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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wiesenmarkt - build-up

It almost seems as if the effort required to make the "Market of the Meadow" a reality is too great. Too many man hours required, too much machinery used, too many costs involved. 
In the end, it must figure, however, or they would not come back, year after year, for something like 623 years. It must be a financial boon for the town of Bleiburg. Evidently, 130,000 Visitors leave a few Euros behind. Enough to pay all the wages, to run the whole show for 4 days and finally for each exhibitor to make a profit.
At my own personal risk ( :- )  I roamed the area, stumbled clumsily over some equipment, chatted with some of the workers and took some pictures while I was at it.

This is, what I like to call "The Festival of the Meadow" being created:

The little gondolas for one of the "kiddy-rides" stacked on a trailer,
being delivered for installation.

Just a short rest for a 'smoke'

watch it... it would be a nasty fall !

A tarpaulin being pulled into place

The Ferries Wheel is up, the Ticket Booth still closed.

the chairs, suspended by chains still await the crowds

The Steeple and the Chain-Go-Round
form a new picture.

Man and machinery

The amusement section is being erected;
one thrilling ride after the other.

can hardly wait.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Neighbours Garden - revisited !

close-up of the red star-like flowers below

taken with the 105mm Micro Nikkor lens.

Monday, August 22, 2016


The Guitarist.

What's "in focus ?"

When something is "out of focus,"
something else is "in focus."
that's the way the world works.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Let's talk about ART

Kunsthalle Völkermarkt.

We were invited by Ms. Anna Paul, the key-mover of a group of young persons, to attend a Vernissage, where many of them exhibited their work for the first time.

The hall's dimensions are huge, giving much space to each individual work exhibited there.

The question: “What is Art” has been asked many times and meaningful answers are hard to come by.

My very very personal answer is actually quite simple:

1.) Does it please me to look at it?
A given piece of Art may well please me, but not at all please somebody else.

2.) Would I, given size restrictions, want to display the work in my home, even for a short period of time?
I may well want to display “David” in my home, while somebody else might be abhorred by this idea.

3.) Could I, given sufficient material and time, reproduce it or something similar?
I could probably try forever and a day and would never be able to produce“David” or the “Pieta” or a painting by L d V or by Pieter Bruegel.

Clearly, the above conditions may be argued about ad nauseam, some conditions deleted and others added.

When, however, you may witness the palpable dedication and enthusiasm of the young men and women as they showed visitors from one exhibit to the next you may add some more to the above conditions.
You may also add the question: Is dedication and enthusiasm enough to produce a work of art ?

I have just arrived at the conclusion that the Question 
“What is Art?” cannot be answered. 
It can only be argued about.
Maybe the answer lies buried in the Argument!

loves to argue about “Art”
but not with artists.

Although it's called: "Pointing it out" by Simon Veres, 
it reminds me a little of  the outline of Arnulf Rainer's "Strahlenkreuz".

Anna Paul's "Lybia" and "Parted Pieces" may show a turbulent Red See.

A silver coloured square is called:

"SCH 1" by Karl Karner
defies any explanation by me.

Two very simply constructed cages ( only one is shown here )
primitively connected, form the housing of
highly sophisticated loud speakers.

"Nusdu" by Karl Karner

An 8 legged Invitation to sit a while.

The program tells me that this is called:
"see'n say the farmer says."

She thinks it's funny: 
We are dealing here with a barn inside a barn and the barn is inside the cow
and the cow, or its defining essence, the udder, is inside the barn
and is later used to make "rhythm and blues"
It surely can make you think. Can it ?

Several of the artists on another piece of their work. ( by Anna Paul )
Part of a tribune, belonging to the collection, is used for
the practical purpose of its construction.
There are many overlapping foot prints on the bare raw wood.
Do they form part of the whole too?

Two little pigs ( Mable Moore & Alexander Collins )
How can pigs be part of a cow ?
Well, they are the "music makers".

Anna Paul in the middle.

Chamber music


the well known and famed 


treated a full house to works by

Piano trio in C major, K 548
Piano trio Nr. 1 in D minor, Opus 49

The wonderful performers were:

Miha Stokelj, Piano
Maja Fleischman, Violin
Sanja Repse, Chello

What a wonderful Concert it was:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wiesenmarkt in Bleiburg

The town of Bleiburg, in today's Lower Carinthia, close to the Slovenian border, celebrates, since 1393, its  biggest festival between September 2nd and 5th.

One can therefore claim that this Festival was first celebrated just about 100 years before Columbus set sail to discover America.

Each year about 130,000 visitors make merry "Auf da Wies'n" and events are measured whether they happened before or after the "Wiesenmarkt".( market on the meadow ")

She: "Let's get married"
He: "Yeah, right after the Wiesenmarkt."

He: "I would like to visit Vienna"
She: "Okay! But we have to be back before the Wiesenmarkt."

You think 'Bertstravels' is exaggerating ? Nooooo!

I heard this dialogue: 
She: "The baby is due soon"
He: " Can't it wait until after the Wiesenmarkt ?
She: " It doesn't know about the Wiesenmarkt."
He: "But you do".

Below: The "Freyung" is planted at the fountain, indicating that the "Wiesenmarkt" will open in 2 weeks:

The traditional bearer of the "Freyung" 
slowly proceeds up the Main Square, 
followed by the Mayor (Bürgermeister) Stefan Vesotschnig
and other dignitaries.

Mayor Vesotschnig and Professor Arthur Ottowitz
place the "Freyung" under lock and key.

Old and Young now look forward 
to the opening of the Wiesenmarkt.

In traditional costumes
the members of the  "Trachtenclub"
participate in this festival.

Sugarbaker Gottfried Stöckl
serves his traditional "Met" ( honeywine )