Alvin Lucier, I am sitting in a room. The significance of copying.

"The night put darkness in my eyes
And I used it to find light"
Gu Cheng

Vision One

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre"
a bit anarchic, planetary, expansive, a vulture circles in ever expanding arcs
"I’m an object-savant, and an exhibition-maker,” she said. “I work with ideas and things, and I’ve always used an artistic practice to curate my shows… There’s something really nice about ending something. You want things to have a beginning, a middle and an end."
September 18, 2014. Met one of my heroes. Ydessa Hendeles. 
"How is “identity art” public. Is it you or your “identity?” My problem is that, if this art is eccentrically you, it is as complex and unavailable as a poem. I can live with this. But if your “identity art” is generalized to fit your “identity group,” it is popular art. Example: Over the length of my writing life, I have written poems and pop songs. The difference? When I write a poem, the presiding consciousness is eccentrically Dave. When I write a song the presiding consciousness is the Dave who shares traits with others. Want a date! Feels put down! Totally in love! Like that. My point: identity art can only serve identity groups as a pop song does, which ain’t art."
Dave Hickey
BERLIN

Hire a bike and get out to Potsdam  so pretty!!! Also, the Berlin Philharmoniker do free lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays which are superb!

Kreuzberg is ace- das gift is there for some Mogwai malt. East side gallery is free and well worth a look. TV tower gives you a birds eye view. 

Go and see the house in no man’s land! 

Food: There is a real down-homey brewery in the now-very-fancy Rosa Luxumburg Platz called Marcus Brau. It’s like eating in someone’s German grandparents’ living room and they brew their own beer. So worth it. There’s TONS of good Vietnamese restaurants, especially in KBerg; Kebabs are everywhere, cheap and magical and you should eat them for the other two meals of the day. KBerg is good for food but if you really want choice go to Friedrichshain where every second doorway is a restaurant.

The wall memorial (near Brunnenstraße) is awesome, markets on the weekend are great (Mauer Park and Boxhagenerplatz are the reliable ones), if you want to stay away from tourists don’t even bother with the centre of the city. The Stasi museum in FShain is awesome/terrifying and in the original Stasi offices. If you want a terrifying tour go on the Berliner Unterwelt tour of the nuclear bunker built into a UBahn station; probably the most amazing thing I did in all the years we lived there.