A ring can be a sign of wealth, love, but also in a symbolic sense a sign of belonging or a circle formed around something/someone by some objects or people. There are such expressions as Ring of Fire (referring to the seismic and volcanic zone in the Pacific Ocean) associated mainly with natural disasters). The ring also includes refugees on the Polish/Belarusian border, surrounded on one side by Belarusian and on the other by Polish forces. It is on this border that a catastrophe of humanity is taking place, allegedly carried out in our Polish name. I want – in memory of our ancestors, who were once driven out of their safe homes by the turmoil of war or political repression and forced to seek shelter outside the country – to say loudly and clearly: all those who refuse other people in need of basic assistance such as bread, water and a roof over their heads, those who contribute to their death from hypothermia, starvation and disease just near the Polish border – are BARBARISANTS and are not worthy of the name of Poles.
April 2020. Unknown persons put masks on the faces of figures from the bronze sculpture “Dancing Girls” by artist Ursula Schneider-Schulz from 1961 in the city center. As of Monday (06.04.2020), lip protection in public places has been made mandatory in the city. Art is a mirror of our everyday life.
Archeological evidence for early dance includes 9,000-year-old paintings in India at the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures, dated c. 3300 BC. It has been proposed that before the invention of written languages, dance was an important part of the oral and performance methods of passing stories down from one generation to the next. The use of dance in ecstatictrance states and healing rituals (as observed today in many contemporary “primitive” cultures, from the Brazilian rainforest to the Kalahari Desert) is thought to have been another early factor in the social development of dance.
References to dance can be found in very early recorded history; Greek dance (horos) is referred to by Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch and Lucian. The Bible and Talmud refer to many events related to dance, and contain over 30 different dance terms. In Chinese pottery as early as the Neolithic period, groups of people are depicted dancing in a line holding hands, and the earliest Chinese word for “dance” is found written in the oracle bones. Dance is further described in the Lüshi Chunqiu. Primitive dance in ancient China was associated with sorcery and shamanic rituals. Greek bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, 3rd–2nd century BC, Alexandria, Egypt
During the first millennium BCE in India, many texts were composed which attempted to codify aspects of daily life. Bharata Muni‘s Natyashastra (literally “the text of dramaturgy”) is one of the earlier texts. It mainly deals with drama, in which dance plays an important part in Indian culture. It categorizes dance into four types–secular, ritual, abstract, and, interpretive- and into four regional varieties. The text elaborates various hand-gestures (mudras) and classifies movements of the various limbs, steps and so on. A strong continuous tradition of dance has since continued in India, through to modern times, where it continues to play a role in culture, ritual, and, notably, the Bollywood entertainment industry. Many other contemporary dance forms can likewise be traced back to historical, traditional, ceremonial, and ethnic dance.
The sculpture is made of high-gloss stainless steel and stands 6.40 m tall. “Airborne” was designed for Linde AG, which moved to new premises here in 2008. The sculpture was manufactured and built by Sandmeir Stahlbau GmbH, Rain am Lech. In 2009 it was placed at the Carl-von-Linde-Haus, Angerhof in Munich. The sculpture represents a newly created molecule.
In the kinetic theory of gases, the term molecule is often used for any gaseous particle regardless of its composition. This violates the definition that a molecule contain two or more atoms, since the noble gases are individual atoms.
Molecules as components of matter are common. They also make up most of the oceans and atmosphere. Most organic substances are molecules. The substances of life are molecules, e.g. proteins, the amino acids they are made of, the nucleic acids (DNA & RNA), sugars, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins. The nutrient minerals ordinarily are not molecules, e.g. iron sulfate.
However, the majority of familiar solid substances on Earth are not made of molecules. These include all of the minerals that make up the substance of the Earth, soil, dirt, sand, clay, pebbles, rocks, boulders, bedrock, the molten interior, and the core of the Earth. All of these contain many chemical bonds, but are not made of identifiable molecules.
