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“001”

2004
170 x 340 cm, oil
private collection, Switzerland

The F101-GE-102 is the engine of the B-1 strategic bomber, a military project (replacing the B-52 Bomber) resumed by President Reagan in 1981. It has been developed by General Electric Aviation for the The U.S. Air Force. It delivers 32.500 lbs of thrust (144.5 kN). The last of 469 F101-GE-102 engines was produced in December 1987




“002”

2004
220 x 140cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

The General Electric LM6000 is a turboshaft gas turbine, the industrial and marine development of the CF6-80 aircraft turbofan. It has found wide use including fast ferry and high speed cargo ship applications. It has an expanded turbine section to convert thrust into shaft power, and can be used for power generation.
The LM6000 provides 54,610 shaft horsepower (40,700 kW) from either end of the low-pressure rotor system at 3,600 rpm.

“003”

2004
220 x 140cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

In 1988, the U.S. Air Force unveiled the Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber, powered by four non-augmented F118 engines. The Stealth aircraft was very similar to an experimental aircraft that was developed in the 1940s, the Northrop YB-49A, which had been powered by eight GE J35 engines.Each engine delivers 17.300 lbs of thurst, the B2 has a liftoff weight of 152.634 Kilogramm, it is typicaly equiped with nucelar or conventional weapons and one unit costs 1.450 Billion USD, the US Air Force has 21 B2 Bombers for







“004”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

General Electric GE10. A Gas Compressor used to transport Gas in Pipelines or downstream. Its a 11-stage axial flow compressor, pressure ratio 15.5:1, size is 9 by 2.5 by 3 m and weights 40 tons, the output is 11,250 kW or 15,675 shp, the turbine Speed is 11,000 rpm and the flow is  47.5 kg/sec, and



“006”

2004
165 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

Due to the amount of money changing hands in the Sumo Sport depending on rank, and prize money, there have been accusations of yaocho (corruption, bout-fixing) in sumo from time to time. A 2000 economic study on corruption focused on sumo as a closed system in which to study corruption. The authors of the study found that 70% of wrestlers with 7-7 records on the final day of the tournament won. The percentage was found to rise the more times the two wrestlers had met, and decrease when the wrestler was due to retire. In the book Freakonomics, Stephen Levitt also features an extensive discussion of this subject, showing essentially irrefutably that years and years of records indicate that an immense number of matches suggest cheating. “The authors looked at the final match, and considered the case of a 7-7 wrestler (i.e. a wrestler with seven wins and seven losses, and one fight to go) fighting against an 8-6 wrestler. Statistically, the 7-7 wrestler should have a slightly below even chance, since the 8-6 wrestler is slightly better. However, the 7-7 wrestler actually wins around 80% of the time. Levitt concludes that those who already have 8 wins collude with those who are 7-7 and let them win, since they have already secured their place in the league.” In addition, the authors revealed a more damning statistic. According to their research, the next tournament in which the two wrestlers met, there was a significant advantage to the 8-6 wrestler over the 7-7, regardless of the performance of either wrestler..


“006”

2004
165 x 120 cm, oil
private collection, France


Due to the amount of money changing hands in the Sumo Sport depending on rank, and prize money, there have been accusations of yaocho (corruption, bout-fixing) in sumo from time to time. A 2000 economic study on corruption focused on sumo as a closed system in which to study corruption. The authors of the study found that 70% of wrestlers with 7-7 records on the final day of the tournament won. The percentage was found to rise the more times the two wrestlers had met, and decrease when the wrestler was due to retire. In the book Freakonomics, Stephen Levitt also features an extensive discussion of this subject, showing essentially irrefutably that years and years of records indicate that an immense number of matches suggest cheating. “The authors looked at the final match, and considered the case of a 7-7 wrestler (i.e. a wrestler with seven wins and seven losses, and one fight to go) fighting against an 8-6 wrestler. Statistically, the 7-7 wrestler should have a slightly below even chance, since the 8-6 wrestler is slightly better. However, the 7-7 wrestler actually wins around 80% of the time. Levitt concludes that those who already have 8 wins collude with those who are 7-7 and let them win, since they have already secured their place in the league.” In addition, the authors revealed a more damning statistic. According to their research, the next tournament in which the two wrestlers met, there was a significant advantage to the 8-6 wrestler over the 7-7, regardless of the performance of either wrestler..









“004”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

General Electric GE10. A Gas Compressor used to transport Gas in Pipelines or downstream.
Its a 11-stage axial flow compressor, pressure ratio 15.5:1, size is 9 by 2.5 by 3 m and weights 40 tons,
the output is 11,250 kW or 15,675 shp, the turbine Speed is 11,000 rpm and the flow is 47.5 kg/sec, and





“007”

2004
165 x 110 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Historians say Dr. David Livingstone, world explorer and missionary, discovered the botanical origins of watermelon in the middle of South Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Traders sold seeds along ancient Mediterranean trade routes, and cultivation spread throughout Africa. By the 10th century, watermelon found its way to China, which is now the world’s number one producer of watermelons. Watermelon probably
arrived in the US with colonists and African slaves...



“008”

2006
140 x 140 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan’s unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and takes a very prominent position in Japanese culture. Over one hundred cherry tree varieties can be found in Japan.During World War II, the sakura served as a motivating symbol for the Japanese people. Japanese pilots would paint them on the sides of their planes before embarking on a suicide mission to symbolize the beauty and ephemerality of nature. The government encouraged the people to believe that the souls of downed warriors were reincarnated in the blossoms. Even now Japanese military and police use cherry for emblems, flags and insignia, instead of star,




“010”

2006
155 x 100 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

In Japan, the term “figure” can refer to figure skating or to dolls, statues, and other collectible figurines. Figures based on anime, manga and dating sim characters are often sold as dolls in Japan. Collecting them is a popular hobby amongst otaku.
Otaku referred to the space between them, they are far from each other, not familiar.” The origin of the social phenomenon otaku lies in the changes in Japanese culture in the 70’s. They are the children of media and technology. They grew up as only child with daddy always out at work, and mummy very eager that her son studies hard so he can enter a good university so he can enter a good company. The cliché Japanese success story. And kiddy goes into hiding behind piles of toys, comics, and play machines as well...


“011”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

On October 20, 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon, on Skorpios, Greece. Four and a half months earlier her brother-in-law, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, had been assassinated in Los Angeles. At that point, Jacqueline decided the Kennedys were being “targeted”, and that she and her children had to leave the United States. Marriage to Onassis appeared to make sense: he had the money and power to give her the protection she wanted, while she had the social cachet he craved. He ended his affair with opera diva Maria Callas to marry her. Jackie gave up Secret Service protection and franking privilege, to which a widow of a president of the United States is entitled, after her marriage to Onassis.
For a time, the marriage brought her adverse publicity and seemed to tarnish the image of the grieving presidential widow. However, others viewed the marriage as a positive symbol of the “modern American woman” who would not be afraid to look after her own financial interests and to protect her family...



“012”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

An early 1970s Spider-Man story led to the revision of the Comics Code. Previously, it was taboo to depict illegal drugs, even negatively. However, in 1970 the Nixon administration’s Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asked Stan Lee to run an anti-drug message in one of Marvel’s top-selling titles. Lee chose the top-selling The Amazing Spider-Man; issues #96–98 (May–July 1971) feature a story arc that shows the negative effects of drug abuse. In the story, Peter Parker’s friend Harry Osborn starts taking pills and becomes so ill that when Spider-Man fights the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Spider-Man defeats Norman by simply showing him his sick son. While the story had a clear anti-drug message, the Comics Code Authority refused to issue its seal of approval. Marvel nevertheless sold the three issues without the Comics Code Authority’s approval or seal and sold so well that the industry’s self-censorship was undercut by ...





“012”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
private collection, France

An early 1970s Spider-Man story led to the revision of the Comics Code. Previously, it was taboo to depict illegal drugs, even negatively. However, in 1970 the Nixon administration’s Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asked Stan Lee to run an anti-drug message in one of Marvel’s top-selling titles. Lee chose the top-selling The Amazing Spider-Man; issues #96–98 (May–July 1971) feature a story arc that shows the negative effects of drug abuse. In the story, Peter Parker’s friend Harry Osborn starts taking pills and becomes so ill that when Spider-Man fights the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Spider-Man defeats Norman by simply showing him his sick son. While the story had a clear anti-drug message, the Comics Code Authority refused to issue its seal of approval. Marvel nevertheless sold the three issues without the Comics Code Authority’s approval or seal and sold so well that the industry’s self-censorship was undercut by ...




“015”

2005
85 x 70 cm, oil
private collection, Hong Kong

Besides being a Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a tradesman.He is the shareholder of three different firms. The first one is Emniyet Foods Inc., which distributes biscuits and chocolates produced by Ülker… The Erdogan family is controlling 50% of this companys capital. The second is Ihsan Foods Inc., which distributes the diary products of Ülker.  Yenidogan Foods Marketing Inc., which is the third firm partially owned by Erdogan, started to operate early 2007 and distributes soft drinks produced by Ülker again. The Prime Minister holds 12% of the shares of this company, which has a capital of 100 billion TL…
“These commercial activities of the Prime Minister had no illegal aspect whatsoever. However, conformity with law does not always mean conformity with the public conscience and with clean and transparent politics… The laws of ethics in the West prevent prime ministers, ministers, and deputies from engaging in commercial activities.
According to numerous Turkish diplomats and officers in the Turkish General Staff, the Turkish military refuses to buy Ülker products for its conscripts so as not to subsidize Islamism. Nevertheless, since Erdogan’s accession, Ülker has become increasingly visible, perhaps as businesses seek the prime minister’s favor.
Across Istanbul and Ankara, Ülker’s ColaTurka has begun to replace Coca-Cola in kiosks and store shelves and in 2006 Ülker showed an impressive year to year 83% revenue growth.
Ülker also is a member of the MUSIAD (The Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association) working in support of the Turkish economy but with an added purpose of supporting Muslim business values and building strong trade ties with the Muslim world.
The group, whose collective membership produces more than 10 percent of Turkey’s gross domestic product, has the same Islamist roots as the governing Justice and Development Party. It emphasizes “ethical” business — the idea that commerce should not be dissociated from religion.
Large firms deemed un-Islamic or pro-Western by the ruling party’s advisors have also been subject to arbitrary taxation and penalty unsupported by any financial regulation or audit. The government has targeted beer manufacturer Efes and the local Coca-Cola bottler, while promoting products manufactured by companies deemed Islamist. Turkish Airlines once served Coca-Cola on its flights. According to flight attendants, at the request of the government, it increasingly substitutes Cola Turka, a brand owned by Ülker...







“009”

2006
140 x 160 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna


Recent studies on Japanese consumer tastes have shown that it is important for them to have a continuous, consistent, good quality and safe pork meat, without the use of medication (antibiotics, etc.). Artificial insemination, the process used by Smithfields, offers an easier method for unifying meat quality. It produces hogs with the genetic characteristics demanded by the “lean generation” of meat-eaters in Japan.SCOA and Smithfield have developed a product for Japanese consumers that’s not just lean, but retains its flavor after cooking. This was achieved through special genetic crossbreeding, and selective feed ingredients. In this case, the tastiness comes from the internal fat...




“016”

2004
80 x 70 cm, oil
private collection, Hong Kong

Since 1969 when it was launched in Germany Creme21 was an Icon and sign of the new prosperity of Germany. The Brand quickly became Germanys most succesfull creams and the color Orange was the Connection of Creme21 to the 70´ies mood and therefore a well chosen marketing startegie. But the times changed and 1986 Henkel AG of Germany stops production and distribution of Creme 21 to concentrate on other strong brands of th ecorporation such as Fa. But in 2003 Antje Stickel buys the internationaly rights to the Brand from Henkel and starts a very succesfull...





