Vienna

In Vienna, skate parks finally meet skaters’ needs

Markus | April 16th, 2014

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Every time a new skate parks opens in Austria it’s greeted with the one notion we Austrians are most capable of: a solid form of skepticism. But in opposition with almost any other situation where we show our contempt and reluctance, with skate parks, we may actually have a point. Because you see, there’s a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy at work here.

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December 27 is Austria’s Black Friday and my own personal Waterloo

Markus | April 15th, 2014

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Even though we are living in a completely globalized world, it usually takes a while for US traditions and customs to arrive in Austria. Take Halloween for example. 10 years ago, people would probably have called the cops if they say a couple of 12-year-olds dressed up as serial killers and wizards knocking on doors.

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I Love My Guilty Pleasure TV

Markus | April 15th, 2014

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There’s hardly a better time to catch up with all friends in terms of watching the year’s must-see TV than the holiday season.

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Minimeal

Markus | April 14th, 2014

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In the early 2000s Minimal Techno has been the next big thing for almost everyone interested in electronic music from Berlin’s Berghain to London’s Fabric. While it’s maybe not the most hip musical novelty any more, Austrian custom-made-jeans-tailor found a new way to make it work.

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The Worst Advertising Ever

Markus | April 13th, 2014

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At a time when you get overwhelmed by Best-ofs and Greatest Hits it’s about time to point the finger at this year’s biggest fail, Austria’s worst TV spot ever which isn’t even a TV spot but gets screened at cinemas only. Maybe it’s a good thing that this obscenity doesn’t reach millions of people on a daily basis at prime time. Still it’s pretty bad given the fact that there is the chance you have to see this in an IMAX. Read More

The Miley Christmas Tree

Markus | April 10th, 2014

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Okay, here’s a little experiment: I dare you to re-watch Miley Cyrus’s MTV appearance and NOT fall into an instant coma because of under-stimulation. Are you still there?

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How can you not be in love with the Le-Tans?

Markus | April 10th, 2014

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It’s pretty weird how fast our user behavior changes when it comes to new media and technology. A few weeks ago, I wrote about a fabulous new hype named Snapchat and right now it’s already collecting virtual dust on my iPhone (although some Wall Street bankers allegedly made use of its self-destruct-logic to send insider trading notices).

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Neither Sound of Music nor Lounge Music

Markus | April 3rd, 2014

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For years and years and years, music from Austria was either chanting nuns or outdated downbeat stuff in the style of Kruder & Dorfmeister. All hail to Affine Records for finally changing that. You may have heard from the label’s poster boy Dorian Concept, who uses the MicroKORG like Paganini used his violin hundreds of years ago (sorry for the bad reference, but I cannot get this awful ad campaign for Der Teufelsgeiger out of my mind, which will sure be the worst movie of our and, quite possibly, EVERY decade).

Concept has signed with Ninja Tunes a few years ago, so Cid Rim is the new superstar on the Austrian label, even though Lucky Me from Scotland is already knocking on his door. Recently, Cid Rim, whose real name is Clemens, joined Damon Albarn on a trip trough Africa called “Africa Express”, along with a few other well known colleagues like Brian Eno, Nick Zinner and Idris Elba, who you might know from a masterpiece titled The Wire. That’s great because in a few years from now, hopefully, it will be Affine that comes to the mind of any random person you meet when you tell them you are from Austria.

The movie makes you laugh your ass off and cry your eyes out at the same time

Markus | March 3rd, 2014

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If Werner Herzog and Errol Morris decide to act as executive producers of a movie, you can bet your last change on the fact that given film is a masterpiece. So when I entered the Gartenbaukino in Vienna on Saturday, I expected nothing less than a mind-blowing experience. And indeed, I was left speechless.

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Chris Rosa just made it

Markus | February 28th, 2014

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Vienna is packed with art fairs at the moment. Literary packed. The obvious choice is Vienna Fair. There was a relaunch last year but I guess nobody noticed even the slightest change. Although the Vienna Fair exists for only 12 years, it feels like everything around that big player is as old-fashioned and antiquated as Vienna itself. But that doesn’t mean there are not a few pretty interesting thins to see there. Read More

Federal fun-day and the Fischer flash mob

Markus | February 26th, 2014

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Sure, Obama defined a whole new category of Presidential Coolness – and despite all the healthcare naysayers and Government shut downers, he still has a certain empowering gravitas to his person(a) no other politician will be likely to copy or mimic over the next couple of decades. However, he’s still quite distant, gloomy and tense compared to Austria’s very own President of the Republic, Heinz Fischer. Read More

Is Party Politics still cool?

Markus | February 24th, 2014

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Exactly five years after right wing politician and long-time leader of the Austrian Freedom Party Jörg Haider lost his life in a fatal car accident, we have to admit, almost nothing changed. His former political party, the FPÖ, again gained more than 20% of all the votes in the national election and therefor is on the rise, while the two other main parties continue to lose votes. Read More

Happy Funeral History!

Markus | February 23rd, 2014

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As Viennese people pride themselves with always being just a little bit moody and hostile, it is no surprise that all this predominant grumpiness also brings a certain sympathy for very dark and death-related matters with it. Presumably the epicenter of morbidity in all of Europe, Vienna offers a wide range of urban exploring revolving around the oh-so-enchanting theme of death.

The Funeral Museum in the 4th district represents one of these houses of horror and exhibits various samples of funeral components originating from the beginning of the turn of the century up until today. What if I told you there were alarm clocks for dead people, just in case they randomly woke up and wanted to escape this scary damp place called a coffin? Unfortunately, it is now the Funeral Museum that has to say “Farewell!” and fade away. But only until next November, when it pops up again at the famous (and no bit less morbid) Vienna Central Cemetery.

Science says: Close the online comments!

Markus | February 20th, 2014

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In the midst of the recent refugee catastrophe surrounding the island of Lampedusa, where Europe’s rigid border policies allegedly prevented people from helping drowning men and women just 500 meters off the coast, Austria’s right-wing online-trolls once again drew all attention on the age-old question of whether or not to close the message boards and online forums surrounding newspaper articles (or, at the very least, monitor them fiercely). Read More

Adiletten have nothing to do with “Adi” Hitler

Markus | November 5th, 2013

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There’s a new fad for feet that’s finally doing away with those nasty flip flops – and the sandals don’t have their name from Adold Hitler. Almost 15 years after flip flops were on every pair of feet for exactly one summer and even caused a series of real health issues, sandals with a rubber soles are finally back.

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