Moon Rabbit, that’s the translation of the Korean word Dal Tokki! Dal Tokki is the name of a lovely little Korean restaurant in Berlin-Wedding, Prinzenallee 83, close to U-Bahn station Pankstrasse. They offer home made lunch, just one dish consisting of salad, soup, main dish. Changing every day. Always 8 €. And they serve a delicious yellow „Maistee“ – corn tea, roasted! And sell home made kimchi!
“Jedenfalls ist das Essen, das die Hasen bereiten, so rund wie der Vollmond selbst. Es fällt vom Planeten hinunter direkt auf unsere Teller. Dal Tokkis stampfen und backen und backen und stampfen. Im Takt der Hasen essen wir, was Hasen für uns kochen. Vom Mond direkt in die Stadt. Urban Korean Food ist planetarisch.”
“In any case, the food that the rabbits prepare is as round as the full moon itself. It falls directly from the planet onto our plates. Dal Tokkis stomp and bake and bake and stomp. We eat what rabbits cook for us in the same rhythm. From the moon straight into the city. Urban Korean Food is planetary.”
… makes a nice, soft pinhole selfie!
I don’t know why but I think a lot about the universe, nature, karma, magic, animals, fun, sense, reason, abundance, sundance … and now that the second half of my sabbatical year has begun (lucky me) I find so much time to edit some films I always wanted to finish. This greenish old Agfa super 8 film that I shot about 2 years ago: frogs and rape seed fields and me drawing animals and my brother coming running from the lake and flowers and water ripples …
Now there’s a film called „Die Perfekton der Mücke / The Perfection of the Mosquito“ which is a bit esoteric, a bit kitschy, green and fun and sugarsweet music (self-made – ha!).
Enjoy! Watch here the German version and here the English!!!
Sometimes films just fall from heaven. I was ready, trees were sugared, friend was happy to help with camera, the dung heap – all odor and vapor. I count to three, yksi kaksi kolme in Finnish, so beautiful words, resembling to nothing else!
And the film came.
Double, triple exposed, two Dagies, three Dagies and my ever questioning how the hell does the universe ticktocktackle??
Here’s the film (German)
Here’s the film (English)
Old negatives, part #2. My grandparents’ house. Long distant memories of a smell, a beloved garden, my granny in the kitchen peeling potatoes and smiling with her always rosy cheeks, so small, so fragile, so strong, so friendly.
I am diving in hundreds of old negatives … finding some gems here and there … these are my young film friends at the Open Air Film Festival Weiterstadt. Legendary. Those days when everybody was smoking all the time and we drank beer like water. And I was sneaking around all the time with my Canon AE1 Program. Love it!
My new film!
“Here I am again! On the hunt for the 6 right Lotto numbers!
Oh please, good numbers, come to me!!
Again … nothing won.
Ah who cares … at least it’s gonna be a party for the rabbits, the deer, the racoons, the eggbears and the foxes.”
… exposure time for this pinhole photo here! I am fascinated! I’m going to portrait all my rooms. I love my apartment, I love all my rooms, I live alone and I love it. Viva Kreuzberg!!!
“Ode an Juni” is a kind of infinite life work shot on Super 8.
In 2008, I started to capture June, my ultimately favorite month, in picture and sound.
Diary film, Berlin portrait, life excerpt, colorful poem, something like that now every year.
Number 7 from this year’s June is almost ready!!!!!
I am just about to edit the credits!
Update: Here it is!!!
Seeing my parents and saying hello to the sea! And taking some pinhole photos, too.
24 hours of exposure! This is a pinhole photo of my working space I took with my Illy coffee camera. One whole day! yay!!
I was invited to give a workshop in Warsaw at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art last weekend. Pure pleasure! Great group of 7 people, one day intense super 8 … filming and developing in good old coffee and nice new chrysanthemum juice! Chrysanthemum! Flower of the dead, used only for funerals or on graves (at least in some European countries), flower of the dead month November … we transformed it into something living, pulsating fresh analog film.
Sorry, it took me a while … I’m back in Berlin now, suddenly winter, scanning my 100 pinhole negatives, editing my films, enjoying life somewhere else with less colours and light but still beautiful …
Here’s one of my favourites:
I don’t know why, but I love this crossing, junction, x, streetchaos …. Alvarado Street / Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park in Los Angeles. The Echo Park Film Center is there … a magic spot, a home spot … please be there a little bit longer!
Oops! Suddenly I am on another planet. Car dominated too, but louder. Different colours, many colours, warmer wind, more palm trees. Gentrification buzzing in real time. A Russian truck with yummy Russian Food: Pelmeny! Beer breweries everywhere. One millimeter, sorry: inch! away: many many homeless tents. A little Kreuzberg feeling coming up. No, much tougher, I guess. Do I like it here? Yes!