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Switch off. Chiemsee.

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The city that whirs in my ears.
The city that keeps me alive.
The city that keeps me awake.
The city that nearly never sleeps.
Also its citizens call it a village.

 

 
The city that is next to silence. Silence that charges my batteries.
Silence that frees my mind. Silence that makes my heart breathe.
Silence.
Silen.
Sil.
S.
.

 

 

 
City. Silence.
A necessary opposite.

 

 

 

Pretzel time – Arsek and Erase

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If there would be a bavarian cookie monster the Four Plus crew members Arsek and Erase definitely would have pleased it.

 
Well at least if their Bulgarian pretzel wouldn’t eat the cookie monster first.

 

 

 

Mr. Woodland ft. Dater127 and Pixeljuice

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Beside his remittance work Mr. Woodland is currently also pushing his own art projet near Theresienwiese called Westend-Stories. Additionaly to his Wiesn mural with ERASE & ARSEK, Malakkai, Danjer and Herr von Bias he also did some walls with Stick up Kids and Love Letters crew member Dater 127 and Pixeljuice.

 

 

 
“Home is where the heart is …” has been the 1st collab between Mr. Woodland and Pixeljuice whereby it definitely has not to be the last one. Pixeljuice’s hermit crab is indeed a nice co-driver for Mr. Woodland’s move-out mural.

 

 

Mr. Woodland’s slug is in fact the most colourful and boozed one I’ve seen so far whereby it perfetly suits Dater’s style writing. It is not for nothing that he is a member of the Love Letters and SUK.

 

Artview Pinakotheken Munich

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What I like about art is the fact that everyone is able to form their own opinion. Whether you’re an expert or just into colours, styles or your teacher / parents call on you to visit an exhibition; everyone is able to decide if he likes the picture or why not.

 

 

 
Munich hereby is a great host. Beside a lot of exhibitions the city serves lovely cultural offerings like Jüdisches Museum, the Lensbachhaus, the BMW Museum, the Haus der Kunst or the Kunstareal with the Pinakotheken.

 

 

 
To document the relationship between art and the audience I started a series called Artview. This time with some photos I took during several visits at the Pinakotheken.

 

 

 

 
Beside the very good permanent exhibition and the nice selection of special exhibitions the Sunday special is one of the things I appreciate most. Every Sunday all visitors only have to pay 1,-€ admission charge. Hereby people with maybe a small time bucket and for sure people with less money are able to nurture their cultural education. Chapeau!

 

 

 

Wiesn – the graffiti edition by Mr. Woodland and friends

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A few weeks ago the 181st Oktoberfest took place in Munich. Although it hasn’t been a Rekord-Wiesn it was a lovely fair with a lot of beer.

 
What most of the guests didn’t know is the fact that some artists already had celebrated their own Oktoberfest near Theresienwiese. Therefore Munich based artist Mr. Woodland invited ERASE & ARSEK from Four Plus, Malakkai, Danjer and THE WEIRD CREW member Herr von Bias to paint a bizarre mural.

 

 

 

 
Whether it was by fluke or just the right touch how Mr. Woodland casted the dudes but by the first glimpse you are dumbfound. The bright colours, the mind-blowing style and the fact that everything just seems to be done by one artists is a proof for their damn skills.

 

 

 
Due to the fact that I was nearly starving for a coloured environment since I moved to Munich I’m more than happy to find some jewels like this one every now and then.

 

 

 

 
The Bayerisches Fernsehen additionally published a short video including some interviews about Mr. Woodland’s art project.

Rhône Glacier near Furka Pass

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During our last vacation in Valais, Switzerland we inter alia crossed the Furka Pass in the south of Switzerland. Although I crossed it myself for the 1st time I’ve been James Bond’s co-driver in mind during his trip at the Furka Pass.

 

 
Next to the Furka Pass road in the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais 1 we stumbled across the source of the river Rhône, the Rhône Glacier. The access to the glacier is at about 2.300 m.a.s.l. whereby its summit the so called Dammastock is at about 3.630 m.a.s.l..

 

 
Next to the access is a tourist information and a Grand-Budapest-Hotel-like-hotel the Belvedere. The hotel was built between 1882 and 1903 and is more than 130 years old.

 

 
As pretty and breathtaking such a glacier is it’s as sad how you’re able to see it melt down. In 2006 the glacier which is one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva 2 melted down between 12 to 15 feet a day. 3

 

 
If you’re into sustainability and alpine tourism or just want to have more information about climate change I recommend the Alpen unter Druck (The Alps under pressure) exhibition curated by the Deutscher Alpenverein DAV (German Alps Club). They additionally published an e-paper for their exhibition (available in German only).

 

Platzangst – progressive freeride

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Since the beginning of mankind human beings are looking for freedom and to live in peace with nature. While pushing your bike through nature you compete with yourself, daily stress and your environment. Higher – faster – further. Just driven by a certain agoraphobia.

 

 
Because of the fact that riding thorugh the woods or a bike park in a tuxedo sucks a few commited drivers started in 1999 to create high functional and well designed apparel. As they’ve always been peering for freedom they named their dream which has become real after one of their biggest fears: Platzangst.

 

 

“Platzangst – …this idea came from our own desire to feel free to compromise to conquer his own fears in order to follow the urge for freedom can be carefree.”

 
Since 2010 riders are able to buy high quality products with an excellent price-performance also via their professional online shop. They inter alia got the 2nd place for garment at the FREERIDE Reader’s Award 2011 and the 3rd place for garment at the MTB Rider Reader’s Award 2011.

 

 

 
Fortunately they offered me their DFL jacket / pants and their CROSSFLEX jacket / pants which I inter alia tested at Rotwand, Valais, my home trails and my shower. All of their products are definitely well manufactured. You’re able to have a comfort ride neither with that 90’s hip hop look nor with endless adjusting. All clothes are high functional therefore you don’t feel like sitting in a sauna or wearing a rag rug. Beside that they offer intelligently placed pockets and zippers. If you’re not yet conviced you should definitely try Platzangst apparel on your own – as I already told – they offer their products for an excellent price-performance.

 

 
To get more into their work I recommend to have a look at their facebook page or their news section. More pictures can inter alia be found on my instagram profile.