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Students’ Event Guide & Literary Journal University of Hamburg
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4 FanTasTic pop cuLTure 5 tba goes commerciaL 6 Dennis DuranT 7 roosen - sT. pauLi haven 8 tba- Around the worlD 9 tba- *spontaneous breakdown* 10 Faces oF The ciTY - sT. pauLi 11 LubaLuFT - comFY aFTer-hours 11 review: coLD war kiDs 12 mens(a) sana in corpore sano 13 FunDbureau - LosT & FounD 13 nachTFLohmarkT @ FunDbureau 14 concerTs à emporTer 15 LasT caLL For runge runge parTY 16 Another grand night ouT 19 Short cutS 20 The tba-familY
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With the world turning so fast, the editor’s job becomes that much more difficult. What to include and what to leave out?? tba aims to be a repository of Hamburg’s cultural and social richness. We’re not interested in telling you about every concert, every exhibition and every cafe in the city... we cast our nets wide and present you with the finest delicacies that the city has to offer. In this, our third edition, we invite you to join us as we attend some of the finest parties, relax at the most intimate of locations and discuss some of the most important issues affecting students in Hamburg. Our philosophy is to be open for everything that’s going on, so no matter whether you’re a closet Joe Cocker fan, a lover of Romantic era masters, a cold war kid or a fantasy fiend, whether you like to get lost or love being found, you’ll always find a safe haven at tba. This month, we’re introducing you to
our dedicated and wonderfully creative team. Each month, we’ll give you a brief glimpse into the culture-packed lives of our staff members, and as always, we welcome new members with open arms. As, in the distorted words of the poet, no city-state is an island (let’s ignore Singapore for the moment), it sometimes behoves us to take a peek at goings-on beyond Hamburg’s borders. So this month we wish Kosovo a happy and peaceful birthday, say goodbye to Doctor Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (surely his name is long enough without the Ph.D), and hope that the lovers of Runge outweigh the lovers of Bunga Bunga in our charming Hansestadt. I leave you with the words of those great 20th century poets, The Cure Fire in Cairo Fire in Cairo Fire in Cairo Then the heat disappears And the mirage Fades Away
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I am new… … new to Hamburg, new to university, new to my apartment, new to new people. My Hamburg... ... is a place full of opportunities, where you can go out on a Wednesday evening and meet two people who have tattooed the same glass of beer on photo: Sarah Kaufmann their butts, proving this in front of all the visitors of the bar ... is a stereomood city: you can dance to every kind of music without feeling ashamed for your taste or your dancing style, you can bluntly express all your moods ... is the place I choose and luckily as well chose for my studies My tba... ... is – like Hamburg – an opportunity to live out moods and talents, to improve skills, to downsize university, to meet people and simply have fun
fantastiC pop Culture
It’s late and Edward is meeting with his best buddies Gollum and Harry P. They take a stroll ‘round the block and vividly discuss whether material things (e.g. certain rings) or rather people (e.g. young puritan girls) can be considered more valuable as status symbols for succesful young males. After having agreed on not to agree, they then grab some raw steaks and cider at a 24/7-diner before changing locations and paying this hip new club that serves TruBlood a visit... CUT! … wait a minute – what’s happening here? Oh, right... the year is 2011, we are on planet Earth and up to now, everybody has realized that Fantastic plots are out there, aiming for world domination. Everybody? Yes, everybody... especially everybody studying literature, film and/or television. Our Department of English and American Studies respectfully bows before this new development which is as old as humanity itself and introduces an interdisciplinary lecture series, led by Lars Schmeink and Julia Gatermann. The overarching title is ‘’Departure into Unknown Realms – Contributions to Research into the Fantastic’’ and during the series the lecturers will try to shed light on the phenomenon as a whole, provide insight into intriguing new approaches and perspectives, and put examples like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on the table. The lecture series is not only limited to one medium, but rather takes a step back and discovers the Fantastic all around us - in everyday speech and dialogue as well as in television, film and literature. This particular series of lectures is open for Wahlbereich students as well, also inviting listeners from other disciplines. Loosely linked to this extraordinary outlook is a 1b-seminar held by Lars Schmeink, who during the semester sets out to discover multifarious facets of Popular Culture together with the seminar’s participants. The seminar is open to students from both British and American studies and will concentrate on literature of the late 20th and early 21st century. So if you’re out wanting to get in touch with the newest branches of Literary Studies, this is the place to go! Lecture series: programme Seminar: programme
