From now on I daily post a gif of Tocotronic-Videos under tocogifs.tumblr.comtill the end of November, when the magic number 50 should be reached. Their earlier music-videos and photos have a certain aesthetic, out of fuzzy 8mm-camera-settings and blurry polaroids, that gets me everytime. I don’t know whether it’s nostalgia or a shallow melancholy or I don’t know. The tracksuit tops, the sleeveless sweaters, everything I’ve always wanted to be, but never was. Nevertheless, you can watch the videos in their ‘Videothek' as well as other gifs on the tumblr mentioned before.
"50 Textzeilen von Tocotronic" (4:10 min, .gif)
So I guess October is going to be the Tocotronic-month as this is the white version of the gif I showed in this exhibition a few weeks ago (black and 50 minute version here). Of every of the 50 Frames there also was a postcard deposited on the opening.
I often wonder, who I’d be without that band as they really socialized me in a way. Their music and style was so different from everything else at that time and due to the high usage of the personal pronoun “I” in the lyrics you always could identify with them. Well, I write this as if they broke up - actually they just (okay, in 2010) had a number 1 album here in Germany - but they’ve really gone off my musical-radar some years ago. But everything they did from 1993 till 1999: Unbelievable. That’s probably the only time I’m happy to be German - To be able to understand their songtexts.
Made a new version of an old song: “Deine Party” by my favs Tocotronic. The direct-link to the mp3 is here and the video there (<- nothing special though, just a car ride).
As summer slowly fades into fall temperature wise here in Berlin, here’s a vlog/blog/diary about what I’ve done and not done this Summer. The html-Version is here, Pdf here [8 Pages], Mp3 here [21min/17mb] and the soundcloud-thingy there. It’s in German and to cut it short: I now do full time temp work in a window-factory and my grandfather died..
I’m still working on that ‘movie’ which only consists of found/downloaded material and that shall have the average length of the current highest grossing movies (sth. about 2 hours and some minutes). The aesthetic has changed a bit to a picture-in-picture-thingy, whereby Brad Troemels ‘Millennial Biennal' was a huge turning point for me. Hope the whole video is done by the end of 2015, although it's strange to plan that far.
"I want to be something for you."
If you happen to live in Berlin and don’t know what to do on this Friday: I’m taking part in a group exhibition at Langhansstraße 99, which starts at 7pm - I’m going to be there just till 8, because of work. The exhibition will be open from 13.9.-21.9. 4-7pm and the work I show is a projection, that has something to do with a certain band..
New video titled “Cory Arcangel says ‘To upload a 10 hour youtube video is a really great hack of the system, cause it’s just ridiculous’ for 10 hours.” and its about Cory Arcangel who says “To upload a 10 hour youtube video is a really great hack of the system, cause it’s just ridiculous” for 10 hours.
Here’s a new song of my 90s-techno-with-pseudo-intellectual-german-lyrics-one-man-band, called “Attacke Attacke”. You can download the song on soundcloud or here and as there are a lot of quotes and references in it: Below there’s a picture with them, the lyrics and their translation.
The tumblr of the band is still this and the last two songs make one Ep, but I guess I’m going to revise the other song a little bit.
Zubetonieren is my other blog where I post poems in german every now and then. The one above would translate to:
Eat, drink, shit, piss, jerk, sleep. One can’t always only coquet with suicide - once in a while you got to do it, too.
"Immer wenn ich traurig bin" für 10 Stunden.
Translates something to (corn = sth. like brandy): Always when I’m sad I drink a corn. When I’m still sad, then I drink another corn. When I’m still sad then, I drink another corn. And when I’m still sad, then I start again.
Here’s a text I made two months ago about my days as a youngster in Zwickau, a German town that later would get ‘famous’ for being the home of right-wing terrorists NSU.
And now I’m on the run for a job in stage scenery/sound in a small theatre Dresden, which is what I’ve been preparing the last couple weeks. I’m really uncertain about the whole thing, especially, whether my cobbled together stuff is going to hold. But I’m going to meet an old friend there, which I haven’t seen for almost 10 years and that even would make up for all the furious involved people, when the stage falls apart in the middle of the performance.
A few days ago I suddenly got a lot of notes on two rather old works (#1, #2), apparently because they had been reblogged by Michael Stipe. I thought “Well, this is funny, so Mr. Stipe is having his Sturtevant-phase and posts everything tagged with it.” Unfortunately the reason why he reblogged the pictures was a sad one: Elaine Sturtevant had passed away.
I first encountered Elaine in a conversation with a professor at art school on December 8th, 2011. Honestly I couldn’t memorize the date now, but I still got the e-mails, when I arranged the meeting back then. And that one hour meeting, without exaggeration, changed everything: My art, my reception of other art, my perception regarding artistic value and copyright, but also other things I made: Music, Writing, well, everything. After I showed the professor my old and recent stuff I began an enthusiastic monologue about what I wanted to do in the future: “From now on I’m just gonna copy works. Because like, in the end everything is a remix of a remix. You know like: It’s all been done, nameen?” - “Weeell, nothing new - You’re singing in a choir of 1000 artists here. There is even one artist, who copies existing art works and declares them as her originals. Mhh, what was her name again… Somehow like this brand of cigarettes: Stuyvesant or something like that.” And I be like “Wat?!" No, actually I was really shocked, as if somebody punched me unexpectedly in the face for no reason. I really thought I was the only guy with that oh-so-unique Idea, but obviously it had all been done decades ago.
Soon I learned about Appropriation Art and after some googling I finally found out, who the artist was the professor had meant in the conversation: Elaine Sturtevant. So I watched videos about and with her (like the one with the scene above), read interviews, borrowed books from the library and over the years she became my main inspiration for nearly everything I made. Without knowing her I really wouldn’t be where I am now. Also, because I think I took her answer to a young woman in this video seriously: “What is the best advice you could give to young artists today?” - “Oh my god, I’ve got no idea… Work, work, think, discipline. You know it’s very tough today.” She knows best, as she and her art only and slowly got more attention in the 90ies, when she already was over 60. Surrender? Pshh, there was Sturtevant.