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montage sauvage tonight in oslo

tonight, our vj-collective montage sauvage (myspace) is going to perform at fabrikken in oslo. since my friends came here to pick me up, this was the best opportunity to have a gig together again. we are going to be on the second floor, which is actually quite big. tobi neumann, who is the main act tomorrow comes from germany and is related to sven väth’s club cocoon. he has been producing and remixing for acts like miss kittin, chicks on speed or dj hell.

sunkissed feat. Tobi Neuman [Cocoon], Pete Herbert [Reverso 68], g -Ha & Olanskii, visuals by Montage Sauvage
Saturday 26th May
Fabrikken
Nedregate 7, 0551 Oslo
22:30-03:30 : 120kr

ps: you can watch our newest showreel (thank you phil!) – it is actually a little bit older than a week) here. it is a recording of our gig at the springfestival.

noisy bloodsport

“crossing the line between music and bloodsport”

justice yeldham (myspace) from australia is a very special noise-artist. not a static laptop-act, not a common dj. his only tool to produce noise is a plate glass with an attached microphone. he presses the glass against his nose, his teeth, his lips, his face. he cuts himself with the glass, he spits on it, he eats it and womits on it. the sound he produces is unique at every performance, analog noise with a native physical element.
watch one or two of his videos on myspace, you will see, what i mean.
however, i saw yeldham yesterday at blå. it was a very weird and strange experience, but i am glad that i did not miss it. at the peak of his performance the audience reacted very differently, and it was something i had never seen before. yieldham was eating the glass (his instrument), which was already full with blood. some people started to laugh (because they could not cope with it any more, i think), others made pictures or videos like mad (they went as close as possible). others (like me) just stood quietly and watched with a mixture between horror and astonishment.
and after the show yeldham just down and smoked a cigarette…

by the way: blå is one of the best venues in town. it was the first time yesterday that i went there. but why does it have another homepage, which is also kept updated?

film back

actually, i read about the following campaign already some years ago, but netzpolitik let me remember it again. monochrom, the art-collective situated mainly in graz and vienna, ask for ‘an act of civil disobedience’:

We – monochrom and comrade Cory Doctorow – would like to ask you to perform an act of civil disobedience. Please bring a digital camera next time you go to the movies, take a picture of the piracy-warning before the movie starts and use the flashlight. Don’t go for quality taking the picture, it’s secondary. Please jot down time, place and the title of the movie. And thanks!

the last pictures are from january 2007, so its definitely time for the project to wake up again. the next i am going to the cinema i will make a picture and upload it.
[via netzpolitik]

two numbers i love

it is over now. the crisis has been averted another time. i have never doubted that he would not make it, but it was close. as every time, he has saved the world in the last second.
you probably figured it out, i am writing about ‘jack bauer‘ and ‘24‘, which is my favourite tv show since years (in fact, this is not very diffycult, because i have not followed another show, since i don’t have a tv set).
i am a big fan. yes, i am aware that the plot is not too sophisticated and determines political views. and yes, i am also aware that show is full of product-placement from cisco, dell, apple and ford (you see, it works). and finally yes, i am also aware that jack bauer uses torture as a mean to gain information.
but, nevertheless, i like it a lot. the show is good entertainment, even barbara streisand is a fan. the show is thrilling and cool.
i would lie if i would say that i just like ’24’ as phenomenon of contempary popular culture. that would be too academic. maybe ’24’ is the reason why i don’t watch sport.
however, i am looking forward to january 2008, when season 7 is supposed to start. 24, the movie, comes in summer next year.

a short update

just a short personal update for those who are interested:
# i was at the lofoten-islands last week. it was amazing. i made a lot of pictures. upload on flickr soon.
# i celebrated norway’s national holiday with some couchsurfers from all over the world. it was an amazing time.
# in less than two weeks i will leave oslo and return back to austria. my friends from montage sauvage will me pick me up with the car.
# i heard that the springseven-performance of montage sauvage was really successful. and the rest of the festival was great fun, i assume. next year i will be there for sure.
# tomorrow is my last exam.
# i am working on a new project – i hope to announce it soon. the last part of the name is “blitz”.
# and finally: i have homesake!

blair’s announcement to step down

the guardian has a again created a great multimedia-element after blair’s announcement (mp3) to resign on june 27.
although i have never been long in england, but since i have been reading so much about new labour in the last days for my english-exam, i also really feel that an era ends… nevertheless, my knowledge is limited and so a résumé about blair’s achievements and frailties will not appear on this site.

ähm, sorry

i have been studying a lot in the last days for my exams in norwegian, english and leadership. this is why i did not have time to blog. stories and photos from my short-trip to berlin will follow soon.