Exactitudes

An extremely cool project: http://www.exactitudes.com. Did you identify your style?

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Who does she think she is?

It’s a new documentary film about women and creativity, in a world where 80% of students in art schools are women, but 80% of featured artists in museums are men. Watch the trailer. Link to film web site.

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No ads on web sites anymore

Thanks to the Firefox web browser plugin Add-Art, it is possible to automatically substitute all advertising banners on web sites with artworks. And if you are an artist you can even apply as a curator for artworks used for this plugin.

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Go Backpacking

Yesterday I discovered the Round the World blog by Dave, which is very inspiring. He is writing nearly every single day… currently from India. I like his reflections on life and traveling. And he offers very useful information on how to plan a trip carefully, no matter if you will travel for 1 month or for several years.

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The Possibility of an Island
Jun06

The Possibility of an Island

I don’t know why, but I picked up that book during our last trip to NYC… I did not know the author nor the title. But it turned out to be an excellent book and I immediately ordered more books from the french writer Michel Houellebecq. I especially loved the mixture of philosophy, futurism and criticism on today’s culture and society. Update: La Possibilité d’une île is about to be released as a...

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Online Events at Tate Modern
May07

Online Events at Tate Modern

I am a big fan of the Tate Modern museum in London. I have never seen a boring exhibition there and I love the architecture of the building. Many of you might not know but the Tate Modern is organizing a lot of artist talks, symposiums and conferences as well. In 2003 I have been attending user_mode, a 3 day conference about emotion and intuition in design and art. It was a great conference with very interesting speakers: Joshua Davis...

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Pangea Day

a global event bringing the world together through film. Starting at 18:00 GMT on May 10, locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro will be linked for Pangea Day, a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers broadcasted in seven languages worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones.

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I am a vegetarian and I love meat
Apr23

I am a vegetarian and I love meat

This sentence sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? But in the near future it could be reality, at least for vegetarians who don’t eat meat in order to protest against industrialized mass-killing of animals, which is the sad reality of today’s meat production industry (40 billion animals are killed every year alone in the U.S.). But since a while scientists around the world are researching to produce meat in the...

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Self-destruction in 48 hrs

A german company invented a DVD which deletes its content in 48 hrs after playing it for the first time. That’s a stupid idea which just creates more waste on this planet, especially when a movie does not necessarily need any physical medium for its distribution anymore! If someone doesn’t have access to the internet, this person can still go and rent a movie! I don’t get it… (via...

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Featured artist: Darlene Charneco
Apr17

Featured artist: Darlene Charneco

She is one of my all time favorite artists on Flickr. I love the style and detail of her work – for me her work is all about architecture and candy 3D worlds. 😉 But since I am not an art critic (thank’s god!), just have a look by yourself and enjoy! Visit Darlene Charneco’s web site and Darlene Charneco on Flickr. Written by Chris Car for Vu...

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3 Tage wach

The title “3 Tage wach” is german and means “3 days awake”. This song is very popular in Germany and Austria right now. I like it too! 3 Tage wach

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Radiohead

Is playing a concert in Montreal on 6th August 2008

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Eco-bourgeoisie
Apr11

Eco-bourgeoisie

The Austrian fashion label Fabrics Interseason combines ecologically produced fabrics and high style in their collections. They describe their clientele as the eco-bourgeoisie: being conscious about the environment and nature as well as wearing locally manufactured clothes with a conservative and classic chic. Link to Fabrics Interseason spring summer 2008 collection (via...

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Wind energy with style

The stylish Bahrain World Trade Center is a 240m high skyscraper which has its own wind energy plant integrated into the architecture of the building. Stunning!

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Lichtfaktor in motion

I talked about the artist collective Lichtfaktor a while ago (Let it shine!). Now they released some Lichtfaktor videos on flickr which set their light graffitis in motion. Love the style! p.s: we say Wow! to the new flickr video...

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Austrian recipes
Apr09

Austrian recipes

Take a look at Bernhard’s blog which has a pretty good collection of more than 50 traditional Austrian meals. Thanks to his blog I am able to prepare the Kaiserschmarren (“Emperors pancake”) by myself. Just for your information, as a kid I ate one or two per week, deliciously prepared by my grandmother! 😉 Link Link to...

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People’s stories
Apr05

People’s stories

StoryCorps is an organization which is dedicated to recording people’s life stories and memories. Since October 2003 they are installing StoryBooths in public spaces where people can record their own stories in a silent place. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Follow our facilitators as they collect stories across the country. I...

