ok, I like Wong Kar Wai and I like his movies. ‚In the mood for love’ is for me like a bath in colours, longing and slowliness(does a word like this exist in English?). You have to know this before you go to see it. To be prepared for this movie nearlly without moving. And of course we are in Asia, in Hongkong and we are in the Sixties, with its stiff and shy manner(I write that because a friend was really getting impatient with the characters and wanted to push them forward, if she only could). ‚2046’ goes on to tell the story of the guy from ‚In the mood for love’, again a very slow movie with images like creamcakes and slow slow motions. He can’t get over his lost love(from the first movie) and because he does not really care he makes women fall in love with him. The result is a tragic mosaic, going backward and forward in time. There are a lot of tears and I admit that the movie has ist lenghts; this will not be everybodys cup of tea. But please, if you like big and old fashioned feelings: go to the cinema and do not see it at home. You have to dive into it in the movie theatre-at home you will fall asleep, I am sure.
Posted by steffi at 3:59 PM
Categories: movie


Yesterday I went to see the Flick collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. When I wanted to enter the garden in front of the building a worker told me to use the other door- somebody seemed to have put white paint all over the entrance way...maybe to remind the visitor that Friedrich Christian Flick might try to white wash his family name with modern art. For years he has bought art, Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Kippenberger, Cindy Sherman and art from all the other famous and international names. Now after years of collecting he wanted to show his art pieces and approached museums. In Berlin he was widely welcome, in Zurich the doors were being closed for his pieces and the intention to havean own museum for it. His grandfather was a wealthy business man, taking advantage of the Zwangsarbeiter(workers who were forced to work for the Flick-factories) the third Reich offered to him. He was prosecuted in a trial and stayed in aprison for three years after the war. Still the family is rich and Friedrich Christian Flick refused to pay money to the former forced workers, while other members of the family did. I was curious to see the exhibition and of course it is always interesting to see familair pieces and lesser known ones in a huge collection, which were chosen for personal reasons. Here I thought I could recognise the businessman, who knows: SEX SELLS. Yes in his Collection sex does seem to matter, quite obvious in many of his works like Paul Mc Carthys installations. The price to enter the show was as we say it in German: quite salted, with 9Euro not really cheap. I took home the museums paper with statements, articels and interviews about the show and the discussion around it. And after all, maybe this discussion is more important than the exhibition itself.
Posted by steffi at 3:56 PM


the art of vanishing

When I visited Reto last time he gave me a book, he could not put down after having started with reading. We sat in his kitchen and he was cooking. I opened the book and started to read the first page...and found myself half an hour later 30 pages further, drawn into a crazy story about American outlaws and magicians, joint in a revolutionary(or rather anarchistic) circle. It looses some of its originality after 300pages and the drug consumption is not my cup of tea, but still, it is a good way to escape this grey winter. The author is Jim Dodge and the English title of the book is 'Stone junction', in German it is called 'Die Kunst des Verschwindens'. It reminded me a little of Paul Austers 'Mr. Vertigo'. If you can't take a train or plane - disappear with this book!
Posted by steffi at 1:20 PM
Categories: books