Kiril Bikov Steed Lord Tom Van der Borght Benny Nero Ragnar Persson Karl Slater Susann Bosslau
Stefan Fähler Dusan Pejcic Masha Sadari Neda Rajabi George Tot Ocean Reid Mara Sommer
Hiro Kimura Zsu Szabó Linus Morales Jasmin Schuller
Cover: Pascale Jean-Louis Model: Paul Brock
EDITOR IN CHIEF MARCEL SCHLUTT
ART EDITOR AMANDA M JANSSON
EMMA E. K. JONES
MUSIC EDITOR NATALIE G GUNNARSDOTTIR
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR MARCEL SCHLUTT
FASHION EDITOR SUSANN BOSSLAU
MOVIE EDITOR CLAUDIO ALVARGONZALES
Christo Mitov, Polys Avraam, Nina Kharytonova, Denise Dahinten, Nicolas Simoneau
Larisa Cantano, Shel Fuller, Stefan Springer, Coco Meurer, Pascale Jean Louis,
COVER BY PASCALE JEAN LOUIS
COVER MODEL PAUL BROCK
LAYOUT MARCEL SCHLUTT
RETOUCHING NICOLAS SIMONEAU
TRANSLATION AMANDA M JANSSON 6 SARAH REDFERN
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Published by Marcel Schlutt
HONK! is based In Berlin / Germany
I am a dictator !
OH YES! I am! You don´t believe me? Then you just have to ask my
work mates. They will tell you how I am. If I want something I´ll get it.
No matter how much others have to work for me.
Why choose dictatorship as an issue theme? Just take a look at your
life! Are you feeling free? Be honest to yourself!! You are so not free!!
Do you have a wife and children? Hm hm your are not the master at
You are gay? In a relationship? Oops sorry. One of you is the strong one
and he is telling you what to do and I guess you are not the one.
School? I think we don´t have to speak about teachers. Most of them
are assholes and you get it every day, they are the ones with power.
The State and the Goverment in your country are probely the biggest
dicators around. Democracy 2011 is nothing more than a fraud. Politics
are not what they should be.
Let´s talk about the fashion industry. They dictate what you have to
wear and when. Why do they tell you now what you have to wear in 7
months? Come on people ! We can´t even buy those pieces right now.
Why are all the magazines filled with them! We just don´t get it.
So! Life is a dictatorship!
Thats why we present an issue with that theme. Welcome to our number
5 !!! More then 300 pages around this theme. We hope you will like
what we did.
Dearest greetings Marcel Schlutt
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
by Zsu Sabó
by Kiril Bikov
by Nouveau Noir
Cock VS Brain
by Stefan Fähler
The Art of Food
by Christo Mitov
Contemorary Dictatorship Aka Self-Inflicted Restraint
by Coco Meurer
Dictatorship of Time
by Nina Kharytonova
by Benny Nero
by Marcel Schlutt
Gaze as Dictatorship
by Kevin Jung
The underclass in revolt by Marco Scalvini
A Kingdoms Future
by Karl Slater
94 A Dynasty - little rooms
by Hiro Kimura
68 A Honk! should wear
by Tom Van der Borght
232 Berlin Bohème
by Marcel Schlutt
254 Delusions of Beauty
by Suzana Holtgrave
318 Black - Impossible to be mistaken
by Fernando Mazza Abámgt
Interview: Steed Lord
I Wanna Cher! Muisc preview
We are the sound of 2011
Artist of the year
Interview Ocean Reid
ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT
Deep calleth unto deep
Photography & Concept by Zsu Szabó
Hair & Make up: Janine Mannheim/Hamburg
Post aldo design
MENS ET MANUS
Mind and Hand
man is a wolf to [his fellow] man
Aka Self-Inflicted Restraint
Are we all free?
Or at least most of us?
Lets begin with the social conditions to be
found in Europe, and lets say that the dark
ages of dictatorships belong surely to the
past. We could say, that right now, right here
we are free people. And yet, there are those
who insist: “Only the ignorant one believes
to be free in our country.” And most people
would be quick to protest: “Excuse me, but
we are no longer sporting a star sewed on
our clothes to demonstrate our religion and
to be set apart.”
Do you feel free today?
What is restricting you? Is there anything restricting
you? Or are there no borders anymore?
Borders have changed. Perhaps, most people
wouldn’t even call them borders any longer.
They are self-imposed necessities, laying
heavy on humanity’s bent backbone. Too
long working shifts, dress codes, behavioural
codes, this code, that code. Success expectations
and life expectations, prestige, looks
and inter-personal relations. You have to be
that, to look that, to do that! And for Christ’s
sake you have to stay away from THAT! The
creator of these rules remains a mystery. The
fact that these rules might have been useful
sometime in the past but can no longer apply
to us is something most people seem to fail
to realize. Mrs and Mr Normal curtsy to the
invisible regime. Whatever it asks of them.
Being normal means obeying the guidelines.
Abiding the law and fitting the pattern as quiet
and modest as possible. Does this make
them less free than people who choose to be
not “normal”? A good job, a marriage, two
children and the suburban fenced home.
Is this supposed to be considered normal,
when more that one third of marriages end
up in divorce and about 30% of Berlin’s
population (19-50 years old) are single? And
what about all the gays and lesbians? Are
they more free than good citizens leading a
“normal” life? No, all this can’t be the answer
to the question: Are we free?
The desire to be different and to live at the
outskirts of society’s commands is as old as
society itself. And yet, the individual can’t
manage to build him/herself his/her own shelf.
Either you belong to the so-called normal
ones, also happily labeled as Mainstream, or
you belong to the so-called hipsters, those
that always look so perfectly stylish un-stylish.
Berlin is full of people trying to shine in
their individuality and still manage to be just
the same as anybody else.
The same goes for nature loving people, environmentalists.
The code they have opted
for is loose linen trousers that want to scream
out how independent they are from million
companies that have their fabrics manufactured
in Taiwan. They are trying to be different
by resisting the dictatorship of fabrics- and
fashion-industry, by opposing factory farming,
climate change, the extinction of animal
species, and... everything else.
The list of groups of people that are struggling
to define themselves through clothing,
opinion, preferences and behaviour is endlessly
long. With this very decision and realization
of belonging to a Group they just
make themselves subjects to a new dictatorship.
The dictatorship of labels. Labels that
man himself has created.
All that talk of different people and what they
do in order to stick out as different seems
to have buried the original question about
whether YOU feel free.
So? Do you feel free?
We feel free, as we can ponder and wonder
about it, about whether we are free. If you
get bored of your skinny jeans in the morning,
take them off. You want to be a punk
from now on, so be it. Maybe it helps us all
be a little less enslaved and a little more free,
if we tear down the labels and shut away all
the boxes, leaving others the possibility of
choosing to be who they want to be.
A KINGDOMS FUTURE
A KINGDOMS FUTURE
by Karl Slater
Met 5 of the best new and young fashion
designers from UK!
Photography: Karl Slater www.karlslater.com
Stylist: Rickardo Mattocks - Maxwell
Hair : Adam Bennett
Photography: Karl Slater www.karlslater.com
Make up: Catherine Cather
Model: Jonas@ Stylist: D1, Rickardo Monique Burrell Mattocks @ D1, - Sienna@ MaxwellSelect
Hair : Adam Bennett
Make up: Catherine Cather
Models: Jonas@ D1 ,Monique Burrell @ D1
Ralph Joseph Marcos Rovero
Astrid Anderson is highly
tipped for greatness ever
since graduating from the
prestigious Royal Academy
of Arts with a number of
industry Awards under her
belt. Astrid is a true breath
of fresh air when discussing
menswear as there isn’t
many words to describe
her approach to design.
She will also be showing
during Man day at London
Fashion Week in partnership
Rachel Freize has gone
from strength to strength
since graduating at CSM
in 2006. Her passion and
influences stems from
her love for historical costumes
which have seen
Rachel produce extremely
dramatic and androgynous
garments in previous
seasons. Rachel will be
showcasing a private presentation
Agi & Sam
Ralph Joseph Marcos Rovero has only graduated
earlier this year with the most incredible
collection which has seen the young designer
receive interest from Lady Gaga’s stylist
Nicola Formichetti and Topman. Ralph is all
about referencing bright bold colours, shapes
with influences including Pokemon and children’s
toys. Ralph will be showing a private
exhibition during Fashion week.
Melanie’s collections are unique inspirations from
shapes and the human body, fusing together hard
and soft textures to refine and promote masculine
and feminine elements of human beauty. Clean,
luxurious and classic is what resonates through
every single collection. Melanie will be present at
Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion
Agi & Sam
Agi&Sam will be showcasing there
latest collection in partnership with
FashionEast for the second season
at Man day during London Fashion
Week. Combining humor, contemporary
designs with bespoke print
the duo have developed a strong
following already including music
producer Labrinth and the Red Hot
It is getting cold outside. So, why not
reading a book? Here is our Top 5 of
books with the theme : Dictatorship!
5. Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful
Despots by Peter York
Welcome to the fabulous lifestyles of the cruel and despotic. Running with
the idea that our homes are where we are truly ourselves, Peter York’s
wildly original and scathingly funny look at the interior decorating tastes of
some of history’s most alarming dictators proves that absolute power corrupts
absolutely, right down to the drapes. Mining rare, jaw-dropping photographs
of interiors now mostly (thankfully) destroyed, York’s hilarious
profiles of 16 inner sanctums of the scary leaves no endangered tiger pelt
unturned, from Saddam Hussein’s creepy private art collection to General
Noriega’s Christmas tree to the strange tube and knob contraption in the
Ceausescu bathroom. All your favorite dictators are here: Hitler, Lenin,
Stalin, Tito, Mussolini, Mobutu, Idi Amin, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos—
each with their own uniquely frightful chic. An interior decorating book like
no other, Dictator Style is a welcome tonic for a world in need of a good
laugh at the expense of the all-powerful.
Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition
4. How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring
Dictator by Andre de Guillaume
Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills
to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled,
this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age
and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it’s
done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet
government to establish, how to squelch free speech, and, most important,
how to handle enemies. Also included are humorous full-color illustrations,
sidebars on admirable despots, and self-quizzes that allow readers to see
if they have what it takes to conquer the world.
Publisher: Chicago Review Press Language: English
3.From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp
From Democracy to Dictatorship was a small pamphlet, printed and distributed
by Dr Gene Sharp and is based on his study, over a period of
forty years, on non-violent methods of demonstration. Now in its fourth
edition, it was originally handed out by the Albert Einstein Peace Institution,
and although never actively promoted, to date it has been translated
into thirty-one languages. Now in its twenty-first year, it is being published
for the first time in the English language. This astonishing book travelled
as a photocopied pamphlet from Burma to Indonesia, Serbia and most
recently Egypt, Tunisia and Syria, with dissent in China also reported.
Surreptitiously handed out amongst youth uprisings the world over - how
the ‘how-to’ guide came about and its role in the recent Arab uprisings is
an extraordinary tale.Once read you’ll find yourself urging others to read
it and indeed want to gift it. It has been likened to Karl Marx’s, Manifesto
and Mao Tse Tung’s, The Little Red Book in its historic importance and
has played a pivotal role in the recent and ongoing uprisings of the Arab
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
2.The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet
by Heraldo Munozp
Augusto Pinochet was the most important Third World dictator of the Cold War,
and perhaps the most ruthless. In The Dictator’s Shadow, United Nations Ambassador
Heraldo Muñoz takes advantage of his unmatched set of perspectives—as
a former revolutionary who fought the Pinochet regime, as a respected scholar,
and as a diplomat—to tell what this extraordinary figure meant to Chile, the United
States, and the world.
Pinochet’s American backers saw his regime as a bulwark against Communism;
his nation was a testing ground for U.S.-inspired economic theories. Countries
desiring World Bank support were told to emulate Pinochet’s free-market policies,
and Chile’s government pension even inspired President George W. Bush’s plan to
privatize Social Security. The other baggage—the assassinations, tortures, people
thrown out of airplanes, mass murders of political prisoners—was simply the price
to be paid for building a modern state. But the questions raised by Pinochet’s rule
still remain: Are such dictators somehow necessary?Horrifying but also inspiring,
The Dictator’s Shadow is a unique tale of how geopolitical rivalries can profoundly
affect everyday life.
Publisher: Basic Books
1.Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic
Exterior of Vogue’s Editor in Chief
by Jerry Oppenheimer
She’s ambitious, driven, insecure, needy, a perfectionist--and she’s considered
the most powerful force in the more than $100 billion fashion industry. She’s Anna
Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, the world’s fashion bible. With her signature Louise
Brooks bob, trademark sunglasses, and glamorous furs, she’s a sexy international
diva, gossiped about the world over. As famed designed Oscar de la Renta
declares, “She’s a star.”
Front Row is the scrupulously researched, often shocking life story of this enigmatic
icon--a candid portrait of a fashion-obsessed teenager in Swinging Sixties
London who claws her way up the ivory tower in New York. It is also an intimate
examination of Wintour’s personal passions and needs.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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DICTATORSHIP OF TIME !
Text by Nina Kharytonova
I am too late, always and everywhere. No matter the effort I am
bound to lose against the merciless ticking time. Chronopsychology
– a science responsible for explaining the organizing
and handling of time by living creatures claims this to be a trait
of my personality type. So this science divides people into two
kinds: the through timer – the well organized and disciplined
planner and the in timer – the chaotic person living for the very
moment. The relation of those two types is that of 50:3. Well to
those last ones it must be that I belong. Hail to modern science;
now I don’t have to be embarrassed for being late anymore.
I’m coming back to that later. First of all we have to figure out
what this dictator-like time is, where it comes from and where
it speeds to, unstoppably.
Time is a human invented physical notion that
in correlation to space embodies a fourth dimension.
Its SI base symbol is t (from the Latin:
Tempus = time) and its SI base unit is one second
–s. It describes a series of events and follows
naturally as expected a one way, irreversible
direction. For us it has the property to flow.
Witnessed from a philosophical perspective
time is the progress of presence from presence
into future, as well as the continued duration of
a sequence of now-moments. But even scholars
seem to have very split opinions around
time and the ways we perceive it.
The first systematic reflections on time reach
back to Platon. He introduces the theory of
ideas, according to which ideas live forever in a
timeless space of non-change, while their representations,
which show up in our human surrounding
time and space, are nothing but shadows
of the original ones.
Which leads to the conclusion that time is only
a depiction of eternity. For Heraclitus time represents
being, the true being of a whole reality,
All is flux, nothing stays still (Heraclitismus). Aristotle
also did agree to this conception, except
for him time is unchangeable, not really a motion
in itself but actually a unit.
This idea of a continuation and connection of
space and time is still examined by physics today.
Augustine, using Aristotle defines time as a
unit of past, presence and future, but he thinks
time is intertwined with human experience, specifically
the human soul. Only presence acquires
the right to an autonomous existence outside
the soul, while past and future can only exist in
connection to the human soul. Augustine was
also the first to draw a line between physically
measurable time and psychological time.
Quid est ergo tempus? si nemo ex me
quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim,
nescio. fidenter tamen dico scire me quod,
si nihil praeteriret,non esset praeteritum
tempus, et si nihil adveniret, non esset futurum
tempus, et si nihil esset, non esset
praesens tempus. duo ergo illa tempora,
praeteritum et futurum, quomodo sunt,
quando et praeteritum iam non est et futurum
nondum est?” Augustinus, Confessiones
So what is time? When nobody asks me about
it, I know it, but when I have to explain it to
someone asking me, then I don’t know.
In caution I can at least say that I know, that
if nothing passed there would be no past time
and if nothing is awaiting then there is no future
time. Yet these two kinds of time, past
and future, how can we say they exist when
the past is already gone and the future is not
Isaac Newton talks of an absolute, mathematically
defined time, which is uniform by
nature and exists regardless of any outside
object.”Time is, and it is ticking evenly from
moment to moment. This definition has managed
to prevail in science.
On the contrary, for Immanuel Kant, time is
subject to pure perspective, allowing us an
entrance to the world and enabling a relation
to before and after. He views the cause-andeffect
chain as time-bound. Modern philosophy
differentiates between total time-definition
such as Augustine’s, relative time-definition
such as Kant’s and modern natural science’s
definition. By the way now, according to modern
findings lasts ca. 2-3 seconds, then it dissolves
The most interesting part about time, is that
our first encounter with it in school. Children
are oblivious to time, they are preoccupied
with something as long as they are having fun
doing so. After they get into school they face
time obligations and realize the sense of time.
And this is where all evil begins.
Our interest in time keeps growing, the English
term “time” counts 204 million entries on
Google, way more than sex. Literature and
cinema also gift this subject its well deserved
attention. Some examples include:
The film “Lola rennt”
The novel “Momo” by Michael Ende
Yet all this hasn’t always been the case. During
Stone Age and antiquity people used to
live in a set and stable time surrounding, ruled
and marked by long sequences such as day,
week, month and year, subject to the astronomic
However, in the last 4000 years our time surroundings
have changed dramatically, mainly
due to the cultural changes and most of all
because of the industrial revolution.
The invention of the electric light bulb and the
cheap power plants have led to shift work and
always faster spinning conveyor belts.
The history of measuring time is just as much
a technological success story, beginning with
sun dials around 6000 B.C. The demand to
measure time follows the development of
man from hunter and collector to resident
man. Soon after the sun dials, water and sand
clocks followed up, and for the first time during
the Middle Ages a mechanic time clock
appears in order to discipline the folk according
to the structured religion. Soon the technological
process brought spring- and pendulum
clocks and finally Quarz- and atomic clocks
and watches used world wide to count time.
This very cultural and technical development
has lead us to a sheer inevitable Dictatorship
of Time. The more precise we can take down
time, the more aware we became of the loss
Time begins to get saved, managed and then
eventually still lost. This explains plenty of
sayings emerging today and sealing our frantic
times, such as “time is money”, “win or lose
time”, “time flies by”. In a continuously dynamic
society, which keeps reinventing and creating
new chances, objective time becomes
somewhat of a thorn since it is not subject to
control and continues to pass by uniformly
and inexorably. This easily explains the undying
wish for the invention of a time machine
and the possibility to stop or master time.
