Marcel Schlutt Brice Hardelin Nina Kharytonova Stephan Springer Amanda M. Jansson Nico Icon
Polys Rico Mahel Manuel Fröhlich Alexander Weber Mats Udd Dirk Hoffmann Haniball Saliba
Claudio Alvargonzalez Jon John Fatih Alasalvaroglu Slava Mogutin Christo Mitov Rochelle Lamanz
Pascale Jean-Louis Kaey Asha Mines Chantal Henken Zsu Szabo Emma K. E. Jones Eastman wt. Neve
Marcel Steger Haikal Noyes Steev Lemercier Silvio Hauke Nicolas Simoneau Daniel Ellmenreich
Shel Fuller Anton Z Risan Coverphoto by Pascale Jean-Louis Model Jan Burchard
REVENGE OF THE NERDS
Schizophrenia is an illness.
The first signs of schizophrenia often appear as
confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior.
Hallucinations and illusions are disturbances
of perception that are common
in people suffering from schizophrenia!
Stop talking to me!
You are not me!
People with schizophrenia may have perceptions of reality
that are strikingly different from the reality seen
and shared by others around them. Living in a world distorted
by hallucinations and delusions, individuals with
schizophrenia may feel frightened, anxious, and confused
Are people with schizophrenia likely
to be violent?
I need to die....
HR NENE I
Christo Mitov, Polys, Amanda M. Jansson, Stephan Springer,
Nina Kharytonova, Kaey, Claudio Alvargonzalez
Silvio Hauke, Nicolas Simoneau
Shel Fuller, Drew Eastman, Anton Z Risan
Haikal Noyes, Marcel Schlutt
Rico Mahel, Rochelle Lamanz, Stephan Springer
Asha Mines, Amanda M Jansson, Brice Hardelin, Pascale Jean-Louise,
Manuel Fröhlich, Marcel Schlutt, Marcel Steger, Emma Elina Keira Jones,
Nico Icon, Slava Mogutin, Dirk Hoffmann, Zsu Szabo, Haikal Noyes
Nicolas Simoneau, Daniel Ellmenreich
Marcel Schlutt & Nina Kharytonova
HONK! is based in Berlin
car “honks” – “Watch Out! Here I am.”
HONK – the word in German has a very different
meaning than in English. In Germany, there are usually
people who are just as stupid as the meaning of the word
but also freaks, nerds, and anyone who is different are
included in this definition. In the U.S., honk is like when a
So there is no better word than HONK for a new magazine. Our
magazine is for anyone who is different – for people against the
grain. We do not want to revolutionize the magazine world, we just
want to share our world. Honk will appear quarterly with each issue
focusing on a different theme. The theme of the first issue is Schizophrenia
- Revenge of the Nerds. We have invited artists on a global
scale to address this topic. We want to give young artists a platform
to present their work to a larger audience and to share in an exciting
project with us.
We want to catch the urban trap.
In our magazine, we will feature a lot of photography with the simple focus on the total image.
Fashion, Art and Media will also be highlighted in HONK! And to the makers of these worlds:
“Take it easy! It’s just fashion and art. Not the reinvention of fire.”
In 2011, we want to present exhibitions, movies and many other exciting projects focused
around the magazine.
The team around HONK! has years of experience in this arena and in the unique direction in
which we plan on going. Now is perfect time to stand up on your own two feet.
HONK! is made in Berlin, Germany but we are actually made for everyone out there!
We want to inspire our readers with charm, excellent work and lots of fun. We look forward to
all of the new tasks coming our way in 2011 and hope that you have as much fun viewing our
work as we had creating it.
Enjoy the first issue of HONK!
Photos by Brice Hardelin
Photos by Amanda M. Janssen
I hate myself
Artwork by Nico Icon
by Rico Mahel
Lords of the beards
Photos by Manuel Fröhlich
Photos by Marcel Schlutt
by Slava Mogutin
3AM Still Walking
by Asha Mines
A ballad of beauty
by Szu Szabo
I feel shot
Photos by Haikal Noyes
The sooner you start the therapy...
Interview with Dr. Sharif Bahir
Split my mind
Intellectual decision-making vs. gut feeling
by Stephan Springer
It all came ex nihilo
by Rochelle Lamanz
Claudio: A letter from Madrid
Revenge of the nerds
by Christo Mitov
Photos by Dirk Homann
A man should wear
A woman should wear
Interview with Fatih Alasalvaroglu
Photos by Marcel Schlutt & Pascale Jean-Louis
Fashion Blogs? Boring Ego Trips!
Photos by Marcel Steger
Who the hell is Madonna?
Music reviewed by Polys
Movies discussed by Claudio
Politically incorrect, sarcastic and kinky
Interview with Jon John
KW Berlin - A good place for art
Eastman with Neve
Steev Lemercier and the Lala By
What Where When
Photos by Brice Hardelin
Electronic accessories Cyril Del
fluorescent wall installation Anne-Flore Cabanis
Headphones beats solo HD Dr Dre for Monster
Models Philippe and Sarah-Laure
Interview with Dr. Sharif Bahir
by Nina Kharytonova
& Stephan Springer
Illustration by Laris Ca
Schizophrenia is a mental illness. Each
of us can get it. But what are the triggers?
What do I need to do if I think my
partner is schizophrenic?
We have so many questions to ask, that’s
why we met Dr. Sharif Bahir, a doctor of
psychiatry at the Charité University Hospital/
HONK!: How important are mental diseases
in our society and does humanity even need
Sharif: Mental disorders currently occupy first
place in the common diseases and schizophrenia,
a very important disease in psychiatry.
This disease is relatively common. According
to recent statistics it is affecting 1 person out of
100. Accordingly, in Berlin alone there should
be around 35.000 sufferers of the disease.
It is this is a basic mental disorder whose
symptoms impact thought, perception, feeling
and experiencing the self.
Schizophrenia occurs regardless of race, gender,
cultural and social backgrounds and theoretically
can affect any of us and not only the
quality of life of the patient is severely restricted.
Ok. Does this mean that everyone who suffers
from a mental disorder is automatically a
No, not at all. The range of mental disorders
is very broad and schizophrenia is only one of
Leading the way is the so-called ICD 10 catalog
(international classification of diseases in it’s
10th edition) for all, to date known mental illnesses.
They are all listed here.
The WHO (World Health Organization) created
this catalog and it offers an overview of
mental illnesses, such as addiction (and not
just the usual drugs and alcohol addictions),
dementia, depression, eating disorders, ADHD,
THE SOONER YOU START THE THERAPY....
anxiety disorders, various manias and the
already mentioned schizophrenia. There are
different stages of the illness and some go hand
in hand with each other, it complicates the
classification of course immensely.
How do I notice myself whether I suffer from
schizophrenia? I have heard that for people
with this disease it is difficult or even impossible
to recognize their delusional state as
such and to distinguish it from reality.
Sharif: To answer that, I must first point out
one very important difference. There is psychosis
and there is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia
itself is characterized that in at least one or
more times in the life of the patient psychotic
conditions occur so do psychoses. This illness
is composed of several parts and one of these is
What most people know about schizophrenia
is the classic notion that acute psychosis is
accompanied by delusions, such as Paranoia
and hallucinations. But there are delusions
and hallucinations because of other mental illnesses;
they are not necessarily conclusive for
What I’m saying is that the boundaries between
the diseases are more elusive and one
should always consult a specialist for advice
before making an even devastating diagnosis
yourself or even some form of treatment begins.
A sure sign that something is wrong, are
the already mentioned psychosis, especially
if they are repeated and accumulate. Here I
would also appeal to family members, because
the sufferers themselves cannot recognize the
condition as such. You should definitely be
on the look out for social problems, integration
problems but also apathy and cognitive
disorders such as problems with language and
thought processes one should not fear in any
case to visit a psychiatrist. The sooner the disease
is detected, the better it can be treated.
Are there any preventive tests? Can I check as
a healthy person if there is a potential risk?
Unfortunately there is no accurate test for it.
is nothing more THAN A
in the brain .
But in an interview with a specialist it can be
assessed if you might lean towards mental
illnesses or be at risk of any due to a stressful
Retrospectively one can usually pinpoint pretty
well when the illness broke out, and what factors
were responsible. In any case, count cannabis
users to a higher risk group.
They suffer more likely from it and the development
can be more serious.
Especially dangerous here is the young age.
Namely between 20 and 35.
Everyone has a certain personal limit, after
which excess they may well develop schizophrenia.
This can be caused by stress, overwork, and
even consumption of psychedelic drugs.
Are there really gender specific differences?
Not Really, but it has been found that men
have a more aggressive course of the illness,
while women suffer in silence with their illness.
Schizophrenia may well bring physical
impacts, such as musculoskeletal disorders and
problems in the patient’s sex life.
Ok, after a successful diagnosis usually follows
the therapy. What does this entail?
Schizophrenia is nothing more than a metabolic
disease in the brain. Depending on the
strength of the disease, the therapy will be
individually adjusted and combined for the
patient. This consists of medical therapy, but
also talking and occupational therapy
are an important part on the road to
Music, relaxation exercises and a
stable environment and can in any
case help make this recovery much
The therapy can take several years
and one should not rush things and
on no account bet on quick success.
Because patients may have a relapse
when therapy is not completed, even
triggered by trivial things.
Most of the patients go into treatment
voluntarily, in particularly serious
cases, however, the compulsory
treatment is recommended. Family
members may apply in court for
compulsory treatment and submission
into a clinic.
Can you protect yourself from this
disease or illness in any way?
As with all other diseases or illnesses
a healthy lifestyle is always helpful.
Staying clear of psychedelic substances
could help avoid that crossing
that particular line mentioned earlier. Also,
avoiding stress, overworking, pressure, and
everything the modern lifestyle brings with it
may well be helpful. Also: “Take it easy!”
Let us take a brief summary of the whole issue.
What would you like our readers to take
away from this?
In any case, be not afraid to visit a specialist.
Investigate even the smallest signs of possible
psychotic disorder however light they might
be. Cannabis users should, due to the increased
risk to be more watchful and at the smallest
sign seek the help of a specialist. Schizophrenia
is curable! The sooner you start the therapy,
the higher the chances of a full recovery.
Incidentally, it is believed that more than half
is CURABLE .
of our neglected citizens living on the streets
and begging might be suffering from schizophrenia
and their treatment have failed or
the disease was not diagnosed at all and so no
actions where taken to get them the treatment
So the next time you meet a homeless person,
who might be confused or talks nonsense, do
not dismiss him or her immediately, because
they might probably be very sick and need urgent
help, or at least your compassion. ●
Photos by Amanda M. Jansson
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26 BUColiC NErDS
Artwork by Nico Icon
the hell is
Music reviewed by Polys
His taste in music is legendary in Berlin.
No dance floor is safe!
He loves music and music loves him!
Now the top of the top of Polys playlist!
Interpret: Jonna Lee
Album: No Album
Genres: Electronic, Alternative, Dream Pop,
• A music and multimedia project of the Swedish
singer-songwriter Jonna Lee
• My personal music highlight of the year 2010!
• No album released yet, only singles (only
available on iTunes and Amazon)
• Dec. 2009 -> first clip on youtube
• Viral campaign begins
• Big mystery about who this viral electronic
• Speculations included Lady Gaga, Christina
Aguilera, Little Boots and even Gwen Stefani….
