Britain’s code-breakers are stumped by an encrypted handwritten message from World War II that was found in a tiny red canister attached to the leg of a long-dead carrier pigeon in a household chimney in Surrey, England. This is the beginning of the code: AOAKM HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC. But it is easy to crack the secret code, if you have the one-time pad. And here is the first part of the misterious key: CTDHQ LEEMA MGWXW BUHAO, which I found in my chimney. Using modular addition you will find the plaintext: DIESE TAUBE SUCHT ADLER. The german text means THIS PIGEON LOOKS FOR AN EAGLE. So the pigeon should ask for support for the allied forces establishing the Invasion of Normandy. Don’t believe it? No problem, just create your own history…
Britain’s code-breakers are stumped by an encrypted handwritten message from World War II that was found in a tiny red canister attached to the leg of a long-dead carrier pigeon in a household chimney in Surrey, England. This is the beginning of the code: AOAKM HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC. But it is easy to crack the… Continue reading »View full post
The first attempt to establish an English settlement in the new world failed. Roanoke Island in North-Carolina is known as “The Lost Colony”. The first 100 colonists disappeared without any trace. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post of the abandoned fort. Croatoan was the name of a nearby island and… Continue reading »View full post
The first attempt to establish an English settlement in the new world failed. Roanoke Island in North-Carolina is known as “The Lost Colony”. The first 100 colonists disappeared without any trace. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post of the abandoned fort. Croatoan was the name of a nearby island and a local tribe of Native Americans. According to this story the phrase “Gone to Croatan” has become an emblem of “dropping out” of civilization and “returning to” the wilderness.
The exhibition “Gone to Croatan” deals with the topics remembrance and disappearance. The shortfilms of the artist duo Fischli / Weiss or of Bas Jan Ader are examples for this. In “The Right Way” a rat and a bear go hiking in an unspoiled countryside, in “The Fall” a man falls very slow down from a roof. The filmmaker Bas Jan Ader himself vanished in 1975 on a sailboat trip over the Atlantic.
“Gone to Croatan” was first shown at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun / Poland. Now it comes to the “Dortmunder U”, the centre for art and creativity of Dortmund / Germany. The exhibition will open on June 3rd, 2011.
New York artist Agathe Snow created the 16th exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. ‘All Access World‘ was a full-room installation which took as its subject the world’s most famous landmarks and monuments. National treasures like the Brandenburg Gate or the Eiffel Tower became large sculptures on wheels. Visitors were invited to reposition them on a distorted world map. ‘All Access World’ is a fictional company which fabricates personal models of the perfect monument. So the monuments are transformed into consumer products. The exhibition took place from January 28th until March 30th, 2011.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe/Germany shows photographs of the architecture from the late Soviet era. 90 photographs by French publicist Frédéric Chaubin (editor in chief of the magzine ‘Citizen K’) illustrate strange and spectacular buildings often located in regions on the periphery of the former USSR. The photographs are published in the book ‘Cosmic Communist Constructions Photgraphed’. The exhibition ‘Fréderic Chaubin – CCCP’ is presented from January, 29th until March 27th, 2011.
Photo by Marteen Dirkse via Flickr.
See more impressions on the photostream of SPIEGEL ONLINE (only German)
The ‘Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe’ (museum of art and industrial arts) in Hamburg/Germany exhibits products designed by Albrecht Graf Goertz. The german designer emigrated in 1936 to the United States. In 1955 his masterpiece was presented: the BMW 507, named ‘dream of the Isar‘ and for many people the most beautiful BMW ever build. The car can be seen in the exhibition ‘Made in the USA – the design of Albrecht Graf Goertz’.
‘BMW 507′, photo by motoyen via Flickr.
‘Datsun Z 240z Advertising’ by IFHP97 via Flickr.
‘Datsun Silvia Advertising’ by aussiefordadverts via Flickr.
The Exhibition starts January 19th, 2011 and shows until March 27th, 2011 nearly 50 products of Graf Goertz.
‘Dachau, Münchener Straße’ by Carl Thiemann, 1909 (Postcard, landscape in the background):
‘Brückensteg’ (Bridge) by Daniel Staschus (Postcard, landscape in the background):
The exhibition ‘Da war die ganze Erde weiss’ (‘There was the whole world white’) in Reutlingen shows from December 18th, 2010 until March 13th, 2011 the original works and many more:
See more Winter Art: my photostream on Flickr ‘Winter in Motion’.
The exhibition was presented int the Kunsthalle of Düsseldorf from November 28th,2009 until February 28th,2010 and in the Gallery of the Taxipalais Innsbruck from April 24th until July 4th, 2010. At the Kunstmuseum of Stuttgart it started at September 18th, 2010.
Potato fritters nailed on a wall. Installation by the german artist Judith Samen.
See more photos of the exhibition on my flickr photostream.
I wish you a white Christmas, just like in Germany. See more impressions of our Christmas: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prolitteris/sets/72157625541082825/