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Pianist David Aronson: The Man Behind The Singers

Pianist David Aronson: The Man Behind The Singers

The coffee had just arrived as pianist and conductor David Aronson came gliding past the broad windows of the Café Sperl on Gumpendorferstrasse in Vienna’s 6th District, his long, swinging strides bringing him seconds later in through the panelling and bevelled glass of the entry way. (He lives right around the corner on Theobaldgasse and […]

Scoot Over!

“The ‘90s called – they want their means of transportation back”, I wanted to shout after the school kids racing down the pavement on their scooters, which randomly re-appeared this summer. It felt weird to be noticing a recurring trend that was already around during my lifetime – but it is certainly comforting that even […]

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

No more cars, but confusion and controversy on Mariahilferstraße, one of Vienna’s main shopping streets that was converted into a pedestrian zone in August. The main sources of irritation are bikers – required to bike at walking pace, but often cycling speedily – and public transportation on the street dividing 6th and 7th District. Complaints […]

Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

Maria Vassilakou and Vienna’s Green party have not been everybody’s darling when it comes to pedestrianizing Europe’s longest shopping street. Mariahilferstraße’s makeover has been severely criticised, both in the media and on Facebook, prompting uproar about disappearing parking spaces, unruly cyclists and a controversial 13A bus lane (see “Multi-tasking Mariahilfer” Brief , p.4). Wary pedestrians […]

The Path of Everyday Revolution

The Path of Everyday Revolution

Are you looking for something?” The voice sounds less than welcoming. Standing in the backyard of an apartment house in the 4th district, I immediately feel like the intruder I obviously am. “Is this the entrance to Planquadrat?” I say, trying to act self-confident and pointing to a locked door in the fence. “How did […]

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

From the outside it doesn’t look like much – just another Asian take-away eatery. Actually, it almost blends into the building on Joanelligasse in the 6th District. But once you decide to try it out, any previous reservations are left at the door. Bangkok-Vienna is anything but ordinary. On your second or third visit, owner […]

Beauty With a Clear Conscience

Beauty With a Clear Conscience

Today’s organic cosmetic products are leaving the image of burlap bags and musty oils and going for a fancy look, with brands like The Organic Pharmacy and luxury cosmetics with ingredients like gold and diamonds. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robbie Williams treat their first-class visages to organic pampering – if you believe the spin-doctors. Will […]

The Naschmarkt – Hipster Market Mentality

The Naschmarkt – Hipster Market Mentality

“Kebab, kebab”, the young Turkish man shouts while cutting thin slices from an enormous skewer of meat. Its smell mixes with the odour of exotic spices, cheese, grilled fish and the sweat of thousands of visitors, who – especially now that summer has embraced Vienna – are enjoying the city’s most famous farmers’ market. Originally […]

Gallery Run: Actionism, the Life Ball, and Guest Workers

Gallery Run: Actionism, the Life Ball, and Guest Workers

Next to gilded Klimt, the wild performances of Viennese Actionists of the 1960s are one of the international trademarks of Austrian culture. In post-war, post-occupation Austria, Actionism was catharsis, protest, and a libidinal liberation that broke with art traditions, paving the way for contemporary performance art. Figuratively, Actionism still visualizes cultural symptoms, today in the […]

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