Fortunately none of them is the mysterious
• The project currently consists of three series
of videos and a feature length concert video.
• The disturbingly gorgeous artistic videos with
the dark and mysterious electro beat tunes and
the unknown’s sense-stimulating vocals,
in combination with the creators’ leveraging of
social technology (YouTube) and phenomena
(viral videos, crowdsourcing) makes iamamiwhoami
to the best and most underground
marketing machinery the Swedish musical
industry has created this year.
• Jonna Lee proves with this project that the
originality ad creativity in the music industry is
not yet dead as long as artists like her surprise
us with such masterpieces!
• I wish, i could move into her voice! I’d pay rent!
• Nominated for the Grammis 2010 -> “Innovator
of the Year”
•Favourite track: y
between melancholy and bouncy
sounds, creating this way a compact
album that like the Sigur Rós albums
is highly addictive!
• The album was sung mainly in
English, making a change from the
majority of Jónsi’s previous work,
which was sung mainly in Icelandic
• Favourite track: Boy Lilikoi
Interpret: Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson)
Genres: Baroque Pop, Post-rock, Ambient
Label: XL Recordings, Parlophone
• Go is the new studio album of the Icelandic
music-genie Jón Birgisson, frontman of the
band Sigur Rós.
• The composer is Nico Muhly. The album
was co-produced by Jónsi, his boyfriend
Alex Somers and Peter Katis.
• I always say that the best music comes
from Iceland and Sweden (my personal
• For me is Jónsi (beyond Her Majesty
Björk) the living proof for that!
• This guy is a music-magician!
• Jónsi’s distinguishing characteristic is an
innocence delivered through peppy indie
music that helps make emotions sound
• His voice is one of modern music’s most
readily identifiable instruments that ties
every time the human throat in knots.
• During the entire album Jónsi changes
Click for Polys’ Playlist
them combined in a very creative, inspirational
and attractive manner, proving that if you have
the talent, you can create some really nice music
by mixing different styles you thought they
would never match together!
• Hope to hear soon more from aMinus
• Favourite tracks: Army of You, My Mind’s
• ALL EYES ON aMINUS!
Interpret aMinus (Valentin Plessy)
Album Almost and Maybe
Genres Electronic, Pop
Label Zingy (only digital on iTunes)
• Debut studio Album of Valentin Plessy
• His first solo Project beyond the boundaries
of his electro-punk band Plateau Repas
• Name “aMinus” inspired from the American
Grade system ->A- = Almost perfect
• 15 fresh and kinky songs with strong provocative
• Clearly showing influences from synth pop,
funky house, minimal, 8bit and more… All of
Interpret The Irrepressibles
Album Mirror Mirror
Genres Alternative, Orchestral, Chamber Pop,
Ambient, Soundtracks, Filmmusik
Label V2 records
• First studio album of the orchestral ensemble
• The ensemble consists of ten very talented musicians
led by the composer Jamie McDermott.
• As a group, they have been compared to, and
cited influences from, David Bowie, Kate Bush,
Antony & the Johnsons and Bonzo Dog Doo-
• “Mirror Mirror” is an album fully charged
with musical surprises and a wealth of touch-
ing emotion which McDermott’s voice projects.
• The mood switches between triumphant and
withdrawn, almost as scenes in a play and
this theme of rapidly changing feels continues
through the entire Album
• The time for the rise of the Irrepressibles is
surely upon us.
• For lovers of fine music!
• Favourite track: In this shirt
it suitable for every season of the year. Either
when staying in on a rainy autumn day or lying
on the green meadow on a warm sunny day
you are definitely gonna enjoy this 11 heady
and stimulating songs.
• Phantogram may not be the pioneers in this
sound, but they sure have carved a path that
should be followed.
• Favourite track: When I’m Small
Album Eyelid Movies
Genres “street beat, psych pop”, Electronic rock
• an American trip pop duo from New York,
consisting of guitarist Josh Carter and keyboardist
• Eyelid Movies -> debut Album
• Played as opening acts for Metric, The xx,
Brazilian Girls and many more
• In interviews, the band has described their
unique dance-friendly sound concisely under
the genre of “street beat, psych pop.”
• Phantogram created successfully a multifaceted
and atmospheric album. It can be
interpreted versatilely and that is what makes
Interpret Zola Jesus
Album Stridulum II
Genres Experimental, Avant-garde, Electronic
Label Sacred Bones Records
• Real name: Nika Roza Danilova (21)
• An opera trained singer from the USA
• Stridulum II -> a dark masterpiece
• Industrial-tinged power ballads
•(Gothic evocations and oblique and grittily
anthemic approaches to song)
• Her voice is the deadliest weapon in her arsenal
• Deep, dark, tortured, theatrical, religious vocals
•Supported Fever Ray (Karin Elisabeth Dreijer
•Favourite track: Night
Photos & Text by Rico Mahel
The title “σῶμα” (soma) is a Greek term,
which refers to the physical human or
animal body. My starting point for this
project on schizophrenia, which has a
lot to do with psychological borders, is
humankind and its own self-image.
And as we all know, the body is related
to the psychological condition.
Consciously I used this Greek title as my work
is based on the highly developed physical culture
that arose during classical Greek history,
where men were regarded as the likeness of the
Gods and the human body was idealised by its
But what happens when these rules and standards,
these borders are corrupted and man
becomes so alienated that he is almost unrecognisable?
Here the viewer has to break
through his own boundaries and abandon his
ideals to get access to a world where men and
animals no longer exist.
How do people think they look like when their
psychological health is so endangered that they
get vulnerable to every kind of environmental
Pull down the mask. What do you see? Isn’t the
humankind an ugly species - inwardly?
When borders become blurred or invisible, human
models melt and cool down to a new state.
Evolutionary borders are ruptured to create
something new. The adnate or hybrid creature
may be part of the world not yet seen, as our
eyes and recognition catch up to this evolutionary
I´m not alone....Please
Suicide is a serious danger in people who
have schizophrenia. If an individual tries
to commit suicide or threatens to do so,
professional help should be sought immediately.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling
brain disease. Approximately 1 percent
of the population develops schizophrenia
during their lifetime more than 2 million
Americans suffer from the illness in a given
year. Although schizophrenia affects men and
women with equal frequency, the disorder
often appears earlier in men, usually in the late
teens or early twenties, than in women, who
are generally affected in the twenties to early
thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer
terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal
voices not heard by others, or believing that
other people are reading their minds, controlling
their thoughts, or plotting to harm them.
These symptoms may leave them fearful and
withdrawn. Their speech and behavior can be
so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible
or frightening to others. Available treatments
can relieve many symptoms, but most
people with schizophrenia continue to suffer
some symptoms throughout their lives; it has
been estimated that no more than one in five
individuals recovers completely. ●
Photos by Manuel Fröhlich
Concept Alexander Weber
Styling Susann Bosslau
Make up Nicole Seifried
Hair/Beards Alexander Weber
Photo/Artwork & Interview amanda m. Jansson
He is a slightly odd music video director,
living in Stockholm, enjoying
knives, thinking through the box-out
of the box-and over the box, piling up
films, and collecting books he never has
the time to read. (Notable work: First
Aid Kit - Ghost Town, Jonathan Johansson
- aldrig ensam, Familjen - det var
jag, Joel Alme - if u got somebody waiting)
Why would you say you classify as a nerd?
For me nerds have always been something
good. And it was nerds I
hang out with during my school days and to me
they stood for something interesting, because
they took their interests seriously, and I guess
that’s what makes me a nerd today. I cannot do
anything half-heartedly. I was a nerd when I
collected hockey pictures, I was a geek when I
was listening to Nirvana and gathered all bootlegs
and I am a geek today when I make videos.
I go very much into the details, use references
that only one small group of people understand
and I love it.)
Do you believe there was an event in your
life that made you into an oddball?
I remember quite clearly when I stopped adjusting
myself and began ignoring what other
people thought. I was in high school, had
played hockey for years and I got to the point
where I got tired of living up to somebody I
was not. So I decided to do something that
no one at school understood. Practically, we
had just then a cabaret that I joined. I did two
things there. I did a piano with the help of radio
waves, and I broke a TV on stage, smashed
it down. After that everyone knew who I was
but it was so fine when I realized I stopped caring
about other people’s opinions. That I have
brought with me later in life, I determined to
make videos that people did not know they
wanted to see. So after the years in high school
I stopped being afraid of people thinking I was
Do you believe in revenge? Have you or did
you ever wanted revenge?
I do not know if I really believe in revenge, but
a successful revenge is amazingly beautiful. I
never wanted revenge on any person, however,
just the city I grew up in. I always wanted to
prove I could do something much bigger than
the city. That I somehow did not want to be
that person who stayed behind. During my
high school period, there was a guy who felt
very bad about my makeup.
One time he came up to me and said I was ugly
and then he poked me in the eye, the day after
everyone thoguht that he had beaten me down.
I never took any revenge, but a few years later
I was told that he beat his girlfriend and I even
believe that he was convicted for murder a few
years later. Nature’s revenge.
i kNow ThiS SoUNDS
BUT i gET amaziNglY grEaT
iNSpiraTioN aND iDEaS
from DrEamS .
In revolting what is your weapon of choice?
As a joke, I started calling myself Mats knife in
my high school period. After Nick Lowe’s album
Nick the Knife, which in turn took it from
Mack the knife. I thought it sounded amazingly
stupid and I liked it. I liked the idea of questions
why I used The Knife and the answer is:
“I am quite good at knives.” So it would be foolish
if I chose a different weapon, other than just
knives. Although I like it when things explode
or burn. Flamethrower as well - what a fantastic
What kind of people do you dislike?
I’m not a hateful person. I’m not trying to dismiss
anyone, but I am uninspired by the man
who wakes up when he’s 55 and realizes he did
not even try to fulfill the dreams he had when he
was 25 years old.
What makes you angry?
But what makes me furious right now is that the
Swedish people have voted for a racist party in
parliament. I do not know what is wrong with
people. I get angry at people who discriminate
in other people due to their skin color, gender
or where they come from. I get angry at people
with huge Dollar signs in their eyes. What ever
happened to kindness?
Where do you seek inspiration?
I know this sounds pretty silly but I get amazingly
great inspiration and ideas from dreams.
I do not dream very often but when I do, I try
to take advantage of it. I have often difficulty to
force myself to find inspiration, but it helps a
lot to travel with loud music in the headphones.
Doesn’t matter if I walk, go on the metro, car, bus
or plane - I need the landscape passing by outside
the window. At worst, I can do things that
I know works to find inspiration - like watching
a very good movie, listen to music that I know
gives me inspiration or just get very drunk.
If you were to direct a film on your life who
would you pick to play yourself and why?
In the movie of my life, there are three candidates
will be merged for the role of Mats Udd
(I would of course prefer that it was a movie
where the great Mats Udd was being played by
different actors). The three are Vincent Gallo,
Peter Sarsgaard and Casey Affleck. Typical Oscar
material to let three beautiful men play a
right ugly historical person haha. “Historical
i woUlD havE
mY lifE for
If you could trade places with a person, dead
or alive, for a week who would it be and why?
Difficult. I would have exchanged my life for Kurt
Cobain’s, mostly because he meant so much to
me during my childhood. But I guess I would if I
had the chance, take a more historical figure or
a more historic moment. I probably would have
liked to hang around in the Stockholm Bloodbath.
