A virtuos circle

Das Buch “A virtuos cirlce” von Pippa Norris ist ein Schlüsselwerk für alle, die sich mit politischen Kampagnen und ihrem Wandel in den letzten Jahrzehnten beschäftigen. Vor allem der Einfluss des Internets auf politische Arbeit wird von ihr detailliert dargestellt und ein schöner Vergleich zwischen verschiedenen Ländern gezogen. Dieses Werk ist nun auf der Homepage von Mrs Norris, die derzeit Direktorin für Democratic Governance beim UNDP ist, herunterladbar und sei hiermit dem interessierten Publikum wärmstens empfohlen:

Pippa Norris: A virtuos cirlce: Key literature for all interested in the change of political campaigns especially taking into account digital technologies and its influence on politics, including a comparison of different nations and their resprective approach to digital democracy.

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Next weekend: Melt!-Festival

Melt07 is about to take place, again in Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen. The weather forecast is not bad at all, some rain on friday afternoon (so I’ll bring my cool neon rain jacket) but pure sun on saturday and sunday. It’s probably Germany’s best festival, with a lineup that includes so many great DJs and bands that it will be difficult to decide what to see.

I will be working again as artist host which means I am the first person to talk to and take care of all the special needs of the musicians and their party. I had the chance to meet some really interesting people in the last two years, like Aphex Twin, Roni Size, Bloc Party, Hot Chip or Laid Back. This year I am honoured to be the host for Dizzie Rascal, Goldie, Trentemöller, Goose, Ladytron and Snap. Oh and Deickind again, haha. Probably, I’ll figure that out when I am there on friday.

Read all about Stylewalker’s experience at Melt! of the last two years.

Dubstep in the mix: Skream

SkreamPicture by Warp recordsWeekend come, thank god it’s friday, parties all over Berlin, hard to mention them all, let me just recommend one plaze: Pokerflat Night at Watergate, my pal Patrick Gräser is going to play there, straight techhouse music, deep and funky.

But here’s for something totally different: Since I am back from London I have been infected again by the massive dub, breaks and step virus. One thing definitely feeds this disease is Skream’s essential dubstep mix from this june on BBC One presented by Pete Tong.


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Myspace Secret Shows Deutschland

Myspace secret show deutschland berlinMyspace Secret Shows Deutschland drehen mächtig auf. Nachdem sie das erste Mal die Beatstakes im Lido in Berlin haben spielen lassen, sind es nun Justice im Hamburger Übel und Gefährlich. Nicht schlecht, sowohl die Orte als auch die Bands treffen genau die interessante Indie- und Elektronik Schnittmenge, die … ich super finde! Und die Myspace-Crowd sicher auch.

Secret Shows sind kostenlose Konzerte, auf die man kommt, wenn man ein ausgedrucktes Myspace-Profil mit den Secret Shows als Topfreund dabei hat. Die ersten 50 in Hamburg kriegen auch noch ein T-Shirt und Justice Poster dazu.

Berlin Battery

“.. is a discovery-channel for music and other things from a collective of berlin hinterhof-wizards. The amazing concept: listen and discover new music, and then BUY music! Enjoy and recharge your batteries of taste… Berlin Battery are: DJ Supermarkt, Jack Tennis, DJ Shir Khan” Check it out: Berlin Battery.

Hunt down cool Berlin design students

Grafik 28Get ’em while they are hot! Tonight is the opening for the final exhibition of one of Berlin’s best design schools: Lette Verein. The 28 students call themselves Grafik28 (click to see small pieces of work from each of the students) for this show. It will take place at Galerie Neurotitan im Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthalerstraße 39, 18:00h.

“Mit dem Ende unserer Ausbildung im Juni 2007 veranstaltet Grafik28 eine dreiwöchige Abschlussausstellung in der Galerie Neurotitan in Berlin Mitte. Präsentiert werden Arbeiten der 28 Absolventen aus den Bereichen Typografie, Corporate Design, Multimedia, Illustration und Fotografie.”

From 23:00h there will be an aftershow-party in the club “Eschloraque” beneath the gallery.

East London’s first thursdays

First thursdays East LondonEast london is definitely one of the most creative spots in London, if not even in England or the world. It’s a nucleus for recent music developments like Garage, Grime and urban music in general: (here is a great BBC 1Xtra documentary about London’s east end music, and there’s even an East London Blog).

East London consists of neighbourhoods like Hackney, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Bow, Bethnal Green and so on. Especially the latter is famous for its galleries, e.g. One in the other where the McNally exhib was at. All in former industrial buildings, hidden in basements and behind metal curtains, focusing on young and raw artists, more the art of tomorrow than the art of today one finds in random and commercial central London galleries.

Every first thursday in a month, there is an event, that holds the whole scene together: firstthursdays – Late night art in East London. Over 80 galleries and museums open until 9pm. So, it is like: Tomorrow! If I’d still be in London I’d definitely check it out.

New Coolzey stuff

CoolzeyLiked the fluffy conscious Coolzey stuff here? There is a new E.P., one of three Coolzey puts out for free on the net this month, it’s called Soixante-Neuf which is, if I am not mistaken, French for Sixty-Nine.

“I realized that these three EP’s are sort of a trilogy of the three stages of life: youth, middle age, and death. Soixante Neuf is the darkest because in my mind, middle age is the darkest part of one’s life.”

Right now, Coolzey is on tour in the U.S., last stop is, chapeau, the Knitting factory in NYC.

Here’s the epic “Art World”:

Get the rest of Coolzey’s Soixante-Neuf EP!