Me – the Artist

Alex Jahnke (°1969, Arnsberg, Germany) creates performances, films and mixed media artworks. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, Jahnke tries to create works in which the actual event still has to take place or just has ended: moments evocative of atmosphere and suspense that are not part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that will never take place.
His performances bear strong political references. The possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, he touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Several reoccurring subject matter can be recognised, such as the relation with popular culture and media, working with repetition, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations.
His works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. By using popular themes such as sexuality, family structure and violence, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
His works often refers to pop and mass culture. Using written and drawn symbols, a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined is created. By putting the viewer on the wrong track, he uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.
His works are given improper functions: significations are inversed and form and content merge. Shapes are dissociated from their original meaning, by which the system in which they normally function is exposed. Initially unambiguous meanings are shattered and disseminate endlessly. Alex Jahnke currently lives and works in Marburg.

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Escape from Tomorrow

ICH – WILL – DIESEN – FILM – SEHEN:

It feels like someone saw “Eraserhead” and said, “Hey, why don’t we get that guy to shoot an infomercial for the Magic Kingdom to get more families to come?” and this is the oh-so-not-what-they-wanted result. It is a magnificent, impossible nightmare.

It is not possible that this film exists. It is not possible that they shot long scripted sequences on the actual rides. It is not possible that I just saw a film in which it is suggested and then shown that the various Disney princesses all work as high-priced hookers who sell their wares to wealthy Asian businessmen. It simply cannot be true.

I grew up in Florida, and I have been going to Walt Disney World my entire life. I worked at that park. I’ve been there as a child, as a teenager, as an employee, and as a parent. I’ve done Disney sitting on my father’s shoulders, and I’ve done the Disney parks with my kids sitting on my shoulders. It is a huge part of my DNA, and I can tell you that there is no way Randy Moore pulled off what I saw tonight. It is a film that should not exist by any rational definition.

And yet… not only does it exist, but it’s fascinating

Review: ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is a surrealist treat that will give Disney’s lawyers nightmares

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Kate Bush Dokumentation aus dem Jahr 1980

Mit vielen Aufnahmen ihrer einzigen Tournee, die sie jemals gemacht hat.

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‘When I perform, there’s just something that happens in me, it just takes over. It’s like suddenly feeling you’ve leapt into another structure, almost like another person, and you just do it. But when I’m not working, it’s me and I certainly wouldn’t dance around a table and sing.’

via Dangerous Minds

DIY Elektro-Schocker

Ein schönes und praktisches DIY-Projekt von PodeCoet: Der Elektro-Schocker für daheim.

Auch wenn man sich nicht traut, das Geräte nachzubauen, alleine für die Anleitung lohnt sich die Lektüre.

You can die (or shit your pants, sometimes both) while building this device. We are not liable for any losses or injuries, and cannot answer any support queries regarding this build.

Edit: Yes, you can still die, even if you know how to program an Arduino.