People experience this immense desire to
stop time in danger situations mostly, when
their bodies are pushed to the limits, or well
for Buddhist monks while meditating. All in
all our feeling of time is contradicting mathematical
time whenever possible. This issue
has been keeping scientists busy all over the
world for many centuries now. Albert Einstein,
for instance, discovered his theory of relativity
to say in short that everything is only relative,
just as our feeling of time as well.
The relativity of perception is easily displayed
in a simple example: when a guy
spends one minute with his girl, then this
minute lasts just a moment, while had the
same guy spent this same minute sitting on
a hot burning board it would seem to last forever.
The remarkable about time is the fact
that a period of time that has been spent
eventfully, is being registered afterwards as
a much longer period that it actually was.
Which is to say: if you want a long full life,
you should make sure you get plenty of variety
By the way in 20 seconds of reading time
following happens in our body:
Our heart has been beating 25 times
Our lungs has ventilated 3 ltr of air
5-6 ltr of blood have been pumped through the
200 mg CO2 have been exhaled by an adult.
There are many factors responsible for the
differences in time perception –inner factors,
such as body temperature, age, sex,
attention, activity, drugs, intelligence, tiredness,
brain damage, and psychological disease,
and outer factors such as speed of
an event, number of stimuli, familiarity with
what’s happening, complexity and structure,
circumstances and danger. Perception is
something as individual as men themselves.
It embraces a spectrum of a few milliseconds
up to several decades. Our feeling of time
consists of experiences of simultaneity and
non-simultaneity, experiences of a time-set
order, sequenced events, experiencing the
presence but also experiencing duration. Its
origin is in the brain.
In 5 minutes reading time:
275 ltr of water are being exchanged in our
3.9 ltr of blood are floating through the cerebral
Which brings us back to an issue, that
seems to have been forgotten behind by our
modern hectic society. I am speaking of the
biological notion of time as it is experienced
by all living creatures.
The branch of science dealing with it is Chronobiology
and the resulting Chronomedicin.
Chronobiology is examining the cycles of our
inner clocks, the ones our body is subject to
In 8 minutes reading time:
Our long-term memory has stored 50 Bit of information,
our short-term memory has already forgotten
the first paragraphs.
In the meantime following parallels have been
drawn: millisecond rhythm – nerve impulse;
second rhythm – heartbeat, blood pressure;
minute rhythm – peripheral perfusion; ultradian
rhythm (one to more hours) – realization of
sleeping stages, endocrine glands; circadian
rhythm (24 hours) – sleep-/wake rhythm, cell
division rhythm; infradian rhythm (longer time
spans) – menstrual cycle; circannual rhythm
(year cycle) – annual rhythms.
Our inner clock is governed by the so called
circadian rhythm, the nerve bundles, located
between the retina and the optic nerves triggered
by the hormone melatonin.Yet what
happens when our inner clock comes off due
to the constantly faster speeding world? Researchers
have found out that a disruption of
the 24-hour-rhythm, apart from a difficulty in
performing and attention, can also lead to serious
diseasing such as depression or even
cancer. Man is completely unbalanced and
regaining it can be a very long and boring process.
Using all our knowledge about time perception
and our inner clock there could be political
action that would lead to a more matching
time management and a general satisfaction
and a rise in productivity and efficiency.
However, while all this remains daydreaming
there are plenty of things we can do to escape
the Dictatorship of Time, at least temporarily.
Yoga practitioners, for example, reach the
point of melting in with time, the stage where
time loses its existence through bodily exercise,
meditation, and breathing. Eckhart Tolle,
in his book “Jetzt” promises help with simple
Our concentration is steered toward
presence, since past and
future do no really exist as anything
but vague surroundings of
the present time. After a while,
our mind shuts down and we
are able to experience pure joy
in the presence, removed from
time pressure or lack of time.
As Albert Einstein always used to say:
Time is only what you can read off a clock!
Nothing more and nothing less!
Photography by Hiro Kimura
Direction Sh Kojima
Styling Toru Nagoshi
Hair Takashi Yusa
Make Up U-Ki Nakamura
Lighting Kouki Takezawa
Setdesign Sachiko Kamiya
Models: Alise Shoemaker,
Lisa Cady, Madaline Blake @Click N,Y
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Dress middle: Alberta Ferretti
Dress right: Emilio Pucci
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Necklace: Swarovski Crystal
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Lingerie: Lise Charmel
Dress Alberta Ferretti
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Bracelets: Stylist own
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IS A RULER
Yamaho is known for her versatile music style. People have trusted her taste since 1999 when
she started spinning on the one´s & two´s. Like never before she is picking out the cream of the
crop and all she want´s to do is cher.
ACTIVE CHILD !
Active Child a.k.a Pat Grossi
Gracing the music world with his presence in 2010 Active Child came out with his first
EP, Curtis Lane with a wide ranging soundscape bringing him to various collaborations.
Varying from dub step producer James Blake to indie rock bands such as White
lies and White Rabbit. Now one year later he expands his realm and delivers us his
Debut album “You are all i see”. An intimate dialogue between him and the listener
where the discussion is” heartbreak, lost love and rediscovered, battles with monogamy
and identity” as he describes it himself and hints in the title. “Hanging on” is the
song that truly pulls you in to his world of love and sorrow. With floating synthesizers,
subtle harp accompanied by beautifully sequenced strings and layers of his angelic
but haunting falsetto. Leaving you depending on the state, in tears or joy. Something
so true can only be gifted with healing powers. If you have not yet discovered Active
child now is the time.
Call me Tonight
Dance music nowadays has so many releases
daily it can be hard to keep track
of what is complete crap and what is not.
This EP being a fine example of the latter.
Conforce a.k.a Boris Bunnik a Dutch producer,
is well known to the techno community
for his unique style, delivering well
produced soundscapes and a tight beat
and bass. Last august he released the
Ep Dystopian Elements where he slows
things down a bit. Delivering this four track
ep with dark and electric elements. Each
song has its own individual character but
still leaving you in the realm on refined
None the less his signature sound is to be found with his force of beat consturction
carefully infiltrating his minimal synthized sounds, “Vaccum” last song on the ep
bearing that good wittnes. Not everybody can listen to a 9 min long techno track, but
with the breathingspace they are given you only long for more. If his music was a drug
it would not be legal. Conforce records are havens for high production values, but they
wouldn’t be nearly as successful if Bunnik didn’t give his sounds so much breathing
The Dystopian Elements EP doesn’t just feature great sounds placed artfully and
sparingly in a stereo image, however. It also gives them four very different sorts of
knots to get all tangled up in. Opener “Luminous” and “Lonely Run,” though techno to
the core, both positively slink: despite the crispness of their drums, these beats are
nevertheless impervious to the sticky-tack of gorgeously weighty basslines. The latter,
whose bouncy heft recalls Peter Van Hoesen, plays with the relatively slow tempo.
MOVE D !
Workshop has yet again released a brilliant Ep featuring Move D. The name, Workshop
13, referencing their 12 releases before this one. All releases that one should
check out by the by. Distributed by the infamous Berlin Hardwax record store which
right a way has a quality stamp of it´s own. Move D is no amateur to the game has
releases going back to 1994. A true innovator to new sounds and a name to give a
second look when seen on albums, whether it be a track by him or a remix. Move D
delivers three amazing tracks. Ranging from a sexy, slow beat, baby making track
“Untitled 3” to more upbeat cooked with delicious old school house flavors, carefully
spiced with his electronic melodies “Untitled 2” Leaving us with the third but ever so
sweet track “untitled 2” where he arranges gentle beats with a mix of strings and a
melodic voice for the finishing touch.
Connan Mockasin-Forever-dolphin love Rmx
A young New zelander named Connan Mockasin released a album yearlier this year
called Forever Dolphin love, which took the indie music scene by storm for it´s gentle
guitar sounds and captivating melodies. Duly noted this is a album review of the music
section but not a remix section. That said, after listening to the the Rmx of “Forever
Dolphin love” i had no choice but to cher this with you. An amazing ensamble of the
original song and two remixes made by Erol Alkan & Mickey moonlight. Taking this
dreamlike and airy experimental track into new levels of musical experience. Erol
Alkan giving the track an extra push with a 4 by 4 beat and putting the focus on the
beautiful guitar sounds and melodic keyboard action. Making it the perfect beginning
of the night , middle of the night, end of the night track. Mickey Moonlight is no rookie
when it comes to delivering a good remix takes the track a different direction and
slows the party down. Giving an already dreamy track an even more utopian feel to it.
With a dub that could easily belong on a trojan compilation. Such a treat for all music
Forever Dolphin Love
Agnés a.k.a Cavalier deep house producer released “A million Horses” a staggering
19 track album last august. Now don´t go running quite yet. Even though deep
house is not everybodys cup of tea or hot cup of java as i choose to call it hear me out.
Cavalier puts the D in deep house for sure giving us the full range of this music genre
in one album. Some like it fast, some like it slow. With that said having 19 tracks to
choose from you are bound to find what you are looking for, if you are looking at all. “A
million horses” is a mix between songs in full length with shorter interludes and skits.
The beat craftsmith that Agnes is, he takes us from fully formed tracks to more of what
would seem an idea but still a good idea. Programming all his beats individually giving
it his signature deep house sound. Mixed with classic house vocals “ umadoshi” being
a obvious party flavor. This album gives a good spectrum of the deep house genre
and for those who want to explore that realm, this is the perfect opportunity.
YOKO DUO !
A duo ensambled by Berlin based Holger Zilske techno & electronica maestro (Smash
TV) which is known for his avant garde beat ensembles and Swedish August Landelius
giving us beautifully smooth operated vocals.Founded in 2010 deliver us there Debut
album „Behaving Like A Widower“. A perfect harmony between obscure electronic
beats, airy synthesizers and heavenly melancholic vocals. Bringing an ecologically
balanced entity to the table. Tracks with slow filtered beats with songs like “blowfish”
with an indie,hip hop feel to a more subtle electronic sound with an experimental twist
with songs such as “ half awake”. All tracks have individual characters so it is very
hard pointing out any favorites. But the vocals being delivered with such certainty that
when you listen to “lack of comfort” and he says “time is going to make things better”
it is hard not to believe.
If you feel happy or sad or just simply wanna discover something new, interesting and
beautiful this album is well worth pressing play.
Behaving Like a Widower
Editor’s Choice by
ANGOby Kiril Bikov
Born in Bourgas, Bulgaria, Kiril Bikov moved to Sofia at the age of seventeen, and studied Visual Arts in the New Bulgarian
University. Specializing in photography, his Bachelor’s degree explored a diverse range of artistic mediums, including:
spatial interventions, performance art, installation, and mixed-media work.
Bikov’s recent work reflects a critical engagement with his interests in thanatology (the study of death), Judeo-Christian
mysticism, eroticism, and allegorical critiques of anthropocentrism. He has contributed with his photographs and performances
to exhibitions in art spaces and festivals across Europe.
He currently lives and works in Berlin.
VAN dER BORGHT
TOM VAN dER BROUGHT
Interview by Coco Meurer
Tom Van der Borght, born 1978, is a Belgium Fashiondesign Student at the Acadmy
of Fine Arts of Sint-Niklaas. 3 years ago he starts his fashion education and
just a year later he works as an intern for Maureen Declerq. In 2011 he wins the
Belgian Final of the Triumph Inspiration Award and competes in the world final.
His work is worn by Lily Cole and we are sure there will be soon more Celbrities
wearing Tom van der Brought. His last collection Transformama is very color full
and everybody should have a piece of his collection. Let s find out who he is and
what makes him so special!
HONK!: Tom how was your day? Was it full
of creativity and new ideas?
Tom: I’m having a chaotic yet productive day. I’m
in the middle of doing the research and startup
for my graduation collection. So it’s one big
chaotic bubble of ideas, questions, images and
input...overdrive hahaha. But I thrive on it. Iit’s
like creating a new little universe.
HONK!: Please explain what sets your fashion
apart! And how it differs from that of other
Tom: I think my own personal story which translates
into my work, makes me unique. I come
from a very classical background - my mother
was a sewing teacher. Being brought up in a
very small place in the northeast of Belgium, in
my early twenties i discovered a much broader
world. I first worked as a social worker, and in
the meanwhile I discovered the underground
psychedelic trance scene of the late nineties.
This made me think a lot about society, social
structures, mainstream and underground. All
these influences speak out it through my work
now as a designer I think. My motivation to become
a social worker was to change the world
or to change systems, and in a way I think that’s
still my dream and vision, translated into my
fashion. I think i don’t see fashion as beauty, but
I view my work more as expression. In that light
my work could come across as more unconventional.
HONK!: Other designers find inspiration in
the city they live in or their surroundings.
Your designs don’t make us think of Belgium
that much. Your style reminds us more of Tokyo
and Mangas. How come?
Tom: Haha. First of all I ask myself what is typical
Belgian. Maybe living in Belgium is a very big
reason why everything in my work is so bright
and colorful. My work always tells a story of
breaking out of the conventional. I’m obsessed
with making bad things look good, or ugly things
look beautiful. So the happy bright almost exotic
atmospheres in my work also stand in a contrast
with darker elements ... I like for example the
contrast between my manga style digital print
and the old-skool crossstitched jewelry I produced
with the same images, this mix of unexpected
things together excites me.
HONK!: Are you bored of the fashion and
trends that you come across in your city or
on catwalks even?
Tom: In fashion there is always this tension between
looking back and looking forward. In a
world where everything is changing more rapidly
than ever before in human history, I sometimes
spot the tendency to go back in time, and people
may tend to go for safer options. But at the same
time, when i am out on the streets, I can also be
very much inspired by the things I see around.
Fashion always is a way of people to express
how they feel and who they are.
Tom: In that way I would say that it would be
great if more people would dare to step out of
that safe zone and just have fun again expressing
themselves more freely :-)
HONK!: In summer 2011 you presented your
collection “Transformama” in the Berlin
Fashion Week. How did you come up with
this name? What does it mean?
Tom: It all started with ancient indian Kathakali
dancers. Before a performance, they get dressed
troughout a long ritual and transform into these
superhuman creatures. I found the build-up of
these costumes so interesting that I decided to
work further on this concept of transforming. In
the same period my mother also asked me, partly
as a joke, if I couldn’t restyle her. There I got
the main idea for the collection. Based on old
pictures of my mother, in combination with lots
of street style elements, I began to transform my
own mum into some kind of superwoman. That’s
how I came up with the title “Transformama”.
HONK!: How do you think people would react
seeing a woman wearing your 6 sleeved
jacket, getting on the metro?
But the collection as an expression is the most
important for me.
HONK!: Art or fashion? Or is fashion art?
What do you think?
Tom: Euh ... tough one. I’d say fart!! haha. No
seriously, I don’t really believe in boxes.
HONK!: What is in your scrapbook right
now? What kind of music, what kind of art,
or other kind of inspiration?
Tom: I’m listening to the cd of Prince Rama
(check them out!), mixed with Björks amazing
album ‘Biophilia’, reading a book about Charles
Manson and am very intrigued at the moment
by native Mexican art ... but shhh before I give
HONK!: Thank you very much for the interview.
Tom: Thank you! COCO AND HONK!
Tom: Haha ... I can imagine it could trigger people
to some crazy reactions. But it’s amazing to
wear it! You feel strong, and also safe in a way.
At least you will have more space for yourself
on the metro :-). And the good thing is that it
consists of two separate jackets on top of each
other ... so you could always help out someone
who’s cold. So acually it’s a very social jacket,
although it might come across a bit impressive
HONK!: Your designs are so much “outside
form and box” that it seems really hard work
producing them! How do you think you will
deal with the production part?
Tom: Up untill now I do all my production myself.
As long as I’m a student I want to keep on
working like this. Because next to designing
my things, I also love to make them myself ...
and it’s the whole process I want to do. I like
this craftsman oldskool approach the best. In
my graduation collection, I’m working on now,
I wanna search further for ways in which (parts
of) my collections can be transformed into more
daily wearable items.
Photos by Alexander Popelier
Make Up/Hair by Adelien De Puysseleyr
Models: Joanne Chalon, Hector Mary,
Jules & Leonie Borgs
Production: Tini Cleemput
Assistent photos: Lieven Dirckx
Special thanks to Caroline Bosmans,
George, Vispoel-Van Rentergem family
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Photography: Nouveau Noir www.nouveaunoir.nl
Model: Anniek Vermeulen
Layout: Caro Meyer
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by Benny Nero
I am interested in
the concept of
Benny Nero is an artist the way I like it! His art is provoking, you have to be able
to think outside the box when looking at it. The 25 year old Austrian is holding
a mirror against society’s face, like nobody else would dare lately. He is using
symbols of a dictatorship that has caused great suffering to the world, without
insulting anyone. This is what art has to be.
HONK!: You are from Austria, yet living in Berlin.
When and why did you move?
Benny: I moved in 2005 in order to work as an illustrator
and animator. In the mean time I’m making
a living as an independent artist, and Berlin is
the right city to do this,.
HONK!: What inspires you in this city?
Benny: The Germans and their lifestyle. Very
much is suppressed here, held in the dark. This
impotent dealing with reality is a rich field of inspiration
for my work. And when this begins to
piss me off, the city is filled with people from
everywhere in the world and you can still calm
Benny: This love culture seems to be having towards
pornography doesn’t seem to be much
more than a cover to allow us to stop fearing our
I don’t think it can make anybody think. Way I see
it, it is easy to use something vulgar as a symbol
for joy in life, in order to avoid any real feelings. I
don’t think this is good or bad but it is a fact that
you have to face.
HONK!: Is there a dictatorship in art? I could imagine
some galleries might be hesitant when it comes to
exhibiting your work.
If so, how do you deal with it?
Benny: It has never happened to me, they are all
HONK!: Your work is provoking! The imagery
of political propaganda is a recurring
theme. What’s up with it?
