Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Social workers - WAMIB part I

Just for you to know: WAMIB (= What annoys me in Berlin)
In the same building where I have my atelier, there is one of those typical Berlin social workers' organisation, I don't really know what they do there, but I know one thing - they don't do too much, apart from sitting in the yard, smoking and talking. Is that what they are paid for? Typical Berlin! There is so much money flowing to all those "social" projects in Berlin, I know, I used to work in one and I have seen with my very eyes all that money washed and whatever dodgy businesses took place there. Of course, social projects are important, they help people to make their living, help junkies to quit whetever they take, help ex-junkies to start new lives, fine. This all sounds (in theory) great and "good". But the reality is that I see and hear all those people talking bullshit everyday, for hours. And maybe it is not my business, but what I found really annoying was that as I parked my bike in the yard, walked by a group of those "hardworking" social workers, who were just busy smoking and talking, and said "hallo!" - they did not even answer me! None of them! Not even a sigh (that would do it). Is that too much to expect? Is that too hard? Is that too much work?

Vienna situation

The Curators & Mr Wagner in Vienna
So we did go to Vienna and we performed (we: The Curators & Thomas Wagner). And nobody threw us out, nobody beat us, actually people liked our SENSOR performance.

Ok, art crowd is more open to strange sound events than real music fans, and second - looking historically - Vienna is the source of action painting and wild music. I was also overwhelmed by the MAK space - the hall was really amazing.

Besides, the MAK flat where some of the artists lived, and we had a chance to have a drink and a photo session in a bathtub was really posh! I advise everybody to become a MAK artist and stay there at least for few days.

In the bathtub...
On that (big) evening there were different polish and austrian artists perfoming. But I guess we all liked the austrian Go Go Girls! Real ones! Although they did not perform any strip-tease...

A Go Go Girl...