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Alex 30th birthday at CASINO WIEN

first of all - this is not a sponsored post! I really went to the casino!
Why? because my supercool and front up bff Alex celebrated her 30th birthday!! YAY!

Whatsapp message:
Alex: Hey, i want to invite you to my 30th birthday 
party next thursday at the Casino in Vienna!

Me: Shit guuurl!!! 30 !?!?!?

LOL

Anyhow, dear cutie pie Alex had NO idea that we planed on organizing a ride for her birthday! in a WHITE stretched limousine !!
It wasn't the mosty luxurious model but gosh babes that shit is expensive!
We had booze so we didn't care anyway really - only Alex she nearly pissed her pants out of excitement ;) - mission completed.

So me going to the Casino for the very first time i had NO idea that you need to bring ID and are not allowed to wear sneakers and men have to wear a jacket.
So Mark doesn't own a Suit Jacket and also i thought to myself:

"Oi i just put on my sneakers today since i NEVER wear them anyway. Ah there is my ID" - looking down on my kitchen table in the morning and walked out the door.



So the first stop was my apartment haha (sorry alex).
I put my high heels on and this beautiful frock i found in my closet.

Getting in was no problem at all so off we were.
(Did you know that you get 2 bottles of champagne when you go to the casino! #preeboozingonmynextbirthday)

So with no further delay here are some pics from the evening.
(I found out you are not allowed to take pics, probably not allowed to put them online either but uhm.. yeah.. try to sue a poor artist with no money #kisses)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)

(photo: Cathrine Prack)
(f.l.t.r. Ingo, Nina, Cathi, Alex, Rita, Alex brother(i forgot his name) and me)



(Check out the guy on the right, he was SO close to tell me of after taking that pic haha)


One thing everyone thinks (me included) is that drinks and food is super expensive in the casing - not true! my Margherita was only 7,50€ and it was YUMMY!



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impressions.


The photographer is unknown to me which is a huge shame because these images are just amazing.
Makes you want to go there and snoop around.













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Aki Inomata


Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents.
Hermit crabs usually inhabit vacated snail shells, but in their absence, they’ve been known to inhabit pieces of wood, stone or plastic, so their “partnership” with Inomata isn’t all that strange. Instead of their usual shells, Inomata provided them with tiny works of art to carry on their backs. The series is aptly titled “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”
Check out the videos below, where you get to see how the shells were made and how the hermit crabs moved in to their new homes.


In this piece I gave hermit crabs shelters that I had made for them, and if they liked my shelters, they made their shells in them. My idea for this piece first came about when I participated in the "No Man's land" exhibition that was held in the French Embassy in Japan in 2009. This work is inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and became Japanese for the following fifty years, before being returned to France. The same piece of land is peacefully transferred from one country to the other. These kinds of things take place without our being aware of it. On the other hand, similar events are not unrelated to us as individuals. For example, acquiring nationality, moving, and migration. The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?”







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MIMA by FÁBIO SILVA

Performance :
LIAISONS SANS LENDEMAIN, L'INTIMITÉ ET LE CONFORT SS15
by MIMA by FABIO SILVA

Through a series of personal situations in his own life and the life of people surrounding Silva. He felt 
compelled to analyse the actions and emotions related to meeting someone and having casual sex with 
that person. 

"This lead to a nearly therapeutic process of knowing myself better and what I was aiming 
with these random encounters."

There is no right answer for this as it is something unique and personal. 
This process revealed itself through a series of drawings and illustrations that eventually became the 
first drafts and prints for his SS15 collection LIAISONS SANS LENDEMAIN, L’INTIMITÉ ET LE 
CONFORT. 



To preview it, Silva thought of not only showing some pieces of the collection, or explaining the reasons behind them, but suggesting that people went through a similar process themselves, hence 
understanding his work better and being able to relate to it or not.