I mean 82 people will be beheaded in
the middle of Stockholm. It teaches and it will
never ever happen again - thank goodness. But
an opportunity like that, somehow it would be
inspiring to have been involved in it..
If I peaked into your refrigerator right now,
what would I find?
Since I have almost not been at home the past
month, you will not find more than the essentials.
Sourmilk, fresh juice and a few cans of organic
beer. In theory I love the idea of having a
well stocked refrigerator, but that’s not so fun
after a week when you do not have time to touch
anything there in. ●
Photographer Dirk Hoffmann
Concept / Styling / Production Haniball Saliba
Hair and Make up Sofie Ühla
Model Natascha @ Seeds
T-Shirt Wood Wood
Jeansjacket Cheap Monday
Top Wood Wood
Overrall Wood Wood
Text by Stephan Springer
It’s not surprising that modern life, in
general, is characterized by disorientation
and the Big “I Don’t Know Either “
declaration that is quickly becoming a
mutated cultural universality.
Nonsense is the result of modern times. Does
it matter or is it dangerous? Well, the fact that
every action has a reaction cannot be disputed.
In other words - in the great equation of the
universe, there is no rest. That is, at least, the
state of affairs according to modern science
- computational security. And it is definitely
known that faith has long since been replaced.
Our big motto is, “think with your head instead
of your gut”. So it’s not important what one
feels but what one thinks. Or how one thinks?
In the joyous science of psychology, mental
disorders are determined by the degree of
man’s inability to adapt to normal or pre-determined
socially acceptable standards.
If you look at the human race, in an overall
biological context, adaptation was never really
our thing, with the exception of a few selected
primates. Oh God - Nature! Why should the
Laws of Nature interest us when we can make
our own? Why accept when you can create?
Be productive instead of reflective – and everything
as quickly as possible please! Time
is money! We don’t want to starve or allow
ourselves to be totally satisfied or something
like that. We want it all and we want it today,
if possible. What luck that the modern world
makes it all possible, and in a time when we
are overflowing with products, it isn’t difficult
for someone to see themselves as the one. And
as you well know, demand regulates supply
and it only seems logical to make some innovative
changes to the desired framework of
love. Humanity wants to arrive well instead of
wandering aimlessly in display cases.
Thanks to “autofascism”, pieces and snippets
envelope us, slowly blasting away at our folds
and corners until any last remnants of individual
character is dissolved away. And what
cannot be totally remolded can be wonderfully
buried under a decent amount of self-hatred.
No doubt, we are really prepare for anything.
It is only unfortunate that this psychological
self-contempt and a certain degree of emotional
hypothermia brings with it a sense of
social isolation which in turn results in the
over exaggeration of emotional needs including
the need for attention and extended “cuddling
sessions” in order to try to counterbalance this
emotional state. But that can also be solved by
having 500 Facebook friends who may have a
lot of cool things to show off but have stopped
having anything meaningful to say eons ago.
And the synthetically-developed, technicallyimposed
weekly work intervals should also not
generate problems. A skillfully, executed intoxicative
weekend and an evening of “leisure”
activities will enable you to press out careerrelated
stress from the cerebral cortex. A little
tip, “scene professionals” definitely do not wait
until closing time. The clear separation between
the concepts of “service is service” and
“cocaine is cocaine” has not existed for quite
some time. Finally, one should always be in a
good mood and not only at closing time. All
in all, adaptation works wonders. Would it be
presumptuous to say that the requirements of
modern times should be subject to the forced
alienation of one’s own reality and certainly
not a requirement for those of us who simply
cannot come to terms with it? ●
Photos by Marcel Schlutt
by Claudio Alvargonzalez
Well, I guess you already know who said
that and where but for those who don’t
let’s take it from the beginning.
There are many films that talk about mental illnesses
and other disorders but the main problem
is that in most of them the character doesn’t
come to you like... “Hey dude, I’m schizophrenic
you know so let’s go to a bar to get drunk and
try to have a happy ending at my motel room,
ok?”, let’s try to light your already twisted minds
with some good examples.
Schizophrenia. The person suffering from it
may experience hallucinations of many kinds.
In an extreme case, these visions lead him to see
other people who do not exist, to talk to them
and believe they are there. Who suffers from this
problem use to project one or more personalities
out, believing they are real and a reflection
of their frustrated hopes, anger or any other
repressed feeling. As the person is not able to behave
in certain ways he/she creates another one
who does it.
To me the clearest example would be “Fight
Club” (David Fincher, 1999) where Jack (Edward
Norton) has projected in Taylor Durden
(Brad Pitt) features he would like to have or
maybe he has them but they are hidden. Taylor
is stronger, better looking and more forward
than Jack. Taylor not only acts in his place but
also tortures Norton mentally and physically
because he doesn’t behave the way he likes him
to. Similiar to his role in “Primal Fear” (Gregory
Hoblit, 1996) where Richard Gere tried in
vain to put his “I’m a great actor” face.
And now let’s talk about Johnny. Yes, as you
should know I’m talking about the great Jack
Nicholson after deciding he had enough snow
and decided to kill his time trying to do the
same with his family in “The Shinning” (Stanley
Kubrick, 1980). This film is a masterpiece
in many ways but it is also special because
it shows this mental disorder in its most aggressive
way. Just think about one of its most
remembered scenes where Johnny (Nicholson)
tries to break the bathroom door where his
family is hidden with an ax and you will know
what I’m talking about... Yes, that sentence and
that face are still the creepiest.
In general, many directors have been seduced
by this disorder as it is easy to create powerful
characters and solid scenes. David Lynch
is probably the main, his whole filmography
could perfectly carry the adjective “schizophrenic”,
especially “Lost Highway” (1997) but
also “Mulholland Drive” (2001) and of course
“Twin Peaks” (1990).
But there are many other examples, not all of
them great films but at least interesting, such us
“Spider” (David Cronenberg, 2002), “A Beautiful
Mind” (Ron Howard, 2001) or even the
comedy “Love Actually” (Richard Curtis, 2003).
Yes, I said “Love actually”. Not many people
remember the unfinished story (and also big
script mistake) played by the great Laura Linney
where she is stuck for life because of the needs
of her schizophrenic brother in hospital (probably
the best scene of the film shared with the
one played by Emma Thompson opening the
Christmas gifts... but that is another story).
And what about spanish cinema? Well, at the
beginning the idea of this article was to focus
on movies made in Spain but although there
are many films describing social drama at its
best it’s not that rich speaking about schizo-
phrenia or similar disorders.
But at least we have Pedro Almodovar. He deal
with mental disorders in a lighter way, most
of the characters walk on a thin line between
comedy and drama so we tend to forget the
real problem behind the joke. One of my all
time favorite moments is in “Women of the
Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) where
the fantastic Julieta Serrano after trying to kill
her ex-husband with a gun at the airport and a
crazy chase through Madrid says to the police:
“Take me to Lopez Ibor Clinic, that is where I
live”. If you haven’t watch this film yet you are
missing a lot. Also a comedy but
a bit more aggressive is “Átame!”
(Pedro Almodovar, 1990), where
Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is
released from a mental hospital
and hunts down a porn film star
and tries to convince her to be his
wife so he kidnaps and ties her up.
This is the best Antonio Banderas,
a good example of how difficult it
is for some actors to look convincing
when they are not acting in
their native language.
Not too much else to say but just a quick mention
to the recent “La Isla Interior” (Dunia
Ayaso/Félix Sabroso, 2009), a hard drama
without concessions where a middle class family
have to live with the consequences of the
father and the oldest daughter schizophrenia.
Big names in Spanish cinema support this film,
Cristina Marcos, Alberto San Juan and specially
Although many doctors use to criticize most of
these movies arguing that schizophrenics are
not violent, only with themselves, they forget
that cinema is an illusion, movies are just a reflection
of the reality and they want to make us
think. And to get to this purpose sometimes we
need a fake mirror, an empty hotel in the middle
of nowhere, a lost highway, a crazy woman
with a gun or just a seriously painful joke.
Click here for movie trailers
Politically incorrect, sarcastic and kinky!
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
He is one of the young French artists
now based in Berlin, that makes this city
into such a special and artistic place.
As a performer, artist and one of the
founders of AKA ( a place for creative
people in Berlin), he is giving Berlin a
very specific vibe and touch, where we
feel his creativity and his art.
It is not an easy task to understand who
Jon John is, and what he wants to express
with his art.
So, thats why we asked him in for an
Ladies and Gentlemen:
HONK!: Jon John, if you have 5 words, how
would you describe yourself?
Jon: Love, Share, Sex, Ego, Intransigent.
You are doing a very specific kind of art, calling
yourself a dermal plastician artist, what
does this mean?
Dermal plastician refers to the fact that i am
mainly working through body, skin and flesh.
I am also a video arist and i create installations.
But i am mainly a performer. Performance has
a large meaning especially today.
I ´ve been called a Body art performer (i´m
blessed). I use my own body as an instrument
of sort, creating a physical act, which is not
characterised as dance, neither theatre, and by
Photo by Yann Levy
You are also doing performances, some kind
of boylesque shows, what s going on in your
That is exactly why i mentioned the different
meaning of “performance”.
There is a huge difference between my physical
live act and my entertainment boylesque
show, and you can obviously understand it just
through their name. But they are, at the same
time always linked. I can´t build a show without
aim or interest, loads of performer do, and
bless them, but i can´t. I need to be political,
controversial, picky, sending a message...
My entertainment show are usually around
strip tease, lap dancing, acrobatic aerial bondage,
acrobatic chair motion. It´s usually grotesque,
sexy, politically incorrect, sarcastic and
Photo by Kiril Bikov http://bikov.de/
doing so i aim to express feelings or exploring
I´ve mainly worked on rituals.
. WHO’s Soul
HAS NEVER BEEN
Do you plan your show, or does it just happen
on stage? I don´t think you can practice that
Of course i do rehearsals.
Regarding the physical live act, i prepare a
guide, then the whole ritual happens differently
all the time, as it´s based usually on
going through my body limits, the trance is
different all the time (thank God!). If the performance
happens to be the same all the time
i would loose my trance as it comes from a
mix between endorphin and adrenaline, being
over-prepared about what will happen would
remove the adrenaline process.
The boylesque shows are probably the acts that
i rehearse the more, but again the shows are
never the same, they all have a base, and then
it changes all the time, following the stage, the
location, my mood, the people, the other performers
i can collaborate with.
I love to improvise and collaborate, and i know
what i can and cannot do, so i usually mix all
those factors to give the best cocktail.
Using your own body as a piece of art makes
me think you are a “hurt soul”, as to me your
art looks painfull... am i right? Is it something
inside you that has to come out? Or is it just a
Whos soul has never been hurt?
Once again i am going to use this sentence
from Gina Pane: “If i cut my body open for you
to stare at your own blood, it´s because i love
you: THE OTHER.”
My acts has nothing
to do with a
Puting my body
in action to send
a message, share
feelings, give my
sense for me.
Some others will paint on canvas, sculpt in
wood, take pictures... and believe me, you see
much more painfull things everyday on your tv.
That will always freak me out. When you just remove
this electrical signal to put people in front
of their reality, it suddenly hurts more...
Loads of my past work are based on how beauty
can be subjective and subversive, you are giving
me credit to this by asking me this question.
. I´ve been used to
since i was born .