“017”

2005
80 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

A large Chinese character, Double Happiness, on a red piece of paper or in paper cut is always put where it must strike the eyes on a young couple’s wedding. It has a story behind it.
In the ancient Tang Dynasty, there was a student who was on the way to the capital to attend the national final examination, in which the top learners would be selected as the ministers in the court. Unfortunately, he fell ill halfway when he passed through a mountain village. Thanks to a herbalist doctor and his daughter, he was taken to their house and treated well. He recovered quickly due to the father and the daughter’s good care. Well, when he had to leave, he found it hard to say good-bye to the pretty girl, and so did she. They fell in love. So the girl wrote down the right hand part of an antithetical couplet for the student to match:
“Green trees against the sky in the spring rain while the sky set off the spring trees in the obscuration.”
“Well, I can make it though it is not easy. But you’ll have to wait till I have finished the examination.” replied the student. The young girl nodded in significance.
In the examination the young man won the first place, who was appreciated by the emperor. Also the winners were interviewed and tested by the emperor. As luck would have it, he was asked by the emperor to finish a couplet, which would need a right part as the answer. The emperor wrote:
“Red flowers dot the land in the breeze’s chase while the land colored up in red after the kiss.”


The young man realized immediately the right part of the couplet by the girl was the perfect fit to the emperor’s couplet, so he took the girl’s part as the answer without hesitation. The emperor was delighted to see the matching half of his couplet was so talent and harmonious that he authorized the young man’s identity as Minister in the court and allowed him to pay a visit to his hometown first before holding the post. The young man met the girl happily at home and told her the emperor’s couplet. They soon got married. For the wedding, the couple DOUBLED the Chinese character, HAPPY, together, on a red piece of paper and put it on the wall to express the happiness for the two events. And from then on, it has been taken on and became a social custom-...




“018”

2006
165 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

While angels and demons alike are generally regarded as invisible to human sight, they are frequently depicted as human-like creatures with wings, though many theologians have argued that they have no physical existence, but can take on human form. The angels’ wings are heavily implied by the Scriptures. Seraphim are depicted in art and scripture as having six wings (Isaiah 6:1-3), and Cherubim four.

Theologians agreed that angels have no gender (see more extended discussion below). Whilst artists avoided making the Virgin and saints too attractive, so that inappropriate thoughts would not be aroused in the beholder, no such constraint applied to angels, who have no sex. Their exceptional beauty was well attested in Scripture. The long plain dress or tunic traditionally given to most angels comes hardly altered from the Byzantine tradition, where it had, if anything, a male connotation. In the Renaissance these were often brightly coloured, but before and after were mostly plain white.

Byzantine angels were also often shown in military outfits, and, transmitted by icons from Crete in particular, this tradition was transferred to Western art, especially for Gabriel and Michael, who wear versions of Byzantine officer’s armour and clothing into the Baroque period and later. The same archangels, when in attendance on Christ or the Virgin, wear the loros, a jewelled strip of cloth hanging vertically down the front of the body. This was worn only by the Imperial family and their bodyguard; the archangels were seen as God’s bodyguard. They also often carry long white wands of office. Hence, when a high ranking Byzantine in a visionary dream in 586 saw two men he took to be bodyguards of the Emperor, they subsequently turned out to be angels.[11] For other scenes, the same angels must appear incognito to accord with, for example, their appearance to Abraham. However artists are very reluctant to depict them in normal clothes, or without wings.

Angels are often shown making music in heaven, sometimes in bands of a fair size, or in depictions of the Book of Revelations, blowing trumpets in accordance with the text. In the 15th century West in particular, angels are sometimes shown wearing versions of contemporary clerical vestments. There was a theological comparison developed between the role of Gabriel in the Annunciation and that of the priest saying Mass

In the Renaissance, the classical putto, usually naked, was first revived in secular and mythological subjects, but they soon appeared, often in great quantity, as angels, becoming almost the norm in compositions with a number of angels merely in attendance.











“019”

2005
150 x 110 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

In Japanese cuisine, ikizukuri is the preparation of sashimi from a living animal.
Ikizukuri usually begins with the customer selecting, from a tank in the restaurant, the animal (shrimp, octopus, lobster) they wish to eat. The chef, almost always a sashimi chef who has undergone years of training and apprenticeship, takes the animal out of the tank and filets and guts it, but without killing the animal, which is served on a plate, sliced, with the heart still beating.
Ikizukuri of fish consists of thin, sheet-like slices or finger-sized pieces garnished with lemon wedges, a decoration of ginger, or nori (seaweed). Squid and small octopuses are usually wrapped around a chopstick and eaten whole.
Ikizukuri is a controversial method of food preparation, both in Japan and in other countries. However, aficionados claim that the flavour and quality — undoubtedly of the utmost freshness — justifies the controversial procedure.  The practice is banned in Australia while German law prohibits shrimp ikizukuri but not fish ikizukuri....





“020”

2005
165 x 110 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

Silicon is a non-metallic element with atomic number 14 and symbol Si. In the periodic table, it is in the same group as carbon and is carbon’s closest relative. Silicon is, next to oxygen, the most abundant element in the earth’s crust and is found in plants, animals and in most living organisms.
Foods, mainly cereal products and unrefined grains of high fiber content are major sources of available silicon for humans. Studys show that daily silicon intakes were markedly higher in men than in women, mainly because of higher beer consumption by men.  Silicon intakes of both sexes decrease with increasing age. Neither silicon deficiency nor a silicon-responsive condition have yet been identified in humans, and dietary silicon excess has not been linked to any diseases. Although silicon deficiency states have been reported in chicks and rats, and silicon is an essential nutrient for some plants. Chicks fed silicon-deficient diets are found to have abnormalities in their skulls and long bones. Abnormalities include poorly formed joints, defective endochondral growth and defective articular cartilage. Bone and cartilage abnormalities have also been found in rats fed silicon-deficient diets. In these animals, silicon appears to be involved in collagen and glycosaminoglycan formation. Silicon may play such a role in other animals, including humans, but this has not yet.....








“021”

2005
165 x 110 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

l   Tying a non-lubricated condom around the muzzle of the rifle barrel in order to prevent barrel fouling by keeping out  detritus.
l The OSS used condoms for various applications, from storing corrosive fuel additives and wire garrotes (with the T-handles removed) to holding the acid component of a self-destructing film canister, to finding use in improvised explosives.
l   Navy SEALs have used doubled condoms, sealed with neoprene cement, to protect non-electric firing assemblies for underwater demolitions - leading to the term “Dual Waterproof Firing Assemblies.”
l   Spies during the Cold War used condoms to protect ultra-miniature Minox cameras and film for covert storage and transport.
l  Condoms have been used to waterproof boxes of matches and kindling, often by hikers and campers.
l The British SAS carry condoms as a method for carrying water in emergencies.
l Condoms have also been used in many cases to smuggle cocaine and other drugs across borders and into prisons by filling the condom with drugs, tying it in a knot and then either swallowing it or inserting it into the rectum.
l   According to journalists at the BBC protecting a microphone to be used to make an underwater recording with condom is standard BBC practice when a waterproof microphone is needed but cannot be procured.

l   Condoms are used with wireless microphone belt packs to prevent sweat from entering the electronics.
l   Condoms are used by engineers to keep soil samples dry during soil tests
l   Foot travelers in Amazonic South America wear condoms when wading through water to prevent a small catfish known as candirú from swimming into the urethra. The fish is attracted to the scent of blood and urine.
l  In special effects, condoms are often used as containers for fake blood on actors, bursting open upon detonation with a squib to simulate gunshot wounds.
l  Condoms are used to cover endovaginal ultrasound probes for sanitary reasons during medical ultrasound examinations.
l   Condoms are used as a one way valve by paramedics when performing a chest decompression in the field. The decompression needle is inserted through the condom, and inserted into the chest. The condom folds over the hub allowing air to exit the chest, but preventing it from entering.
l   Condoms are used by geological engineers when using displacement rods/probes to measure soil resistance by the cone penetration test method. The condom is unrolled over the pointed metal probe head to protect delicate sensors near the tip during the initial penetration.






“022”

2005
180 x 110 cm, oil
private collection, Basel

In ancient China, red was the symbol of fire and the south, and is one of the main five classical colors.In Chinese symbolism, red is the color of good luck and success, and is used for decoration and wedding attire (during the traditional half of the wedding ceremony, while the bridal attire in the modern half is usually white). Money in Chinese societies is traditionally given in red packets. Stock market gains in China and other East Asian countries are displayed in red, while losses are displayed in green...






“023”

2005
200  x 200 cm, oil
private collection, New York

Although Fendi produces a ready-to-wear sports line, the name is best known for its dramatic fur collections, which have been designed by Karl Lagerfeld since 1962. It has been the company’s relationship with Lagerfeld that brought the Fendi name to the attention of the fashion press. Lagerfeld was also responsible for designing the double-F griffe that is almost as well recognized among the fashion cognoscenti as the double-C and double-G symbols of Chanel and Gucci.
Lagerfeld’s innovative treatment of fur was both witty and, at times, shocking and has kept the Fendi company at the forefront of this field. In Lagerfeld’s capable hands, real fur took on the appearance of fake fur; having been perforated with thousands of tiny holes to make the coats lighter to wear and printed to look like damask and other similar fabrics. Denim coats have been lined with mink by Lagerfeld, who also employed unorthodox animal skins such as squirrel and ferret in his creations. More recently, Lagerfeld covered an entire fur coat with woven mesh and created completely reversible fur coats as his stand against the antifur movement, which created great problems for the trade. Another design he produced for autumn-winter 1993-94 consisted of a small zipped bag that unfolded into a calf-length fur coat.
In Italy, fur sales have continued to constitute a major part of the company’s business—where the Fendi sisters claim to have changed the age-old tradition of fur as being a status symbol to being a covetable high-fashion garment.





“024”

2004
170x 120 cm, oil
M-Ars Gallery, Vienna

Mexico´s Green Revolution began in 1943 with the establishment of the Office of Special Studies, which was a venture that was a collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation and the presidential administration of Manuel Avila Camacho in Mexico. While Camacho’s predecessor Cárdenas promoted peasant subsistence agriculture through policies of land reform, Avila Camacho’s primary goal for Mexican agriculture was to aid in the nation’s industrial development and economic growth. US Vice President Henry Wallace, who was instrumental in convincing the Rockefeller Foundation to work with the Mexican government in agricultural development, saw Camacho’s ambitions as beneficial to U.S. economic and military interests.
J. George Harrar, who would later become president of the Rockefeller Foundation, headed the Office of Special Studies. Its lead scientists included Norman Borlaug, Edwin Wellhausen, and William Colwell. Researchers from both the United States and Mexico were involved in this program. The main initiative of the Office was the development of high-yielding maize and wheat varieties. Borlaug received the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on wheat breeding.
The Mexican national government invested heavily in rural infrastructure development, and the adoption of new seed varieties became widespread. Mexico became self-sufficient in wheat production by 1951 and began to export wheat thereafter...





“025”

2004
120 x 180 cm, oil
work in progress

With its roots in the subcultures of “Pachucoism” and the “Cholo” image, the popular culture of lowriding has been present since the early 1950’s. “Pachucos” refer to Mexican American youth in the 1940’s known for wearing zoot suits with broad shoulders and baggy pants that were tied at the ankle. They were referred to as “Zoot Suiters,” a term that came to be associated with “hoodlum” by media sensationalism. Cholos were the next generation of Mexican Americans with a distinctive way of dressing, including neatly pressed baggy khakis wom with T-shirts. These two subcultures are the results of a cultural hybridization of the Mexican and American cultures...







