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Drew Eastman Almaryse & The Frill of the Fight Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler Karl Slater
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Emma E.K. Jones Polys Christo Mitov Nina Kharytonova Nadine Weiskircher Basti Heart
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The 1990s were a decade that will have the same value as the 1920s and
1960s in the history of time. A decade of joy, lightheartedness and innovative
The Internet, mobile phones, DVD’s and many many more are achievements
of this period, and without these innovative developments our
present life is no longer conceivable.
The fashion world has experienced a boom over this decade as it became
colorful, flashy, bringing big names like Gucci, Prada and many more,
again far ahead.Designers like Tom Ford, Gianni Versace were and are
heroes of this time.
The music world has been revolutionized. Music videos were the medium
through which the MTV generation grew up, and they produced
great stars who would have disappeared again quickly if it wasnt for
The electronic music, techno, rave etc became a commercial success and
won over a whole generation of young enthusiastic people. Without this
development, the current musical landscape would be boring and uninteresting.
I am a child of this age. And in this decade, i have gained my first life
experiences that have shaped me. Even today, my taste in music is very
much 90s oriented. Generation X was my family.
With the 4th edition of HONK! I would like to take you on a journey back
into this world. For those among us, who have experienced this time,
this issue is a throwback to a time that will not happen again.
And for all young people who are born only because of the 90’s and only
heard of bad music and videos to let them know: you can look forward
to a bright output, and let yourself be surprised.
Dearest greetings Marcel Schlutt
Summer of Love
Photos by Suzana Holtgrave
Royality comes from what you wear
Photos by Karl Slater
Nothing Compares 2 us
Photos by Christoph Voy
Ole! La Chica
Photos by Marco Rothenburger
Photos by Marcel Schlutt
by Lukasz Wolejko-Woleiszo
Bassin de plain air
Photos by Sebastian Donat
Photos by Marc Hibbert
Photos by Burak Isseven
Acid Meat / José William Vigers
Dream the world awake / Walter van Beirendonck
Mister Love, Peace and Harmony / Dr. Motte
I like tidy opulence / Madame Peripetie
It’s always been inside of me / Woodkid
Almaryse & the frill of the fright
Fashion goes pop / The Rio Girls
There is no specific myth... MelleSan
Artworks by Nico Icon
Do I belong
by Tine Clearhout & Persona Non Grata
Photos by Anton Z Risan
New kid on the block/ Rimus
Freedom, trash and the rise of virtual realities
by Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler
The Peter Pan Generation
by Amanda M. Jansson and Emma Elina Keira Jones
5 reasons the 90s ruled!
Unity and harmony with the generation of technology
by Denise Dahinten
Who the hell is Madonna? Music selectted by Polys
A Man/A Woman should wear
VHS vs. Dogma 95 / Movies discussed by Claudio Alvargonzalez
The Future / Berlin Faces you should know
If you listen to Einstein the 1990s never existed
by Shelbric A. Fuller
The Influence of musicvideos on filmmaking
by Larisa Cataño
Revenge of the Fashion nerd by Christo Mitov
Last night a DJ fucked my life
by Drew Eastman
Enough! Spanish revolution
by Claudio Alvargonzalez
Letter from... by Amanda M. Jansson and Emma Elina Keira Jones
Politically erect by Christo Mitov
What Where When / Events
BY NICO ICON
He is one of our favourite artits. It was an easy choice to ask him if he
would like to play with the photos of the supermodels from the 90s.
His project “isn’t a robot” fits perfectly with the image of the supermodel
this decade. Nico lives in France, but it will not be long until he
is known around the world.
Let’s have a little chat with NICO ICON!
Hey Nico, this is the second time that you show your
work in HONK! We are big Fans of your artwork! Did you
always want to be an artist?
I’m not sure. At the age of 13 I´ve started to play theater.
I knew there already I do not want to do this forever.
I am in this world to tell the people what I think,
what I feel.
Human affairs ... As an artist you have only 2 options:
The people share what you think, what you like or you
die ... and it does not matter whether at the theater,
art, painting, cinema, fashion, music ...
How would you describe your art?
I have an atypical career in the visual arts. I’m an actor
and I am very connected to the visual realization of
feelings and sensations. I’m looking for an easy way to
reach the media I have to bring my ideas forward. The
image and the mutation are essential in this search.
Which artists inspire you?
I love a lot of artists.
There is my only friend “karosabutkiss”: he is an art
draftsman (http://karosabutkiss.tumblr.com). I love my
girlfriend Virginie Pola Garnier, she lives in Berlin.
She is a fashion designer, illustrator
The photographer Dorothé Smith
My favorite author is Richard Morgiève he is French
and I do not know if his books are known.
In dance: Alain Platel, Pina Bausch, Boris Charmatz ...
In music, I hear the “new german wave“, Post Punk,
New Wave 80’s, etc. I am a DJ in the Relou KREW
In the theater: I love: The Wooster Group, David Bobe,
Falk Richter, Romeo Castelucci, David Gauchard
L’Unijambiste is the company I work with.
And of course I also have a blog where I show all that I
Can you give us an “isn´t a robot” talk about your project?
What is the idea behind it?
In order to to humanize: to give a human nature. In order
to softer civilized. Reducing a robot to be repeated
mechanical tasks: to automation.
The “isn´t a robot” series is an organic and numerical
work. I try to put through a mathematical vector
(the line), a type of emotion and alienation on faces of
flesh. It is a workship of perfection that comes here.
I use the line, a geometric shape that is made from a
human hand. The imperfect is king. The drawback is
sublimated. The line reflects my rigor, and forms a
numerical ceiling for known and unknown faces. This
‘vector masks’ are not camouflage objects.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see
yourself in 5 years?
I’ll try to do my job as long as possible, i would like to
live and love with the same man (my Karosabutkiss)
for the rest of my life, I will have my house, and a big
dog ... i would like to adopt a lot of children ! iIwant to
make lines, on pictures, on my body, on the wold ... i’m
a simple man .
Text by Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler
The 90s. A decade that began with Nelson Mandela being freed after
27 years in prison, the Hubble Space Telescope being taken into orbit,
and Germany getting reunified. With the treaties of Schengen and
Maastricht the European nations gave away parts of their sovereignty
to the newly formed European Union. Meanwhile, Dolly, the first
mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, became the world’s
most famous sheep. But it wasn’t only to unity and clones and freedom
that our world began to change fundamentally during the 90s …
One of the first thoughts that came to my mind when
preparing this article, was: what should I say about
a decade of summers that is connected to so many
phenomena, most of which I haven’t experienced
personally. In our human tendency to break things
down into categories that are easier for our brains to
remember and work with, when thinking of the 90s
today, condensed images of things like fashion sins
(which I might actually have been a part of) to Eurodance
come to our minds. However, being the geek I
already used to be back then, I actually missed most
of the things that were in vogue during that time.
Thus, my personal experience of those summers
might actually be a bit inappropriate to base upon it
a representative description of that time. But that’s
what HONK! Magazine is for, isn’t it? There are some
great articles written by people who are true experts
on the 90s and on their fields of interest from music
to fashion to arts. I’ll leave it to them to give you a
proper roundup of the popular trends we came to see
during those years.
To start with, let me share with you a rather prototypical
experience from one of my summers of the 90s.
In 1997, when I was 16 years old, a PC game called
Starfleet Academy was released. It was a space simulation,
and the object was to pilot a starship through
several missions, which would confront the player
with various tasks from diplomatic jobs to fights with
other ships. The missions where interconnected by
cutscenes during which one had to socially interact
with the other cadets, the individual decisions and
reactions influencing the development of the background
story. Apart from the fact that I have always
been intrigued by science fiction settings, I can still
vividly remember the sense of wonder I felt being actively
involved in a story that was set in an epic universe
I had so far only been able to passively consume on TV.
Almost 15 years later I still enjoy playing computer
games. During the past one and a half decades graphics
and ingame complexity have improved, and the
universes in which the games take place have become
a hundred times as spacious. Surprisingly, I don’t feel
a hundred times as fascinated by the games when I
play them today compared to those I played 15 years
ago. Having played game after game, I have, over the
years, become used to an experience that would once
make me shiver with excitement.
What I experienced playing PC games one could just
as well substitute by any experience you yourself
might have had in those years. Just think of any activity
that has been important to you for the past 15
years and that you may have attended to frequently.
Just like my stimulus threshold has increased in an
overload of technological improvements on the gaming
sector, you may have noticed that it was much
more thrilling doing whatever you did when you did
it for the first time. This is a simple example for the
way in which getting used to doing something may
result in the respective activity no longer seeming as
fascinating, mind-blowing, or fulfilling as it used to.
It is an overload of recurring involvement that leads
to a change of perception.
In late 1990 an invention came up that would confront
us with a similar overload of involvement. It
introduced us to new possibilities to access information,
to communicate, and to get in touch with people
around the globe. And thus, it fundamentally changed
the way in which we perceive and live our lives: the
World Wide Web.
The WWW as we know it today is based upon a suggestion
by British engineer and computer scientist
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, who by that time worked
at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Berners-Lee and his co-workers were looking
for an easier way to exchange research data. This goal
was finally achieved by interweaving scientific articles,
thus creating a web (a copy of the first ever website
can still be found online at http://www.w3.org/
Since the early 90’s the WWW has fundamentally
changed the ways in which we communicate. Having
been the basis for that endlessly seeming number of
web pages that we today browse to read texts, look at
images, watch videos, or use other kinds of multimedia
content, the impact of the WWW is comparable
to that of the printing press in the middle of the 15th
century: By the end of the 90s almost 100 million
people would log in to the internet regularly.
matter to us in everyday and social life seem to become
less important on the map of our expectation towards
reality, I have the feeling that one of the reasons
might be a flooding of our perception by vast packages
of information, knowledge, and extended social
relationships. Being confronted with so much more
information our ways to manage our lives seem to
have changed fundamentally during the past 15 years.
I think we should stay perceptive for that shift in balance
between virtual reality and the real life within
our grasp. Presumably, we will soon learn to be more
in control of those machines we carry around all day
– instead of letting them control our lives. Until then,
I sometimes wish me back the times when there was
neither Facebook nor Twitter, and the WWW was
still in its early stages of development. Just like during
those summers of the 90s.
Today, the WWW represents an endlessly seeming
network of human knowledge and culture that most
of us access every day – many of us even all day long.
It has become more than just a tool to efficiently exchange
substantial information. Not only has the
WWW become the source of information and communication.
It has, for many people, also become a
natural part of their social life. For some of us it even
seems to partially become a substitute for real life.
There is an episode of the TV series Star Trek: The
Next Generation that revolves around some alien video
game brought aboard the Enterprise by the ship’s
First Officer when he returns from holiday on planet
Risa. When the game gets distributed to the rest of
the crew, it addicts them by stimulating the pleasure
centers of their brains as soon as they have successfully
completed a level. At the conclusion of the episode,
the crew is of course freed from their mind-controlled
state. They then find out that the sole purpose
of the game was to render them extremely receptive
to suggestion, in order to make them help the games’
creators take control of the Enterprise and the whole
Seeing many of us walking around like zombies ourselves
these days, our perception focused on some
electronic device in our hands, I cannot help but have
that story in my mind. In the course of the overload
of possibilities, offerings, and alleged chances that
Facebook and Twitter promise us, the stimulate our
minds in a way that doesn’t seem so different to me.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m hardly a technology refusenik.
However, when large parts of things that used to
Photography, Styling & Concept by Suzana Holtgrave
Hair-Make up by Ilka Jänicke @Blossom Berlin
Caroline Adam @SEEDS.Managment
Monika Hirzin @Place Models
Elisa Schweiger @Viva Models
Clara Hoffmann @SEEDS.Managment
Laura, Marco, Daniel, Katherina
Thank you all for a wonderfull party...Suzy L.
Elisa / ANTI Shirt, Bikini - Starstyling
Daniel / Jeans - Filippa K.
Sonja and Marco wearing Starstyling
Sonja / Hotpants Levis, Cracket jumper Horace
Elisa / Cracket jumper H&M , Necklace Starstyling
Caroline / Shirt Zara , Jacket Stylist own, Stockings Wolford
Monika wears waistcoat leather from Asos
Sonja / Dress Starstyling
Katherina / Jeans Levis, Shirt Mango
Caroline / Shirt H&M, Shirt Vivienne Westwood
Monika / Leather vest S´nab, Leggings Givenchy
Elisa wearing / Jeans My Mo, Bikini & Necklace Starstyling
Sonja wearing / Levis, Hat Ponpon Berlin, Bag Starstyling
Sonja / Vest & Pants Levis, Hat Ponpon Berlin, Bag Starstyling
Daniel / Jeans Filippa K., Elisa Bikini & Jeans feet Starstyling, Tobias Scarf Starstyling,
Jeans Martin Margelia
José William Vigers
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
The young Australian artist José is able to play with his art.
The balancing act with his art and the art of the ‘90s is stunning.
If you look at his pictures, you feel directly back in time
20 years ago. You will be flashed by his pictures, the colors
A couple of years ago, he moved from Australia to Europe.
Let´s ask him why.
You are original from Australia. But now based in Europe
(Berlin-London). Since when are you in here and
is Europe a better place for artists?
I left Australia three years ago for Berlin. Although I
currently live in London, Berlin is where I have spent
the majority of the last three years. Australia is a very
young country, and a place of a lot of opportunity.
However Australia doesn’t have the history with fostering
art that Europe does. I think that both places can
provide platforms for young talent, personally I had to
get away from everything I knew, so I came to Berlin.
Your art work looks like the evoulution of the 90s Techno-rave-art.
How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as a mixture of camp aestheticism
and gothic sensibilities. With drug culture/
acid house overtones. I was born in the late 80s and
came of age through the late 90’s, this has obviously
affected my visual-vocabulary intimately.
Are you inspired by someone? And if so..who?
I am in awe of V Mac of http://www.vlovescats.com,
a source of content inspiration
When you was a child, did you already know then : I
wanna be an artist? How does it starts?
Like many creative people, making things has always
been a way of constantly re-defining who I am and
what I am about. It started from a young age, and the
process of making work has grown more and more
intimate over time.
You have your own special style. Lots of great colors.
Mixed with different styles. Did you needed some time
to find your style?
Yes, university was a great place for me to become
exposed to many different and sometimes conflicting
visualities, it allowed me time to express myself
and to experiment. Having said that university was
also one of the most creatively traumatic experiences
I have had.
During the last years you have done some exhibitions.
How was the feeling at your first one?
Both a sense of excitement and trepidation. You are
putting a large part of who you are out into the world,
and for the first time, you don’t know how people will
react. Its exhilarating at the time and very anti climatic
after it all is done.
Did people bought some of your work there?
Yes, my work sold out at from my first exhibition.
In most of your pictures are faces..these face are from
your friends? or is it all coming from your fantasy?
The faces I draw are appropriated from the hundreds
of faces I see in my everyday life. The faces of
people I know, the faces of celebrities and models.
The faces I see on the internet and the face I see everyday
in the mirror.
What are your plans for the future?
I try not to make plans, to avoid disappointment.
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
Translation / Edit Anton Z Risan
The Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck is an icon of
the 1990s. With his creations, he added the fashion of this decade
from the club to the international catwalks in the world.
For more than 30 years he is working in the fashion circus. We
sincerely hope that Walter van Bereindonck will survive for a
long time with his genius, colorful design in our world.
In Autumn 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum will present the
first large-scale retrospective exhibition of his stunning work.
Let´s have a chat with the „Master of Colors“ about his way
in 30 years of fashion!
Hello Walter, we at HONK! are big fans of your designs,
your art and your work, so thank you for taking the time
to speak to us..
The theme for this issue is “the 90s!” And as you are
one of the stars of that generation, with your varied
work and amazing designs, you fit right in, especially
as you played a crucial part in the shaping of the fashion
world of the 90s’ generation.
Why did you decide to become a fashion designer? Was
it a growing passion from an early age, inspired by someone
or something? Or did it come as a sudden revelation?
Thank you! Well, it all came about very unexpectedly.
I had always liked to draw and to paint, and I certainly
did feel an attraction towards clothes in general. But
then I became a big fan of David Bowie; I was really
amazed by his looks, but more than anything by the
storytelling, the fantasy element, the communication
conveyed through his looks and personality. That, together
with a visit to the Royal Academy in Antwerp,
and seeing one of their fashion shows, was the start
of my fashion-career.
In 1980 you graduated from the Royal Arts Academy
in Antwerp and you became a member of the famed
“Antwerp Six“. How did this group come about? What
has driven you?
Again, this was totally unplanned. We were a close
group of friends at school, all graduating at the same
time. We were young and ambitious and after several
years in school, we were desperate to get out of Belgium.
That’s why we went to London together, to present our
collections at the British Design show. This is where we
were discovered and named: “the Antwerp Six”, mainly
because our names were too difficult to pronounce.
During this time you got a lot of publicity from being
part of this hyped group. Did you enjoy it or would you
rather have been recognized as a solo designer?