When did you create your first artwork, and
how did it came
I was born in a
deaf family (not all
of them but parts
of them), and so
i grew up with
deaf people. I´ve
been used to body
language since i was born. I did study deaf
langage, and I have a degree as a sign language
teacher. We are educated and used to simply
move the lips to go through language, my family
gave me a different vision, i feel blessed.
Being able to use my body to talk since i was
born makes me realise so much things about
non deaf society barrier and frustration.
Maybe this is where it started, when i understood
the body and the powerfull language it
As a child i did dance, and theater. I started
performing at my 18th birthday , in south of
France, with a collective called “kitschissims”
in some riot street happening, we were really
controversial, and political.
Then i met Bastien, and we created the “un autre
corps” project. This is where we started approaching
body art. We have been called body
architects. Our duet been through loads of nice
stages and events. I miss performing with him.
I got used to collaborate all the time, and loved
it, that is why it was really strange for me finding
myself alone in acts, but i have learned a lot
about myself from that.
What was your first implant procedure? How
old were you?
I had a traditional piercing ring (circular barbell)
when i was 18 years old, i wanted to see
and experience the process, i removed it when
i came with my first “conceptual” ornament,
those two clock rings i still have in my forearms.
I started a collaboration with a french
artist on the removal of those pieces, more to
All the pieces that i put under my skin are
meant to be worn and removed, and always
part of an installation. Procedures are always
filmed and performed, sometimes even in live
surgery. I show those films in gallery and performance
Does it hurt? Do you like
Well, of course opening up
my skin, elevating my skin,
puting an item inside stiching
it back and healing the
whole process is painfull.
But the pain is not the aim.
To be honest i hate pain,
well who likes it? I think determination
gives you some
But do you know what is really
painfull? People asking
me that ;-)
Photo by Kiril Bikov http://bikov.de/
How are the people reacting
to your show?
Most of the time people are
kinda scared to come and
see me, especially people
who are really close to me,
but they usually ask me if
they can come again. What
you see in pictures or videos
is not really explaining
Ritual for love by Julie Fogarty http://www.juliefogarty.com
what happens during my rituals. I am sharing
a lot with the audience during the acts, and it
s a very important point in my work. I give a
lot, emotionaly, physicaly, and bring the audience
with me. It’s a travel inside my poetry. I
have seen a lot of reactions, but the one that
. It’s a travel
remains are tears.
You have lots of beautiful tattoos, do they all
have special meanings, or are they just graphic
choices? Did you tattoo yourself?
My tattoos are usually parts of some art projects.
The pattern project: As wearing fabric from
my clothes, i got tattooed (and still do) differents
patterns on my skin. (handstooth, tartain,
black, pin-striping, paisley...)
My “love to love” ritual project has been something
so powerfull so far for me that i had to
ink those 3 beautiful words.
I just got a horse head tattoo in my pomme
hand for my next and new project “das leben
ist kein ponyhof”
I do tattoo aswell, i do tattoo myself yes, but
because of the idea of sharing i prefer to get
tattoo by someone else.
You are from France but based in Berlin, is it
easier to be an artist in Berlin.
I am not sure, but the fact that there are lots of
artist in this special city increase your creativity.
Where do you see yourself in a couple of
years, where do you want to let your art
I am working a lot on video actualy, i like this
media and the new collaboration it brings me.
I started several projects of conceptual ornament
implantation, but not on myself any-
more, on other performers, wich is a different
approach of my art, and really interesting for
me cause i can focuse more on the production,
editing and directing.
I m really focused on the AKA project aswell,
the dream of creating a space like AKA was in
my head since a long time. Written on a paper
in my “project” folder.
As a multi-discipline artist i’ve never found
a space to work which was combining different
Under the influence of Valentin (aMinus),
we decided that it was about time to create
this space, AKA is an artist-run space
in the first place (we both use this space as
atelier for our respective art activity). We
both have loads of friends involved in art,
with different backgrounds, different disciplines,
and it was for us an opportunity to give
them a place to work, a place where we can
all collaborate, spend more time together, be
a family. That’s why we chose the name AKA
(although known as): the simple fact that this
place has no name, has different tags and different
people involved in the adventure.
Regarding the tattoo activity, we want to show
a new face of Tattoo. We have once again lots
of friends involved in Tattoo throughout europe
and all of them have a different artistic
background which led them into tattoing eventually.
This is why their style is different, more
graphic, using new technics and technologies
to make their own art evolve on skins. We want
to promote that.
About the location, we both live in Berlin and
we both love Berlin. It is the only city in europe
which allows you to open anything creative easily.
The city is focused on and filled with artists,
that inspires us so much everyday. Berlin also
brought huge opportunities in our respective
carreers. AKA was meant to be a Berliner.
How much do you take care of yourself?
Cutting your body in part isn’t it dangerous
especially in terms of infections etc?
I do take care of myself, that´s the first thing i
do, i respect my body, and it is really important
for me, my body is my temple.
I do take some breaks from performing really
often as my body needs it.
I am an hygiene teacher in body piercing seminars,
so no worries for me, i know how to avoid
. mY BoDY iS mY
Where can i see you in the next month? What
are your plans?
Nothing really planed for the next month as i
am on a break for the moment, working in the
shadow on videos, new pieces, directing other
performers in my “theater”.
I started a big film project with loads of different
performer called “we are no robots”, in wich i selected
and joined different performers that i like
around a topic and a symbol, but it is just the
begining of this adventure so i won t tell more.
I collaborate a lot with Kiril Bikov, and we are
building a live act together. ●
Click here to watch Jon John’s performance
‘love to love’:
Lucha libre, by Antonio Flores ( acrobatic aerial bondage )
The perfect dress for the HONK!GENTLEMAN
The perfect dress for the HONK!LADY
Interview with Fatih Alasalvaroglu by Marcel Schlutt
Translation by Shel Fuller
Fatih Alasalvaroglu is a German with
Turkish roots. He is living in Berlin and
he is following a dream he had once.
Thanks to his studies of Corporate and
Business Communications at the University
of the Arts in Berlin and a successful
career as an actor for TV and
cinema, both as Director, narrator and
illustrator, it was only a matter of time,
that he came up with a project by his
own power and initiative.
In June 2010, the all-round talent,
founded URBERLIN! Which is a very
exciting and succesful Project!
We met Fathi Alasalvaroglu , as it
should be otherwise in an old Berlin artist
caffee, and with his charm, he won us
for his project, directly!
But read for yourself!
HONK!: What is Urberlin?
FATIH: In particular, ART! Art by Artists is neither
the clean “white cubes” of galleries, nor the
illegal fringe that cannot be classified by society.
URBERLIN offers new perspectives on both
contradictions; a new development which lies
between the two with original designs “From
the streets - For the streets. “ Art from the
walls of Berlin captured on fabric and textiles.
URBERLIN is ART to WEAR. Thereby, social
projects are supported and the artists have a
chance to earn a living. All products are “Made
in Berlin”, Limited Edition Only prints (pcs 100
/ designer), exclusively Berlin artists, environmentally
friendly printed and sweatshop-free.
Street Art is an exciting art form. It is creative
expression within the public domain and Berlin
has a lot to offer. If one looks closely, there
is a great deal to discover on Berlin’s walls.
Images that move. It is made for us humans, in
fact for us all! Nevertheless, it is often unfortunately
painted over, destroyed and declared
illegal. It does not receive the attention it richly
and truly deserves.
URBERLIN offers street art a new stage: On
the bodies of people, they are carried back onto
the streets. URBERLIN is canvas and medium
in one. Art becomes fashion, and their wearer
becomes the art’s ambassador. With designs
from the streets, for the streets, URBERLIN is
a label and agency in one: For street artists who
are looking for a new platform, as well as, style
orientated people, in search an extraordinary
product and simultaneously do a good deed.
In the long term, the birthplace of street art,
the street, should also benefit from the profits,
as well as, the brand itself. In the future, URB-
ERLIN will donate a portion of its revenue per
item sold to various social projects in Berlin.
In this sense, that means, WEAR ART AND
SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS.
How did an actor decide to start such a project?
Acting, for me, doesn’t just mean spending
my life hoping and waiting for offers from
other people. You always have to find a way
to quench your desire to “play”; to be curious
about life, hone ideas and above all, never lose
enthusiasm. The eternal “waiting for the role of
a lifetime” can do exactly the opposite.
After I completed my degree in Media Studies
at the University of the Arts, I thought about
what I could do that would bring me the most
joy and decided on URBERLIN, here, I am
playing the “main character” and I can determine
the future of how things will develop.
Overall, it has to do with lifestyle, communication,
politics and society - all areas which I feel
drawn to. I’m happy with this decision because
I am currently discovering that every day it
makes me stronger than I’ve ever felt in other
roles. URBERLIN is my film and celluloid from
which everything is made – exactly my taste!
I have heard that you want to use UrberlIn
to support varios social projects. How will
Correct. URBERLIN will donate part of its
profit to the streets, thereby, bringing the
central theme “from the street - for the street”
full circle. I find it important that the art of the
streets of Berlin, somehow flows back into the
streets. URBERLIN art not only moves but it
also makes a difference. With a donation, for
example, I am able to help children and young
people from socially-difficult backgrounds. Because
if not here then where? They need support
and especially positive role models from
whom they can learn and emulate. In various
workshops, which are currently having a strong
impact for young people and kids of Berlin, I
see the possibility of providing creative support
and help through donations. It is an amazing
opportunity to back something positive for our
society. If each donation is “only” a drop in the
ocean, than one drop is always better than no
You take street art and place them on various
textiles, which artist are involved?
Now, I have a handful of good artists who
have contributed their artwork in support of
URBERLIN. Stohead, NEMA-ONE, PRINCE
BUNTSTIFT are the first in a number of artists
who are soon to join. Not only because they are
experienced and good, but mostly because they
understand the philosophy behind URBERLIN.
They appreciate the creative collaboration and
personal conversation that URBERLIN has
developed with them and wish to help the company
evolve. URBERLIN appreciates this essential
trust, and therefore promotes its artists in a
fair partnership! Other interesting, innovative,
and fresh artists have also shown interest in our
portfolio of products which are already in development.
So it’s just a matter of time..
URBERLIN is very young, but it is already
looking forward to being part of a burgeoning
movement in art. Many famous artists from
film and television like Tobias Schenke, Eralp
Uzun, Roy Peter Link, Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss,
Lara-Isabelle Rentinck, Bärbel Schleker and
Ralph Kretschmar have contributed their support
to URBERLIN. New artists are already in
the pipeline ... URBERLIN is currently seeking
collaborations with famous athletes. They are
popular figures, close to the people and, above
all, they display a fighting spirit and enthusiasm
for our modern society. Aspects that are
very interesting for URBERLIN. Some interesting
offers are on the table but I am not at
liberty to say more.
And did they all immediately say yes?
Yes, the artists who want to understand, and
those who have not forgotten how to understand
jumped immediately on board. Without
vanity those artists showed their enthusiasm
for the cause. Surely there are others, but
they are not worth mentioning. URBERLIN
works with positive people and in particular,
we work with positive thinkers! After all,
this concept is not just a fly-by-night idea, or
brand but a movement that promotes something
new. For URBERLIN, both the art and
the artist are the beacons of change.
What is the payment like?
As it so often is at the beginning of sucha project,
the payment is not the essential thing. You work
with people and artists who want to contribute
for the sake of their art and the idea. Nevertheless,
every artist receives a fee for every product
What are your dreams and goals for URBER-
LIN? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My dreams and goals for URBERLIN are: increased
awareness, financial support, genuine
cooperation with other labels and companies,
welcoming additional artists into the collective
and especially, to expand the product portfolio.
