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May 12 2011


Anziehung und Astoßung zugleich" | - 2011-05-12

Verleger Schirmer über den Künstler Joseph Beuys

Moderation: Susanne Führer

Filz, Fett und Visionen: Vor 90 Jahren wurde Joseph Beuys geboren. Warum seine Kunst und seine Persönlichkeit so viele Menschen fasziniert haben, erklärt der Sammler und Verleger Lothar Schirmer.

Susanne Führer: Heute wäre er 90 Jahre alt geworden, Joseph Beuys, einer der bedeutendsten Künstler des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der Mann in Hut und Mantel, wie auch sein Werk faszinieren ja bis heute das Publikum. Was für ein Mensch steckte unter dem Filz? Was hat es mit dem Fett auf sich? Und wie wichtig waren Beuys eigentlich seine Visionen? Darüber spreche ich nun mit dem Beuys-Sammler und Beuys-Verleger, der gerade zwei neue Bücher über Beuys herausgebracht hat, mit Lothar Schirmer nämlich. Schönen guten Morgen, Herr Schirmer!


- ich glaube, es war Leverkusen - war diese Badewanne in einem Depot gelagert, wo auch Stühle standen einer Veranstaltung …

Führer: … der Sozialdemokraten …

Schirmer: Ja, es hätte jede andere Partei auch sein können, nehme ich mal an. Es war jedenfalls der SPD-Ortsverein Leverkusen-Alkenrath, der sein Sommerfest im Schloss Morsbroich im Museum feierte, und die hatten die Stühle für die Veranstaltung im Museumsdepot gelagert. Und dann, im Laufe der Feierstunde, sagte dann einer: Das Bier ist zu kalt, lass es uns rasch kaltstellen, und da …

Führer: … das Bier ist zu warm.

Schirmer: … Bier zu warm, ja, lass uns kaltstellen, und dann sagte einer: aber wo? Und der andere hat dann gesagt: Weißt du, ich habe was gesehen, und dann, da ist so eine Badewanne im Depot. Und dann haben die die Badewanne aus dem Depot geholt und haben die erst mal sauber gemacht, also alles, was der Beuys dran gemacht hat, haben sie zielstrebig entfernt, dann ist, glaube ich, der Museumswärter gekommen, um Gottes willen, macht das nicht, das ist Kunst, und dann haben sie es wieder weggeräumt. Der Schaden war dann eingetreten, zum Bierkühlen ist es offensichtlich nicht mehr gekommen und das war es dann. Das war der Anfang! Dann ist es allerdings noch unerfreulicher weitergegangen, weil die Museumsleitung mir das Objekt dann ohne Kommentar nach Ende der Ausstellung ins Haus geschickt hat …

Führer: … gereinigt?

Schirmer: … gereinigt, also jedenfalls von Beuys' Zutaten gereinigt, und ich hatte plötzliche eine aus dem Trödelladen stammende alte Badewanne.

Führer: Herr Schirmer, wie hat denn Joseph Beuys eigentlich reagiert?

Schirmer: (...) Als er dann mal in München war, hat er sie in einer Nachtaktion wieder nach Fotos hergestellt. Ich musste also Margarine kaufen und Mullbinden und Pflaster verschiedener Farben, und da es ein Farbpflaster, ein farbiges Pflaster nicht mehr gab, hat er diese Pflastersorte mit Malerei, also mit Emaillefarbe eingefärbt. Da ist noch Malerei dazugekommen, sozusagen.

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Academic Uses of Social Media: Exploring 21st Century Communications

May 3, 2011
11:45 am - 3:00 pm

Social media — from blogs to wikis to tweets — have become academic media, new means by which scholars communicate, collaborate, and teach. Join us for lunch to hear from a distinguished faculty panel, moderated by John Palfrey, about how they are adopting and adapting to new communication and networking tools, following a keynote by social media thought leader danah boyd. After the presentations, attendees can opt to stay for a practicum on Harvard’s social media practices and resources. (Lunch will be provided).

Co-sponsored by the Berkman Center and the Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs

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Youtube-Account: BerkmanCenter

Many young adults have incorporated social media into their daily practices, both academically and personally. They use these tools to connect, collaborate, communicate and create. In this talk, danah boyd — Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and affiliate of the Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society — examines the different social media practices common among young adults, clarifying both the cultural logic behind these everyday practices, and the role of social media in academia.

She is introduced by Judy Singer, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University, and John Palfrey, Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Mitt | blog - - 2011-05-10

One of my regrets in life is losing the chance to debate Mitt Romney and whip his ass.

It was the fall of 2002. Mitt had thundered into Massachusetts with enough money to grab the Republican nomination for governor. Meanwhile, I was doing my best to secure the Democratic nomination. One week before the Democratic primary I was tied in the polls with the state treasurer, according to the Boston Herald, well ahead of four other candidates. But my campaign ran out of cash. Despite pleas from my campaign manager, I didn’t want to put a second mortgage on the family home. The rest is history: The state treasurer got the nomination, I never got to debate Mitt, and Mitt won the election.

With Trump, Gingrich, Bachmann, and possibly Palin now in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, “GOP” is starting to mean Goofy, Outrageous, and Peculiar. Mitt would pose the most serious challenge to a second Obama term. 