It was a nice period in my career, and being united in
a group gave us ALL a lot of energy and inspiration,
as well as attract press and buyers. We learnt a lot
by being together! Although we NEVER worked together
in terms of our designs etc. The six of us were
a group of SOLO-designers: everybody had their own
distinctive signature style!
You started your solo career as a designer in the late
1980s. How easy or hard was it to build up your own
company and label after being part of a group?
It was, and still is, a career with ups and downs, a
roller-coaster-ride some might say, but because of
my belief in my fashion designs and in myself, I never
skipped a season. Which was not the easiest to
achieve, but I believe it has helped me a lot.
I remember that the first fashion item I ever bought,
beside pieces from H&M, was a pair of trousers from
your label W<. I had saved up for weeks to buy it and
those trousers were my greatest treasure! In the 1990s,
you became very successful. How did you experience
this time: being a star of the fashion world?
Great to hear this, I always appreciate it when people
enjoy my clothes. Do you still have the trousers? It
took a long time before I achieved success. I was by then
a mature man. That’s why I experienced it in a very realistic
way, with both feet on the ground so to speak. I
liked that period very much, especially as I had fantastic
opportunities to do the most amazing shows, collections
and experiments, which was fabulous. W< also had
a huge number of fans all over the world, and it sold
like crazy, which was really exciting! Than at the end
of the 90s, Mustang (backer of W<) wanted to milk
the cow, and product managers got involved, telling
me what to do etc. then I decided it was time for me
to step out of it... and I broke my contract with them.
Looking back at your fashions shows in Paris during
this time, they were spectacular. No one at the time
had seen that before. Who created these shows? Did
it all come out of your own mind and inspiration?
YES! Everything! I had (and still have) a great time
realizing it, but ALL ideas (from head to toe) came
out of my head. Now and then, I draw the total looks
for my collections, all styling including make-up/
hair / accessories etc.
Who is Walter Van Beirendonck as a designer? How
would you describe your designs?
Despite the fact that the first impression you get when
looking at my collections is of color and fun, I do invest a
lot of energy and research in the stories I want to tell, the
statements I want to make, and the messages I want to
communicate. So there is always a second (more loaded)
layer in the collection. This makes me a designer with a
recognizable signature, one who is ready to push boundaries.
I’m not afraid to do it my way.
When I look at your designs, I see colors, colors and more
colors. Where is this passion for colors coming from?
From day one, when I started to study fashion, I liked
and used colors a lot. For me, they are part of how I
express my ideas in the collections. Most of the colors
and fabrics I use are especially dyed and made for me.
Which is your favorite color?
Light pink + grass-green, orange + lilac, red + Arubablue...
As you can see, it is difficult for me to choose.
Tell us the role that masculinity plays in your design.
From collection one (Bad Baby Boys), I concentrated
on men’s wear because for me men’s wear is more
challenging. And I do love the thin line, the boundaries
I’m pushing. That’s exactly why masculinity is so
important. Despite the fact that I DO push the boundaries
of men’s fashion, I let them stay men. Keeping a
balance is really important for me, even when it looks
far out there for the audience.
Did you ever create a collection that you just hated?
How did you learn and move forward from that?
NO, I love them all! Sometimes I recognize mistakes
in them, but they all had a reason to be there.
What is your personal favorite piece you have ever
done? And why?
My BLOW-UP muscle-jackets, because I did the first
drawings of them at the end of the 80s, but I didn’t
have the possibility to realize them then. When I finally
made them in the mid-90s, and sold them now
fashion is a
they have become priceless collectors’ items! BLOW
YOUR MUSCLES! Awesome!
Lots of fashion designers are using famous pop stars,
actors etc. for their labels. I don’t understand why? I
don’t know anybody who will wear a shirt just because
Nicole Kidman was wearing it in a campaign. What do
you think about this kind of PR?
I never miss-USED that PR-idea, but of course it
flatters me if interesting ‘stars’ like what I do. And
when such a cooperation happens spontaneously I
don’t mind it. For example: U2 / BONO, Mika, Björk,
Do you think that fashion is excessive and egocentric?
NO, fashion is a communicator, it can express feelings
and can be fun. It´s a powerful medium to transfer
ideas and statements through.
Is there a fashion designer you look up to? And what is
Walter van Beirendonck wearing in private?
I love the work of my friend, Dirk Van Saene, he is
such a talent, I like what Rei Kawakubo is doing, I
like the work of Bernard Wilhelm, one of my most
talented students... and there are many more I like.
What are you very bad at?
Earning money… I always believe the best about people,
that’s why a lot of my collaborations ended badly.
I always want to present the best of myself, so all the
money I earn I put back into new projects. I have always
dreamt about an amazing MANAGER dealing
with all this, so that at the end I still have some money
for myself. Are there any candidates out there?
You were one of the first designers using the internet
for your work. Did you see the potential of the World
Wide Web? And how did you start using it?
I was amazed by it to start with. Then when I read
the book ‘SNOWCRASH’ a whole new world and future
showed up! I loved it, and I saw the huge potential
it offered fashion immediately. Working on
the CD-ROMs and websites in the early days was a
In Autumn 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum will
present the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of
your work. Are you proud of this collaboration and how
did it come about? http://www.momu.be/en/
I was invited by the museum, and there is the fact that
I kept ALL my collections, I have a huge archive of everything
I did from day one, and this will be unveiled
in the exhibition. I’m proud that several generations
will be able to discover old and new work, and besides
that I will invite the audience to step into my head, I
will show a huge Walter-Wonder-Wall......
Are you able to reveal some things that will be seen in
Is it correct, that you are planning to publish a book in
connection with the exhibition? Will the book also focus
on the exhibition? Or what can we expect from it?
The book will be made in conjunction with the exhibition,
but it will show new photo shoots
(by Nick Knight and Ronald Stoops), new portraits (by
Juergen Teller and David Baily), and a lot of fantastic
essays about me and my work and unpublished shoots.
PARIS MEN FW S/S 2012
Défile Walter Van Beirendonck A/W 2011/12
In 1999 you were awarded the honorary title of “Cultural
Ambassador of Flanders“, and now your are getting a
big retrospective in your home country. How important
is it for you to get honored in Belgium?
I get more respect outside Belgium, but it’s a typical situation
I think. I hope the exhibition will change this.
What do you have to say to the next generation of
young designers? Any tips to keep them from drowning
in the pool of ‘La Mode’ ?
KEEP ON BELIEVING, even when it takes a long
time before you take-off, KEEP YOUR OWN VISION
AND STYLE. Don’t become a copycat to be more successful.
GO FOR IT KICK ASS!!!
Two last questions. What do you think you would be if you
never went down the fashion road?
NO IDEA, but surely something artistic
Do you have a life philosophy?
DREAM THE WORLD AWAKE
Photographer Karl Slater http://karlslater.com/
Stylist Aiden Connor
Hair&Make up Emma Broom
Model Layla Youngl Select Modelmanagment
Jacket moschino from House of Liza
T-Shirt maiden Britain
Leather jacket Rokit
T-Shirt maiden Britain
Plastic T-Shirt Rahemur Rahman
Belt Styist own
Jacket Gemma Slack
Top moschino from House of Liza
Shorts and Tights models own
Shoes Stylists own
Printed Dress Gemma Slack
Jacket Gaultier Juniour from House of Liza
Vest Gemma Slack
Printed Shirt maiden Britain
Belt from Relik
Trousers Lesley de Freitas
Jacket Alice Vandy
Body Suit Gemma Slack
Silk printed Shirt Gianni Versace from
House of Liza
Tie worn as belt Stylist own
Leather pants Gemma Slack
Jacket Moschino from House of Liza
T-Shirt - Maiden Britain
Silk printed Shirt Gianni Versace
from House of Liza
Belt from Rokit
Rubber cropped Vest Gemma Slack
T-Shirt (worn as skirt) maiden Britain
Jacket Moschino from House of Liza
T-Shirt - Maiden Britain
Photos and Text by Amanda M. Jansson
and Emma Elina Keira Jones
Generation of the 90s, Generation Y, echo boomers, and famously
labeled as the Peter Pan Generation.
Generation of the 90s, Generation Y, echo boomers,
and famously labeled as the Peter Pan Generation. Boys
and girls that were brought up or born in the 90s are
the young adults of today. In a world that collapses
under financial catastrophes, nuclear horror, corrupt
politicians, slavery wages, universal pollution, moral
oppression, media control of every aspect, materialism,
extreme security, the failure of all previous generations,
and the lack of hope they are expected to grow up and be
the new series of adults. Yet there is a rebellion brewing,
these Lost Boys do not want to grow up! Having nothing
to look forward to as adults in a world that’s tumbling
down, they want to stick to their ability to dream
and imagine and hope and do not want to give it up for
nothing. They rightfully choose to remain in Neverland.
And if you think this is too romantic, well, you ought to
be reminded of how the companions of Peter Pan, aside
from children that would forever remain children, were
a group of fierce warriors.
What are your dream/hopes/fears for the future?
My dream is to never stop dreaming. Everyone has
got dreams but only a few fulfil them, so I try not to be
caught up in the magic of dreaming but to make things
real no matter what. I am a person who loves creativity,
and all my dreams are related to that and to my studies.
I study Vocal Performance and music-opera and
also theory of science at the Athens University. One of
my dreams is travelling all over the world and being on
stage while living the most with the people I love. Fears?
I got no fears. I have faith in myself.
How does the situation in Greece at the moment
The terrible financial situation in Greece is also a fact in
many European countries as well, and even anywhere in
the world. There have been a lot of “crisis” in Greece, but
this one seems to be one of the worst. On the streets I see
panic, chaos, and despair in people’s faces. I don’t like to
accept situations passively but unfortunately there isn’t
much I can do. I’m not directly influenced by the lack of
money but what I see everywhere around me is a simple
fact: there is plenty of money in Greece but unfortunately
gathered in the hands of very few and wrong people. To
solve this whole situation collective efforts and interest is
a big must.
What are your dreams/hopes/fears for the future?
My career dream is to succeed as an object designer of
old things and jewellery.
Of course I also dream of a world in peace, after all I’m
such a hippie and I think the future can be a DREAMcome-true
and much better than the past. I hope and
trust in love and I wish that for everyone but for myself
in a personal level too. And what I fear about the future
is everything I can’t know. But the smell of the unknown
is as scary as it is attractive.
How does the situation in Greece at the moment
Greece is in a very transitional period, not only the
economy is changing, but the ethos of the Greeks also.
Of course such things affect everybody, even foreign
countries but when we talk about me as a person, I
can’t see any big effect yet. I don’t belong to a rich
family so it’s not affecting the way I live that much
since I am used to all this and have become flexible
enough. They say people that have lived through such
changes become really smarter and it can be a source
of inspiration for the artists. I hope it will affect me
this way too.
What are your dreams/hopes/fears for the future?
Ah, I am such a good dreamer! I’ve planned my whole
life in my mind perfectly, but you can never know what
life is preparing for you. I’d like to live permanently in
London, UK, and work as a freelance photographer or
for a magazine. I’m also keen on the science of Biology
and I hope that I’ll manage to study this at university.
When it comes to fears, I m even afraid of talking!
Thinking of losing some of my friends makes me almost
faint. I also hate seaweed. However, the best way to
overcome a fear is to deal with it, and so I m trying not
to behave like a coward! I am generally an optimistic
How does the situation in Greece at the moment
It makes me sad seeing people losing their jobs or being
unhappy because of wrong decisions they never made.
So somehow, as a result of these feelings I believe that
the riots and demonstrations are partly justified, providing
they don’t damage the property of other citizens.
However, I’m always looking at things optimistically
and I’m convinced things will become better for all. Despite
the bad financial situation of my country though,
I love Athens and its weather, and the sun burning my
skin at summer!
In the year 1991 Nirvana had their Global breakthrough with
the album “Nevermind”. They were icons of the grunge movement
and are still influencing many artists these days.. In 1994,
the rise of the band came to an abrupt end, through the tragic
suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain. This death is equated with
the end of Elvis.
“Smells like teen spirit” is still a hymn to the 90s. In 2011 Nirvana
still lives in our hearts.
Unforgettable songs are like: „Come as you are“ , „In Bloom“
and „Heart-Shaped Box“
4. THE SImPSONS
„Do the Bartman“
The Simpsons are the longest running U.S. animated series on
TV. Some people find it funny, others don´t. But let’s be honest,
The Simspons belong to our pop culture like no other TVseries.
We grew up with them and they will outlive us all. In the
90’s The Simpsons were also pop stars and they had success
with songs like “Do the Bartman”. There is a cinema film, computer
games and many more followed.
Long live the Simpsons!
3. TWIN PEAKS
Who killed Laura Palmer?
Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by
David Lynch and Mark Frost. The first episode aired In the US
in 1990 and came directly to an international succes. The series
sets new standards for TV-Shows and established the genre of
Mystry series. Twin Peaks explores the gulf between the veneer
of small-town respectability and the seedier layers of life lurking
beneath it. Each character from the town leads a double life
that is slowly uncovered as the series progresses, as it attempts
to expose the dark side of seemingly innocent lives.
2. THE FACE mAGAZINE
The style bible of the 90s years. Everyone who wanted to be
hip and trendy had to read the magazine. No artist was cool
when he was not on the cover of “The Face”. Great photographers
have their work published in there. Names like David La
Chapel, Steven Klein and Juergen Teller were regular guests in
Models such as Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and many more
were also obtained by this magazine and became iconic.
It is a pity that the magazine was closed in 2004. But thanks to
God there is HONK! now.
1. ABSOLuTELY FABuLOuS
La Croix sweetie, La Croix.
Abfab is definitely the best comedy show ever produced. Joanna
Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are goddesses of their art.
We love the UK just because of Abfab. They are loud, dirty, rude
and always very very funny.
Because of the liberal view of drugs and alcohol and little responsibly,
irreverent and often illegal behavior, we love this
Patsy: Easy going sex with gorgeous, underage youths...
And YES!! The BBC said in the past weeks, there are new chapter
Each generation had its own sexual revolution, the best known being from the
1960s into the 1980s. And the 1990s offered some motions of this kind as well.
But before we talk about the 90s, we have to clarify what a sexual revolution
means. Mostly it goes hand in hand with music. It’s a spirit of freedom and
desire of lightness of being. It’s a social movement that challenges traditional
codes of behaviour. It’s an offshoot of anarchism and it reflects a civil libertarian
philosophy that seeks freedom from state regulation and church interference
in personal relationships.
HONK! has the honour to talk to one of the founders of the Love Parade which
brought us the “sexual revolution of the 90s”. The first parade took place just
months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It was born in Berlin underground,
initiated by Matthias Roeingh (aka Dr. Motte) and his friends. The concept of it
was a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through
love and music. After an enormous success for years, Dr. Motte dissociated
himself from the parade in 2006 because of the commercialization of the event.
But he is still active fighting for the preservation of Berlin’s underground scene
and against the commercialization of our beloved capital through investors.
Interview by Nina Kharytonova
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This issue of HONK! magazine is dealing with the
theme “90s – generation of love, sex and harmony.”
What does this period mean to you?
For me the 90s were very exciting and wonderful
times. The best time of my life.
How old were you in 1990?
I was born in 1960, so I was 30 years old.
How did you come up with the idea for Love Parade?
The idea came to me in 1989 as I was inspired by the
stories from England. During that time all similar parties
were forbidden there by the police, furthermore
the equipment was temporarily confiscated. But the
ravers didn’t allow themselves to be discouraged. They
just brought their ghetto blusters and raved on in the
middle of the streets. This idea of raving on the streets
I found back then simply fascinating. So the Love Parade
was born. We started with just one truck and 150
people at Kurfürstendamm (back then in West Berlin)
on the 1st of July 1989. Nobody could guess at the time
that it would catch on to such an enormous extent. We
wanted to create some space where everybody would
be welcome and where the ideas of love, freedom and
harmony could be connected to music, dance and
complete detachedness. That is why we were really
surprised about the high and fast growing popularity.
The Love Parade released a kind of sexual and musical
revolution. A unique club culture appeared, which is
thriving and prospering till now. How does it feel to be
one of the founders of this outraging phenomenon? Isn’t
it rather a huge responsibility?
As I told you before we didn’t expected such a rush development.
And of course we developed ourselves with
the Love Parade. I am very happy that our message of
freedom, love and harmony came across to so many
people and was so highly appreciated. Surely you feel
responsible for the speeches you make and for the messages
you carry. But I wouldn’t say that I had set up a sexual
revolution. The people who were part of it, brought
it into being. So I would say all of us are responsible for
this movement and this is our common masterpiece.
Which music and which personalities inspired you mostly
during this period?
DJ Speedy was somebody who inspired me with his
music during these days. His music was very special,
he created his own sound, which you couldn’t peg anywhere.
And I loved this sound. But he was not the only
I miss this
one who inspired me back then. This is a well-known
story. I must confess that I tried drugs for a while. I
took LSD and I collected some spiritual experiences.