Besides T-Shirts, URBERLIN will also offer
hoodies, sweaters, baseball caps, shopping
bags and fashion accessories with unique designs.
The original canvases of the artists will
be available to purchase online.
Everything exclusively created by URBERLIN’s
original artists, and only limited edition! An
extension of the online shop as a storefront is
also a dream, and finally to help the children
and young people of Berlin by sharing and donation
profits. Something that will make their
eyes sparkle. All this will be URBERLIN!
Where do I see myself in ten years? Hopefully
with a smile on my face and a happy sigh when
I look back...
Is Berlin a good basis for this kind of art?
If not this city, where then? Berlin has made
me what I am today. In no other German
city, would I probably have this development
has made me
what i am todaY .
and experience. This freedom of thought, the
authenticity of expression, the ability to be
anonymous and yet be connected - all that
makes this city for me exceedingly beautiful,
even though it could leave the impression
of being ugly at first. Essentially, Berlin is a
diamond in the rough for me and I decide
every daily interaction. Sometimes, I can
polish it and make it shine, or leave it simply
unpolished, dirty, “staring” or “etched”. Berlin
is only a matter of perspective - especially
because of its diversity. In that diversity, the
courage to stand out and shine is a challenge.
That is exciting and you can easily grow
accustomed to it. URBERLIN can only grow.
So why not dare? WEAR ART and make it
shine for us all. First in URBERLIN and then
hopefully, all over the world.●
Photos by Slava Mogutin
Text by Christo Mitov
When he first arrived in New York 15
years ago, Slava hardly knew anyone
and could hardly speak English. He
had to start his life and career from the
ground zero and reinvent himself both
personally and artistically. As he describes
it: “It was a long, dramatic and
exciting journey, and that’s how Slava
Mogutin the artist was born”
The photographer was named after Yaroslav
the Wise, the ancient king who was responsible
for unifying the state and bringing literacy
to Russia, but everybody calls him just Slava
(Russian for fame). When he moved to New
York, he started using Slava as his artistic
name. One of his poetry books was published
under the name SUPERMOGUTIN. And that’s
where also the name of his collaboration project
with his muse Brian Kenny, SUPERM
comes from. Slava and Brian met at a nightclub
called Opaline in New York’s East Village back
in 2004. Their first creative collaboration is
an art video where Brian was throwing eggs at
Slava’s ex-boyfriend, who was wearing only a
diaper and boots, on the streets of Brooklyn.
Slava starts writing poetry and doing photography
at the same time - in his early teens when
he prints his first photographs in an improvised
darkroom in his mother’s bathroom. For
years photography and drawing was something
he was doing on the side as a hobby, but it’s
not until he moved to New York when he started
focusing more on visual art. After publishing
7 books in Russian and being a professional
writer and journalist for over 10 years, Slava
felt like he had said enough.
For his photographs Mogutin never uses professional
models. In fact, he hadn’t even had a
professional studio until just few months ago.
Most of his shoots are completely spontaneous
and improvised. Slava gets plenty of solicitations
from volunteers who want to be photographed
by him, but he prefers to work with
friends and people he knows. Personal connection
with his subjects is essential part of his
work. Slava’s not just interested in pretty faces
or beautiful bodies, he wants to capture their
real character and emotion. His photographs
are always about trust and mutual respect and
understanding. Even for his most graphic and
explicit photos, he would never force anyone
into anything they don’t want to do, or something
that Slava wouldn’t do himself.
Slava hardly ever goes to galleries—just because
most of the pretentious and commercial
art you can see in Chelsea bores him to death.
Nowadays he finds more inspiration in the
street art and the work of young artists who
don’t get much exposure besides the Internet.
One of the reasons why he started his Pinko
Commie Fag Blog (http://slavamogutin.blogspot.com)
is to give the platform to these talented
rebellious kids and emerging artists who
don’t have a gallery representation, because
“these kids will shape the art of the 21st century,
not the art mafia that controls the market”
2011 Slava will publish Panoramic View - his
new travel book of panoramic photos from
around the world, places like Morocco, Guatemala,
Mexico and, of course, Russia. Panoramic
View is very different from my first two
books, Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go. It’s not so
much about people, as about spaces—landscapes
and still-lifes with occasional portraits
For the first issue of HONK! he shot ...
this shot : on the set of Gio Black Peter’s music
video directed by Bruce LaBruce and starring
Thomas Lachin as Truffles
Photos by Slava Mogutin!
by Rochelle Lamanz
Schizophrenia. All we hear about
is delusions, hallucinations, people
covering stuff in foil to prevent alien
signals from reaching them, John
Nash freaking out at Princeton. Incidentally,
I knew someone who was a
student at Princeton around the time
Nash 'went crazy.'
But if you look at the symptoms, and what
they represent, in a way, it's beautiful. And the
nerds embrace it. Silver foil? My silver foil is
the things with which I surround myself to deflect
the hurtful gaze of society trying to look in
and try to tell me that I'm a freak for being who
I am, that I'm wrong and strange and weird for
liking what I like. My silver foil is the music
I listen to, the books I read, the people I love,
the scientific formulae that wrap me up and
cradle me and keep me safe.
If you smell things that aren't there, see things
that aren't there, hear things that are not uttered,
you're mad. In that case, you'd be in
good company. Rachmaninoff wrote the most
sublime piano concertos, Tchaikovsky's ballets
induce weeping, and Mozart must have heard
way too much that wasn't there.
My point is, all art, be it poetry, music, art,
sculpture, literature... it all came ex nihilo –
out of nothing. My point is that Rachmaninoff
heard something that had not previously
existed, and composed it into something that
reaffirms existence – I know I'm alive when
I hear the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor.
All these nerds, the people who loved music
and art and science, they took something that
didn't exist, wasn't there, and they made it so
that it was there.
And as for delusions – the only delusion
we carry is that we don’t believe we’re good
enough for anything. We don’t see our true potential.
We’re scared of what we can achieve.
And other people get scared when they see our
potential, which is why they try to tell us not
to do something. It’s the geeks and nerds and
‘weird’ people are bullied – because they’re
not afraid to achieve, to create, to be who they
Celebrate your individuality.
And remember, it’s not necessarily that people
are against you. They’re just for themselves!! ●
The life of man appears a glorious fate:
The day how lovely, and the night how great!
And we ‘mid Paradise-like raptures plac’d,
The sun’s bright glory scarce have learn’d to taste.
Rest in peace
Photos by Marcel Schlutt & Pascale Jean-Louis
Concept & Styling Haniball Saliba
Hair&Make up Pascale Jean-Louis
Model Jan Burchard
Trenchcoat A.D. Dertz
Shirt Moga e Mago
Trousers Butterfl ysoulfi re
Button & Colier Styrstyling
Boots Dr. Martens
Gun Stylist Own
Skinjeans, Leather Neck Stretchers & Leatcher
Police Gloves Butcherei Lindinger
Shirt Tiger of Sweden
Boots Maison Martin Margiela
Trenchcoat A.D. Dertz
Leather Blinders Butcherei Lindinger
Shirt Moga e Mago
Button & Colier Styrstyling
Boots Dr. Martens
Gun Stylist Own
Leather mouth-gag Butcherei Lindinger
Trousers Hugo Boss
Shirt Fred Perry
Fly Rene Lizard´
Trenchcoat Kilian Kerner
Shirt Tiger of Sweden
Rubber Gladiator Mask Butcherei Lindinger
Trousers Kilian Kerner
Schoulder Pieces Moga e Mago
Leather mouth-gag Butcherei Lindinger
Gun Stylist Own
Gun Stylist own
Biker pant and Belt Butcherei Lindinger
Fur and Sholuders pieces Moga e Mago
Boots Dr. Martens
Dress Butterfl ysoulfi re
T-Shirt Moga e Mago
Leather Harness Butcherei Lindinger
It’s Sunday morning and i wake up after working
for more than 15 hours and sleeping only 4.
Sun is shining . For a moment I think it’s summer
but when I open the window a cold siberian
wind definitely wakes me up.
I go to the fridge and It’s empty, something
awfully too usual during weekends. No coffee
either. Just some vodka a friend of mine left
the night before. Well, that’s better that water
and as it cold outside, let’s have breakfast russian
My friend Wanda is calling for the third time.
We were supposed to meet at La Latina. Maybe
the best place to go on a Sunday morning.
I’m late. I’m always late. By the time I get there
and while I’m welcome with a very cold tap
vermouth the show starts.
In a corner of the square a bunch of old ladies
are leaving church after the Sunday service.
Some are all dressed in black (very catholic),
some wear impossible make ups and impossible
hairdos. What’s the matter with the hairspray
in this city? Do they give it for free in the
There is also a group of nerds coming from a
chinese liquor store with maybe 300 bottles of
beer. I bet they are still awake from the night
before. They all look like clones, same shirts,
same glasses, etc. They look like an army with
uniforms ready to battle against the old ladies.
Suddenly a peaceful pop song from the 70’s begins
to sound from the other side of the square.
A very thin woman in her late sixties introduces
herself in a very british accent. There is
a very fat man sitting behind her next to a very
old CD player. I guess he calls himself the DJ.
She speaks with a very deep voice. Too much
sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. She danced for The
Rolling Stones back in England. She tried to
have something with Mick Jagger but she did
Keith Richard because he was more “available”.
She says she is on tour around Europe
after singing for Vivienne Westwood at her
birthday party (now I understand her outfit).
She starts dancing frenetically (well, as frenetic
as a 70 years old woman can dance) remembering
her golden years in Woodstock.
One of the nerds decides to dance with her but
she push him against his friends who can’t resist
laughing . This is a one diva stage and she
The music is off and the fat man wakes up and
walks around the crowd with an empty box
asking for money. There is a big applause and
the audience wants more. The diva is ready for
a reprise. Watch out Madonna! Your kingdom
is over bitch!
I think I have enough so I decide to follow my
friends to a Tapas Bar. It’s time for a typical
fried calamari sandwich.
I look back for a moment. The diva is dancing,
the nerds are still her most committed fans, the
women from church start their way home and
a new group of very posh girls come next to
nerds to enjoy the show. They feel very alternative
because they are sitting on the ground.
Yeah, let’s get wild girls.
My friends are waiting and the area is full of
people, punks, nerds, posh, gothics, mods, old
ladies with too much hairspray and Linda the
british dancer. If she belongs to a trend she
invented it... and her fat husband? Well, he just
goes with the flow.
I believe this is what we call here “Any given
The eye sees
what it looks for.
Is classic fashion journalism standing
before its end? A legitimate question
when browsing the web which features
countless blogs on the subject of fashion.
More and more people feel called to
present, illustrate and comment on their
personal taste. One encounters highlycharged
cell phone videos of fashion
shows, ragtag shopping tips, homemade
photo collages, opaque text fragments
and rough-form comments.
The blog really gives everyone the opportunity
to exhibit themselves in the manner of
their choosing. This is precisely the essence
of a blog: self-presentation. Journalistic work
means that one must have the ability to collect,
assess, prepare and present information.
Sometimes, I look at fashion blogs, and find
myself up to my ears in the ego of the author.
