Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – “My plans” (People doing something)

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Seen near Hackescher Markt in Berlin early July. Click any picture to open the gallery.    

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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – Street Organist

This charming gentleman was playing a barrel organ (31 note type T31, made by Orgelbau Stüber, price about 12,000 €) in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. (The street organ culture is strong in Germany, there is even a club for street organ enthusiasts.)

During this sunny early July day, both the organ and the attire of the player were worth to admire, not to forget the music and the player.

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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – Do you need a water tower?

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Berliner Zeitung wrote on 21 April 2014 (in Germany, my free translation):  “German Railways is looking for a buyer for an uncommon water tower near Ostkreuz railway station.“ Would you be interested to live in this over 100 years old  and … Continue reading

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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – The Tree

20131207-G15-6468_69_70Some of you might remember the picture of the tree I posted six months ago. It’s time to revisit the site.

On the left is the tree and the house inside Hackesche Höfe in December 2013. No leaves. One bird’s nest. No lights in the windows of the house.

And now, late June 2014, the same tree looks quite different. The tree is full of green leaves. There is a pigeon sitting on the branch, very likely next to it’s nest. Some of the windows are lit.

Very nice re-meeting. But how the tree will look like during the fall?

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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – The Alley

Walking late June on the alley south to Landwehrkanal in Berlin, Kreuzberg, somewhere here.

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(Tone mapped and one light post removed with Photoshop.)
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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – At the Hauptbahnhof

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What is the main thing at the railway stations? Departure. Arrival. The travelers. The people. Also in Berlin, though the new (opened 2006) main railway station “Berlin Haubtbahnhof” next to the Spree river is a grand building and node for … Continue reading

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Berlin Photo Diary 2014 – Ai Weiwei

Unfortunately you can not see Ai Weiwei‘s works in Berlin any more. The extensive exhibition “Evidence” of this Chinese artist and dissident was closed a couple of weeks ago.

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Stools (2014)

The main work, over six thousand simple Chinese stools, filled the floor of the main hall of Martin-Gropius-Bau. The stools, many made and used already during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties, carry the marks of sometimes hundreds yours of life.

I’m thinking: the Chinese people, individuals, were and are sitting on the stools, in the morning, during the day, evenings and over the night. They are at home. They sit on the street side. They are in a factory making toys for export. But we, the well-doing citizen of the world – in China, in Europe, where ever – do not see them. We are walking over them. We are ignoring them. We do not care. The mass of antique stools reflect today’s world.

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Dumbass (video, 2013)

This is a capture of the tv screen showing Ai Weiwei’s video “Dumbass”. See the video here. It shows, how surreal 81 day long capture in 2011 due to “economic crimes” was. Worth to see!

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Circle of Animals | Zodiac Heads (part, 2011)

This is the head of the tiger from “Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads”, gold plated bronze work. The zodiac heads were originally designed by two European Jesuits serving in the court of the Qing dynasty during 18th century, and was sited in the European-style gardens of the Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan). See video about this work.

 

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Study of Perspective (part, started 1995)

“Study of Perspective” stopped seeing the well-known landmarks in a new light. Also Helsinki Cathedral and the ferry to Sweden got their pictures. The sign on the wall described the 40 or so photographs:

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Marble Rebar (2012)

On 2008 a massive earthquake hit Sichuan, 70,000 people were dead and left close to 5 million people homeless. Over 7000 schools were destroyed due to poor quality. Children were buried under the collapsed buildings. Ai Weiwei and his team collected 200 tons of steel rebar from the disaster area and created several works of art of that material, including marble replicates of the twisted rebars. See the video.

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The exhibition catalogue of “Evidence” is here, giving more insight about the works.

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