At the vet,
your fear makes me feeling –
Deine Furcht lässt mich
stark zu fühlen.
At the vet,
your fear makes me feeling –
Deine Furcht lässt mich
stark zu fühlen.
I am not perfect.
I am perfectly imperfect.
Ich bin nicht perfekt.
Ich bin perfekt unperfekt.
Guests are coming?
And your house is a big mess?
Just put on lipstick.
Und das Haus ist ein großes Chaos?
Lege einfach Lippenstift auf.
Wanna go outside.
Oh, No! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!
Will nach draußen.
Oh, Nein! Hilfe! Ich bin draußen!
Lass`mich zurück nach drinnen!
The End of the Freedom of Press & Opinion in Turkey
After imprisoning huge numbers of liberal Turkish journalists and daunting independent, domestic media, Turkey enters into the next stage of phasing and oppressing the public and private media. Work permissions of foreign correspondents are not renewed so that these journalists are forced to leave Turkey because the right to stay in Turkey is tied to the work permission.
Now, three German correspondents of the notable press organs ZDF (public TV) and Tagesspiegel are affected too. They have been threatened with imprisoning in the event that they don`t leave the country immediately.
Interestingly, the ZDF as well as the Tagesspiegel have been contacted by Turkish authorities, which tried to take influence in the HR policy of the media channels. They simply suggested to replace the correspondents with appropriate journalists.
Turkey even deported Turkish journalists from Germany in the past.
Obviously the Turkish government tries to gain information dominancy to avoid criticism
Turkey is namely suffering from a severe debt and economic crisis accompanied by a breath-taking inflation. The autocratic regime of Erdogan fears freedom of opinion and media and want to gain information dominance for storytelling. Of course, foreign powers have caused the crisis of Turkey. As usually, narcissistic autocrats refuse to take responsibility and create external enemies to draw the attention to foreign policy and alleged homeland security issues instead of looking at reasons that could end up in criticism of the regime. The Turkish government is fueling emotions (so that the people switch off their brains) and nationalism by systematical propaganda…or: Fake News. To oppress any opposition in the long run, Erdogan is very much dependent on sustainable economic success. His response to the crisis is the creation and promotion of conspiracy theories. Any déjà vu?
This crisis is characterized by the Turkish lira (TRY) plunging in value, high inflation, rising borrowing costs, and correspondingly rising loan defaults. The crisis was caused by the Turkish economy’s excessive current account deficit and large amounts of private foreign-currency denominated debt, in combination with President Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarianism and his unorthodox ideas about interest rate policy. Some analysts also stress the leveraging effects of the geopolitical frictions with the United States and recently enforced tariffs by the Trump administration on some Turkish products such as steel and aluminum.
While this crisis was prominent for waves of major devaluation of the currency, later stages were characterized by corporate debt defaults and finally by contraction of economic growth. With the inflation rate stuck in the double digits, stagflation ensued. The crisis ended a period of overheating economic growth under Erdoğan-led governments, built largely on a construction boom fueled by foreign borrowing, easy credit, and government spending.
Erdogan has justified the abolishment of democratic structures & rules by pointing to the protection against terrorism and by highlighting his allegedly economic success. In fact, Turkey has spent a lot of money to improve its infrastructure and attracted foreign investments in Turkey as low cost country. Turkey claimed to be an European “China” (a country that is drowning in debts as well but is much bigger and positioned higher in the value chain).
Additionally, Turkey took benefit of the know how and money transfer from Germany, where a huge community of Turkish people live who have been educated in Germany and support their families in Turkey. Furthermore, Turkey is well-paid by the EU to block migrants on their way to Europe – frankly speaking.
Turkey is no EU-member due to their lack of democracy, liberal values and legal certainty. In my view, the fear that even more Turkish people will move to Europe and particularly to Germany to join the already existing huge Turkish community – that created a so called “parallel society” with low integration levels – might be another reason. The refusal of an EU membership and the feeling not to be accepted in Europe on one hand and Turkey`s blackmailing and abuse of migrants to get more money and Visa waivers in combination with Turkey`s ongoing attempt to influence Germany`s internal politics (using the Turkish communities) causes tensions / frustration at both sides. “Bio-Germans” often don`t understand their neighbors with Turkish roots, who support Erdogan. The criticism refers to the fact that the Turkish migrants enjoy all benefits of a liberal democracy with freedom of opinion, religion, press and so on, the social system, double citizenship, social & economic stability, security, peace etc. …but admire and support a dictator (while their people have to suffer in Turkey).
Since Turkeys backwards development in view of the EU politicians, the chances to get an EU membership worsened. Many Turkish people gave up this idea completely, anyway.
It is assumed that the Turks in Germany are still suffering from an inferiority complex towards Europe and cit. “love” Erdogan because they can be proud to be a Turk again. Like the Chinese, they refer to their old history with the Ottoman Empire as source for their claim to play a bigger role in future also due to their geo-strategical location and their NATO membership .