In glasses, which are solids that exist in a vitreous disordered state, the atoms are held together by chemical bonds with no presence of any definable molecule, nor any of the regularity of repeating unit-cellular-structure that characterizes salts, covalent crystals, and metals.
The science of molecules is called molecular chemistry or molecular physics, depending on whether the focus is on chemistry or physics. Molecular chemistry deals with the laws governing the interaction between molecules that results in the formation and breakage of chemical bonds, while molecular physics deals with the laws governing their structure and properties. In practice, however, this distinction is vague. In molecular sciences, a molecule consists of a stable system (bound state) composed of two or more atoms. Polyatomic ions may sometimes be usefully thought of as electrically charged molecules. The term unstable molecule is used for very reactive species, i.e., short-lived assemblies (resonances) of electrons and nuclei, such as radicals, molecular ions, Rydberg molecules, transition states, van der Waals complexes, or systems of colliding atoms as in Bose–Einstein condensate.
The world is made up of molecules, me, you, inhabitants of other continents, non-heteronormative and hetero people, plants and animals. Together we form a coherent whole. By destroying a single piece of this puzzle, you in effect destroy yourself.
This monument is “dedicated to all deserters and refuseniks, whose home is Mother Earth, who recognize in the enemy the brother of man, who, instead of listening to generals, listen to their conscience, who cling not to ideologies but to life, whose fear is smaller than their love.”
On May 8 was the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II. Let us remember that war, as well as all other fratricidal wars. Let us not allow ourselves to be fooled by any ideologies, by speakers with mouths full of meaningless promises, whose aim is only to confuse neighbor with neighbor, brother with brother, mother with daughter. Let us respect each other. Let’s respect everyone who gives as much as they can every day to make this world a better place for all of us. Every ideology, whatever it may be, stupefies and strips away the dignity of some social group. It is by refusing to think for ourselves and not protesting when someone next to us gets hurt, we contribute to creating hell on earth. Let’s be strong, wise, and supportive to each other!
Throughout human history, traditional gender roles have often defined and limited women’s activities and opportunities; many religious doctrines stipulate certain rules for women. With restrictions loosening during the 20th century in many societies, women have gained access to careers beyond the traditional homemaker, and the ability to pursue higher education. Violence against women, whether within families or in communities, has a long history and is primarily committed by men. Some women are denied reproductive rights. The movements and ideologies of feminism have a shared goal of achieving gender equality.
For centuries, women’s bodies were used to make politics. There have been attempts to convince us that we as women:
we are less intelligent. And then Agnodike was born – the first known female gynecologist (4th century BC), Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Josephine Cochrane (invented and patented the world’s first dishwasher in 1886), Stephanie Kwolek (an outstanding chemist of Polish origin. She headed a team which in 1965 developed kevlar – a polymer extremely resistant to stretching. Thanks to its properties, it is used in the production of, among others, bulletproof vests and protective helmets, as well as fiber optic cables, motorcycles, bicycles, sails, skis, kayaks or tennis rackets), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (French physician and virologist specializing in retrovirus research. In 1983, she and Luke Montagnier discovered the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, HIV. She also identified this virus as the cause of AIDS. For these achievements she and Luke Montagnier received the Nobel Prize in 2008.), Maria Zakrzewska (1828 – 1902. She was the first woman in history to gain a doctor title in medicine.), Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749. She was a physicist and mathematician, one of the greatest minds of the 18th century. She is considered the co-author of the principle of conservation of energy.), Margaret Hamilton (b. 1936. computer scientist and software engineer who led the development of the onboard system for the Apollo space program, NASA’s mission to the moon. She is famously pictured standing by a printout of the Apollo spacecraft flight guidance code, which she devised, mostly writing and supervising herself. Hamilton was 33 years old at the time.), Williamina Fleming (1857-1911. She was an astronomer and co-author of the star catalog. In 9 years she catalogued over 10,000 objects, several hundred of which she independently discovered.), Emma Noether (1882-1935. Albert Einstein considered her the most important woman in the history of mathematics and repeatedly sought her advice on his research.)
we are not good enough to make politics. And then Margaret Thatcher became a British Prime Minister. And in January 2021, Kamala Harris became the first female Vice President of the United States of America
we are incapable of strategic thinking. And Poland, under the leadership of male “strategists”, disappeared from the map of Europz for 123 years thanks to Tsarina Catherine II
banking and making money is a man’s job. And the year 1992 came, when Hanna Gronkiewicz-Walz became the Presidency of the National Bank of Poland for the next 9 years.
