Oper Dortmund | Einstein on the Beach | April - Juni 2017

Man täusche sich nicht, das ganz Einfache ist zugleich auch ganz komplex. Deshalb ermüdet man auch nicht. Man ist hellwach und konzentriert. Schon der Anfang verdeutlicht das Programm: Der Chor singt lediglich Zahlen, One, two, three, four ..., in winzigen Variationen, während zwei Schauspieler- innen in ebenso geringfügigen Variationen Texte sprechen, die aus Floskeln und Redensarten bestehen, aber keinen Sinn preisgeben. Es wird so schnell nicht aufhören, aber man ahnt: Es wird aufhören, bevor man es leid ist. In diesem Kalkül liegt die Magie. Die Verführung.

— Martin Krumbholz

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The day with its cares and perplexities is ended and the night is now upon us. The night should be a time of peace and tranquility, a time to relax and be calm. We have need of a soothing story to banish the disturbing thoughts of the day, to set at rest our troubled minds, and put at ease our ruffled spirits. And what sort of story shall we hear? Ah, it will be a familiar story, a story that is so very, very old, and yet it is so new. It is the old, old story of love ...

— Philip Glass; Einstein on the Beach

It's not possible to live in this age, if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces.

— Rem Koolhaas


Classy; as always.

I am not what you think I am. You are what you think I am.

— Tao

Mikel Landa crossing the finish line in Piancavallo
with a special dedication for Michele Scarponi ...

Giro d'Italia, 26.05.2017

After a story there are some moments of silence. Then words begin again.

— Anne Carson


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I think some people are just inexplicably bonded. Drawn by forces beyond their own comprehension, they have no choice but to gravitate toward one another. Destined by fate to keep crossing paths until they finally get it right.

— L. B. Simmons

A word and everything is saved. A word and all is lost.

— André Breton

But I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road–there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The whole landscape a manuscript. We had lost the skill to read.

— John Montague


You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Dazzledorf; revisited.

Gold runs in our blood.

— Virginia Woolf

Margarita Terekhova

Mirror; dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1975

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/// So I wrote to her.
Letters I never sent.
Letters I flushed away.



/// The universe will keep teaching you the
same lesson, until you finally learn.

Fargo, Staffel 3; inszeniert von Noah Hawley, 2017

Eine absolute Offenbarung: Fargo, Staffel 3. Da dachte ich, dass mit der ersten Staffel und einem unglaublichen Billy Bob Thornton als unfassbarer Lorne Malvo keine Steigerungen mehr möglich wären, aber die dritte Staffel belehrt mich tatsächlich eines besseren. Abseits der fantastischen Exposition und Geschichte der Staffel, wird hier eine nahezu perfekte und hochästhetische Kameraarbeit in Szene gesetzt, wie ich sie bisher vergleichbar nur von Alexander Knyazhinsky in Tarkovskys' Meisterwerk Stalker oder von Thomas Mauch in Werner Herzogs' Fitzcarraldo kannte. Damit nicht genug, ist auch die Musik von Radik Tulush in einer Szene der ersten Folge The Law of Vacant Places eine Reminiszenz an Goblins' Schaffen in Dario Argentos' Meisterwerk Suspiria. Anschauen und genießen; echt.

There are metaphors, more real than the people who walk in the street.

— Fernando Pessoa


Charles Bukowski und Linda Lee Beighle; auf der Rennbahn.

All men see fires, storms, explosions, or landscapes; but how many feel the flames, the lightnings, the whirlwinds, or the harmony? How many have an inner beauty that tinges their melancholy?

— E. M. Cioran

Valentina Malyavina | Valentin Zubkov

Ivan's Childhood; dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1962

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Who other than the controversial German artist and sculptor, Gregor Schneider, a pre-eminent exponent of the new conceptual art and winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, could make Omonoia Square disappear? Shifting its centre, the very navel of Athens, art and metaphysics meet.

— Onassis Cultural Centre

Gregor Schneider, Invisible City; FFF 2017, Athens

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To be so slow that you can feel the vibrations of the other, is far from easy.

— David Schnarch


Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un on volcano Mt. Paektu, 2015.

It takes nothing to join the crowd,
but everything to stand alone.

Don't struggle so much, the best things happen when not expected.

— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Klaus Kinski ist Fitzcarraldo; dir. by Werner Herzog in 1982

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If you ever ask me how many times you've crossed my mind, I would say once. Because you came, and never left.

— Ritu Ghatourey


[Sonntagmorgen; die Frisur sitzt.]

She. Silent, fawn-eyed. Clever.

— Sylvia Plath

[Sunday plans; with Jimmy McGill.]

A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another. [...] One might simplify this by saying: Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: The surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object – and most particularly an object of vision: A sight.

— John Berger, Ways of Seeing


[Feel the Juche; thank.]

Don't waste your time with explanations: People only hear what they want to hear.

— Paulo Coelho

From True Korea; with love ...

[...] The U.S. warmongers are hysterically trying to ignite a war by mobilizing nuclear strategic assets without any measure to deal with the consequences to be entailed. The U.S. has now gone seriously mad. It is mulling frightening the DPRK and achieving something with nuclear strategic bombers, nuclear carriers, etc. However, the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such bluffing. It is utterly ignorant of who its rival is. Gone are days never to return when the U.S. could threaten the DPRK with nukes. We do not regard the U.S. as something very threatening and fearful. [...]

— Ri Hak Nam; Rodong Sinmun

When something bothered me, I didn't talk with anyone about it. I thought it over all by myself, came to a conclusion, and took action alone. Not that I really felt lonely. I thought that's just the way things are. Human beings, in the final analysis, have to survive on their own.