By exposing possible attitudes after a one night stand, Silva expects the audience to question their own way of dealing with casual sex, which might even reflect on other parts of their lives. 
This performance aims to suggest the viewers to question their own stand towards sex, love and future 
family life. 


The size of the space will place viewers almost inside the action. 
The initial nudity/almost 
nudity of the models combined with the stillness and tension of most of the performance intends to 
cause a certain discomfort and anxiety in the audience, leading to an unconscious self-reflection. 
The collection and performance are connected not only by the concept, but by texture and colour as 
well. 





 





Performers: 
Fábio M Silva



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This is the Happy House

Sunday is in gerenal not my day.
I feel depressed and i am all in all not satisfied with the -doesn't matter what situation i am in.
Yesterday way different. 

I was happy to get out of my "i has no friends" mood to - hey! life can be awesome if i let it.

My dear friend Lilly and Isabella invited me to join them for a flea market stroll - it was actually a very old apartment in the 6th district. The Woman who used to live there passed away years ago and her lovely notanymore-children decided to sell basically everything left in the apartment.

Here are some impressions of what the place looked like.
Lilly and Isabella also had their hands full of stuff - Isi even scored a original 70s kitchen! its SO adorable!!









After this super retro trip back to the 70s and 80s and a good Handwash (we had no idea the place would look like this and be that dirty) we walked down through "Margareten" the 5th district to BRUT.

Brut is one of my favourte places in Vienna, i go there a lot.
Superfun people there who you can always be silly with ;)
So they had their SUMMERFEST there and that always means dressing up and eating way toooo much ;)







HAIRBRUSH KARAOKE TIME


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Probably one of the best Festivals this summer....

.... the ELECTRIC PICNIC festival in Ireland caught our attention as we were wondering what event to cover this summer.

For all of you who know my taste in music it should be no secret that a festival of this sort is why i love my job.
I'm trying to get tickets to the festival so that i can keep you guys updated with all the details and as usual when i visit a festival you can also check out the everyday diary right here.

For more exclusive content i'll be writing for the FAUX FOX MAGAZINE - check out their page for exclusive photos/interviews and reviews on the concerts and happenings at the ELECTRIC PICNIC.
One of my best friends and photographers Karin is super extraordinary talent when it comes to picturing Bands on stage and impressions of events.

So please my friends fingers crossed because there are some complications because of me being foreign press (i think).


Why attend the ELETRIC PICNIC?

the mix of genres and bands are the reason why i think this festival will be the next big thing in europe!

You can purchase your tickets right HERE on their Homepage!


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I'm working on....

two weeks ago i got a phone call from a man who works in publishing.
Over mutual friends of ours he heard about my past growing up in a institutional christian community and the struggles i had to face back then - and still am.

He told me that he'd be interested in publishing a Book about my story.
I have to admit i was afraid of doing a thing like this but it is exactly that reason why i have decided to write this book.

I will tell the story about how i grew up going to churches - having God as an omnipresent topic in my everyday life and what effect it had on me in the way i thought about other people/genders/sexual orientations and specially the way i was told to think and treat people who are "different".

Not everything about my childhood and going to a community like that was negative. I will give my best to show only the truth and let the reader be the judge.
I guess i am still scared of doing this and also afraid of what Friendships will end as soon as this book is published. But i have something to say and i went trough enough disappointment.
And i got out of things which without the help of my friends and (my) God i would have not been able to accomplish.

So this will be interesting! and i'll keep you updated on it!

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Portable Body - Knowledge.




PORTABLE BODY - KNOWLEDGE By Sergio Valenzuela Valdés
MA Art & Science. 
Diploma exhibition. 
June, Monday16th. 10.30 am. 
Sala Terrena.

The performance-installation explores the sharing of methods and tools as portable knowledge. 
The main topics examined are body and text: each in relation to art and science, and also as a metaphor of the body as a book-object. The theoretical background at the core of the project is a dialogue between cognition, performance studies and body art





The exhibition invites the audience to experience the body as a type of knowledge. Through scanning inscriptions on the artist’s skin the audience creates a collage of information, echoing the laboratory rituals of scientists extracting information from samples. 



