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Students’ Event Guide & Literar y Journal University of Hamburg
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3 CUT - impressive modern art? 3 3 zimmer Wohnung - pub poetry 4 sChaChCafé - open almost 24/7 4 hasensChaukel - a Doll’s House? 5 B-movie - different home cinema 6 coffee, music... and a nap 6 bargain like a pro @ Flohschanze 7 Faces oF The ciTy - Gängeviertel 8
Welcome to Hamburg! So, you´ve already strolled up the treefree, marble Jungfernstieg, spent too much money in the crowded Consumer Ground Zero, boozed through the night at the Reeperbahn and had your bowels shaken at the Dom. But you´re searching for something different; culture beyond all-inclusive-musical-tickets, subculture beyond what is already labelled subculture? You desperately want to find your niche in a big city, the whimsical venues, the exciting, out-of-the-way exhibitions? You wish to be informed about the facilities you have as a student, other than choosing between three canteens? And you want to know about the diversity of choices you have in your leisure time, besides the one between two top football teams? Luckily, you don´t have to wait any longer.
Welcome to tba! We welcome you to our very own Hamburg; the garden of earthly delights, the hedonistic stronghold, the adventure playground, the little wonderland where you can be active in nearly every manner you wish to. Here we are, unveiling all the secret Shangri-Las and unknown urban pleasures we have explored in many years of breathtaking research. We´ll reveal where to bargain for bikes, the place to eat a Schnitzel all night long and teach you how to celebrate life the Russian way. We´ll show you where you find fairy tales in backyard garages, the place to have the best nap and where you can play foosball with a trainer. And you´ll never walk alone. your tba team
8 DaTscha ProjecT - geT Taken easT 9 liTeraTurhaus 9 marTin sonneBorn 10 Mr. Chomsky & the music 12 The tba-family
You are welcome to join the tba-team with your spirit and knowledge, whatever it may be! Meet us every Wednesday, 6 pm at the Anglarium (Phil-Turm, 1st floor, room 171) or mail to: email@example.com
cuT - kinDergarDen or imPressive moDern arT?
When? Nov 12 - Feb 6, 2011 10am - 6pm, Thursdays - 9pm Where? Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengießerwall (U/S Hbf ) How much? students 5 € - rest 10 € Read more here: CUT @ Kunsthalle A waterfall of orange lianas hangs from the ceiling of the room like an accurately shaped square of wild plants from the rainforest. Alongside it grow neoncoloured flowers from a block of granite. However unusual, these are not the work of a loony botanist on LSD, but two pieces of the exhibition “Cut” at the Kunsthalle. For those of you who only know silhouette cuttings as a souvenir from fairs or renaissance markets, this exhibition will certainly prove mind-blowing. “Cut” shows all facets that a cut-out work can possibly enfold in hœuvres of German and international artists from the years 1970 - 2010. Three-dimensional installations, brightly-coloured floral pieces and political statements in monochrome artworks fill the halls of the “Galerie der Gegenwart”. The world of flowing, living paper awaits you! J.T.
3 z immer W ohnung - Pub Poetry
When? Party: Every day from 8pm. Foosball sessions: Mo, Wed, Fri - 8pm Readings: from 8pm on Talstr. 22 (S Reeperbahn)
How much? Beer € 2.40 foosball session with trainer: € 2 Let us take you to the 3-Zimmer-Wohnung; the best “private” party in one of the city’s most curious streets. Bring your friends and make yourself at home in this private party atmosphere. It’s up to you whether you choose to spend your night enjoying parlour games at the kitchen table, chitchatting with friends on the cosy couch or playing PlayStation on a projector in the bedroom. Just don’t forget to explore the dance floor in the basement or the foosball corner! Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday foosball enthusiasts meet in the basement and practice together at several tables. Anyone who wants to learn and play is welcome to join. The bar also arranges readings every first and third Wednesday in the month. Stories from famous or less famous authors are mixed with live music and you can even send in your own story if you want to have it read out loud. M.T.
s chachc aFé - all-night sChnitzel
When? Where? Weekdays: 8am – 4am, Weekends: 24h Rübenkamp 227 (S1/S11 Rübenkamp)
h asenschauke l - a doll’s house?