Are you a political person?
Benny: I am too much of an idealist to be a political
person. I am interested in the concept of
propaganda and its influence on people. The
globally accepted image of society is nothing but
propaganda in itself, an advertisement for a nonexistent
lifestyle that has been agreed on.
I am only painting reality the way it reveals itself
to me, and this means: with a thick layer of propaganda.
HONK!: You are also using pornography. In
2011, do you think it is possible to shock
people through pornography, to make them
think? Or are we already numbed?
HONK!: Your series „Mickitler“ is for me, as a
German, very bold. I am certain that a German
creating this series would have lots of
Did you have to go through that?
Benny: First of all, causing this „Oh god, Nazis“
cramp reaction was one of the goals when creating
this series. I want the viewer’s first impression
to be a shock that forces him/her to go to a
deeper level. Then again I try to make it easier
on them by using so much irony in the pictures.
This helps you notice your psychological barriers.
Of course there are people not willing to follow
to the next step, they just remain shocked,
but I don’t get real trouble. I think it is obvious in
the paintings that I am not idolizing anything.
is only a symbol
HONK!: What is the message behind “Mickitler”?
Benny: Look, as a German speaking individual, the face you see most in all your life is that of
Hitler. It ceases to be a face and becomes a symbol. Same as the face of Micky Maus is only
a symbol nowadays. Hitler is Micky Maus, only a darker version, the shadow – Monstermicky.
This sinking into the symbols is the basis on which I have built everything else. But every single
picture in the series is approaching a different subject. Mickitler is just opening the door each
HONK!: How, where, when can we see more of your work? What project are you working
on at the moment?
Benny: Regarding exhibitions, you can always find information on my website www.bennynero.
com. Hm, projects I am working on at the moment… I am busy with Body-Politics right now. Lets
see what comes of it. But just for a change it’s something including no swastikas this time.
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
Photography: Neda Rajabi
Assistant: Doro Schwartzmann
Styling: Aude Jamier
Make Up & Hair: Patricia Makosch
Model: Su Shien @Mega Models
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HONK!: HELLO NEDA. I REALLY LIKE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
WORK. AND I THINK YOU ARE A BIG BIG TALENT. WHEN DID
YOU START WITH PHOTOGRAPHY? AND WHY?
NEDA: THANK YOU! I STARTED SPENDING MY POCKET
MONEY ON VOGUE AND ELLE MAGAZINES QUITE EARLY. I
WAS SO INTRIGUED BY BEAUTY AND THE DIVERSITY OF AP-
PROACHES HOW TO REVEAL BEAUTY. WELL, AT THAT TIME
I WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE EXPRESSED MYSELF THAT
WAY BUT I KNOW NOW, THAT THIS WAS EXACTLY HOW I
FELT. BEAUTY CAN BE ANYTHING. AMAZING.
HONK!: LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES , I CAN SEE DIRECT-
LY THAT YOU ALREADY FOUND YOUR OWN STYLE. HOW
WOULD YOU DISCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
NEDA: I LIKE STYLISTIC INCONSISTENCY. I ALWAYS TRY TO
LET ATTRIBUTES PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER. A STRONG
EXPRESSION OR POSE ON A SOFT LOOKING GIRL OR VICE
VERSA. WORKING ON A CONCEPT I LIKE THIS EFFECT TO
BE INTENSIFIED WITH MAKE UP AND STYLING.
HONK!: IS THERE ANY PHOTOGRAPHER WHO INSPIRES
YOU? AND WHY?
NEDA: THERE ARE MANY THAT I ADORE, OF COURSE
AVEDON AND LINDBERGH. I LOVE THE WORK OF JÜR-
GEN TELLER. THE WAY HE DARES COMPOSITIONS IS JUST
AMAZING. AND I NEVER GET TIRED OF THE DRAMA IN HEDI
HONK!: I ALSO DO PHOTOGRAPHY AND I HATE WORKING IN
THE STUDIO. I NEED THE NATURAL LIGHT. WHAT DO YOU
NEDA: I LOVE DAYLIGHT. BUT DEPENDING ON THE PROJ-
ECT, ARTIFICIAL LIGHT CAN BE INTERESTING, TOO.
HONK!: FASHION OR ART? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MORE?
NEDA: I CAN’T TELL – LT’S LIKE I HAVE TO CHOOSE BE-
TWEEN CHOCOLATE AND PANCAKES. THEY GO WELL TO-
HONK!: HOW MUCH OF YOUR OWN PERSONALITY IS IN
YOUR WORK? WHEN I AM LOOKING AT YOUR PHOTOG-
RAPHY , I HAVE THE FEELING YOU ARE A VERY SENSITIV
NEDA: OF COURSE PICTURES REFLECT SOMEONES PER-
SONALITY BECAUSE THEY SHOW WHAT YOU SEE – THROUGH
MY PICTURES I ENABLE OTHERS TO LOOK THROUGH MY
EYES. THEY MIGHT EVEN SHOW HOW I THINK. BESIDE OF
THAT TO ME THE CONCEPT IS IMPORTANT. THINKING ABOUT
DICTATOR SHIP FOR INSTANCE I QUESTIONED MYSELF IF WE
ARE AFFECTED BY DICTATOR SHIP AT ALL AND HOW. BEING
HERE IN THE COSY AND NEAT WESTERN WORLD THE MOST
COMMON WAY TO BE CONFRONTED WITH DICTATORSHIP IS
THROUGH THE SCREEN. IT’S TWISTED BECAUSE AT THE
SAME TIME I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY DICTATED BY
VISUAL MEDIA. AND THIS IS THE WAY I WANTED THE STORY
TO LOOK LIKE: THROUGH THE SCREEN.
HONK!: IS THERE ANY ARTIST OR MODEL YOU WOULD LIKE
TO WORK WITH?
NEDA: DEFINITELY. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS JOB:
YOU MEET FANTASTIC PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.
HONK!: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK
IN 10 YEARS. WHAT ARE NEDA´S DREAMS?
NEDA: TO BE IN PROGRESS.
INTERVIEW BY MARCEL SCHLUTT
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They came together by mere coincidence -
the Icelandic band Steed Lord consists of
three individuals: Kali, (singer/songwriter/
stylist) and Mega (producer/director/designer)
and Eddie House (producer/composer).
Steed lord is a musical performance art project,
making, as they would best describe it,
“emotional electronic dance music “. Steed
Lord have released their music and remixes
on labels such as Get Physical, Ed Banger and
Dim Mak as well as releasing on their own label.
Successfully collaborating with the italian
legends Crookers, Steed Lord have also
been remixed by artists such as Jack Beats,
Dj Mehdi, Reset! and Mustard Pimp to name
After having established solid ground in their home town they
relocated to Los Angeles where they continue to grow and
push their limits by giving us powerful & energetic sounds that
makes the bass bounce off your ass. Being a 100% “do it yourself”
project, they refuse to be dictated by the music industry
so they produce their own music and videos releasing them
under their own label called New Crack City Records. They
work hard for the money and take crap from no one. Giving
cool a run for it, their style will make your head turn 180 degrees.
Which didn’t go unnoticed by the H&M giant where they
were asked to design their own fashion line. Their mantra being:
“Don´t compromise your art, stay true to yourself “. With
out further a due I give you: Steed Lord.
Interview by Natalie G Gunnarsdottir
Self Portraits by Steed Lord
Make-up- Hildur Ársælsdóttir
Styling by Steed Lord
HONK!: Mega & Kali how long have you been
a couple and when did you first meet?
Kali: We first met at this icelandic nightclub
called Tunglid (The Moon) on new years eve,
1993. I was 16 years old and Mega was 15. I
was partying that night with some friends and
saw him and he saw me. It was love at first
sight. We both had bleached hair and were totally
into the rave dance scene and our style was
Mega: Couple of weeks later we started hanging
out, we had mutual friends. I had a huge
crush on her but I was really shy when it came
to girls. I didn´t really know how to ask her to be
my girlfriend cause she was older and she made
me a bit nervous so I just stayed cool.
Kali: But one fateful evening at another club in
Reykjavik, I was singing house music with my
then band Scope and that was the night we became
a couple. It was march 4th 1994. We
have been together ever since. We broke up a
couple of times but started living together in january
2002 and have been living together since
Mega: Kali is my soulmate and couldn’t function
without her. I asked her to marry me a couple of
months ago and she said YES ;) so we are getting
married next year in Iceland... very exciting!
We can´t wait to go back to Iceland and spend
our special day with all our family and friends
that we love. It´s gonna be an epic and unforgettable
HONK!: When and how did Steed Lord become
Eddie: On february 8th 2006 I gave Kali a beat
for her birthday and she wrote a song to it called
“You” and from there is just started. I had been
making beats since I was 12 and studied piano
and percussions and just loved making music.
Kali had been recording and releasing albums
since she was 8 years old or something so she
was a real professional when it came to writing
Kali: When Eddie gave me that beat I just knew
that this kid, that I used to babysit by the way
when he was 5 years old, was really talented
and kind of a wonder kid at writing music.
Mega: I had been a DJ for a long time in Iceland
but never really made beats, well I made a few
rave tunes in ‘91 on my Amiga computer when I
was 13, so I learned about sequencing and basic
music production very young. And being a
computer nerd I remember giving Eddie my old
Mac computer and Ableton Live 2 and he started
producing some ill beats on it so I was inspired
to do the same and kinda went back to my roots
and made Dirty Mutha in a couple of hours one
night. And we just got hooked on creating music
and we knew we had something special going on
when the three of us started writing and recording
together, and it just exploded from there.
Kali: There was no stopping us, the songs just
kept coming and a couple of months after we
starting working together we were booked to do
gigs in Iceland and from there we became Steed
Lord. It was kinda an accident that Steed Lord
happened cause we had never planned to start
a band, and before we knew it we were touring
all over the world through myspace bookings.
HONK!: Steed Lord is a combination of
family and love.
How do you manage to keep a good relationship
with each other as brothers and as boyfriend
Mega: Correct family and love! It´s a challenge
of course because I’m in a band with my younger
brother and my girlfriend. But our creative
relationship is very strong because we´re all so
like minded so it´s very natural for us to work
together even though we´re a family.
Kali: We of course fight and have heated discussions
about our music and about the band
but we have enormous respect for one another
and we always want to find a way to work things
out so everyone is heard in the band cause each
opinion matters to us all.
Eddie: I love that I can be totally honest and
open with my bandmates in a way that I can´t
really be with others. We all have our personal
opinions and we have to be critical of each other
to be able to grow as a band and keep on evolving.
Kali: I´m just super happy to be able to live and
work with the love of my life and my little
Eddie: I´m truly blessed to be able to tour the
world and make music with two of my best
friends and people that I love to death. We are a
team and we enjoy being in Steed Lord together.
Steed Lord is our baby.
HONK!: What are your music inspirations,
and are there any heroines that affected you
in a big way?
Eddie: Michael Jackson is my idol number one.
He has inspired me musically and style wise
since I was a little kid. Vangelis and Giorgio
Moroder have also been a big inspiriation to me
and the way I compose music. 9th Wonder, DJ
Premier, RZA and other legendary hip hop producers
also made me want to produce beats. I
listen to all genres of music and I´m always discovering
something new that I dig.
Mega: So many great minds and musicians
inspire me. I grew up on listening to what my
grandmother put on when she was cleaning the
house and thankfully she put some Eurythmics
and Grace Jones along with Aretha Franklin!
I discovered Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones
through my dad and weird folk music. Later
my older brother gave me NWA and the Posse
on cassette when I was 9 years old and that
changed my life. From that day on my mom who
was a flight attendant bought me all the rap music
I needed and she didn’t care about the explicit
content and I´m very thankful for that!
She even surprised me and bought me the first
Brand Nubian and De La Soul records because
I asked her to buy some gangsta rap, yeah a
10 year old white kid from Iceland. I could write
pages and pages about musical influences and
good shit. Let´s just say I dig good music wether
it´s classic pop, 80s funk, rap, disco, or bluegrass.
As far as heroines I guess Prince is somewhat
of an icon to me, seen him twice in concert and
I have so much respect for his musical entity.
Such a genius and pioneer but I also respect
many others like Dr. Dre for instance.
Kali: I´m a huge classical music fan and I listen
to a lot of instrumental movie scores and have
done so since I was very young. Barbra Streisand,
Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter,
Diana Ross and Cher have been major influences
while growing up. Also Aretha Franklin
and soul music in general is a favorite of mine.
I listen to a lot of old music and I´m not really
into mainstream popular music of today. I adore
Teena Marie and all the disco divas from back in
the day. Robin S and all the 90´s dance music. I
adore Dolly Parton, Eagles and Bryan Ferry and
Springsteen. I´m also very inspired by icelandic
music, old and new. Icelandic music is pretty
unique and it has always influenced me in a big
HONK!: Since we are discussing dictatorship
in this issue, do you feel there is dictatorship
in the music industry today? And if so is that
the reason you choose to release everything
yourself and have total creative control over
the band´s image?
Mega: Money and greed has always been the
evil dictator of the music industry so with the
internet and the mp3 there was sort of a revolution
when people started downloading illegal
music to rebel against the industry. But good
things came from it because independent artists
and labels were able to become successful
without the majors which is great and now you
can reach so many people online with your music,
art, videos and design and you don´t need a
middle man to do it for you. You can make a hit
record without a major record deal by the power
of the internet.
So maybe the internet is our savior from the evil
greedy dictator who is putting out shitty pop music
with no quality control but what happens if the
internet shuts down? Are we all fucked then?
I feel kids today are getting disconnected from
the real world by always being online no matter
where they are, they are online at concerts even.
Sometimes I do miss the old times of no internet
and real social networking but then again I
wouldn´t be answering this interview in LA on my
computer if we didn´t have internet. The future
of the music industry is so uncertain because all
content is becoming so worthless money wise
so the majors don´t care about quality just exposure.
Yeah technology is taking over the world, before
you know it you will be experiencing a virtual
concert or a DJ set in your living room with
smell-o-vision and super duper HD Hologram
video with your friends logged in with their virtual
beers… but don´t get me wrong Im not against
that… I love
Kali: I remember when I was signed as a solo
artist with EMI/Priority Records for 4 years back
in 1999, I didn´t have any control over the way
my album was suppose to sound, I was lucky
that I actually got to co-write 6 songs on my own
album. I didn´t have a say in anything. They
picked the video director and picked the cover
art and all the press photos and my stylist. Everything
went through them, when I gained a
little weight they told me to go on a diet. I hated
it. I loved the traveling and being able to tour all
over and meet amazing people but in my professional
career I wasn´t happy and everything I
was doing wasn´t the real me. It was someone
they created to be able to sell albums and make
money. Cause the label was only in it for the
money. Not for the love of music and art and
creating things. It was all about the money. After
4 years of this I was really happy to be out
of that and being in control and being able to be
Eddie: I´m just lucky to be in a band where we
have the final say and we are our own bosses. I
could never go through what Kali went through.
Some old guys telling me how to dress and how
to cut my hair and how to write music. No fucking
way. When you are an artist you wanna be
your own person and be totally free to create
from your heart and soul and always be true to
who you are. Otherwise you´re just fooling yourself
and everyone else.
to yourself !
130 Money and greed
has always been
the evil dictator
of the music industry..
HONK!: Some things are simply meant to be.
Since you came together your path has only
been upwards, apart from the music being
stellar what do you think is the key to you’re
Mega: We have never considered ourselves being
super successful really. We are still a struggling
underground band. And I guess success
to us means that we can live off of our music
and art, pay our rent and not be slaves to the
industry. To be able to have 100% control of
our projects and also have a personal life that
doesn´t involve our band. That´s important to
us cause we live and breath Steed Lord but you
always have to have that extra time out to just
do silly shit and enjoy life.
Kali: The key to success for everything in life is
hard work and if you do that you´ll enjoy success.
Nothing comes for free and you better work for
it. We are really thankful and blessed to be able
to live off of Steed Lord and have adventures
everyday but like I said we work fucking hard for
it. We wouldn´t wanna do it any other way.
HONK!: Sometimes life throws you a card
that no one expects. In 2008 you had a serious
car accident that shook the core of your
fans and the Icelandic nation. Can you tell
the readers of Honk what happened?
Mega: Yes we were going on a tour in Scandinavia
and our dad was driving us to the airport
in Iceland. It was snowing and the roads were
icy. A car from the opposite direction lost control
and hit our car head on. It was an almost fatal
car crash. Really serious and horrific. Me, Eddie
and Kali were injured in a very serious way
and our dad and other brother Elli had other minor
injuries. The three of us had very dangerous
internal bleedings because we were sitting
in the back with no air bags and some of our
injuries were close to fatal. We all had to be in
the intensive care unit and me and Eddie both
had emergency surgeries. Thank god for the
talented doctors and nurses working the most
important job on the planet, to take care of other
Kali: Mega was in the hospital for 4 months and
was badly injured internally and that´s something
he has to deal with for the rest of his life.
Eddie and I were in the hospital for about a week
and we also have permanent health problems
We were very lucky that day cause someone
could have easily died or been paralyzed. I believe
strongly that we were blessed and someone
was watching over us.
Eddie: I think we were supposed to go through
all this for a reason.
HONK!: What impact did that have on you
and the way you approach live today?
Eddie: To go through something so horrible and
life threatening really changes your outlook on
life. You just don´t sweat the small stuff and try
to remember to enjoy every single day cause it
could be your last. This car accident happened
in a split second and our lives flashed before us
and I almost lost my brother. We are just glad
to be alive and although we have health problems
from the accident, we can´t really complain
cause we are here today. It only made us stronger
and made us love our families, friends and
fans even more. And our message to everyone
reading this is to ALWAYS wear seat belts, also
in the back!!! because that saved our lives that
HONK!: You relocated to Los Angeles. How
is it for an Icelandic band to live and thrive in
the city of angels?
