November Favo​rites :: homemade pasta, industrial sounds & a bit more

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With one week delay, I am back with the things that inspired me most this month.

#foryoursoul: This November, I tried to make pasta for the very first time in my entire life. And they were delicious! ;-) I made them with broccoli, cranberries, almonds, parsley, and a bit chili. Sooo good! 

#foryourears: This is Ro’s latest outcome. Podcast #84 called “A Wine Called Anarchy” features music by Pankow. I really like their industrial sounds, it takes me back to good times.

#foryoureyes: A friend of mine introduced me to the YouTube channel of 李子柒 and I love it. I like watching films on how things are made in general, but all her traditional cooking and creating is so inspiring. It really opens my ethnologist’s heart.

#foryourmind: Since I found “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron recommended so many times, I was thinking to get my own copy. I haven’t read it in total already, but reading the very first pages, I can already understand why it is so popular. I started to try out the in this book recommended morning pages and can really see positive results coming from that writing. So I am looking forward to more insights from this book.

Alright, enjoy the holiday season! :-)

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October Favo​rites :: tiny house vacation, practicing zen & a bit more

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I am not completely in Zen-mode right now, but I am trying to do my best. ;-)

#foryoursoul: I created these energy balls when we had that sushi night with friends a while ago. They are basically made of dates and cashews, cacao and sesame. Making it a fitting dessert after sushi, I added a bit of Jasmine tea infused water to the mix. 

#foryourears: After his very own release on Inner Demons, Ro created podcast #83 called “Inner Demons” to feature artists from this label. It’s all ambient and noise, but my very favorite track is “She, Zombie” by Loss. When listening to this one, I get the strangest of emotions, ranging from complete excitement to total creepiness, and then I have to play it once again, and again… haha! ;-)

#foryoureyes: Last week, Ro and I spent a couple of days in paradise (a.k.a. “Hans”, the tiny house from Cabin Wood at Mio-Minicamping). It was the most Zen-like vacation I have ever had. The house, the place, the weather, nature, people, and food – everything was just perfect so I can highly recommend it if you’re looking for a chance to experience the minimalist’s or essentialist’s lifestyle to the fullest while not missing high quality or any kind of comfort.

#foryourmind: After reading “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle this past January, I had to read “The Power of Now” too but it was a bit more complicated to process than the book I read before. So reading “Practicing The Power Of Now” is helping a lot now. I haven’t finished this one yet, but I can say, I practiced the power of the moment a lot during the days we spent in the tiny house. Various times, I found myself just sitting outside and simply enjoying the sun and the view of the wonderful landscape with lots of wild birds, friendly cats, and calm sheep and cows as well as green fields, Indian summer-like trees, and partly hilly terrain. All the books of this author are full of quotes you can read over and over again, so it’s hard to name just one. Nevertheless, here is one of my favorites of the book I am currently reading: “All problems are illusions of the mind. Focus your attention on the now and tell me what problem you have at this moment. I am not getting any answer because it is impossible to have a problem when your attention is fully in the Now. A situation needs to be either dealt with or accepted. Why make it into a problem?”

Well, have a wonderful time and see you soon! :-)

September Favo​rites :: anything zen & a bit more

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Yesterday I was thinking, my posts are exactly like a meeting with like-minded people: I usually cook/get something delicious to eat, Ro puts in an eclectic soundtrack and then we chat about art in general and about inspiring books, films, series, and music as well. It’s always pretty entertaining, fun, and sometimes mind-blowing as well. So welcome to my world. ;-)

#foryoursoul: This summer, Ro and I were invited to our friends that are masters when it comes to homemade sushi. So I was thinking to bring some Asia-style salad I came up with that includes any kind of root veggies (I used carrots), cucumber, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sesame, and coriander.

#foryourears: On Sep 12, Inner Demons from Florida/USA released “IND047” by Signalstoerung. It’s a 3” hand-stamped CD-r containing pretty dark and heavy noisy tunes. I am so proud of Ro, since this is his second release this year on a cool independent label and he keeps creating and creating the coolest stuff I ever heard… He really has a flow now (and I am secretly hoping it will infect my creative power soon).

