Archive for September, 2008

Return of the phantom

September 27, 2008

Whilst in the process of finishing my thesis (The terrorist years in Germany and the impact of media created images on the collective memory), a new movie will be in cinemas shortly called »Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex«. Lucky me!

Since I haven not seen the movie I want to say everything with reservations, but just looking at the poster gives an impression what this film focuses on. Regarding the title »Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex«, it is quit clear what will be shown. The movie pictures the development of their members, and how they became as radical as they did. In an interview, the directors claim to concentrate on the images of the brutal actions of the gang  »a lot of pain in crass pictures», rather then the already known images. »I deliberately put the cameras next to the victims so that we can see what they see«, Uli Edel told Focus magazine. He said he wanted to »destroy the myth that has grown up around the RAF.« The main problem with any working up the past of the RAF is, that the actors are much more interesting than the victims. When making a film or writing a book about the RAF, it is always more absorbing to ask, why they did it and why it ended they way it did. Edel and Eichinger say for them it was more important »that they did something, rather then why they did something.« The horrible images of the RAF action are therefore what this movie is all about. »Der Spiegel« says that these are the pictures, that were missing, so far.

What I don’t understand is, why is this movie advertised with cool, gangster style images of the three leading characters? Surely, if one wants to put the focus on their cruel actions, you could find more disturbing images. This for me fits in more with the myth, that surrounds the RAF ever since. In another interview with Stefan Aust, author of the book and script, he claims, that this movie could have only been made now, because it needed a generation to approach this story unemotional. Nevertheless, it will still contribute to the already existing myth and, from my point of view, will not ad much to coming to terms with the history of the RAF. If this movie shifts the focus away from their members towards what they did though I welcome it, and look forward to the upcoming debates.

Frank Schirrmacher, editor of the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, wrote that he found the Baader-Meinhof Komplex »heartbreaking« to watch and added: »This film has the potential to make people see the RAF in an entirely new light.«

I´m very curious.


Something new every day

September 24, 2008

Today I saw a video trailer for a book for the first time:

This is interesting. It looks like a trailer for a movie, quite dramatic even, only – it´s a book. Therefore, it is safe to say, that I won´t have the same pictures while reading. Maybe this is common now, but I don´t know what to think…marketing? The fact I like about books is, that you can create your own film…and probably the pictures you see here completely don´t match with yours.

Maybe it doesn´t matter if the book is really good though. I will watch out for more book trailers to examine this topic further.

Revolutionary Filmposters

September 24, 2008

Today I found some nice film posters from the 40´s – 80´s on the internet. What is impressive about these is that they are all hand-crafted and have a certain quality about them. Even if they are quite simple in their design. The poster for “Pierre und Paul” for example, took the illustrator – Hans Hillmann – three days to draw and finish.

No InDesign back then…

Accuracy, Space and other stuff

September 22, 2008

Things I noticed in Berlin after living in London for a bit:

1. The Germans are very accurate indeed. This is expressed by the display of food for example.

2. There is a lot of space. Wallspace, space in the tube, space when walking in the middle of the city, space to express your political opinion.

3. »Art« can be found a lot, it is not always necessarily good.

4. Children can go to school on their own. (This was pointed out by my english friend Alice)


September 17, 2008

I´m off to Berlin tomorrow. Surely I come along some nice things to post here.

This is encouraging

September 16, 2008

Damien Hirsts decision to auction some of his work, including the above pictured »Golden Calf«, turned out to be quite succesfull. This »preserved bull crowned by a solid gold disc« alone got him 10,3 million pound. Hirst being the wealthiest living british artist already. Some of it goes to charity – of course.

Now, what is interesting about this though, is, that it shows a completely new way of selling and distributing art. It cuts out the middle man – agents for example – and gives the artist full power about his work. If you have to have the popularity of Damien Hirst though, is another question. Here´s a link to a video with him talking about it.

I wonder if one could apply that to Graphic Design? Create an abstract Corporate Identity/Book/Whatever, sell it to the highest bidder, slightly adjust it and that´s it. Somehow I doubt, that it would achieve the same results.

September 15, 2008

Adolf Hitlers wax figure has returned to Madame Tussauds new museum in Berlin, after it has been damaged within minutes of the show opening its doors for the first time. To prevent this happening again his appearance has been changed to make him look more pathetic. Messy hair and a loose tie for example.

Of Air and Ear

September 14, 2008

Yesterday I went to see a performance in the Royal Opera House. »Of Air and Ear« was part of the »Deloitte Ignite 08« Festival. Situated in the ceiling of the Paul Hamlyn Hall was a live sculpture, created by visual artist Sophie Clements. The visuals reacted to a live performance by Robin Rimbaud (also known as Scanner) and live percussion by Pete Lockett.

First I thought it wasn´t that exciting but when the music and especially the percussion went really intense it got much better. I really liked the projected picture of the woman and the coloured shapes. It would be interesting to see what else you could do with a sculpture and projector like that. Unfortunatly it´s quite expensive.


September 13, 2008

On the north coast of Taiwan, close to the city of Sanjhih, this accumulation of strange buildings is situated. For more then 30 years this ghostly town, with spaceship shaped buildings, is rotting away. They were plant to be luxurious apartmens of a holiday complex. No one really knows why it got abandoned. Stories ranging from a bankrupt building company, unlucky circumstances to cursed territory. I find it creepy but fascinating at the same time.

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September 12, 2008

You can even have ants as domestic animals (this is from an Globetrotter store).

I promise that´s it about ants.