I can no longer bare to look at the countless
“daytime looks” featuring an unmotivated,
melancholic girl, unadorned with long hair,
a gray sweater, Marlene trousers and wedge
heel shoes or bearded, narrow-types in skinny
jeans, shirt, straw hat and sunglasses staring
blankly into the camera. I do not care whether
Ricardo, who was obviously not born in Berlin,
is grinning at me on a Berlin-street style blog
in his military jacket.
Why would anyone be interested in photographing
the Parisian pseudo-fashion elite
hanging out at some party? Do I really need to
know which designer piece some petite, gay,
Asian boy thinks is in style? Who are these
people who think that their opinions are interesting
or better yet, simply worth being presented?
When I look precisely at some of the
most successful fashion blogs, which are partially
written by educated, industry professionals,
it becomes clear that some high-powered
fashion houses have commissioned a blog and
maintain it so that they are not lagging behind
the times. Sometimes, young, ambitious people
think that the Internet is the perfect medium
for their creative energies to develop without
restriction. And sometimes, they are journalists
working for print media and using a blog
not as a service but to present themselves as
What is shocking is the amateurism of the
ideas implemented. Often, I expect a confusing
maze on a website. Where do you find
the information? On this button? No! I’m
already tired. Then, this video! Who edited
this? Hasn’t anyone noticed that it’s way too
dark, the sound is unbearable and the host
standing in front of the camera has the presence
of a prune! Poorly written articles and
terrible images which give the feeling that a
blind man surely was at work. There are good
reasons why there are different departments in
a magazine. For the visual appearance of the
magazine, graphic designers and art directors
are responsible. The content is compiled by
the Editorial Department. Authors write good
articles. Photographers produce professional
photospreads. A huge team is responsible for
a perfect product. Often on a blog, one person
attempts to tackle all of these challenges. Fatally,
brands from Louis Vuitton to H&M have
jumped on this train. These companies are
trying to win over bloggers by giving away their
products in the hopes that the brand name or
the product will be mentioned on the blog as
often as possible. Another method is to invite
bloggers to fashion shows and events. Presently,
there are a plethora of unknown bloggers
at major fashion shows sitting next to Fashion
Editors like Anna Wintour and Suzy Menkes.
Seats that previously were only held by print
journalists and editors.
Good thing there is the internet because in case
of an emergency, you can always quickly find
the latest looks that you have not even seen because
someone else was sitting in the front row.●
Photos by Asha Mines
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
She is maybe the cutest human being
from Belgium i have ever met!
One look in her eyes and you are in love
Miss Henken grew up in Brussels and
studied photography and screen printing
at the E.R.G.
Born in 1973
she is a living
proof that Belgiians
are the best
in the world.!
She is a true artist.
We just love
her tattoos and
HONK!: Miss Henken, are u a tattoo artist?
CANTAL HENKEN: I don’t limit myself to the
techniques, they are more like tools to express
myself for a specific project.
I worked for a lot of projects, and i like to work
the common tattoo into a special project with
each customer.I like to experiment within the
techniques and I hope to discover and work
with new techniques as well.
For example, I’m working on a friend’s project
called UNREZT, a
music label, which
WITH REGARD OF .
the people i met .
develops too a whole
I’m working on
a friend’s project
called UNREZT, a
music label, which
develops too a whole
For the tattoo, I met someone who offered to
teach me. I’ve always worked with regard of
the people I meet.
Every tattoo is a little piece of art. But some
people wanna have some realy ugly tatoos.
What are u doing when someone is coming
with a bad idea?
I DON’T WANt TO
THe AESTHETIC TASTE
OF THE CLIENT .
I don’t think that tattoos are art pieces, they
are pieces of life.
Some people have really bad tattoos (for me),
it’s true, but I don’t want to judge the aesthetic
tastes of the client.
But if someone comes with an idea, I’ll do
everything to enhance the project. And if I feel
that I won’t be happy with it, I’ll direct the client
to someone else, more suited to his wishes.
people. There is not really a waiting list to have
an appointment, because it’s a time used to
prepare the project, meet the client, and develop
the tattoo project together.
There are so many girls being tattoo-artist.
Do you know why?
My point of view about women in tattoos, is
that women have more space in the work system
(Nowadays there are a lot of people becoming
tattooists, who comes from graphic art backgrounds,
and it develops the visuals, the styles
of tattoos. And women have the place in this
And honestly, it’s far more comfortable to suffer
in the arms of a pretty girl, no? (hahaha)
Do you see yourself as an artist?
I feel more like an artisan than an artist.
What is your biggest wish for 2011?
My biggest wish : continue to meet people,
learn, travel, and develop my work everyday. ●
Do u have a special kind of tatoo u like the most?
There’s no tattoo style I prefer, but there are
styles of tattoos towards whom I don’t have
I’m probably not the best person to do a tribal
tattoo, because I don’t recognize myself in this
culture, and I’m not attracted to it visually.
How expensive is a tatoo from you?
The price depends on what you are ready to
give for your tattoo. But the tattoo is not something
vital, it is a luxury, and what’s important is
what you put in it.
Where do you work and how long do people
have to wait for an appoinment’?
I work in Brussels, at “Chez Elles”, in Berlin, at
“AKA” and “ Tatau Obscur”, and I try to travel
the rest of the time, to learn, to meet new
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150 ChaNTal hENkEN
Photography & Production Zsu Szabo
Styling Sebastian Anderßen
Make up Janine Mannheim
Hairstyling Gregpr Makris/Bigoudi
Model Christien Fleischhauer/Seeds
Ballad of Beauty
She She was was indeed a a sight sight for sore for eyes sore eyes
A BALLAD OF BEAUTY
darker A darker landscape filled with with horror horror
She She swallowed my lust, lust, my my desire! desire!
KW Institute for Contemporary Art in
Berlin is a place for the production and
presentation of discourse oriented contemporary
art. KW has no collection of its
own but instead views itself as a laboratory for
communicating and advancing contemporary
cultural developments in Germany and abroad
by means of exhibitions, workshops and resident
artists’ studios, as well as by collaborating
with artists or other institutions and by commissioning
In 1996 KW launched the Berlin Biennale for
Contemporary Art, taking place for the seventh
time in 2012
Founded in the early 1990s by Klaus Biesenbach
and a group of young art enthusiasts,
the institution is located on the site of a abandoned
margarine factory in Berlin’s Mitte
district. It symbolizes, perhaps more than any
other institution, the city’s development into a
center of contemporary art in the decade after
the fall of the Wall. The listed front building
dating from the second half of the 18th century
and the late-19th-century factory to its
rear were extensively restored with assistance
from the urban heritage preservation office
Städtebaulicher Denkmalschutz and the foundations
Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (German
Federal Cultural Foundation) and Stiftung
Denkmalschutz, during the course of the
1990’s. Two new buildings were also added to
the complex: the Café Bravo pavilion designed
by the American artist Dan Graham and architecturally
realized in collaboration with Hanne
Nalbach, and a classical white cube exhibition
hall from the Berlin architect Hans Düttmann.
The refurbished KW was inaugurated in fall
1999 and possesses some 2,000 square meters
of exhibition space extending over five floors,
six artists’ studios in the front side wings, and
one of the most striking courtyards in central
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
T 0049. 30. 243459. 0
F 0049. 30. 243459. 99
Tue - Sun noon - 7 pm
The KW Institute for Contemporary
Art in Berlin showes until February
20/2011, the first comprehensive solo
exhibition by Israeli artist Absalon in
1994. To this day, his work is an important
reference for subsequent generations
Absalon, born in 1964 in Ashdod, Israel,
moved his Center of life in 1987 to Paris, where
he remained worked until his untimely death
in 1993. In just a few years he created a work
of exceptional Complexity and coherence,
which - although imperfect - never fragmentary
remains. Systematically and gradually
opens the AbsalonSpace. Based on the essential
questions of human activities and based
on the basic shapes rectangle, square, triangle
and circle begins in 1987, first trying to empty
the existing rooms newlyand structure to fill in
simple forms. The Experimental arrangements,
in which he objects, drawings, photographs
and Films developed its completion, see the
Cellules: Absalon created on the basis of his
own personalized body measurements, ascetic
contemplation of the residential units, either
as a purely sculptural, the still be classified as
in the classical sense architecturally.
The Cellules created in 1991 as models and
prototypes. Reduced to a strict, geometric vocabulary
of forms, they are completely Wood,
cardboard and plaster and manufactured
exclusively in neutral white held. Formally remind
the cells to the architectural modernism
- Le Corbusier, Bauhaus, de Stijl and Russian
Constructivism - in their unconditional abstraction
they reflect not so much by a utopian
The exhibition at KW shows the complexity of
Absolon´s aesthetic and conceptual forms for
the first time in their entirety and can be
Relationships between individual and groups
of works are clear.
There will be a fully illustrated catalog with
essays Absalon, Bernard Marcadé, Nina Möntmann,
Moshe Ninio, Beate Söntgen and Philip
Ursprung and a conversation between Ute
Meta Bauer, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Susanne
The exhibition is sponsored by the Federal
Cultural Foundation. With generous support of
the KW friends.
The program of the KW Institute for Contemporary
Art is the Support from the Governing
Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery -
Cultural Affairs allows. ●
Tues - Sun 12 - 19 clock, Thu 12-21 clock
6 €, reduced 4 €, Thursday night ticket (19 -
21 clock): 4 € (including Operator)
For us at HONK! “Greedy
Eyes” is already one of
2011’s best new tracks.
The song hits you right
at the heart, the head
and feet with a beautiful
atmosphere thats is just
NEVE’s amazing vocal
brings something very
fresh to a quite tired pop
and techno scene.
Producer behind the track
is Drew EASTMAN a.k.a
EASTMAN who is also
label head at Mode2 Recordings
based in Berlin.
Drew was born in Germany
but lived most of his
life in London where he
was influenced a lot by the
We are sure you will hear
Greedy Eyes a lot around
the world this year.
HONK! Met up with EAST-
MAN to talk about this electronic
pop masterpiece and
the Video which was filmed in London
last December and how HONK! Played a
HONK!: How did Greedy Eyes come together
and how did you find NEVE ?
Eastman: Well i actually produced the instrumental
track a few years ago as part of a new
album project for Victoria Wilson James (The
Shamen / Soul II Soul) but that project was
shelved and it ended up on my Lgt Dsgn 3D
album last year ..
Around the same time i got approached by
NEVE and her posse about maybe working
together. I was so blown away by the voice and
Interview with Eastman by Marcel Schlutt
the quality of the previous work that i send
them this track and when came back to me is
what is now known as Greedy Eyes.
We will be working on a few more tracks now
for the new album.
Your music is very relaxed and has a certain
atmosphere about it, how would you describe
your music yourself?
I always find it tricky to describe my own music
but i guess its a mix of Electronica , Dance,
House and Chill Out with a mix of Soundtrackey
But its best to have a listen to my previous
albums and you get the idea.
Have you always been a music fanatic or is it
Credits Video clip
Anton Z Risan Director, and Magic Mask Pictures Ltd -Production Company
Alessio Valori (A.I.C) Director of Photography
more of a recent thing for you ? Also who and
what influenced you ?
The answer is actually tied together .. i was
growing up with music around me.
My folks used to and still listen to music till the
early hours of the morning. Great stuff from
Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Rush and such Hippy
kinda music .. You can hear that influence especially
in my first album ..
A lot of music that inspired me has been from
the likes of Pink Floyd, Groove Armada, LCD
Soundsystem, Michael Nyman, Portishead, Zoot
Woman, M83, Miike Snow and Hotchip to name
just a few.