As I quit it, I fell into some kind of depression and
emotional gap. Just the questioning of the sense of
my activities, put me in some kind of numbness. At
this time I started to read books like crazy. I actually
devoured them. During my search for a new thing I
bumped fortunately into a book of Dalai Lama. As I
read the book for the first time I couldn’t comprehend
anything. With time I discovered the meditation for
myself and since then I have been staying in close contact
with a Buddhist monk. So two different personalities
inspired me in that period, they were Albert Hoffmann
and his invention of LSD and Dalai Lama.
How did life change since the 90s and how do you feel
The people were at that time more easygoing and
open-minded. You can say this was a doer generation.
Nowadays one thinks too much before one hurls into
something new. In the 90s one did it simply, not one
thought about either later or never ;-) Nowadays one
speculates long, whether one does everything right or
not, back then it was not so important, the process itself
was the most important thing. I also believe that
the pressure of the society concerning career and success
has enormously escalated since then. And I don’t
feel really happy about that.
You are still engaged into preserving the free development
of underground club culture with such projects as Support
Tacheles and electrocult e.V. Why is it so important to you?
I believe that because of the growing commercialization
the underground spirit gets lost and gives way to
merciless capitalism. I think this very culture should be
protected as World Cultural Heritage and I am fighting
for it with all possible means. In order to raise attention
of the authorities and politicians I have launched
the electrocult association. www.electrocult.de
If you had a chance to go back into the 90s with a time
machine, what would you bring back with you? Is there
something what you are missing from the 90s?
I miss this carefree spirit the most, so if I had a chance
to bring it back, I would do this no doubt.
Thank you very much for your time, we really enjoyed
the interview with you! We wish you good luck with the
realization of your upcoming projects and intentions.
Photographer CHRISTOPH VOY
Styling MARINA GEHRMANN
Hair & Make –Up MISCHKA HART (BASICS)
Models INES @MD MANAGEMENT
LENNY @IZAIO MODELS
LAURA @SEEDS MANAGEMENT
Dress AMERICAN APPAREL
Chino BEN SHERMAN
Bodysuit AMERICAN APPAREL,
Bomberjacket ADIDAS ORIGINALS BY JEREMY SCOTT,
86 FUME OF VIRGINITY
Chino BEN SHERMAN
Dress STINE GOYA
Jacket STINE GOYA
Shorts ADIDAS ORIGINALS
Catsuit FRANZIUS VINTAGE, Boots MONKI
Hoody ADIDAS ORIGINALS BY JEREMY SCOTT
Unity & harmony
Text by Denise Dahinten
The 80s were for a long time in the spotlight of the fashion and music industry and every little trend was allowed
to celebrate its comeback. Even the former wallflower Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta used the flashy
fashion re-appearances from the 80s and BOOOM! the ultimate “Queen of Pop” Lady Gaga was born! Now the
80s are in the process of waving “Goodbye!”. And Lady Gaga and her fashion director Nicola Formichetti know
how her look transforms skillfully from the 80s into the 90s. In her new music video “The Edge of Glory,” which
is recently celebrating the premiere, Gaga dances alone through the empty streets of New York, dressed from
head to toe in Gianni Versace’s latest legendary collection!
During the autumn/winter shows in 1992 this collection
had been presented by Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista,
Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Helena
Christensen, Yasmeen Ghauni, Karen Mulder, Elaine
Irwin, Carla Bruni, Nadege Marpessa, Veronica Webb
and Nikki Taylor on the catwalk and is still unforgotten.
Also, this year the legendary “De Grisogono Party” invited
the fashion world under the motto “Gipsy Glam”
at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes. Only the
most important people of the international jet set,
movie and show business were on the guestlist. The
former stylist of L’UomoVogue, Giovanna Battaglia,
celebrated on the Cote d’Azur. She already knew in
May about the comeback of the Italian fashion house
and she decided to wear an outfit of this legendary
You can not blame her. She was the star of the evening!
It pays off to stand out.
But nevertheless, it was of course not only Versace. An-
NOITE UNISSEX / Photographer Fernando Mazza / Fashion Editor Alessandro Lázaro & Mauricio Mariano
Beauty Carol de Almeida Prada / Model Schynaider
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other important trend was the grunge style. Grunge,
an American slang term for waste, dirt, was originally
a protest of the young people and should help them
express their point of view. The clothes came mostly
from thrift stores. Grunger wore plaid flannel shirts
and torn jeans. The shoes looked like most of the rest
of the clothing, namely, dirty and old. A big fan of
grunge was Marc Jacobs. Who would have thought?
The current creative director of Louis Vuitton was a
really big fan of this fashion style and chose this look
for Perry Ellis to showcase it on the catwalk. Although
Marc Jacobs was fired shortly thereafter for such a
fucked-up trend to such a high price, this collection
still remained unforgettable.
Characteristic of the ‘90s were also the increasingly
rapid changes in fashion. There were many different
clothing styles at once. From the beginning to the middle
of the decade the neon techno music movement
became the total trend.
From the technology and electronics, the use of the
World Wide Web, mobile phones and battery-operated
pets such as Tamagotchi and Furby, a big jump was
made attempting to completely unite it with wardrobe,
they built flashing LED’s and electronics into
In the summer of 2011 the 90s neon colors are skillfully
been used with much style. This was especially
nice to see in the collections of LALA BERLIN, MIU
MIU, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler and also in
the top line of Burberry Prorsum.
Classic cuts in garish colors. A treat for the eye, many pastel
colors and lots of black, white, beige were also spotted.
Another fad that had passed a few years ago comes in
a fancier variation: The flare!
For VIP’s such as Claudia Schiffer and Katie Holmes
the “MiH Jeans” is just very popular. Unlike in the
‘90s, where the jeans had to sit on the hips as low as
possible, this comes in here with a very high waist and
narrow lying to the knee!
But why were then these extra low jeans so popular?
With the “bumsters” in 1996, designed by the British
designer Alexander McQueen and worn by Kate Moss
it all began. It attracted much attention very quickly,
building a high name recognition backbone. Many
young women wanted to wear these jeans even though
only a few dared to sport jeans like the “bumsters”.
Hip-hop music and the fashion style from 1997 are also
becoming more and more popular. The typical clothing
of this time was baggy pants. Young people bought
those pants in extra large so that the pants almost slid
down to the knees.
The environment of these baggy pants carrier felt very
disturbed and they thought it is too much to see other
people’s underwear. However, the trend continued
just the same into the new century.
Everyone will find something for themselves, it’s no
longer about owning a whole “outfit”, but also about
adapting trends and fashion to your own little personal
So you pull up on the bars past the neon-colored T-
shirts and perhaps you would rather invest in a timeless
and purist-cut dress by Helmut Lang, who just
celebrated his comeback in fashion history.
Through the past and after many personal fashion
faux pas, now we finally know exactly what looks good
on us and what doesn’t.
As always, time will tell regarding our decisions! Well,
have fun with the 90´s Fashion!
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
• Take a big cocktail-mixer and put in the following
4cl of an ‘Intense, Powerful, glass-bursting Voice’,
4cl ‘Classical Music studies’,
2cl ‘Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus’,
1cl ‘Punk Group Experience’,
2cl ‘Theatrical Intensity’,
1cl ‘Odd Lyrics’,
2cl. ‘Domino Records’,
2cl. ‘Damian Taylor’, and a big portion of Queerness.
-> Shake well for 2min. and serve in a well tempered
cup, decorate with some glitter and what you get is
a cocktail called AUSTRA -> A cocktail to warm you
• Austra is actually the middle name of the Latvian-
Canadian Katie Stelmanis (mastermind, pianist and
singer of the Band) and stands for the goddess of
light in Latvian mythology.
• Their sound merges all the influences that worked
on Katie to a sparkling bullet.
• Katie’s voice and expression stands for itself; at
any time identifiable and full of character.
Album: Feel It Break
Label: Domino Records
Origin: Toronto (Canada)
Line-up: Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski,
WHO THE HELL IS MADONNA
Interpret: Barbara Panther
Album: Barbara Panther
Genres: Electronic, Experimental, Trip-Hop, Pop.
Label: City Slang
Interpret: Gus Gus
Album: Arabian Horse
Genres: Electronic, House
Origin: Reykjavík (Iceland)
Line-up: Stephan Stephensen, Birgir Þórarinsson,
Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson, Urður Hákonardóttir.
• They don’t sound Canadian, either Icelandic or
Swedish, nor British or German, they just sound
AUSTRA! (a sound that’s truly unique to anything
that’s come out in recent memory.)
• When I first saw (and heard) the video for “The
Beast”, I had a non-stop-Goosebumps-attack! -> This
song is undoubtedly a MASTERPIECE!
• I bought directly the album, put it on my mp3-player
(NO ipod) and I can ensure you it’s gonna stay in
there till death do us part!
• Favourite track: The Beast, Shoot The Water, Beat
And The Pulse, Lose It.
• Panther’s debut album is certainly one of the pleasant
surprises this year!
• The Rwandan-born, Brussels-raised, Berlin-based,
former drama student Barbara Panther herself calls
her music “modern electronic baroque music” and
describes it as raw, sophisticated, honest and great!
• She cooperated breviously with Jahcoozi, Kid 606,
Sneaky and T.Raumschmiere.
• Matthew Herbert was asked to mix the album, but
once in the studio the two decided to collaborate fully.
• She manages her voice in a special offensive way and
gets right through to the listener but stays at the same
time real, innocent and almost fragile in some points.
• Words are sung with a latent aggressiveness and
overemphasis in a way that seems to disregard the
normal rules of syntax and all that boring stuff.
• Barbara Panther fits perfectly in the time and speaks
to listeners of many different genres!
• In some of her texts she worships the oceans, the
water and that which lives in the sea. Espesialy “Empire”
is dealing with nature that takes over our civilized
• “I´m intrigued by the universe, water and the moon,
and their interdependencies which you can notice on
the record’s sound and theme” says Barbara.
• Favourite track: Empire, Dizzy, Unchained.
• Gus Gus were founded 16 years ago in 1995.
• Initially formed as a film and acting collective, the
group became mostly known for their electronic music.
• Their discography consists of eight studio albums
and one live record.
• Several lineup changes have occurred over the years;
the most notably former member is Emilíana Torrini.
• They have remixed several famous artists, including
Björk, Depeche Mode, Moloko, and Sigur Rós.
• It’s their second album for the label Kompakt.
• This album has everything:
Brave moves (‘Selfoss’ suddenly cuts to a gypsy music
towards its close and I love it!); Highlights showcasing
Gus Gus versatility and stunning song writing
ability; Outstanding vocal harmonies; A perfect
balance between commercial pop and underground
dance music and the voice of ‘Earth’ is back!
• ‘Arabian Horse’ is a mixture of the best from Gus
Gus career: strong compositions, outstanding vocals,
addictive rhythms, synth experiments and “heavenly,
but at the same seductive arrangements and a mix of
highs and lows that are not recommended for people
with weak hearts”.
• And yes, it definitely is their greatest accomplishment
in their 15+ year history.
• Cults’ self-titled debut is a great warm-weather album
who will sweep you off to the era of the 50’s and
• The opening trio of songs is the strongest.
• Madeline’s voice sounds like innocent choruses
of school kids and harmonises great with the warm
sound of the band.
• A trick Cults pull out again and again is doubling
Madeline’s vocal melodies by glockenspiel.
• Another one is the intriguing juxtaposition of downer
lyrics and upbeat melodies.
• The result is an album full of comfortably similar
songs, but with an underlying complexity that renders
the record an easy one to fall for.
• Cults are giving fans a taste of what to expect from
them in the future.
• Favourite track: Abducted, Go Outside, Never Heal
• Favourite track: Arabian Horse(!!!), Deep Inside, Over
WHO THE HELL IS MADONNA
Label: In The Name Of/Columbia
Origin: California (USA)
Line-up: Brian Oblivion, Madeline Follin (BF/GF)
• Yuksek is a highly sought after producer/remixer.
• He has been creating some of the hottest remixes
• 2009 -> Debut ‘Away from the Sea’
• For his second album French electro producer
Yuksek was inspired by the lonely days of touring
around the world on his own.
• Yuksek wrote, arranged, and produced all the
tracks himself, and sings all vocals.
• The single ‘On A Train’, has been an instant viral
smash, with 1 million views of a video made under
the pseudonym ‘Mega Mystery Band’.
• The album is full of organic warm synth sounds,
disco claps, soft percussion and electrifying vocals.
• It’s done so well you can’t help but fall in love with it.
• Highly recommended is also Yuksek’s latest sideproject
“Peter And The Magician” which he formed
together with a friend (ex ‘Aeroplane’ member).
• Favourite track: On a Train, Always On The Run,
Album: Living On The Edge Of Time
Label: Fiction Records
Origin: Reims (France)
Line-up: Pierre-Alexandre Busson
Interpret: Is Tropical
Album: Native To
Origin: London (UK)
Line-up: Simon Milner, Gary Barber und Dominic
• ‘Is Tropical’ is formed from three former squatters
from the Art School in London.
• ‘Native To’ is their debut album.
• They have previously toured with ‘LCS Soundsystem’,
‘The Klaxons’ and ‘Egyprian Hip Hop’.
• The album is full of plenty happy shiny synthesisers,
polyphonic singing, digital harmonies and catchy
• The bass-heavy, beat-driven, pop lo-fi music is very
• It doesn’t sounds new at all, but it definitely is much
better than the average!
• ‘Is Tropical’ delivered us a brilliant music video (to
the single “The Greeks”) with the biggest WTF?-Effect
until now for 2011.
• Favourite track: The Greeks, South Pacific, Seasick
Video Interview@HONK!TV by Polys and Susann Bosslau
Austra is the canadian trio Katie Stelmanis (Mastermind,
pianist, singer), Maya Postepski (drummer) and Dorian
Katie Stelmanis has performed and recorded in the past also
as a solo artist. She spent much time of her young life with
the obsessive study of classical music and her goal was to
become a professional opera singer.
Now she is touring with her band spreading her unique voice
and sounds in sold out venues all over the world.
We had the opportunity to meet Katie at the Domino records
office in Berlin few days after the concert in Berghain club
and had a great interview with her and talked about everything
you wanna know about Austra.
Watch the video interview on our HONK!-TV channel
Photographer Marco Rothenburger www.Marco-Rothenburger.de
Fashion by F.RAU Berlin www.f-rau.com
Model Sophie Nickel @Mostwanted Models
Styling Martina Rau
MakeUp & Hair Ines Schult www.ines-schult.com
IRIS VAN HERPEN
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
Madame Peripetie even the name promises something very
beautiful and great. You will not be disappointed.
Sylwana Zybura is a pardoned photographer. She shows you
a different world. Reality is a stranger to her. Dadaist mythical
creatures in many different colors, yes that’s what she likes.
Based in Dortmund / germany is Sylwana on the way to be a
very great artist.
It is our pleasure to indroduce you to one of the best female
artist of our time.
Hello Sylwana. We are big fans of your photography,
although I would rather say ART! You had first taken a
different path and you studied linguistics. How did you
start with photography?
After studying linguistics, I’ve lived in London and
worked in an independent theatre. The mood, the
lighting for the Performances have intrigued me. I
wanted express myself visually. Photography was the
medium for me.
When i am looking at your pictures i can see, there is a
lot of detail? Are you inspired by your Theatre / Stage
experience? And if so, how?
I like tidy opulence! This needs orders but otherwise
it ends up in chaos. I Like very much the work of
Robert Wilson. His perfect minimalism on stage has
always fascinated me.
How would you describe your own style?
Surreal, picturesque, always with the micro-explosions
Which artists are role models for you? Do you have
someone to whom you look up to?
As I mentioned - Robert Wilson, the Surrealists, Blitz
Kids, post punk and a lot of SF writers. I do not like
to confine to one area. I will get bored.
What was it like for you when you first time saw your
published work you in a magazine?
Joy (the first 10 minutes)!
What have you bought from your first salary?
I do not know. But there was a book by Martin Parr
Analog or Digital? How do you work?
Digital. Sometimes, even analogous.
But it is irrelevant.
You belong to this year’s winners of the “catapult” price.
What is the feeling like to be honored for your work?
It is nice for a short term - it is an incentive to
Are there magazines in the world for which you would
like to photograph?
I-D, Dazed and Confused, V, Sleek.
What kind of projects do you plan in the near future?
I’m working on a project called “Sight of Transgresson”
which deals with the topic of character design
- in the context of szenografic-apart film - based on the
collective unconscious (sounds complicated haha). I
create hybrid characters who operate on a kind of stage.
If you could give a hint to young photographers how to
be successful and believe in yourself. What would it be?
Shoot a lot, bring an interdisciplinary inspiration to
stay true to yourself and do not forget the fun.
by Claudio Alvargonzalez
Remember VHS? Yes, that rectangular piece of plastic
you used to watch movies. If you are around my age I bet
you have some old videos somewhere in a drawer or in a
box behind that old sofa. Let’s do an experiment: Forget
for a second your computer, your ipad, your mp4 and
your DVD player. Imagine you still have a VHS player at
home. Put the tape inside. Ok, the image is not too bad.