“026”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Not only used as a means of transportation, lowriders have used their vehicles to voice their opinions on several issues.  Some themes are religious: the Virgin of Guadalupe and roses symbolic of her, a suffering Christ figure, and lowriders cruising beneath the outstretched arms of the Virgin of Guadalupe (entitled “Cruising Together”). Others are representative of pride in the Mestizo race: ‘La Indita” (Mexican Indian girl). an Aztec princess, or an Aztec warrior with an Indian maiden in his arms. Other important themes reflect pride in Mexico’s history: Mexican revolutionary soldiers, famous Mexican heroes (Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata), and a Mexican Charra (cowgirl) with sombrero...






“027”

2005
170 x 110 , oil
private collection, Vienna

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire, yeah

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire, yeah

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire

The Doors “Liht my Fire”







“028”

2005
175 x 115 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna



TED started out as an annual conference in Monterey devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design. The content has broadened in recent years, but its annual event is still the main engine that drives TED’s success, bringing together 1000 of the world’s most remarkable people. The format is fast-paced, with 50+ speakers over four days.TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
On its Website it makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free.
TED´s Mission: Spreading ideas.
TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. BMW is the main Sponsor of the TED conferences...






“029”

2005
175 x 110 cm, oil
collection of the Artist Vienna

The S85B50 is a high-revving engine designed to utilize power from a wide rev band. Having a redline of 8250 rpm, it achieves over 100bhp/liter and features a very high compression ratio of 12.0:1, beating the previous M3 of 11.5:1. It is a 5.0 Liter V10 engine with 507 hp/520Nm and a 383 ft·lbf torque. It uses a double VANOS system which varies both intake and exhaust valve timing. Its equiped with 10 individual electronically controlled throttles. Knock sensors have been eliminated to utilize the new “ionic current” measuring system. Using the ionic current system, engine misfires as well as knock can be measured simultaneously. Combustion quality raises or lowers cylinder pressure. The ionic current is measured by passing a low voltage between the spark plugs immediately following the ignition spark...




“031”

2005
150 x 230, oil
Blinklicht collection, Vienna

The term “horsepower” was invented by James Watt to help market his improved steam engine. He had previously agreed to take royalties of one third of the savings in coal from the older Newcomen steam engines.This royalty scheme did not work with customers who did not have existing steam engines but used horses instead. Watt determined that a horse could turn a mill wheel 144 times in an hour (or 2.4 times a minute). The wheel was 12 feet in radius, therefore the horse travelled 2.4 × 2pi × 12 feet in one minute. Watt judged that the horse could pull with a force of 180 pounds So:

He assumed that the measurements of mass were equivalent to measurements of force in pounds-force, which were not well-defined units at the time.
This was rounded to an even 33,000 ft·lbf/min. Others recount that Watt determined that a pony could lift an average 220 pounds 100 feet (30 m) per minute over a four-hour working shift. Watt then judged a horse was 50% more powerful than a pony and thus arrived at the 33,000-ft·lbf/min figure.
Engineering in History recounts that John Smeaton initially estimated that a horse could produce 22,916-foot-pounds per minute. John Desaguliers increased that to 27,500-foot-pounds per minute. “Watt found by experiment in 1782 that a ‘brewery horse’ was able to produce 32,400-foot-pounds per minute”. James Watt and Matthew Boulton standardized that figure at 33,000 the next year.
Put into perspective, a healthy human can produce about 1.2 hp briefly (see Orders of magnitude (power)) and sustain about 0.1hp indefinitely, and trained athletes can manage up to about 0.3 horsepower for a period of several hours. Most observers familiar with horses and their capabilities estimate that Watt was either a bit optimistic or intended to under promise and over deliver; few horses can maintain that effort for long. Regardless, comparison to a horse proved to be an enduring marketing tool. R. D. Stevenson and R. J. Wasserzug published an article in Nature 364, 195-195 (15 July 1993) calculating the upper limit to an animal’s power output. The peak power over a few seconds has been measured to be as high as 14.9 hp. However, for longer periods an average horse produces less than one horsepower...







“033”

2007
150 x 210 cm, oil
work in progress

This stems back to ancient times in the Mediterranean /Middle East, when a carat became used as a measure of the purity of gold alloys (see next Question 5). The purity of gold is now measured also in terms if fineness, i.e parts per thousand. Thus 18 carats is 18/24th of 1000 parts = 750 fineness. A Carat (Karat in USA & Germany) was originally a unit of mass (weight) based on the Carob seed or bean used by ancient merchants in the Middle East. The Carob seed is from the Carob or locust bean tree. The carat is still used as such for the weight of gem stones (1 carat is about 200 mg). For gold, it has come to be used for measuring the purity of gold where pure gold is defined as 24 carats. How and when this change occurred is not clear. It does involve the Romans who also used the name Siliqua Graeca (Keration in Greek, Qirat in Arabic, now Carat in modern times) for the bean of the Carob tree. The Romans also used the name Siliqua for a small silver coin which was one-twentyfourth of the golden solidus of Constantine. This latter had a mass of about 4.54 grammes, so the Siliqua was approximately equivalent in value to the mass of 1 Keration or Siliqua Graeca of gold, i.e the value of 1/24th of a Solidus is about 1 Keration of gold, i.e 1 carat. Gold in antiquity was relatively easy to obtain geologically; however, 75% of all gold ever produced has been extracted since 1910.[5] It has been estimated that all the gold in the world that has ever been refined would form a single cube 20 m on a side (8000 m³)...












“030”

2005
165 x 110 cm, oil
collection of the Artist, Vienna

Karl Sommer was an SS officer working in the Economic and Administrative Main Office (EAMO) in 1942, becoming its departmental head in 1944. EAMO was responsible for giving companies access to prisoners for slave labor in Nazi Germany.
After the war, Sommer was interviewed by the US Chief of Counsel on his activities under the Nazi regime, and specifically, about which companies used Nazi slave labor. Sommer said that the firms, after filling the necessary prerequisites, were allowed to come in to the camps and choose the prisoners they wanted. Even after seeing the horrible conditions in these camps, seeing the death, starvation, torture... these firms chose to take some of these people and exploit them for profit.
The first such firm named on Sommer’s list is BMW, which makes 4 further appearances on the list. Altogether, BMW admits to using to using 25,000 - 30,000 slave laborers, POWs and concentration camp inmates. If they were payed, their meager earnings (20 cents an hour) went into the SS treasury to further fund their own annihilation (information from The Ethnic Newswatch 03.31.98). Other firms listed by Sommer include Ford, Volkswagen, Krupp, Siemens, Bayer, Porsche and Daimler-Benz (Mercedes)...












“035”

2005
160 x 125 cm, oil
M-ARS Gallery, Vienna

The application of traditional Japanese techniques within a technologically advanced texile industry has made for some of the most innovative fashion in Japan. When shibori, a resist dye technique practiced in Japan for centuries, is used on polyester under heat, textile artists and fashion designers can permanently texture the fabric or create three-dimensional effects. High heat is used in place of dye to set the shaped pattern.
Usualy a wooden mold shaped like a propeller is made to permanently imprint three dimensional shapes with heat by laying the constructed dress over the mold, tying it down tightly and securely, and then boiling the garment to activate the shrinking of the exposed parts. To improve the method a polyester fabric has been developed that stretched and pulled under high heat. The result is a ‘scultured’ dress with panniers that seemingly float from the wearer’s body. The finished garment does not require the usual cutting and darting to fit the shape of the wearer as it simply stretches and hugs the body...





“036”

2004
150 x 150 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Intergalactic space is the physical space between galaxies. Generally free of dust and debris, intergalactic space is very close to a total vacuum. The average density of the Universe is less than one atom per cubic meter. Average temperature is only 3 Kelvin. The density of the Universe, however, is clearly not uniform; it ranges from relatively high density in galaxies (including very high density in structures within galaxies, such as planets, stars, and black holes) to extremely rarefied conditions in vast voids that have lower density than the Universe‘s average.
Surrounding and stretching between galaxies, there is a rarefied gas that is thought to possess a cosmic filamentary structure and that is slightly denser than the average density in the Universe. This material is called the intergalactic medium (IGM) and is mostly ionized hydrogen (i.e. a plasma) consisting of equal numbers of electrons and...







“037”

2004
150 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Cislunar space (alternatively, cis-lunar space) is the volume within the Moon‘s orbit, or a sphere formed by rotating that orbit. Volumes within that such as low earth orbit (LEO) are distinguished by other names. Practically, cislunar space is a useful label for „the volume between geostationary orbit and the moon‘s orbit“.
Beyond cislunar space lies translunar space. Cis-lunar is Latin for „on this side of the moon“ but also „not beyond the moon“ and...










“038”

2004
150 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Interplanetary space is that part of outer space between planets in a solar system and its local star(s), many of which are binaries. Around any one planet, „interplanetary“ space begins in the broad region where any amosphere, magnetic field and moons end, ceding dominance to the local star; in our case, the Sun. The diffuse outer boundary of our interplanetary space is characterized by the heliopause, where the solar wind meets the interstellar medium, and by the Oort cloud, the region where comets originate...










“039”

2004
250 x 170 cm, oil
The artist collection, Vienna

At breakfast time I was sitting by the house at Vanavara trading post, 65 kilometres  south of the explosion, facing North. I suddenly saw that directly to the North, over Onkoul‘s Tunguska road, the sky split in two and fire appeared high and wide over the forest, Semenov showed, about 50 degrees up. The split in the sky grew larger, and the entire Northern side was covered with fire. At that moment I became so hot that I couldn‘t bear it, as if my shirt was on fire; from the northern side, where the fire was, came strong heat. I wanted to tear off my shirt and throw it down, but then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few yards. I lost my senses for a moment, but then my wife ran out and led me to the house. After that such noise came, as if rocks were falling or cannons were firing, the earth shook, and when I was on the ground, I pressed my head down, fearing rocks would smash it. When the sky opened up, hot wind raced between the houses, like from cannons, which left traces in the ground like pathways, and it damaged some crops. Later we saw that many windows were shattered, and in the barn a part of the iron lock snapped...





“032”

2004
130 x 220  cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

The octane value of a fuel itself has nothing to do with how much potential energy the fuel has, or how cleanly or efficiently it burns. All it does is control the burn. However, if you’re running with a petrol that isn’t the octane rating recommended for your car, you could lose gas mileage. Why? Lets say your manufacturers handbook recommends that you run 87 octane fuel in your car but you fill it with 85 instead, trying to save some money on filling up. Your car will still work just fine because the engine management system will be detecting knock and retarding the ignition timing to compensate. And that’s the key.
By changing the ignition timing, you could be losing efficiency in the engine, which could translate into worse gas mileage.
As practical example: on a trip from San Francisco to  Vegas on low octane gas. On the low octane gas on the trip down, we could barely get 23.5mpg out of the Subaru. Once I was able to fill it up again with premium at the recommended octane rating, we got 27.9mpg on the way back. A difference of 4.4mpg over 450 miles of driving.
Doing the maths, you can figure out that by skimping on the price during fill-up, you may save a little money right there and then, but it costs in the long term because you’re going to be filling up more often to do the same mileage. My advice? Do what the handbook tells you. After all it’s in the manufacturers better interests that you get the most performance out of your car as you can - they don’t want you badmouthing them, and in this day and age of instant internet gratification, you




“042”

2007
100x 70 cm, oil
work in progress

The Tunguska event was a massive explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya (Under Rock) Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, at 7:17 AM on June 30, 1908. The event is sometimes referred to as the Great Siberian Explosion.
The explosion was most likely caused by the airburst of an ~20 m asteroid or piece of a comet 5 to 10 kilometers (3–6 mi) above the Earth‘s surface. The energy of the blast was later estimated to be between 10 and 20 megatons of TNT, which would be equivalent to Castle Bravo, the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated by the US. It felled an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers (830 sq mi). An overhead satellite view, from nearly a century later, centered at 60°55?N, 101°57?E (near ground zero for this event) shows an area of reduced forest density, with a fully visible irregular clearing of somewhat less than one square kilometer in area.
The Tunguska event is the largest impact event in recent history.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records (1966 edition), if the collision had occurred 4 hours 47 minutes later, it would have wiped out St. Petersburg, due to the rotation of the Earth...













