Small Talk in the First Week of January 2018

January 6, 2018

Two ugly sisters. A cup given to me by Naim Spahiu in Pristina

"Art is part of entertainment. It entertains, but nobody dares to say so," the gallerist tells me. "Instead art 'engages.'" 

When asked if she considers her art to be political, Mika Rottenberg answers: "Hopefully it's more nuanced than a political statement."

"How do you know this artist?" the teacher asks the student. "From art history," the student explains.

The man sitting in front to me at the library has some websites written in big letters over his laptop: "www.1968.mobi" and "www.MALARIA.red." Also three question marks: "???" The man himself is wearing a red helmet. It might be that he forgot to take off his bicycle helmet. Still, I don't open the websites because I fear something might explode when doing so. 

Another young man in the library has stickers on his laptop. They say "DEFEKT" and "PANIK."

There's something like library humour. We all chuckle when the library person drops a book from the shelf and curses out loud. 

"Wir haben die erste Woche geschafft!", says the employee in the dining car when the train rolls into Berlin on Friday night. 

"What is nature?" the kid asks. "Everything that lives," its mum answers, "although... stones are also nature... Nature is everything that is not man-made."








"Art is part of entertainment. It entertains, but nobody dares to say so," the gallerist tells me. "Instead art 'engages.'"  When asked if she considers her art to be political, Mika Rottenberg answers: "Hopefully it's more nuanced than a political statement." "How do you know this artist?" the teacher asks the student. "From art history," the student explains. The man sitting in front t…
Two ugly sisters. A cup given to me by Naim Spahiu in Pristina

"Art is part of entertainment. It entertains, but nobody dares to say so," the gallerist tells me. "Instead art 'engages.'" 

When asked if she considers her art to be political, Mika Rottenberg answers: "Hopefully it's more nuanced than a political statement."

"How do you know this artist?" the teacher asks the student. "From art history," the student explains.

The man sitting in front to me at the library has some websites written in big letters over his laptop: "www.1968.mobi" and "www.MALARIA.red." Also three question marks: "???" The man himself is wearing a red helmet. It might be that he forgot to take off his bicycle helmet. Still, I don't open the websites because I fear something might explode when doing so. 

Another young man in the library has stickers on his laptop. They say "DEFEKT" and "PANIK."

There's something like library humour. We all chuckle when the library person drops a book from the shelf and curses out loud. 

"Wir haben die erste Woche geschafft!", says the employee in the dining car when the train rolls into Berlin on Friday night. 

"What is nature?" the kid asks. "Everything that lives," its mum answers, "although... stones are also nature... Nature is everything that is not man-made."








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