— Haruki Murakami


Der ist in tiefster Seele treu, wer die Heimat liebt wie du.

— Theodor Fontane

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I am a museum full of art but you had your eyes closed.

— Rupi Kaur


Cy Twombly | Trees | 1994

/// The progress of the soul.


[Shirt, Jeans, Bag, Ballet flats, Lipstick, Perfume.]

Classy; as always.

Young people, be careful. Beautiful things are disappearing every day. You don't need to be shopping at fast-fashion stores, especially young people. They are beautiful naturally, because they it's enough. Don't be too much fashionable. [...] The brand advertising is making you crazy. You don't need to be too sexy. You are sexy enough.

— Yohji Yamamoto

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Nobody can help you. That's what love's all about [...]. You're the one having these wonderful feelings, but you have to go it alone as you wander through the dark. Your mind and body have to bear it all. All by yourself.

— Haruki Murakami

Oper Dortmund | Einstein on the Beach | April - Juni 2017

Philip Glass sagt ja selber: Die Musik hat keine Handlung, sondern die Handlung der Musik ist das, was in den Köpfen der Zuhörer passiert. [...] Man muss reingehen, sich öffnen und dann wird das Stück Dinge mit einem machen, die man wahrscheinlich selten erlebt.

— Florian Helgath

Wir stellen nicht den Anspruch, dass wir regieren, was im Kopf eines Zuschauers stattfindet, sondern der Zuschauer darf absolut sich seine eigenen Gedanken dazu machen. Wir machen ein Angebot und er kann das annehmen. Auf welche Weise er es annimmt oder ob er es vielleicht überhaupt nicht annimmt, ist seine Sache.

— Georg Holzer

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Satoru Tamura | Point of Contact for Unna | 2017

There are no meanings, purposes or arguments here. The artist wants to get rid of them and want to make his work independent from any thoughts, principles and policies. He just wants to leave the work simply as it is.

[ZFIL Unna; revisited.]

Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally [...]. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world. [...] There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

— Don Miguel Ruiz

Kraftwerk | 3D Katalog | 2017

If you ever ask me how many times you've crossed my mind, I would say once. Because you came, and never left.

— Ritu Ghatourey


[Feel the Juche; thank.]

/// The older I get, the more I understand,
that it's okay to live a life others don't understand.

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Yes, be patient with me. My heart is heavy.

— Albert Camus

/// Half of her beauty is her mind.


[Feel the Juche; thank.]

Anyone who has no feeling for it cannot be made to understand it.

— Franz Kafka

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Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.

— Osho

New restoration of Stalker; by Janus Films

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Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd.

— Henri Bergson

Sometimes the silences, the gaps, tell us more than anything.

— Peter Ackroyd

Elena Mukhina; Korbut flip with twist, 1978

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We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too.

— Kristin Martz



You're not in love. One day you'll understand.

— Mauvais Sang; dir. by Leos Carax, 1986

I'm going to tell you something: Thoughts are never honest. Emotions are.

— Albert Camus

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Jörg Hartmann | Felix Vörtler

Tatort Dortmund, Sturm; inszeniert von Richard Huber, 2016

Die Dortmunder Tatort-Folgen sind inzwischen die einzigen noch ernstzunehmenden Beiträge aus dieser Sendereihe; sehr häufig das aktuelle Zeitgeschehen realistisch reflektierend und in einer stringenten, horizontalen Erzählweise inszeniert. In Sturm sogar fast in Echtzeit; Jack Bauer lässt grüßen.

/// Do you understand the sadness of geography?


Hannelore Hoger; als Leni Peickert.

[Bangs; as always.]

Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos;
inszeniert von Alexander Kluge, 1968

The reason why a generation seems confusing is because the viewer's mentality itself is in chaos.

— Jean Cocteau


[My soul will find yours.]

Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has.

— Jeffrey Eugenides

Garry Kasparov ./. Pentium Processor

[Like me; in daily life.]

There are two types of sacrifices: Correct ones and mine.

— Mikhail Tal

Once you want to free your mind about a concept of harmony and music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So nobody told me what to do and there was no preconception of what to do.

— Giorgio Moroder

If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.

— C. S. Lewis


On the set of Stalker; dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1979

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In the end, we spend our lives alone — all alone.

— An Autumn Afternoon; dir. by Yasujirō Ozu, 1962

Nothing is lost, he says, all that you have ever seen is always with you.

— John Berger


One persons feelings are not enough for two people to live on.

— Boris Pasternak

[Weekend plans; with Mike Ehrmantraut.]

No sooner does the door close behind me than I exclaim: What perfection in the parody of hell!

— E. M. Cioran


Irene Cruz | Seele V | 2013

[And the air was full of spring.]

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I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of syncronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone.

— Charles de Lint

[Bangs; as always.]

Une femme mariée; dir. by Jean-Luc Godard in 1964

Be the love you never received.

— Rune Lazuli


I remembered you — and wished you happiness.

— Zelda Fitzgerald

I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.

Arrival; dir. by Denis Villeneuve, 2016

/// Eventually you will meet a person
who's tired of the games too, and
their loyalty will match yours.


Irene Cruz | Stimmung IX | 2013

[And the air was full of spring.]

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I will lead you to fields you know nothing of.

— William Carlos Williams


[Feel the Juche; thank.]

It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.

— Franz Kafka


[He's back.]

But the story stays the same: Some of us would rather die than change. We love what will destroy us.

— Tony Hoagland

What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.

— Seneca

true to you.

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