I visited the ‘Besser Scheitern' (Fail better) exhibition at Kunsthalle Hamburg last weekend. The curator Dr. Brigitte Kölle did a fantastic job bringing together pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Guy Ben-Ner, Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Jeanne Faust, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Annika Kahrs, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Christoph Schlingensief, Gillian Wearing. 

I was especially inspired by the work of Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs, in particular ’Politics of Rehearsal’ from 2004. The video features a running voice-over commentary by art historian and cultural theorist Cuauhtemoc Medina being interviewed by Alÿs. Find more about Alÿs here.

Center for Foresight and Innovation - Playbook

This is what I was waiting for! Stanford finally released a comprehensive guide to using their foresight methods in a free ‘Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation’. I was working with some of the tools already and will most certainly continue using them. Download the thing here:

Beck 'Produces' A Genius Innovation That Appeals To The User-Generated Generation

In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.

The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.

Director’s Cut: Jamie Lidell performing with iMaschine (by NativeInstruments)

: Berlin Geekette of the Week

berlingeekettes:

Meet Franziska Krüger, Head of Germany at 23. A German native, who has lived in Austria, Australia, Taiwan and the Netherlands before deciding to help change the way we will look at websites in the not-so-far future.

Interviewed by Jeanette Gusko, PHD student and PR consultant.

This is hilarious, freaky and beautiful at the same time! Visitors to the TADAO CERN studio were invited to participate in an unprecedented photo session called “Blow Job” where a strong current of air was blown into their faces creating some incredibly funny facial expressions.
(See the full series by clicking on the picture or go to TadaoCern - Tadas Cerniauskas)

This is hilarious, freaky and beautiful at the same time! Visitors to the TADAO CERN studio were invited to participate in an unprecedented photo session called “Blow Job” where a strong current of air was blown into their faces creating some incredibly funny facial expressions.

(See the full series by clicking on the picture or go to TadaoCern - Tadas Cerniauskas)

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

This fantastic stop motion video was created with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper, shown as it was shot, with no effects added in post.

Andrew Thomas Huang is on the fast lane to becoming one of my favorite video artists. Check out the trailer to his new short Solipsist and his other work!

Speakers - Design Intersections - Franziska C.E. Krüger

The end of March I will be in Minneapolis for the Design Intersections Summit at the University of Minnesota. This years theme asks “Tweak or Leap? - What does Design Thinking demand?” and I am looking forward to discuss that as well as facilitate an assignment with the participants of the conference for 4Front. We will also kick off a Knowmadic Lab with John Moravec

Exciting times since I will move on to NYC after that and also meet with Matthew Abrams who is the founder of Mycelium School. More on that later. 

Forgot to show this awesome vid to you! Take two minutes and be inspired! DOUGH’NUT | PANAMA CITY (by DOUGH’NUT)

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
T.S. Eliot “Little Gidding”