary treats


on the train from Xi‘an to Kunming (36h) on hard seats – definitely the worker class train travel


old man with a chinese kite in downtown Kunming


farmer washing up spring onions in an irrigation channel in Dalì


CCTTV – Chinese Culture Traditional Transport Vehicle aka rickshaw / bicycle / tricycle :)


apparently a portrait of the Chinese teacher of the last emperor (seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing) – to me it looks like a portrait of a well-fed Brad Pitt


Can you see the opening in the pants? In China diapers just slowly become common. Parents instead cut in these openings and children just do what they have to do wherever they need to – be it just on the street or a supermarket.


a very proud lady in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace


and some more extremely proud people in front of the Mao Zedong portrait

update

I updated the ‚China‘-page on my website a little bit. It’s mainly photos I posted here already but it’s of course a lot more organized.

English & Deutsch

Shanghai Pt.3

I haven‘t actually written anything about Shanghai which I will in the next days. For now just a few more photos that I like.


It’s not a lie either, Chinese really can sleep anywhere and I‘m impressed about that…


the Shanghai Tourism Festival started on that weekend so they decorated many parts of the city center with bright colors


don‘t know what this shop is about but I like the photo for some reason…I know it doesn‘t seem to be too exciting :)


another ‚non-exciting‘ photo that I like a lot, I don‘t know the name of the building though

cultural industries

China Daily, an english newspaper about China, published a very interesting article about two weeks ago. The author was commenting on Chinas recent step to ‚vitalizing the cultural industries‘. His main concern was of course the word ‚industry‘. China has shown that it is able to provide the world with manufactured goods. Shenzhen is once again a great example for this. It became rich due to the manufacturing industries that are set up all around town. But what does culture have to do with ‚industry‘?

[…] Culture in its broadest sense is the way we conduct our daily lives. […] Yes, our food is unique, and we all use chopsticks instead of forks and knives. Foreigners around the world are crazy about Chinese food, and there are Chinese restaurants everywhere you go. That is about it. […] At the moment there are probably more Chinese elements preserved in Korean and Japanese culture.

Coming back to the company I work at once again. You can basically see this here. Their ‚design‘ thinking is based on ’styles‘, ‚Western style‘ – ‚Chinese style‘ – ‚American style‘ – etc. They keep pretending that they maintain their ‚cultural identity‘ by simply adding a handful of elements found in Chinese architecture (in the few temples and palaces that survived) and copy the rest together from design books or the internet.
I assume the main problem is not that they wouldn‘t be able to do it different but it has proven to work very well for them. Customers ask for this kind of work and since they are the ones with the money a design office just like ours provides it. And I suppose once this cycle is running it’s hard to step forward and change the whole idea of ‚design‘.
When I realized this very early in the internship and talked with my flatmate and colleague about it we thought that maybe we can somehow show them different and make them question their ’style of work‘. Of course this was absolutely naive and turned out to be completely stupid since money controls the business. It seems that you cannot survive in China if you don‘t adapt to this. And what is even more frustrating is when your hear from the boss (behind your back never direct!) that he thinks you‘re just a beginner and have no experience and idea about design. Well yes to some degree that is true. My boss studied industrial design in Berlin though so he has seen and learned a different way. I assume that this should make a difference but I guess I‘m wrong once again. As I wrote before ‚Shenzhen is all about making money…and it better be as fast as possible!‘.

Johanna was once asked by a Chinese colleague if she could help to find an ‚African style‘ dentist clinic :D

finally..

Last night after a shopping day (oh boy how I like being in these crazy shopping centres) I came by one of the restaurants in front of our house and saw something very interesting. It might seem disgusting to you and I think the sight is rather unusual, that’s for sure. But still THIS is part of the ‚chinese culture‘ that my boss keeps telling me about after he just copied another hotel interior. I forgot to take my little digital camera but had the newly purchased cell phone for my dad with me so I pulled it out and took those shots. Not the best quality (I actually don‘t want to post the ‚best‘ photo since it really is critical :) ) but you can see the dog. The funny thing about it was that the owner of the restaurant came out and started talking to my colleague and asking whether I was an animal rights activist and would make him any trouble. He told him that I‘m from Germany and I‘m certainly not photographing it to make any problems. It was the first time I see this ‚live‘ so I wanted to take a picture. He smiled again and offered to take as many photos as I wanted :)
And now I can finally say, Yes in China they eat dogs!


strangely ‚delicious‘?!

Shanghai pt.2

I took this photo friday early morning near Nanjing Road, the main pedestrian and shopping street in Shanghai. It’s somehow funny yet sad that this homeless is sleeping in front of this luxury boutique window with the name ‚[…] Marx‘.

I just remembered something else of Beijing. We met Lulu, the cousin of a former intern here in Shenzhen who showed us around town one day. When we left her and spoke the usual invitation to Germany she said

‚I would like to see Germany, it’s the birthplace of [Karl] Marx.‘ .

Thank you China!