“046”

2004
100 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Innsbruck

In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States government attempted to weaken hurricanes in its Project Stormfury by seeding selected storms with silver iodide. It was thought that the seeding would cause supercooled water in the outer rainbands to freeze, causing the inner eyewall to collapse and thus reducing the winds. The winds of Hurricane Debbie dropped as much as 30 percent, but then regained their strength after each of two seeding forays. In an earlier episode in 1947, disaster struck when a hurricane east of Jacksonville, Florida promptly changed its course after being seeded, and smashed into Savannah, Georgia. Because there was so much uncertainty about the behavior of these storms, the federal government would not approve seeding operations unless the hurricane had a less than 10 percent chance of making landfall within 48 hours, greatly reducing the number of possible test storms. The project was dropped after it was discovered that eyewall replacement cycles occur naturally in strong hurricanes, casting doubt on the result of the earlier attempts. Today, it is known that silver iodide seeding is not likely to have an effect because the amount of supercooled water in the rainbands of a tropical cyclone is too low.
Other approaches have been suggested over time, including cooling the water under a tropical cyclone by towing icebergs into the tropical oceans, dropping large quantities of ice into the eye at very early stages so that latent heat is absorb







“045”

2005
80 x 150 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

Although cyclones take an enormous toll in lives and personal property, they may be important factors in the precipitation regimes of places they impact and bring much-needed precipitation to otherwise dry regions. Hurricanes in the eastern north Pacific often supply moisture to the Southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. Japan receives over half of its rainfall from typhoons. Hurricane Camille averted drought conditions and ended water deficits along much of its path, though it also killed 259 people and caused $9.14 billion (2005 USD) in damage.
Hurricanes also help to maintain the global heat balance by moving warm, moist tropical air to the mid-latitudes and polar regions. Were it not for the movement of heat poleward (through other means as well as hurricanes), the tropical regions would be unbearably hot. The storm surges and winds of hurricanes may be destructive to human-made structures, but they also stir up the waters of coastal estuaries,
which are typically important fish breeding locales.
In addition, the destruction caused by Camille on the Gulf coast spurred redevelopment as well, greatly increasing local property values. On the other hand, disaster response officials point out that redevelopment encourages more people to live in clearly dangerous areas subject to future deadly storms. Hurricane Katrina is the most obvious example, as it devastated the region that had been revitalized after Hurricane











“043”

2005
140 x 100 cm, oil
private collection, Switzerland

Creating hypnotic language patterns are the core modern day seduction techniques. Hypnotic language patterns are scripts of describing various wonderful states of mind and feelings to a girl, seemingly having nothing to do with you and her (for example by describing the wonderful feelings and states that music, dancing, eating strawberries and chocolate etc can create), but subconsciously getting her aroused… by what you‘re saying and in effect by you:). Making her feel all those wonderful states not only means describing them to her, it also means giving her commands embedded in what you‘re saying to experience those states. Descriptions by themselves might not always work, she might not be paying too much attention and wander off in her thoughts, but once you‘ve given her commands - „Feel it building... focus in on those feelings... surrender completely...“ - she might first even be aroused by such commands by themselves, but she will definetly be much more attentive towards the descriptions you are about to offer.
Hypnotic language patterns also contain subconscious messages known as binder commands. For example, an excerpt from a pattern: „… that‘s the way to do it. Now, with me, its different, because…“ incorporates a binder command of „DO IT! NOW! WITH ME!“, which will bind all feelings and desires her arousal has created to YOU.
Once you have her attention, one of the most powerful methods of making her „feel“ is using sexu













“034”

2007
150 x 210 cm, oil
work in progress

Standard Oil’s market position had been established through an emphasis on efficiency and responsibility. While most companies dumped gasoline (this being before the automobile) in rivers, Standard used it to fuel the company’s own machines. Where gigantic mountains of heavy waste grew by other companies’ refineries, Rockefeller found ways to market and sell these waste products, creating the first synthetic competitor for beeswax, as well as acquiring the company that invented and produced Vaseline, the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, which was a Standard company only from 1908 until 1911.

As the company grew larger through more effective business practices, it developed other strongly competitive strategies, including a systematic program of offering to purchase competitors. After purchasing them, Rockefeller shut down the ones he believed to be inefficient while keeping the others. In a seminal deal, in 1868, the Lake Shore Railroad, a part of the New York Central, gave Rockefeller’s firm a $0.25 cents/bbl. (71%) discount off of its listed rates in return for a promise to ship at least 60 carloads of oil daily and to handle the loading and unloading on its own, a huge competitive advantage.










“044”

2005
140 x 100 cm, oil
private collection, Switzerland

For decades people have puzzled about how animals--fish schools, locust swarms, large flocks of birds--form large complex dynamical groups. It is clear individuals in the group are only communicating with nearby neighbours, but then the groups somehow emerge spontaneously with complicated patterns of their own. Eftimie and her co-authors--Dr. Mark Lewis and Dr. Gerda de Vries, also from the Centre for Mathematical Biology housed in the U of A‘s Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences--used a one-dimensional mathematical model to describe the formation and movement of animal groups. The work is published in the prestigious journal, „Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“
„Every individual in the group is influenced by movement of the individuals in its neighbourhood,“ said de Vries. Conversely, the individual‘s movement can influence the movement of the entire group.
„It turns out that the entire group can respond indirectly to a single individual, as each individual‘s movement response is a signal to its next neighbour,“ said Lewis, the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology. „By this method, signals are passed quickly from individual to individual. So for example, one fish turns, causing the next one to turn, then the next one, and so on. This produces the complex collective behaviours--swarm formation, zig-zag group movements--that emerge from the ‚bottom up‘, simply based on interactions between neighbors that...






“051”

2006
140 x 175 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Gerhard Richter
Domplatz - Mailand /
Cathedral Square - Milan
1968
275 cm X 290 cm
Oil on canvas
Catalogue Raisonné: 169
9 December 1998
Sotheby‘s London Contemporary Art -
Part I, Lot 6

Estimate: 
£ 800,000 to 1,200,000
US$ 1,323,188 to 1,984,783

Sold:
£ 2,201,500            
US$ 3,650,306

Sold to...    






“052”

2006
180 x 140 cm, oil
private collection, Amsterdam

Construction began with the laying of the cornerstone on October 13, 1792. A diary kept by the District of Columbia building commissioner records that the footings for the main residence were dug by slaves. The foundations were also built by slave labor. Much of the other work on the house was performed by immigrants, many not yet with citizenship. The sandstone walls were erected by Scottish immigrants, as were the high relief rose and garland decorations above the north entrance and the „fish scale“ pattern beneath the pediments of the window hoods. Much of the brick and plaster work was produced by Irish and Italian immigrants. The initial construction took place over a period of eight years, at a reported cost of $232,371.83 ($2.4 million in 2005 dollars). Although not yet completed, the White House was ready for occupancy on or about November 1, 1800.
The building was originally referred to variously as the „President‘s Palace,“ „Presidential Mansion,“ or „President‘s House.“ Dolley Madison called it the „President‘s Castle.“ There is a common misconception that the term „The White House“ wasn‘t used until after the War of 1812, when the mansion was burned and re-painted. Only 2 Years later...









“053”

2004
180 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Düsseldorf

The myth about spinach and its high iron content may have first been propagated by Dr. E. von Wolf in 1870, because a misplaced decimal point in his publication led to an iron-content figure that was ten times too high. Other sources claim Dr. Wolf may have measured the iron content of dryed spinach and the mistake resulted from the fact that spinach consists of 90% water. In 1937, German chemists reinvestigated this „miracle vegetable“ and corrected the mistake. It was described by T.J. Hamblin in British Medical Journal, December 1981. Another version of...














“055”

2005
180 x 160 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

LASEK Procedure
1. Anaesthetic drops are applied to the eye.
2. The surface of the outer layer of the cornea is gently moved by the surgeon
3. Computer controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the surface layers of the cornea. As the laser pulses, it makes a ticking sound. The outer cornea layer is re-shaped with the laser to correct short sightedness, long sightedness or astigmatism impressions in your eye.
4. The Surgeon gently replaces the surface layer to its original position.
5. A bandage contact lens is placed on...












“047”

2004
140 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

As used by teachers, monks, and students in training, ko-an can refer to a story selected from sutras and historical records, a perplexing element of the story, a concise but critical word or phrase extracted from the story, or to the story appended by poetry and commentary authored by later Zen teachers, sometimes layering commentary upon commentary. Less formally, the term ko-an sometimes refers to any experience that accompanies awakening or spiritual insight. English-speaking non-Zen practitioners sometimes use ko-an to refer to an unanswerable question or a meaningless statement. However, in Zen practice, a ko-an is not meaningless, and teachers often do expect students to present an appropriate response when asked about a ko-an. Even so, a ko-an is not a riddle or a puzzle. Appropriate responses to a ko-an may vary according to circumstances; different teachers may demand different responses to a given ko-an, and a fixed answer cannot be correct in every circumstance. One of the most common recorded comments by a teacher on a disciple‘s answer is, „Even though that is true, if you do not know it yourself it does you no good.“ The master is looking, not for an answer in a specific form, but for evidence that the disciple has grasped the practical use of the ko-an in daily life, or in other words, has actually given up some previous attachment...




















“048”

2004
320 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Prosopagnosia (sometimes known as face blindness) is a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact. The term usually refers to a condition following acute brain damage, but recent evidence suggests that a congenital form of the disorder may exist. The specific brain area usually associated with prosopagnosia is the fusiform gyrus.
Few successful therapies have so far been developed for affected people, although individuals often learn to use ‚piecemeal‘ or ‚feature by feature‘ recognition strategies. This may involve secondary clues such as clothing, hair color, body shape, and voice. Because the face seems to function as an important identifying feature in memory, it can also be difficult for people with this condition to keep track of information about people, and socialize normally with others.People with face blindness can typically understand facially expressed emotions — they know whether a face is happy or sad, angry or puzzled. They can detect subtle facial cues, determine gender and even agree with everyone else about which faces are attractive and which are not. In other words, they see the face clearly, they just do not know whose face they are looking at, and cannot remember it once they stop looking.
Even familiar faces can be unrecognizable. Dr. Sellers, for example, said she could summon no picture in her mind of her own mother’s...








“059a” “059b”

2005
both 160 x 115 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Snowflakes are not frozen raindrops.  Sometimes raindrops do freeze as they fall, but this is called sleet.  Sleet particles don‘t have any of the elaborate and symmetrical patterning found in snow crystals.  Snow crystals form when water vapor condenses directly into ice, which happens in the clouds.  The patterns emerge as the crystals grow. When...











“065”

2005
120 x 100 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Porcelain was named after its resemblance to the white, shiny Venus-shell, called in old Italian porcella. The curved shape of the upper surface of the Venus-shell resembles the curve of a pig‘s back. (Latin porcella, a little pig, a pig) Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability, high strength, hardness, glassiness, high durability, whiteness, translucence, resonance, brittleness, high resistance to the passage of electricity, high resistance to chemical attack, high resistance to thermal shock and high elasticity...





