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25 May 2006
  Sculpture
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This is the famous sculpture by Vera Mukhina in Moscow. Since childhood I am fascinated of this one, as it appared on every trailer of the former Soviet Mosfilm Studios and gave the film a pathos and a smell of victory in advance.

"The most memorable feature of the exposition is the 25-meter-tall statue Worker and Woman-Kolkhoznik ("Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa") holding together the famous "hammer and sickle". Vera Mukhina's sculpture originally crowned the 35-meter-tall Soviet pavilion at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937). It was well-known to the whole Soviet Union because it was used as the logo of Mosfilm studio." Wikipedia

Is it a good piece of art ? (I'd say yes.) Is it political art or not? (I'd say no.) It gives me a kind of unclear hope and belief in future. What do you think ?

Thanks to Chris Brooks from http://www.shipfoto.co.uk/
I can show this amazing photo of the ship Vera Mukhina, its pylons look related to the statue !

Vera-Mukhina-11-Jan-2003

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24 May 2006
  Kraftwerk, Falco, Nomi
Brock had a short post on Klaus Nomi, and I remembered the songs of my youth. Sure all of you know Kraftwerk too. They didn't touch their website for 6-7 years I think, but it is a real piece of art and a classic.

http://www.kraftwerk.com/de/

Falco was a strange outsider with lots of cool songs. Some of you maybe know 'Rock me amadeus' or 'Kommissar'.

To those guys fits a good movie from Werner Herzog like

1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God with a ingenious Klaus Kinski

2. Fitzcarraldo with the same crazy ingenious Klaus Kinski

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  USB-stick
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20 years of my art, hundreds of drawings, paintings, poems, animations and websites- all that goes easily on that little 1 GB -stick and leaves 80 % of space left... ?

Probably soon we can install the nessecary socket in our heads.

Quite a while I was busy in mind with rats. Because last summer we had some in our garden, I saw them playing in dawn, very cute jumping and boxing, but weired, because I wanted in fact kill them. Once in winter, I walked in the dark garage (electricity shortage) to my car, and a rat was fleeing and bumped against my shoe. So I doubted a bit that our quite small cat Sira could kill a rat and was searching for phrases in Google like: "cat fights rat", "enemy of rats" and so on. I did not find good answers on that question but a great website and a great book, so if you ever cross the rat problem, here are two tipps:

http://www.ratbehavior.org/rats.html

Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan Link to Amazon

Some more difficulties from world power politics ? Michael Petrou wrote a stunning article on the triangle of power Russia, America and Europe (China left out this time) and the role of little Georgia in the middle: Back to U.S.S.R

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19 May 2006
  Fine again and back from Western Georgia
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I travelled with a 84 years former German POW to his places of imprisonment in Western Georgia 60 years ago. It was a time travel for him and me, because all of his memories and stories.

See images from this trip here

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And a sheep video with a black BMW here (imagine the sheep as the contemporary artists and the herdsmen as the dealers)

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11 May 2006
  Angels
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Archangels/Warriors from David Gareji, Georgia 12-13th century, bigger size

My eye hurt already when I came back from David Gareji and in the evening it became a terrible pain. Thanks to the great Georgian physicians Ramazi and Levani from Ortachala Hospital my eye got cured so far but I need to continue therapy for a couple of days.

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Edward Winkleman wrote about the difficulty to define good political art. It seems, that both do not mix very well. First artists I was thinking of had been K├Ąthe Kollwitz and John Heartfield. What about Joseph Beuys ? Wasn't he in a lot of his works attacking politics ?
Hans Haake ! Gerhard Richter with his zyklus of October 18, 1977 ?
Even Jonathan Meese with his cooking of German myth of Ego, Erz, Stahl, Blut and Ehre ?
There was a nice article on Meese, more on the artist and his environment than his art, called "Johnny und seine Mama" by Jacob Augstein in German at Zeit.de

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Very good Political Art made also Otari Chkhartishvili (1938-2006), but that was, when it was dangerous to make it. Bigger Size

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07 May 2006
  Cabrio & Pools
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Murtazi Shvelidze, bigger size here

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Murtazi Shvelidze, bigger size

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05 May 2006
  Ljubov


This is not a dance blog, but I really like to see folks enjoying life. From a wedding in Rustavi. Length 14 sec.

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  blue dance

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