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Finally, the end is here…

My last days in Berlin. Not lost, finally documented after 3 weeks of searching for my camera.

 

Last picture of Donna Huanca’s “accordian series”:

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First try of my new (and first) leather satchel:

as a drawstring? NO!

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Color story included flesh tone pink, slate gray with a caramel leather bottom and strap. Very Chloe 2008:

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SOPHIE HAMACHER @ the General Public Gallery for a viewing of her short films. I was a “sound advisor for her piece “Fog”. I was so excited for her!
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MEAT:

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After finishing my first leather satchel, I became obsessed with purse patterns:Photobucket

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All I was thinking was “shape, leather, suede, form……”

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Desert Suede Satchel #1 BY: Maria Chavez FOR: Alina Rojas

 

***Thanks to Alina Rojas and her roommate Emilio for putting up with me for a month in their amazing apartment.  I gave Alina this satchel as a ThankYou for her patience with me.

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Favortie Berlin outfit:

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Margiela sweater, blue german work pants, sliced long underwear from the 20’s and platforms from a boring italian shoe maker…RIP..

 

Alina made food one day, looked good…

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Donna and I on our way to a party from Gorlitzer Bahn:

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AIDS #-D CLOSE UP of one of their sculptures.  I tool video of the beginning of this process months ago, here is the final product. Brilliant.Photobucket

 

Berlin studios have the best corners:

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ABOVE—> STUDIOS!!

 

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Later that week, awesome polenta display. VERY Crate n Barrel:

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Random sand and wood placement:Photobucket

 

 

Last morning. So happy to go home. I love New York City.Photobucket

 

 

THANK GOD!!! BACK IN NYC! Just in time for PS1’s last summer party of the season:Photobucket

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Was a madhouse. So much fun.

A day after I found my camera I found a great example of unintentional placement. HOORAY!! I’m back BABY!!!

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Now that my camera is back, I need to re assess what I will be posting in the coming days. Hang in there with me. And thanks for your curiosity. xoxoxo

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Summer Photos By Gerd Bayer

Thanks to Gerd Bayer, Anthony Sandoval and Shani Van Breukelen for lending their talents and patience for the day.

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Berlin 2

Unintentional placement to the Max:

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Had my first Wings of Desire moment while walking to the NK to pick up my equipment after my performance there the day before.

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I saw a real life camel for the first time in my life.

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Then I saw a goat, hiding in the tall grass.

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Then a baby camel, wandering around.

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In the trailer that the humans were hanging out, I saw a midget. (Not pictured)

After some flea market shopping sat down at my favorite quiet bar in Kreuzberg for some Rose.

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Flea Market finds:

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The kitchen window of the apartment that I am staying. I loved the 2 different color tones when dusk comes.

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And how big and empty the courtyard walls are. I love the combination of the greenery, concrete walls and the open sky.

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Outside of my window on a sunny/cloudy day.

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DUSK DUSK DUSK

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Rehearsal with Donna Huanca for our show later that week at the Forgotten Bar.

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Playing with Annette Krebs in her studio the following day.

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Forgotten bar set-up. Was a great show. Thanks to all that came!

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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A video installation by Henricus Maria:

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Sound check:

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Some great video’s of the performance will be posted soon.

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www.ruaminx.com

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Lovers in love.

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Delicious salads the next day:

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Summer is turning into fall here.

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Fuzzy turntable:

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Full Moon

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Curious about this hallway.

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Russian Coke @ Sofia. Lemon dipped in coffee and sugar, served with a vodka shot.

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Sophia Loren is a babe.

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Pretending to be a statue.

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My last week here!
Working in the studio:

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Cat was our muse for the evening.

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Quechua Couture is inspired by Accordion- esque shapes this fall season:

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With rough edges.

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Still deciding what to do with mine. Necklace? Neck Brace? Wall hanging? Beginnings of a shirt?

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Donna made a vest. It is now my signature fall piece this coming season.

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I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS LEATHER!!!!

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It is the most beautiful, feminine shade of pink EVER! So elegant. I cannot stop dreaming about it.

Videos of my past performances here in Berlin coming soon.

Tomorrow there will be a screening for Sophie Hamacher at General Public, here in Berlin.
She will be screening 3 of her short films, one of which I was sound composition advisor for.
Link is below.


http://www.generalpublic.de/current/events/article/19/screenings-in-general-18.html

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Back to Berlin

BROOKLYN first.