“066”

2005
120 x 100 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

The hunting horn is one of our most important tools whilst sabotaging a hunt, the horn we use is exactly the same as the huntsman’s and when used effectively it can impersonate the huntsman’s calls and control the hounds. ‘The calls we use differ from hunt to hunt but two basic rules can be applied............FAST CALLS ........ are used to hunt the hounds on and to make them run faster SLOW CALLS ...... are used to either slow or stop the hounds, draw out of cover before using the horn, or any tactic for that matter we always check and listen to the huntsman’s calls and the hounds. If the huntsman is using a slow call on his hunting horn he is probably trying to stop or slow the hounds down, his hounds may be going away from him on a false trail. If this is the case we would employ horn calls which will hunt the hounds away from him and towards us. This will enable us to take control of the pack and will also stop the hounds from finding an animal to hunt. Anyone can blow a hunting horn but it must be used cautiously and correctly, if used...







“060”

2005
200  x 140 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

The active camouflage suit by name is credited to science fiction author Philip K. Dick in his 1974 novel A Scanner Darkly. Worn by the narcotics double agent Bob Arctor/Fred, the „scramble suit“ is described as a flexible sheath covering the body of the wearer with a reflective/refractive coating on the inside surface that transfers the camouflaging pattern—projected by a holographic lens mounted on the wearer‘s head—onto the outside surface of the sheath.
Dick‘s invention has been copied many times in novels, films and video games to become a standard device in science fiction. Examples appear in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator, the James Bond film Die Another Day, the Metal Gear Solid video game series, the MMOFPS game Planetside, the Halo video game series, and the Japanese anime and manga Ghost in the Shell—cited as the inspiration for Tokyo University experiments into optical camouflage. A similar cloaking device is found in Star Trek, however this example does not achieve active camouflage in the same way.
It is notable that in „Ghost in the Shell“, the thermoptic camouflage offers concealment in both the optical and infra-red electromagnetic frequencies...






“062”

2005
160 x 120  cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Shigeru Kondo and Rihito Asai, molecular biologists at Kyoto University in Japan, now offer a possible explanation for the mechanism underlying this peculiar coloring system: a chemical wave of interacting pigments.
„The stripes of Pomacanthus maintain the spaces between the lines by the continuous rearrangement of the patterns,“ Kondo and Asai note in the Aug. 31 Nature. The scientists simulated this continuous rearrangement with an algorithm--a mathematical recipe--for a „reaction-diffusion wave.“ This chemical system starts out with one homogeneous color, then reacts with itself to produce a pattern of alternating colors. First proposed in 1952 by the British mathematician Alan Turing, this model can account for periodic patterns in nonliving systems...













“063”

2007
160 x 180 cm, oil
work in progres

Koi , or more specifically nishikigoi, literally „brocaded carp“, are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp Cyprinus carpio. They are believed to have originated from Eastern Asia, Aral, Black and Caspian Seas. Earliest records of Koi have been found in China and have been widely spread in Japan. The ornamental cultivation of carp flourished under the Chinese Qing Dynasty and Japanese Yayoi Period. They are very closely related to goldfish and, in fact, the style of breeding and ornamentation has become very similar, probably through the efforts of Japanese breeders to emulate goldfish. Koi and tattoos of koi are traditionally considered lucky. Koi have been accidentally or deliberately released into the wild in every continent except Antarctica. They greatly increase the turbidity of the water because they are constantly stirring up the substrate. This makes waterways unattractive, reduces the abundance of aquatic plants, and can render the water unsuitable for swimming or drinking even by livestock. In some countries, koi have caused so much damage to waterways that vast amounts of money and effort have been spent trying to eradicate them, largely unsuccessfully. Because of the danger to the environment koi possession is illegal in the state of Maine where...











“061”

2005
160 x 125 cm, oil
private collection, Basel

In March of 1943 a suitable species had been selected. The project was considered serious enough that Louis Fieser, the inventor of military napalm, designed 0.6 ounce (17 g) and one ounce (28 g) incendiary devices to be carried by the bats. A bat carrier looking like a bomb casing was designed that included 26 stacked trays each containing compartments for 40 bats. The carriers would be dropped from 5000 feet (1525 m). Then the trays would separate but remain connected to a parachute that would deploy at 1000 feet (305 m). It was envisioned that ten B-24 bombers flying from Alaska, each carrying a hundred shells packed with bomb-carrying bats could release a million bat bombs over the target — the industrial cities of Osaka Bay. A series of tests to answer various operational questions were conducted. In one incident the Auxiliary Army Air Base in Carlsbad, New Mexico, was set on fire when armed bats were accidentally released. The bats incinerated the test range and made roost under a fuel tank. Following this setback, the project was relegated to the Navy in August 1943, who renamed it Project X-Ray, and then passed it off to the Marine Corps that December. The Marine Corps moved operations to the Marine Corps Air Station at El Centro, California. After several experiments and operational adjustments, the definitive test was carried out on a mockup of a Japanese city built by the Chemical Warfare Service at their Dugway Proving Grounds test site in Utah.
Observers at this test produced optimistic accounts. The chief of incendiary testing at Dugway wrote: “A reasonable number of destructive fires can be started in spite of the extremely small size of the units. The main advantage of the units would seem to be their placement within the enemy structures without the knowledge of the householder or fire watchers, thus allowing the fire to establish itself before being discovered.” The NDRC (National Defense Research Committee) observer stated: “It was concluded that X-Ray is an effective weapon.” The Chief Chemist’s report stated that on a weight basis X-Ray was more effective than the standard incendiary bombs in use at the time. “Expressed in another way, the regular bombs would give probably 167 to 400 fires per bomb[er] load where X-Ray would give 3625 to 4748 fires.” Later...








“068”

2005
240 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Amsterdam

As the electronic keyboards became more widely used, it became clear that we needed a standard way to combine sounds digitally.  Although the idea of a standardized interface surfaced in 1981, it was not until 1983 that the MIDI 1.0 Detailed Specification was created.  MIDI was originally designed for keyboards, but it was flexible enough that it could be easily adapted to various other kinds of electronic instruments.  It emerged as the standard that was needed to universalize and better yet revolutionize the electronic music industry.  A year later the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) was created to help keep this standard alive.  It is composed of both designers and manufacturers of MIDI hardware and software.  In 1991, the General MIDI Level 1 was introduced as an update to the original specifications.  This version includes a minimum performance requirement and compatibility standards between device manufacturers and content providers.  In 1999, yet another update was introduced and is called General MIDI Level 2.    GM2 increases the number of sounds available and also the amount of control over the sound.  It is also backwards compatible, meaning all GM2 devices are compatible with GM1 devices...









“070”

2007
160 x 120 cm, oil
work in progress

This need for self-defense, and the knowledge brought by immigrants and refugees who landed in Wakayama port, contributed to the development of the art of ninjutsu, first in the mountainous Iga region of Mie Prefecture, and soon after in the nearby Koga region of Shiga Prefecture. During the power struggles and land-grabbing that occurred nationwide in the 15th and 16th centuries, these regions were, for the most part, left to their own devices.
“Iga and Koga were like Switzerland,” says Tanemura with a proud chuckle. “No shogun or samurai could attack them.” The tricks and psychological warfare of the ninjas proved too much for any aggressor. One army, for instance, was trying to overrun a castle in the region. During a break in the fighting, a ninja left the fortress and snuck into the enemy’s camp. The next morning, the army men awoke to see their flag flying from the castle. Confused, they stopped their siege — and eventually retreated.
Some of the area’s stealthy mercenaries-for-hire were contracted by warlords in Japan’s feudal period. Since the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu unified the country around the turn of the 16th century, however, trained ninjas have been using their unique combination of wit, grace and power to keep the peace...










“071”

2007
160 x 120 cm, oil
work in progress

Suicide Bombers– Knowing the Enemy: Detection, Deterrence & Defeat
Major David Kutcher, (retired), Israel Border Police
RECOMMENDED FOR BOTH PATROL & SWAT OFFICERS
This is an intense 16-hour course that includes both classroom and range training. The objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the motivation of the Islamic suicide bomber, their behavior pattern recognitions for detection and counter moves for deterring and defeating suicide attacks. Time is spent on the range in simulations and drills, using weapons and non-lethal techniques successfully employed by the Israeli Border Police to counter these homicidal killers
While the United States has been spared from suicide attack for the most part, most experts believe it is just a matter of time before this plague reaches our shores. Awareness to this danger is the key to deterrence. This training is an abbreviated version of Israeli training designed to familiarize officers with information and skills they need to know to detect, deter and defeat these indiscriminate killers. This training is both enlightening and unique, cutting edge policing soon to become requirement for police officers across the nation...

























“069”

2007
120 x 120 cm, oil
work in progress

... the boy was unable to sit still for even just a moment, he was running arround and jumping all over Milton Ericksons´s office and had no means to relax himself. Verbal communication was not possible at this moment. Milton startet to tap with his hand on his desk, pacing the boys heartbeat and later leading his heart to a lower heartrate so he would calm down, After some short time, maybe 2 minutes the boy calmed down and was able to stand still and listen to Miltons words, later Milton would lead him to a trance and for the first time the boy was able to relax. For the next 2 hours...















“072”

2007
160 x 120 cm, oil
work in progress

Shot placement varies considerably with the type of sniper being discussed. Military snipers, who generally do not engage targets at less than 300 m (330 yd), usually attempt body shots, aiming at the chest. These shots depend on tissue damage, organ trauma and blood loss to make the kill. Police snipers who generally engage at much shorter distances may attempt head shots to ensure the kill. In instant-death hostage situations, police snipers shoot for the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls voluntary movement that lies at the base of the skull. Some ballistics and neurological researchers have argued that severing the spinal cord at an area near the second cervical vertebra is actually achieved, usually having the same effect of preventing voluntary motor activity, but the debate on the matter remains largely academic at present...






“073”

2005
160 x 130 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

The name „Sony“ was chosen for the brand as a mix of the Latin word sonus, which is the root of sonic and sound, the English word „sunny“, and from the word Sonny-boys which is Japanese slang for „whiz kids“. However „Sonny“ was thought to sound too much like the Japanese saying soh-nee which means business goes bad.Morita pushed for a word that does not exist in any language so that they could claim the word „Sony“ as their own (which paid off when they sued a candy producer who also used the name who claimed that „Sony“ was just an existing word in some language).At the time of the change, it was extremely unusual for a Japanese company to use Roman letters instead of kanji to spell its name. The move was not without opposition: TTK‘s principal bank at the time, Mitsui, had strong feelings about the name. They pushed for a name such as Sony Electronic Industries, or Sony Teletech. Akio Morita was firm, however, as he did not want the company name tied to any particular industry. Eventually, both Ibuka and Mitsui Bank‘s chairman gave their approval and...











“074”

2005
160 x 120 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

The name Nikon, which dates from 1946, is a merging of Nippon Ko-gaku („Japan Optical“) and an imitation of Zeiss Ikon. Nikon is pronounced differently around the world. The Japanese pronunciation of the name is /niko/, but in the West people also use...