Now go fast forward… Hear that annoying noise? Finally,
try to select a different language or put subtitles…
Ups!!!.... You can’t. Well, that’s the way we watched
video movies in the 90’s. And we loved it! In fact VHS
industry came to its climax during that decade where
internet was still inaccessible for the users. We could
change from big and heavy video players to new ones
lighters and with more features including the chance
to record directly from your TV channel. Remember
those New Kids on the Block or MC Hammer old videos
you recorded? Do me a favor: Buy some gasoline
and burn them!!
The American companies saw business in the video
market and all the titles started a second life with the
VHS and most of them had a worldwide distribution.
I know this could sound not very impressive when you
can download whatever you want from your computer
or even watch it in streaming but being a teenager during
those years and go to the video store to pick a new
movie and watch it at home was quite an adventure.
In fact the 90´s was a great decade for cinema. The big
majors multiplied the copies for distribution because
the audiences were back to theaters after a long way of
“crossing the desert” during the 80´s.
That was also the decade of some of the greatest American
creators: Tim Burton unites critics and audiences
with Edward Scissorhands (1990) and the Batman
saga (1989 and 1992). To see Michelle Pfeiffer (in my
opinion the most beautiful actress of the last 30 years)
dressed in leather as “Catwoman” just make me think
in one word…. “Miaoo”!!
It was also the jump to major audiences of some directors
coming from the independent side of the industry
who talked to more mature audiences: The Coen brothers
(Miller’s Crossing, 1990; Fargo, 1995), Ang Lee (The
Wedding Banquet, 1993; Sense and Sensibility, 1995;
The Ice Storm, 1997) and of course Spike Lee (Jungle
Fever, 1991; Malcom X, 1992 and SOS Summer of Sam,
1999. To me his best film).
I don’t want to forget Quentin Tarantino. He is what he
is because of what he did during the 90’s. His eternal
monologues, his films full of violence but also a deep
sense of humor. He gave fresh air to the industry. Forrest
Gump beated everyone else at the Oscars but what
everybody will remember of 1994 will be Uma Thurman’s
dance and John Travolta’s comeback.
But the 90’s would be nothing without four of the best
directors of all time. Clint Eastwood reinvented western
with Unforgiven (1992), a masterpiece winner of four
MR. ALVODOVAR AND HIS BIZARRE WORLD
Academy Awards that year; A perfect world (1993) with
Kevin Costner in one of his best roles or The Bridges of
Madison County (1995) showing the world that tough
guys can feel too. Woody Allen continued deconstructing
New York society in Husbands and wives (1992);
making everyone laugh with an upper class middle-age
couple so bored that they become murder detectives
in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993); or showing the
world how talented Mira Sorvino is if she has the chance
in Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
For the next two I would need a whole article: Martin
Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. If there is a list of eclectic
directors they would be in the first places. It is true
that Scorsese has a real talent talking about mafia like in
GoodFellas (1990) or Casino (1995). Have you seen this
last one? Let me tell you I was in shock when Sharon
Stone didn’t get the Oscar for that role. But it is also true
that Cape Fear (1991) and The Age of Innocence (1993)
are two of his best films.
But if there is one man who can entertain everyone with
Jurassic Park (1993) and touch consciences with Schindler’s
List (1994) almost in the same year that could only
be Steven Spielberg. This man’s brain should be donated
to science. What more could I say? One more thing. If he
married Kate Capshaw (Indiana Jones and the Temple
of Doom, 1984) he could only be a cool fun guy.
To finish with American cinema, in 1995 a small company
called Pixar Animation Studios associated with
Disney rocked the world with Toy Story which meant
the beginning of a new world phenomenon. And you
know what came next: a list of animated masterpieces
that changed the way of watching films and meaning
thousands of millions at the box office. We don’t see
cartoons anymore… we watch animated movies. And as
I am Disney-Pixar number one fan I just want to say:
Long live the Kings!
Now back to the Old Continent. As you know things here
work in a different way. The European cinema kept doing
films following a line of creativity and quality but
much less spectacular with two exceptions: Little Buddha
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1993) with Keanu Reeves and
Bridget Fonda trying to follow the success of The Last
Emperor (1987) but even the presence of the American
stars couldn’t save it from crashing at the box office.
The second exception was Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh,
1996) which worked a little bit better probably because
the budget was also smaller (around 18 million dollars).
Do you know the Shakespeare’s play? Well, you have it
here from A to Z. That’s the reason it lasts 242 minutes
and that, my friends, in English means 4 hours! But the
best of the film are the actors: Kenneth Branagh, Julie
Christie, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon
and a whole list going almost to infinity.
Most of the European movies during the 90’s were coproductions
between countries and in general it was also
a great decade for European films in terms of quality.
For example, Il Postino (Michael Radford, 1994); Shadowlands
(Richard Attemborough, 1993); Trainspotting
(Danny Boyle, 1996); Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996);
La niña de tus ojos (Fernando Trueba, 1998), one of the
most successful Spanish films of all times.
France also lived its own golden age during that decade,
mixing successfully author films with much more commercial
proposals. This was a great decade for French
cinema in the international market. Some of the best
films were: Indochine (Régis Wargnier, 1992) with
a cold but superb Catherine Deneuve; Les Visiteurs
(Jean-Marie Poiré, 1993); The Fifth Element (Luc Besson,
1997). I have to say I kind of hate this movie. I don’t
like Besson’s sense of humor, I hate Chris Tucker and I
hate that pseudo pop style the movie is trying to show
but it made more than 200 million dollars worldwide so
it deserves to be on the list. In fact, my favorite French
movie of the 90’s is Le mari de la coiffeuse (Patrice Leconte,
1990), a small jewel full of simple but delicate situations
with Jean Rochefort in the best role of his career.
But if there is something really remarkable about European
cinema during those years it was the cinematographic
movement called Dogma 95.
The beginning of the movement is not exactly clear but
we could say Scandinavian cinema was turning into a
softer narrative way of filming, with less artifice in image
and sound and the camera submitted to the actors
with many long takes and handheld camera.
Some of the Dogma rules were:
Sound can’t be separated from the image without adding
any music. No special illumination is accepted, just
what the camera can hold. All the camera movements
have to be handheld. No superficial action like murders,
shotguns, chasing cars…
To me the funniest one is this: The director’s name is
not allowed in the credits… !!???
We may find the beginning of the movement in Breaking
the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1995). But the consolidation
came with Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998), The Idiots
(Lars von Trier, 1998) or even The King is Alive (Kristian
Levring, 1999) aka Dogma # 4 about a group of passengers
who decide to stage “King Lear” after a bus crash in
the desert. Thanks God this article is finishing and I don’t
have to say what I think about this stupid plot. The movement
didn’t last too long but some of the premises are
still in movies nowadays. It also crossed borders. Australian
film Shine (Scott Ricks, 1996) is a good example.
As you see I am not a big fan of the movement although
I can give credit to some of its ideas, specially everything
referring with actors and their freedom while acting.
I prefer to think about cinema as a mix of reality and
illusion. I don’t know if your reality is like a TV spot but
mine can be hard sometimes and illusion can help me
escape from daily troubles. If everything where “Dogma”
we wouldn’t have people like Jean Pierre Jeunet,
Steven Spielberg, Charles Chaplin or Alfred Hitchcock.
How would life be without aliens, talking toys, Oz or
even the red earth of Tara? Well, as my friend Scarlett
O’Hara said… “I will think about it tomorrow”.
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Finally Berlin has its own Sanny van Heteren. Her Name is Jana Wendlandt and she is the
woman who decides who is in and who is out. You have to pass her selection to get in a
hippest clubs in the city. But this is not enough. Her new agency for creative people has
really a new concept. It supports all creative’s, and when I say all - I mean it so. “Mama
J Productions” is a new platform for people from different spheres, like DJ’s, performers,
musicians, artists, designers, dancers and painters but not only them – producers and
managing genies are also welcome. She also organizes events, which are unique as well.
This brilliant concept will make Mama J Production to one of the most important agencies
in Germany in the next future.
KIERAN BEHAN “CRYSTALmAFIA”
The all around talent and beauty of Kieran moved to our beloved capital fi ve years ago
from the foggy coast of San Francisco. She is a photographer and has already captured
the spirits of many infl uential personalities. She is also passionate about music and has
played throughout Europe with her signature disco sound, as well as designing amazing
jewellery from fl ea market treasures. One of her most important projects is Crystalmafi a.
It’s a collaboration between creative girls and meeting of kindred souls. They are a collective
of performance artists, videographers, and costume designers who are complementing
each other to create an unforgettable performance.
LuCAS CARRIERI GALERY
Lucas J. Carrieri immigrated to Europe from Argentina. 2005 he opened his fi rst gallery in
Berlin, which offered a variety of performances and events that link art to fashion and the
gallery quickly became a hip place for the Berlin scene. Now the gallery moved to Potsdamer
Straße. Lucas Carrieri created a network that allows international artist to exhibit
and sell their art in Berlin. He also supports his artists in the world outside the gallery. Especially
his strong connections to Argentina, Italy and Spain make the Lucas Carrieri Art
Gallery to a privileged place for promotion of art works. And if you are lucky maybe you
will get an invitation to one the gallery private parties, which are legendary as well. http://
Florian Bartholomäi – Actor
The 23 years old guy is vey shy and charming, so when you see him for the fi rst time, you
will never expect him to be such an extraordinary talent. But he is one! Each of his roles,
even the smallest ones, he performed brilliantly. And the critics think the same. Florian
Bartholomäi was already awarded with scores of most desirable fi lm prizes. „New Faces
Award“ as the best newcomer actor is just one of them. But he is not only an excellent
actor, he is also a sport junkie and he loves it extremely: basketball, different kinds of
martial arts and parachute jumping give him a balancing kick. Maybe this variety of interests
makes him so successful. Anyway he is the next Cristoph Waltz and an Oscar will be
just only one step in his much promising career.
IT’S ALWAYS BEEN
Interview by Christo Mitov
Images by Karim Sadli
Yoann Lemoine (http://www.yoannlemoine.com/) (28) is not your typical director - just like WOODKID is not
your typical music project. In the meta level of creativity and talent, Yoann merges with WOODKID to create a
pan-media project involving visual art, complex compositions, innovative fashion - all that presented with extreme
When you see his work, you would wonder who is the teacher of this wunderkind. Unfortunately for you and
me, everything he knows and everything he is capable of, Yoann has taught himself. Well, not completely. He
started learning illustration and animation at Emile Cohl School, Lyon, France and screen-printing techniques at
Swindon College, London. After college in 2004, Lemoine started illustrating in several magazines and children’s
books, in France and the USA. At the same time, he joined a French production team and started to direct his first
3D-animated TV ads and music videos, before putting his eye to the camera for his first live shoots.
Until recently, Yoann Lemoine was living between Paris and New York, mainly working as a film director in media
such as video, 8 to 35mm film, 2D and 3D animation, Stop Motion, photography, illustration, painting, screen
printing, sculpture, collage, knitting, holograms, and more… That’s until 2011 when he evolved in WOODKID - a
musical and visual project born of nostalgia and soul-searching.
Christo Mitov chatted with Yoann Lemoine about his music project, upcoming album release and tour dates and
asked him if he would abandon his visual work.
Hi Yoann, what were you doing right before you sat down
to answer those questions?
I’m actually finishing the new THE SHOES
http://soundcloud.com/the-shoes/ video that I am
working on right now!
You’re commuting between Paris and NYC all the time.
What is keeping you in both places?
I like the energy of New York, I spend a lot of time in
LA too. These towns are very exotic to me, and exotic is
very good for creation. Even if I have spent a lot of time
there, I am still fascinated by the level of expectations
and the quality of production for films and music in the
US. I love Paris as it’s my hometown somehow. Nothing
compares to the place you grew up in, and to a place
where most of your close friends are based.
Where in Eastern Europe are your roots from? Do you go
My family is from Poland, I have spent some time there
during my childhood, I still talk to my cousin who’s Polish,
but now lives in the US. At the time, it was a very
desolate country, and I have never been back to Poland,
it’s not only good memories, a lot of shady family things
happened there, and even if I have never been really exposed
to it, as a child, you feel that kind of things. I don’t
really want to feel this again.
When did you realize you can express yourself best
It’s always been inside of me, I’ve always been fascinated
by light, by perspective, shadows, colors,
almost in a scientific way. I’ve always wanted to understand
things, understand the eye, and anything I
would not understand.
Whose artists’ work inspires you most?
I’m a huge fan of Gus Van Sant, Mallick, photographers
like Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Martin Parr... I also
love video games, Final Fantasy games, heroic fantasy,
I’m also very connected to the fashion world, this create
a very crossover mix that I really like.
Vintage visuals are obviously a great inspiration for your
music videos - are you following a trend or is it nostalgia?
I am, absolutely, in a pretty violent and aggressive way
actually. In my Woodkid project, even if the image does
not look vintage, and pretty technological actually, I explore
themes such as Nostalgia, and the transition between
childhood and the adult age. This is something
that really obsesses me.
What is the creative process you go through while creating
videos and short movies?
I always follow my emotions, visions that I have. It’s a
starting point. In the Woodkid video, I knew marble
would be present, It took some time to formulate and
achieve this visions, and understand the meaning of it,
but at the end all these things always make sense together.
It’s almost about finding pieces of a puzzle inside
of me and slowly assembling them. It’s a psychoanalytic
process in a way.
You have several projects for advertising and campaigns.
How did you feel working in the field your parents are
I’ve always been a bit distant with the advertising
world, not because it’s my parents job, but mainly because
there are too many political and money factors in
commercials, and I will never call it art. There are truly
amazing creatives in advertising companies, people it’s
a real pleasure to work with, but I can’t stop thinking it’s
for the sake of a product, and money. I see these people
struggle so hard with clients, I can’t stop thinking it’s a
lot of wasted amazing creation for very little result...
What do you think of product placement in music videos?
It’s part of the game, I have to deal with it in the big
videos I am doing. I will never allow anyone place a
product in my videos, I’d rather have less money, but in
some cases, like big mainstream pop projects, if it helps
you build an amazing set or shoot with a better camera,
I say go for it.
Are you quitting with the visual work after committing
I mean, Woodkid is 50 percent visual work, so the answer
It’s kind of cost effective for you to direct your own videos.
I’m not the cheapest director right now, it’s true, but I
also like to work on very small projects. This video for
THE SHOES is a small budget but when I like a project,
the production value I can add in a film is very important
You describe yourself as a self-taught professional. Did
you learn singing also on your own?
I did everything by myself yes. From directing videos to
singing. Alone in my room, by performing live, it’s the
same thing with film direction. I like to stay away from
people that pretend I owe them what happens to me. I
have the amazing luck to be surrounded by very professional
and talented teams, that bring a lot of energy and
ideas to my films and song productions, and I am super
grateful. But It’s also a very important talent to know
how to listen what people are suggesting and consider it
when it’s actually enhancing your ideas.
Can you compose?
I actually write and compose all of my tracks, yes.
What fi ght and battle are you singing about in Iron. Or is it a
declaration of your battle for a place in the music industry?
It’s a track about the violence I had in me at the time,
it’s about the fight for becoming somebody, a fight for
the adult age. Everything is linked, and people will understand
this in the next videos and tracks. This Fantasy
world is a metaphor of very human, universal and
Who or what is the very reason to write the love ballad
It’s an old song, I wanted to put it on the record because
I didn’t want this EP to sound too pretentious.
The album will be much more consistent and epic,
and will not feature folk ballads. I just like the idea
that I can do that too.
You’re about to head in the studio very soon and will be
working on your debut album by the time this interview is
published. Tell me more about the idea of the record.
The record will be a massive epic production, I will build
it like the rhythm of a movie, with an intro, a storyline,
a climax, and an ending. I am using a lot of instruments
from classical music and sample them, produce it almost
like Hip-Hop. I am using a lot of visual and sound
codes from religion and army. In a fascinated and critical
way. It’s a love-hate story. Once again, codes from
the adult age are very inspiring to me. It’s going to be a
very emotional journey, I want people to feel like heroes
when they listen to the album on their ipod. I like the
idea that my music makes people feel stronger.
Who do you want to work with and who are you working
with on the album?
THE SHOES are working on the production of this
album with me, they are amazing and they are not
afraid by the challenge. There are a couple of other
names in the air, but I won’t mention them until
things are done!
Are you planning on going into some new genres or
using different instruments for the record?
We are actually going to use bagpipes! And an organ
church. We have extended the type of percussions and
some retro futuristic sounds will enhance the production.
Epic and Massive choirs too.
Your tour is starting in October this year. Which places
are you most excited about?
I’m very excited about touring in the US, of course.
There are a lot of dates in Europe and I am very curious
about meeting my public for the first time. I
know there is a lot of expectations, and this tour is
Should we expect some new songs?
Yes ! I will perform some tracks from the album !
Where are you going after this interview?
In my bed, I am kind of sick today.
If you listen to
Text by Shelbric A. Fuller
For many, it was just a blur in the space time continuum
– a colossal juxtaposition between light and
concepts. For others, who like to live solidly on planet
Earth, we experienced the welcoming of a new dawn.