Following the barbaric verdict of the Polish dummy Constitutional Tribunal depriving Polish women of their right to self-determination about themselves and their lives, I have a short message for all those who passionately try to decide how the others should live: FUCK OFF TO YOUR OWN LIFE AND DON’T STEP IN YOUR DIRTY SHOES WHERE NOBODY INVITES YOU!!!
The sculpture is located in Ludwigstraße at the height of the Rupprecht bookstore. Initially, a fountain was planned here, which would have sprayed the water several meters into the air. However, the owners of the houses, who feared the noise of the water splashing onto the pavement, did not like this idea very much. Instead of a fountain, it was therefore decided to go for the “work of art with water” variant. The fountain was installed in the same year after a competition held in 2007. The work, made of granite and bronze, shows the relief of three fish jumping out of the water and a thoughtful man.
Recent months, apart from the fear of COVID-19 infection, have revealed one thing, and that is how easy it is to lose one’s sense of security, one’s life’s possessions, and how much interpersonal relation mean, relations with neighbors who have helped many of us during the forced quarantine. Those who had never cared to build lasting interpersonal ties suddenly began to feel lonely, and pubs that had been bustling with life died screaming with empty tables. Let’s take care of each other – also of the other inhabitants of our planet, if we don’t want to wake up in a reality in which our only audience will be constructions made of metal, reinforced concrete or glass.
This mural was created on the initiative of feminist organisations on a fragment of the Berlin Wall as an expression of opposition to the judgment of the Polish Constitutional Court of 22.10.2020, which tightened the rules of abortion and the penalization of women who want to have an abortion.
All-Poland Women’s Strike
Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet (the All-Poland Women’s Strike), is a women’s rights social movement in Poland, established in September 2016. It was set up in protest against the rejection by the Sejm of the Polish Parliament of the bill “Save Women”, which was considered by the Sejm in parallel to the project “Stop to Abortion”. The movement was responsible for the organization of Black Monday, a protest action that took place simultaneously in 147 Polish cities, towns and villages.
Structure and key people
In October 2017, Marta Lempart was head of All-Poland Women’s Strike.While OSK was a key organiser of the September 2016 Black Protests, the protests themselves were decentralised. Klementyna Suchanow was one of OSK’s leaders who proposed the 26 October “walk” to the house of de facto leader of Poland Jarosław Kaczyński, which turned into a 10,000-person protest. Suchanow described the tactics for the continuation of the protests as decentralised, up to grassroots initiatives and creativity.
Suchanow stated in October 2020 that OSK was not a political party, but that some members, aimed at becoming members of Sejm, the Polish lower house of parliament, and that Katarzyna Kotula [pl] of OSK was already a member of Sejm.
All-Poland Women’s Strike was created as one of the groups organising the September 2016 Black Protests against proposed legislation that would have tightened abortion law. The protests brought together 100,000 protests who marched in 143 villages, towns and cities in Poland. Together with Argentinian women’s rights activists, OSK helped launch the International Women’s Strike together with women from 28 other countries in 2017.
2017–present: Repression and continued protests
On 4 October 2017, following protests organised by OSK, police raided the offices of the Women’s Rights Centre and Baba in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź and Zielona Góra. The raids were interpreted as intimidation. Marta Lempart, head of OSK, described the raids as “abuse of power” that disurpted the women’s work by the confiscation of computers and documents. The police spent nine hours in the office of Baba removing files.Strajk Kobiet booth at Woodstock Festival Poland in 2017
In July 2020, the Polish government considered withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention that aims to prevent violence against women and domestic violence. Two thousand women protested in front of the Ordo Iuris headquarters. Marta Lempart described the government’s attitude to women’s rights, stating, “This government has been laughing in the faces of victims of gender violence for years.” Marchers with a “women’s hell” hashtag and the OSK red lightning symbol on a banner, protesting on 24 October 2020 in Gdańsk.
the appointment of a “real” (independent, not someone from ruling party) Polish Ombudsman, to replace Adam Bodnar, who reached the end of his term.
