Friday, November 07, 2008

Berlin: Tag Eins...

We decamped at the flat of former Dense Productions co-conspirator Tim Tetzner, washed the new leather scent of our share-ride host's sedan from our beaming mugs, and made a beeline to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt to catch the premiere of the Rational/Irrational exhibition...



















(James und Barbara.)



With CP's promoter pal Barbara Speer and James Cook (from the UK combo Nemo) along for the deathride, we dropped into the Rockpalast to catch a set from Stan & Laura. Another of Claudia's Berliner friends, Birgit Mild (editor of the excellent 2004 documentary Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons), joined us soon after our arrival. Minutes after Stan & Laura's agreeably mournful set concluded, the "stage" was stripped and De Sica's Bicycle Thief began to unspool. 'Twas a grand evening marked by collisions of increasingly-strange bedfellows...



(Claudia und Birgit.)



(Stan & Laura.)











(The Cool Palm, und Ich.)




(Photo by Claudia Franke.)




(Ditto.)






(Claudia and Barbara, blurred. We were all pretty drunk by the end of the evening. For others in our orbit, of course, the festivities were only beginning. Berlin parties well into the morning...)

Doddering Within Predicative Bounds...

Earlier this evening, Claudia's pal Steffi took me to see Norman Klein's "Misremembering the Future" lecture at the Künstlerhaus... As overarching theses go, neither of us was terribly impressed. There were flaws galore in his analysis -- his absolutist's fixation on Western notions of "tomorrow" was especially embarrassing, a glaring oversight rendering the majority of his presentation inert, at least from our perspective. (And we of course recognized that the erratic nature of the lecture and the inherent inconsistencies of Klein's argument to an extent reinforced the notion of "misremembering.") Still, Klein displayed an impressive command of the voluminous materials he and his research team had assembled, and his peripatetic delivery (and frequent MacBook fumbling) engendered affectionate guffaws from the student audience, most of whom had materialized via chartered bus from the Kunsthochschule Kassel...