Mega: It´s great, we love it here. We have always
loved California because Kali lived here for
a year and half back in early 2000 and she and
I had been going there to visit ever since she
moved back to Iceland. We always loved the
city and many of our friends live here so when
we got the chance to move out here again we
went for it. And the city has treated us well.
Kali: We just wanted to change the scenery and
live somewhere else and when Eddie was more
than willing to move with us we just went ahead
and did it. These 2 years have been amazing
and wonderful. We have made a beautiful
home here in LA and the band has flourished
since moving. We have all spent a lot of time
in the US while growing up, I used to spend my
summers at my aunts house in Jacksonville with
my family when I was little and the guys used to
spend their summers at their parents vacation
house in Longboat Key, Florida with their family.
So moving to the US wasn´t such a big thing
for us cause it has always felt like our second
Mega: But being a band in LA you of course feel
like a small fish in a big pond because there are
so many bands and artists here fighting over the
same thing so you have to work extra hard to
get heard and noticed, but we love a good challenge.
No one said it was gonna be easy so we
just take one day at a time, do our thing and go
with the flow.
HONK!: What would be your all time dream
music collaboration dead or alive, and why?
Mega: Prince! Working with him would be something
out of this world and we would learn so
much just being in the presence of his greatness.
And Dr. Dre we would love to pick his brains! So
Prince and Dre holler at us, let´s do this!
Eddie: Michael Jackson of course.
Kali: I would love to work with Roisin Murphy. I
think we could do a mean duet together. She´s
truly mind blowing. I also really dig Beth Ditto,
her voice is killer and she´s so true to herself.
HONK!: If you’re studio was on fire and you
could only save 3 things. What would they
Eddie: The computer would be the first thing I’d
grab. Also our analog synths, but they weigh so
much that we would need to call some beefcake
to help us out! And all our hard drives! I would try
to stuff as much shit on me and run out. Oh and
Mega and Kali, I would carry them on my back if
I had to, that’s a lot more than 3 things, shit.
Mega: Our cat Precious, my computers and our
Dave Smith Tetra synthesizer.
Kali: Since our studio is in our apartment I would
take Precious our cat and try to take some of my
fav clothing. I would want to take them all but
that would take weeks cause I have too much
HONK!:Your last album heart 2 heart has
brought us yet again the energy and power
of Steed Lord and you have been touring the
world getting rave reviews.
Can it get any better than this?
Mega: Thank you, but oh yes! We feel like the
best stuff is yet to come! We just became a three
piece band a couple of months after moving to
LA while we were in the midst of making Heart
II Heart after being four in the band. Now we
have a new direction of where we want to take
the band and our artistry. We kinda feel like the
music we made together from the beginning
was like our growing pains and now we feel all
grown up and sexy. We intend to take Steed
Lord much further and explore new territories in
our sound, videos, art and design. We also had
this self discovery kinda late that Steed Lord is
a musical performance art project because we
have always done much more than just music.
Kali: Yes like Mega said we´ve only just begun.
We feel like in the last year or so we have been
growing so much together as a band and the
future for Steed Lord is bright and exiting. There
are lots more adventures to be had.
Eddie: You ain´t seen nothing yet.
HONK!: If you where to describe you’re music
to a person who has never heard a track,
how would you?
Mega: This one is always kinds tricky. I actually
would love to hear what the person had to say
rather than describing it myself. But if I was at
gun point I would probably scream our “emotional
electronic dance music with a soulful diva-ish
Kali: Just good quality music.
HONK!: What is happening in the near future
for Steed Lord?
Mega: We are putting the finishing touches on
our new music video at the moment for “Bed
Of Needles” that we have been working on
all summer. We also have another dope video
project coming out soon but we can´t talk
about it yet and a dope hat collaboration with
our homie Fresh.I.Am. Then by fall we’re taking
a break from the crazyness and recording our
next album and we can´t wait to get back into the
studio and tour after that! And of course more
music videos and film stuff and just all sorts of
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WE LIVE IN
Ragnar Persson is a special one. One of my favourite
illustrators, the 30 year old Swede is an artist that feels
embarrassed to draw and do things “the right way”. His
work, be it illustrations or collages, is a feast of black metal,
bats, crosses, blood, woods, cigarettes, animals, girls,
scribbling, human bones, and ink blotches. A graduate
of Sweden’s most important university for arts, Ragnar
knows how to trigger the eye. You look once and you just
can’t resist looking twice, for a little longer, until you get
completely drawn in a world of authenticity, youth, melancholia,
nostalgia, DIY lust, and true genius. A humble
pencil user, he doesn’t day dream or obsess about becoming
stinking rich from drawing. Instead, he is working
hard- even when drunk, he prints his own zine, which
is a marvel to hold, and has already published 3 books:
Sarcofago, Heart Full of Napalm and Feel The Darkness.
Right before departing for his exhibition in France I managed
to ask him a few questions.
HONK!: Ragnar, you are still pretty young.
When and how did you know you want to be
Ragnar: Don`t know about young really. Im 30!!!
But anyhow, I kind of don`t see me as an illustrator
( never have ) , I see it more like I make drawings,
and that is something I always loved doing, it is
sort of like a diary ( some is true and some not…)
it is just something I do every day!
It’s very rare that I make illustrations, I don’t get any
offers, and it is something that I am really bad at, I
can’t make a drawing on demand… I’ve tried a few
times but it is really hard! But to answer your question,
I don`t know really… I always made drawings
but I never thought of it as work, you know.
HONK!: What material do you prefer to use
when you draw?
Ragnar: Any really, whatever is laying around,
sometimes you make your best drawings on a
napkin and sometimes on the bench waiting for a
bus, and sometimes on nice expensive paper you
bought for your hard earned money.
HONK!: Your work is kinda dark most of the
times, where do you get inspiration from?
Ragnar: We live in dark times so then the drawing
HONK!: Do you think art today is as free as you
would like it to be?
Ragnar: No and yes… As always there are people
that really stand out as truly originals and people
HONK!: Which dictatorships existing bother
you when creating?
Ragnar: So many… Hitler, Mussolini, Al Gadafffi,
Franko, Saddam, Pol Pot, Kim II-sung, and the list
just gets longer… You get the point! Any violation
of human rights bothers me, I know a few of these
dictators are dead and so on, but I really think it is
important to not forget and keep on struggling for
a better world. If you can help someone, that is
bigger than art.
HONK!: Do you think your illustrations are
governed by some kind of scheme?
Ragnar: Yes, maybe. I don`t really have an answer
for that, but I guess I have a way of seeing things
under a romantic light… Both good and bad.
HONK!: What are you afraid people fail to see
when they look at you work? What do you want
them to see?
Ragnar: Sometimes people just see an image and
they think good or bad and move on, but it really
doesn`t bother me ( I make art for me! And if some
like it, it is good and if some don`t it is also good!)
Yet sometimes people get inspired and go home
and do something creative themselves, and that
is a true honour if I can get them going!
HONK!: Are you reading anything at the moment?
Ragnar: “The american girl” (don`t know if that is
the English translation….) by Monika Fagerholm,
fantastic book!!!! Go get her books!
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Put your toy soldiers aside.
Now it’s time for the real thing.
Read the instructions bellow.
World domination is yours.
1.First of all make sure you get elected. Yes, there
have been very successful dictatorships in Roman
times and in the Middle Ages, during Renaissance
but ever since man was foolish enough to trust
in democracy, the easiest, most effortless way to
claim the power of a state is to have your masses
make you into their rightful leader. It means they
already trust you to do whatever your heart desires
and there is nobody likely to do anything about it.
As an elected tyrant, in the 20th century manner,
you need shed no blood yet and can focus on seeing
to that in the proper way later on.
2.Lie, lie and then lie some more. Lie about your
mother, lie about the money, lie about your enemies,
lie about the drains, lie about wages, lie about
the dead, lie about crimes, lie about your teeth, lie
about security, lie about the law, lie about the bugs.
Tell them they have to walk on their hands, tell
them they can’t breathe without gasoline, tell them
pain is salvation, tell them the poor are just lazy,
the ugly are just evil, the disobedient pose a threat.
Tell them you have to wash your hands in sodium
peroxide, tell them guns grow on trees. Explore the
whole gamma of propaganda. Lie till you die, and
lie when you’re dead still. They must be prepared to
die for a lie.
3.Censorship is a liar’s best friend. Single out the
books that contradict you and make a feast out of
burning them at the stake till every single copy is
whipped out. Then feel free to rewrite anything that
suits you. Turn schools into your messengers and
breeding places for devoted little clones. Spend as
much time and money as it takes to build your censorship
troops to make sure no one dares to speak
what you want left unspoken. Help everyone find
their way back to the church, priests are always
loyal dogs willing to take some work off your hands
when it comes to money. You can be sure they will
teach obedience to the master.
4.Unite the masses. Ignore the differences of the
individuals. Maximize the few things you can find
that set your folk apart, be it big eyes, a fascination
for trumpets, poverty, you figure that out. Idolize
those features and make them believe you are the
personification of them all, even if you have to build
yourself a clown mask. Once you’ve got them into
one piece, hypnotize them.
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Thank modern technology you have plenty of means
handy: radio, television, the press, the world wide
web. The mass’s love and fear is a much bigger
weapon that an h-bomb
5.Murder thousands, the more the better. The masses you
are successfully suppressing need some outlet for their
hatred and anger. Give them one. Best applicants for this
witch hunt are groups that don’t fit in, all sorts of minorities
will do (homosexuals, anyone who is different, drug addicts,
cat lovers, blacks, Jews, trainspotters, handicapped
ones, artists, intelligent individuals, stamp collectors, feminists,
it’s an endless list). Find any excuse and then rake
them. Make it into a spectacle. Celebrate. The more the
camps and the mass graves, the bigger the awe, the more
successful your leadership.
6.If you can’t convince, distract and confuse. Create imaginary
needs your people hadn’t known they actually had.
Then boldly step in to satisfy those. Football is a good one,
keep them focused on it. Build roads, build skyscrapers,
build a circus in midair. Drop their wages, raise their wages.
Make them interested in consuming. Produce cars,
houses, electric stoves, tree houses, hats that turn into
monkeys. Invent diseases to terrorize them, invent antidotes
to save them. Experiment and advance science.
7.Experiment and advance science. You have a great lab
at your hands so make good use of it. Your army of scientists
has thousands of subjects to experiment on (camps,
weird people who suddenly disappear, prisoners) and
nobody to justify to, so invent some good medicines and
some good remedies and impress your folk. You can lobotomize,
grow 7 ears, gas poison 1000s, create human
spider hybrids, anything is possible and could lead to a
blinding new discovery.
8.Make up legislation. Nobody can accuse you of violating
the law when you are the law. See what you don’t like
or could stand in your way and replace it. You can surely
come up with a good name and context for genocide. Or if
you are allergic to cherries you can come up with a law that
will forbid cherry trees or consumption of cherries (punishable
by execution). This is your playfield so be creative.
9.Trust no one. Many great men have fallen victim to their
foolishness by trusting into their sidekicks. Do not make
the same mistake. Carefully examine the people you work
with and remember that you have no friends, since every
man is lusting over absolute power. For all you know you
could get bitten by a malicious ladybug. Even your shadow
is your potential enemy.
10.You can never have enough power. Look at all these
neighbouring countries or even planets perhaps waiting
for you to conquer them. You have just the perfect conditions
to go for it. Enhance your military and come up with
an incredible story and everybody will be dying to fight for
the cause. Bleed dry your new possessions and go for
more. Even when you own the sun and the moon, there
are plenty of galaxies out there. Keep going, keep going
and keep killing.
BY STEFAN FÄHLER
IN THE OUTER
Text by Juergen Hirsch
Translation by Sarah Redfern
They have colonised the Berlin Reichstag, they
come and go equipped with their credentials
and in the mean time are regarded, after the
press, as the fifth power of the state.
Lobbying is a form of representation of interests
in politics and society. The groups of lobbies
try to influence the executive and legislative
through personal contacts, gifts or
financial contributions. On top of that, through
mass media they steer public opinion, and with
that target pressure on the legislators.
Lobbying is not an invention of our time. Already
in ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire the
court drudges sat in the outer offices of politics
and reminded the parliamentarians that they
could face re-election or lose their seat in office,
depending what benefits, advantages or disadvantages
According to the Bundestag’s official lobby list,
as of June last year, there were 2136 corporation
representatives, associations, unions and political
initiatives registered. They all have unrestricted
access to the outer offices and to all politically
relevant decision makers. The term lobbyist is
generally seen rather negatively; never refer to
a pressure group as a lobby. They camouflage
their activities with terminologies like public affairs,
political communication or simply as political
consulting. Their main purpose consists of
supplying politicians with information.
Because most politicians are not experts in the
lobbyist’s respective fields, they are thankful for
every bit of information and guidance that the
lobbyists give them. Lobbyists take on this task
all to willingly and generally function as unofficial
consultants to the government. Furthermore, that
these consultants remain in the employ of their
organisations, which for the most part stem from
industry, therein lies, the suspicion that political
manipulation is not too far away. It is obvious that
by all discussions of atom and solar energy, bio
technology and health care reforms, anti smoking
laws or can deposits, the lobbyist doesn’t primarily
have the interests of the consumer, rather and
understandably so, the interests of their employers
But where do we draw the line between necessary
representation of interests for the economy
and manipulation of politics?
Lobbying can lead to corruption, and with that
unauthorised exertion of influence. From junkets
organised by their companies, that are incorporated
with complimentary board and lodging and
also could include, party donations, presents,
benefits or the possibility of job on the board of
directors after the politicians political career has
come to an end are all significant factors. RWE
hired Joschka Fischer, where Wolfgang Clement
already sits on the board of directors.
The ex Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is involved
with Gazprom, and Roland Koch found a job in
free enterprise. Next to the pharmaceutical industry
the energy corporations pertain to be the
branch with an especially keen lobby power. For
example, the energy corporations tenaciously
intervened at the nuclear consensus in 2002 of
phasing out of nuclear energy for a lifetime extension
of German nuclear power stations, and
ultimately succeeded in autumn 2010. This determination
of the atomic lobby is only too understandable,
at the end of the day a lifetime extension
is a billion euro business.
When you take todays price of electricity as base,
the branch giants EnBW, RWE and E.ON would
make in surplus of 50 billion euro with a lifetime
extension of just eight years. If the nuclear power
stations stay on the grid for another 28 years their
profit margin would rise to 225 billion Euros.
EM IS ALL
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How strong the influence of the tobacco lobby on
the legislative power is exemplified by the prohibition
of tobacco advertising. Surprisingly it is the
ministry of heath that at the beginning of 1990
voted against a general advertising ban for tobacco
products. That at its peak of the then debate
the tobacco industry distributed donations
to all parties. It could also be the reason why in
1997 the then minister of health,
Horst Seehofer, anew campaigned against the
ban, and kept a study about the effects on adolescents
through tobacco advertising locked
away. Finally, as the European Union threatened
to make Germany pay substantial penalties was
the corresponding bill passed. A watered down
ban was taken over by the ministry of health later
pre-formulated directly from the union of the cigarette
The pharmaceutical lobby has, on the other
hand, in the last 10 years equally failed to pass
five proposed health reforms in Germany. Still
in the time of Gerhard Schöder a was bill drawn
stating that patient protected medicines should
decrease in price, tantamount with a multi billion
loss for the pharmaceutical industry. But the bill
disappeared from Gerhard Schröders desk, after
the lobbyists of the pharmaceutical industry paid
200 million euros into state health insurance and
were allowed after that to determine their prices
freely. Admittedly, this is peanuts in an industry
that is worth around 260 billion euros. However
the pharmaceutical industry goes about influencing
a completely different way.
It doesn’t only use the press and advertising to
manipulate public opinion, but organises doctor’s
strikes and demonstrations. And they do
this scrupulously. The association of Statutory
Health insurance Physicians rented around 170
students and unemployed to demonstrate in Berlin
When lobby representatives influence the powerful,
it doesn’t always have to be at a loss of
democracy. Not just industrial corporations seek
the proximity of politics. There are many charitable
associations that have the welfare of everybody
on their agenda. Greenpeace is probably
the most prominent of them all. Alongside their
campaigns and actions, Greenpeace is always
looking to come into dialogue with parliament.
Even Amnesty International lobbies for prisoners,
human rights and against the death penalty.
And this lobby is the reason why, over the years,
many bills have been passed for the benefit of
human rights. The Social Association VdK represents
the interests of pensioners, people with
disabilities and the socially disadvantaged. Even
children have a lobby; the Kinderschutzbund has
been fighting since 1953 for the little one’s rights.
With organisations like Transparency International
or Lobby Control there are even Lobbies that
make fun of the scheming of other lobbies, and
with that gives them a needed slap across their
knuckles. Their whole objective is to throw light
on undesirable developments in politics through
too much, or not serious influence from the lobbyists
for the general public.
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MONK! Coat: MTWTFSS WEEKDAY Shoes : Paris Hilton Shoes Hat: Julia
Mogwitz Jewelry/Accessories : VINTAGE, Pascale: is wearing Rick Owens
Nicolas: is wearing Emporio Armini and Jean Paul Gaultier, Shoes by Björn Borg
Special Thx to Mike Köder und Andre Richter
A LETTER FROM
HONK! Music Art
2011 was filled with many new talented artists
decide from. Unfortunatly at the end we can on
in our opinion. Now it is up to you! Go to our h
ist Of The Year...
and bands. That made it very difficult for us to
ly choose six. And the following stood most out
omepage and vote for your artist of the year.
Vote here http://honk-mag.com/artist-of-the-year-2011/
Debuting his solo album GO he orchestrated not only his Voice is his
weapon. Indie electronica he delivered a thrilling album with powerful performances.
Leaving us in no doubt to choose as on of our favorites.
aMinus a.k.a Valentin Plessy presenting his first solo project coming from
the punk band Plateau Repas. Clearly showing influences from synth pop,
funky house, minimal just to name a few. Combining them in an inspirational
and attractive manner proving that powerful music can be created
even though mixing different styles.
