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Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 5

Das Schwarze Brett is a German Canadian Magazine for German-speakers on the west coast of Canada and the US. It shares what is going on in the Austrian, German & Swiss communities of new, first, second and third generation Germans.

10 Swiss Outdoors Club

10 Swiss Outdoors Club Seeking new President with a new Vision The Outdoors Club is functioning relatively well and has increased its membership. The cabin is being used well and reservations are ahead of 2016. The issue is that with the exception of the Waldweihnacht, events and hikes are poorly attended and crucially, most of the executive, some having been active since inception, wants to retire. After a lengthy discussion of several options, they made the decision to carry on until their AGM at the end of January 2018. The executive will stay in place until then to facilitate a transformation and handover to a younger generation. If this is successful, a new executive will then take over. A crucial element of this “transformation” is to redefine the Outdoors Club to be attractive to the younger members of the society, Swiss community and outdoors enthusiasts in general and perhaps work with other outdoors clubs. If this happens we will witness an exciting new era of the club. Otherwise, the outdoors Club will cease to exist in its present form and the Mt Baker Cabin will henceforth be managed by the Swiss Society who can then decide to keep it or sell it. The Swiss Society Executive may have a person or two dedicated to organize a few outdoor activities for remaining members perhaps interested in such. Anybody interested in participating and creating this new Outdoors Club, please contact our President, Jacques Goldschmidt. You have 4 weeks! For more information please contact: Jacques Goldschmidt : 604-996-6253 Email: ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year

Upcoming Event: Video Installation “Best Minds” The Polygon Gallery opens its doors to the world with its inaugural exhibition N. Vancouver, the organization’s most ambitious project to date, providing an opportunity for the Gallery’s first audiences to witness the imaginative possibilities of visual artworks in discourse with the immediate surroundings of its new home. 11 Jeremy Shaw, born 1977 in North Vancouver, lives and works in Berlin. Adopting strategies from the realms of conceptual art, documentary film, music video and scientific research, Shaw’s work has addressed topics ranging from psychedelic drug use and brain imaging to teenage violence and time travel. Reflecting the shifting nature of their locale, existing and specially commissioned works will evolve over the course if the exhibition, bringing new works by the invited artists into the exhibition during its run. A publication, assembling material about North Vancouver and its diverse histories, will be published in spring 2018. With his two-channel video installation “Best Minds” Berlin-based visual artist and musician Jeremy Shaw features the slowed-down handheld digital camcorder-footage of the crowed at a straightedge hardcore concert in Vancouver. As a subset of hardcore punk, this music genre levels a critique against traditional hardcore and does away with common prejudices associated with punk. The two channels surround the viewer, who as a result becomes not only an observer but also a participant. While the low resolution of the footage already provides a feeling of disintegration, Shaw also replaced the original video sound with a score of The Disintegration Loops (2002) by avant-garde composer William Basinki. The result is a vibe of visual and aural decay. “Best Minds” refers with its title to the opening of Allan Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl (1955), as well as to the straight-edge belief that a self-imposed lifestyle is a better one. The melancholy tempo and tone of the composition in combination with the video footage transposes the violent display into a meditative and graceful one. Dates: Vancouver Nov 17 to April 30, 2018 Cost: Admission by Donation Location: 101 Carrie Cates Court North Vancouver Part of Germany @ Canada 2017 Partners from Immigration to Innovation About the Organizer The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. In Canada we are represented by three Goethe-Instituts in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto. Outside of these cities we offer special online courses as well as examinations centres with... ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year