The printouts are portable, shareable and deliverable ‘body copies’ that can be read aloud, posted on a wall or left on the gallery floor. The exhibition also presents micrographs of the printed skin and a book on the body containing 100 close-ups but no text. 

Lastly, to experience the process on the micro level and as a comparison of the scanner copying the live performance, there is a video of a microscope going through the surface of the printed skin.


Photos by Max Kropitz


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TEDx AM RING



I had the thought that its going to be the first TEDx Am Ring but i was wrong ;)
Anyhow, i had the pleasure some weeks ago to visit a TED event here in Vienna. I was SO happy for this opportunity to be part in a session that would change so many views on topics like HIV/AIDS and the environment.

Seldom was i so moved by speakers on these topics and i can only say THANK you to TEDxAmRing for organizing this important event!!
To all of you who missed it 


The talk took place in the HOFBURG in Vienna - which was very interesting to me because this is also where the far right party is hosting their annuals (yes i will say it!) Nazi Ball. And yet here we are talking about LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, tolerance and how to make our earth a better place TOGETHER. Nice statement ;)


I will present you some of my favourite speakers.
Mark Debyl kicked if of as first on stage and really blew me away with his passion and his devotion to change!
Mark Dybul is the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dybul has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. He has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees.
Dybul became a founding architect and driving force in the formation of the U.S. President George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical Officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting director, in 2006 he was appointed as its leader, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State.


You can check out his session right HERE:





The Story of REGAN HOFMANN brought me to tears! This Woman from California who was diagnosed with HIV herself showed so much compassion for ending the stigma against AIDS/HIV+ People on this earth.

Regan Hofmann is an award-winning journalist, media expert and published author who was formerly the editor-in-chief of POZ and poz.com. At UNAIDS, Hofmann works to build stronger, more strategic collaborations with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and the U.S. Congress. She works with civil society and advocacy groups to build support for key UNAIDS priorities. 
Prior to joining UNAIDS, Hofmann worked as a consultant to organizations defending domestic and global funding for HIV/AIDS and those focused on securing the health, dignity and human rights of people living with HIV. An openly positive woman whose memoir "I Have Something To Tell You" was published in 2009, Hofmann serves on the amfAR board and as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


Catch her session HERE:




Albert Frantz was amazing playing the Piano!


These Portraits where exhibited at the Hofburg.
They show people living with HIV. Pictures where taken by ADRIAN CHESSER

Adrain Chesser is a self-taught photographer who refined his craft and practice through a personal mentor/protégé relationship with photographer Rosalind Solomon, and later with photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery. His first critical success came with “I have something to tell you” a personal exploration of what it meant to disclose life-altering news.
Chesser will introduce and exhibit two of his series at the conference.




Eurosongcontest Winner CONCHITA WURST also gave a very touching speech on her personal experiences and about how important it is to live in peace and share the most important message of all which is LOVE





I personally was very excited about the last speaker of the day - Ms. Vivienne Westwood.
A Woman that i personally admire for her impressive knowlege and the ability to share it in a way so many people can easily understand.
To me it was amazing how she talked about anti capitalism and what you as single person can do to help our planet, and most of all to stand up + get some friends motivated and DO something.


I was so touched to see that she knew exactly what she is talking about and had amazing inside information on the "World leaders" and how to fight them and also quite sad/upset knowing that people working for ms. Westwood are pure capitalists and take advantage of her and local young designers to make profit of of them.
I'm sure if she knew how homophobe, aggressive, fake and greedy they where she would probably brake to tears.
I recommend you to watch her session and have a good brainstorm about how and why we live our lives the way we do.
And think about how one can CHANGE the way we handle our life and treat other people.
Think about it, talk about it - DO SOMETHING.






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