Album: Almost and Maybe
Vote here http://honk-mag.com/artist-of-the-year-2011/
Album: Talk about Body
The art and performance collective MEN Speaking about important
issues such as trans awareness, wartime, economics, sexual
compromise and demanding liberty.
Deliveri their infectious, arty, punk-tinged disco house. Loaded
with force it caught our attention.
When saints go Machine
Mini album “Fail and forever” and “konkylie”
Vote here http://honk-mag.com/artist-of-the-year-2011/
Another band who made it beyond ther borders of Denmark. Giving
us strange and fascinating music. A sound hard to pin down
giving us a realm worth entering.
Vote here http://honk-mag.com/artist-of-the-year-2011/
Album : Feel It Break
A spicy cocktail og intense and powerful ingredients that makes you feel
all warm inside. Mergeing strings of sound influenced by the singer / pianist
Katie Stelmanis only to deliver a unique sound that can only be called
Album : Arabian horse
The Icelandic band showcasing there years of experience and versatility,
they released Arabian horse. Fronting the band not one but three singers
all with outstanding voices giving the techno album a beautiful harmonic
feel. Mature approach for these electronic giants.
Vote here http://honk-mag.com/artist-of-the-year-2011/
„Sluts, objects, expactations.“
Dictatorship: the word seems to
demand someone you can blame,
someone in charge, someone to
judge: the dicator. Thinking about
gaze as a sort of dicatorship may
seem odd, but it is a productive and
empowering way to treat the world.
In order to go beyond normative assumptions
and to gain kind of a autonomy
we have to understand what
it really means to be seen, how the
gaze shapes our selfimage what we
can do to cure ourselves from the
disease spread by the gaze dictator.
There‘s definitely no logic in human behaviour‘ as Björk
teached us. As obvious as this quotation seems, the tention
between gaze and dictatorship will show us how illogic human
behaviour actually can be.
The first question that rises is: what is gaze? The second
question we will try to respond to is: could it be possible that
we are influenced by gaze or even worse: might gaze be a
dictatorship? The obvious fact, that we are a visible object, is
not that simple, as French philosopher Jacques Lacan stated.
For him gaze is more then just being visible. It is something
more disturbing and beyond our controll. By being exposed
to someone elses view, according to Lacan, we as a subject
lose the sense of autonomy. This uncanny effect of being
observed influences our behaviour, the way we dress and the
way we see ourselves.
Text by Kevin Jung
Photos by Sarah St
This may sound rather abstract, so let‘s
try to put it into a more profane picture: an
actor, standing on the stage, is totally aware
of being observed by a crowd, the spectators,
and even though he does not know
each person, he constructs an expactation
according to which he tries to act in a right
manner. Maybe he tries to subvert the expactations
in order to disturb the spectators.
But he never could escape being observed.
He is ruled by the gaze of the anonymous
and by that imagined expactation of the
spectators. As an actor, we are exposed to
the view of others, even though we don‘t
know all of them by person. But the relation
between gaze and subject is not equal.
French philosopher Michel Foucault argues
that gaze is something that constructs and
regulates power relations, it‘s a disciplinary
mechanism. This leads us to the second
question: how free are we, even though we
are always - or feel - exposed to the view of
an anonymous, imagined other?
If we want to argue that gaze is a dicatorship, we should
make clear, what aspects are congruent between both of
them. Dicatorship implies a dictator, a person who is at least
symbolically in charge of everything and the centre of power
and appraisal. A group would also work, but power is concentrated,
without any legitimation from outside. The rest is
propaganda and ideology. The individual has to step back in
order to be part of the big thing, society, the Volk, etc. In order
to maintain power, the dicatorship needs violence and aggressive
power. Let‘s keep this in mind, when we go through
How disturbing, even violent, gaze can be shows the slutwalk
movement, that started this year in Toronto and spread around
the world. All kinds of people and bodies started to protest
against the heteronormative male-domintated view of women,
especially victims of sexual harazement.
The slutwalk movement fights back and raises
solidary power against a politic of gaze that
claims it‘s a woman‘s fault if they get raped.
Feminist blogger Jessica Valenti shows her
„Study in comments“ why Slutwalk is necessary
and what kind of prejudies and ressentiments
are virulent in western societies. Quotes from
“Do not just blame the person doing the assaulting
if you are going to run around strutting your
“Behave like ladies, and maybe more men will
behave like gentlemen.”
I participated the Slutwalk in Berlin myself and
saw some disturbing scenes. There were a lot
of people of all genders showing there bodies,
shouting slogans like „Yes means yes, no means
no“ and holding signs with sentences like „My
dress is not an invitation“ written on them.
That‘s not the disturbing part, this was
just fleshy empowerment and resistance
to something which is called ,male gaze‘
among the feminist academia. ,Male gaze‘
as a term is coined as the idea that the
power relations between the ordinary genders
male - female are organized by gaze.
Gaze, e.g. the view of a camera in a mainstream
pornmovie is conditioned by a male
perspective. So gaze is almost always a
(heterosexual) male one. The quatiotns from
Jessica Valenti‘s blog show clearly: a lot of
opinions are shaped by this idea, the idea
that a woman is always exposed to men
and they have behave in propper way not to
be raped. It‘s there fault, they just shouldn‘t
wear something slutty.
So all the sluts claim the streets around the
globe, and this is what I observed in Berlin:
a lot of elderly men, equipped with cameras,
taking photos of the bodies slutwalking
through Berlin Mitte. The organizers tried to
encourage the participators of the demonstration
to intervene and disturb the male
gaze. Some of them resisted and spit into
the face of the hobby porndirectors. One of
them even confessed that he just took some
pictures for his private collection. This insane
incidents make clear, what‘s happening
if we talk about gaze as dictatiorship,
esp. from a (queer-)feminist perspective.
Being a heterosexual male viewers allows
you to be on the good side of the power,
you‘re the spectator, part of the audience.
As a female body you‘re always already on
the stage. You have to act as you‘re supposed
to do in the little piece called heteronormativity.
In order the break the rules,
you have to manipulate the expactations.
They don‘t expect you to call yourselve a
slut, and this might be even misleading, but
it‘s seems to work.
There are Slutwalks basically everywhere, with all gender
ing the onesided view. The expose their bodies and reclaim
We are not an object.
How to turn the tables shows the amusing blog ,You are a
bros like girls‘. This might not be the most political correc
I see you, which makes you an object. I don‘t give a damn
a vast range of tumblr repostings showing more or less cu
snapshots up to selfmade webcam pictures. Every object
of the blog kind of tries to inscribe itself in a weird amalga
do the same thing, only in caves and with sculptures and
whatever. I Googled it.‘ But still: it shows vice versa how t
mass, here the readers of the blog, who just by gazing con
real, but in the blogosphere they just exist as an illustratio
s claiming public space with their slutty bodies resisting
them at the same time. The statement is clear:
They contribute to a naive but still nice
attempt to resist the male gaze and install
a male object exposed to an ungendered
The examples I tried to arrange in order to
make my point clear may not have been
the best. But gaze, the fact that we fucking
know that we‘re exposed to the world,
whoever that is and whatever this means,
scares the shit out of us. So much, that we
try to dress in a way we want to be seen, try
to have a nice haircut which highlights the
way we want to be recognized.
Empowerment and resistance against the
dicatorship of the gaze demands creativity,
a sense for aesthetics and a slight hint
of guts just to do whatever you want to do.
Please don‘t fit my expactations, I‘m not the
anonymous other plus that is boring and the
worst thing that could happen. If Björk is
right and there is no logic in human behaviour,
we should at least try not to fit into the
ennui of everyday illogic grind. The mean
anonymous dictator does not even have a
voice, just imagined dumb eyes.
n object‘, which describes itself as a ,place to treat
t statement, but as rough as it is, the title makes clear:
that you‘re male, you‘re hot. The blog is nothing but
te guys in different contexts, from editorials to old
will find a subject that will be fond of it. The editor
mated queer history by stating ,The Greeks used to
stuff--there’s books about it. It’s like a whole thing or
he politics of the gaze work. There is an anonymous
struct an object. The guys on the pictures might be
n of a bigger ideal of male beauty
by DUSAN PEJCIC
Dusan is a visual artist from Belgrade but
now he lives in Germany. He moved from
Serbia to Berlin in February 2004. This was
a period of political instability combined with
civil commotion and riots. After the Serbian
prime minister was shoot, he made his decision
and moved to Berlin. And probably it
was time for him to start again in a new town.
Now he is coming up with a great project
There is also
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
HONK!: Have you studied fashion? Are you
a professional designer or are you a career
Dusan: When I came to Berlin I designed some
costumes, which were used for performances in
clubs. I also started to study Photography and
Video at the UDK. My painting skills and graphic
design studies in Serbia were a major help for this
study and maybe this brought the idea of studying
to me. I wouldn’t be content with saying I am
a typical fashion designer, my creations are more
art than fashion. But I work not only on my own
projects, I can do a “normal” job too, for example
the costumes I created for the Dirty Dancing Musical.
The most important thing about my work is to
create a character not only a costume.
HONK!: Do you think Berlin is a good city
for a newcomer artist to stay and to let the
Dusan: For sure, Berlin is a quite cheap city,
when you compare it with other European capitals.
So you don’t have to think about your rent all
the time and what to eat in the next days and it’s
very easy to find some part time job to hold your
head above water. There is also this special atmosphere
around the city right now. Lot’s of artists
and creative people are coming here to be a part
of something unique.
HONK!: Let’s talk about your video art. We
saw your project “Nuba”, which by the way
is very exciting, so tell us a little bit more
Dusan: Nuba people are inhabitants of the Nuba
Mountains, which are located in Sudan, Africa.
The most fascinating thing about them is that they
really take time to dress up - it’s not the result,
which is important there, but the way. And they
don’t follow any strict rules in their way to dress
So their make up is always different and very original.
I like this idea of being free, without borders
and rules and so the idea of digital fashion came
to me. Where endless creativity meets unlimited
possibilities and even the laws of physics could be
broken. And you can’t touch it, only watch.
HONK!: This brings us to my next question:
is there somebody, who will pay for your
digital fashion, maybe it could be used for
avatars in some social games? And can you
finance your life with your art?
Dusan: Not yet. The idea of digital fashion is quite
new, so I still haven’t figured out how to earn some
money with it. But I think the era of digital fashion
is starting now, so maybe there will be more possibilities
to use this fashion art, other than to dress
a social games avatar. And it’s still better to have
a shitty job and to follow your dreams than to have
no dreams at all!
HONK!: Where do you get your ideas for the
Dusan: I am using 3 D programs on the Internet
for my design, but I would say I am still learning,
as the options are endless when you work digitally.
I also like to combine my analogue and digital
skills, connecting painting, costume design and
digital video together. When I start a new project I
never know what it will look like, it’s like a journey
to some new place, where you have never been
HONK!: Was it always clear for you, that you
will find your place in this world as an artist?
Dusan: No, not always. I was dealing with graphic
design since I was 15 in Serbia, so it was quite
early clear to me, that I will do something creative
I just follow the flow and try to stay as flexible as
HONK!: Is there some other artist who inspired
you or who stands as a role model in
Dusan: Yes of course, there are a lot of people
who inspired me. The music was always something
special for me and it’s inspiring me all the
HONK!: So do you have some plans to combine
visual arts with music?
Dusan: Yes, I do, one of my really good friends is
a musician and we are collaborating together on a
video for his music. So soon I will come up with a
new video music project
HONK!: Let’s talk more about your homeland.
How was the experience of Milosevic’s
dictatorship for you?
Dusan: Since I was a teenager, I was active at
the resistance and it was horrible, dictatorship is
no fun. You can’t feel free, you can’t even say or
think what you want and you fear for your life and
for your family. Nowadays there is still lots of corruption,
but things in my country are getting better
HONK!: Where do you see yourself in 20
years? What are your wishes for the next
Dusan: Laughs. To be somewhere near a sunny
beach. But I don’t think so far, I better live in the
moment. Don’t want to be pessimistic, but I don’t
think it’s good to make plans for the distant future.
My wishes for the next 20 years are to do something
different and to discover some other sides in
me and in the world. I don’t want to do the same
thing till the end of my days, it’s better just to follow
the flow of life and to take what you get.
I’m sorry, but I don
emperor. That’s no
’t want to be an
t my business !!
Photos by Masha Sadari
Models: Devon Storm, Cathy Kiin, and self-portraits.
“SOME OF MY SHOTS ARE
Interview by Marcel Schlutt
Masha is one of those young artist, I have found in the internet,
when i was searching for new talents. She is just 17 years
old and already a very good photographer. Yes, some people
are simple gifted. She is one of them.
HONK!: Hello Masha... Your photography is stunning and just beautiful.
You are a big talent. When did you realize that photography is
what you like?
Masha: Thank you very much. I began to really fall in love with photography about
halfway through my 365 days project in 2010. I love what I do and I am incredibly
happy that I discovered this wonderful form of art.
HONK!: When i am looking at your pictures , i
am really touched and i can feel a melancholic
energy. Are you a melancholic girl? Can
we see in your photography who you are?
For artwork I definitely prefer digital because it
allows me to manipulate the photo and create
almost any effect in post processing.
Masha: Generally I am a very happy person. I
guess some part of me is portrayed in my work
since all of it comes from my mind but I believe
that everything I create is purely fictiona,l although
sometimes I do use real life events.
HONK!: You are living in Moldova, one of the
most beautiful countries. Tell us something
about your life and culture there ?
Masha: I am originally from Moldova and it is
very beautiful but I now live in Florida, United
States. I moved a few years ago so I still remember
what it was like. It was definitely a simple life
and I wasn’t very interested in art except for the
occasional drawing I did in school. The culture is
very westernised and it is not very different from
many other countries. I believe that in modern
times it is not so important where an artist lives
anymore. I share my artwork through art sites
so it does not matter where I am. The thing is
that Moldova is a very interesting country and is
certainly a huge inspiration to me so I suppose it
isn’t a bad place for a young artist.
HONK!: How do you create your photos?
How long do you need to make them?
HONK!: Which artist is inspiring you? And
Masha: I am mostly inspired by Brooke Shaden
and her unbelievable photographs. I also draw
some inspiration from painters such as Rembrandt.
Brooke inspires me because her art is
very unique and full of wonderful stories that
cannot help but stay in my mind. Her processing
is also a large influence because I love the
HONK!: What are your dreams for your future?
Where do you see yourself in 20
Masha: My dream is to do fine art photography
and be able to teach others and actually have
the ability to make a living off of what I love to
do. But I don’t think I can completely rely on that
so I’m planning on attending university for fine
arts and education so that I can become an art
teacher in High School or even College. roughness
of the images and the painterly feel.
Masha: Well first I come up with a concept, which
is probably the most challenging part of the entire
process. Then I set up a day and time, usually
depending on the availability of my models.
Once I’m at the location it takes anywhere from
20 min to 3 hours to shoot, depending on how
much preparation is required. After the shoot I
sort through the photos, I tend to take less that
100 and most of them are filler images. Editing
takes anywhere from 2 hours to a few days also
depending on the difficulty of the image.
HONK!: Analog or Digital? What do you prefer?
Masha: I love analog but I only use it to take
photos of my friends and family on a regular basis.
It has been over 20 years since Germany used to be divided into 2 different countries,
and yet these wounds remain open sores. The injustice suffered by a great number of
East-Germany citizens is going to need plenty of years before it can be healed. It is very
important for papers to remember all this and to let us be part of these memories and
experiences. Because one day these voices will be silenced. This is why we met Edwin, a
man who has lived through what most will know from history books only.
HONK!: Edwin, you have been born and raised in the
GDR (DDR). You are so to speak the first generation
of East Germany’s children. How was your youth back
Edwin: I am the oldest of 5 children. My parents had a
small farm. To the age of 12, I could say my childhood was
really beautiful. After that I had to help with everything,
milk the cows, feed them and do anything a kid my age
was capable of actually doing. It was rather pleasant to
me since I’ve always loved animals. I much preferred to
skip school in order to be with the animals.
HONK!: As a young man, have you felt the pressure of
living in a dictatorship?
Edwin: Yes, there was this one event that came to challenge
my thought and actions regarding the system. My father
was arrested over something he was not responsible
for. Two friends and I discovered weapons and munition
from WWII. It was in August of 1968. Due to being only 13,
not much happened to me or my friends. My father was
let go, but I never managed to understand what he was
arrested for in the first place. After that my father got only
trouble. This injustice was something I could not deal with.
Because of that, I couldn’t join the FDG (a youth movement
of the time) and had plenty of trouble at school.
HONK!: So in your youth, you wanted to flee and get
out of East Germany. Why?
Edwin: The main reason was this injustice that had been
done to my father.
HONK!: What did your escape plan look like back
Edwin: I had a friend whose father had managed to leave
the GDR (DDR) before they closes the borders. He used
to live in Frankfurt am Main and had a shipping agency.
We met him in Rostock. That’s where we decided to cross
the Ostsee with an inflatable boat and get out.
HONK!: Sadly, the escape didnt work out. How and
where did you get arrested?
Edwin: The State’s Security got to know about it somehow.
Both of my friends got arrested. So I had to try it on
my own. I tried to take the train to the Ostsee. The train
was stopped midway and I was picked out of the compartment
and arrested. Today, we still do not know how the
Stasi was so well informed about this.
H: Then you were sentenced to prison. For how long
did you have to sit there and what was your experience
as an „Enemy of the State“?
Edwin: I was sentenced to 48 months incarceration (1 year
in jail, the rest in confinement in Berlin-Rummelsburg)
HONK!: Have you been physically or psychologically
abused? If so, how?
Edwin: In the JVA the pshysical abuse was frequent. They
wanted to belittle us through this. For example, we had
to run for hours or do press ups till we fainted. In the correctional
they tried to break you in a psychological way.
In solitary confinement (I spent over 200 days in solitary
confinement) I had for 2 years absolutely no contact to
the outside world. Also, nobody in my family (parents or
siblings) had any idea on where I was in those 2 years.