D ennis D uran T - mYsTerious a LLrounDer
You think you know them all? You think you heard them all? Well, think again because Dennis Durant is someone to know about and – most definitely – someone to listen to! Dennis Durant is American by birth and a Hamburger by the grace of god. He moved to Germany about 20 years ago. Love was his motivation to delight us with his constant presence. He currently lives near The Roosen, a small bar which he decides to play at, for friends and the owner, whom he’s acquainted with. But there are far more interesting facts you should know about! As an actor he’s playing in Daily-Soaps like “Verbotene Liebe” (Sven Beckmann) and “Alles was zählt” (Andrew Wellington) and he hosted – one of many events - the Sterntaler Kinderfest in 2005. Last but not least, Dennis is also a singer, a quite successful one actually. He played in “Hamlet and Othello” (Othello), “Rome and Juliet” (Romeo) and even participated in the musical “The Lion King” (Scar and Pumba). As you can see, he is quite busy and since the stage was not enough - he’s released four albums to date - we are able to listen to his music whenever we want. His calming voice gives the listener the opportunity to sit down and relax, additionally, with his latest release “New York is not my Home” he gracefully succeeds with soul-like tunes to take you on a walk in dreams where you can lay back and relax in peace. There are, of course, many more interesting facts about Dennis Durant which are available @ www.dennisdurant.com. People, I can honestly recommend this local legend: Take a look, you will not regret it! K.B. “I love German audiences! You can touch them soundly and sincerely with honest and heartwarming music. That makes it enjoyable to guide them throughout the entire evening.” Dennis Durant
roosen - sT. pauLi haven
Where? When? Paul-Roosen-Str. 28 (S Reeperbahn) Mon-Fri 5pm –open end; Sat 3pm - open end; Sun 3pm – 1am
How much? Astra: 1,70; Cider 2,50; Mexikaner 0,70 The whole Roosen shines with the glamour of real worn-down, shabby chic accompanied by one prominent ornamented pillar, extravagantly high ceilings as well as granny-style couches and armchairs. Enjoy exotic drinks like fruit ciders at seriously low prices (from ACTUALLY nice waitresses). Maybe you want to listen to real, hand-made acoustic concerts that make you feel like you are part of a small group of close friends in the artist’s teeny-tiny living room. When Hamburg’s Summer heat wears you down, Roosen opens all of its glass-fronts and magically transforms into an (almost) open-air venue where you can dangle your legs onto Paul-Roosen-Straße and watch the curious passers-by in a mild breeze. Roosen is not trying to be hip or pretentious, it is just a homey place (in a smoky kind of way) where interesting people (no posers, just guests) tend to pop in. So, whenever you need a break from the hyper-glitzy Kiez, or the too-cool-for-school Schanze, just stop by this St. Pauli haven and slouch into your favourite sofa for a relaxed night amongst friends, old and new. . J.T.
photo: Julia Tegtmeyer
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The intersection between Paul-Roosen and Wohlwill Str. is a place of beautiful crosspollination. The part of St. Pauli that retains a community feeling. In fact, walking through these streets, I sometimes have the sense that I’m right in the middle of a somewhat funky German village. It also happens to be home to some of Hamburg’s most interesting graffiti... M.L.T.
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Neuer Kamp 30 (U3 Feldstr) Tue-Wed, 7pm - 1am Thu- Sat, 8pm - 3am www.lubaluft.de
If you’ve ever wondered how to spend a delightful few hours before heading to the clubs on the Kiez here comes a suggestion worth checking out. LubaLuft is located only a few minutes away from Große Freiheit and is said to be the bar where barmen go after their shift to enjoy some really delicious cocktails. A quite surprising service the barkeepers offer, if it is not too crowded, is to advise you to choose the perfect drink. If you still can’t decide, Mojito, Moscow Mule and some variation of Gin Tonic are worth checking out! But if you want to keep it short and simple, of course you can have some beer and softdrinks, too. The bar is stuffed with comfy sofas and couches, so it makes you feel like you were sitting in your own familiar living room, or maybe even better? As smoking is allowed, it can be uncomfortable for non-smokers, however they usually have a window open. Luba Luft may not have the lowest prices due to its location, but if you think about the quality of the drinks, at least it is really worth a try. O.S. .