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Swarm art
Apr04

Swarm art

I am following Paul Hayes’ work since a while. I love his swarm-like structures and how these bring movement into rooms....

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Slow music
Apr03

Slow music

Here is a jazzy music mix by Gilles Peterson, should help you to slow down a little! [display_podcast]

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Female Pressure
Apr02

Female Pressure

The project “Female Pressure” is having its 10th birthday these days. “Female Pressure” has been founded by Vienna based DJ “Electric Indigo” in order to gain visibility for women who are working as DJs, VJs or producer. The database is counting more than 1000 female artists from around the world and since the beginning the platform is helping women to get booked by party organizers. They compiled a...

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Björk’s “Wanderlust” video

From the album Volta. See the making of...

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Conscious travelling
Mar31

Conscious travelling

If you are about to plan your next holidays in Central and South America, it’s a must to have a look at Whole Travel, who’s mission is: To provide the best travel opportunities to unique and authentic destinations that preserve the environment, support local cultures and promote sustainable lifestyles. This sounds promising – take a look at their sustainable tour search engine. Via...

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Is Google everyone’s darling?
Mar27

Is Google everyone’s darling?

An Austrian journalist is criticizing Google and its business practices since a while now. At the end of 2007 he published a document with the title “Report on dangers and opportunities posed by large search engines, particularly Google” (pdf download). The blogosphere was reacting strongly against this document since Google seems to be everyone’s darling (who is not using it on a daily basis?). Now he published a...

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Surprise files

Vero.b is asking you to send her some surprise files: Link (a great idea!)

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Argument Clinic

to light up your monday, I LOVE that one from Monty Python! 🙂

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The Beckhams and the Hiltons of the web
Mar21

The Beckhams and the Hiltons of the web

A british school survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers lead to the conclusion that 75% of today’s school children want to become famous sport or pop stars. Boys prefer David Beckham while girls favour Victoria Beckham or Paris Hilton. The teachers are alarmed, because most of the children will realize that they won’t become the next Beckham or Hilton easily. They will grow up with a feeling of...

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Sometimes I am a Doozer
Mar18

Sometimes I am a Doozer

When I was a child I was watching every episode of “Fraggle Rock” (in Austria it was called “The Fraggles”). I was fascinated by the underground world where the Fraggles lived (together with the so called Doozers) as well as by the other worlds where the Gorgs lived or the human world (called as “Outer Space” by the Fraggles). I liked this multi-dimensional space, I was asking myself if the human...

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The stars in the sky

Google Sky is the perfect tool to search and spot some distant galaxies. Try to find the “Pleiades” as a first task.

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Guide to Greener Electronics
Mar13

Guide to Greener Electronics

Since August 2006, Greenpeace is releasing a “Guide to Greener Electronics” where they are looking at various hardware manufacturers and their policies on toxic chemicals and recycling. Our ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ aims to clean up the electronics sector and get manufacturers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products, including the electronic waste that their products generate. The...

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Ministry of Silly Walks

This is my kind of humor: Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. I love it and sometimes I cannot resist to do some silly walk by myself....

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What’s the value of street art?

This video documents 1 hour of people watching a new work by famous street artist Banksy. This is an evidence that street art has a value and is being noticed by many people. Link

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An expedition into the Earth
Mar07

An expedition into the Earth

While everybody is talking about the exploration of space and our solar system, its a little weird to discover that we know nearly nothing about the Earth itself! Specifically I am talking about the deep sea and the outer core of the Earth. Certainly, to dive deep into the sea or to dig into the ground are not easy tasks either, but compared to the billions of dollars which are invested into space exploration, the investments made to...

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A social network, for aliens!
Mar05

A social network, for aliens!

Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg is known for his passion of stories about extraterrestrials and paranormal phenomenons (“ET”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Poltergeist” and many more). Rumors says that he would be preparing an online social network for people who are interested in UFO and paranormal phenomenon… More infos...

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The future of science

Good article about how scientists and artists could collaborate to find answers to scientific problems. Link

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Camouflage art

Stunning photos by visual artist Desiree Palmen.

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What are you driving with? Oh, I run on air!
Feb28

What are you driving with? Oh, I run on air!