On 28 October 2020, Klementyna Suchanow of OSK stated that the initial involvement of OSK in the protests was to defend women’s own rights, not to remove the government. She stated that the aims of the protests had expanded based on comments, slogans and wide discussions with people who had joined the protests.
Suchanow, who had been injured by police during protests in earlier years, leading to a spinal operation, interpreted a speech by Jarosław Kaczyński as a refusal to withdraw the Constitutional Tribunal ruling and an encouragement of escalation of violence.
The President of the Constitutional Tribunal, Julia Przyłębska, after a disgraceful verdict condemning Polish women to unimaginable suffering in case of pregnancy and defects of the fetus*, took refuge in the Przyłębski Villa in Berlin, where her husband is an ambassador on a daily basis.
After the activists of the “Dziewuchy Berlin” organization found her home, regular protests began at the Przyłębski’s house. The neighbors – broadly understood, because on quite a large area – received leaflets in which the organizers from the “Dziewuchy Berlin” collective apologize for the obstacles and explain their causes – who the addressee is, starting from the CT pacification and backstage placing her at the head of the dummy by the Law and Justice party, and ending with the essence, that is, that she set the fuse on fire and ran to the “peaceful haven in Berlin open to the world”
*according to the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of 22.10.2020, the provision of the law allowing for the removal of pregnancy in the case of severe damage to the fetus is inconsistent with the Polish Constitution.
(Quelle: Wikipedia, red. Ewa Wanat)
Below is the English language version:
“Dear citizens of Thielallee, dear fellow citizens, As you could see, your quiet, beautiful surroundings have changed in recent days into a place of loud protests and gatherings. You are probably wondering what this is about. We feel obliged to explain this to you. The case concerns your neighbors, the couple of Julia and Andrzej Przyłębski, who lived at number 79. Mr. Przyłębski has been the Polish ambassador to Germany for over four years. As a faithful ally of the ruling Polish right-wing-populist formation, he bears responsibility for the constant state of crisis in Polish-German relations. He has spoken out many times in a provocative and aggressive manner, which has contributed to the fact that both the friendship between the two countries and the difficult process of historical reconciliation are still encountering serious obstacles. However, it is not the reason for our presence in your neighbourhood. We mean his wife, Julia Przyłębska. In 2015, immediately after the right-wing populist party Law and Justice, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, took power, the process of destroying the independent justice system began. A very important link in the judicial system of control over lawmakers was the Constitutional Tribunal, which had the power to overrule unconstitutional laws and regulations. As a court of key importance to democracy, it became the object of a hostile, illegal takeover. With the help of legal tricks and illegal judicial appointments, soon the chair of the president of the TK was filled by an incompetent but loyal to the government judge, Julia Przyłębska, who was unknown to anyone before. She fulfilled her task. The Tribunal ceased to function properly as a supervisory body. The government is free to enact unconstitutional laws, and the average citizen has lost the support of the body that has so far defended his fundamental rights. One of these rights was taken away from the Polish people as a result of a very controversial verdict of that tribunal a few days ago. It was the right to terminate the pregnancy if a serious defect in the fetus was found. The tribunal suddenly annulled the law, which had lasted for over 25 years, when all major political forces in Poland made a difficult compromise. Millions of Polish women and men took to the streets in protest against this decision, despite the raging pandemic in our country. For over a week now, protests, gatherings and strikes have been taking place all over the country, as well as beyond its borders, against this inhuman, undemocratic verdict. The country has found itself in a state of dangerous confrontation between its citizens and an aggressive, ultra-conservative ruling formation that is increasingly resorting to threats of open violence in its defense. Julia Przyłębska set the powder keg on fire and immediately evacuated to Berlin. We cannot accept that the destroyer of democracy in our country lives peacefully outside its borders, in our common metropolis, open to the world. We, the proud citizens of Berlin, will not let “bloody Julia” continue to lead a comfortable, luxurious life in Germany while our homeland, set on fire by her, stands in flames. We therefore found her previously kept secret residence in Dahlem in order to regularly remind her of her deeds. As much as we are sorry to have disturbed your peace, we hope that we can count on your solidarity and understanding as our fellow citizens. We will make every effort to leave the place of our protests in order every time. We also hope that one day you will want to join us in an act of solidarity. Our gatherings are open and many Germans participate in them. After all, we are concerned about universal values: women’s rights, human rights and justice, directly threatened in one of the countries of our common European Union by Julia Przyłêbska’s actions.