I say this not because Mitt’s mind is the sharpest of the likely contenders (Gingrich is far more nimble intellectually). Nor because his record of public service is particularly impressive (Tim Pawlenty took his governorship seriously while Mitt as governor seemed more intent on burnishing his Republican credentials outside Massachusetts). Nor because Mitt is the most experienced at running a business (Donald Trump has managed a giant company while Mitt made his money buying and selling companies.) Nor, finally, because he’s especially charismatic or entertaining (Sarah Palin can work up audiences and Mike Huckabee is genuinely funny and folksy, while Mitt delivers a speech so laboriously he seems to be driving a large truck).

Mitt Romney’s great strength is he looks, sounds, and acts presidential.

Policy wonks like me want to believe the public pays most attention to candidates’ platforms and policy positions. Again and again we’re proven wrong. Unless a candidate is way out of the mainstream (Barry Goldwater and George McGovern come to mind), the public tends to vote for the person who makes them feel safest at a visceral level, who reassures them he’ll take best care of the country – not because of what he says but because of how he says it.

In this regard, looks matter. Taller candidates almost always win over shorter ones (meaning even if I’d whipped him in a debate, Romney would probably still have won the governorship). Good-looking ones with great smiles garner more votes than those who scowl or perspire (Kennedy versus Nixon), thin ones are elected over fat ones (William Howard Taft to the contrary notwithstanding), and the bald need not apply (would Eisenhower have made it if Stevenson had been blessed with a thick shock?).

Voices also matter. Deeper registers signal gravitas; higher and more nasal emanations don’t command nearly as much respect (think of Reagan versus Carter, or Obama versus McCain).

And behavior matters. Voters prefer candidates who appear even-tempered and comfortable with themselves (this was Obama’s strongest advantage over John McCain in 2008). They also favor the candidate who projects the most confidence and optimism (think FDR, Reagan, and Bill Clinton).

Romney has it all. Plus a strong jaw, gleaming white teeth, and perfect posture. No other Republican hopeful comes close.

What does Mitt stand for? It’s a mystery — other than a smaller government is good and the Obama administration is bad. Of all the Republican hopefuls, Romney has most assiduously avoided taking positions. He’s written two books but I challenge anyone to find a clear policy in either. Both books are so hedged, conditioned, boring and bland that once you put them down you can’t pick them up.

Mitt is reputed to say whatever an audience wants to hear, but that’s not quite right. In reality he says nothing, but does it in such way audiences believe they’ve heard what they want to hear. He is the chameleon candidate. To call Mitt Romney an empty suit is an insult to suits.

Yet Romney is gaining ground over Obama. According to the most recent Marist poll, in a hypothetical presidential matchup Obama now holds a one percent point lead over Romney,  46 to 45. In January, Obama led Romney by 13 points.

Why is Mitt doing so well? Partly because Obama’s positions are by now well known, while voters can project anything they want on to Mitt. It’s also because much of the public continues to worry about the economy, jobs, and the price of gas at the pump, and they inevitably blame the President.

But I suspect something else is at work here, too. To many voters, President Obama sounds and acts presidential but he doesn’t look it. Mitt Romney is the perfect candidate for people uncomfortable that their president is black. Mitt is their great white hope.

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New Google Analytics - Overview Reports Overview

This is part of our series of posts highlighting the new Google Analytics. The new version of Google Analytics is currently available in beta to all Analytics users. And follow Google Analytics on Twitter for the latest updates.

This week we’re going a bit meta with an overview of the new Overview reports in the new Google Analytics. Overview reports were part of the old version of Analytics, of course, but we’ve made some changes to help your analysis.

Anatomy of the Overview Report
Each overview report consists of three sections. There's a timeline graph, some aggregate metrics, and a set of reports.

Whats inside of each of these sections depends on which report you’re looking at. For example, the Visitor Overview shows a graph of visits and metrics like New vs. Returning visitors, while Content Overview shows metrics like pageviews and average time on page.

The Graph
We’ve made a few changes to the graphs in the new Google Analytics, and we'll share them here. You can now make adjustments to the graphs you see in Google Analytics from the buttons on the top right of the graph:
  • Switch a graph between Line Chart and Motion Chart
  • Graph different metrics: Select from the dropdown or the scorecard
Metrics dropdown Metrics Scorecard
  • Compare two metrics: Graph an additional metric for comparison

  • Graph By: Change graph from between Monthly, Weekly, Daily, and even Hourly for some reports

The bottom section of an overview reports lets you look through a subset of the reports available in that section. You can flip through these reports to see where you want to start your analysis. In the Traffic Sources Overview, we can start by looking at a report of Keywords.

From here we can go view the full report or look at another report, like Referral Sources:

Intelligence Overview
Google Analytics Intelligence automatically searches your website traffic to look for anomalies. When it finds something that's out of the ordinary it surfaces this as an alert. You can also setup your own alerts by defining custom alerts.

Now you can feel like the president of the principality of Analytica with your very own Intelligence Overview report.

The Intelligence Overview report shows you all of your automatic alerts (daily, weekly, and monthly) at a glance. From the Intelligence Overview, you can click on Details to see a graph of the alert and go directly into the GA report. You can also add or review an annotation right from the pop-up graph.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of Overview Reports. Please continue to send us feedback on the new Google Analytics. Stay tuned for next week’s installment in New Google Analytics series.

Posted by Trevor Claiborne, Google Analytics Team
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