Dog-sitting:

It’s a tough job….

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I liked this club.

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I liked this color combination:

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Then off to a private opening, hosted by J. Morrison. Scissors by Juan Betancourt:Photobucket

Photo shoot at the beach with Gerd Bayer and Anthony Sandoval:Photobucket

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Pics, coming soon.

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The last picture on my way to Berlin:

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BERLIN:

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Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale:

http://berlin-kreuzberg-biennale.org/

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Adored the carpet placement throughout this building:

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Opening in Mitte:

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I liked this graffiti:

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A backyard kitty:

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Finding a dance club with Pat Noecker from THESE ARE POWERS. They played here in Berlin along with Bear in Heaven. Love those guys.

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Taking a break with Donna Huanca (www.ruaminx.com)Photobucket

RIP Chocolate brown African print scarf, I will always love you…Photobucket

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An artist talk at the KW:Photobucket

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Xaveria Simmons wearing my now disappeared scarf:Photobucket

COMA Gallery for an exercise class taught by dancer Helga Wretman:

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Afterwards, large fresh dinner for friends:

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Spaghetti Ice!  Ice cream, put through a string strainer then covered in strawberry sauce and white sprinkles to mimic real spaghetti.

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At the Forgotten Bar, taking measurements and notes for our show there on the 21st of this month:Photobucket

Futuristic drink matter:

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Hanging on the bridge:Photobucket

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Ignaz, setting up:

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Different set up, small table. Everything was separated by theme:Photobucket

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Mario de Vega, the promoter for the event:

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Finally selling my physical composition series, use at your own risk:

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And my oldest composition, Helicopter Black, double sided physical composition made in 2003 for 45 euro. **SOLD**

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Solo and my face:

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Intermission, outside:

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Sight and Sounds, Summer 2010

My favorite memory from my tour with Seeded Plain in May. The beginning:

Upon exiting the Whitney on one of my short day’s there, I ran into this man who was recreating a call boy ad with Christian’s name in it, all out of black sand on the sidewalk. Christian had no idea. It was cool, but hm.

The kind of energy that is being created on the 4th floor of the museum is light, open with a subtle sense of peace and happiness. Observe:

I decided to hang around one day after my performance and watch Alan Licht, Ulrich Krieger and Lee Ranaldo interpret Screenplay. I learned a lot. Here’s my favorite part of the piece. I loved performing to it:

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CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: FESTIVAL pt.2

The hot summer in the city and almost over:

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More on that later.  Here are the rest of the pictures from my time at the Whitney Museum for Christian Marclay’s show on the 4th floor called FESTIVAL.

Getting ready with Elliot Sharp and Min Xiao-Fen.

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CHALKBOARD, 2010 on the 3rd day.

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Min Xiao-Fen, one of the nicest ladies in the biz.Photobucket

Elliot bad ass custom made guitar. It’s amazing.

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I liked this kid. He was into it.

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Before the performance:

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Christian on the phone, next to my favorite window.

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Nick Hallett and Brock, love these guys.

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Added some more records to my sound source set up, for more variety.

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Watching Screenplay, instead of performing it, with Ulrich Krieger, Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo. Was interesting to watch it after performing it so many times.

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The next few days, I was set up in the middle. Watched the monitor instead of the screen.  Was interesting.Photobucket

That weekend, at PS1 again, where my good friend Veronica Vasika was DJing. She did a great job.

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Little girl was into it.

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Within 10 minutes after closing time. Empty. Impressive.

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I love my home. She’s so nice. Gives me so much.Photobucket

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This reminded me of a Mitch Hedberg joke.

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At the David LaChappelle opening @ the Paul Kasmin Gallery. He was signing posters. Was a pretty interesting show. I actually liked it.

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Packed.

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Naomi Campbell was one of his subjects.

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The sketch for Naomi’s photo.

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He wore all white with his white Gucci loafers. Was cute.

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The model in this photo, Hana Soukupova, was there. She is a knock out. Why do I even try, knowing girls like her are walking around.

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The devil in this photo reminded me of this weird ceramic thing that a friend had in their bag.  Don’t go cross eyed!! 🙂

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