Friday, December 31, 2004

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~messenger

And here on the last day of the year it is customary to gather a few reflections over the state of the world and one's own life.

But you can get that from every newspaper and TV station.

I will finish 2004 by displaying this photo of Ho Chi Minh (which means "Bringer of Light" in Vietnamese) to remind myself that even the most powerful and superior empires can be defeated by strong beliefs and perseverance.

And the message?

"gather ye round"


(Babe? ofcoursovitch!)
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Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Today’s newspapers inform me that after being killed in the disaster in Asia:
A DANE WAS BURIED IN A MASS GRAVE!

This is an outrage! How can a member of the best democracy, the best welfare state, the producer of the best children’s television in the world and the nation where the world’s greatest writer was born (Hans Christian Andersen) be thrown into a simple mass grave! - And probably with a bunch of darkies!

Can't we make friends with some invincible superpowers and attack somebody for this?!?!

Disgrace!
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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One of my favourite sights - marshes sprinkled with snow under a brooding sky.

Babe - I usually post 60's type girls but my own favourite is actually the 20's girl.

(and now: Clean the entire apartment to get it done before the new year begins...)
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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The towers of Broendby.

Babe - Ah...that Playeboy™ quality...
This was the great achievement of Hugh Hefner, he changed the seedy and acne-ridden face of porn into something that was stylish, highly aesthetic, and could be openly displayed in your Park Avenue penthouse or the bungalow at Cape Cod.
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Monday, December 27, 2004

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R.I.P Torben Christensen 1950-2004.

My old professor at the art academy died just before christmas, only 54 years old.
A pioneer of introducing the new medias of video- and computer art into the rather conservative Danish art-world I suppose he had quite a few worries from time to time.

He also had the irritating tendency to let students go and find their own answers.

A good way to learn.

Goodbye, and thank you, Torben.
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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Friday, December 24, 2004

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Snow is falling.

A Merry Christmas to all!

Babe - Well, a couple of nice packages.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Monday, December 20, 2004

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Panzer - A Panther abandoned during Battle of the Bulge.
This is one of the very rare ones fitted with steel-rimmed wheels instead of the usual rubber-rimmed, only 24 were built.

Babe - Nice gloves.

Yep, no comments, no stories about men in uniforms, no reflections on life in the 21'st century, no rage, no rants.

just skin and steel.


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Sunday, December 19, 2004

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When a nation begins to listen to it's artists and philosophers it's on the decline!
A nation that listens to business entrepreneurs is a nation on the go.

Reflection and deep thought is alright for the greasy cafés of bohemia but how many roads can you pave with that?
-and how many trains will run on poetry?


Aggressive optimism built the world!

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004

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Battle of the Bulge - 60'th aniversary.

The famous battle in the Ardennes region of Northern France, Belgium and Luxemburg started 60 years ago today.
With more than a million men committed to the battle from both Germany, Britain and the US it was one of the largest battles of WW2.

It is also the largest single battle fought by the US Army.
Battle of the Bulge Veterans Organisation.

Spearheaded by elite Army and SS Panzer units the battle was Hitler's last offensive in the west but ultimately led to nothing.
The plan was to reach the port of Antwerpen where the majority of allied supplies for the war in Europe were delivered.
In the process the Germans could also destroy the main body of the British forces which would hopefully force the British to leave the remainder of the war's fighting to the Americans. This could in turn cause a rupture in Allied co operation - always a major hope of Hitler and other top nazi's in the last months of the war, which might give Germany a chance for a separate peace agreement with the western allies.

In the beginning things went well for the German forces who where sheltered from allied air superiority by dense fog and clouds. Many American units were taken completely by surprise as the Ardennes were regarded as a "quiet" sector and the long rows of GI prisoners were shown in the German newsreels as a proof that the course of the war was changing.

After december 24'th the the skies cleared and German luck changed, in the end the major German effort was the ability to conduct a well organised retreat without loosing too many men, but the Battle of the Bulge caused the Germans huge losses in armoured vehicles which often had to be abandoned and blown up due to lack of fuel.

German Jagdpanthers destroyed during the battle.

