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Between Ape and Man (“Wild Words” Series Part 1)

It’s the weekend again, yay. This is a piece of mail art I received from arttower, a fellow German mailartist 🙂 On the front it reads “und seine Erben” (“and his heirs”) and on the back “Experiment des Monats” (“experiment of the month”). The whole thing makes me think of the evolution of man, Darvinism and genetics. And you?

Well, thinking of monkeys, especially apes and us – humanity – as their heirs, I decided to sent this piece of mail art to arttower in return. It’s out of my new mail art series “Wild Words”: The GORILLA. Yes, I’m still into the typographic images lately ;P

I wish you a great weekend!

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SENT CARD # 8 & # 12: The London Olympics and one proud German

Let the games begin… ehmm, sorry, continue…

Unless you live behind the moon or in the pampa without any communication whatsoever you should’ve noticed that the world’s top athletes have gathered for the Olympic Games in London. Since I started my apprenticeship/new job last wednesday I haven’t had too much time to really watch it but I’m following the action on my iPhone. I love the London 2012 Results app. It’s so easy to stay updated on all the sports I’m interested in.

Well, even though you might think I’m a sports fanatic here, I’m really not. On one hand it’s really sad and pathetic because it feels very halfhearted when I cheer for my nation’s athletes during the Olympics but could give – excuse my language – shit about what they are competing in in the four years inbetween the Games. And I want to go as far as to say that the majority of people are the same way.  On the other hand – does it really matter? The Olympics are a huge event and remind people of how important sports are for us all and how it can bring everyone closer together. Isn’t it great that the Olympics can interest people in sports that usually don’t pay much attention to it in their lives?

Okay, so no matter how you think about it all, I’m proud of all the athletes and as a passionate equestrian especially happy about the medals the German riders and their brave horses have won for my home country so far. I wish I could be in London right now to see it all in real life and feel the Olympic spirit. As William Dunbar once said: “London, thou art the flower of cities all!”. I once combined this quote with one of my many photographs of The Clock Tower, now Elizabeth Tower, to create a postcard for postcrossing-member and London fan Ksyusha from the Ukraine:

SENT CARD #12: DE-1074648 to Ksyusha (UKRAINE); Distance traveled: 902 miles (1452 km); Days traveled: 32 days;

Here are a couple more of my London photographs. Besides the fact that all larger cities have their muddy and dark alleys, London is very beautiful and definitely a real “queen” 🙂

But as this postcard to Nastya from Russia proves: My hometown Soltau is a great place to be as well but Home Sweet Home is – generally speaking – always a wonderful place to be 🙂 right?!

SENT CARD #8: DE-1053111 to Nastya (RUSSIA); Distance traveled: 914 miles (1471 km) ;Days traveled: 34 days;

Now, I don’t want to hold you up any longer and let you get back to cheering for your athletes! Have fun following the excitement wether in front of your TV, using the app on your smartphone, reading about it in your newspaper or online, or maybe even live in London… Have fun!

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RECEIVED CARD #20

Another card from the Netherlands. This one was sent to me by Hetty from Kampen, which is 167 miles (268 miles) away from where I live. So it only took five days until it got dropped in my mailbox 🙂

I also sent a card back to Hetty, featuring a picture of the old townhall in my hometown. It’s one of my favourite buildings in the city.

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On the horns of a dilemma: Die Zwickmühle

Okay, today for a change, I will have to go a little academic on you and let lose the linguistics-chick in me. Don’t worry I’ll take you through my train of thought step by step.

Well, when I received arttower’s “dilemma”-mail art (I showed it to you in my Saturday post) I decided that I wanted to pick up the dilemma-theme in my response mail art to him as well.
I then got out my elephantine Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus and looked up the correct definition of dilemma and its synonyms before all else:

I found some more synonyms on Wikipedia.com and added them to the list just like all the German synonyms I could find, including the word “Zwickmühle”. Well, now that particular synonym  struck a chord in me and I came up with this piece of mail art:

"Zwickmühle" (2012)

Me being ground to flour like grain by two millstones because I’m feeling unable to make a decision – so I’m – to throw in some more imagery here – on the horns of a dilemma…

Now, etymologically Zwickmühle doesn’t really refer to a real grain to flour grinding mill but a certain position in the board game mill (ninepenny/nine men’s morris/merrelles/cowboy checkers). The first part of the word “Zwick – mühle” doesn’t derive from the German verb “zwicken” (to pinch), as I’d mistakenly assumed, but from the Old High German words “zween”, “zwo” and “zwei” meaning two. So Zwickmühle basically means “two mills” and if you`ve ever played mill, you might know how fatal it is when your opponent can shuttle a piece back and forth between two mills and thus pretty much sealing your fate.

I don’t know what you think but I’d say both explanations, my wrong one and the etymologically-correct one, are in the end fitting imagery for a dilemma.

Well, to counteract the academic tone of today’s post at least a little bit, here is a link to a cool website where you can play mill online for free. Mill is one of my favorite board games by-the-way, next to draughts/checkers of course 😉

I hope the linguistics-chick in me didn’t scare you too awfully much and you’ll brave to stop by my blog again to read more.

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Credits:
definition and synonyms of the word dilemma:
Oxford Dicitonary & Thesaurus, second edition 2007, as edited by M. Waite; p. 280 

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__Dilemma with place of discovery__

Art in my mailbox!

Today:

               “Dilemma mit Fundort”              

_____________ Mail art from “arttower” (Germany 2011) ____________

For more…

VISIT —–> http://arttowersmailart.blogspot.com/ <—– VISIT

Thank you arttower for sending this! Your mail art is always food for my thoughts and a well of inspiration.

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