Click here to watch the video clip
Hehehe is it? Well it’s something one hopes
for or dreams about but expect? No, never. It
would be amazing though if it did.
A Very sexy video has just been filmed in London
and been directed by Anton Z risan.
Can you tell us how you met Anton and give
us an idea of what to expect from the video ?
Well in fact is was HONK!’s own Editor in Chef
Marcel Schlutt that recommended me to Anton
as he was looking for music for a new project
which i am also gonna be working on. But once
i played him Greedy Eyes he was all fired up
and wanted to do a Music Video for the single
first .. So i have Marcel to thank for this too :)
The Video is very sexy its got an amazing cast of
Porn Stars, Models, Acrobats, the wicked Drag
Queen Chrissy Darling and many more sexy
people along with NEVE who is in the Video .. i
am not though. Next time here
Just expect a lot of stunning visuals playing with
good and evil and sexuality. Very Rock n Roll!
You don’t just Produce your own music but
also other artists and some remixes right ?
You also run Mode2 recordings, when did you
start that and whose signed to the label ?
Yeah i also produce and remix others .. not
been doing that much lately but i did work for
Massive Ego, Victoria Wilson James, Ysa Ferrer
and others there are a few projects lined up
for 2011 but i talk about that when i am working
on them here.I Started Mode2 in 2006 and
right now alongside of me there is Bjoern Nafe,
Sedat Altinok, HydrusX, Wave Dweller, Lanny
May and Kill Paris.
Can we catch you DJing anywhere in the world?
Naaahhhh i did that a few times back in the UK
and some gigs in France, the last have been in
Berlin but i prefer making music rather then
doing the DJ bit.
for the album.
Regarding live PA’s not sure about any just for
the single but i will post dates on my facebook
But their might be a few dates in the pipeline
later in the year to promote the album so keep
Thanks for taking the time to meet us ..
Thank you and all the best for the Magazine in
2011 and see you soon. LOVE EASTMAN
HONK! is totally in love with GREEDY
EYES and we wish you all the success in
the world with it. ●
Last but not least .. Whats in store next ? An
album ? Another Single ? Will you do any live
gigs promoting Greedy Eyes?
In fact i am already working on the new album
which is called: “I Can’t Rock n Roll” and depending
on how long Greedy Eyes will run the
album will drop before the next single. NEVE
will defiantly be doing the vocals on that and
there are some other amazing singers lined up
Photographer Marcel Steger
Styling Assistenz Kassandra Beab,
Nora Lubasch, Tanja Grams
Hair and Make up Gisela Sommer, Kaey
Model Silvio Hauke, Gisela Sommer
Dress Katrin Ciupiak
Shirt & Trousers Kassandra Beab
Dress & Necklace Friederike Hentschel
Harness Nora Lubasch
Dress Mirjana Gödecke
Corsage Petra Dos Santos
Collar Kristin Schuster
Necklace Elias Korzendorfer
Shirt Nora Lubasch
Dress Juliette Springer
Hood Kristin Schuster
Cape Anne Stutzky
Necklace Elias Korzendorfer
His name is Jens!
He works in a hospital for schizophrenic
Patients as a night watchman.
We met Jens on a cold winter evening in
Berlin and he has some interesting stories
to tell about working and living in
a closed department of psychiatry.
Why do you work in a hospital for schizophrenic
I spend 5 years working as a nurse and needed
a change. A friend told me that they are looking
for workmates in the closed psychiatric.
And now I’m here.
How was your first day at work? Was it crazy?
The point is that everybody wonders how it is
to work in such a hospital. But the reality looks
very different. We only know it from some
The first day I was a little shocked at the beginning.
But these people are really nice although
I was a little bit afraid, yes! In the end it was a
Many patients are not even there forever. Do
you also meet former patients again? If so,
how do they react?
Oh yes, this happens all the time.Many of them
remember me and say hello and others act like
they never seen me before. It’s funny though
when I meet them in a Club.
Do you think there are certain types of people
especially vulnerable to be affected by schizophrenia?
Not really, no. In my experience, it can affect
anyone. From young to old, woman to man,
black or white.
But many true addicts are affected especially
the ones that smoke much marihuana.
We now have read a lot about schizophrenia
and again you hear that schizophrenic people
often can be violent. Are you not afraid at
Yes, that is a problem..
But you are not allowed to have fear, they can
smell it and you are easy pickings.We try our
best to keep it secure. Fortunately nothing happened
When you go home after work, can you switch
off without problems and relax?
Some days I can do so very well, others less so.
But I have great friends, they catch me every
If you work with schizophrenic people everyday.
Do you have a feel for people with this
problem when you meet someone new?
(He laughs) Oh yes. I have something like a radar
for that. I meet new people and my feeling
tells me something is wrong with that person.
To conclude, please tell us one of your weirdest
moments in the hospital.
Oh this is a good one ..
One night I was on night watch for a patient
who admitted herself.
I entered the room and she was already confined
to the bed so I sat on a chair to read a
book next to her.
But what was going on than was like in a movie,
she started switching personalities back and
forth and each with a different dialect.
They said things like:
“I always smoke my last cigarette.”
“I Always dream day and night, always.”
“I cannot die, I could not die but I still want to
A few days later when she was a little better
she came up to me and took my hand thanking
me for listening to her.
I was really touched by that.
Photos by Haikal Noyes
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188 I FEEL SHOT
Text by Christo Mitov
There is no better place to start this article
but St. Oberholz - an infamous café
in the centre of Berlin used by many
trendy people with 70’s plastic frames
and varieties of Apple products in their
hands as a working station and business
meeting point. This is a field study,
live form the city jungle which is also
the natural habitat of a rare breed I will
educate you about. The following report
is aimed at distinguishing the real geeks
from the self-acclaimed nerd wannabes.
Lately, it has become a trend to be a nerd. Or
at least to pretend to look like one. The moment
gossip magazines started to use the term
“nerd” in their titles, I thought someone should
I will never forget how I got bashed in school for
being a nerd. I was one of few to have the best
grades in all disciplines and almost no social
life and. now it’s become a compliment to call
someone a nerd. As the person behind Grateful
Grapefruit ( www.gratefulgrapefruit.com ) for
(horny) nerds and as acclaimed geeky eager
beaver - I have the right to tell you, that:
You are not a nerd.
You wear a V-neck, some tight skinny jeans or
leggings, vintage shoes with no socks and fisherman
coat (for the lack of better ones)
From time to time you rock a beanie, a player
or a traveller hat.
When you unroll your scarf it measures almost
In summer you wear tank tops and straw
fedora, as seen on your favorite Berlin street
You dress studiously, but don’t know what that
You wear empty plastic frames and call them
nerd glasses, but you actually don’t need them,
because all you read is your pal’s blogs and feeds.
You say your swag is ironic while you’re really
trying too hard.
Your most valuable accessory is a tote bag
where you put the tobacco you roll, the low-cut
vest and the MDMA that gets you high.
You call yourself a DJ or VJ because you can
play some songs on your MacBook.
You do something with media or design while
actually you live off social benefits.
You have a mustache or a beard and neither
You use your iPhone to take pictures with vintage
filters and post them on your blog, twitter
and facebook profile.
You use dailybooth.com when you’re bored
(after you finished masturbating).
You are vegan, but don’t miss an opportunity
to stuff yourself in the nearest Burger King or
You listen to bands with at least 4 words in
You tweet “I’m such a nerd LOL” and you believe
You play games and you think that makes you
so fucking extra special.
You obnoxiously co-opt every style, culture and
subculture there is.
You’re just a hipster.
You are a nerd.
You are terrible with women or men.
You have an IQ over 130.
You don’t really care about your haircut or outfit;
or food you eat; or other superficialities.
You wear glasses, because you spend your days &
nights reading/staring in some uncrackable codes.
You play with a Rubik’s cube while you wait for
your eye doctor appointment - what is it this
You are studious and you know 5 more synonyms
for that word.
You don’t know what fedora or player hat looks
like, but you couldn’t care less.
You have arguments about RFC standards with
your followers on Twitter.
You are socially awkward, but that is ok.
You make pranks like those guys
and you laugh your ass off at the Star Wars
joke when you watch those videos.
You probably don’t even know the other breed
of “nerds” exists, because you’re too busy
working on a solution for Apollonius‘ problem
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Interview by Christo Mitov
I am a traditionalist when it comes to
concerts - I only go to see bands and
artists I have followed for at least a year
and whose music I’ve listened to at least
a week on loop. With Lemercier And
The Lala By it was more of a blind date.
I went to their concert in Schwuz - the
band was the culmination of the “Queer
Noises Festival” 2010. The time between
their mesmerizing magical performance
and this interview consists of just a
couple of phone calls, facebook chats
and numerous listens to Lala By tracks.
Steev Lemercier is a DJ, producer and
performer, born in 1978 and raised in
Geneva, with family origins from France
and Sicily (oh yeah!) In other words,
a mix of Alpenmilch, revolution and
volcanic eruption. As core of the music
project he embodies the shaman leader
of a mystic forest fairy cult called The
Lala By – a combination between peri,
dark furry creatures with horns and
Just like their music, Steev isn’t a guy
you would judge by the cover or by the
first listen. The deep vocals you hear on
the records come out of the mouth of
a small skinny guy with big eyes, wide
smile and sweet French accent. We met
in a small cafe in central Berlin Mitte
and talked about his toughest times, his
brightest moments of inspiration and
why, no matter how cliché it may sound,
you should only be yourself and trust
How are you?
To be honest, not so good. I am very happy to
be working on music again and be able to focus
on my art again. I have other things in my family
that suck and are not very easy to handle.
That actually really inspires my life. Do you
want to know what?
If you feel comfortable with sharing.
Why not. My father died 20 years ago and we
cremated him. 20 years later he sent me a letter
to say that he has saved money to build a grave
on the ground he has reserved in the cemetery.
I am just back from Switzerland where I was
with my mom and my sister. We threw my
father’s ashes in the river in the mountains in
Switzerland. Some intense things came out from
his history. My father was murderer and now I
asked to reopen my father’s case together with
the police. It’s a very dark and horrible story.
Now my life is great, but reality isn’t that easy
and I have to work on it to make it that way. So I
am very angry.
The past is haunting you.
No, I let it go. Unfortunately now I feel something
I never felt before - revenge. I am not
holding on the past. In this very moment I feel
like balance has to be restored and fairness too.
What I did with my father’s ashes was more to
let go. I want things to be clear.
Is this why you reopened the case?
Yes. I don’t want to go back too deep. What
happened, is really nasty. Two people who
have been covered for 20 years, have to come
clear and justice has to be restored. Other
people suffered for 20 years although they
shouldn’t have. Back then I was a little kid so I
didn’t realize what was happening.
What’s the best memory you had with your
Actually I don’t have so many good memories.
My father wasn’t nice with us, his children. he
was this dominant person that scares you. My
mother used to be that way too. We grew up in
this fake protective golden childhood. My parents
had a restaurant - they were having people
from all over the world coming to the restaurant.
It was all about attitude - they punished
us for eating even with the wrong fork.
protect me. My mother disappeared with somebody
and had to hide because of the problems
she had with the restaurant. She put me in a
school in the mountains for children with problems.
Most of them were mentally sick, but I
was more of a calm water person. There was this
one time when a kid was insulting my father. I
told him many times to shut up but he didn’t.