For more info and some great photos, check this excellent page : Ardennes 44'


Babe - Something very appealing about the contrast between this delicate country princess and that rugged tractor wheel...
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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Panzer - Missing in action for long , but now Back! - a picture of a "rollbahn" (meaning something like "rolling lane") which was the area in which panzers and their accompanying armoured halftracks would assemble before starting an attack. Judging from the presence of both an "D" and the older "C" version of the halftrack (vehicles on the left and middle, bottom part of the pic) and the fact that the panzers are Panther A's my guess is we are somewhere in Russia, winter 1943-44.

Babe - It's funny how yesterdays "smut" can grow into a vision af beauty and style when it gets older.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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Babes? panzers? rants? raves? quotations from scripture?

no

Today I will give you NOTHING.
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Monday, December 13, 2004

Saturday, December 11, 2004

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Art in business spaces part 2

The most common sight in business spaces today is a SAP (Standard Abstact Painting) these are produced by so many painters (I've made plenty myself) that they can always be picked up at bargain prices. Since they represent nothing besides their decorative value, and the fact that they resemble art, they are ideal for the public spaces of a modern nation with the level of civilization required for membership of the EU, NATO, the UN, various international trade organisations, etc, etc.
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Thursday, December 09, 2004

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Art in business spaces part 1.

A poster by Walasse Ting (this jumbo sized version can be bought at well assorted poster shops for approx. € 150...)
Seen at the offices of Falck in a suburb of Copenhagen.

In Denmark art-investments are now fully tax deductible so we say Congratulations to this multi-million € business, you really went out on a limb with that one!
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

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"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength"

Blues legend Charlie Patton's favourite passage from the Bible.

My problem with Christianity has always been mainly a problem with Christians, not really the Bible which is full of powerfull visions and imagery. Somehow it feels like a Christian is always trying to sell you something?
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Monday, December 06, 2004

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Saturday, December 04, 2004

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Honey, I'm home.

The guy living in the apartment below mine is an alcoholic and in the old days, 5-6 years ago, you could hear him every night shouting at his demons and knocking over furniture.

Nowadays he's calmed down quite a lot, but yesterday a friend of him appearently mistook my apartment for his and I found myself with a drunken 50 year old who had locked himself into my home,
I gently managed him out again explaining he was on the wrong floor.

The thing that struck me was the smell he left behind, a mixture of puke, piss, cigarettes, and unwashed feet, he smelled like you had collected the used underwear of ten generations of fishfactory workers and wrestling champions, placed it in a big hole, pissed on it untill the hole was filled up and then you'd left him in it for a few weeks.

Whew!

I had to open all my windows and go for a walk to get rid of the smell again, It really stuck...

Now, how the fuck did he get a key that fits to my apartment?!?!?
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Friday, December 03, 2004

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Pics from my show at PIXEL in Copenhagen, the blurryness is because they are taken with the phonecam, I'm not that bad a photographer...

- and FOUR DVD's sold!
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Thursday, December 02, 2004

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Today my show opens, it's the first time in ten years I'm doing a solo show, well, well...
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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

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Went and saw Alexander by Oliver Stone about the legendary warrior king Alexander the Great - a disappointing experience as the movie is made up of more than three hours of men in loincloth and body armour shouting, killing and talking about the greatness of themselves, their king, and Macedonia.

The battle scenes are the only thing really worth mentioning as they are highly realistic and I think one of the points of the movie is to show the difference between the myth of Alexander and the reality of his conquests, but outside the battlefield the movie just goes on and on with scenes that lack any real drama, shouting "noooooo" every time someone significant dies is hardly great acting, and Angelica Jolie (Alexander's mother) sports a peculiar rrrrussian accent which does nothing for her generally shallow and uninspiring performance.

On the whole it's a confusing blur with the odd quotation thrown in (at a point Alexander, in the middle of a battle, asks a group of reluctant soldiers "do you want to live forever" a quote normally associated with 17'th century Prussian King Frederick The Great)

When the movie's over you want to ask yourself what's really so interesting about a bunch of yokels dressed like a German rock band who explore the world by slaughtering or raping everybody they meet on their way.

Go and rent Gladiator instead.
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