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Some Handsome Hands – Piano Trio

I consider me blessed because I was able to get this live experience twice, in 2006 and 2009, I guess. Three great pianists and, by the way, pretty ladies, playing the piano. Some of the music experiences I’ll never forget.

Check their schedule and, if they are in town, go watch them perform!

 

A&A Cembalo Duo – “Danse Macabre” by C. Saint-Saens

These two young Russian harpsichordists show a lot of skill and talent with this great performance of Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre”!

Enjoy and support!

Zdzisław Beksiński – Dmochowski Gallery

In regelmäßigen Abständen besuche ich wieder die Online-Galerie, welche für diesen polnischen Ausnahmekünstler posthum erschaffen wurde. Dabei sprechen mich vor allem die Gemälde aus den Sälen 10 und 11 an. Sicher, das Ganze ist meistens recht morbide, doch dennoch wohnt dem für mich dennoch eine gewisse Schönheit – und vor allem Wahrheit –  inne. Und zum Nachdenken regt derartige Kunst allemal an. Interessant ist vor allem auch, in welcher Art er anscheinend die Welt wahrgenommen hat und was ihn beschäftigt hat.
Davon mal abgesehen zeichnet er sich durch einen sehr hohen Grad an Originalität aus, wie ich finde, was wohl auch daran liegen mag, dass er keinerlei formale Ausbildung zum Maler/Designer oder so besaß.
Und wie bei vielen anderen großen Künstlern endete auch sein Leben recht tragisch: Seine Frau verstarb 1998, sein Sohn beging 1999 Selbstmord – und er selber wurde 2005 von einem 19-jährigen angeblich wegen der Weigerung, ihm eine geringe Geldsumme zu leihen, mit 17 Messerstichen ermordet.

Philosophy and public affairs?

This article posted on one of the news sites that I am regularly following certainly deals with a common problem, a question that must have been posed multiple times during the history of philosophy. The article starts with the recent statement of the famous slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, in which he “endorsed” Trump as president – though with a lot of restrictions, so to say. See here. The article then continues with a brief recap of the historical interaction of philosophers with public affairs, identifies the point when the path of direct interaction was left, and finally dwells on several problems in modern-day philosophy that led to the under-representation of philosophy in public affairs. Interestingly, the article clearly outlines the same structural problems of the scientific world that are commonly criticised, and that almost everyone trying to gain foothold in science has encountered, not even mentioning the early critics of these methods. In this case meaning that the intense pressure to publish something new and showing off your skills in abstract fields distracts philosophers from focussing on the understanding of things that may be simple, but are of the greatest importance to humanity’s perception of and interaction with the world.

As someone highly interested in philosophy who always tries to see how it could be relevant for practical life, even if “practical” simply means modifying your brain to different paths of thinking, I enjoyed the approach the author of this article has taken. And in general I sincerely hope that philosophy, or the art of thinking, will soon regain some levels of impact.

It’s about time, don’t you think?

 

 

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