Wednesday, October 27, 2010

UAMO München 2010 - Konsens Nonsens

Last Sunday we decided to start the day with a little of the old - A Steckrlfisch at the Auer Dult, and end it with a little of the new, visiting the final day of the UAMO Festival (Urban Art and Media Organization) at Puerto Geising. I had just recently heard of both the UAMO Festival and of Puerto Geising and I wanted to check them both out, mostly to see what Munich's 'counter culture' scene, no matter how microscopic, has to offer.

Let's just say the show was heavy on the 'Nonsens' part. Well, not really, I just wanted to make that joke. I will say that there was pretty much mostly what one would expect at these sorts of events, a smattering of high-concept, occasionally disturbing art, icons of globalization displayed in compromising positions punctuated with traditional media art executed with serious technical skill. Some of it provocative and intriguing, some of it not.

The best part, however, was the 'Kunstschlact' at the end, in the untergeschoss. Visitors were asked to provide themes beforehand, and a bit later four local artists had to turn 3 selected themes (dug out of a bucket from one of the many children in attendance) into art. In each of the three rounds the artists were required to used pre-selected media, the most frustrating of which was condiments (ketchup, mayo, te and whipped cream) What was most interesting to me was that the guy who did best and identified himself as 'Rob Boss' (it took us a while to get it: ahh Bob Ross! That's why he's wearing the wig!) and the bottom line is is that Mr. Boss was simply quick on his feet and had considerable technical skill as an artist. In spite of the 'Konsens Nonsens' theme, his works were the most literally translated of the three themes, and the ones the crowd responded to the most. Since the crowd was the jury, Rob sailed to victory rousing the crowd to it's feet with his furious, sweaty completion of a 3D Currywurst made in just under 20 minutes!

See more on Flickr here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cool New Graffiti Murals Under the Friedensengel

Androgenous Face, originally uploaded by Wahlmünchnerin.

Well, Actually I don't know if these are new, but they weren't there last spring before we left for our time in California. This tunnel is on the route I normally jog, so I took some pix the other day. View the rest on the Wahlmünchnerin Flickr page.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ask Catherine #1 - What is Allspice Called in German and Where Can I Buy It?

Dear Catherine,
What do you call ‘Allspice’ in German, and where can I buy it in Munich?

Desperate in der Küche


Dear Desperate,

Contrary to what the name "Allspice" suggests, it is not a mixture of spices, but rather the dried berries from the Pimenta Dioica plant.
Allspice is used primarily for cakes and other desserts in the US and UK. You won't find it in most household kitchens here, which makes it that much more surprising that Germany is one of the primary consumers of Allspice. It's in the wurst! And Lebkuchen at Christmas time.

But some cooks must be using it, because "Piment" is readily available at neighborhood grocery stores such as Tengelmann's or Edeka--just look in the spice section. It is available as either "ganz" or "gemahlen" (whole or ground). If you want a fancy shopping environment (at a fancier price), Schubeck's Gewürze Laden will have not only Piment, but also 99 other spices. Located at either Marienplatz Kaufhof (ground floor entrance in the inner courtyard) or Am Platzl 4a (near Hofbräuhaus).

Good luck!
Catherine G. also known as ‘The Woman Who Knows Everything’ is a regular Wahlmünchnerin contributor. In her column she shares her expert knowledge on life in Munich and Germany based on over 12 years of living here, and disgustingly good mastery of the German language.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wiesn Madl

The other day as I was walking down Milchstrasse in Haidhausen, this window display caught my attention. A sign with disparate things I love juxtaposed: Washi tape and Wiesn. As I was starting at the sign, mesmerized and curious, a woman stepped out and handed my a post card. It turns out ‘Wiesn Madl’ in this case refers to a cute line of Oktoberfest jewelry made by Alina and Angelika.