Just like the glitter of a drag queen who had just left
the room, there was a sparkle in the air.
Life was changing for all of us right before our eyes.
We all should have known it was going to be a glorious
new day when Russia opened its first McDonalds
in 1990. As Germany dealt with issues of reunification,
most Americans were falling in love with a whore
with a heart of gold. Looking back, it is rather apparent
that the makers of “Pretty Woman” were also part
of the Bill Clinton administration but I digress.
Americans, who are commonly known in Europe as
being prude and superficial, were beginning to recognize
and celebrate art as an important part of modern
culture. Although, the protests that surrounded the
Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition were rather heated, at
least people were talking about more than the cold war.
As the Deutsche Telekom lost its strangle hold on
the German telecommunication system – new monopolies
were taking over the TV air waves. No one
ever wants to admit it but at 4 in the morning, when
you can’t sleep, who can resist the urge to pick up the
phone and order a brand new cubic zirconia jewelry
set. The distinction that was given to so many US
Citizens was able to make its way into the homes and
hearts of every German.
But lets be fair, it wasn’t only the US that had lots to
offer. We were more than happy to plunder the German
techno scene but let me let you in on a little se-
cret - the Americans have been stealing music from
the Germans since Kraftwerk. We love the Germans –
they are quirky but consistent. Therefore, it was clear
to us that if anyone could take dance music to another
level it would be them. Although, it never made it to
a Love Parade level in the States, it made its presence
known throughout the land. You had Tresor in Berlin
but we had The Edge in Fort Lauderdale.
While the citizens of the US were dancing and experimenting
with the highly technological sounds of
“now” (well, not now as in now but now as in then),
there was a dark cloud looming in the background. A
cloud that crept up slowly from behind like a horror
film villain and attacked under the cloak of night –
the boy bands. Oh the horror of it all! 20-somethings
dancing in perfect step and singing in harmony with
the help of pitch correction (sometimes with the help
of an invisible singer). America should really issue an
official apology for the swarm of untalented locus that
we sent across the ocean but what is done is done.
In the end, the 1990s were a time of experimentation.
New sounds, new visuals and new hope. Although, the
US and Germany are very different, they are also very
much the same. Actually, we are all the same. There are
time periods in history that were a necessary bridge for
the events of now. So much has transpired – so much
will transpire and with each passing decade, we learn,
reap and sow. As the 90s came to a close things settled,
as usual, into a mediocre rut. Maybe we will see those
times again. One can only hope.
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Linda is sitting barefoot on the floor of an old mansion,
while she grabs the remote control of a CD player. She
pushes a button and a red laser starts to play a CD:
so begins the first scene of the video clip for the song
Freedom 90 of George Michael and similar seems to be
also the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century:
with Naomi dancing dressed up in a grunge -style
nightgown combined with military boots, a totally wet
Cindy singing in a bathtub, Christy in her early twenties
looking fabulous wrapped in a long white sheet,
and with the burning of George Michael’s infamous
“Faith” jacket and the explosion of his guitar symbolizing
the end of the 80’s and his past life with Wham!,
and his rebirth in the new decade as a new man.
For many the 90s can be remembered for the boom of
the boy-bands, the Spice Girls, and of course for the
super models. To others the 90s are represented by the
Generation X, the depressive grunge, or the Love Parade
with its own “X”, but there’s no doubt that those
years can also be seen as the decade in which MTV had
its best moment showing the birth and development of
a new generation of music video creators, who nowadays
are still influencing filmmaking. One of those creators
is David Fincher who in 1990 directed Freedom
90 of George Michael.
Born 1962 in Denver, Colorado, US. Like many other
of his generation, started his career in the advertising
and TV commercials, won awards as a music video
director and jumped into the film industry with great
success and above all, created films that today can be
categorized as cult.
In the 80’s Fincher was already a prolific music video
director, collaborating with Aerosmith, Sting, Foreigner
and other big names of that time. One year before
the release of „Freedom 90“ and inspired by the Fritz
Lang classic film „Metropolis“ he directed “Express
Yourself” of Madonna in which in one of its latest
scenes, a bunch of half nude wet men getting involved
in what it seems a clandestine fight in a box ring can be
seen. Maybe this scene reminds us of one of Fincher’s
future films that became cult.
Also in 1990 he directed the classic video “Vogue” of
Madonna which is filmed in black and white, and like
in “Express Yourself” he got inspiration from the look
and sceneries of the old noire-films.
In 1994, his the video “Love is strong” of the Rolling
Stones in which with the application of new techniques,
he shows the members of the band and other
people as sexy giants rambling around the streets of
NYC, is still considered very innovative .
In between, Fincher directed in 1992 his first feature
film, „Alien 3“ which received an Oscar nomination for
special effects but was not well received by the critics
and followers of the Alien’s series. But in 1995, he directed
„Se7en“ which not only was a commercial success,
but with its neo- noir elements and its great opening
credits (by graphic designer Kyle Cooper and musicalized
by a sample of an uncredited remix of the Nine
Inch Nails song “Closer”), turned into an absolute influence
in the aesthetics of the 90s films and TV series.
In 1999 Fincher ended the decade with his ultimate
cult film, „Fight Club“, which was one of the most controversial
and representative films of the 1990s. It was
not only an innovation in the production design and
in filmmaking technology but it was established as
a cult film because of its originality and cultural and
aesthetic impact, which is what still makes it today a
defining film. „Fight Club’s“ critique to the capitalistic
society and consumer culture is still a topic issue and
of course who can forget the looks of Brad Pitt in his
character of Tyler Durden who after 12 years still looks
damned sexy and cool.
After that, Fincher was established as a renowned film
director of big productions like „The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button“ or „The Social Network“.
Vogue Madonna 1990
Born May 8, 1963 in France. With his remarkable creativity
and original film techniques, he is no doubt one
of the most representative music video directors who
have influenced the feature film aesthetics of the 21th
After creating music videos for his own rock band „Oui
Oui“ and other french bands, Björk asked him in 1993
to direct the video clip for her first solo single “Human
Behaviour”, which was the first of seven music videos
in the collaboration of the two artists. In “Human Behaviour”
Gondry combines animation and live action
to create a strange and surreal but yet beautiful world,
full of childlike imagery with a touch of darkness.
Gondry, throughout his film career. Keeps using the
imagery, design and camera effects of “Human Behaviour”
resulting in some of the most visually amazing
music videos in the history of this genre like Bachelorette
of Björk(1997), “Around the World” of Daft
Punk (1997) or “Let Forever Be” of The Chemical
Brothers (1999). He has also collaborated on more
than one occasion with The White Stripes, Radiohead,
and Beck. Many of these artists have also participated
in the soundtracks of Gondry’s films.
After his first feature film „Human Nature“ (2002)
Gondry directed in 2004 „Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind“ in which he applies not only many of
the image manipulation techniques that he had experimented
with in his music videos but also the same
kind of visual surrealistic atmosphere. Together with
Charly Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth, Gondry won an
Academy Award for the screenplay of this film.
„The Science of Sleep“ of 2006 is somehow an autobiographical
film, written by Gondry, in which he again
utilizes his video techniques and mixes dreams and
reality with the same childlike imagery that characterized
his work. Since 1993 Michel Gondry has been
a pioneer redefining the music video world, not only
technically but also aesthetically and has also extended
his influence into the feature filmmaking.
Human Behaviour - Björk (1993)
With his black comedy-fantasy film „Being John Malkovich“,
Spike Jonze made the transition from the
music video genre to the feature film very successfully.
Like „Eternal Sunshine“ of Michel Gondry, the first
feature film of Jonze was written by Charlie Kaufman
having numerous awards nominations and winning
some of them. The film is full of the dark humor and
antihero characters that can be seen in Jonze’s music
videos. In 2002 he directed Adaptation in collaboration
again with Kaufman.
Before his debut in the feature filmmaking, Spike
Jonze was also directing TV commercials and music
videos which had left a big influence in the visual aesthetics
of the pop culture of the 90s bringing a very
peculiar sense of humor to the decade. Maybe one of
his best work as a music video director is “Sabotage”
of the Beastie Boys (1994) which is an homage and
parody of 1970s crime TV series such as Hawaii Five-
O, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta,
and Starsky and Hutch. After the release of this video,
the rest of the decade was impregnated with a revival
In a some kind of flash mob action, Jonze assembled
a group of “dancers” to perform to Fatboy Slim’s song
“Praise you” (1998) outside a Westwood, California
movie theater, taped the performance and left the
video with an amateur look.
Praise you- Fatboy Slim
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Although Mark Romanek (born September 18, 1959)
gained with his film „One Hour Photo“ (2002) a good
reputation as a feature film director, his creations in
the music video genre are what marked the imaginary
of the pop culture of a whole generation in the 90s.
Some of his more well known videos include “Free
Your Mind” by En Vogue (1992), “Are You Gonna Go
My Way” by Lenny Kravitz (1993), “Rain” by Madonna
(1993), “Devil’s Haircut” by Beck (1996), which are
recognized for their elegance and great photography.
Actually “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails (1994), and “Bedtime
Story” by Madonna (1994), have been made part
of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern
Art in New York City.
One of his most important videos, “Closer” of NIN, was
both critically acclaimed and controversial because of
his disturbing images. The video shows scenes that are
inspired by the art of the photographer Joel-Peter Witkin
(which takes very artistic photos of dead bodies), as
well as Francis Bacon. A nude bald woman, a monkey
tied to a cross, a pig’s head spinning on some type of
ancient machine, insects, a diagram of a vulva, S&M
accessories, leather clothes. This imagery is part of the
“Closer” video which shows a darker side of the decade
but in a very artistic way that could only be done under
the eye and direction of Romanek.
In the 90s we used to look for the new works of the
video directors, we knew their names which were as
important as the artists and the music itself, and when
I watch these great images again, combined with that
great music I’m not ashamed to say that I’m still stuck
in the 90s.
MADONNA - Bedtime Story 1994
MADONNA RAIN 1993
by Christo Mitov
Illustration Ango The Meek Dead
It seems like Berlin has concentrated all well-dressed
people in Mitte and once you leave the fashion heart of
the German capital, you stumble upon people who look
like they’ve made their fashion decisions in the dark.
Anyhow, if you feel you don’t have the imagination to
dress up, at least flip some fashion magazines in the
nearest coffee shop and just copy-paste some looks.
On my way to the trendy cafe I came to finish my column,
I was able to spot 5 fashion disasters which I
haven’t even planned on mentioning. Here is a quick
tip: If the T-shirt looks like it might be mentally ill, then,
so, too, is the smug gentleman wearing it. Ambiguous
baseball caps with pink plastic pieces jutting out the top
intended to look like a pair of lady’s legs -- NO. This is
NOT the cool, updated version of the 50s lamp shaped
like a can-can girl’s fishnet stocking-enhanced thigh.
Please, Mr. Hipster, cease and desist with the all-yellow
(yes, lemon yellow) outfit. Just because it was on display
at the COS window doesn’t mean you should put
it on. As the Russians say, “Nyet.” Drop-crotch trousers
with elasticated cuffs. Fucking stop it. It wasn’t cool in
1983 and it’s DEFINITELY not cool in 2011. Hawaiian
shirts - no comment. Bra over the blouse. Yes, my good
friend Corey actually saw this the other day. Oh, Berlin...
But now back to my plan which includes examples
from German clothing over hair and style:
2010 was the year when 80s were back, 2011 is obviously
the year the fashion and all other industries joined
forces to bring back the 90s. No matter what decade is
coming back in which year, style and taste are always
two crucial requirements for applying and following
trends. For the same reason I refuse to put on man jeggings
and make my legs look like two bratwursts.
There is an image that always pops up in my mind
when I think about German fashion and unfortunately
it is not the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
I know I am not the only one who has noticed - sandals
with socks. What is up with that, Germany? Are
you getting cold wearing sandals, are you afraid to
wash your feet in case they get dirty or do they look
so gross that you hide them in white socks? Also,
what is wrong with wearing a chic sandal and taking
a pass on all the tasteless sporty sandals out there?
So many questions, so little time. However, you can
just put on lighter shoes or just be brave and adventurous
and put on the sandals on a bare foot.
I know a very respectable woman brought back the
skin tone for clothing, namely Angela Merkel, but
why do you have to show your patriotism in the worst
possible way by dressing up in ochre and khaki from
head to toe? Due to the lack of sun in Germany and
the slight domination of pasties, overdosing with
skin toned garments has almost as devastating effects
as the tainted cocaine in the US and Russia.
Let’s leave this privilege of wearing khaki, ochre and
egg shell to the elderly, the yachters and the sailors.
Pierce for Peace?
Not really. Piercings were HUGE in the 90s. They were
hugely overestimated as a political statement and underestimated
in hideousness. Lip piecing, eyebrow
piercing, cheek piercing, neck piercing,... Should I continue?
Who needs those piercings? I could understand
if it was a pleasure-oriented piercing like e.g. nipple
piercing. Everything else is just obsolete.
The Pity of The Pits
Ladies, pay close attention. I almost feel ashamed to
utter or write down those words in a country that is
a leading world industrial power; that has running
warm water and where cosmetic products are available
on every corner, any time. So if all those conditions
are available, why are there some of you, Fräuleins,
who just refuse to shave or wax your armpits?
Lifting your arm to hold onto the handle in the train
and flashing your rainforest to everyone should be
banned by law. And don’t get me started on the
scents you spread in the non-air-conditioned trains
of Berlin. And don’t forget - you’re not alone on the
train and it’s not really about style, but hygiene.
The Dreadful Locks
Dreadlocks are definitely making a comeback this
summer in Berlin. Wherever I go, whatever social
group I am surrounded by, there is always at least
one boy or girl sporting a ras. Short, long, thick, thin,
blond, dark, colored, woolen - and that is just the beginning
of the list. Sometimes I really wonder if people
wearing dreadlocks are living in a house missing
mirrors or if they have lost their sense of smell. My
flatmate Sean calls them maggot sticks. I won’t bore
you with the story behind coining this term, but just
imagine the perfect conditions dreadlocks offer for
a flourishing fleas colony on your head.
Ok, I get it. Hipsters are a great drive for fashion
and related business but can we all please decide
right here and right now that we do not want to turn
wearing a wool hat in summer to the next big thing
after man jeggings? Thank you. Even when made of
cotton wool, beanies and such belong in the autumn
and winter wardrobe, not as an accessory to shorts
and sandals. It has has been scientifically proven
that all temperatures over 26°C are slowing down
brain cell functionality. Maybe you should take off
your wool hat and think about it. Before that the
process wouldn’t be possible anyway.
Flip-Flops and The City
Closing up the frame of the Revenge of The Fashion
Nerds, we’re back on the shoes issue. Besides sandals
with socks, there is another persistent phenomenon
that just won’t let go: flip-flops. They are just
not meant for the city. For the beach - yes. For the
bathroom - yes. But don’t forget them on your feet
before leaving the apartment. Especially if you’re
wearing jeans or other long pants.
Despite my efforts to sum up some of the most prominent
German fashion and style disasters or at least
those that get on trains, walk the streets or flood bars
and cafes, there are probably hundreds of other experiences
that cause instant eye cancer. Until I face them,
I’d try to enjoy the summer without making or running
into the mistakes listed above so I can recharge
the batteries of my stun gun and point at the next victim
of the Nerds in Issue No. 5 on October 15th. Until
then, feel free to drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept, Production & Photography Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo
Model Masha Tyelna @M4 Models
Styling Jennifer Daubitz
Hair&Make up by Lars Rüffert with Armani Cosmetics / 21agency
Trousers Designers Remix Collection
Bold bracelet Tokyo Jane
Shorts Rich & Royal
Shoes Stuart Weitzman
Tunika Tara Jarmon
Skirt French Connection
Leather coat Blacky Dress
Spike necklace JDauplin
Jumpsuit Amaya by Priyanka
Shorts Bruno Manetti
Blazer Rich & Royal
Denim jean Met Jeans
Necklace & Bracelet JDauplin
Interview by Polys
Photos by Sean Young Photography
At the age of 5, Almaryse was asked what she wanted to be
when she grew up. Her answer: A Superstar! This is still her
goal and she is having so much fun as she works her way towards
it. The Frill Of The Fight is 2 Die 4!
In Almaryse’s family life she has two beautiful sons and they
mean the world to her. She says: “It is something important to
show them to go for your dreams”. Her Mother also has been an
inspiration and really supports her in her passion for her music.
Polys: Who thought of this name for the band?
Almaryse: Oscar Five, my youngest son (aged 6 at the
time), was writing out the lyrics for Eye Of The Tiger
and instead of ‘thrill of the fight’ he wrote Frill Of The
Fight. I first of all adore that he felt the urge to put
pen to paper for the love a great song and his version
instantly stood out to me as a perfect name for the vision
that was growing in my mind.
How did you meet each other and who gave birth to
this project and when?
Connor: I met Almaryse through a mutual glam rocker
friend that i was an item with and we were performing
a dance theatre work called Berlin funny enough
but we were doing it in Brisbane. We had some drinks
laughed at models being pushed down the runway on
TV (with the utmost respect of course) and have been
friends and creative bunnies ever since. This project
has lured me from my home for the past 7 years Sydney
to Brisbane and next The World.