As I have already said how great Cold War Kids are in our last edition, I will start with the support act. Wye Oak, a two-man band, a one man-one woman-band, and no, they are nothing like White Stripes. (decide for yourself if that’s a good or a bad thing). She is lost in their music, playing the guitar, he plays multitaskesque both bass and drums and sometimes background chanting. (At the same time, mind) Amazingness. For those interested, they mentioned a tour in Spring. Cold War Kids themselves have exceeded expectations and performed a good mix of old and new songs, their new album is definitely worth a listen! Aside the music and dancing the show was, at least for me, one example of good interaction between band, security and audience. The tiresome girl that crowdsurfed a dozen of times met the extremely cheerful security. The girl who cut her lip after being hit by crowdsurfing girl shook hands with the band, who enjoyed themselves throughout the show. Roughly 2 hours and 14 songs later we found the opportunity to talk to two members of the band, we showed them splendid folding techniques and were awarded with a photo. In the end Cold War Kids declared their love for the tba family, kind of, so after listening to their music, seeing them life and talking to them, we can say: we love you, too. Come back soon. S.R.
Mens(a) sana in corpore sanO
All of us know the problem. Especially all of us, who have to deal with tight budgets all the time and wonder why we can’t brush off the feeling that every time we get something to eat at our beloved Mensa, we somehow have to pay more. In exchange for increasing prices, we get food that sometimes is not too bad, but too often we wonder why the exquisitely-labelled meal tasted like cardboard (if we are lucky) or if the food on our plate had been alive five minutes before we bought it. If one takes a step back and thinks about how prices for Mensa food alone have increased during the last few years, it makes you shiver.
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Don’t get me wrong here, I do not want to blame it solely on the Mensa staff – but doesn’t it make you wonder how this
Mensa case is only one exemplary tiny spec in a vastly larger picture: everywhere around you, prices, taxes and fares have been rising for years now and in return, the only thing you experience is that the people around you have to fight harder and harder to make ends meet. If you ask people who are dealing with the bigger picture, e. g. economists or politicians, the overall idea you get is that due to the fact that the financial crises over the last few years had to be dealt with, our economies now have to save trillions of Euros and Dollars. The only purpose behind the need of saving is keeping those banks, which started the whole fuzz to begin with, alive in order to allow them to continue their gruesome gambling games with stocks, derivatives and whatnot. The downside to this development is that with governments spending so much money on issues they generally do not have to deal with (because the ominous ‘’market’’ is supposed to help itself ), they don’t have enough money left for those concerns they are supposed to be occupied with.
To take this argument back to our realm of university life, we can clearly see how things have worked out. The semester fees, which were introduced as serving the purpose of additional funding in order to allow an improvement of university structures, have now become one major pillar of university’s basic budget plan. And with the lopsided argument that students nowadays ought to see themselves as ‘customers’ of the university but receiving none of the rights a normal ‘customer’ possesses, the policy of draining money from those who don’t have any to begin with, takes it course. It completely gives me the creeps when I think of a whole generation of students waking up in ten or 15 years’ time and realizing that those jobs they were supposed to get through higher education are not there and that they will have to struggle very, very hard to pay the debts of loans they were told to take at the beginning of their studies. Again, don’t get me wrong here, I personally like to see things in a positive light. Thus I hope that this scenario is only a pessimistic outlook and that we can turn things around – some incentives of alternate ways of thinking and living, see below. labofii RechtAufStadt T.S.
F unDburea u - L osT & F ounD
Where? Read more: Stresemannstraße 114 (S Holstenstr) www.fundbureau.de
@ F unDbureau
If you are new in Hamburg or even if you have been living here for a couple of years you might get lost from time to time. Suddenly you don’t know where you are and where you came from. Living in a big city like Hamburg also means feeling lost sometimes. A Fundbüro is a place where you might find something you have lost, where lost things are collected and wait for their owner to pick them up. Our beloved Fundbureau, located close to the Sternbrücke in Schanzenviertel was formerly such a place, and still is today in some senses. Concerts and parties that take place here bring together fans of a band who might otherwise be spread all over the city or fellow students who took part in the same seminar years ago. Visit Fundbureau to seek what you have lost – and to lose yourself in the moment. V.S.
