Archive for July, 2007

Graz and how it sounds

Seems to be fitting our category “Urban Survival”.
At least if you consider the music score this guy chose for his semi-interesting On-vacation-in-Graz video…

Yes, in Graz nobody can hear you scream.

Looks like a reactor…

…but is an elevator. Inside Schloßberg.

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Kärntnerstraße, my love!

Kärntnerstraße is a great part of town. A helterskelter of economic emotions!
Small brothels, small plumbing services, small gaming clubs, big electronics shops.

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By the way (1): Graz’s person per brothel (or brothel per person) density is one of the highest in Europe.

By the way (2): I hate Vienna’s Kärntnerstraße.

Trivia: Where are we?

Do you know?

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China Welcomes You …

Desires, Struggles, New Identities. Magnificent exhibition @ Kunsthaus Graz.

If we reflect on present and future, on changes and new situations in a rapidly growing global society, nowadays we are bound to be drawn to China. But what are the connections to the Communist past, where are the roots of today’s pictographic language and what connotations arise?

With works by a younger generation of artists living and working in China, the exhibition China Welcomes You … Desires, Struggles, New Identities reflects on the connection between the past and an exploding globalised present that also shows no hesitation to export art.

Artists:
Ai Weiwei, Duan Jianyu, Feng Mengbo, Lu Hao, Xie Nanxing, Xu Zhen, Zhen Gougu and others.

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Kunsthaus Graz
Opening: 06.06.2007, 7pm
Duration: 07.06.2007-02.09.2007
Opening hours: Tu-Sun 10am-6pm

EEG alpha oscillations during the performance of verbal creativity tasks: Differential effects of sex and verbal intelligence

Wow. Graz-based sex/intelligence research. Sounds interesting…Abstract:

Task-related power changes in the EEG alpha band were analyzed in 31 participants (17 males and 14 females) during performance of two verbal creativity tasks. Participants were confronted with verbal problems that are in need of explanation (insight problems) and utopian situations that will actually never happen. In both tasks they were instructed to generate as many but also as unusual, unique or original ideas as possible. To assess brain responses that come along with highly original ideas, individual responses were divided into more and less original ideas (within each participant). Creative problem solving was generally accompanied by lower levels of cortical arousal (i.e., increases in alpha power from a pre-stimulus reference to an activation interval). Additionally, more original (vs. less original) responses were associated with a stronger task-related alpha synchronization in posterior (particularly centroparietal) cortices. Task-related alpha power changes during creative problem solving were also moderated by verbal IQ and sex.

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Montage Sauvage!

Montage Sauvage is great Graz-based visual collective.

Need a proof?

Here:

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Maskerade!

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Answer: Ausrians Abroad

Somehow, an Austrian couple settled in a little town in Ecuador (the woman reflected in the window is wearing a traditional Peruvian outfit) and opened this cafe (entry below) which, my vagabond daughter tells me, serves really good cafe lattes.

Cafe Austria?

The photo of Cafe Austria in the entry below was taken by my daughter, Zoe, when she was travelling this past Spring. Can anyone guess what country Cafe Austria is located in? There are clues in the photo. Look closely.

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