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29 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, 0 Comments

Brussels: Exile or opportunity for German politicians?


German Christian democrat Günther Oettinger might not be a bad choice to fill the role of a European Commissioner. What is unsettling about Oettinger’s nomination lies not in his person, but in the way the German political sphere has handled it.

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

The Curriculum Trap: Future-proofing Youth Media and Education


On 15 and 16 October, 2009, the EJC hosted yet another conference in its Innovation series, titled “Innovations in Youth Media and Next Generation Classroom”, and I was kindly invited to moderate the Maastricht event. Here are some conclusions I drew.

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

Fondation Beyeler takes a closer look at Alberto Giacometti


An exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in the pastoral Basel, Switzerland, suburb of Riehen, showed the whole range and the development of Giacometti’s art.

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08 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Classics and cluelessness at Tretyakov Gallery


After the fall of communism, it appears that Russian art was clueless about which new direction to take. What ensued seems to have been a phase of confused and disoriented experimentation, which produced scores of devastatingly bad works.

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

“Holbein to Tillmans” at Schaulager


The Schaulager in the Basel, Switzerland, suburb of Münchenstein, is one of the boldest, most audacious, and most fascinating art spaces I have seen so far. It is anything but a solemn place to worship art.

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