HONK!: What was your life like in a system such as
that of East Germany (DDR), after your release? I know
that the state kept an eye on you and you didn’t feel
like you belonged.
Edwin: While still in confinement I tried to issue a travel
pass but my application was declined for no apparent
reason. After my release I was placed under surveillance.
This means I was not allowed to leave my municipality, I
was not allowed to meet specific people and I had to report
to the local police station daily, for 2 years.
HONK!: Today do you have any idea as to who it was
that told on you back then?
Edwin: I still don’t know who did such thing, who revealed
my plans to the state and made them come after me. I
always tried to push this away because I’m afraid it might
have been someone in my family.
HONK!: 20 years after the downfall of the GDR (DDR),
do you feel free? Are the old wounds nothing but forgotten
scars? Or are there moments when these old
stories are as present as ever?
Edwin: These old wounds will never heal, 4 whole years
of my life have been taken from me, simply because I had
a different ideology and opinion than the System thought I
should have. And what is freedom really? Are we actually
free people today?
„I have spent over 200 days in solitary confinement.“
YOU DO NOT SEE ME
AS I SEE MYSELF
Photography by Mara Sommer
Styling/Make Up: Margaret Petchell
Model: Lauren @Clyne Model Management
Blue shoes: Mi Piaci
Fake fur jacket: First scene costume hire garage sale box
Shawl: $2 shop
Brooches: Victorian Gilt
Yellow knit dress split and stuck with masking tape: Garage sale box,
Retro bathing cap: Victorian Gilt
Original 1959 newspaper
Dress from garage sale customized with
a bodice of clear plastic disposable gloves
Gloves disposable secured around wrist with cellotape
Shoes: Victorian Gilt
Head scarf made from painters masking plastic
Plastic 1950’s handbag -Victorian Gilt
Pink polo neck: Hospice shop
Skirt: Garage sale box
Hat, made from old gloves: Victorian gilt
Striped shirt and nylon slip: Church charity shop
Hat stack: Victorian Gilt secured with masking tape
Black knit polo neck: Savemart
Black Bathers and shoes: Victorian Gilt
Head scarf black rubbish bag
When did it start?
Text by Maria Büttner
Photos from Masha Sadari
She’s crying. She hadn’t since more than five month.
In fact, that’s not long for somebody who almost never
cries. Let’s say – a lot happened. Now, while reading
a book, Christa Wolf’s “Stadt der Engel oder The
overcoat of Dr. Freud” – they came. She’s turning
her face on to the window – she doesn’t like it, when
somebody else’s seeing her tears. By the way, she’s
riding a train right now. Let’s see how it goes when
emotion and reason clashing. Because this is supposed
be a text about dictatorship.
Dictatorship of emotions, remembrance – emotions
while reading about somebody recalling a
meeting and the physical backlash (fainting) of
being emotionally overwhelmed by memories in
a setting of suppression which once promised to
be freedom. There are different ways of emotions
which could be suppressive. During the last century
we learned a lot about it, about war, terrorism
and how it is connected with emotions sent
through TV, internet, Twitter – picturing them, rereading
them, (re)creating them. In 2006 Dominique
Moisi wrote an article named “The Clash of
Civilisations is Really One of Emotions” in Daily
Star. Does this mean we are all mere subjects of
Whichever is true, it made her wonder. Can
emotions, feelings possibly be wrong? Maybe
they won’t fit the situation or are biased – but
false? Aren’t those the only ones you are able
to feel during this moment? Aren’t you at the
mercy of them, even if you want to feel another
way – it’s you in this moment. How could those
be wrong. Later – looking back – they may appear
to have been useless, unrealistic, even pathetic
– it won’t change the fact they were true
the moment you felt them. If it makes you feel
frightened, irritated or angry – react again, correct
while thinking about it – it will already be the
next moment, span of life, split second.
No, it shouldn’t be that way !
So she thought, staring out of this window. Letting
pass by the landscape while letting pictures
of the past weeks pop up in her mind. Laughing,
dancing looking up to the sky, feeling herself. So
when did it start? The promised freedom being
suppression. When were emotions starting
to get oppressive?
Maybe already at this day, seems like summers
ago – when the first eye-contact (making
her think about a kiss – just for a split second)
didn’t lead to anything. Maybe month ago when
she got shocked and thrown out of balance by a
shaking earth. Not too long ago, she promised
she would stay. Now everything in her wants to
run. From the reality she’s living in.
If we are talking about behavior, Aristotle
comes in. In his definition, emotions
are not something separated.
They bear a great importance, notably
for moral aspects of our life. Our
capacity for which Aristotle regarded
as largely a result of learning to feel
the right emotions in the right circumstances.
Wolf writes something about “falsche Empfindungen”
– does she mean “false” or “wrong”?
Does she mean “emotions” or “feelings”?
Her situation isn’t as half as dramatic as Wolf’s
protagonist’s, not life-threatening, not political
emphasized – just a plain personal matter. But
Christa Wolf managed to write in a way which
responded to herself. And she’s one of the few
author’s making her cry occasionally. Her hands
were shaking after he came this near. Her mind
went blank when he kissed her eyes, lips. The
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s entry
about “emotion” states two important facts:
”No aspect of our mental life is more
important to the quality and meaning
of our existence than emotions.
They are what make life worth living,
or sometimes ending. So it is not surprising
that most of the great classical
philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza,
Descartes, Hobbes, Hume—had
recognizable theories of emotion, conceived
as responses to certain sorts
of events of concern to a subject, triggering
bodily changes and typically
motivating characteristic behavior.”
2 Going further onto this subject the
author has to admit, that the know-itall-20th-century
wasn’t able to create
such theories. Maybe it’s not rational
enough, maybe they – we – were afraid
of it’s content.
An entry in one of the most considerable onlinelexica
of philosophy starting like this, should
make one wonder. Such importance, therefor
we are still pretty fast to try making something
rational out of it. Feelings of guilt, shame, jealousy,
aren’t those one would like to cover up.
Feelings of joy for something we should not
have done – it is nice to get some pretext for not
”Emotions also raise normative questions:
about the extent to which they
can be said to be rational, or can contribute
to rationality. In that regard the
question of our knowledge of our own
emotions is especially problematic,
as it seems they are both the object
of our most immediate awareness and
the most powerful source of our capacity
for self-deception. This results
in a particularly ambivalent relation
between emotions and morality.”
She always could remember her first kisses, the
strength, awkwardness or knowledge. This first
time, she refused and left. In the end, Slowly regaining
conscious after an intense dream gradually
remembering where she is, one morning
there was this sudden sadness. Not because it
was her own but it wasn’t his place. A shock.
Healing, kind of – it drove her out of this “dictatorship”.
The realization of her being trapped into emotions
she couldn’t handle. Something she couldn’t
stand, not being able to control herself – she left.
She wanted to wake up next to a dream from
which she decided to wake up upon. Yet, she’s
still sitting in this train. Saying it with Descartes:
Slowly regaining conscious after an intense
dream gradually remembering where she is,
one morning there was this sudden sadness.
Not because it was her own but it wasn’t his
place. A shock. Healing, kind of – it drove her out
of this “dictatorship”. The realization of her being
trapped into emotions she couldn’t handle.
Something she couldn’t stand, not being able to
control herself – she left. She wanted to wake
up next to a dream from which she decided to
wake up upon. Yet, she’s still sitting in this train.
Saying it with Descartes:
“It is impossible for the soul to feel a
passion without that passion being
truly as one feels it.”
But reading just a bit further he has to admit:
“Those that are most agitated by their
passions are not those who know them
Therefore what do we do about this? Sitting it out, maybe letting it
out. And waiting for another theory to clear what’s going on when
one looses track of it’s self-awareness.
Where the unconscious is, self-deception necessarily threatens.
When did it start?
Les hommes de «Karl Marx Allee»
Photography by Marcel Schlutt
Styling by Susann Bosslau
Hair & Make up: Pascale Jean-Louis
Karl, Vince, Vedran and Paul @Izaio Models Berlin
Pants: Kilian Kerner
Pants: Tiger of Sweden
Pants: Tiger of Sweden
Braces: Models own
Karl - Jacket: Kilian Kerner,
Pants:Tiger of Sweden,
Paul - Coat: Kilian Kerner,
Braces: Models own,
Pants: Tiger of Sweden,
Vince - Coat: Kilian Kerner
Vedran - Coat: Kilian Kerner
Pants: Kilian Kerner
Vedran - Suit: Tiger of Sweden
Paul - CJacket: Tiger of Sweden
Braces: Models own
Pants: Tiger of sweden
Bag: Models own
Karl - Shirt: Schiesser
Jacket : Tiger of Sweden
Vince - Pants: Kilian Kerner
Karl - Pants: Tiger of Sweden
Vince - Pants: Vintage
Paul - Shirt: Schiesser
Pants: Tiger of Sweden
Pauk 246 -Cardigan: Kilian Kerner
Scarf: Kilian Kerner
Vedran -Jacket: Tiger of Sweden
Vince -Shirt: Schiesser
Karl -Pullover: Tiger of Sweden
by Nina Kharytonova
Jacob is fighting for our planet, for the environment and probably for our
lives. Together with his partner Guido Axmann he is running Thema 1 –
an independent Berlin based company, which issue is a an accelerated
transition to a low-carbon society. One of his projects is “The Green Music
Initiative” which is coordinating the music and entertainment industry’s
efforts to minimise their climate impact, which is really enormous,
especially here in Berlin. But that’s not all – Product Carbon Footprint
(PCF) Project, Klimapartner 2020, just to name a few of them. So thank
god there is somebody doing something while I am still talking or writing
about that. And this is probably the company’s motto – “Talk without action
means nothing”. http://www.thema1.de/
Miss Taylor is a perfect example of her art. She is not only creating
amazing costumes, but she is also wearing her designs by herself, making
an unforgettable and sexy performances. She is also a freelance
stylist with a free and creative spirit. Born in Ireland, traveling through
Europe, where she was having done stint in art school in London and
making a short stop in New York, she finally landed in Berlin, where she
started evolving through many adventures and hard work into designer,
she is today. Her work, inspired by many things, different places, where
she has been brings some colour and beautiful glamour madness to our
lives. If you want to check out something different or you are just curious
to check her stuff out -go to. http://jackietaylor.net/
3. Melanie Pfister
100und1 is a family based company – a creative network made up for
free branches: Interior, Fashion & Media. Melanie Pfister runs 100und1
together with Jacob, Julia and Lukas, where everybody is responsible
for his own section. Everything started with Interior, working on planning,
design and construction of not only interiors, but also art objects
and prototypes. Even your own ideas could be realized on a very high
and creative level. The second pillar is Fashion, where 100und1 acts as
a contemporary clothing distributor, with an elaborate selection of labels
of newcomer designers from streetwear to Haute Couture. It’s a communicating
agency with a bright field from Graphic design over to Art direction
and Advertising. This special combination is groundbreaking in the
generation of new media and will surely have soon plenty of followers.
4. Jan Breus
Fresh wind is blowing from Russia and he brought us not only a bad
weather front but also a styling genie Jan Breus. Born and raised in the
Soviet Union, he came in the latest 90’s to Germany. Now he founded
his way to our capital and spreads his fashionable point of view, which is
truly exquisite, through the city. Maybe inspired by wide fields or by white
winters of Russia, his styles are always pure and unforgettable at the
same time. This talent brought him already a plenty of opportunities to
prove that his style rocks. His clients are coming from all over the world,
Madonna’s ex-toy Jesus Luz was just only one of them. Sometimes he
also gives styling tips on public TV. And if there is nothing special in your
wardrobe, he could even create you a fancy outfit from a plastic garbage
Delusions of Beauty
Photos and Concept by Suzana Holtgrave
Hair & Make Up by Helena Kapidzic
Styling by Susann Bosslau
Model: Teresa Stark
Chiffon Dress by Susann Bosslau
Top by Jana Hipp
Shoulder pieces : Günes Dericioglu
Shoulder pieces : Photographers own
Lace Body Suit by Susann Bosslau
Top by Franziskus Pummer
Accessories by Franziskus Pummer
THE ART OF FOOD
by Christo Mitov
If you ask any French chef about the art of food, also known as gourmet,
they would spend hours and hours on telling you the history of preparing
food, the love you have to inject in every little detail in order to achieve
perfection in every bite. Luckily, we don’t have so much time and I am
more impressed by an Oreo turned into a portrait than a kangaroo stake
with a side of asparagus.
Recently it came to my attention that almost everywhere I looked - at most art fairs,
small and large scale exhibitions - there was always a corner saved for art made of
food products. It’s the most consumable form of art - you can not only look at it, but
actually in the very sense of the words, digest it, too.
So I decided to take you on a speed date with 4 of the hottest aspiring food artists
right now. The setting is online casual; we get background infos on every artist
beforehand; the outcome is yet unknown - we ask the questions and assess at the
end which piece we want to eat and which should be put in a museum.
The first artist in the food speed dating series features big names in the fashion
industry with low quality products from the fast food world. Chanel sausage links,
fried Fendi fish sticks, raw meat Gucci and toasty Louis Vuitton bread - Swedish photographer
LINUS MORALES’ FABULOUS FOOD series uses luxury logos to brand food
in an inspiring way. Before rushing to conclusions about the limits and boundaries of
commercialization and starting an endless discussion on commercialization of art,
I am here to inform you that this comprises a rather unique concept, for shooting
purposes only. More on food and art directly from Linus:
Name: Linus Morales
(Art) School: Gamleby Photography school Sweden.
Based in: Sweden/London
Making art since: 2002
Why did you choose to work with food?
I liked the thought of simple swedish fast food mixed with famous designer brands. Do you eat your
pieces after you have photographed them? I ate the Chanel sausages and the LV toast.
How do you feel about fashion meeting food? Dresses and other garments made of
meat, tofu, etc.?
Hm, hard question. I think it’s kind of cool in one way but kind of gross in another. It’s almost a bit
What food product gets you mostly inspired?
Fast food in funny packages.
Do you cook?
Yes but very simple meals, unfortunately I’m a bad chef.
L i n u s M o r a l e s
The Great Dictator: Chaplin vs Hitler
Text by Claudio Alvargonzalez
JUDITH G. KLAUSNER is a Somerville, MA artist with a love for small, intricate, and overloo
constructing her thesis primarily out of insects, and has since continued to search the det
ally and professionally. About her work Judith says: “My latest series (now in progress) use
intertwined histories of gender and craft have shaped one another and our everyday lives
and question what defines these things as ephemeral at all. What becomes mythologized,
and unremarkable become valued craft simply based on a shift in cultural perspective?”
ked things. She received her degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2007 after
ails of her surroundings for inspiration. She enjoys playing with her food, both recreations
Victorian handicraft processes to transform modern packaged foods, exploring how the
. I hope to change the way people see the small and often disregarded ephemera of life,
and what is discarded as mundane? Can the same set of skills that were once obligatory
Why exactly Oreos?
Oreos are a quintessential American packaged food, that also have some lovely aesthetic
Do you eat your pieces after you have photographed them or do you keep them
somewhere in a box?
I don’t eat the pieces - they would be very stale! When they are not on display, the cameos
are kept climate controlled (and the preservatives in the Oreos keep them quite well).
How do you feel about fashion meeting food? Dresses and other garments made of
meat, tofu, etc.?
Given how essential it is, I think food it is a natural realm of exploration for creative pursuits
of all kinds.
Are you currently working with any other kind of food products?
The whole From Scratch series works works with a variety of packaged foods, from the
Oreo Cameos to embroidered toast, cross-stitched Chex cereal, and condiment wallpaper
Do you cook?
I really enjoy cooking, especially on weekends when I have the time and energy to be creative.
I don’t usually follow a recipe, I like to cook how I make art and make it up as I go!
Name: Judith Klausner
Based in: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Making art since: I can remember!
JASMIN SCHULLER is an editorial, fashion and portrait photographer from Austria. She has
envisioned and captured every vegetarian’s nightmare - sweets, cakes and chocolates made
solely of meat products. Take plenty of meat scraps and two liters of blood, a bucket of
grease and five kilos of meat, process it, and you have made SWEET MEAT.
Why did you choose to work with food? And is it real meat it your Sweet Meat project?
First of all, I like sweets and I also fancy a good steak. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all in one?
That and my vegan roommate were mostly the inspiration for the series. I didn’t imagine Sweet
Meats to taste good, but my aim was to make them look compellingly delicious.
Did you eat your pieces after you have photographed them?
No, but it was my dog’s second birthday this year...
How do you feel about fashion meeting food? Dresses and other garments made of
meat, tofu, etc.?
The hunting days are over and gone for good. Today you identify yourself with the choices
you make at the market, also concerning food. To eat consciously and healthy is not only
important but also getting fashionable.
Are you planning to work with food again?
To me, eating is a way to cherish the joyful things in life. This point of view gets pretty obvious
when you look at “sweet meat”. So I wouldn’t except of working with food again. It was
a great challenge.
Do you cook?
For sure and sweet meat is my master
piece, would you like to taste?
Name: Jasmin Schuller
Based in: Graz, Austria
Making art since: I am taking
pictures since I can remember,
in 2009 I opened my own
A man who dic
THE Great Dictator!
by Claudio Alvargonzalez
1940. Europe was divided by a war that left the continent torn apart. Half of it destroyed
and the other half invaded. Adolf Hitler continued his task to attack the
British Islands knowing the United Kingdom and The Commonwealth were the
only nations able to stop the Nazi army those days as The US and The Soviet Union
were still just a selected audience of the Theatre of War that occidental Europeans
were playing over the fields. Benito Mussolini became Hitler’s best ally dreaming
of a stronger and “purified” Europe but also signing his own death sentence for
the same reason. Down the Pyrenees things worked as usual in a different way.
Francisco Franco decided not to take part in the conflict. After three years of civil
war the country was literally turned into ashes with half of the Spanish population
death and the other half looking for something to eat. Although Franco believed
in Hitler’s ideas the Spanish dictator couldn’t find the material way to support
them specially after their unsuccessful meeting in the French-Spanish border.