When? Where? Read more: Wed - Sat from 9pm Silbersackstraße 17 (S1/S3 Reeperbahn) www.hasenschaukel.de
How much? Coffee: 1,70 € // Beer: 2,30 € Main Course: 3,00 -13,00 € // Lunch: 5,00 € Cocktail Happy Hour: Mo from 10 pm: 3,50 € Read more: www.schachcafe-hamburg.de
How much? Beer: 2.-€ (Astra) - 2.40€ (Störtebecker)
Imagine the following situation: you are a student in Hamburg and have been on a rough night out. All you now want is some food and the thought of a savoury meal makes your stomach grumble. Your only problem: It’s a Thursday night and even the notorious Kebab diner has shut its gates. Luckily, you are in Hamburg. Because there is a place that will satisfy all your needs: The Schachcafé (“chess café”) is open almost 24/7. Alongside a broad variety of international dishes, the restaurant, which is located in a beautiful old railway building, serves what is best described as German Soul Food. Traditional meals like “Bauernfrühstück” and Schnitzel come in portions that even a lumberjack would marvel at and even the brokest can afford. In the summer you can enjoy their large beer garden. A special tip for those of you with a smartphone: The entire menu can also be found online. J.T.
er-songwriter and band concerts or DJ-ing for free; and colourful and interesting people like the owners themselves. You can enjoy shots or cocktails, have the obligatory Astra or try the quite tart “Störtebeker Beer of the Righteous”, which is a house special. You can also experiment with inconvenient anti-alcoholics – how might a drink called “Wostok Tannenwald” taste? Check out the entertainment programme online and get to know some ambitious, non-mainstream singer-songwriters. V.S.
Pinks and greens, the type of gaudy colours you might find on a plastic doll’s house – if these are not your favourite colors, you might be a bit reluctant when you see the music bar Hasenschaukel for the first time. I certainly was. But inside this bar in St. Pauli you can find a lot of cuddly reasons to stay: a stylish and lovely detailed art nouveau interior, which is truly home to some curled dolls building up the lamp shades; eclectic sing-
B-m ovie - a different home-Cinema
When? Where? Read more: Weekdays: 8am – 4am, Weekends: 24h Brigittenstraße 5 (U3 Feldstr) www.b-movie.de
How much? 3.50€ - 5,-€
Welcome to the smallest cinema in the whole of Hamburg. The B-Movie has the intimate charm of a backyard garage with a homemade stereo sound-system and a tiny bar at the front. Similarly wee is the entrance fee: you pay from 3,50€, up to 5€, depending on your will to make a donation to the non-profit association that is organizing the weekly short film festivals, LGBT-movie nights and special programs for deaf persons. The unconventional movie schedule is organized on a topical basis and changes every month. In December it is going to be all about fairy tales, also including the enchanting Czech Cinderella story “Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel”. In addition to that, the venue is also used for experimental music events. J.T.
a ngl arium - Coffee, musiC... and a naP
Where? Philturm, VMP5, 1st floor, R171 How much? Coffee 0.50€ // Tea 0.30€ The Anglarium is about all the average student needs between two seminars. In times of hundreds of people making a pilgrimage to get a döner, our Mensa is not a place to eat in peace and quiet anymore (or was it ever?). The coffee is expensive and the seating not at all comfortable. So why not seek refuge in our own beloved anglarium? Here you’ll find a variety of couches, tasty coffee and tea for fair prices and good music. Brightly coloured walls and posters let you forget about the unwritten papers, the presentations to be held and the exams to be taken. This is a place to relax and enjoy a little chat with all the other students fleeing from university’s drudgery. This is a place to have a party, for halloween, christmas, anything. This is a place to spend your whole afternoon, even though your last seminar ended hours ago. This is the place to be! And it’s on the first floor, you don’t even have to get in an elevator! S.R.
bargain like a Pro at F lohschanz e
When? Where? Saturdays 8am - 4pm Feldstr. 30, Karoviertel
Need some exciting stuff to give your leisure time a boost? Looking for something unusual and alternative for a friend’s birthday? Or are you just up for a stroll in a vivid atmosphere on a Saturday morning? Combine all your wishes at Hamburg’s most lively shopping opportunity: The flea market at Feldstraße, St. Pauli. The open-air street market will have you sauntering among thousands of necessary and less necessary items like antique jewellery, meat grinders, bikes, old comics, hand made soaps, knitted hats, vintage clothes and everything you can possibly imagine. After having bargained successfully, the street café Pauli Kantine on the corner is waiting with an affordable breakfast buffet. And you don’t necessarily have to be a morning person to enjoy the ambience; the market lasts until 4pm, every Saturday, all-year. M.T.
