007 The Center Will Not Hold
Happy belated Nowruz, Hannah Arendt and the European Innovation Council
This week I was reminded of my all time favorite piece of art (see above) and the documentary about Joan Didion, who provided the title of this week’s issue (LINK).
The intro is a bit shorter today, so that you can dive straight into it.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Article Happy belated Persian New Year! NY based photographer Sunny Shokrae shares a bit about her modernized way to celebrate Nowruz (LINK) and writer Nicole Najafi - which I am a huge fan of - put together a fictional cross-cultural observation of her grandmother that reviews her favorite brands (LINK)
Conversation A trip to Albert Einstein’s summer house a few weeks ago led me to finding this conversation between him, the scientist, and philosopher/poet/Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagoe about “science, beauty, consciousness, and philosophy in a masterful meditation on the most fundamental questions of human existence.” (LINK)
Podcast In the latest episode of “55 Voices For Democracy” Journalist Aida Baghernejad speaks to Deborah Feldman, author of the book (that transformed into a Netflix production) “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (2012)”, in which she tells the story of her escape from an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn. Topics they cover include contemporary Jewish culture in Berlin, political participation by religious communities and the meaning of trust in democracies (LINK)
Finance My amazing neighbour Kerstin Bock, Co-Founder of Opnrs, is involved in the selection process of the European Innovation Council (EIC), that will invest €10 billion into breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations until 2027. Re-watch their launch ceremony (LINK) or read more about it here.
Awards Environment association NABU announced the bird of the year: The European Robin. And the Pritzker Prize for Architecture was graciously given to the power duo Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal. Congratulations to both! (LINK, German only. LINK)
Music Managed to drag myself out of a Feierabend whole with the help of Harry Styles - again: don’t judge (LINK)
Picked up Maike Weißpflug’s book “Hannah Arendt. Die Kunst, politisch zu denken” the other night. (LINK)
Despite eventually causing controversy along her way, Hannah Arendt remains one of the loudest advocates for independent thinking. In this publication, her political theories are explained along the works of previously popular (male) philosophers and writers including Homer, Kafka and Brecht while she elaborates on the principle of judging, the critique of ideology and politics in times of the Anthropocene.
The opening citation sums it up quite well
’Tis dream to think that Reason can govern
the reasoning Creature, man.
– Herman Melville –
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Monday, March 22nd, 19h // Reading by Mithu Sanyal and her novel “Identitti” at Literaturhaus Berlin (LINK)
Sunday, March 21st, 18h // Screening of the Dieter Rams documentary titled “Rams” by Gary Hustwit via Vitra Design Museum during the Online Opening Days of the exhibition »German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History« (LINK, LINK)
Sunday, March 21st, 19h // UNESCO celebrates the worldwide “Day of Poetry” and Haus für Poesie hosts a digital party with acclaimed voices from all over the world (LINK)
Ryoko has always been a valuable sanctuary and source of wisdom for me. Her knowledge about Japanese sensual remedies is impressive, her space in Neukölln is a rare little temple. Her face and body oils are an essential part of my bathroom routine. And the incense tools are a reliable support for long days of working - THAT SMELL of wood (Oud) soothes like no other. Highly recommend everything she puts her hands on (LINK)
KI Briefing Had a fruitful exchange about the newsletter business with Nikolaus Röttger this week. He runs the agency FutureStory, loves to moderate smart panels and contributes professionally to make this world a better place. Check out his weekly newsletter on everything AI and beyond (LINK, German only)
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