Archive for January, 2013

Fire at Galatasaray University

  • Galatasaray University in Istanbul was hit by a fire
  • 200 Teachers are instructing 2500 students here
  • The fire broke out in the Third Floor
  • The origin of the fire is unclear
  • In 1871 the building was built by Ottoman Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan

The university was established following an agreement signed with the presence of President François Mitterrand of France and President Turgut Özal of Turkey 1992.

The main administrative building of Galatasaray University burnt on the 22ed of January 2013. It is unusable and in a very bad condition.

Galatasaray University is the only Francophone University in Turkey. The establishment has 5 faculties (Economic and Administrative Sciences, Law, Communications, Natural Sciences and Literature, Engineering and Technology), 2 institutes (Social Sciences, Applied Sciences).

The reasons of the Fire are still investigated. On Social media people were immediately speculating about malicious arson. The government recently decided about the possibilities to open public buildings for commercial usage in Tourism. But that doesn’t really prove that anyone wants to destroy a valuable 19th century buildung on the banks of the Bosphorus, like the parking placa mafia in Güneri İçoğlus Comic “Gönül adam Yekta”.


Yekta: “The Parking Place doesn’t sleep. How many wooden houses are gone until now li,ke this?”


RikschaFahrt by artist in residence Carla Mercedes Hihn from the Berlin residency program in Istanbul. Video by Dirk Holzberg, Musik Riuchi Sakamoto und Alva Noto.

Urban structures, urbanity, nature and landscapes are issues of Carla Mercedes Hihn  installations and drawings. She is developing a new space, interacting with the architecture and creating a multi-dimensional situations.


Carla Mercedes Hihn

Rosa in the City of Stones


Rosa Luxemburg  was a founding member of the German Communist Party. Parts of the so called “Freekorps”- units killed her and her Comrade Karl Liebknecht on the 15th of January 1919. They held them responsible for prior riots following a general strike in Berlin.

Liebknecht and Luxemburg were part of a minority of people critisising the massacre of Armenians durnig the first world war and pleeding for international socialism and standards of human rights.

The Freekorps units were mainly consisting of retired soldiers and people with antirepublican political views.

  • Rosa1

  • Rosa2

  • Rosa3

  • A Group of Communist workers at the Landwehr Kanal 1920
  • The older one explains what happened on 15th of January 1919
  • Rosa Luxemburg's body had been thrown into the water after she had been assasinated by rightist with a shot in her head

Jason Lutes Graphic Novel Triology about Berlin before WW II. describes in a fictional story the clashes between Communists and the rising Nazi-movement. In the first book “Berlin city of Stones” the depression and anger in the workers movement after the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht is one main topic.

Most Germans beleived in the propaganda against the communist movement. Until today the older generation isn’t aware of the fact, that the song “There is a corps swimming in the Landwehrkanal” isn’t a nice folksong, but an awful blasphemy on Rosa Luxemburg’s death.

David Bowie’s Berlin

David Bowies first single after a ten years break is a hommage to Berlin, where he lived from 1976 to 1978.

With black and white pics from Schöneberg, the wall, the ruins of the Reichstag….. I love it, because I adore his albums “Heroes” and “Low”, that where produced in the Hansa-Tonstudios just beside the wall in those days.

It is a clever advertisement trick to market the single over I-Tunes by making it a requirement to buy the whole album in advance for getting this song for free though! Well, the album appears in March and it probably won’t disappoint either

Anyway Musicians like David Bowie, Iggy Pop and later on Nick Cave gave lots of Inputs to trigger Berlin’s trashy charme for getting a hotspot for creatives worldwide.


Where are we now?

Had to get the train

From Potzdamer platz

You never knew that

That I could do that

Just walking the dead

Sitting in the Dschungel

On Nurnberger strasse

A man lost in time near KaDeWe

Just walking the dead

Where are we now?

Where are we now?

The moment you know

You know, you know

Twenty thousand people
Cross Bose Brucke

Fingers are crossed
Just in case
Walking the dead

Where are we now?
Where are we now?
The moment you know
You know, you know
As long as there’s sun
As long as there’s sun
As long as there’s rain
As long as there’s rain
As long as there’s fire
As long as there’s fire
As long as there’s me
As long as there’s you

(David Bowie)