faCes of the City - gängevierTel
Where: read more: between Valentinskamp & Chaffamacherreihe www.das-gaengeviertel.info
When you walk around the city, you usually take the same routes, see the same buildings and spend your hard-earned cash at the same well-known stores. But have you ever been to the Gängeviertel, located in the very heart of our city? The Gängeviertel is a living and breathing museum, revealing the nature of living quarters in 19th century Hamburg. Due to the rapidly increasing population, the working people of the city were squeezed into ever smaller spaces, often a stone’s throw away from the loud and
dirty factories where they worked. In 2009, the “Komm in die Gänge”-initiative turned the twelve remaining buildings, which were very run-down, into a place that offers a colourful variety of interesting programs. Artists display their works in rooms turned into studios, festivals take place, different projects and clubs to join are offered. You can go there for brunch with your friends, admire the work of a young artist or even rent some space to set up your own vernisage or realize your own play. So the next time you find yourself wandering around Jungfernstieg or Gänsemarkt, don’t hesitate to seek out this hidden place and enjoy the unique atmosphere and the creativity of its denizens. O.S.
WWW .s Tory o F s TuFF . com
Apple’s new iPad is apparently both ‘magical’ and ‘revolutionary’, at least according to Apple. People stop and stare when they see one in the ‘wild’. Friends have started to tell me that they ‘need one’. Meanwhile, Christmas is coming, and the pressure to consume is growing with each passing week. Many of us will spend the weeks leading up to Christmas, running around like headless chickens, on a mission to buy all of the presents on our Christmas lists. But where does all this stuff come from? For most of us, the answer to this question begins and ends with ‘the shop’. Whether online or High Street, we purchase products without considering where they really come from. And when we throw them out and buy the latest phone/notebook/iPod, where do our once beloved products end up? The point is that we rarely consider where our Stuff comes from, and where it goes once we find something new to play with. For those of us who are curious about how the system works, check out the above link, the story it tells really is revolutionary. M.L.T.
D aTscha P rojecT - get taken east
When & Where? • 17.12.10, 9pm, Datscha-Party with Pep-See (St. Petersburg) @ Fundbureau, Stresemannstr. 114 (S Holstenstr) • 8.01.2011, midnight: Silvester 2 „Noch ein Mal mit Gefühl“ @ Uebel und Gefährlich, Feldstr. 66 (U3 Feldstr)) Read more: www.datscha-projekt.de
A datscha (russ. дача) is a place to forget about all the obstacles destiny gladly decided to put in your way - a place to unwind and to have fun with all your friends and family, simply said: a holiday house. For people who don’t have enough money to build their own datscha in the Crimea, but need a little holiday, the parties of the Datscha-Project are definitely the ones to aim for. While listening to bands that dedicated their musical careers to BalkanBeats, BalkanSka, GypsyBrass and co., you can dream of onion domes and dance away everything that keeps your world from going round. And if you don’t feel like dancing, you can just lean back and enjoy a little cultural crash course in Eastern European joie de vivre. The glorious mission of the Datscha-Project: to make Eastern European music world-famous. Their motto: One has to celebrate when one has the chance. I.W.
l iTeraTurhau s - where books live
Where? Read more: Schwanenwik 38 (U3 Mundsburg) www.literaturhaus-hamburg.de How much? Coffee: ??? € // Beer: 3.70 €
m arTin s onneBor n
“How can anyone hate Ossis like that?“ – this headline of the Berliner Kurier describes the core of the work of Martin Sonneborn, former chief editor of the world-famous satiric magazine Titanic and head of the political party Die Partei, which is keen on rebuilding the Berlin wall again. Well, how can he? Does he really hate people from Eastern Germany? How can he wander around the borders of Berlin and turn his strange experiences into a film and a book entitled “Heimatkunde”? Why was it his achievement that the Soccer World Cup took place in Germany in 2006? How can he start exchanging bulbs with energy saving bulbs in numerous households in “Dunkeldeutschland”? How can he invade people’s homes pretending to film video clips for Google Home View? Because people let him. Because it’s satire. Because it’s his inner calling and job. Because it’s hilarious. And because it’s Martin Sonneborn. V.S.
Wintertime – just the right season for hot tea, fluffy blankets and a thick book. Those of you who aren’t satisfied with merely reading books alone, wrapped up at home may enjoy Hamburg’s Literaturhaus. Situated close to the Alster, the white building might seem a bit posh at first glance. In fact you might come across some middle-aged, carefully dressed couples, draped in pearls, if you go to one of the numerous readings, but the Literaturhaus caters for all those who wish to learn. The so called “Schreiblabor” for instance is a workshop for young people who want to improve their writing skills and style with the help of two young authors. You can join Poetry slams or the “irgendwie komisch” events, which are satirical or humorous readings with authors like Martin Sonneborn and Heinz Strunk. Climbing up the stairs under the eyes of dozens of photos of T. C. Boyle and the like, you will find a cosy café and a bookstore that round out the atmosphere and make the Literaturhaus the perfect place to spend a snowy afternoon. V.S.
