Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg?

November 30th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m convinced that the Berlin street cleaners are Kreuzberg’s best art critics.

Around here, a good portion of our social commentary comes scrawled on mattresses and left in the streets, thanks to Sozi36.

The cleaners seem to work to some kind of hierarchy. Actual junk gets cleared away within a couple of days. Most of sozi36’s mattresses stick around for a week or so. But the really good stuff stays for a loong time. Like this, probably my all-time favourite:

It’s beautiful in its own right, with the words ‘Love is also important’ being torn to shreds. And as a reaction to Banksy’s picture-shredding, it is perfect:
turkey_gold_iran

This has been up in my street for perhaps 3 weeks now. The less-interesting mattress in the background (“fit in, function, get ahead, need to…then better lick ass”) went pretty quickly. And maybe the street cleaners just didn’t have the equipment to detach the mattress from its post. I’d like to think, though, that they decided it was good enough to stick around for a few weeks more

 

 

What would Goethe think?

November 10th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m in the process of preparing for a German language exam. So I’m
spending a lot more time with textbooks and mock exams, rather than just
writing shit and talking to people.

And…it’s been a bit of a
shock how aggressively dull the material is, especially the exams. I’m
not sure if it’s a Goethe-Institute thing, or a requirement of the
qualifications, or maybe just bad luck of which books I bought. But it
feels like the yardstick of language competence is whether you can
comment on finance and employment statistics.

I don’t remember
school being like this. Language classes were always an opportunity to
talk about whatever interested you. Even the exams were like that: I’d
expect there to be some question about art or culture or literature, or
one you could twist to take off in your own direction. Sure, there would
be a practical “prepare for a job interview” part as well, but only
within its own limits. Or maybe my memories are unrealistically
unrealistic.

Anyway, it kind of took the wind out of my sails. I’m
going to be spending a lot of time with this stuff in the coming weeks,
and I had hoped I’d be able to enjoy it.

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