What went wrong Mr. Putin? 

The Girl Has A Date, 2006, colour photo, 140 x 100 cm
Blue Noses Group

A few days ago, this blog (that I am not allowed to linkthat I am not allowed to link to ) pointed out that Matthew Brown (the art dealer) was hold by the police for several hours and was not allowed to taking art works from the artist collective Blue Noses Group. He had to leave the works behind.

Now, what is wrong with Mr. Putin?
Where did he go wrong?
The Economist of July 15th this year points out that even though the first signs came with the Ukraine president election where Russia's choice was not elected and the more Pro-western candidate did win - followed up by the September 2004 siege of the Beslan school and then one year later the attacks on the oil firm Yukos - there are no particular moment when he "started to go wrong".

I agree with that, but I ask myself how can a country, in the middle of Europe with 80 mill. inhabitants (Germany) be able to support Russia. The former Bundeskanzler, Gerhard Schroeder, was very found of Mr. Putin (He should be, his political connections to Mr. Putin made it possible for him, in no time at all, to adopt a Russian 2 year old child - although he is way past 40, in his third marriage - so his wife), and have no intentions, even in this weeks interview in Der Spiegel, to criticise Mr. Putin. Also the Kanzler of today (The first woman as well as the first from east-Germany), even being more sceptical towards Mr. Putin, not criticising him at all.

Is it just me, or might this be a start of a new fascist state?


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Spiral Jetty 
flickr.blogged

thanks goes to Tyler Green's modern and contemporary art blog
(he got it from off center).

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since last 
OCA gives out the second Edward Munch award. (very good choice).

Jan Mot have series of screenings organized by Nina Möntmann

Swede living in Norway Artist turned Critic Tommy Olsson goes berserk in London (Norwegian only)

jill mentioned a interactive art work at the University in Bergen that scares people

I am going to norway for a job interview.

PHILIP got support from OCA

André Gali wrote about the latest seminar at UKS in Oslo.

I bought a great catalogue by Lene Berg in Berlin, just learned that she spent her summer in Weimar at the ACC Galerie. Short prestentation of the project here (PDF file) - I am looking forward to see the exhibition at the "No.9 i Exil" in the st.Olavsgate nr. 7 in Oslo.



FRED [London] opened a small space in Leipzig (actually where I wanted to start a small art-book shop two years ago). right now they are showing a Simon English show. Going to have a look at it today.

thats it.


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update/ museum blogging 
A few days since last post. Was near two times, but one I manage to erased myself (on museum-blogging in Europe and elsewhere, I discovered no museum blogs in Europe, although going through quite a few museum sites, some museums had own TV- channels online (GfZK Leipzig), some had own pod-casts ( BALTIC ), others had blogs, but in local language ( Centre for Contemporary Art in Vilnius).
But none where like the Americans.

Why did I touch on to this topic?
jill, who else.
In fact I was aware of Walker Art Centre blog and even the Smithsonian 's blog Eye Level with contribution from Kriston Crapp who writes the blog grammar.police - but I hardly read them. ever.

So I am thinking what would I like museums to blog? I would not like a blog from a museum turing into a part of press kit, that would be boring. Rather it would be interesting when someone would use blogs as a integrated part of their daily rutine working with a project, exhibition, random thoughs in connection to a job etc.

Jill pointed out this survey on museum blogging, and it had a link to MuseumBLOGS.org.



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Guy and relative stuff 
A taxi driver in the UK named Guy Goma went to the BBC for a job interview. Wail waiting someone from the BBC came looking for Guy Kewney, and IT specialist that was going to say his about the conclusion of the Apple Computer vs. Apple Records lawsuit. They found Goma, he ended up on TV live. The taxi driver says his about the lawsuit. Must have been the strangest job interview ever. The video is quite funny.

thanks goes to bob's junk mail for this one - do also read his his "It's All Relative" as well:

If you take all the matter in the sun and compress it down to about 1/85,000 of its current diameter, you would come up with a neutron star about 10 miles in diameter. (Actually, you might need a little more than the mass of the sun.) But the process is a little more complex.

First, you'd need a supernova. That's essentially a star that explodes in a big way. Really big. Next, the matter from the supernova collapses into a big ball. Gravity makes this ball smaller, and eventually the neutrons, protons, and electrons re-arrange themselves into a stable isotope of iron, because it can handle the pressure. Up to a point.

Eventually, the protons and electrons give up and turn into neutrons and neutrinos, and the resulting matter collapses into a bunch of neutrons and a few other subatomic particles. I think most of the neutrinos fly away.

This star full of neutrons is called a neutron star. Its density is in the neighborhood of that of an atomic nucleus. The sun is over 800,000 miles in diameter. A neutron star typically has the mass of 1.5 or 2 suns, with a diameter somewhere between 6 and 12 miles. That's really dense!

If the mass of the collapsing matter is less than this, it turns into a white dwarf star. If the white dwarf collects some extra matter and grows to beyond about 1.4 solar masses, it gets really excited and goes supernova. If the collapsing matter is more than about 3 solar masses, it turns into a black hole. I haven't seen either of these things happen, but I'm pretty sure this is true.

A pulsar is a rotating neutron star that sends out pulses of radio signals. They've been observed for almost 40 years.

A team led by a guy from University of Manchester named Michael has been observing a double pulsar system, where two neutron stars are in tight orbit around each other. They orbit once every 2.4 hours and are flying around one another at about 600,000 mph.

Since the neutron stars are so dense, this does strange things to nearby space and time, at least according to a guy named Einstein. Michael and his team have verified this. They have observed that the delay caused by the curvature of space/time near the neutron stars (the Shapiro Delay) is within 0.05% of the predicted numbers.

I don't understand all the details, but I think this is the first time this part of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity has been confirmed by observation. Imagine what Einstein could have done if he'd had a programmable calculator!



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 094623.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_stars

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