You love flea markets but you are rather a nightingale than a lark? Why not visit Nachtflohmarkt at Fundbureau? Starting at 8pm and lasting at least till 11pm this flea market has some decisive advantages that might even convince your most anti-flea-market friends to accompany you: It is cheap, as entrance is free and drinks and homemade cakes are sold for a low, nearly net cost price. It is fun in every weather as the cold, snow and rain can be left outside and the Nachtflohmarkt takes place in two halls. And... if you belong to those people who feel that their life needs a soundtrack, even this is possible, as a DJ accompanies the ambience with music. Spend your next Wednesday at a flea market of quite a different nature and see what you might find at Fundbureau. V.S.
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Read more: www.blogotheque.net
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You dearly want to see a band that is nowhere close to coming to your town? And you’re tired of watching youtube video footage of some lucky people who did get the chance to see the band, probably with weird angles, awful sound and blurry vision? The tba-family prescribes this smashing weblink: A street, a band and their music. That’s it. That is the whole concept of la blogotheque, a French project with nifty interviews and heart-warming performances of all the great bands nobody really knows. (Ok, that’s an understatement, but it’s not exactly Lady Gaga and Beyonce running around with their guitars on open streets). La blogotheque is a collection of articles about newish bands and their music and what makes this site a bit better than all the other websites claiming to be “the” great discoverer of the next great artist, are the take away shows, which you can also watch via youtube. Just imagine: A small street somewhere in France; the mighty drums of Architecture in Helsinki being heard before a choir chirps in on the song. A cosy café in Paris; in the corner sits a young man hammering on his keyboard, the guy next to him starts singing a song about a girl named Mandy; introducing them as two sixth of Spinto Band. (The very first take away show by the way). An empty gym; in the middle a man and his guitar. Jens Lekman - need I say more? There are more than a hundred of those take away shows, with bands you’ll have heard of and some just waiting to be ‘discovered’ by you.
L asT c aLL
For runge runge parT Y
This is one of the most enjoyable exhibitions I’ve been to in many years. The scale of the exhibition, combined with Runge’s unique talents, kept me captivated for several hours. Although I have several artists in my family, like many people of my generation, I’m far more comfortable deconstructing a moving picture than a series of stills. Modern Art has become so self-referential and conceptual that a preparatory lecture is required before one can even begin to understand the descriptions of the artworks! This is not to suggest that an understanding of Runge’s historical and artistic context would be superfluous. I’m sure that the more the viewer knows about an artist, the richer the experience can be. However, it’s not essential in this case. Although the images were not moving at 25fps, I was still able to stand and admire them, overwhelmed at times by the power and intention of the artist. If I was capable of immersing myself in this exhibition, then I’m sure you’ll be able to dive right in. It’s only on for two more weeks, so instead of going to see the latest 3-D schlock from Hollywood, spend an evening conversing with friends or impress a date (can’t do that in the Lichtspielhaus) and treat yourself to the brilliance of one of Germany’s most romantic spirits. M.L.T.
Short Story - Another grand night ouT
“You want another one?” Here we go, he thought, you might regret it. It’s always like that. You’re chatting with your buddy, having a good time, and the next moment you wake up with the worst headache ever, remorseful and miserable. “Sure.” So much for my ability to resist. I’ll regret it. No way back from here on. “That’s the spirit! Hey, can we get two more of these over here!” Oh well. Now that the decision is made you might as well lean back and enjoy the rest of the night. Nothing to regret, really. Isn’t the ability to give in at the right moment the greater virtue, anyway? What’s that story again, two cars coming from opposite directions want to cross a narrow bridge that’s just big enough for one at a time. They both get there at the same time. Someone has to give in and let the other one pass first. Now that’s the smarter guy, right? I am this guy. “There you go!” He looked at the new pint, the blackness, the smooth light brown head. Almost white, he thought. Not such a bad idea after all. “Beautiful.” “What?” “The best beer in the world.” “Yeah, it’s pretty good.” Pretty good, eh? Don’t give me that shit.
write Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson took along plenty of that stuff ?” “Did he?” “Yeah.” He took a sip. Bittersweet, a hint of coffee and malt. Pure magic, he thought. “Hey, let’s go to Dublin.” “Yeah?” “Yeah, you know what they say.” “What?” “It tastes even better if you drink it on the Emerald Isle.” I wonder why, though, he thought. I mean, it’s the same stuff, they don’t change the ingredients for the international market or anything. Maybe it’s the shipping. All that shaking can’t be very beneficial. “Drink it where?” “What do you think, man? Just the two of us in Dublin, for a week or so.” “Yeah, let’s do it.” “No, I mean, really, let’s book a flight and go there.” He took another sip. We should really do it. The band in the corner started playing again. No, he thought, band is not the right word. I mean they don’t really seem to get together to practice in a garage every week. It’s more like an improvisation. Do they even have a name? The sign only said ‘live music’. The guitar player looked up, stopped playing, raised his pint and
“Did you know that when he departed for the Samoan Islands to
fiddler and the girl with the whistle just kept on playing. Session, he thought. That’s what it is. The guitar player joined in again. “Good music. Cheerful.” “Yeah. In Dublin they play music like that every night.” Well, at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. He’d read about it in one of those brochures. Why should it be different from this place, anyway? After all, the owner is an Irishman, he thought. “Where’s that guy from?” “Who?” “The barman. The owner. Where’s he from?” “He’s American. Told me so the other night” Anyway, he thought. “We should really do it.” “Definitely.” I’ll look for flights first thing when I get home. He gazed at his pint. It was half empty by now. Or is it half full. One way of looking at it made you a good person, he knew, the other way meant you’re a miserable fucker. The pint determines your life. Crazy. He had to smile. Sweet metaphor for a song, though. “What’s with the band?” “What band?” “You know, didn’t we wanna form a band a couple months ago?” “Yeah.” “So let’s do it.” “Sure.”
gulped it down as if he had just crossed the Sahara. Meanwhile, the
“I’ve got an idea for a song already. It’s called ‘The Pint determines your Life’.” “What’s that supposed to mean?” “It’s art. It can mean whatever you want. You have to find the meaning within you.” “I wanna play bass.” “The beauty of art, man. It’s open to interpretation, you know.” “Yeah. But we can’t just have a two man band.” “The White Stripes is a two man band.” “It’s a man and a woman.” “So?” “So it’s not a two man band.” I won’t argue. I am the guy at the bridge. “So we’re going?” “Go where?” “Dublin, stupid. We’ll do it, right?” “Sure. Well, guess I’ll have to talk to my girl first.” They took another sip and listened to the music. Pretty melancholic, he thought. This time we need to be serious about the band. “We’ll need some place to practice.” “And a name.” Good point. You can’t have a band without a name, how ridiculous is that? A name is important, once you have a name everything else will fall into place. Something original, he thought. Be creative. He started to feel a little dizzy. “Maybe we can even play some gigs in Dublin, how cool would
This time we need to be serious.
“We could just rent a van and play wherever we want. London, Paris, Rome.” “We should do it.” “Yeah.” The musicians had stopped playing by now. “Let’s look for a flight to Dublin some time.” He looked at his pint. Almost empty. M.S.
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If we had a staff of 50 and the ressources of DER SPIEGEL, these are some of the events we would have covered in more detail...
e. g. Thur, 3 March, 8pm No, 8 €
Streit’s (S Jungfernstieg)
Source: Esra Bilik
Tue, 15 March, 8pm No, 16,- / 12,- €
Fabrik (S Altona)
The Aggrolites (support: Hamburg’s finest Dubtari)
Happy Birthday, Kosovo! What? Info-Veranstaltung “Duldung und Illegalität” Thedestr. 101a, Altona Altstadt Yes AGIJ What? Where? Free? Hasenschaukel (S Reeperbahn) Yes Anarchist Folk Rocker (DJ Set)
Sat, 19 March, 3 - 5pm
Imprint - The TBA-family
p.p. Marc-Liam Toolan Florian Dolberg, Susan Reichelt, Tobias Steiner, Julia Tegtmeyer Bortel Reichelt Spyth Städler Steiner Struckmann Tegtmeyer Toolan Klaudia Susan Olivia Marius Tobias Vera Julia Marc-Liam (page 6) (p. 11, 14) (page 11) (page 16) (p. 4, 12) (p. 3, 13) (p. 7) (p. 10, 15)
meet the family
photography layout copyright
Esra Bilik , Olivia Spyth, Vera Struckmann, Susan Reichelt, Sarah Kaufmann Tobias Steiner, Julia Tegtmeyer Tobias Steiner 2011, all rights reserved tba - to be announced
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