Archive for March, 2009

T-Shirt

March 31, 2009

Dir: Hossein Martin Fazeli / Slovakia / 2006 Mark is half- American, half-Slovak. And he has strong beliefs. On a trip to Slovakia he meets Tomas, a shop assistant who is wearing a T-shirt that offends his beliefs.

Put People First

March 30, 2009

“Put People First” 28th March London

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And another one…

March 27, 2009

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Update Today I found another Hopeful News/Utopian/Future/Optimist/Fake Newspaper. This time it was ” Not The Financial Times” fitting with the upcoming London Summit 2009.

Information on the website:

This special edition of the Financial Times is brought to you with 2020 hindsight.

It was written by the Editor and his Chief Correspondent, and published with assistance from unnamed others.

The print edition was laid out in a trial copy of Adobe’s InDesign CS4, and the website built on WordPress. Neither of these organisations support us.

Everyone worked for free, and it’s all cost us thousands of pounds more than we can afford. So if you like it, please chip in. Any surplus will go to Not Stupid.

Our efforts were inspired in part by The Yes Men, The Age of Stupid and Ed Miliband, who says it’s our job to tell him to do his properly.

We hope this inspires you to do something.

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Honda is good

March 26, 2009

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Yes, I know it’s advertising, and we all know it is evil, but this is nice. Imagine all the logistics, calculations and effort behind it. Not sure what is as to do with “humanity and goodwill element behind the concept” You can use your hybrid car to make this? Aha.

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God prefers Atheists

March 25, 2009

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Hopeful News 2

March 22, 2009

Inspired by the fake New York Times released by the Yes-Men in November last year (see Post Nov 13th), globalisation critical network Attac released an edition of german newspaper Die Zeit on Saturday.

Although it´s not as cost intense and extensive as the american version, it´s basically the same thing, a printed version, a fake webpage and news that the group would like to see.

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Their statement says: We want to broaden peoples imagination and encourage them to become more political. This is a similar concept, though completly different appraoch, to my project Inanidealworld. I wonder if this really is a way to get people more interested in politcal activsim. It´s fun, interesting for a bit and charming but I wonder wether it has a long term effect.

Here is a link to a german article about it: Der Spiegel

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Last years fake New York Times.

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I don´t get it!

March 17, 2009

Arc 13 – the current issue of the RCA magazine  – features a skype conversation I had with an english friend, who lives in Berlin about German grammar, in the cover. The issue is about misconception.

Thanks Amy!

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Question Time

March 13, 2009

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As part of my effort to become an active and interested citizen I attended Question Time at the House of Commons.

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Harriet Harman, who happens to be my local MP – she once went to Camberwell and Peckham in a bullet proof vest, which I think is a little bit over the top – answered, in her role as the leader of the House of Commons, business questions. Since I wasn´t allowed to take any pictures inside I observed everything in detail. It was interesting and a little bit weird. Why, for example do some members stand up and sit down again, after someone said something – agreement? disagreement? Why do all the women sit together, mainly on the left? And why are they talking about the stilettos of Harriet Harman? What I found very odd yet english was the way they addressed each other – ” my noble friend” and ” the honorable gentleman”.

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After all, I didn´t get the impression that they were really debating. I´m very clear about that the really important stuff gets talked about behind closed doors, but. This felt more like a demonstration how politics work in theory. The whole procedure of someone bringing up an issue ” we need to have an urgent debate” and then her briefly answering or redirecting it to another person/department was a bit disappointing.

Does this make people feel to be more invovled in the political process? A transparent government? I would say it is defintly worth a go – at least you see everything what´s normaly on TV in reality – but it still it feels somehow disconnected. As long as you´re clear that this is not the real thing it can be quite amusing though. Apparently english people know what it´s like and don´t bother going, so you end up with tourists, who don´t understand what they´re talking about, school classes, who are not interested anyway, pensioners who just like the nice interior and some weirdos like me. Hm.

Urban Camouflage

March 5, 2009

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Urban Camouflage deals with the question how to camouflage oneself and one’s identity in the urban space. Our costumes are inspired by the «ghillie suits», the military camouflage suit. It was an adventure to wear the suit in the stores because of the conflicts with the employees, the reaction of the customers and also to see the pretty well camouflage effect in a real situation.

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Crisis

March 5, 2009

The Brokers with hands on their faces Blog

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