While this “Rat Pack” of dictatorship was happily
killing what was left of their own population, somewhere
across the ocean there was a short but intelligent
man who seemed to be the only one caring
about all the mess going on in this so called “Old
Continent” probably because he was not American
but British. His name was Charles Chaplin.
1940 was the year of “The Great Dictator”. The film
was released in October in New York City and in
December in London. The film was Chaplin’s first
true talking picture and also his biggest box office
success . It got five nominations for the Academy
Awards (including Best Actor) winning none but
although the film is a masterpiece the competition
that year was wild with “Rebecca” (Alfred Hitchcock),
“The Grapes of Wrath” (John Ford) or “The
Philadelphia Story” (George Cukor) getting most of
But what people will always remember is the one
where Hynkel dances with a balloon globe in his
office while listening Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin
Overture which is also used at the end of
the film while making the victory speech by one
of the characters.
There are many legends and stories about the
film. It is said that Chaplin thought about making
this film when he knew Adolf Hitler had approximately
the same age, height and weight
and also that Hitler’s famous moustache was in
fact a copy of Chaplin’s. It is also said that Hitler
requested to see the film and he watched it more
than a couple of times.
I am not going to tell you much about the plot because
I hate spoilers and for those of you who never
watched even a minute of it just let me remind
you this is one of the must-see movies of all time.
Anyway, the story is about two look alike people,
one is a Jewish barber living in a Ghetto and the
second one is Adenoid Hynkel, the cruel dictator of
an invented country called Tomainia. Chaplin plays
both roles. Let just add the barber and some other
Jewish people get placed in a concentration camp
and as the story goes by there is a casual change
of identities which leads into the final speech of the
movie. If you have read “The Prince and the Pauper”
(Mark Twain, 1881) you already know what I’m
talking about. For the rest of you who doesn’t, forget
about this article and go find the dvd… and the
We can’t forget the film is a comedy. It contains
several of Chaplin’s most famous sequences. He
shows the dictator role as a caricature of the real
Hitler and his oratory style. In fact, the language
used in the picture is not real German. It’s an improvised
slang that may sound like German but it
isn’t. The film started to be shot in 1937 and during
that time there was no real reason to offend
or ridicule so aggressively the Germans. Also the
language shown in the posters, sets, etc is not German
but Esperanto, an artificial language created
by a Polish Jewish called Dr. Zamenhof and which
Hitler condemned as a Jewish plot willing to destroy
Two of my favorite sequences of the film apart from
the final speech of course are the one when the
absent minded barber tries to shave Hannah (the
female role played by Paulette Goddard who was
Chaplin’s wife and worked with him in “Modern
Times”) where you can see again the classic Chaplin’s
role “The Tramp”.
Well, there are things we will never know. The only
thing sure is that The Great Dictator is indeed a
strong satire of fascism in general and Adolf Hitler
and his National Socialism in particular. Chaplin
wasn’t Jewish but his mother was. Some of his
relatives ended in camps so he felt somehow the
obligation of letting the world know but specially
the American people that you can’t be passive and
look away when something doesn’t affect you directly.
In fact American policy had remained neutral
and because of the pressures coming from the
German Embassy all anti Hitler movies were not
recommended by the government. That is the reason
the film was shoot almost secretly. Even United
Artists (the production studio) received boycott
Finally a “Warning to Sailors”: I know I am writing
about something happened in the last century.
Something only your grandparents can remember.
Something you only know from books or movies
but the truth is those words Chaplin said can be
use today without losing their meaning or value.
I’m writing about Chaplin, Hitler, Franco or Mussolini
but I’m thinking about Cuba, North Korea, Saudi
Arabia, Thailand, Syria, Morocco, Venezuela, China...
Although the film was a big success it didn’t get a
great rate from the critics and Chaplin was accused
of communism and chased by the HUAC (House
Un-American Activities Committee) with no other
choice of going into exile some years later.
The film couldn’t be shown in Germany before 1958
and it was a success at the box office. In Spain the
movie was censored from 1940 to 1975 and was
released in 1976 after Franco’s death. But in Italy it
was impossible to see the director’s cut until 2002
because all the previous released versions of the
film censored all the scenes with dictator Napoloni
(Mussolini’s alter ego or caricature) and his wife
But what can it be so dangerous in a film coming
from one of the most beloved comedians of all time?
The answer is simple. This short funny man is not
speechless anymore. He can talk. And what it’s
coming from his mouth it’s something some people
may not like. Quotes like: “I’m sorry but I don’t want
to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t
want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to
help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man,
white…”, “Even now my voice is reaching millions
throughout the world, millions of despairing men,
women and little children, victims of a system that
makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.”
Or “Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all
Chaplin didn’t get the Oscar for this role. It is true
James Stewart was superb in “The Philadelphia
Story” but to hear “Charlot - The Tramp” for the first
time which such intensity worth more than a golden
statue. He never got one for his roles although he
deserved it. He was chased and accused of communism
but he almost won the Nobel Peace Prize
in 1948 and in his own words: “ My only political
creed was always Freedom”.
George Tot is a very gifted emerging artist from Rus
when trying to conduct this interview, he is not afra
on the political system of his country. His work, m
own world. Usually in black and white, it sums up e
Moscow and Zhukovsky. The abandonment, the ho
past and present, the poverty but also some strang
sia. Unlike most people we have come across
id to talk about anything, including his views
ostly analog, is mirroring what he calls his
verything he feels and sees on the streets of
pelessness, the bleakness, the oppression of
e beauty and a general longing in everything.
HONK!: Your photography is very characteristic and different. What do you think has influenced
George: The greatest impact on me so far had a recording of Bach, which I occasionally listened
to in my childhood because of my father. I felt then a grand mixture of fear and delight.
And of course the death of my only girlfriend by a car more than four years ago.
HONK!: Do you experiment with many different cameras? What do you see in analog photography
that digital photography lacks?
George: Yes, I often experiment with different cameras. A homemade pinhole, a Diana, a
Zenit and other old Soviet cameras. In analog pictures I see the discipline and warmth,
which digital photography is lacking. All this noise and grain and other artefacts inherent in
analog photography. The very analog camera shutter sound and the sound when rewinding
film - it’s like music, this symphony.
HONK!: Do you prefer to shoot emptiness and portray still life rather than the typical portraits?
Who do you enjoy photographing?
George: I prefer to shoot still life and void, because my skill level is not high enough for
portraits. I love the works of Russian masters of the twenties and thirties such as Alexander
Rodchenko and El Lissitzky. More photography I like is of course in Bresson, Stanley Kubrick
and Robert Frank..
HONK!: How do you think that living in Russia is making you different as an artist?
George: I think it is the attitude of society and state towards you as an artist. If you have no
money, you will sit in your filthy hole until the end of your days, because we all do not care.
Present Russian art is about depression and loss of hope, because Russia is crap and not
the best place for artists and this situation is unlikely to change.
IT IS THE ATTITU
DE OF SOCIETY
HONK!: Many of your photos are melancholic and empty, do you see this is as part of Modern
George: Yes, indeed. I’m not going to say this is in the subconscious. Russians drink so
much not to see this shit is happening around them. It’s almost unbearable.
HONK!: Do you think people in Russia are really free or live under a disguised dictatorship?
George: I think there is still a dictatorship, but it is not so noticeable, and carefully concealed.
But it is better not to think about it, because we can not change anything it seems.
HONK!: How free do you feel as a Russian photographer in the whole wide world, and how
important is communication with the outside world for you or your work?
George: I do not consider myself a photographer, I am only a man with a camera in hand.
Communication with the outside world is very important for me, although not always very
interesting. I’, almost cut off from the outside world, I live in my own world. I play guitar in a
band we play noise-rock. My communication with the outside world is limited to walking with
a camera through deserted places, such as landfills, abandoned houses, etc.
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson & Emma E.K. Jones
by Emma E. K. Jones
His favorite game is playing with row eyeballs.
He likes to roll them in his bed.
He likes to wear them on his head.
In fact the king is so fond of them, he even hangs them
from the roof as Christmas decoration and then he
stares at them all day long.
And every day he needs some more to build
up his collection.
And then he calls his only friend, the ram, who knows
his way with people.
The ram, whose horns wear the eyes of those who’ve
seen, is roaming the streets when mist falls.
Downtown it seems that hell broke loose.
The ones who hid will die at down, the eyeless crowd
has bound them.
In every corner a headless man is showing you the way.
In unlit paths the shadows whirl detached from human
bodies, to melodies rising from the abyss.
And in your sleep the flies will creep to
plunder your illusions.
The king won’t care, he is decorating now his garden.
Two eyeballs here, two eyeballs there.
But things have changed, the king collapsed; the news
that struck have filled him with despair.
His ram confirmed all human newborns are pure blind
from their birth on.
There is no eyehole, their face is flat as concrete.
The king will have to find a new town again.
Weary enough, but with a little perspiration he rides his
ram and starts for a new direction.
He can not be the king of a town of such
a terrible mutation.
Interview by Natalie G Gunnarsdottir
I’m happy to not join
that club of moaning
HONK!: Who is Ocean Reid?
Ocean: Ocean Reid is the mind and vigour behind
UK Indie outfit ‘The Recovery Position’. I
was born in the North of England where I went
to school and lived with family. I did my first record
deal shortly after finishing school; where I
got my first big break working with David Arnold
and a host of top producers. My career took off
from there and I’ve never looked back.
I really got into song writing and started to do
different projects around the world. Eventually
becoming a shadow writer, my songs became
other people’s songs and I spent more
and more time away from the stage. Recently I
had a change of mind about that and decided to
plug my Guitar into a nice loud amp!! I’m ready
to go back on tour and be noisy!!
HONK!: Where does the Ocean Reid name
Ocean: Yeah this confuses people; some people
think I’m in a band called Ocean Reid. But
Ocean Reid is my name. I grew up in a very
self-sustaining way. My family was all about
making things and growing things. So this naturally
lead to a very elemental way of life. Ocean
came from the literal translation of the Dalia
lama, ‘the Ocean of Wisdom’ and Reid is my
HONK!: What inspired you to start your music
Ocean: Whilst writing songs for other people
I started to feel twitchy. So I decided to write
some songs for me instead. I realised I missed
the touring life and all the ridiculous bullshit
that happens on the road. Parties, inflammable
drinks and jumping into hotel pools from balconies.
Why not?? Who wouldn’t miss it?? I will
probably live longer if I don’t go on tour to be
honest with myself, but if you don’t enjoy the
ride, don’t get on the bus!!! Road life aside, I
just wanted to make the album that I wanted
to make!! I wanted to use the desk that ‘The
Beatles’ used at ‘Abbey Road’ and I wanted to
produce the album my own way. So I did and it
feels completely right.
HONK!: How would you describe your music?
Ocean: I think ‘The Recovery Position’ sound is
a bit of a Hybrid of New York and London Indie.
Some people say it’s like ‘The Kooks’ meets
‘The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ meets ‘The Subways’.
Sonically I like the sound of that mix. Maybe it’s
more of a Guitar sound thing, but comparisons
aside the material has a nice twist that I haven’t
heard before. Tunes that just don’t really fall into
a Pigeon hole which I’m proud to have written.
I have a huge list of influences but my music
doesn’t sound like any of them. I’m proud to
have found my own flavour, but they do say that
“if you want to make your own cocktail, you have
to try all the drinks!!”
HONK!: Can you describe the energy of your
Ocean: Energy is really important to the Recovery
Position album. I like playing songs with big
energy. It just seems to feel more real to my life,
more urgent and more expressive. I also happen
to enjoy playing these kind of tunes more.
As a benchmark I wouldn’t want to make an album
that I wouldn’t buy myself. If I’m not excited
by my own music, then why should anyone else
be? If I’m not blown away by something; like the
records that I heard back in school that made me
want to make my own music then it’s all bullshit
and I’m not interested!!
HONK!: What is your favourite track of the album,
and what inspired you to make it?
Ocean: I think the track ‘Island Red’ is the song
that really got me thinking about the album. The
line “I’ve had this sinking feeling, all my life!” was
the catalyst to say f**k it, I’m doing it!! I hate it
when people complain about stuff and don’t do
anything about it. So I’m happy to not join that
club of moaning dicks. So I wrote the songs and
then took it to the street busking around Brighton
and shouted the songs in people’s faces until
I was happy with the song arrangements. I
took the shouting down a few pegs as nobody
wants to listen to an album that sounds like Forest
Gump getting wanked off. But the album was
basically there, the tunes were solid, it was urgent,
I meant it and it was a right now thing!!
HONK!: Can tell us about your first concert?
An instant breakthrough or do you cry yourself
to sleep thinking about it?
Ocean: I remember my first gig in York (UK).
The lights seemed to be amazingly bright and
I felt a bit like I was being cooked. Pretty much
like a Fly on one of those Insectocutor things.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t change anybody’s life
with my music that night. I knew what to do
with my Guitar, but I had no experience with
Microphones or monitors. So the Guitar side
of the gig went ok, but I have no clue if the Vocals
were even audible. I didn’t quite cry myself
to sleep, but it was a big big learning curve. I
did feel a big rush though and I knew I wanted
more. On top of that I was pretty pleased to
have done the gig. I decided I was going to do
a gig and crash or burn I was going to follow it
through. Ideas are easy; doing something with
an idea is so much harder. Some time you’ve
got to just strap on a pair!!
HONK!: Do you have a favourite city to play
in, and why?
Ocean: I really enjoy playing festivals as I
love that whole chaos element that happens.
It’s hard to say which is my favourite city to
play in though. Every city has a different buzz
at a different time. It’s a tough draw between
Berlin and London. I’m looking forward to
coming back to Germany in Jan 2012 as I
will get to play in a new host of cities that
will be another first for me. All the gigs have
been friendly and fun, which is great. Cities
have lots to offer but it is always the people
that make the city.
HONK!: You have already played concerts in
Germany. How was your experience with the
Ocean: I had a great time in Germany last
time, hence I’m coming back. Every gig was
very very different. Most gigs were cities, but
I also played in some smaller towns. Everybody
seemed to have a good sense of fun
and people were very welcoming. There was
a great enthusiasm for the music from people
listening to people joining in. One gig went
through the night; local musicians came up
on stage and jammed with me and my backing
band. They also introduced us all to Black
Beer which turned out to be pretty strong. We
left the venue about 6 A.M, drove to the hotel
slept for 2 hours and then got up to do 2 sessions
of live radio and a full radio broadcasted
gig. A long day followed by a long night, but
everybody’s enthusiasm and energy made it
HONK!: Sex, drugs & rock and roll. A lifestyle
you live or is this a myth that belongs
to the past?
Ocean: This is a real band maker and a band
breaker. Days of screaming Rock n Roll clichés
like “Who threw the TV out of the window?”,
“Who called the Police?”, “Where am
I??” And the classic cliché “where did we leave
the tour bus???” Are unfortunately not myths
but hopefully things of the past.
I’ve been in bands where this has been a real
problem. I’m not naming any names but previous
bands have cancelled Japanese tours due
to incarceration. Band members missing from
video shoots, bans from hotel chains and day
time TV. It really doesn’t take much to make a
band implode. I like to party like most people
do, but I won’t take anybody on the road that
has ambitions to self-destruct on tour. Arrests
and Hospital trips cause gig cancellations.
I’ve been on some quite full on tours, but the
days of record labels throwing tons of money
at bands are over. Which means it’s harder to
make money and bands have to work harder.
So the “Rock n roll” era has come to a close
for most bands. The digital death of Rock n
Roll is here and it’s irreversible!!!
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MY LOVE EL COMANDANTE!
Text by Shel Fuller
In August 1975, in a small sterile hospital room in Miami under the watchful
eyes of doctors and medical student, a young teenage mother was giving birth
to her first son. The doctor wore a white coat and tennis shoes and calmly
described, step-by-step, the procedure of giving birth. At the same time, 612
km away on the tropical island of Cuba, Fidel Castro (El Comandante) was sitting,
enjoying a cigar, ignoring the needs of his people and soaking in his own
depraved ego. That is at least what I think he was doing. I can’t really be certain.
I was too busy being born.
Miami, currently considered one of “America’s
Cleanest City”, for its year-round good air quality,
vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean
streets and city-wide recycling programs, is certainly
not the worst place to be born. Walking down
the street in the summer, picking mangos from the
trees. Opening up Christmas presents on the beach
with the smell of sizzling barbecue floating on the
breeze. As one could imagine, my childhood was
rather worry free. Castro’s early years, certainly do
not reflect those of my carefree youth but his later
years would prove to leave a lasting impact on the
city of Miami.
A dictatorship is a government that has the power
to govern without consent of those being governed.
Although, the Cuban government describes itself
as a socialist state, there really isn’t very much socialist
Human Rights Watch is among international human
rights organizations accusing the Cuban government
of systematic human rights abuses, including
torture, arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial
execution. Cuban law limits freedom of
expression, association, assembly, movement, and
Cuba’s largest influence on my life began with the
Mariel boatlift which was a mass exodus of Cubans
who departed from Cuba for the United States between
April 15 and October 31, 1980. Basically, the
Cuban government said that anyone who wanted
to leave Cuba could leave. In the late 70’s / early
80’s Cuba was in the midst of a horrible economic
downturn, therefore many people took this offer of
asylum and headed to the shores of the U.S. by
any means possible. The U.S. government found
out later that the Cuban government also took this
opportunity to clean out their prisons and mental
hospitals and shipped hundreds of criminals and
mentally ill people to the beaches of Florida. By the
end of October 1980, 125,000 Cubans had reached
the shore of Florida. I was 5 years old.
