Hitomi Usui

Hitomi Usui

There is a surprise in the artist book that Hitomi Usui sends me from Japan. She has included the goodbye poem that I wrote for her, my then neighbour at the HIAP residency in Helsinki. To be more precise, it is …

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SAD SELLS

SAD SELLS

Last week I had to compensate for A having a good time in New York City, full of excitement and VIPs. So I watched The Andy Warhol Diaries on Netflix. For inspiration, as I myself have been planning a p…

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Three Pieces of Pear

Three Pieces of Pear

I have by now a proper library on Erik Satie. My latest purchases are the books by Ornella Volta: “Satie Seen Through His Letters”, “Satie / Cocteau. Eine Verständigung in Mißverständnissen” and “Erik Sat…

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This & That

This & That

In the local coffee shop Pausini I have a chat with the barista. Turns out she was born in Alt-Tempelhof, went to school here, left the neighbourhood only shortly for a stay in Pankow and some work in Pre…

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Easy Piece (for 2022)

Easy Piece (for 2022)

This Easy Piece was played on New Year's Eve.  You can hear the Berlin fireworks in the background, at some point with a bang. It is a melange of  children pieces by Erik Satie, some fun facts, a piec…

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Unserious

Unserious

I've been watching the documentary The Life of Andy Warhol and it made me, if possible, even more in awe of what Andy Warhol did. Another nice detail that I found out online (sorry, forgot where, I th…

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Not-Knowing

Not-Knowing

A has been indulging the new publication of Paul McCartney's songs. He sent me a snippet that he thought I would like. It's about novelist and short story writer Donald Barthelme who in his essay …

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Hommage aux Ratés

Hommage aux Ratés

In one of my seminars at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, a student came up, in a bisociative thinking exercise, with the idea of a Museum for Losers. Robert Filiou would have liked that. In his Teaching and…

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