With respect, Dziewuchy Berlin”.
The leaflets were distributed to many houses, service points, stores and an Italian restaurant where the ambassador is sometimes present. They were received with interest.
Artist/Designer: Katrin Belen, modell: Magdalena Baryła(Photo: Evela Art, 09.2019)
The above creation was created as a result of the bet between artist Katrin Belen’s with her acquaintance farmer regarding the fact that the straw which he ownes can also a great material for making a dress. The bet was about chocolate, which, according to the designer, tasted delicious during the photo shoot. The straw used to create the dress returned to its rightful owner after the photo shoot.
Straw is an agricultural byproduct consisting of the dry stalks of cereal plants after the grain and chaff have been removed. It makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has a number of different uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket making.
Straw is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bale, or bundle, of straw tightly bound with twine, wire, or string. Straw bales may be square, rectangular, or round, and can be very large, depending on the type of baler used.
In many parts of the world, straw is used to bind clay and concrete. A mixture of clay and straw, known as cob, can be used as a building material. There are many recipes for making cob.
When baled, straw has moderate insulation characteristics (about R-1.5/inch according to Oak Ridge National Lab and Forest Product Lab testing). It can be used, alone or in a post-and-beam construction, to build straw bale houses. When bales are used to build or insulate buildings, the straw bales are commonly finished with earthen plaster. The plastered walls provide some thermal mass, compressive and ductile structural strength, and acceptable fire resistance as well as thermal resistance (insulation), somewhat in excess of North American building code. Straw is an abundant agricultural waste product, and requires little energy to bale and transport for construction. For these reasons, straw bale construction is gaining popularity as part of passive solar and other renewable energy projects.
Composite lumber: Wheat straw can be used as a fibrous filler combined with polymers to produce composite lumber.
Straw is resistant to being crushed and therefore makes a good packing material. A company in France makes a straw mat sealed in thin plastic sheets.
Straw envelopes for wine bottles have become rarer, but are still to be found at some wine merchants.
Wheat straw is also used in compostable food packaging such as compostable plates. Packaging made from wheat straw can be certified compostable and will biodegrade in a commercial composting environment.
In some parts of Germany like Black Forest and Hunsrück people wear straw shoes at home or at carnival.
Heavy gauge straw rope is coiled and sewn tightly together to make archery targets. This is no longer done entirely by hand, but is partially mechanised. Sometimes a paper or plastic target is set up in front of straw bales, which serve to support the target and provide a safe backdrop.
Thatching uses straw, reed or similar materials to make a waterproof, lightweight roof with good insulation properties. Straw for this purpose (often wheat straw) is grown specially and harvested using a reaper-binder.
Straw can be the material used by artists. At the same time, there is a negative connotation in Polish, such as “straw from shoes”. It means a lack of intelligence and good manners. Colloquially speaking, straw sticks out of the shoes of those who do not understand “Art” by the great A and are trying to keep down the great artists, as well as wise and educated people, to their own, only understandable level. In recent days, we have been able to observe such a verbal attack from the lips of one of the deputies of the ruling party on the artist Janusz Gajos – a famous prominent Polish theatre and film actor, professor of theatrical arts and doctor honoris causa of the Łódź Film School, winner of many prestigious awards and distinctions. There would be nothing surprising about it if it wasn’t for the fact that the epithets that this lady gave the artist de facto perfectly describe her and have nothing to do with the aforementioned actor.
