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    Entries in germany (21)

    Wednesday
    Aug032011

    a thank you to the Berlin Nomad•ness crew...

    Cathi, Me, and Thomas

    Cathi being her fabulous self

    So I started off today with logging, while taking the train to work.

    I sat on the express ride on the D train, headphone engulfed, and started rewatching all nearly 200 clips that I have recorded from Berlin. Something that in my mind was going to be a very daunting task...and it may get there, but for today it brought me back to the magic that was just a few weeks ago.

    The footage looks so good, sounds so good, and it made me anxious about solidifying a schedule that would allow me to cut it all. A large scale task ahead of me, as this is the most footage I have ever had to work with on a project. I'm currently juggling making a steady headway with the big pilot, and editing down enough snippets that are ready to go for the website, and online episodes. Got some Berlin and some Amsterdam to show you.

    With all this footage, and recent memories blaring through my headphones, I got nostalgic, and extremely grateful.

    Cathi, my dear...you were an answer to a serious prayer. You pretty much shot everything that everyone will see that is this pilot episode. And you did it out of the kindness of your heart. I will FOREVER be grateful for you giving me something you can't get back, your time. Your personality is amazing and time flew by working with you. You are a friend and if you are ever in NYC, please contact me beforehand. Never change. you are perfect.

    Thomas, where do I start? Our history goes back five years now. You're as delightful and helpful as you were from the first day I met you. You helped me in a massive crunch that most people won't ever know about, and you came through like Superman (or Batman, as I know you're partial) and you saved the day. Seriously, I love you dearly. Thank you for sharing your resources, knowlege, and time with me as well. And yes, I do love Berlin, and we may be neighbors.

    Tangee, again someone who flew into my life at the perfect time, and helped out from the kindness of their heart, without looking for anything in return. You flew yourself out to Berlin for the sole purpose of helping me. I STILL cannot wrap my head around that! You are an amazing woman, with such a pure and young heart. Your kids are very lucky to have you as their mother.

    To each and every person that donated a dime to this project. Without you, there would have been nothing...no trip to write about, no footage to need editing, no nothing. You all are amazing and it humbles me to know I have such a solid group of supporters in my corner. You all are a part of this crew as well...

    Thank you!

    Sunday
    Jul312011

    Tacheles: Berlin's artist sanctuary...

     

    It was one of the reasons I needed to visit Berlin.

    I have now traveled to the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat Ruins, and the Berlin Wall itself. Yet, I would have to say, in my artistic mind, Tacheles should be put on the list of World Wonders. Luckily enough, we were able to shoot this piece of art history while in Germany. Through a guided tour we were told about the history of this place, and its current fight with the local government to keep the place open. Not unlike certain plights artists have in NYC, there is a give and take going on between artists, and the business of art.

    The 'Support Tacheles' movement is one I take extremely serious now, as I've walked through its walls myself. More is to come, in the Nomad•ness episode, but this is a short snippet giving you a peek into what it was like on the inside  of this fortress. Shouts out to the staff at Tacheles, especially Linda, for allowing our cameras inside.

    As the sticker says, I support Tacheles! You should too. Some history on the building is below, but if you can please DONATE to their cause. This building is too important to be turned into hotels and apartments...DONATE HERE!

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    “Tacheles” is an old Jewish word meaning to disclose, to reveal or to speak clearly. The slang meaning of the word was bringing to an end.

    The Art-Centre Tacheles is situated in a ruin in Berlin Mitte. Located in former East Berlin, the area was a Jewish quarter in the past and has now become a meeting point for people interested in arts and culture and for those who think they are.

    After the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, a subculture which had its main focus on autonomy, spontaneity and improvisation arose in the former East Berlin areas Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. Artists and individualists from all over the world used the plurality of available free spaces to put alternative lifestyles to the test.


    

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