Turkey has got one of the biggest Account Deficits (USD 51,6 bn) worldwide
A longstanding characteristic of Turkey’s economy is a low savings rate. Since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assumed control of the government, Turkey has been running huge and growing current account deficits, $33.1 billion in 2016 and $47.3 billion in 2017, climbing to US$7.1 billion in the month of January 2018 with the rolling 12-month deficit rising to $51.6 billion, one of the largest current account deficits in the world. The economy has relied on capital inflows to fund private-sector excess, with Turkey’s banks and big firms borrowing heavily, often in foreign currencies.
Turkey must find approx. $200 billion a year to fund its account deficit and maturing debt
Under these conditions, Turkey must find approximately $200 billion a year to fund its wide current account deficit and maturing debt, while being always at risk of inflows drying up; the state has gross foreign currency reserves of just $85 billion.
The economic policy underlying these trends had increasingly been micro-managed by Erdoğan since the election of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, and strongly so since 2008, with a focus on the construction industry, state-awarded contracts and stimulus measures.
Investment inflows had already been declining in the period leading up to the crisis, owing to Erdoğan instigating political disagreements with countries that were major sources of such inflows (such as Germany, France, and the Netherlands).
Following the 2016 coup attempt, the government seized the assets of those it considered involved, even if their ties to the coup were attenuated. Erdoğan has not taken seriously concerns that foreign companies investing in Turkey might be deterred by the country’s political instability. Other factors include worries about the decreasing value of lira (TRY) which threatens to eat into investors’ profit margins. Investment inflows have also declined because Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarianism has quelled free and factual reporting by financial analysts in Turkey.
Between January and May 2017, foreign portfolio investors funded $13.2 billion of Turkey’s $17.5 billion current account deficit, according to the latest available data. During the same period they plugged just $763 million of a swollen $27.3 billion deficit.
By the end of 2017, the corporate foreign-currency debt in Turkey had more than doubled since 2009, up to $214 billion after netting against their foreign-exchange assets.
Turkey’s gross external debt, both public and private, stood at $453.2 billion at the end of 2017.
As of March 2018, $181.8 billion of external debt, public and private, was due to mature within a year.
Non-resident holdings of domestic shares stood at $53.3 billion in early March and at $39.6 billion in mid-May, and non-resident holdings of domestic government bonds stood at $32.0 billion in early March and at $24.7 billion in mid-May.
I’ll be happy once I’ve done this certain thing.
We all say this often not realizing what it brings.
We look only to the future for our happiness.
Letting life slip through our fingers in its fullness.
Will we really feel complete when the task is done,
or look back and see how we missed so much fun?
Self consumed so we can’t see anything else,
hurting those we love as well as ourselves.
So many things around us to be grateful for.
When seeking for an answer, willingly open the door.
So often, others see what’s in front of our face,
but we’re too blind to look as we’re snared in the race.
What is this life supposed to be about?
Is it money, fortune, fame, or a big house?
When speaking to a man on his dying bed,
none of these answers are what he said.
Family, love, laughter are what we should seek.
These are the precious things that keep life from being bleak.
Geh fort von mir
Geh fort von mir. So werd ich fürderhin
in deinem Schatten stehn. Und niemals mehr
die Schwelle alles dessen, was ich bin,
allein betreten. Niemals wie vorher
verfügen meine Seele. Und die Hand
nicht so wie früher in Gelassenheit
aufheben in das Licht der Sonne, seit
die deine drinnen fehlt. Mag Land um Land
anwachsen zwischen uns, so muss doch dein
Herz in dem meinen bleiben, doppelt schlagend.
Und was ich tu und träume, schließt dich ein:
so sind die Trauben überall im Wein.
Und ruf ich Gott zu mir: Er kommt zu zwein
und sieht mein Auge zweier Tränen tragend.
“GO FROM ME”
Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand
Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore
Alone upon the threshold of my door
Of individual life, I shall command
The uses of my soul, nor lift my hand
Serenely in the sunshine as before,
Without the sense of that which I forbore, ..
Thy touch upon the palm. The widest land
Doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine
With pulses that beat double. What I do
And what I dream include thee, as the wine
Must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue
God for myself, He hears that name of thine,
and sees within my eyes, the tears of two.
Between The Lines
In Silence Piano
Where are we going? (Paris)
Letters of Thanks (Rostock)
Where are we going? (Göteborg)
The Key In The Hand
born in Osaka, Japan (1972), lives and works in Berlin.
Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography, stage designs and videos.
Working with large quantities of yarn, Shiota creates immersive web-like structures that take over entire rooms. Building on her experience growing up in Japan and moving to Berlin in the 1990s, her work often touches on the notion of travel, belonging and the complexity of the human condition.
In 2007, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her solo exhibitions across the world include Art Gallery of South Australia (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2018); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2017); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2015); Smithsonian Institution Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2014); the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008) among others. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Oku-Noto International Art Festival (2017), Sydney Biennale (2016), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2009) and Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.
For further details, please feel free to visit Chiharu Shiota`s website including further examples of her fascinating work and an offering of beautiful art books: http://chiharu-shiota.com/en/
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were— I have not seen
As others saw— I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow— I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d — I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood — in the dawn
Of a most stormy life — was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ‘round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—