Sonntag, 28.08.2016
Thomas Venker


Back in the days summer meant that the newspapers blew up the most boring stories to make them their cover stories, and that those newspapers were used to cover yourself up at the outdoor swimming pool because it was way to hot. Today, however, you’re sitting shivering in front of your computer, incredulously tracking the newest end of the world moments in real time.

Although you got used to the fact that the times are changing faster and faster and that the material and socio-political safety of the 70s and 80s (needless to say that considering all of the issues at that time this was only relative and experienced just by a few privileged ones), even in our Western comfort zone, is changing towards a permanent state of instability how it is known by most people. But the frequency of the last weeks is still too much to process it adequately. All you want to do is hoist up the white flag to be indulged in a short break.

What I actually wanted to write here was a column about the extensive USA-Canada-trip that I made in the last two weeks to accompany Lena Willikens on her North America tour. It was supposed to be about what it feels like to be in this country, that was so important for my cultural socialisation (US punk, Detroit techno, New Hollywood), shortly before the end of the Obama time and the final Clinton-Trump-fight. But the cover of Brexit, and related #postredracism, the attacks of Nice, and the attempted coup in Turkey with radical dictatorial backlash, as well as the series of brutal attacks, police brutality, and counter attacks on the police in the US render this impossible.

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Answer Code Request


At a time where others turn their back on music, when they become parents, to do “something useful”, Patrick Gräser aka Answer Code Request made the step to be serious about music, making it his profession. At the time when others end their “crazy life”, Patrick’s only just “started”.…

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Abel Auer “Wandernder Zyklopenfoetus in pastoraler Landschaft”

No. 13…

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“I don’t understand when what I like became cool and why.”

“I definitely felt like an outsider in high school. The other kids asked me why I was always weari…

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Alex Bircken “Uzi”

No. 12…

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“We want to elicit the demons from the light and make them die in the backstreet.”

It fits the modesty of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein that we already hung out for a couple of hours a…

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Neukölln_Noisekölln-Ziegrastraße Off-Kultur

“Neukölln is about community and supporting each other, from local businesses to art practice.”

Always simply complaining about things, well anyone can do that. But to get involved is the high art…

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Laura Mvula Flow Festival 2016

DJ Pierre, Roman Flügel, Sleaford Mods, Helena Hauff, Black Madonna….

Simple yet full of thoughtful details, arty yet utterly approachable (and walkable!). A curated and …

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