Day 8: Kassel
|Chorus member shoes are from a performance artist: supposedly made for women standing on their feet all day; the chorus members had to sign a waiver that they were only to be worn while working|
Quote of the Day: Conceptual art: work such that no one knows what is going on
Today is Thursday so THB is taking his methotextrate and reminding himself constantly that this is a no alcohol day.
Even though we were up late last night, THB and DB are up early and out: we’re climbing up to the vista point just below a statue of Hercules high up on the mountain. It’s very pretty and that statue is a long ways up the hill so we just take in the view and ignore the five cranes involved in reconstruction.
Breakfast buffet: toast, apple, cereal and decaf cappuccinos.
|Agnes Denes: Living Pyramid|
The bus departs at 9:20 (the times are being adjusted frequently) and our first stop is to see a pyramid of flowers and plants in N. Kassel. After that it is a short ride to the empty back half of the main post office, full now with D14 exhibits.
|Pile e Sapmo|
|screen of deer skulls, all shot as part of govt culling|
|Dan Peterman ingots again|
The group splits differently this morning: the 6 of us who want to use headsets while the guide speaks into a portable mic go together and the rest who are headset resistant are in the other group. THB loves the headsets because he likes to wander while being talked to, listening to the chorus member all the time.
|An "old" building refurbished inside into a multitude of rooms and a hidden courtyard|
Dieter the great curator joins us for lunch at Renthof and provides a running commentary in answer to the questions we throw out; very entertaining and informative!
Lunch: four different cold salads and four hot entrees and a chocolate mousse for dessert.
|The tower with smoke coming out|
In the afternoon we return to the main plaza and see a few minutes of a film by Ben Russell on gold miners, projected in an area underground in four very dark rooms.
|D14 signage is an installation of its own: how to signify you're going down|
From there we visit the Grimm Museum, focused on the Bros Grimm.
The D14 exhibit entails listening to a very interesting set of stories by the curator (a young Israeli) who explains the history behind the children’s books by a Freud relative, paintings on the walls found underneath a house, and a recreation by an artist of some of the Grimm Bros books. The curator’s stories are much better than the exhibit.
|Tom, Sigmund Freud's niece, had a tragic life and was rediscovered after she committed suicide|
|Part of the basement in Ukraine house now on display. Our curator, Itamar Gov, was part of the D14 negotiating team with the Ukranians|
Drinks out front of the hotel (water for THB; $25) and dinner next door at Hohe Wache: Wiener Schnitzel for THB, flatbread pizza for DB, salad to share for THB and DB, salad and pasta for SC, and a glass of wine for DB and water for the table, $90 for three.
|Sorry THB, not for you|
|Nor this one|
|Schnitzel mit frites|
Pics from around town:
|Some of D14 signage|
|In case of an emergency THB is supposed to go...which way?????|
|For D14 it says Beingsafeisscary|
|There are ziggie machines spread around|
|Names on bricks...no idea who they are|
|There's a figure in there|
|The discover of more "caps" means that maybe we didn't find Walter de Maria's installation after all|
|There's a pet on the loose|