So I broke his arms and legs. Then the teachers
punished me not to leave the school for 6
months during which I was seeing a shrink.
After the school I went to college. My teachers
blamed me for being angry, but could understand
me, too. I was very rebellious those days.
I lived together with my mother. i wanted to
shock her so I was going out late, not coming
back for days, I pierced my nose, dressed up in
leather, shaved my head and did all the things
I wanted to do. I was goin out in the gay scene
- I wasn’t only into drugs and alcohol, but also
into sex. I met a hustler, i found his life very
interesting and got inspiration from him.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
One older sister, Natasha. She was the person
educating me while I was growing up. She is my
mother actually. She was eating with the wrong
fork, too. She was protecting me from many
harms coming from my parents. She was treating
me like an adult, not covering the truth.
What was the greatest advice she gave you?
To be myself. She didn’t want me to be affraid
to say what I felt and what I thought.
How did you get out of the repression of your
parents and escape your home?
By ignoring them. I was this autistic child -
always painting and drawing, not saying anything.
When they yelled at me, I just went to
my room silently.
My father died when I was 12. the family had
to be split. My sister married and escaped in
france. She was working hard to get me and
Is this also when you started with music?
The last year of secondary school I didn’t go to
school. i decided to be a hairdresser in Geneva.
Everybody was really nice to me and praised
my work. I am born in Geneva, but I hated it so
much that I decided to leave and finished my
hairdresser education in London. There I started
to mix everything. I became a DJ. I met a lot
of people and I stayed in London for five years.
Then I went back to Geneva, met my old friends
who then became famous DJs like Miss Kittin
and others. There was this club called Vitamix,
which was the Berghain or Panorama Bar (most
popular Berlin club) of Geneva where all those
popular alternative DJs came for gigs. Then I
came to Berlin because I was invited to play as
a DJ. After some time I decided to stay here.
Now it’s going to be 9 years that I’m here. I promoted
my DJ work, I got invited in Berghain.
Then I found a group with a friend of mine - we
called it Anachrom. He was the first person
who showed me how to compose properly and
share my music with others. Out first album was
called “The Rest Is Yours”. I was the deep vocal
and he was the high vocal. We split for personal
reasons and now I started to develop LaLa By.
How did you find all the members?
When I left Berlin, I continued composing
songs. It was the Christmas of 2009. I was on
my own and I wrote this song called Dominoes
- it is about fucked up relationships. When I
finished it, I thought it’s a crappy Christmas
song. Then I made a friend listen to it - he was
really inspirted by it and we listened to it many
times. Then I composed two other songs the
same night. That is when I decided to have my
own project called Lemercier LaLa By. The
name of the album was supposed to be called
LaLa By. I used to like psychedelic music so
I wanted to make this kind of music. Then I
started inviting friends over to help me with
some instruments or vocals.
When the album was ready, I got an invitation
to perform it live. So I decided to invite everyone
to my place over dinner, bought a € 40
box of macaroons from Ladurée and told them
about my concert plans. After that we worked
on the project and I was able to put myself
together after the whole black history.
The night after the concert which went really
well I thought I wish I’d die, because I wasn’t
able to achieve anything better. But after 3
years now, we have a stable core of the band
consisting of 9 members. People invite us for
many gigs and I am really glad that it turned
out so successful.
everything is just “la-la”.
What is the direction you are going right now
with LaLa By?
I was recently in Istanbul with two of the Lala
Bys and we wrote some songs. Last year we recorded
our album called Real Fiction. We have
a lot of new songs and old tracks that we never
recorded. But this first album wasn’t really a
released album. The first real album we’re going
to release is called Charivari - it consists of new
rough tracks, it is about love stories, dominoes
and fairies. Our music is getting a bit harder.
We started the interview with your lowest point
- let’s finish it with your highest point. Have you
reached it already or is it still in the future?
I don’t want to find a label and become a rock
star. I want all these great people I am working
with and myself to experience life and be
exposed to many different situations through
LaLa By. I wish this project will make us better
version of ourselves and bring us to places we’ve
never been before. I want this moment to never
stop. This will be a constant high point. ●
What genre is LaLa By’s music?
Lately I don’t really know. In the beginning I
used to call it international dark wave, because
we have people from italy, Spain, Sweden,
Denmark, etc. The band is also called LaLa By
because when I was a child I always dreamt of
getting someone to sing a lullaby to me, but
never got it. I also had this thought once that
WHAT, WHERE and WHEN are the ques
events from all over the globe n eve
tions that will give us the directions for a list of hand-picked
ry HONK! issue. The first selection has a focus on art fairs, but
couple of events for dedicated geeks and nerds. Bon voyage!
WHAT WHERE WHEN
by Christo Mitov
In our post-future era of acceleration and
densification of information, the state and
nature of being live and online becomes one
of the crucial definers of our social presence.
Response and action are compressed into an
existential here and now triggering a durée of
continuous digital stimulation.
With RESPONSE:ABILITY transmediale.11
explores the emerging qualities of liveness as
a fundamental nature of our present digital
culture and discusses the abilities, that are
required to respond to social, political and
economic processes triggered by the intensity
of our participation and interaction.
RESPONSE:ABILITY raises many questions
which are about to be answered this February.
To get a clue, watch the video trailer here
( http://vimeo.com/17731652 ) or take a look
at the program here
( http://www.transmediale.de/node/17213 ).
Where Haus der Kulturen der Welt,
When February 01 - 06, 2011
More info at www.transmediale.de
More than an art fair, NEXT is a showcase for
the world’s talents and an adventure in innovative
culture. An opportunity to redefine the
relationship between art and its public,NEXT is
a platform for established and emerging galleries
to promote the work of cutting-edge artists.
NEXT is dedicated to the exhibition and ad
vancement of today’s art. NEXT is the catalyst
for the exchange of information and experimental
ideas aimed at today’s educated collectors.
NEXT includes works from both commercial
and noncommercial arts organizations—galleries,
project spaces, art publications and key
private contemporary collections from around
Where The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, USA
When April 29 - May 2, 2011
More info at www.nextartfair.com
ART DUBAI 2011
What: When you hear Dubai, art fair is not
really the first thing that comes in mind, but
some extravagant buildings and a lot of sand.
Despite those first associations with the emirate,
Art Dubai is the largest and most established
contemporary art fair in the Middle
East, taking place every year in March at the
Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai. The fair is held
under the Patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-president and Prime
Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and is
owned and run in partnership with the Dubai
International Financial Centre (DIFC) Art
Dubai features galleries from over 30 countries
and an extensive programme of collateral
events including Global Art Forum, Art Park,
Art Week and START - a nonprofit organisation
operating art workshops for refugee and
orphaned children from the region.
Where Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai
When March 16 - 19, 2011
More info at www.artdubai.ae
re:publica is The conference for blogs, social
media and the digital society for Germany organized
by spreeblick ( www.spreeblick.com )
and newthinking communications
( www.newthinking.de ). Every nerd is there. If
you are one, you already have a ticket - just like
Where Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, Germany
When April 13 - 15, 2011
More info at www.re-publica.de
European Media Art Festival 2011
EMAF is one of the most influential forums of
international Media Art. As a meeting point
for artists, curators, distributors, galleries and
an audience of experts the festival has a great
impact on the topics and aesthetics of Media
Art. Each year the festival offers its visitors
a current summary of experimental films,
installations, performances, digital formats
and hybrid forms, ranging from personal and
political subjects or formal experiments to provocative
statements from the pulsating area of
“Media Art – Society”. The Festival sees itself
as a place of experimentation and a laboratory
where extraordinary works, experiments and
ventures are created and presented.
When April 27 - May 1, 2011
(exhibition April 27 - May 29, 2011)
Where Osnabrück, Germany
More info at www.emaf.de
LOOP is the most important annual event for
all those involved and interested in the latest
video art productions. At LOOP you can watch,
buy, learn and disseminate video artwork from
the creme de la creme of video art from all
over the world. LOOP focuses on new releases
and present mostly premières. Every year the
best proposal is rewarded a prize by a selection
committee. Galleries from around the world
gather in Barcelona to provide an overview of
current video art trends, as well as the future
possibilities that video and new technologies
offer to the artist. LOOP is a dynamical event,
constantly adjusting to the changing needs
of the various agents involved in the movingimage
field. It includes exhibitions, screenings,
presentations, conferences and a fair.
Where Barcelona, Spain
When May 19 - 21, 2011
Who Established and emerging video artists
from all over the world.
More info at www.loop-barcelona.com
Ever since its formation 21 years ago, the arte-
BA Foundation has been organizing what has
become the region’s most important contemporary
art fair promoting Argentine and Latin
American art, with the goal of positioning that
art in the world market. The fair has been singularly
successful in both giving broader visibility
to well-established artists and serving as
a launching point to legitimize emerging art-
Where: La Rural, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ists. On each new occasion it provides fresh
WHAT WHERE WHEN
examples of the potential of both the local and
regional market, and proves that institutional
acquisitions remain the kick-off for sales that
dynamize that market. And by extension, other
discerning eyes are paying ever greater attention
to Latin American art, and there is a
noticeably steady growth in the number of collectors
eager to discover interesting works.
arteBA was conceived as a fair for art galleries,
but it’s not a static product. Each new year
of the fair adds new projects that boost the
creative energy of the participating galleries.
The auditorium program, the prizes, the area
for emerging spaces, and the various activities
of the corporate sponsors that have joined us,
seek to break up the strict grid of the stands,
turning the fair into something more festive –
a true cultural fiesta.
Where La Rural, Buenos Aires, Argentina
When May 19 - 23, 2011
More info at www.arteba.org
Forget about the art fair in Basel, now it’s all
about LISTE - a combination of the fine Basel
ambient and sutting-edge art. Every year since
its opening in 1996, the LISTE - the Young Art
Fair in Basel has presented new and important
galleries and highly contemporary young art.
The LISTE’s concept of introducing galleries
in general no more than 5 years old and artists
under 40 has been at the heart of its being one
of the most important fairs for young art and
still being considered one of the art world’s
most important discoverer fair.
VOLTA is a platform for presenting the vision
of contemporary art galleries of global repute
whose artists represent new and relevant
positions for curators and collectors alike.
Conceived to bridge a gap between Basel’s
pre-existing fairs, VOLTA showcases galleries
– whether young or mature – that choose
as their mandate to work with the most exciting
emerging artists. The galleries are selected
by an annually changing group of Curators to
give each edition its own clear identity and to
redirect focus back on the art producers as well
as their representing galleries.
Where Dreispitzhalle, Basel, Switzerland
When June 13 - 18, 2011
More info at www.voltashow.com
Presenting North Korean art fair would be
much more challanging, but since we don’t
really want you to get in trouble going to the
communist sister of South Korea, it is more
than a pleasure to present the 10th anniversary
issue of Korea International Art Fair
2011. KIAF was established in 2002 under the
auspices of Galleries ll as young artists from
around the KIAF will introduce internationally
renowned artist. KIAF’s enriched programs
such a huge popularity from collectors, as well
program, Forum and Docent programs have
gained huge popular as from participating galleries.
Guest country this year is Australia. This
year KIAF will present around 190 galleries.
Where Werkraum Warteck pp,
When June 14 - 19, 2011
More info at www.liste.ch
Where COEX 1F Hall A&B, Seoul, South Korea
When September 22 - 26, 2011
More info at www.kiaf.org
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