At this point, not many people realized that the face
of Miami was about to change for the better and
for the worst. Cuban culture is a very rich carpet
of sounds and colors. When most people think of
Cuba, they imagine cool cocktails at a beachside
bar listening to salsa music and waiting on a cool
breeze and for the most part, that would be an accurate
description. Cuban cuisine is a fusion of
Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. A quick
drive through Miami’s Little Havana with the windows
down and you can expect to smell a mixture
of rice, beans, yuca, lime and plantains. People sitting
on the corner, playing dominoes and drinking
a Modelo. This bohemian lifestyle is the perfect
match for a life in Miami.
The negative consequences came over time. Just
like in Europe, the issue of integration went unsolved.
Cuban, just like most other ethnicities living
in the U.S., began to live in their own ghettos.
Many of the new Cuban-Americans put in the effort
to learn the English language but many more really
could not be bothered with the linguistic challenge.
The result is that, even today, there are many Cubans
who cannot and will not speak English. In Miami,
you cannot even think of being gainfully employed
without speaking Spanish. That means, that
many American born citizens began to leave the
city to search for work and the hope of a new life.
It is not uncommon to get an evil eye when you ask
someone in a store if they can speak English. More
often than not, you will get the response, “I live in
Miami. I don’t need to speak English.
When my grandmother retired, due to her struggle
with diabetes, it took her years of battle to receive
the financial assistance that she needed from the
Social Security Administration after working for
over 30 years at a prominent hospital. At the same
time, new immigrants were receiving federal and
state financial assistance without much of a problem,
even though they had never worked one day
in the U.S.
As I reflect upon the years of change that has enveloped
Miami, I find it very interesting that a small
island, only 151 km from Florida, has always had
a huge impact on my life. I cannot begin to even
say that I understand what it feels to grow up under
such malicious government like the one in Cuba but
I can say that their ability to manipulate, control and
retain power over social and political life in Miami is
For most people, Miami is just a wonderful city, with
beautiful people with beautiful bodies that roam
around with Will Smith’s Miami playing on repeat on
their headphones. For people who lived and grew
up there, we give the city and it new visitors a lot of
appreciation and resentment. Mostly, we resent the
fact that the impact of Castro’s cunning plan was
able to spread. I would be the first to stand up and
defend the right of every person on the planet to
live anywhere on the planet that they choose but
we all have to understand that there are new rules,
and new expectations with every jump across a
border. My lover Castro sent me the gift of a vibrant
and diverse culture which, through its refusal to integrate,
eventually lead to me leaving my birthplace
to search for my own type of freedom outside of my
Politics in Miami is mainly a Cuban American issue
which normally results in jobs and opportunities being
given to Cuban Americans before anyone else.
America, which is known for it lack of social services,
were (and still) are being bled dry by people
who never paid into the system.
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I feel a little bit like on the first day of
school writing Revenge of The Nerds
right now. You know the feeling - you
spent 3 months away from school chasing
either girls or boys, stuck in the
countryside or staying at home playing
video games. The experience of coming
back to school has always been for me
what I would image a Madonna comeback
would feel like - rather an obligation
(by contract, in Madonna’s case) than a
wish and completely unnecessary (just
like in Madonnas case).
A Lady Gaga joke
I know that by now I have won the Madonna loathing
audience and I am a joke about Lady Gaga away
from having all the attention. Frankly, I don’t think
I have to make a joke about Lady Gaga - she is a
walking mockery of herself this year anyway. While
it was very noble and equally populistic of her earlier
this year to try to convince the senators to repeal
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in the US, it’s very hard to be
the girl in the meat suit on Sunday and the voice of
reason on Tuesday.
Hi, how are you ?
Having made that clear, let’s move on… to you. I
haven’t seen you in ages! Ok, only 93 days - but
who’s counting? How have you been? What did
you do this summer? Did you get cancer from all
the sun you were exposed to? I know I didn’t. In
Berlin we had only about 35 hours of sun over the
last 4 months. However, this helped me retain my
aristocratic pasty skin tone. And to those of you who
went to the sea, ocean or whatever you call it in your
country and on your continent I have a really important
question - what was the song of summer 2011?
If I tell you that the last summer song I know is the
one by Las Ketchup (Asereje, aha, ajebe, turejebe.
abejebe… ring a bell?) you’d guess when was the
last time my pale skin saw the light of day during
summer. Was it something latino again this year, or
was it some ragaton? I could never distinguish both.
It’s like distinguishing all those indie bands with guitars
and The in the name - pointless. Thus, find a
way to let me know which song it was so I know
what NOT to listen to.
You know my mail:
Why I haven’t been at the
beach since 2006 ?
You may think that I have a secret disease or I am a
fairy blood drinking vampire (got THAT reference?)
in order not to show my face at the beach for so
long. Let me use this opportunity to assure you that
everything’s just fine with me. It’s not extreme obesity
either. I am not the most slender person walking
the streets of Berlin, but I always vomit a little bit
in my mouth when I hear people saying “fat people
shouldn’t go to the beach and show their bodies” OK,
they don’t actually say it. It is more the look they give
you and all the whisper-talking behind your back.
That’s when I strike back - for every mean look I
start yelling “Go eat something!” or if I am extremely
pissed off I just walk by their towels and dig out sand
and throw it in their eyes by accident. Then, when
they start screaming, I smile like I give a shit and
By now you should’ve gotten the fact that I am pretty
pissed off at body evangelists. If you haven’t, you’re
just waiting for another Lady Gaga joke to come
along. Why is it so hard for skinny people to accept
that curvy people are actually happier? Because,
not only we eat and have healthy lifestyle, but we
also have the brains not to judge someone only by
their size. It might sound tedious and like a complete
framing to the topic of our new issue (Dictatorship, if
you haven’t gotten that yet either) but I am done with
the dictatorship of skinny people. You should know
that, if you don’t like me, I’m going to make you hate
me! Oh, and the reason why I haven’t been getting
all the recommended sun recently, is that I’ve been
busy building a career and digging my way out of the
ghetto that I grew up in. It takes time, you know.
Topping the D-list
If you’re a psychologist then you have figured out by
now that I have been mocked as a kid for my weight.
Especially in school. It turns out that unfortunately the
high-school mentality spreads way further than the
hallway. Take the Berlin art scene - it’s pretty childish
and sometimes really immature. I make jokes about
it being like high school, because it is.
It’s the same hierarchy. You have to know your place,
but you could easily be fooled into thinking somebody
is your friend when they clearly aren’t. If I am
alone with one of the jocks from the football team or
the popular girls, sure, the’d talk to me and even ask
me for advice. But every time I walk through the hall
and be like, “Hi, you popular editor in a small Berlin
art magazine!” he’d act like I hadn’t said anything.
Anyway, just like Kathy Griffin, I have no problem to
be on the D-list. Because I know they know my name
and they secretly love me. Or I am slightly delusional,
because I am almost always on painkillers. Forget
the last sentence.
I’ve always been the outsider and the nerd at school.
That is also maybe why my column is called like that.
Because I’ve been piling up the shit from everyone
all those years and now, it’s time to unload. Sorry for
Also, don’t get me wrong, I myself prefer lean guys,
but that doesn’t mean that I am insulting everyone
else, because this would be just straight mean.
Friends of my mother say, “You were that small as a
baby! Just like this!” and they make a fist and shake
it. “You’ve grown so much over the last years!
“Can you imagine? You were so tiny!”
I can’t imagine being that small. It must have been
the one time I didn’t worry about my weight. At 4 kilos,
I’ve definitely been the Calista Flockhart of the
newborn cast. Then my grandma started feeding me
salami (when I was 1 year old) and I turned out to
become what I am today. And you know what?
I don’t want to be like Calista Flockhart - because
all I’ll get to do with my career is play
a crazy anorexic lawyer and marry Harrison
Ford and call it a day. And we all know that
neither is good for your health.
But you know what they say - If you can’t beat them,
join them. That’s how I decided that next year, I will
organize my first exhibition in Berlin. It’s going to be
pretty exciting. I may have proved that I am pretty
professional in being ironic and snappy, but now the
time has come to prove that I am professional about
art, too. I will blow your mind with the exhibition. I am
excited for all the aspiring artists I am about to curate
in the upcoming exhibition.
BING BONG !
Oh what’s that sound? It’s the sound of the dispatcher
telling me that my flight is boarding. That’s right -
I finished my work for this issue and am going on a
well deserved vacation. And of course, I am choosing
the un-coolest time ever. Because I can.
I am excited for another school year with HONK and
all the mobbing, elbowing and scratching that expects
me. Stick around to watch it happen. And keep
your third week of November free. There’s something
amazing coming. And it’s better than prom.
The Underclass in Revolt
by Marco Scalvini
During his recent election campaign, British Prime Minister David
Cameron launched a conservative manifesto calling for the advent of
a “big society” or in other words empowered the citizenry and a more
responsible society. Following rioting in Tottenham and other British
suburbs, Cameron was later forced to admit in the House of Commons
that the UK is instead of big a sick society.
Cameron is a product of the Britain upper class, which bases its authority on
peerage, gentry, and hereditary privilege. Therefore it is not surprising that the
Prime Minister labeled the looting and burning that took place as criminal acts
produced by a general national moral decline caused by bad parenting, poor
teaching, and a perverse inner-city subculture. However, Cameron is oddly
right when he says that this society is sick, but unfortunately, it is not the underclass
and those who are marginalized who are ill. Today, it is all of European
society that is sick.
Cameron did not understand clearly, however, that today across Europe, there
is new serious social unrest, which does not have a single cause. It is fed by
three intense factors: the spread of poverty, the retrenchment of social mobility,
and a deep distrust, even basic contempt, toward all politics and politicians.
The West, throughout the Cold War, was convinced
- and rightly so – of the superiority of its
liberal institutions. These were both democratic
and participatory. But in time, those without
a strong culture of political morality slowly became
the convenient home of sleazy profiteers.
Cameron forgot to mention that among his closest
associates there are a dozen, at the end of
the last Parliament, who were forced not to run
again. They had defrauded the tax authorities
and obtained parliamentary illegal reimbursements.
As consequence, Cameron did not blame
Britain’s recent tabloid phone hacking scandals
and the improper relationships between police
and journalists. For this Prime Minister, the moral
decline of British society is only the fault of the
When the British social system clearly went into
freefall during the riots, thousands of people living
in disadvantaged neighborhoods stormed
the stores. As Naomi Klein notes, these people
“came out pushing shopping carts overflowing
with the goods they could no longer afford—
clothes, shoes, electronics, food”. Sneakers and
TV’s and mobile phones are not luxury products.
It is very hard to argue that excesses of consumerism
produced these riots! The rioters did not
assault Prada or Harrods.
On the other hand, the ‘condemnation’ of this
event by the media establishment was reactionary,
a means of escaping and disregarding and
excusing the very real and most pertinent questions
raised by that outburst of violence. The
media simply placed the blame on stereotypical
teenagers. British society then reacted through
an uneasy populist criminalization of the underclass:
Evictions from public housing, threats to
cut off communication tools, and outrageous jail
terms (three years for a stolen pair of shorts or
six months for a bottle of water). Indeed, the government
under public opinion pressure wanted
and demanded tougher punishments to restore
Ironically, journalists, police officers and politicians
- who are now bellowing for more law and
order - are those who themselves were caught
red-handed, either committing or colluding in
systematic criminal acts during the phone-hacking
scandal. But in that case, the public opinion
did not overreact by asking severe measures
against crimes. Why?
For understanding what happened it is important
to demystify certain interpretations voiced by
the mass media and the ruling classes. Avoiding
the political dimensions of any riot is clearly
an ideological choice.
It is symptomatic of a widespread trend in
neo-liberal societies to presume that ‘the political’
has been either altogether displaced by
‘management’ or ‘technocracy’ and that poor
people or uneducated minorities are not able
to express political actions or ideas.
What is necessary is a broader, more inclusive,
concept of the political, which encompasses
any and all social actions or has implications
for power relations that will allow anyone to
see more clearly the true ‘political’ nature of
these riots. As Gary Younge on the Guardian
argues, “They were looting, not shop-lifting,
and challenging the police for control of the
streets, not stealing coppers’ hubcaps.”
The British riots and the draconian reactions
to them show that today the political class has
lost contact with the real conditions of a large
part of the population. Prisons won’t teach the
underclass to love society. Cuts to their social
benefits or public housing evictions will only
marginalize them even more. Social peace
has already evaporated far too much. The last
thing we need is to return to Charles Dickens’s
England. Thus the elite consensus regarding
the criminalization of riots shows that there is
no longer any language that speaks to a common
experience between the underclass and
the wealthier classes. Unfortunately, wealth
cannot ever be shared if we do not share the
language used to speak about it.
Indeed, Antonio Negri is correct in suggesting
the recent London riots should be considered
for their “radical” diversity. These riots can be
characterized as radical because the youth involved
rejected an authority that they simply
do not or perhaps will not recognize anymore.
And as Ben Whitham has brilliantly observed
in a comment: Yes there was “mindless violence”
in terms of unplanned resentment that
translated into the destruction of property and
clashes with the police.
Yes, there was “opportunistic” thieving of the
most common commodities that range from
the cell phone to sportswear. Yes, the rioters
were “enjoying themselves”, drinking and
dreaming for a night to be stronger than authority
power. And no, there were no a political
agenda, no leaders, no engagements with
the mainstream political discourse. But these
riots were not simply “inexplicable.” They can
be explained by a collective rejection of the
inevitable poverty, unemployment, discrimination
and police abuses.
However, if we accept a political point of view
when we analyze these riots, are we then saying
that violence is acceptable? Smashing a
window, looting a store, or assaulting police
are all “violent acts”, but they can also be understood
as clear, pointed effects of a “systemic
violence”. According to Slavoi Zizek,
Violence is intrinsic to a political-economic
system predicated on inequality of wealth.
In short, violence is a key feature of contemporary
societies inasmuch as its social disparities
are growing in intensity and number.
Therefore, the British rioters were reacting to
a violent system, one in which the rioters are
systemically excluded from equal access to
resources. But then what does “equal’ mean?
Equal opportunity or equal entitlement and the
right to grab what you believe you deserve as
politicians and bankers constantly do?
These questions - as we all know – rest not
just in the UK. Today all of Western society
- and especially Europe - is in serious crisis.
The West was entrusted to the myth of endless
economic growth, but this system is possible
no longer. It is founded on business and
consumption, but only fueled huge debt that
financial speculators were allowed to use for
their own personal advantage. This society
was proud of its social status, from cradle to
grave, but Europeans now consume more coffins
than create cots, and governments grudgingly
have to admit that the welfare state is
no longer sustainable. So the crisis created
by the wealthiest elite can now paying only a
small part of the population and not other segments
(especially its youth), which has been
left sadly sitting ever more hopeless on the
edge of society.
The UK riots have unique roots, but British
youth’s alienation is similar to the disenfranchisement
behind revolts across the Mediterranean.
Hence, the recent economic crisis is
not just a crisis of one industry.
It is a crisis of the entire economic and thus
the entire social structure. We are seeing now
the collapse of a whole system in today’s society.
For us Europeans, in particular, this crisis
has largely destroyed our welfare and our
culture of social solidarity. In the future it will
be even more difficult to face angry mobs and
find solutions that reflect social justice.
Marco Scalvini is a POLIS-Silverstone
Scholar and Graduate Teaching
Assistant in the Media and Communication
Department of the LSE.
He has supported numerous efforts
by the international community to
promote political dialogue, national
reconciliation, and democratization
in Kosovo and in Palestine. In 2009,
he worked as consultant for the G8
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THERE’S SURELY SOMETHING NEAR YOU THAT YOU W
Postmodernism. Style and Subversion 1970-1990.
Controversial and defining, it is a feast of colours
and forms. The exhibition covers the two decades
that revolutionized the world of art and design abolishing
all rules reaching a newly discovered perfection.
Utopia, dystopia, new wave, punk, postpunk,
design, ambiguity, everything from a time when image
was everything can be rediscovered till January
15th at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
International Short Film Festival. We HONK!s love
a good short film and so do you surely. 500 films
from all over the world, 6 contests, 7 movie theatres,
special guests, and plenty of events such as shooting
your own film are awaiting you. Everything lasting
up to 20 minutes is being shown. The program is divided
according to theme so it won’t be that hard to
choose. Though you’d probably wanna watch them
all. From November 15th -20th , check for a convenient
cinema near you.
TO. WE CAN’T AFFORD TRAVELLING THE GLOBE BUT
ILL GET EXCITED ABOUT THOUGHTFULLY SELECTED
BY AMANDA M. JANSSON AND EMMA E. K. JONES
Another Story –photography from the Moderna Museet
Collection. A complete photography take-over!
Exclusively! This is something every Stockholmer or
visitor should take advantage of. This is the 20th century
like you have never seen it before. Divided into 3
parts: Possessed by the Camera, See the World! And
Written in Light, the work of the finest masters of
photography, over 100,000 photographs, a true revelation
available till February 15th, Moderna Museet.
NEW YORK, USA
Recent Photography from Leipzig from the Zabludowicz
Collection. They say living in New York is like
living in Europe, but in case you miss home or in case
you want to experience some European Europe check
out these exceptional Leipziger art photographers and
the way the use and question their medium. 10 innovative
and diverse artists are being exhibited. What
you will see is different, contemporary and surely
inspiring. Running till 29 February, 1500 Broadway.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Roundabout: Face to Face. The best things just happen
when cultures mix like that. If you are lucky
enough to be in Tel Aviv you can’t miss this exhibition
bringing together artists from the Far East, Australia,
and New Zealand. The outcome is explosive
as national borders , techniques, media, age, gender
and cultural conflicts melt together and create a mutual
creative artistic expression allowing a journey
within the self. Just opened and till January 1st, Tel
Aviv Museum of Art. http://www.tamuseum.com/
Kusama’s Body Festival in 60’s. The work of 60s
pop artist Yayoi Kusama is celebrated here uncensored
and to the fullest. Photography dripping with
the swing, the geometry and the sass of the sixties
as Kusama experienced to the core while in New
York and Europe. Minimalistic yet filled with purpose
he gives a different meaning to light, mirrors,
sculpting, bodypainting and basically everything
he gets involved with. Luckily extended till November
27th, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.
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