This was for me a stunning news… the french company Motor Development International (MDI) is about to start the mass production of a car which is only driven by compressed air! They claim the car can drive for 100 km with a single air tank, and producing zero emissions! I have to admit, we often hear about ground-breaking innovations and most of the time the product is far from being ready to sell, but in this case it seems that...

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Human clock

The site has every minute a new photo showing the current time… See it here.

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A purple optical illusion

For those of you who like this kind of trick, check out this optical illusion. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for your dizziness afterwards!

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Face Hunter

I love street fashion photography, and Face Hunter is one of my favorite web destinations to see what’s being worn on streets in Europe.

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Physical Networking

I think next time i attend a conference or party i’ll bring Ethernet cables with me, so to try to create an image of a physical network, to connect to people and do what is so popular nowadays: “networking”…

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Fuck For Forest: eco-porn, a new trend?
Feb19

Fuck For Forest: eco-porn, a new trend?

Finally a blog post about pornography. This should bring a huge load of visitors to Vu d’ici! 😉 Fuck for Forest is a very idealistic project aiming in saving the rain forest and nature… in a… *aehm* very unconventional way. 😉 They publish “home-made” pornographic movies for paying members on their web site. They claim that the money for the membership goes to various environmental organizations, such as...

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New Rave kids, blog invaders
Feb14

New Rave kids, blog invaders

Since the band The Klaxons started this New Rave (or Nu Rave for insiders) music trend around 2005, there is a growing number of kids who use blogs to push their music remixes and party photos to the web. I am fascinated (do I over-use this word???) by the fact that these kids seem to take the web and especially blogs as GIVEN. They don’t think and analyze whether they should use the web for publishing the music remixes or...

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A decision to die

First I did not wanted to blog about that but I told m-c this story yesterday and she said that it would be interesting for Vu d’ici. It’s a tragic story which happened in Germany and I read on the Spiegel magazine about it. Last year in November 2007, a 58 year old man got hit very hard by life. His wife and daughter left him and he lost his job, all happening at the same time. So he did not see any perspective anymore...

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Let it shine !
Feb13

Let it shine !

Lichtfaktor is an artist collective from Cologne (Germany) who create amazing light drawings and graffitis in an urban landscape at night. Love it! Flickr photo stream Their...

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Zero-waste cutting edge city experiment
Feb12

Zero-waste cutting edge city experiment

The United Arab Emirates began to build on the Masdar City project, which will be a zero-carbon, zero-waste city using cutting-edge solar power technology in the middle of the deserts of Abu Dhabi. Finished by 2015 this city will be inhabited by 50,000 people and a showcase of how cities will look like in the future. Critics say that the 22 billion dollars used by this project should rather be invested in the “greening” of...

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Hey, decadent fashionistas!

Visual pleasure on a Monday morning for all people interested in avant-garde fashion photography can be found on Foto Decadent.

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Hi it’s us !
Feb07

Hi it’s us !

In the last days, I’ve been surfing around the web to find what we as humans have been doing in order to get in contact with extraterrestrial beings. Here is what I have found on my way so far… The photo shows a part of the so-called Pioneer plaque which was placed on board of the Pioneer 10 (launched March 2, 1972) and Pioneer 11 (launched April 5, 1973) spacecrafts, featuring a pictorial message from humanity (among...

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In memorial: Falco
Feb07

In memorial: Falco

Hey, Falco died exactly 10 years ago. He remains – even nowadays – the most famous Austrian pop star, known for the international number one hit “Rock me Amadeus”. But I prefer songs like “Jeanne” and especially “Der Kommisar”, which has a pretty cool beat. “Alles klar, Herr Kommisar? Check it...

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Solar Cycle 24
Feb06

Solar Cycle 24

On January 4, 2008 a new sunspot appeared on the sun which signaled the start of Solar Cycle 24. Sunspots are just spots on the sun, but they always come with solar winds which hit the magnetic field of the Earth and can cause so-called “geomagnetic storms”, which can lead to power outages. Scientists at the NASA are pretty good at predicting these solar cycles, so they knew that this cycle will start soon and will peak...

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Tofu curry with rice
Jan31

Tofu curry with rice

This is my very first cooking recipe I am writing about. And it is actually one of the very few recipes I am able to cook. For your information: I am not a great cook at all (and my name is not Jamie Oliver). But I am patient and I am learning, especially from m-c’s cooking magic (obviously inspired by Jamie… LOL). So let’s get started with the TCR recipe (=Tofu Curry with rice). It’s really easy to prepare and...

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