“076”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

The song is believed to refer to Hendrix‘s experiences with a similarly-named batch of LSD produced in 1966 by Owsley Stanley. (In a 1967 BBC session, Hendrix recorded a cover version of the Beatles‘ „Day Tripper“ in which he shouts, „Oh, Owsley, can you hear me now?“ during the climactic guitar solo.) Others believed that the song‘s name was derived from a strain of marijuana, called „purple haze.“ However, in interviews Hendrix would disclaim any association with drug, asserting that the song was drawn from a dream he had where he was walking under the ocean, surrounded by a purple haze. At another point, Hendrix said he took the phrase „purple haze“ from Night of Light, a science fiction novel written by Philip José Farmer that he was reading at the time. (However, the phrase appearing in Farmer‘s book is „purplish haze“...





“075”

2005
160 x 130 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

He started investigating what people do with music players because he realised it was an area that had been neglected by other students of culture. Most people who study how humans behave in public look at what is seen, rather than what is heard. „There‘s the visual domination of explaining urban experience,“ he says, „but if you look at it through sound you get different explanations.“
We live in a visually dominated culture and suffer constant bombardment by visible messages.
Adverts, shop fascias, street signs, the clothes of fellow pedestrians, newspaper headlines, magazine front covers, car designs create a visual cacophony.
But, says Dr Bull, it is because of this deafening visual chorus that exercising choice over what we listen to is so important. Through interviews with Walkman owners and now iPod buyers, he found that listening to music acts as a shield, aura or cocoon. Using headphones helps to keep the world at bay and reclaim some space.
„They construct their moods, they re-make the time of their day,“ says Dr Bull., „It‘s a much more active process even though it‘s dependent on the machinery.“

Choice is the key factor, he says. By choosing the music, you reclaim some of the world - it‘s no longer dominated by messages pointed at you. Sometimes this is because music rekindles a memory that takes you away from the street back to the time and place where that song became important. The improvement in technology from cassettes to CDs/minidiscs to digital music players helps too. „All those things about empowering and managing are just more elevated and sophisticated with the iPod,“ he says. But what you listen to and when has a more subversive edge as well. It can undermine some of the messages aimed at you. Shopping for food while listening to a Bach violin concerto completely remakes the experience. It turns you from a grazing animal into something...







“079”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
ptivate collection, Paris

According to the Merck Index, 12th edition, THC has a LD50 value of 1270 mg/kg (male rats) and 730 mg/kg (female rats) administered orally dissolved in sesame oil. If this were scaled up to an adult human, the LD50 would be between approximately 50 and 86 g for a 68 kg (150 lb) female or male person respectively. This would be equivalent to 1-1.8 kg of cannabis with a 5% THC content (roughly average) taken orally. The LD50 value for rats by inhalation of THC is 42 mg/kg of body weight. It is important to note, however, that toxicity studies in animal models do not necessarily correlate to human toxicity. THC receptor distribution in the rat central nervous system is different from that of humans, meaning that there is the significant possibility that toxicity in humans varies from the published animal LD50 studies. There has never been a documented fatality from marijuana or THC overdose. Absorption is limited by serum lipids which can become saturated with THC, thus the inherent solubility may mitigate toxicity.
Studies of the distribution of the cannabinoid receptors in the brain explain why THC‘s toxicity is so low (i.e., the LD50 of the compound is so large): parts of the brain that control vital functions such as respiration do not have many receptors, so they are relatively unaffected even by doses larger than could ever be ingested under any normal conditions...














“077”

2005
115 x 115 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Like many plants, cloning of cannabis is possible through a relatively simple process. The process itself is quite similar to the cloning of most other plants and involves rooting branch cuttings from donor („mother“) plants.
First and foremost all substances coming into contact with the internal tissues of the plant should be sterilized to prevent infection. Cutting tools can be sterilized using bleach and growth mediums using an oven (most come sterilized).Cuttings are taken ideally with a 90 degree cut on the branch to minimize surface area which is susceptible to infection. Then the large fan leafs leaves near the bottom of the cutting are removed to minimize transpiration and the larger remaining fan leaf blades are cut to remove half of their surface area.The stem is then re-cut at a 45 degree angle, ideally just below a growth node (the place on a stem where the leaves or branches are attached). Many growers claim cloning is most successful when clones are cut so that 1 - 2 growth nodes are surrounded by the growing medium, with 2 - 3 showing above the medium. Clones between 3 and 6 inches tall are considered ideal.
Many growers believe that the second cut (of 45 degrees) should be done underwater to prevent air bubbles (called embolisms) from forming in the xylem of the stem which may affect water and nutrient uptake. An embolism is a common cause of internal infections in the plant which is almost always fatal. Using a clean knife minimizes infection risks, which can wipe out a number of clones quickly.
Rooting hormone gel or powder mixes are then applied to the cut to promote root growth and inhibit fungal infection. The cutting is then placed in a rooting medium which may be a soil mix or a soil-less medium. Typical soil-less mediums are Perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, sand, rock wool or Oasis foam.
A good medium is one that drains well, holds moisture and air well also. Oxygen is important for healthy root growth. The cuttings in their new medium should be kept at a constant temperature (around 78 F) and with high humidity. Elevated humidity levels can be achieved by use of a humidifier or a humidity dome. Elevated humidity levels slow the transpiration rate which is important because without a root system the water uptake is very slow; If the transpiration rate exceeds the uptake rate the cutting is losing water and will wilt and die.
Many growers use a humidity dome as they are very inexpensive, around $7CND, and are easy to use. Many others improvise domes with simple plastic baggies secured with rubber bands (even less expensive and equally easy to use). When using a humidity dome, the dome should be removed at least twice a day and the rooting clones should be fanned to prevent mold and to give them some air circulation.
The rooting medium should be kept moist and should never dry out. During other stages of growth one is advised to allow the soil to dry out to allow the roots to get oxygen and to prevent root rot. Since cuttings do not have roots this is not of concern. What is of concern is that a cutting will dry out and die, which occurs very rapidly.
Light intensity should be very low during the rooting process. High light intensities will force the plant to focus on photosynthesis at the expense of rooting. Light intensity should be increased during the last week up to normal illumination levels.
Cuttings usually take 7 - 14 days to develop root systems. Drooping is common within the first week. Cuttings that have not regained rigidity after 7 days are weak and are culled by most growers. To speed the rooting process keep the cuttings at constant temperature. Allowing the parent plant to become mildly nitrogen deficient before the cutting is taken will also speed...













“078”

2005
130 x 130 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

According to a survey on the recommendation of cannabis in California cannabis is indicated for over 250 conditions. Cannabis is most importantly indicated as an antiemetic for the treatment of nausea and anorexia associated with treatments for cancer, AIDS, and hepatitis. Cannabis also acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant and is indicated for neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and spasms. As an analgesic and an immunomodulator it is indicated for conditions such as migraine, arthritis, spinal and skeletal disorders. As a bronchodilator it is beneficial for asthma. it also reduces the intraocular pressure and is indicated for glaucoma. Cannabis is also used to treat some mood disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and bipolar disorder. It is also indicated for premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, and...

















“082”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

HU-210 (Dexanabinol, Sinnabidiol) is a synthetic cannabinoid that was discovered around 1988 in the group of Dr Raphael Mechoulam at the Hebrew University. HU-210 is 100 to 800 times more potent than natural THC from cannabis and has an extended duration of action.[1] HU-210 is the (+)-1,1-dimethylheptyl analog of 7-hydroxy-delta-6-tetrahydrocannabinol. The abbreviation HU stands for Hebrew University.A 2005 article in the Journal Of Clinical Investigation, HU-210 actually stimulates cell growth in the brain‘s hippocampus region, an opposite effect of drugs like alcohol, nicotine, heroin, and cocaine.
HU-210, along side WIN 55,212-2 and JWH-133, is implicated in preventing the inflammation caused by Amyloid beta proteins involved in Alzheimer‘s Disease, in addition to preventing cognitive impairment and loss of neuronal markers. This anti-inflammatory action is induced through the agonization of cannabinoid receptors which prevents microglial activation that elicits the inflammation. Additionally, cannabinoids completely abolish neurotoxicity related to microglia activation in rat models.
HU-210 is a potent analgesic with many of the same effects as natural THC. This means that HU-210 could potentially be used in medicine as an alternative to medical marijuana, however its much stronger and longer lasting effects compared to those of THC could make appropriate titration of dosage difficult. Also due to the fact that HU-210 is a CB1 full agonist as opposed to THC which is a partial agonist, the sedative effects of HU-210 are much more prominent, meaning that while fatal overdoses of THC itself are virtually impossible, they would be possible with HU-210...














“080”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Frankfurt

Drug use has increased in all categories since prohibition.Since 1937, the use of marijuana has increased from an activity seemingly limited to Mexican immigrants and jazz musicians to being used by 20-37% of the youth of the United States. Between 1972 and 1988 the use of cocaine increased more than fivefold. The usage patterns of the current two most prevalent drugs, methamphetamine and ecstasy, have shown similar gains.[3] From the perspective of decreasing the prevalence of the use of drugs, the War on Drugs has had the reverse of its intended effect.
A number of economically depressed Colombian farmers in several remote areas of the country began to turn to what became a new, illicit cash crop for its high resale value and cheap manufacturing process. Local coca cultivation, however, remained comparatively rare in Colombia until the mid-1990s. Drug traffickers originally imported most coca base from traditional producers in Peru and Bolivia for processing in Colombia, until eradication efforts in those countries resulted in a „balloon effect“.
Despite the Reagan Administration‘s high-profile public pronouncements, secretly, many senior officials of the Reagan administrati









“083”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, Vienna

Lasers cut by melting the material in the beam path. Materials that are heat treatable will get case hardened at the cut edges. This may be beneficial if the hardened edges are functionally desirable in the finished parts. However, if further machining operations such as threading are required, then hardening is a problem.
• A hole cut with a laser has an entry diameter larger than the exit diameter, creating a slightly tapered hole.
• The minimum radius for slot corners is 0.75 mm (0.030 in). Unlike blanking, piercing, and forming, the normal design rules regarding minimum wall thicknesses, minimum hole size (as a percent of stock thickness) do not apply. The minimum hole sizes are related to stock thickness and can be as low as 20% of the stock thickness, with a minimum of 0.25 mm (0.010 in) for upto 1.9 mm (0.075 in). Contrast this with normal piercing operations with the recommended hole size 1.2 times the stock thickness.
• Burrs are quite small compared to blanking and shearing. They can be almost eliminated when 3D lasers are used and further, eliminate the need for secondary deburring operations.
• As in blanking and piercing, considerable economies can be obtained by nesting parts, and cutting along common lines. In addition, secondary deburring operations can be reduced or eliminated...











“084”

2005
200 x 160 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Xerox was founded in 1906 as „The Haloid Company“, manufacturing photographic paper and equipment. The company came to prominence in 1959 with the introduction of the first plain paper photocopier using the process of xerography (electrophotography) developed by Chester Carlson, the Xerox 914. The company subsequently changed its name to „Haloid Xerox“ in 1958. The 914 was so popular that by the end of 1961, Xerox had almost $60 million in revenue. By 1965, revenues leaped to over $500 million. Before releasing the 914, Xerox had also introduced the first xerographic printer, the „Copyflo“ in 1955. The company expanded substantially throughout the 1960s, making millionaires of some long-suffering investors who had nursed the company through the slow research and development phase of the product. In 1960, the „Wilson Center for Research and Technology“ was opened in Webster, New York, a research facility for xerography. In 1961, the company changed its name to „Xerox Corporation“. Xerox common stock (XRX) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1961 and on the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1990. In 1993...




 
“085”

2005
220 x 160 cm, oil
The Adler Art Fund, London

How much blood is donated each year?
According to the National Blood Data Resource Center, U.S. institutions collected more than 15 million units of whole blood and red cells in 2001, the most recent year for which data are available. Blood centers collected 93% of the donated units, while hospitals collected 7%. These donations were made by approximately eight million volunteer blood donors. The American Red Cross collects almost half of these donations across the U.S. while...