#foryoureyes: A few weeks ago, I got a very friendly invitation from the makers of Monumenta to come and see this contemporary art and music festival in Leipzig. Since I am always on the hunt for something I haven’t seen before that prevents my mind from getting bored, I went with Ro on one fine Friday evening to the old industrial area called Pittlerwerke where Monumenta takes place until Oct 13. May it be my lack of seeing interesting visual arts lately or my non-existing muse to create something myself this year or may it be something totally different, but I have to say that Monumenta really is something you should see. Ro and I discovered many fascinating things and got the one or other inspiration. Besides seeing amazing sculptures, huge paintings, and pretty cool installations, we both agreed that we liked most the works of Hans Peter Adamski. He e.g. shows black squares on a natural-white black-sprinkled ground with squares slap written on the bottom. Pretty cool but confusing, isn’t it? Which brings me to…

#foryourmind: This summer, I really wanted to find out and understand everything about Zen. So besides some other books on this topic, I read “Die große Befreiung” by Daisetz T. Suzuki, an introduction to Zen Buddhism. After reading this book, I first found the answer why Zen teachers in kung-fu movies usually act so weird. ;-) I also figured out, that even Zen seems to be the easiest thing to do, it might be the hardest thing to do at the same time. Well, I won’t explain how Zen works now, but for me, it is a perfect match to discovering Adamski’s art, to Ro’s music and to my attempt to live an easier and more minimal/essential life in general. So when you get behind Zen, I think it’s really as cool as my wooden scarf after a night walk in a song. Or something like that (at least I tried). ;-)

August Favo​rites :: a native american memoir, a vj video clip​ & a few more + a book giveaway

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This summer keeps being an adventurous and exciting one. :-)

#foryoursoul: During such a hot summer like this, having different cold recipes on hand is good. This is a cold (or alternatively lukewarm) rice pudding with fresh, cold, partially pretty sour berries, which were previously marinated in raw cane sugar and fresh basil. Super refreshing.

#foryourears: Ro keeps being very creative these days and put together a three-part podcast called “Exploring the Arabic world with Muslimgauze”. Muslimgauze is an artist we admire for many years now. He had such an extensive output and created various songs that are very cool to listen to or became hits in independent clubs. Since I discovered Muslimgauze, “Your Arms, Our Opium” was my favorite track and it still is a pretty cool one, but when I was listening to Ro’s selection, I discovered many more and stuck with “Lahore” and “Turn Left for Jabaliya”, which you’ll find on part 3. So have fun listening, I am sure you’ll find some crazy tunes.

#foryoureyes: When Ro and I create audiovisual events featuring electronic music, we love to collaborate with the very talented TiND (thisisnotdesign) from Montrèal, whose mastermind Francis is also a member of our artist collectives Global Noise Movement and Adventurous Music. signalstoerung x TiND :: S9″ is the latest production, so please enjoy.

#foryourmind: I am very proud of and super excited about the book “It’s Only The Beginning – The Memoirs Of Lakota Warrior Theȟíya Kté From Wounded Knee” by Garry Rowland. Since 2015, the author and I were working together to create this publication which is out now and available in bookstores all around the world and online. It is based on interviews the author and I took via e-mail, messenger, and in person, and many people helped with knowledge and skills and photography to make this book happen. In his memoirs, Garry Rowland tells about growing up in a traditional Lakota family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota (USA) in the 1950s, about becoming a warrior at the age of twelve, followed by his involvement in history-making events such as the seventy-one-day takeover of Wounded Knee in 1973 and the Mní Wičóni movement to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016/17. It is written in English while using words and terms of the Lakota language. I cannot pick a favorite quote since the whole book is such a unique masterpiece, but I can highly recommend it because it is both a document of American history with an outlook of what can be done to make indigenous people’s lives better and a great portrait of the Lakota ways of life. You can get your own copy at your favorite bookshop around the corner or on Amazon.comAmazon.de, and bod.de. All the income from the book sale will help to support the Lakota people. 

##giveaway## 

I have one copy of “It’s Only The Beginning – The Memoirs Of Lakota Warrior Theȟíya Kté From Wounded Knee” by Garry Rowland to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do is to share this link on social media while saying why you are interested in this book and letting me know via thisistopa@gmail.com. On August 31, I pick one person randomly. Good luck!