Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vienna: Psychedelic spring

"Death grows like a tree that's planted in my chest
Its roots are at my feet, I walk so it won't rest

Oh, Baby I am Lost...

I try to push the colors through a prism back to white
To sync our different pulses into a blinding light
And if love is not the key, if love is not a key.
I hope that I can find a place where it could be."

(Asaf Avidan, Different Pulses)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Vienna: Signs of spring

“Life in the World is but a big dream;
I will not spoil it by any labour or care.”
So saying, I was drunk all the day,
Lying helpless at the porch in front of my door.
When I woke up, I blinked at the garden-lawn;
A lonely bird was singing amid the flowers.
I asked myself, had the day been wet or fine?
The Spring wind was telling the mango-bird.
Moved by its song I soon began to sigh,
And as wine was there I filled my own cup.
Wildly singing I waited for the moon to rise;
When my song was over, all my senses had gone.

Li Po, Waking from Drunkenness on a Spring Day
 (trans. Arthur Waley, 1919)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Naschmarkt Flea market [whatever happened to Pop art]

“Flea-Market vendors are frozen mid-haggle. Middle-aged women are frozen in the middle of their lives. The gavels of frozen judges are frozen between guilt and innocence. On the ground are the crystals of the frozen first breaths of babies, and those of the last gasps of the dying.”
( Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close )

If you’re a treasure hunter, an antiques enthusiast or if you’re just looking for something but you have no idea what exactly, explore one of the best flea markets in Europe: Flohmarkt (the german word for “flea market”). Surrounded by beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, it’s situated near the Naschmarkt.

Every Saturday, you can wander around in search of old furniture, books, vintage clothes, paintings, vinyl records, ancient electrical goods, old postcards, ornaments, carpets and…magnificent junk.

It’s a marvelous place…and haunting at the same time. It makes your heart beat faster as you might have the feeling of traveling back in time.

The display of objects is quite unique, as you’ll see in the photos I’ve taken, and through the gazing eyes of the art dealers, your senses can be awakened!

Je vous invite! :)