Archive for February, 2008

Es war einmal die Medien

I’m pretty happy being able to announce that today will be the opening of our new theatre play “Es war einmal die Medien”.

Sorry, German only.

Ein Tag im Winter 2008: Für den klassischen Schullehrfilm sieht es alles andere als gut aus. In einer Welt der Powerpointpräsentationen und der Downloadplattformen kommt er sich ein bisschen vor wie Cat Stevens in einer Welt der Powerpointpräsentationen und der Downloadplattformen. Dabei könnte er die Zielgruppe da abholen, wo sie abgestellt wurde. Aber wie?! In einer Sprache von heute etwa, so zeitlos wie möglich und so zeitgemäß wie nötig? Vielleicht! Und mit Themen, die der unmittelbaren Erfahrungswelt der SchülerInnen entstammen?! Why not! Das Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur handelt: Der alte Schullehrfilm muss der neue Schullehrfilm werden, damit Lerninhalt Lerninhalt bleiben kann. Unter der Regie der bekannten Medienkünstlerin Amina Staniescu (u. a. Hans-Heinz-Hensler-Preis Dortmund 2005, Teilnahme an der Videonale Zagreb 2006) entsteht der erste „Schullehrfilm 2.0″ (Klappentext) „Es war einmal die Medien” – der interessante Versuch, Teledidaxe mit einer heutigen Formensprache aufzumöbeln. Und das braucht natürlich den entsprechenden Soundtrack. Die Wahl fällt auf Tonki Gebauer (Lampshade, Artist in Resistance, Sennheiser X, DJ AC/DJ), der bereits mit dem Soundtrack zu „Weites Land” aufgefallen war (österreichischer Dokumentarfilmpreis 2004). Am 27. Februar treffen sich beide in Gebauers Studio in Sopron, um sich den Rohschnitt anzusehen. Es entspinnt sich eine gnadenlose Analyse der spezifischen Medienform der spätbürgerlichen Gesellschaft und ihrer Funktion.

February 27, Volkstheater, Rote Bar, 10:30 PM.

You can find other dates here

Austria and the Oscar 2008

I am gonna forget that I am not an Austrian. But today I am gonna feel for you and hope like you do Austrians.
Austria is part of the Oscar. So cross your fingers, Austrians and Austrophiles, let’s hope that “The Counterfeiters” will bag the Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Viennese director Stefan Ruzowitzky.
Once again, the film is screened at selected Viennese cinemas.

British Bookshop-Mariahilferstrasse closes down

We regret to announce that our shop at Mariahilferstrasse 4 will be closing as of 1st March 2008.
We wish to thank all of our customers for their loyalty over the years and hope that we will see you soon at our main shop at Weihburggasse 24, 1010 Vienna.

Let’s face it, it must be the overpriced books. And then, there’s the practicality of ordering them via the World Wide Web. (Thank you
Whatever it is the British Bookshop is having a difficult time finding customers.
Anyway, the BBS’ first district branch is holding a book-sale event. It promises big reductions on many items. See you there.




Display window of Haydn English Cinema.

An Almost Freudian Door


Spotted at Mariahilferstraße.

Falcogasse soon???


That’s what I heard from any native I talked to after telling them that Ziegelöfengasse in the Fifth District would soon be Falcogasse. It is not definite yet. And I doubt that it will ever happen. I am not sure if the signatures plus the list of prominent people who spoke out to have a Falcogasse would be granted. Take the former mayor of Vienna Helmut Zilk for example. Initiated by Alex Nausner of the 88.6 radio station, he and the supporters think that Falcostiege is not enough to pay an hommage to Austria’s first-ever successful pop musician.

Falco was successful, talented, and just like every artist who got trapped due to a mix of fame/self-doubt/bad friends/money ended deadly.

They said he was a music genius, a Wunderkind like his family, friends, colleagues and fans declared. Maybe he was also one of the “great” musicians Austria has ever had. So why not a street to remember him. But is it really worth it to rename Ziegelöfengasse (since 1862, it was Piaristengasse as the private Catholic school Piaristen is located there, renamed due to a once-standing brick kiln, Ziegelöfen in German) Falcogasse?


What do you think?

Yay or Nay?

New Ska Underground

I just noticed that the newer subway trains are being used for some subliminal music marketing.


Brings a new meaning to the phrase “ranking full stop”

A Decent Russ Meyer Celebration

Roland Gratzer will present Russ Meyer’s “Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!” (1966) and embed the movie into a tight web of discourse and trivia! Don’t miss it!


Sunday, February 17, 8 PM @ Raum D (Museumsquartier; that’s here)

Link (info, German language)

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