Katrin Belen (age 36) – has lived in Germany for 8 years, where she works as a physiotherapist. She has been designing artistic creations for 2 years. In 80% they are made from recycled materials. Her creations are on the covers of magazines, music scenes and are used in music videos. Katrin also runs a fashion show in Pepe TV for the Polish community. Her creations can be seen at fashion shows or various events. She cooperates with the best photographers from Poland and Germany. At the moment she is in the process of creating new great creations for companies and fashion magazines. The artist is open to cooperation and new challenges related to the created fashion art.
Sculptor: Martin Mayer, Munich, Germany(Photo: Gosia Sachse, 02.05.2017)
The Sitting boar sculpture is a popular sculpture that sits just outside the German Hunting and Fishing Museum, in front of a church on Neuhauser Strasse. It is supposed to attract visitors to the Museum. It’s another one of those bronze statues that locals and tourists like to rub supposedly for good luck.
The boar is perched on a pedestal and its snout has become shiny from all the caressing. The bronze boar by Martin Mayer has been sitting in front of the house since 1976, and in 1982 it was joined by Claus Nageler’s bronze statue of a catfish.
In January this year, scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of Poland, in which they called for withdrawal of the decision on the shooting of feral pigs and implementation of actions aimed at the actual mechanism of spreading the virus causing ASF disease in pigs. According to specialists from the Polish Academy of Sciences, in order to achieve the goal of stopping the ASF epidemic in Poland, “it is urgently necessary to abandon the apparent and costly action, which is the mass shooting of feral pigs. Experts from the State Veterinary Institute in Puławy indicate that all new outbreaks of swine virus infection in Poland are the result of virus transmission by humans”.
On 12.07.2020, a populist, a representative of the ruling party, not adhering to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, blathering one citizen against another, a dependent person who is only a pen in the hands of the ruling party, which ridicules his country in the international arena, was re-elected as President of the Republic of Poland. The disease called xenophobia, homophobia or, to put it plainly, hatred of one to another, which is currently taking place in Poland, has again been established. The re-election of the current President did not take place honestly, the elections were partly falsified – which does not change the fact that, despite the election protests, he will most likely the President of Poland for the next 5 years. Shortly after the election, the campaign started against those who voted for him (mainly farmers from Podkarpacie, people who are poorly educated and therefore easy to manipulate). However, maybe it would be worthwhile – like scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences appealing to stop shooting wild boars – to look for the real reason that poorly educated people support populists en masse and direct actions there. These reasons are relatively simple: the lack of interest on the part of the intelligentsia, which also includes (at least in part) politicians, the needs and matters that the village lives in, this poor, uneducated, often hindered. Those who manage to look from the heights of national politics at the needs of the Kowalskis and Nowaks from the village of Wąchock and to activate these people and give them tools that will enable them to fulfil their needs – they will win.
Artist: Heinz Viehweger, Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany(Photo: Gosia Sachse, 29.07.2018)
Space as such is an abstract concept and does not exist. It only becomes apparent through its limitation. The artist managed to achieve this effect by placing two oak columns, thanks to which we can notice the space. In the space created in this way, the author of the installation placed several sculptures that come out of point A and disappear in point B. This has also enabled the artist to highlight space-time from birth to death, from beginning to end. Heiny Viehweger deliberately opted for columns made of oak, as oak is a symbol of strength that comes from the earth. This land, from which we too are born and into which we turn after death.
Freedom, like space, is an abstract concept, which takes on real shapes only when it is limited or taken away from us. Its retrieval often takes tens or hundreds of years and takes hundreds of victims. Let’s be wise – let’s not let ourselves be enslaved by empty promises without cover. Let us love and respect freedom as long as we have it.