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26 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Gamescom 2009: Instant everything and the addictive potential of marriage


About 400 of the older guests (including myself) of the Gamescom trade fair convened on 20 August at a one-day Gamescom Congress to listen to politicians, regulators and academics trying to come to grips with the gaming phenomenon.

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24 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Art behind concrete – the Boros Collection in Berlin


The Boros Collection is housed in an actual 1942 air-raid shelter in the middle of Berlin, close to the famous Friedrichstrasse railway station. The refurbishment has achieved that the bunker experience becomes neither depressing nor a wartime Disneyland.

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17 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Uninspired Le Corbusier and Bauhaus exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin


Two exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau gallery building in Berlin provide examples of how not to arrange shows about art, architecture, or design.

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15 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Pluralismus-Algebra. Eine EU-Studie will die Informations- und Angebotsvielfalt der Medien messen


Nicht weniger als eine innovative Grundlage für die Medienregulierung erwartete die Europäische Kommission von ihrem “Media Pluralism Monitor”. Das Ziel der Übung besteht darin, einen EU-weit einheitlichen Maßstab für das Konzept des Medienpluralismus zu entwickeln.

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12 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Col tempo – Péter Forgács at Biennale di Venezia 2009


Péter Forgács has created a path through the flight of rooms that becomes more disturbing and scary with each step. Because what at first might seem like innocuous potraits, quickly reveals itself during the following stages as evidence of inhuman and hateful ideology.

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06 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Sade for Sade’s Sake – Paul Chan’s shadow play at Biennale di Venezia 2009


A pun on “art for art’s sake”, the installation presents clear-cut two-dimensional silhouettes against a bright backdrop. The figures are engaging in various kinds of sexual acts, many of which are reminiscent of the eponymous Marquis de Sade’s phantasies.

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04 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

The Truth About Marika: Lie or Gesamtkunstwerk?


Frequently, cross-media projects are contrived proofs of concept rather than a truly entertaining and inspiring experience. But are there successful models?

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03 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Projects: Done – Candida Höfer photography in Leverkusen


Photographer Candida Höfer is interested in the facets of everyday life in industrial, lower-class neighbourhoods on the one hand, and has a keen eye for spectacular angles of deserted architecture, cityscapes or perspective patterns on the other hand.

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