September 2008


Been to the exhibit Female Trouble at the Pinakothek der Moderne yesterday. Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Because learning to paint requires an expensive education they couldn’t afford. (There are some, though.) In contrast, learning to photograph is (technically) easy, and that’s why exhibit focused on video art and photography—some even before 1900. Consider Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione who even dared to depict her bare feet.

I’d like to show you another old photo—a photo-montage, actually—of a woman with cat-like muzzle. I was unable to find it in spite of hour-long googling. There supposedly is a connection between women, cats, and anarchy. Isn’t that exciting?

Also, they had some impressive photographs of and by Cindy Sherman there.

Other works of notice were the dual channel video Ever is All Over by Pipilotti Rist (which is a visual word play on Redhot Poker and Fireplace Poker) and Valie Export’s Tapp- und Tastkino.

A woman in liquor production
Owns a still of exquisite construction.
  The alcohol boils
  Through magnetic coils.
She says that it’s “proof by induction.”

Dilemma of the forgotten charger.

Either you really forgot to take your mobile charger with you, and soon can’t phone at all until you are back home, or you just lost it, and can’t even phone when you’re back home. (So why can’t these chargers work via USB?)

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