Mark: Almaryse and I met when I auditioned for her
then group of back up performers called the Slashys
(Actor slash Model slash Dancer). I was actually the
last person to audition. She saw hundreds of people
that day and was losing hope in finding suitable applicants.
Then I auditioned with a yodelling and clog
dancing performance and she started screaming and
laughing with delight. There was electricity in the air.
We were dizzy. We saw pink stars and glitter in front of
our eyes and that’s not the only place. Something special
was happening and the rest, as they say, is history.
Almaryse: Yes I had met and fallen in love with both
Mark and Connor in different parts of my life for a
few years before Almaryse & The Frill Of The Fight
was conceived. When I met them there was a sense
of an important connection and I knew I wanted to
join forces with each of them in my wildest dreams
future. Maiden Speech, the Poetry-Pop Duo I created
with my sister, Poet Pascalle Burton, called it a day
and while she and I both performed backing vocals
for indie rocker The Stress Of Leisure, Glam Pop was
calling me and it was time for the waters to break and
Almaryse & The Frill Of The Fight to do some heavy
breathing. I gave birth but we have all shared in the
labour and conception is an ongoing thing for us...
What was each one of you doing before that?
Connor: I’ve been a professional performer over the
past 10 years mostly as a dancer but recently as a freelance
artist grabbing all the exciting gigs that present
themselves. I just did a commission for the Australia
Ensemble where i was asked to choreograph and perform
as Pierrot Lunaire in Schoenbergs masterpiece
composition with a live ensemble in Sydney. It was
such a thrill and the German Soprano text is devine.
Mark: I was touring Australia with my one-man-band
tap dancing spectaculaaar. At the time, I was the only
person in Australia who could work a kick drum with my
foot while tap dancing, not to mention playing a banjo,
harmonica, cymbals, a theramin and singing all at once.
& The Frill
Of The Fight
on the dancefloor!
Almaryse: I used to sing in a big church choir, like
Whitney and Beyonce, then for a long time the lead
vocalist in a funk covers band, like Chaka and Cyndi,
then Maiden Speech, which I wrote my own material
for and we put out an album on CD and Cassette,
some rad videos, one of which being a cover we did
of a Leonard Cohen song, Gypsy’s Wife, in the style
of Pat Benatar. http://youtu.be/wD1f65T80xw Mr
Cohen responded with this, “Terrific! I am still recovering
from the stab of beauty.” We played 3yrs
of live shows and Festivals including a UK tour with
a memorable detour for the Summer Arts Festival
in Cyprus!!! I have been writing songs since I was
a child. My Mother (who was a Cabaret and Jazz
Singer in the 80’s) taught me about harmony and
our home was often filled with three part harmonies;
Mum, Pascalle and I, and plenty of laughter.
Are you involved in any other projects except of this
one at the moment?
Mark: I have a project called MPopTrash which is
writing and producing a catalogue of music for the
purpose of disposing of it.
Almaryse: We are excited to have this EP out now and
there are already plans and songs being compiled and
composed for our next project. It is something that
will be epic. Involving film with influences such as
Prince, Grace Jones and RuPaul. But that’s all we are
going to leak. This EP needs our love right now and
we will be focussing on getting it out there.
How is the music scene in Brisbane and how easy or
difficult is it to “break the borders” and spread your
music to the rest of the globe?
Almaryse: Brisbane is a small city and is a base for
some really special music that is truly unique and
happening. It has been singled out by Billboard Magazine
in recent years as one of the five International
hotspots to watch. (Berlin was also in that short list
by the way.) Because of it’s size, we find artists from
all types of genres mix socially and we all tend to support
each other which creates a sense of community
which I am proud of. It is still a case though of acts
having to get out there on the world stage to crack
something open. We are keen to travel with our music
and Berlin is our first International stop. I don’t
think that’s any kind of coincidence either. We will
be hoping to come back and back. And we’d like to
see what the rest of Europe, UK and NY think of our
brand of Electro Glam Pop...but I always know my
roots and I love Brisbane.
Mark: The music scene in Brisbane is big and creative.
There are a lot of creative people getting
around which is fantastic. I believe Brisbane and
Australia will emerge as a creative force that the rest
of the world will take notice of and applaud. Getting
our music out to the rest of the world is made easier
by the internet. YouTube, Facebook and blogs really
help to get the word out. We are no longer limited in
the number of people we can reach. We hope Berlin
will be the first border we break.
How would you describe your music to someone who
haven’t heard your music before?
Almaryse: Electro Glam Kooky Pop. We are also a
very visual act so seeing us perform is a big part of
the entire package. Lots of colour and movement! Seriously
fun and sexy. Meet us on the dancefloor!
Mark: I would call our style of music electro-pop
synth art. If Stevie Nicks had a wild night with the
Scissor Sister, we would be the result. But our music
is just one element of this multi-faceted pop act. We
are costumes, we are design, we are fashion. We’re a
visual and aural experience.
Where do you take inspiration from to write your songs?
Almaryse: I have written the songs from this EP and
they are all from real life experiences or people who
have impacted me, such as my Mother. And ideas
that have just spilled out of me and developed into
rad pop songs. But we are starting to include songs
in our live set that Mark has written and we are venturing
into collaboration on songwriting between the
three of us. This is exciting and proving to produce
some very kooky and fresh sounds.
Mark: For me, inspiration emerges during the creative
process. As I work on lyrics, melodies and awesome
phat sounds something special happens. The
stars align and the various parts of a hot track fall
into place. It doesn’t even come from talent because I
don’t actually have any. I stumble across things that
stimulate my brain. It’s like Alice stumbling across
fascinating and colourful characters in Wonderland.
I start walking through my Wonderland of music and
see what I find along the way.
Name some artists who influenced you the most in
your life and why?
Almaryse: My first album was Whitney Houston’s debut
album. I had many influences - Stevie Wonder,
Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Wham!, Cyndi
Lauper, We Are The World, New Kids On The Block.
As I grew up I also discovered some amazing artists
that have really inspired me like Grace Jones, Prince,
Nina Hagen, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, David Bowie,
Ru Paul, The Eurythmics, Queen, and some artists I
admire who are most likely also influenced by these
greats are Roisin Murphy, Peaches, Imogen Heap,
Chromeo, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Presets...Well I
LOVE music and really all of it makes an impression
on me somehow and I love learning about more music
always. There is so much out there from the beginnings
of music and constantly being created. I am
attracted to artists who have a strong visual element
and a distinct sound. I also respond to soulful voices.
Connor: I find Björk an enormous inspiration and love
old school faves like Bing Crosby & Billie Holiday too.
Mark: Max Martin who produced the bubblegum pop
of the late 90s and early 2000s is a huge inspiration
for me. I love other producers like Mark Ronson, Timbaland
and N.E.R.D. They each have a unique sound
and produce hits that are, to me, perfect. They bring
a part of heaven into the material world that gives us
access to the rest of the universe. Performing artists
who influence me include Kate Bush, Antony and the
Johnsons, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. They channel
something that is from another world and they are
If you had the chance to collaborate with an international
or maybe German artist, who would it be?
Almaryse: Ooh...Nina Hagen would be a super amazing
person to meet and sing with! That would blow
my MIND! In the best way!
Mark: I would love to collaborate with Lena Meyer-
Landrut. She is everything I love about pop music. She’s
fun, fresh, cute and she’s pure pop talent. If I collaborated
with her I’d make her a disco queen club diva.
Tell us about your first EP. When was it released? Is it only
released in Australia? Where can people purchase it?
Almaryse: The EP is available on itunes internationally.
We have a run of physical copies for the oldschool
types who like to look at the album cover and
hear the track listing how we chose it to sit. We held
a launch gig here in Brisbane a few weeks ago so it is
literally fresh off the presses. We have a great place
here called SYC Studios which has a warehouse feel
and hosts some awesome underground events with
performers from Boylesque – Circus – Pop Sensations
like us and anything in between. Sean Young
who runs it is a brilliant Photographer and made our
clip for And I... http://youtu.be/nQaePchoEP4 which
we had SO much fun making!
The production of the EP was entirely independent
and we worked with Producer and very talented musician
Golden Sound aka Peter Golikov. For about a
year in and out of his studio I worked on the tracks
with the Funk Keyboard extraodinaire...he is also a
beatmaster and can bash the skins of a kit in a dirty
funky way. After initial production I took these babies
to an Australian legend, Magoo to mix it. This is when
that special something else took the tracks into Pop
Magic Territory. Magoo has worked with artists such
as Regurgitator, Midnight Oil, Renee Geyer, Kate
Miller-Heidke and most recently Art Vs Science.
What should we expect to hear in this album?
What is it about?
Almaryse: It’s a good introduction to us as a group
and as the songwriter it reveals quite a lot of myself
even with the track A.L.M.A.R.Y.S.E. that holds many
definitions which can definitely be applied. Strong
dance tracks (Serious, Hot Pink Sun) and a few slowed
down sensual numbers like Close My Eyes and Hush
Hush which is about my Mother who is such a huge
inspiration. Mind you, the songs are open to interpretation
and I think everyone will connect in their
own way to this EP.
We venture into a number of genres actually. Pop,
Funk, Rock, Electro, Hip Hop, and even some 40’s
flavoured Pop in Wanna Be Your Girl. It’s a group of
songs that should make people happy. Even a little
frisky...who knows. And very danceable! The songs
are also catchy so they may be with you for a long
time. That’s a good thing. Hahahaha!
Did you have any gigs as a group till now? Do you plan
any gigs at the near future both in Australia and Europe?
Almaryse: We released And I... as a single with it’s video
in December 2010 with a limited edition 100 kisses
hard copy. The 3 of us applied lipstick and kissed each
of the 100 singles. It was HOT! We’ve done a bunch
of gigs and festivals over here so far in Brisbane.
We are ready to begin our love affair with Berlin!
Are you planning a new video clip soon?
Almaryse: We have shot some footage for a clip for
Hot Pink Sun which is in the process of being edited.
It includes rollerskates & a love triangle made up of a
young fashion designer and two hot twins! We should
make a clip in Berlin! Maybe we can team up with
some HONK! folk and create a visual masterpiece!!!
Would you consider of moving to or even having something
like a second band base in Berlin or somewhere
else in Europe?
Mark: Of course, I love Berlin. I love the culture and the
art. Living in and experiencing a place like Berlin would
open my third eye which would allow my creativity to
flow and enable new things to come into existence. I
hope I get to spend more time in Berlin in the future.
Almaryse: Berlin would be a super RAD second home
Connor: YES YES YES! where do i sign up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Connor: Creatively challenged and inspired.
Mark: I see myself writing and producing pop music. I
see fake fur everywhere - on the walls, the ceiling, the
chairs and all over my body. And I see a lot of glitter.
Almaryse: Another couple of albums under our corsets
and that film which will allign us with artists like
Prince, Bowie, Madonna (read Desperately Seeking
Susan please), Grace Jones, The Beatles and the
Spice Girls...hehehe! I hope we will have entered Eurovision
at least once!!! I see us well travelled by then
with a loving audience that waits eagerly our return
to their shores.
Do you wanna say something to close the interview?
Thank you, Berlin, for being so open to us and our
music. I hope the people of Berlin and Germany enjoy
our music and our show.
See the video for the single ‘And I…’
Buy the EP here
Interview by MASHYNO
Correction by Amercian B.
Music left such an indelible mark on his childhood. Born in 1983. In 1994, Brazilian singer and
Queen of Eurodance Corona released her smash hit “Rhythm of the Night.” http://bit.ly/9gBbbc
He is a huge music addict . DJ Monchichi is definitely more into pop and Eurodance than anything
else. He ate music for breakfast! He breathed music! He would never leave his house without
his portable CD player. School or no school, rain or shine, he would never go out without it..
And his bedroom walls were literally covered with posters of the Spice Girls, Ace of Base and
Hanson. To him the 90’s were a key period.He believe that’s when the Eurodance movement
originated. It remains, to this day, one of the best sounds that’s ever been created. Definitely a
staple of the 90’s.
You’re known in Berlin as the DJ mixing 90’s Eurodance,
how did you come to do that?
:I attended a lot of after-parties, and what I used to love
doing was taking over the DJ’s computer and playing
my 90’s songs. And quite rapidly whenever I played
one of my songs people would say “Oh man, Nicolas is
at it again, playing his shitty music!” and so I came to
realize that people recognized my songs, whether they
liked them or not. That’s when I came up with the idea
of mixing this type of music, which is very dear to me.
H:Tell us what it is that you like so much about this socalled
“shitty music” then?
Well, it’s kinda hard for me to say exactly what I like
about it... It reminds me of my childhood. It reminds me
of when I was 13 and I used to go my friends’ birthday
parties on Saturday afternoons. We used to play singles
on the stereo, and we danced like crazies. Like there was
no tomorrow. We literally binged on Coca Cola and orange
juice! It was our very own way of blowing off some
steam. We were overflowing with energy at that time!
We had kind of a thing for choreographies too! We
loved re-creating them [laughs] Like “Saturday Night”
by Whigfield. Definitely one of our all-time favorites!
H:Could you show us?
Sure... just pour me a glass of orange juice and I’m good
to go! [laughs]
What’s the story behind your name, “DJ Monchichi”?
Just look at me! When my hair grows, it gets all curly
and I look like Monchichi, the stuffed animal! [laughs]
In recent years, Eurodance has been coming back into
fashion as more and more mainstream American artists are
re-appropriating elements of it. Why do you think that is?
I think that the 90s have had a strong influence on a
whole generation of people. Most of these people, who
were in their teens at the time, are now approaching their
thirties. Now some of them work in the music industry.
I believe it’s quite natural for an artist to feel the need
to bring back the sounds that affected their childhood.
A lot of artists today are experimenting with that. I’m
thinking about Raid One with Lady Gaga and “Alejandro”,
that sampled Ace of Base, or Katy Perry with
“E.T.”, a track that sounds a lot like “All the things she
said” by T.A.T.U. We were part of the MTV generation.
At home, I used to spend hours in front of music channels.
I practically grew up watching music videos. One
thing that’s always appealed to me was their aesthetic
qualities. They were like eye-candy! [laughs]
The track that makes you want to put your hands up?
“Push The Feeling On” by Nightcrawlers
The track that you’re ashamed to admit that you love?
“Boom Boom Boom” by Outhere Brothers
The track that you most recommend in order to save
the dance floor?
“Ride On Time” by Black Box http://bit.ly/fgRAT
The track with the best music video?
”move your feet” by Junior Senior http://dai.ly/aihiai
Greatest song to end a set?
OK so this one’s not really Eurodance, but you can’t go
wrong with a little Donna Summer, am I right? I absolutely
love “Enough Is Enough”.
Where can we see you in action next?
I will play @ Proxi Club next in Berlin July 30.2011
www.schwuz.de and once a month at Barbie Deinhoff’s
Last Night a DJ
by Drew Eastman
It was that smell that was waking me up, kinda sour, you know just plane
nasty. My eyes not really open i was trying to figure out where the hell this
nightmare in my nostrils was coming from.
Then it hit me. It was ME !!!!
I probably didn’t have a friend to hold my hair back or pull my shirt back
when i was bringing up the Hot Dogs and Chinese fast food i had before
mmhh .. yes before what really? It’s taking me a while just now to figure
this out and then hitting me like a Bus driving away from an explosion.
Switch back to last night, i was getting ready jumping
into my Denims and slapping my Hair into shape
for a big night out clubbing with my friends.
I was already in a state of party when my Ghetto
Blaster was pumping out “Right in the Night” by Jam
and Spoon and just as i started singing into my Hairbrush
the Doorbell knocked me back into reality.
My posse was here, Arms full of drinks and already
high from god knows what.
The stereo was turned up louder and the lines where
getting ready on the Coffee-Table while Capella’s “U got
to let the Music” and Strike’s “U Sure Do” fired us up.
When i was asked if i want a shot and a line my response
was just that “I sure DO”, i kinda had an idea
that this was gonna be the start to a messy night, but
i can’t let this knowledge stop me right? Gotta have
fun sometimes you know!
We arrived at the Club just in time for me to lick
the DJ’s Face and beg him to play “I Believe” by the
Happy Clappers, the cheeky sod asked me what he
would get in return and said i could meet him in the
toilets after his Gig.
Bastard! I said yes, knowing full well that by the time
he get’s off i got off to the next club already anyway.
We managed only to stay about 2 hours and we got
invited to a private party at a friends place. Since
we been to his parties a few times we knew this was
gonna be damn good.
Was it ? Yes, most times it was so good that i couldn’t
even remember what happened.
Hey, I can see you looking at me right now with that
look, yes it was THAT party where I lost it as well.
Some guy thought it was very hilarious to play “Saturday
Night” By Whigfield, I remember i wanted to
kick that guy in the face but was stopped by Mister
DJ from the club, Damn he was here too this means
i gotta pay up for my tune.
