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Friday, May 07, 2021

Muskelmann Fickfest Diletante

I am so proud of my dear friend and long time colleague Michele “Meesh” Mills. She is one of the smartest people I know and one of the kindest, most sincere and hard working. Not exactly a ripe recipe for making it big in Hollywood. But against all the odds she has prospered. Michele Mills has won three Primetime Emmy Awards as a television producer. Quite an accomplishment.

Hollywood is a hard knock town and believe you me she has paid many dues and deserves every bit of her success which has been a struggle. Back in the early aughts Michele was my guardian at the gate of my performance space Bricktops at the Parlour Club in the Russian Quartier of Hollywood. No one can outshine the brilliantine beauty and dexterity of our Miss Meesh!!!!


Just heard that Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are divorcing. I can remember in the 90s being taken to a fancy dinner by the director of the Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle at the time and her pointing out the couple who were eating dinner reading books and not even talking to each other. Why bother going out to dinner if you’re not going to engage. Well now that they have parted I gather they can slither up next to their individual cash registers for warmth and comfort. It may be a little lumpy but at least it rings.


So saddened by the recent death of Johnny Crawford who played Chuck Connors wistful son on the 1950s-early 1960's TV Western drama. Later he became somewhat of a teenage singing idol with his Chet Bakeresque voice. He was in an Oscar winning short subject called The Resurrection of Bronco Billy (1970) and starting in the 1980s led a 1920s dance band orchestra. He showed off a hot bod in The Naked Ape (1973) with a young Victoria Principal. I loved him in the preachy Billy Graham religious movie The Restless Ones (1965) with Kim Darby as a teenage vixen. My fave of his pictures has to be Village of the Giants (1966) with humpy invert Tommy Kirk and a young Beau Bridges with Tisha Sterling, Ann Sotherns daughter.


One of my wondrous ex students Anne Duk Hee Jordan from Weissensee Art Academy in Berlin is part of this intriguing exhibition:

Terrestrial Assemblage
one month of outdoor exhibition
with accompanying symposium exploring ecology in border areas
at Floating University Berlin

We had hoped to be able to open the exhibition Terrestrial Assemblage in this crazy pandemic times outdoors in the open area of the Floating University, without too much restrictions to receive visitors. Unfortunately, due to the new federal covid19 emergency measurements, the official opening event of the exhibition on Thursday 6 May is no longer possible. Visiting the exhibition in the open area is only possible for learning and working purposes (like in the zoo or botanical garden).

In line with the founding idea of the Floating University Berlin, we offer the exhibition as a platform for learning and inspiration, not as a place for events.

Please arrange your visit through booking a time slot at the following link and dont forget to bring your FFP2 mask!


Exhibition: 6 May – 6 June 2021, Th – Su, 4 - 9 pm

Symposium: 18 May 2021, 10 am - 6 pm

Livestream on and

in the auditorium of the Floating University Berlin
Address: Lilienthalstraße 32, 10965 Berlin

Curators: Pauline Doutreluingne & Keumhwa Kim

Artists: Ana Alenso, Marco Barotti, Ines Doujak, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Han Seok Hyun, Folke Köbberling, Mischa Leinkauf, Santiago Sierra, Shira Wachsmann, Clemens Wilhelm

Participants Symposium: Kim Seung-Ho (DMZ Ecology Research Institute), Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Stiftung Seoul Office), Mischa Leinkauf, Shira Wachsmann, Santiago Sierra, Ana Alenso & Ricardo Avella, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Dr. Liana Geidezis (BUND Fachbereich Grünes Band), Melanie Kreutz (BUND Fachbereich Grünes Band), Nadav Tal (EcoPeace Middle East) and Kyung Jin Zoh (korean Institute of Landscape Architects)