mr. Chomsky & the musiC
In the early 1970s American linguist Noam Chomsky shook the world with his reasonings about the existence of a “universal grammar” which supposedly is innate in every human being - no matter of what origin he or she is. According to Chomsky, this “universal grammar” allows humans to acquire language based on certain universal rules and the presence of a human-specific ‘language acquisition device’ also called LAD. He argued that the grammatical principles underlying languages are innate and fixed, and the differences among the world’s languages can be characterized in terms of parameter settings in the brain - this approach being labeled his “Principles and Parameters”-theory. He concluded that every language is based on a collection of parameters and switches, which in every modern language is actively or passively present and which conclusively allows the researcher to differentiate types of languages based on these parameters. Since that time, many linguists have followed in Chomsky’s footsteps and tried and still try to prove this universal generative grammar and during the last decades a whole school of thought - either called Generativists or Chomskyites emerged. It is a heatedly-discussed topic in the realms of linguistics (in theory as well as in fields such as Applied Linguistics or its German equivalent, the field of Sprachlehrforschung) - but a different form of this universal grammar has been claimed to exist in a quite
different field of work since the 1970s.
As has been presented by music theorists Lerdahl & Jackendorff in their 1983 work on a generative theory of music, apparently the human brain is hard-wired to being able to perceive and connect music in scales. The interesting thing seems to be that every human being is supposedly linking single notes automatically to a system of music called the pentatonic scale (which is re-presented i.e. on the piano by black keys). This scale divides the range between a base note and its following octave by five evenly-distributed in-between pitches. The presence of pentatonic scales in almost every cultural space is one of the most striking facts because one can argue that this universal presence can be linked to an innate need of musical expression in exactly this form. American musician Bobby McFerrin makes practical use of this phenomenon. Since the 1980s he uses interaction with the audience as an active element of his stage performances. Within such an element, he succeeds in surprising people of every origin when he confronts them with their innate musical capabilities. For example, Mc Ferrin sings one note to the audience and simultaneously connects this note with a little on-stage jump and then invites the audience to sing this note whenever he does the jump. Subsequently he adds two other notes/jumps in different places next to the one original note/jump. And then, without any further advice on how to proceed with and adapt additional notes to differing jump loca-
tions, the audience will end up singing along with McFerrin in this
pentatonic scale. The artist, after having presented this phenomenon at the World Science Festival in 2009, concludes that “regardless of where I am, anywhere, every audience takes that”, indicating a universal existence of pentatonic understanding of music. So does that mean that we all do follow the same in-built musical compass? Critics argue that the recognition of these patterns do not necessarily mean that all people are hard-wired to the pentatonic concept. They rather see the explanation in group dynamics which they describe as the group following a small number of people who, by training, are prone to adapt this tonal scale to the variants given (e.g. by McFerrin). In broad terms that means that a small percentage of the audience really do connect the given tones to the pentatonic system because they are used to it, but the vast majority unconsciously only follows those “lead singers” in the audience. I personally do not know of any scientific research substantiating this argument, but even if so - this does not extenuate the fascination the pentatonic phenomenon has on me. In addition to that, we can argue that one tends to categorize such questions into all-or-nothing patterns such as the “universal grammar” or the “same musical compass”. But life itself, in the form of evolution, has shown that things hardly can be put in binaries, in simple black-and-white schemes. On the contrary: through myriads of evolutionary processes (which can be adapted not only to biology, but also to linguistics as well as music theory), language as well as music evolved into a manyfold universe of variations.
I do believe that in relation to music, Chomsky’s “Patterns and
Parameters”-approach is a valid theory because of the universality of presence in all corners of the globe. Out of this core concept, many variations such as our Western-standard Dur- and Moll-scales based on a diatonic/heptatonic/chromatic system evolved. And this development can consistently be adapted to languages as well, although the underlying system is a more complex one. T.S.
Imprint - The TBA-family
editor sub-editors authors
Teresa Wolff Susan Reichelt, Marc-Liam Toolan, Tobias Steiner, Julia Tegtmeyer Reichelt Spyth Steiner Struckmann Tegtmeyer Toolan Torinsson Wiegert Susan Olivia Tobias Vera Julia Marc-Liam Malin Isabella (page 6) (page 7) (pages 10f ) (pages 4, 9) (page 3,4,5) (page 8) (pages 3, 6) (page 8)
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Olivia Spyth, Malin Torinsson, Sarah Kaufmann Tobias Steiner 2010, all rights reserved: tba - to be announced
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