He pulled me to the kitchen where we had a few shots of
something mixed and a fella in a clown costume walked
screaming around the kitchen with a mirror full of fat
lines going “Bitch you need some powder in ya face”
repeating himself over and over till i had my face in it.
Mister DJ was licking the stuff off my face and sticking
his tongue in my mouth whispering to me that I
should follow him, all the while i was getting totally of
my tits, Oh you know that Rush? Well it was coming!
He pulled me into the bathroom and all i felt was his
hands all over me and the room doing the “Whooooo
Hooooo” faster and faster.
Then it happened, just as he was going down on me,
remember that Hot Dog and Chinese Take-Away i had
earlier in the day ? Well here it was coming back.
FUCK! It happened all so fast that neither me or him
could move fast enough, You get the idea “No Limit”
just like that 2Unlimited Song.
The rest is just a blur to me and here i am, Damn,
still in this Bathroom.
I have to find the rest of my gang and a cab if one will
even take me home with this stench, oh well it’s the
weekend they must be used to it. I Hope :)
I Promise i never touch this shit again! Yeah Right
Photographer Sebastian Donath www.neon-colour.com
Styling Denise Dahinten
Hair&Make up Ines Schult
Models Melanie Arnold @Izaio Models
Coco Arnold @Indeed
Bikini bottom Tara Mattews www.net-a-porter.com
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Bracelets Bijou Brigitte
Sunglasses Ray Ban
Belt Love Moschino
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Necklace Bijou Brigitte
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by Claudio Alvargonzález
On the night of may 15th and a week before local
elections hundreds of people coming from all corners of
Madrid decided to take Puerta del Sol Square in the centre
of the Spanish capital to protest peacefully against a
political system they thought was not working.
The movement turned into a camping which lasted
for nearly a month the same way Egyptians took
Tahrir Square until corrupted President Mubarak
left the country to exile. The message was sent via
facebook and twitter and it ran like gunpowder. The
social networks were on fire and the motto was clear:
Take the street and let politicians know what the
Spanish youth had to say.
But every story has a beginning. Well, this one may
have two. The closest one is surprisingly a book: “Indignez-vous!”
(Time for Outrage!) or “Indignaos!” in
Spanish. His author, the German-born French diplomat
Stéphane Hessel was in Madrid some weeks before
everything started and in a press conference he
wondered why the Spanish society but also the European
were still asleep when they should be peacefully
“on arms” showing their indignation against finance
capitalism, the strife in Palestine or the political system
and exhorting young people to react. He made his
point clear: Indifference is the worst of attitudes.
His words seemed to reactivate people’s conscience
believing not only the Islamic world had reasons to
show satiety and anger against a system full of corrupt
politicians and institutions in which they do not
feel represented. A huge wave of indignation started
to spread along the country and thousands of “Indignados”
following the example of Madrid also took the
main squares in the rest of the big cities. From Barcelona
to Valencia, from Seville to Bilbao. And on may
18th the movement crossed the country borders with
hundreds of Spanish expatriates protesting in front of
the diplomatic delegations or taking squares all around
the globe. London, Paris, Berlin, Athens, New York,
Buenos Aires or even Siberia where the only Spaniard
living in that part of Russia sent his picture via twitter
taking the street alone in solidarity with the movement.
Everyone spreading the same message: “Real
But what is the meaning of a real democracy? This is
hard to explain as the movement itself is formed by
many groups of people with different political ideologies;
from young people (the main one) to unemployed
without job expectations or even old people and families.
Well, a real democracy would be one with more
political participation with the end of political bipartidism,
the end of corruption, the respect for basic rights
such as employ, education or universal health system.
But also a system based in a more productive and sustainable
As you see it means a whole reinvention. But I believe
something deeper than a conjunctural situation
of economic crisis is needed to move consciences.
Something has been done wrong for years, maybe decades.
And here comes in my opinion the inner core
of the problem and also the second beginning of the
story: The 90´s.
We may have to look back twenty years ago. Everyone
would agree that 1992 was the Spanish golden year.
Although we were already members of the European
Union since 1986, in 1992 with the Maastricht treaty
Spain took a leap of a giant inside the EU institutions
having power levels we could never imagine before. We
were listened and we had a vote. But what it is more important
we became the largest recipient of ERDF (European
Regional Development Fund). In two words:
Power and Money. And you know those two words can
turn the world upside down.
Don’t get me wrong. I am the first one who remember
the 90’s as the best years of my life (or at least the easiest).
Things started to work after 40 years of Franco’s
dictatorship, a difficult transition to democracy and the
decade of the 80’s full of lights and darks.
In 1992 we celebrated the Olympic Games in Barcelona
and the Universal Expo in Seville. We were back in the
international map. We built big airports, high speed
trains, huge highways, hospitals, new hotels. Europeans
looked at us with admiration speaking about the “Spanish
miracle” and what it is more important we looked to
Europe with proud and without shame.
For years we enjoyed a status we never dreamed of but
somehow we lost perspective. To be honest most part
of Europe did. We spent more than we earned thinking
money was eternal. We thought it was a real need
to have a second house by the sea or close to the mountains.
If we couldn’t afford it the bank gave us credit. It
was so usual to sign a 30 years mortgage that we forgot
how stupid that can be. But in this story we are not the
only one to blame because everyone thought to be betting
on the winning horse, including the ones now telling
us to control our deficit. In fact we asked for credit
to buy German cars, French supplies, British products
and so on.
I don’t want to sound too hard but I am just trying
to be critic here. And it is also true we have a big
problem with corrupt politicians in this country. Not
all of them of course. In fact I am sure most of them
are decent people but the reality is that a lot of people
became politicians not to serve the people but to get
rich. How much of the European funds never arrived
to the farmers or industry workers? We will never
know. But something is clear: We should have done
things differently and that is what the movement is
trying to change.
After reading this it will seem I am a part of the “Indignados”.
But only 50%. I visited the Madrid camping
almost every day for a week. I saw how they built a small
city under the tents. They had a small library, a pharmacy,
a playground and even a small orchard by a fountain.
I listened to what they had to say at the assemblies
and there comes my biggest problem: I don’t believe in
popular assemblies. They might work for small purposes
but not to rule a whole country.
They biggest problem the movement has it is also its
weakness: Its diversity. Too many different ideologies
and too many different goals. In fact some of them are
just anarchists who acted with violence against the
elected members of the regional parliament in Barcelona
getting the critics of the rest of the movement and
even the own Stéphane Hessel.
Now the question is where should they go from here.
That’s hard to say. The first move was a smart one: They
left the centre of Madrid to start working from the bottom
of every district in every city. There is almost a year
left until national elections. Will the movement last until
then? Probably. And after? Is this the beginning of a
better future? We will see.
I am only sure about one thing. Madrid Puerta del
Sol is also known as the Spanish km 0 because during
decades it was the beginning of all radial roads of the
country. But it is more than that. It is a symbol for Spaniards.
A place where everything starts, where everything
takes place. Where we celebrate every new year under
the clock. A place where we expressed our anger and
we mourned our victims after the Islamic terrorist attacks
in 2004. We changed a government once. If there
is something to change I am sure “La Puerta del Sol” is
the right place to start.
THE RIO GIRLS
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
Translation Amanda M. Jansson
Sean M. Johnson
YES! Germany has a new girl group that we are more than excited about. The
Rio Girls are Bonnie Strange, Jackie Hide, and Mary Brixton. These three young
ladies are both models and sisters forming this familial band. They create their
own look, from the styling, music, videos, and all the way to the band concept.
There is no better way to express my admiration for their powerful combination
of inspiring style and energetic tunes than introduce them to you.
A couple of months ago they released their first single “Neon Lights” and it
best to say that it has proven to be a big success! The pop group just released
their second single, “Scissors”, which debuted this July 2011. This catchy song
is on the way to be this summer’s hit for 2011. Say hello to the new German
First of all, congratulations to your success with the
band! Here in Germany, we have been waiting for a cool
band like this for a long time. I see you as the rightful
continuation of pop bands like All Saints or Sugababes.
How and when did you meet each other? And who is
responsible for the creation of the Rio Girls?
MARY: I’ve met Bonnie in Athens. She was photographing
me for a magazine and we instantly hit it off.
JACKIE: Bonnie and I know each other for 7 years
now, from fashion school. We grew really close. We
always did crazy stuff together and then last year, in
Athens, it just happened! The Rio Girls popped up in
You are all three very successful in the fashion world, as
models and photograph. Lately we have seen plenty of
models “trying” to make music. But it rarely works out. With
you it’s turning out just wonderfully! What’s you secret?
BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: We haven’t been selected
through a casting process!
How would you describe your music and your style? I
know that you take full responsibility for the styling, and
are on a good way to becoming Pop idols.
BONNIE; JACKIE, MARY: Yes, we love the 80s, but
there are plenty of other fashion trends that are crazily
inspiring. We just mix everything we like, and this is
why we would say that it’s not possible to exactly categorize
our style. We keep reinventing ourselves.
I love “Neon Lights”. You have managed to produce a
pretty awesome retro hit, that sticks to the back of the
head. For the summer your new single is coming up.
What shall we expect?
MARY: Neon lights was a good start, since it is a very
catchy song that manages to stick around. With Scissors
we want to go a little deeper, create a little mysterious
atmosphere, show that RIO can do more.
Neon Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThNnID-SSTI
The video for Scissors was filmed in Athens. Just like that?
Or is it because it has been the place you were founded?
JACKIE: Bonnie has lived in Athens for many years,
and it has become her second home. She knows to
get around and spot amazing locations. In the mean
time we have made many friends that helps us with
When should we expect the first album? And where can
we see you live?
BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: Just wait a little longer.
You belong to the internet generation and surely make use
of this medium for your band also. Do you get response
from abroad? How is it to have fans all of a sudden?
BONNIE, MARY & JACKIE: We love Facebook. This
medium has really helped us to promote RIO! Thank
you Mister Zuckerberg :-)
Which artists from the 90s do you like? Do you have
MARY: Well, I have only been able to listen to the second
half of this decade’s music. I was the biggest spice
girls fan and have as expected sand every song on my
hairbrush. Now I’m fascinated by strong Front women
such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Lykke Li, Florence and
the Machine, The Sounds, etc..
JACKIE: My Idol is Freddy Mercury.
What’s on your ipod at the moment?
MARY, BONNIE, JACKIE: Naturally, a best of the 80s
to dance off and sing along and after the 08.07 our
new single Scissors!
You don’t live all in the same city but are spread through
the country. What does your daily band life look like? Is it
very difficult to practice regularly? Appointments etc?
BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: Exactly. Without Skype or
the blackberry messenger we would have been helpless
The fashion industry and music… they often go into
each other. Is this the natural development to your original
profession for you?
BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: It’s brilliant that these borders
seem to be vanishing. The Germans try to push
everything into labels. We find it’s a shame because
this way many creative ideas get lost…
Fashion and music belong together. There is no fashionshow
without music and no music without style or
fashion. Both live of each other. We like to mix. For our
videos we design the outfits and make them ourselves.
Where will The Rio Girls be in 10 years time?
BONNIE, MARY, JACKIE: In 10 years, we are chilling
in D&G bikinis on a 10 million yacht, drink champagne,
eat Veggie Burger and have our feet massaged
by trained Pool Boys. Nah, just kidding. But we do believe
that we will manage to combine our hobby, Music
with our jobs on a long term and still manage to
have lots of fun!
Photographer Anton Z Risan
Co-Photographer / Assistant Daniel Fico
from atelier a-z photography
Models Robbie, Michael & Duke @ AMCK Models
There is no
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson
MelleSan is a Parisian and very soon Stockholm based designer,
whose every creation is carefully handmade and has a soul of
its own. Seeking inspiration in Native Americans, Lapland, South
American tribes, shamanic rituals, religions and darker worlds,
she uses and explores the potential of materials such as feathers,
metal, woods, synthetic fur and other raw gems. After having
won the WHO’S NEXT Paris exhibition’s young designers contest
the only way is up for the talented designer and her stunning creations
moving in spheres of true magic.
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How did you know you want to be a designer?
Becoming a designer is not something that I had
planned or looked for in the past, I didn’t go to a fashion
It all started out of a game with friends back in 2008.
I made feathers headpieces because I couldn’t find
any at that time anywhere and then we went to the
woods to shoot them on a fun week-end afternoon.
Next they ended up on the web and out of the blue I
won a designers contest to exhibit my work!
What kind of inspiration do you find in Sweden and what
kind of inspiration do you find in France?
Sweden is much more inspiring to me than France.
The landscapes are amazing, very impressive and
The Swedish culture can be very inspiring too but I
don’t know it well enough yet, I need to spend more
time! Swedish people’s looks on the streets inspire me
a lot as well, people are very creative there.
France doesn’t impress me so much anymore, I’ve
seen it forever so I’m not sure I’m still able to see the
beauty of it. Even though I live in a nice neighbourhood
in Paris (Montmartre) that is very inspiring, like
out of an ancient time, it looks like a small village and
there’s some kind of artistic “soul” floating in the air.
A lot of artists lived and died in Montmatre, I believe
they still haunt the area!
I know that you are influenced by Native American folklore
and all kind of folklore. Is there a specific myth or
ritual u relate to?
There is no specific myth or ritual actually. But I’m the
kind of person to believe in old legends and ghosts! I’m
also both attracted and terrified by black magic. These
fields I should take time to explore more when I do get
a chance to find time to!
What materials do you prefer to use and why?
I like to use leather. Leather is nice to work with and
I like the “touch feeling” of it, like touching skin, I
think there’s something sensual about it. Each piece of
leather you can work on is unique. It’s imperfect and I
like that. I also want to use more silk in my upcoming
work, something lighter and precious. I also like the
feeling of silk contact on the skin.
You need balls
to get far in this industry.
How did you experience the generation of the 90s?
I was born in the eighties and grew up in the Ninties. It
was nice times. People were more naive and innocent
then. We had no clue about fashion at that time, looking
back on pictures of how our parents used to dress
us up but it was fun times!
I think we were more lucky than kids now, less worried
about life, more living in the moment and enjoying,
that’s my feeling.
What does the term Love mean to you?
Love to me is something you share with people that
are special to you, unique feelings you cannot put
words on, or compare.
Love is also more abstract, like the love you can have
for things in life, for art for example.
People that devoted all their lives to art, or a project,
this must be real love ( or a little bit of craziness too!);
but love and madness are linked somehow in my
opinion. Love cannot be something reasonable.
What do you dream of (asleep or awake)?
I dream of a happy and sweet life somewhere in the
countryside with the people I love. Away from big cities,
in the nature.
I also wish I can go on with my creations for some time
and be more and more creative.
I have become addicted to creation, it’s like a drug now
and a therapy for me to express my inner thoughts
through my art work.
How long does it take to create one piece?
Impossible to say, some are done before i can catch my
breath, some take countless millennia to complete.
Many of your images display people who seem to suffer
from Dawn’s syndrome or at least the distortion has
made them look like that. Is it intended?
Certainly not!, i intend nothing, the only interpretation
is in the eye of the viewer. I find suggesting
something to be much more powerful than proclaiming
it out loud.
Is it hard for a female artist to emerge nowadays?
I don’t think so, you need balls to get far in this industry.
I have even better than that, I have tits.
What were biggest obstacles in your career so far?
Getting to the point where i was selling enough work
to make a living from. It took many years but i am finally
in that coveted place where i make a living from
my art and doing exactly what i want to do.
Do you think Osama Bin Laden is really dead?
Ohhh tricky question, well possibly. It’s also possible
he died some time ago, and the US military have only
just identified his corpse. I certainly imagine the details
of it have been manipulated for propaganda purposes
anyway. Its also possible that his contract with
the CIA has run out and he has retired in Florida. It’s
not that important to me, he is just one man.
What’s next for you? What piece are you working on?
I am currently making a new group of work for a solo
show i am doing at the phone booth gallery in Long
Beach California in October of this year. For this
show i am making a collection of pieces in the “exploding”
style of which there are already a few pieces
on my site.
Why Bill Clinton
and Anthony Weiner
should meet for a beer
if they haven’t yet.
Text by Christo Mitov
It’s all about politics - what you eat, what you wear, what you drive,
where you shop, where you party. We’ve let politics get in our lives
in every way possible. Yet, there is one area where politics first
came in and never left - our bedrooms.
Sex and politics are as strongly connected as fashion
and politics. On the one side they’re both about
recycling ancient ideas and making them fresh and
inspiring, and on the other, they’re both about dating
(campaigning), foreplay (televised debates), and
culmination (election win). Surveys have shown that
sexual appeal is one of the most important given
reasons for electing a candidate by voters - in other
words, cute politicians get elected and less appealing
ones get dumped. Look what happened to Richard
Nixon - nobody wanted to fuck him, so he fucked everyone.
Clearly, a discussion about politics ultimately
becomes a discussion about sex and a discussion
about sex becomes ultimately a question of politics.