“088”

2005
210 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Liechtenstein

Yet, the willingness of certain food companies to openly raise the idea that chocolate could have healthcare benefits could change how this research is viewed. The main driver of recent events appears to be Mars Inc., which held a conference in Switzerland where researchers discussed how pharmaceutical products could be derived from cocoa sources. It is not clear what is stimulating its confidence in publicising this work, but Mars Inc. is publicly upbeat about its latest developments and believes it possesses intellectual property of interest to pharmaceutical companies.
It claims to be discussing licensing deals and joint venture agreements based on developing products from cocoa-derived flavanoids. As the second-largest chocolate manufacturer in the USA and one of the world‘s largest food-processing companies, and with a reported value of over US$30 billion, its move towards the pharmaceutical sector cannot be ignored. For the pharmaceutical sector, which is seeking new sources of innovative products, this could be one of the most unusual avenues to be explored in a long time...





“086”

2005
160 x 210 cm, oil
The Adler Art Fund, London

HAL is an artificial intelligence, the sentient on-board computer of the spaceship Discovery. HAL is usually represented only as his television camera „eyes“ that can be seen throughout the Discovery spaceship. The voice of HAL 9000 was performed by Canadian actor Douglas Rain. In the book, HAL became operational on January 12, 1997 (1992 in the movie) at the HAL Plant in Urbana, Illinois, and was created by Dr. Chandra. In the 2001 film, HAL is depicted as being capable not only of speech recognition, facial recognition, and natural language processing, but also lip reading, art appreciation, interpreting emotions, expressing emotions, and reasoning.
HAL is never visualised as a single entity. He is, however, portrayed with a soft voice and a conversational manner. This is in stark contrast to the human astronauts, who speak in terse monotone, as do all other actors in the film. HAL is therefore portrayed as the most, or only, feeling being in the film, a trait which encourages audience bonding with the character and emphasises the ironic overtones of a culture where the most human entity is a machine. In translations from the original English, HAL might have another name: for example, in the French version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, his name is stated as being CARL, for Cerveau Analytique de Recherche et de Liaison („Analytic Research and Communication Brain“). However, the famous camera plates still read „HAL 9000“.

A common misconception is that the name HAL was based on a one letter shift from the name IBM. However, this has been denied by both Clarke and 2001 director Stanley Kubrick. In 2010: Odyssey Two, Clarke even goes so far as to have a reporter pose the question to Dr. Chandra, who replies, „Utter nonsense! [...] I thought that by now every intelligent person knew that H-A-L is derived from Heuristic ALgorithmic“. Other Sources...








“087”

2005
250  x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

His second subject, Dr Philip Blaiberg, was given a heart transplant less than two weeks later, which brings me to the very minor role I played in the whole saga. The “donor,” a young man who had had a severe subarachnoid haemorrhage while bathing in the sea, was admitted under my care. He was, in fact, the last patient I was permitted to admit to Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. A government banning order (under the blanket “Suppression of Communism Act”) included a clause that stopped me from teaching or entering any educational institution. This came into effect next morning. On my last night as the consultant on-call I was asked by the transplant team to pronounce the man “dead” and confirm that his heart would be suitable for transplantation. Any misgivings I might have felt about declaring someone dead while his heart was still beating were confounded by the thought that hesitation on my part—a recognised opponent of the government—might be construed as an attempt to undermine the prestige that Barnard‘s exploit had conferred on the country. Despite this, I hesitated. My patient still had a few elicitable neurological reflexes. I went home, returned an hour or two later, still found the reflexes, and declined to pronounce him dead. At this stage the transplant team was waiting in the wings and was clearly dismayed at my verdict. The professor of surgery (not Barnard, although he was present) came up and said: “God [it sounds better with a guttural Afrikaans pronunciation], Bill, what sort of heart are you going to give us?” I said I could not agree to the removal of the heart from someone who still showed signs of “life,” and then spent a sleepless night wondering whether I was being unnecessarily obstructive. I went to the hospital very early next morning and satisfied myself that I could no longer elicit the reflexes, and the surgery went ahead. Dr Blaiberg lived for 18 months with his new heart. It was the success of this operation that secured the future of heart transplants. Had it failed, I suspect further attempts would have been deferred for some years. As a footnote, although the operation almost certainly extended Blaiberg‘s life, the quality of the extension was questionable. Despite reports of his return to normal life—including press reports of his prompt resumption of sexual intercourse with his wife—he was left with considerable disability. A syndicated photograph of him lying in the sea happily splashing in the waves appeared in the world‘s press as testimony to his remarkable recovery. The distinguished politician Helen Suzman told me that she had, by chance, taken a stroll along the same beach that day and stumbled on Blaiberg‘s venture into the sea. He was carried into the water, the entourage stepped back, cameras flashed, and he was hauled out before he disappeared helplessly under the waves...





“092”

2007
100 x120  cm, oil
work in progress

In general, male skulls tend to be larger and more robust than female skulls, which are more gracile. Male skulls typically have more prominent supraorbital ridges, a more prominent glabella, and more prominent temporal lines. Male skulls on average have larger, broader palates, squarer orbits, larger mastoid processes, larger sinuses, and larger occipital condyles than those of females. Male mandibles typically have squarer chins and thicker, rougher muscle attachments than female mandibles. All of these features vary considerably within human populations, making it difficult to identify the sex of a skull without knowledge of the population from which it came. Other...

















“091”

2007
100 x120  cm, oil
work in progress

he „heart“ shape could also be considered to depict features of the human female body, such as the female‘s pubic mound or spread vulva. A Sumerian cuneiform symbol for „woman“ closely resembles the heart shape, and is believed to directly depict the pubic mound. The tantric symbol of the „Yoni“ is another example of a heart-shaped abstraction of a woman‘s vulva. In fact, the symmetry resembles the vulva far more than the asymmetry of the organ. In the introduction to the Vagina Monologues Gloria Steinem writes, „The heart was reduced from power to romance by centuries of male dominance.“
Others maintain that the heart resembles the shape of the female breasts or the female buttocks.
Another possible origin can be seen on the coins of the ancient city of Cyrene, some of which depict the seeds or fruit of the now-extinct silphium plant. The seeds are distinctly heart-shaped. Since this plant was widely used as an ancient herbal contraceptive or abortifacient, this shape may have come to be associated with sexuality and love.
The „heart“ shape is formed by the back and wings of a dove, which was associated with Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love also...








“090a” & “90b”

2004
both 150 x 230 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

Hamilton Naki was born in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He left school at 14 and hitchhiked to Cape Town in search of work. The university hired him as a gardener and cleaner. Over a decade later, in 1954, Hamilton was given the responsibility of caring for animals in the laboratory of Dr Robert Goetz. He realised Hamilton‘s talents and trained him to assist in animal experiments, as both surgeon and anaesthetist. After Robert‘s departure, Hamilton was serving as a surgical and anaesthetic research assistant at the university when Christiaan Barnard started his surgical research. By then Hamilton had acquired unparalleled practical experience, and Christiaan requested his help. Hamilton conducted much of the animal research that led to Christiaan‘s pioneering procedure, but his contribution was censored by the apart-heid government. If his image was not air-brushed out where it appeared, he was described as a gardener. Christiaan spoke publicly about Hamilton only in 2001, shortly before his death, allegedly saying that Hamilton would have been quite capable of performing heart surgery on a human being and conceding that „he probably had more technical skill than I had.“










“009”

2006
140 x 160 cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Recent studies on Japanese consumer tastes have shown that it is important for them to have a continuous, consistent, good quality and safe pork meat, without the use of medication (antibiotics, etc.). Artificial insemination, the process used by Smithfields, offers an easier method for unifying meat quality. It produces hogs with the genetic characteristics demanded by the “lean generation” of meat-eaters in Japan.SCOA and Smithfield have developed a product for Japanese consumers that’s not just lean, but retains its flavor after cooking. This was achieved through special genetic crossbreeding, and selective feed ingredients. In this case, the tastiness comes from the internal fat...



“089”

2006
220 x 160 cm, oil
collection of the artist, Vienna

The natural pacemaker of the heart is called the sinoatrial node (SA node). It is located in the right atrium. The heart also contains specialized fibers that conduct the electrical impulse from the pacemaker (SA node) to the rest of the heart. The heart contains specialized fibers that conduct the electrical impulse from the pacemaker.
The electrical impulse leaves the SA node and travels to the right and left atria, causing them to contract together. This takes .04 seconds. There is now a natural delay to allow the atria to contract and the ventricles to fill up with blood. The electrical impulse has now traveled to the atrioventricular node (AV node). The electrical impulse now goes to the Bundle of His, then it divides into the right and left bundle branches where it rapidly spreads using Purkinje fibersto the muscles of the right and left ventricle, causing them to contract at the same time while...







“093”

2007
250 x 170 cm, oil
work in progress

In April 2006, the cost of the F-22A is assessed by the Government Accountability Office to be $361 million per aircraft. This cost reflects the F-22A total program cost, divided by the number of jets the Air Force is programmed to buy. So far, the Air Force has invested as much as $28 billion in the Raptor‘s research, development and testing. That money, referred to as a „sunk cost,“ is already spent and is separate from money used for future decision-making, including procuring a copy of the jet.
By the time all 183 jets have been purchased, $34 billion will be spent on actually procuring the aircraft. This will result in a cost of about $339 million per aircraft based on total program costs. The incremental cost for one additional F-22 is around $120 million. If the Air Force were to buy 100 more F-22s today, each plane would be less than $117 million and would continue to drop with additional aircraft purchases.
The F-22 is not the most expensive plane aloft; that distinction likely belongs to the roughly $2.2 billion-per-unit B-2 Spirit; though the incremental cost was under 1 billion USD. In fairness, orders for the B-2 went from hundreds to a few dozen when the Cold War ended thus making the unit-cost skyrocket. The F-22 uses fewer radar absorbent materials than the B-2 or F-117 Nighthawk, which is expected to translate into lower maintenance costs...








“094”

2007
160 x 160 cm, oil
work in progress

The earliest recorded use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for warfighting occurred on August 22, 1849, when the Austrians attacked the Italian city of Venice with unmanned balloons loaded with explosives. At least some of the balloons were launched from the Austrian ship Vulcano. Although some of the balloons worked, others were caught in a change of wind and blown back over Austrian lines. The Austrians had been developing this system for months: „The Presse, of Vienna, Austria, has the following: ‚Venice is to be bombarded by balloons, as the lagunes prevent the approaching of artillery. Five balloons, each twenty-three feet in diameter, are in construction at Treviso. In a favorable wind the balloons will be launched and directed as near to Venice as possible, and on their being brought to vertical positions over the town, they will be fired by electro magnetism by means of a long isolated copper wire with a large galvanic battery placed on the shore. The bomb falls perpendicularly, and explodes on reaching the ground.‘“ Although balloons don‘t generally meet today‘s definition of a UAV, the concept was strong enough that once winged aircraft had been invented, the effort to fly them unmanned for military purposes was not far behind...