Yet, if both are inextricably linked, why do we still
play shocked when a politicians get exposed in sex
scandals? When it’s about Berlusconi and his ongoing
sex parties, nobody really cares, since everyone
has given up on the Italian, but in other countries, especially
the fanatically religious and sexually uptight
United States of America, sex scandals escalate to a
If you thought that political sex scandals are a tacky
accessory of the 90s, you better check your history
lectures again. Back in 1802, the first sex scandal
involved a mixed-race slave named Sally Hemings
owned by the president Thomas Jefferson. DNA tests
have been inconclusive, but (confirmed) rumor has it
that the affair between them resulted in the birth of
6 children. May 2011 history repeated itself and Arnold
Schwarzenegger admitted of having fathered a
child with his maid which resulted maybe in the governor’s
decision to go back to making movies again.
A couple of centuries after the initial sex scandal, the
Larry Craig scandal was an incident that began on
June 11, 2007, with the arrest of Larry Craig—who at
the time was a Senator from Idaho—for lewd conduct
in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport. Craig later entered a guilty plea
to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8.
As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest,
subsequent guilty plea, and pressure from his fellow
Republicans, Senator Craig announced his intention
to resign from the Senate at a news conference on
September 1, which was to become effective on September
30. After failing to withdraw his guilty plea,
on October 4, Craig released a statement refusing to
resign as senator for Idaho. In December 2007, eight
gay men came forward to the Idaho Statesman newspaper
alleging either sexual encounters with Craig,
or attempts by Craig to engage in sexual encounters.
Four of the men gave the newspaper graphic, recorded
details of their alleged sexual encounters.
The Ultimate Political Sex Scandal
And yet, none of the above is a political sex scandal
you would initially refer to. Lewinsky, on the other
hand, is a name that rings a bell in everyone’s mind.
While I was constantly wondering back in the late 90s
what peaches had to do with impeachment, the biggest
sex scandal of modern time was sky-rocketing
newspaper sales and sinking Bill Clinton’s ratings.
13 years later, this is still the most remarkable sexcapade
in the White House. On the evening of Saturday
January 17, 1998, the internet gossip merchant Matt
Drudge posted a story that opened the most sensational
scandal season in the history of the American
presidency. He reported that Newsweek magazine
had killed a story about President Clinton’s sexual relationship
with a former intern. The next day he had
her name: Monica Lewinsky. The mainstream media
were slow to catch up, but by the following Tuesday
they were reporting that Clinton was being investigated
for encouraging others to lie to cover up the affair.
For the next year the story dominated the headlines
as Clinton was investigated, impeached and eventually
found not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors
in a Senate trial. Monica Lewinsky was 21 when,
as a White House intern, she delivered pizza to the
President, flirted with him, flashed her thong and began
an 18-month relationship that involved oral sex,
phone sex, an infamous incident with a cigar, a great
deal of soul-searching about what he really felt for
her and then increasing fear and panic as it became
clear that the relationship could become public.
The “Weinergate” (coming from Anthony Weiner, the
now former congressman’s last name) has been the
perfect storm for news coverage, involving social media,
political scandal, and fun word play given Rep.
Weiner’s last name. In case you’ve blacked out for the
last month, here is the scandal fresh out of the oven:
May 5: Twitter user @patriotusa76 (real name: Dan
Wolfe) begins tweeting about “sex-scandal pics of a
‘big time’ Congressman.” He references a tweet from
someone with the handle @goatsred, who says “A
big bomb about to burst : Rumor on the Right Coast
is that a ‘big time’ Congressman was caught with a
mistress. There are pix and a top five Right-Wing
blogger has them.”
Next: A photo of a man’s erection is posted on yfrog
(a picture sharing website) under the Twitter name
@RepWeiner. The photo is also tweeted to Gennette
Cordova, a college student from Washington, from
Weiner’s account. According to conservative blog Pajamas
Media, the tweet stays up for about four minutes
before it is deleted.
May 29: The New York Daily News posts an exclusive,
lengthy statement from Gennette Cordova, the
student to whom the obscene tweet was directed.
June 1: Media is already all over Weiner and he is the
most interviewed man in the US. Early afternoon:
Weiner does an interview with MSNBC’s Luke Russert.
When asked whether the picture is of him, Weiner
says: “I can’t say with certitude.” He does say: “I
didn’t send that picture out.” Weiner’s sexting online
affair has multiplied and other women were gathered
by the shit storm. TMZ reveals that Rep. Weiner “instructed
one of his Internet women” -- porn actress
Ginger Lee -- “how to lie about their relationship ...
and even offered PR help from his team, which could
create major legal issues for him.” Apparently, Weiner
e-mailed Lee (with whom he had been conducting
an online relationship for “a long period of time”)
several days after the current Twitter-picture media
maelstrom began, asking if she wanted advice about
dealing with awkward questions.
June 16: Rep. Weiner announces his resignation from
Congress. Holding a press conference at the senior
center in Brooklyn where he made his first foray into
politics 20 years ago, he says, “I had hoped to be able
to continue the work that the citizens of my district
elected me to do [but] the distraction that I have created
has made that impossible.”
Although some people try to compare Anthony Weiner’s
online sexcapades to Bill Clinton’s relationship
with Monica Lewinsky, Weiner should try way harder
to top Bill’s achievement. There might not be many
or any photos from Clinton’s encounters with Monica,
but actually this is exactly the point that makes
it more interesting and spicy - everyone knows that
a lightly dressed body is always more appealing than
the naked truth. And besides, if this is what a political
sex scandal 2.0 will look like from now on, I am deeply
disappointed by America’s sexual liberation issues.
At the end of the day, Anthony Weiner just had some
fun online and forgot to make his accounts private.
Maybe if he wanted to have Clinton-Lewinsky’s impact,
he should’ve met with Bill and discussed a strategy
over a beer or two.
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Born: 02.May 1985 / Schwitzerland
Based in Berlin!
Hello Rimus! A few years ago I saw your work for the first
time and I was very impressed. How would you describe
yourself as a photographer?
I am a perfectionist: I’m only half as imaginative and
arty cooky as I come across mostly :-) I try to be a very
good photographer with exceptional elegance!
You’re a Switzerland native and now living in Berlin. Have
you moved to Berlin in order to develop as an artist?
Yes, bullseye! I did this because Berlin is a cultural metropolis.
At the moment, yes, artists are moving to Berlin
from all over the world. They want to try their luck!
Here in Berlin I can work as a serious artist, and develop
myself before I conquer the rest of the world.
How has the Big-city of Berlin influenced you?
Berlin is a fascinating city, a leading art center with more
than 500 galleries, over 170 museums and 6,000 artists.
Almost every art direction is in this town. Berlin is a central
location in Europe, it is inexpensive to live here and
creates the ideal conditions for sustainable development
of art. Berlin is a trendsetter city. Like other art mega cities:
New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing.
I can use impulses from outside, which I could not
possibly do in Switzerland. Here is the motto: “Nothing
is impossible!” I wanted to go into a self-imposed exile. I
wanted to be a stranger. I like the energy I get from Berlin.
And I can invest this energy in my work. This „Way of
life“ brought me a big step further.
Art or commerce?
You’re deaf, and I can imagine working on a shoot is a
little harder. How does it work?
Yes, I am DeafCODA, which means that I grew up in
a deaf family. This is precisely why I miss nothing and
besides I’m good with people because I moved around
in the world. I do the most I can with my life, daily. This
way I am being loose with people. I’ve developed my
own method for working with the models on set. I always
set my team on, the people have to know my storyboard
well. They always support me and I also have
a separate Co-assistant who must take over my job. I
like to improvise with the models, a good Model works
(depending on the agencies) very professional!
Are there any famous people you would like to shoot one
day? If so .. who?
I’m not Mario Testino. But! I would love Lindsay Lohan
and Carmen Dell’Orefice once, they would be “essential”
to have in front of MY camera!
Where does this journey take you?
I would like to develop further as an artist and be successful
in everything that has to do with photography. I
am very curious to see where my journey goes!
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More than 60 years ago the computer became a gaming
machine. Since then, digital games have contributed
more to the diffusion of computers than any other application.
The message of this new medium is interaction,
suitable for daily use and creative possiblities, today already
realised in global, interactive organised networks.
In just a few years the digital game has changed the societal
communication fundamentally – as book printing
and film have already done before. A long time misjudged
as as children‘s toy, computer and video games
are increasingly at the focus of the interest of society.
The Computerspielemuseum Berlin goes along with this
development since 13 years – informed, analysing, entertaining
and inspiring. After 30 national and international
exhibition projects the institution now has found
a new permanent home in Berlin-Friedrichshain. „Our
new permanent exhibition ‚Computerspiele. Evolution
of a Medium‘ takes our visitors back to the beginning
of this mass medium“, says director Andreas Lange. „In
the new rooms, formerly the location of popular Café
Warschau, we have created,a 670 square metres gaming
and experimental scenery. Our visitors can experience
historical and future developments of computer
and video games here. Our exhibition adresses a broad
audience, young and old “.
Many rare original exhibits demonstrate the fusion of
technology, human creativity and play in the context of
history. Above that, we ask which con- sequences this
digitization involves, on a societal and individual level.
The exhibition shows games with their multifaceted
relations with other types of media. Creations of many
artists comment on the changing effect these new virtual
realties have on our quotidian lives. One example is
the PainStation, which once was part of our renowned
exhibition „pong.mythos“ and thereafter shown in
MoMA, New York.
Founded in 1997 in Berlin, the Computerspielemuseum
was the world’s first permanent exhibition on digital
interactive entertainment culture. Since then, it was responsible
for over 30 national and international exhibitions,
includ- ing “pong.mythos,” which, sponsored by
the Federal Cultural Foundation,
was Germany’s most successful touring exhibition on
the history of computer games. In the last five years
over 470.000 visitors have seen these temporary exhibitions.
The museum has Europe’s largest collection of
entertainment soft- and hardware. Together with three
national libraries, it is a member of the European research
project KEEP on the long-term preservation of
our digital cultural heritage.
Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, 10243 Berlin
Phone (visitors’ service): +49-30-60988577
Wednesday to Monday 10 am -8 pm
Closed on Tuesday
(Ostbahnhof) Bus 350, 240 (Weberwiese)
Contact visitors’ service
Tickets can be booked via our service hotline:
HONK! is going to be back in October 2011. Un
issue on one of the finest destinations for
Steamy, volcanic and intellectual, the Northwest is
home to Nicaragua’s best museums, oldest universities
and finest churches, including the grandest cathedral
in Central America. Bounded by more than
150km of shoreline - sandy beaches with solid surfing,
to lush mangrove wetlands - and peppered with
colonial towns, indigenous villages and archaeological
sites, Nicaragua’s Northwest is one of the most
accessible undiscovered treasures you’ll ever find.
St. Petersburg, Russia
When Peter the Great built this city on a swamp,
his subjects humored the Emperor. Nowadays, this
city’s citizens are breaking down the barriers of generations
past and exploring new ideas, investigating
the possibilities of consumerism, creativity and career.
It’s not only Rastrelli’s architecture and Tchaikovsky’s
operas that entice visitors, but also beatnik
bands, edgy art galleries, underground clubs and delectable
dining. The city’s main buildings have been
just renovated and are more than worth seeing. St
Petersburg is legendary for its White Nights: those
long summer days when the sun barely dips below
the horizon. Revels start in May, when the city finally
succumbs to spring. From here you can continue
to destinations like Finland or even Japan.
Crete is more like a small country than another Greek
island. It’s not just Greece’s largest island, but arguably
its most fascinating and diverse. Its remarkable
history is evident across the island, from the ruins
of the Minoan palace of to the Venetian fortresses
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of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries
to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of
Zeus. The Venetian port of Hania in Western Crete is
one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital,
Iraklio, is a dynamic city, the fifth largest in Greece.
Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse
landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with
caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to
sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus
and fertile plains. The East boasts Europe’s only
palm-tree forest beach and the South coast has some
of the most stunning beaches and isolated coves.
Another fascinating White Night hotspot, the world’s
most Northerly capital combines colorful buildings,
fascinating people, a wild nightlife. Most visitors fall
helplessly in love, returning home already saving to
come back. Since the recession started and baring the
climate in mind, Iceland imports almost everything
and offers delicious meals to a pretty higher than
The city’s charm lies in its many peculiar contrasts,
which, like tectonic plates clashing against one another,
create an earthquake of energy. Reykjavík offers
a bewitching combination of village innocence
and big-city zeal. It’s populated by darkly cynical citizens
(a quality brought very much to the fore by the
country’s recent near-bankruptcy) who are, in spite
of everything, filled with unstoppable creativity and
enduring spirit. In summer the streets are washed by
22 hours of daylight. The city could also be used as
a hub for a trip to Greenland, whale watching, and
exploring the rest of the country.
252 WHAT WHERE WHEN
Occupying Australia’s Northeastern corner, this
vast state is awash with dazzling landscapes, vibrant
cities and 300 days of sunshine a year.
It’s also home to some of the country’s most notable
highlights, from the golden beaches of
the Sunshine Coast and the luminous green of
the Daintree rainforest and Daintree Village to
the clear blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
For the active traveller there are oodles of opportunities
for white-water rafting, scuba diving, snorkelling,
bushwalking, horse riding, surfing, bungee
jumping, abseiling… The state is also home to more
tours accredited under the national eco certification
scheme than any other, so you can safely explore,
rather than exploit, this beautiful state.
Most people who have visited Maui start with its
wealth of glorious beaches and go from there: luxe
resorts, friendly B&Bs, gourmet cuisine, fantastic
luau, and world-class windsurfing, whale watching,
snorkeling, diving and hiking. Need adventure?
Drive the jungly road to Hana or traverse the moonlike
volcanic crater of Haleakala. Want pampering?
West Maui awaits your call. Need more? Maui is the
gateway to its sister islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i,
which are conveniently reached by ferry. But is
Mauireally all that? Well, it does weave a gauzy spell
that leaves most visitors more in love than when
they arrived, so you’ll just have to excuse those who,
when the magazines call, wax a little enthusiastic.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
Rapa Nui is simply spellbinding. It will take your
heart and your soul in a few days. One of the most
isolated places on Earth, this tiny land is blessed
with an extraordinary collection of archaeological
sites, including the iconic moai, scattered amid an
eerie landscape. These enigmatic statues, shrouded
with a palpable aura, form one of Rapa Nui’s most
enduring images and exert a magnetic power that is
hard to resist. A godsend for culture vultures, Rapa
Nui will also give would-be historians plenty to ponder.
Not surprisingly, the well-publicized moai have
overshadowed the island’s other assets. But Rapa
Nui is much more than a mind-boggling open-air
museum. Sure, history is achingly prominent here
but it’s not the only raison d’être. It usually comes
as a surprise to many travelers to discover that Rapa
Nui is also a superb playground for action-seekers.
Scuba-diving enthusiasts swear that the waters here
are the most crystal clear of the world, while surfies
rave about the powerful waves of the Pacific. If
hiking or horseback riding are more to your liking,
there’s no better way to discover the ancient sites
than on foot or on horseback - the perfect combination
of nature and culture. And if all you want to
do is lie back and relax, a handful of sandy beaches
İzmir owes a huge debt to the late, much-lamented
mayor, Ahmet Piriştina, who saved it from potentially
disastrous plans to run a motorway along the
seafront and gave large parts of the centre back to
the locals by overseeing pedestrianisation schemes.
Nowadays the sea-facing Kordon is a great place
for jogging, cycling, walking the dog and just plain
lounging about, while the northern district of Alsancak
is being steadily restored, its lovely old houses
reminiscent of the Greek island of Chios, metamorphosing
into inviting restaurants and bars.
With a day to spare, you can take in the few antiquities
and museums, loiter in cafés along the waterfront,
and enjoy the sweeping views from Kadifekale
castle. The labyrinthine bazaar also remains a
colourful area to get lost in.
Although it has a dramatic setting around a bay
backed by mountains, most of İzmir is modern,
which makes it a hard city in which to fall in love at
first sight. Give it a chance and you may find Turkey’s
third-largest city growing on you.
Lord Byron was not overstating the matter when he
proclaimed Dubrovnik ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik
is clearly special. A magnificent curtain of
walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings
that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The
main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange
of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at
either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented
with finely carved stone recall an eventful
history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Beyond
the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches, wooded
peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands where
you don’t hav to be afraid to pcik the berries from
the trees and eat them right away.
With Croatia becoming the 28th member of the EU
traveling there will be even easier for everyone.
After years of war and isolation, Southeast Asia’s
most pristine environment, intact cultures and quite
possibly the most chilled-out people on Earth mean
destination Laos is fast earning cult status among
travelers. It is developing quickly but still has much
of the tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere
in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple and
even in Vientiane it’s hard to believe this sort of languid
riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then,
of course, there is the historic royal city of Luang
Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffronrobed
monks move silently among centuries-old
monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience
anywhere in Asia.
The Lao wilderness is drawing travelers looking
for nature, adventure or both. Kayaking, rafting,
rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s
the community-based trekking that is most popular
because it combines spectacular natural attractions
with the chance to experience the ‘real Laos’ with
a village home stay – while spending your money
where it’s needed most.
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