“095”

2007
160 x 130 cm, oil
work in progress

The push for the development of a nationwide emergency telephone number came in 1957 when the National Association of Fire Chiefs recommended a single number to be used for reporting fires. In 1967 the President‘s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended the creation of a single number that can be used nationwide for reporting emergencies. The burden then fell on the Federal Communications Commission, which then met with AT&T in November 1967 in order to come up with a solution.
In 1968, a solution was agreed upon. AT&T had chosen the number 911, which met the requirements that it be brief, easy to remember, dialed easily, and that it worked well with the phone systems in place at the time. How the number 911 itself was chosen is not well known and is subject to much speculation. However, many assert that the number 911 was chosen to be similar to the numbers 2-1-1 (long distance), 4-1-1 (information, later called „directory assistance“), and 6-1-1 (repair service), which had already been in use by AT&T since 1966. Also, it was necessary to ensure that the 9-1-1 number was not dialed accidentally, so 9-1-1 made sense because the numbers „9“ and „1“ were on opposite ends of a phone‘s rotary dial.
9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Number Day was proclaimed, by President Reagan in 1987, to occur on the 11th day of September, the ninth month, of that year. The proclamation was made to promote the North American universal emergency telephone number 9-1-1.
Until 2001, September 11 was celebrated by many United States communities as „9-1-1 emergency number day“ or simply „911 day“. The promotional effort was often led by firefighters and the police. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the reminders of 9-1-1 were dropped in favor of remembrance of the attacks.










“096”

2007
160 x 130 cm, oil
work in progress

So Where Should I Dumpster Dive?
There is an easy answer to this question and it is, Anywhere they don‘t serve food.  If they make
food there, then they throw food out.  After about 3 days in the sun, a dumpster full of shrimp fried rice starts to get pretty rank.  But to be more specific, I‘ll lay down a few hotspots.
Computer Repair Shops
Old computers are still good even though their previous owners didn‘t want them.  You can usually find cases, power supplies, processors and other good stuff behind them.  I personally have found enough parts to build several working machines.  And that was with about two months worth of dives.
Electronic Stores
DVD Cases, Speaker Wire, Telephone Cords.  An odd assortment of things come from Electronic Stores.
Car Audio Shops
Used speakers, amps, speaker boxes.
Cellular Stores
I‘ll just tell you about an experience I had behind a cellular distribution center near me. One night Myself and Pollux(A 2600SLC Attendee) decide to dive behind this distro center.  We never thought we would walk away with all that we had. After about a half an hour we had:
 1) A four inch stack of customer records including home numbers, addresses, cell numbers, and ESN‘s.
 2) About twenty five dish network smart cards.
 3) Two cases of cellphone faceplates.
 4) Disks of Customer Data.
 5) A years worth of financial data still in the federal express packaging.
 6) A list of the CEO and Upper management personal numbers including cellphone numbers.
 7) A copy of Windows 98 SE including the CD Key.
 But more importantly a new favorite place to dive.  I am happy to say this dumpster has never let us down.
Satellite Retailers
Smart Cards, Smart Cards, Smart Cards
Book Stores
 After the month is over, all magazines from the previous month have the covers torn off and are then thrown into the trash.  They‘re still good, except the cover is gone.  You‘ll also find the same for some novels.
Flower Shops
As lame as this sounds, when the flowers are even slightly wilted they can‘t be, sold so they‘re usually dumped into the trash.  If you‘re the pimp that I know you are, flowers for eight girls can get expensive.  Give your girls some of these, they‘ll never know the difference.
Industrial Areas
Piping, Sheet metal, all kinds of stuff in the largest dumpsters you‘ll ever see.  I myself like to frequent the  local industrial park where I have gotten all kinds of good stuff.  One place makes basketball equipment.  They had a dumpster literally full of basketball rims.  My friends and I played Shaq all summer, hanging from rims like crazed monkeys.  You know those vibrating chairs
 you see at The Sharper Image, I snagged three of them out of a dumpster.  They had small tears in the leather on the backside of the chair. The wall the tear faces doesn‘t seem to mind though. Full weight sets, weight benches, and even two Health Riders that had broken digital display that were easily fixed.  Industrial areas are very very nice, but be careful, sometimes they have their own private security.
Business Complexes
Office Trash, the possibilities are endless.:)
Post-It Notes
Yes I am dedicating an entire section to the thing that I love to find the most...Post-It Notes.Why do I love them so much?  It‘s because everybody uses them, and they write just about anything
on them. I have found more interesting information on Post-It Notes then on, or in, any stack of paper.  Think
about it.  Anytime someone gets a new password, or if they have to jot down an important phone number
they more than likely will write it on a post-it before transferring it to their computer, journal, or calendar.
I have found private numbers for very important people on post-its.  Building security alarm codes. And my personal favorite, payroll account login and passwords.  It amazes me the things people writeon these little brightly colored pieces of paper.  They serve their purpose for a short time and are then balled up and thrown into the trash.  How many people think to shred their Post-Its. So take it from my experience.  Cut open bags and...



“097”

2007
160 x 130 cm, oil
work in progress

The fact that it doesn‘t have a matching pair poses a bit of a problem for the Y chromosome.
All the other chromosomes come in two copies. Every time a cell divides, mistakes in genes can creep in. In paired chromosomes, that means that if there is a mistake on one chromosome, a cell can always get the correct gene sequence from the other chromosome.
Over time, mistakes have crept into the Y chromosome, too. But every time a gene on the Y chromosome went bad, it basically disappeared. Scientists theorize that the X and Y chromosome started out with about the same amount of genes -- about 1,000. Today, the Y chromosome has less than 80 genes and...






“099”

2005
160 x 160 cm, oil
private collection, Vienna

Highway hypnosis is a mental state in which the person can drive an automobile great distances, responding to external events in the expected manner, with no recollection of having consciously done so. In this state the driver‘s conscious mind is apparently fully focused elsewhere, with seemingly direct processing of the masses of information needed to drive safely. ‚Highway Hypnosis‘ is just one manifestation of a relatively commonplace experience, where the conscious and subconscious minds appear to concentrate on different things; workers performing simple and repetitive tasks and people deprived of sleep are likely to experience similar symptoms.
In some parts of the Southern United States, the phenomenon is called white-line fever, in reference to the white lines painted on asphalt.
Building on the theories of Ernest Hilgard (1986, 1992) that hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, some theorists hold that the consciousness can develop hypnotic dissociation. In the example of highway hypnosis; one stream of consciousness is driving the car while the other stream of consciousness is dealing with other matters. Amnesia can even develop for the dissociated consciousness that drove the automobile. The phenomenon is an example of what a cognitive psychologist would call automaticity...





“098”

2007
160 x 130 cm, oil
work in progress

Using conventional water sprinkler systems on operational electrical equipment can do just as much damage as a fire. Originally Halon gas, a halogenated organic compound that chemically stops combustion, was used to extinguish flames. However, the use of Halon has been banned by the Montreal Protocol because of the danger Halon poses the ozone layer. Unlike fire extinguishing agents that displace oxygen, Halon did not pose a great risk to people caught in the data center when it was discharged. More environmentally-friendly alternatives include Argonite and FM-200, and even systems based on mists of tiny particles of ultra-pure water. There are also systems available which can control the gas mixture of the air so as to lower the oxygen content below the level at which combustion can take place but still high enough to support human life (similar to very high altitudes).






“100”

2004
140 x 170cm, oil
Gallery Kroupa, Vienna

Some citizens may express concerns over aerial information depicting their properties and residences being disseminated freely. As relatively few jurisdictions actually guarantee the individual‘s right to privacy, as opposed to the state‘s right to secrecy, this is an evolving, but minor, point. Perhaps aware of these critiques, for a time, Google had Area 51 (which is highly visible and easy to find) in Nevada as a default placemark when Google Earth is first installed.
As a result of pressure from the United States government, the residence of the Vice President at Number One Observatory Circle is obscured through pixelization in Google Earth and Google Maps. The usefulness of this downgrade is questionable, as high-resolution photos and aerial surveys of the property are readily available on the Internet elsewhere. [8] Capitol Hill used to also be pixelized in this way but this was lifted.

In a working paper from Microsoft Research (How we watch the city) Danyel Fisher notes that the Microsoft map servers retain a record of all map tile requests. Fisher notes that „Tile server logs are standard IIS logs; they store an IP address, a date and times of access and a URL“. It is likely that similar logging takes place in respect of Google‘s online maps. The implication of this is that all map views are traceable back to the viewer, and that viewing online maps is not an...






“102a” “102b” “102c”

2007
each 140  x 70 cm, oil
work in progress

The siren on a passing emergency vehicle will start out higher than its stationary pitch, slide down as it passes, and continue lower than its stationary pitch as it recedes from the observer. Astronomer John Dobson explained the effect thus:

    „The reason the siren slides is because it doesn‘t hit you.“

In other words, if the siren approached the observer directly, the pitch would remain constant (as vs, r is only the radial component) until the vehicle hit him, and then immediately jump to a new lower pitch. Because the vehicle passes by the observer, the radial velocity does not remain constant, but instead varies as a function of the angle between his line of sight and the siren‘s velocity:


   
where vs is the velocity of the object (source of waves) with respect to the medium, and 0 is the angle between the object‘s forward velocity and the line of sight from the object to the observer.
Doppler first proposed the effect 1842 in the monograph Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne und einige andere Gestirne des Himmels - Versuch einer das Bradleysche Theorem als integrirenden Theil in sich schliessenden allgemeineren Theorie (On the coloured light of the binary refracted stars and other celestial bodies - Attempt of a more general theory including Bradley‘s theorem as an integral part). The hypothesis was tested for sound waves by the Dutch scientist Christoph Hendrik Diederik Buys Ballot in 1845. He confirmed that the sound‘s pitch was higher as the sound source approached him, and lower as the sound source receded from him. Hippolyte Fizeau discovered independently the same phenomenon on electromagnetic waves in 1848 (in France, the effect is sometimes called „effet Doppler-Fizeau“). It is often overlooked that in Doppler‘s publications (and also Einstein‘s in his discussion of the Doppler effect) he explicitly acknowledges that his formulae are only approximate since he made several mathematical approximations in his derivation. Doppler‘s derivation is repeated more or less verbatim in most modern textbooks but often without the warning that the formulas are only valid in some (experimentally often seen)...





“101a” “101b” “101c” “101d”

2007
each 140  x 70 cm, oil
work in progress

The photograph was taken on December 7, 1972 at about 5:39 a.m. EST (10:39 UTC), about 5 hours and 6 minutes after launch[2], and about 1 hour 48 minutes after the spacecraft left parking orbit around the Earth to begin its trajectory to the Moon. The time of Apollo 17‘s launch, 12:33 a.m. EST, meant that Africa was in daylight during the early hours of the spacecraft‘s flight. With the December solstice approaching, Antarctica was also illuminated.
The photograph‘s official name is AS17-148-22727. (The photograph AS17-148-22726, taken just before and nearly identical to 22727, is also used as a full-Earth image.) The photographer used a 70-millimeter Hasselblad camera with an 80-millimeter lens.[3] NASA officially credits the image to the entire Apollo 17 crew — Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Jack Schmitt — all of whom took photographic images during the mission with the on-board Hasselblad. After the mission evidence showed that although the photo could have been taken by any of the astronauts, Jack Schmitt probably took the famous image. Apollo 17 was the last manned lunar mission. No humans since have been at a range where taking a „whole-Earth“ photograph such as „The Blue Marble“ would be possible.



„The Blue Marble“ was the first clear image of an illuminated face of Earth. Released during a surge in environmental activism during the 1970s, the image was seen by many as a depiction of Earth‘s frailty, vulnerability, and isolation amid the expanse of space. NASA archivist Mike Gentry has speculated that „The Blue Marble“ is the most widely distributed image in human history.
Subsequent similar images of Earth (including composites at much higher resolution) have also been termed „blue marble“ images, and the phrase „blue marble“ (as well as the picture itself) is used frequently by environmental activism organizations or companies attempting to promote an environmentally conscious image. There has also been a children‘s television program called Big Blue Marble.
The picture was originally taken upside down from the usual view of North at the top, but was rotated before it was distributed.This presumed „upside down“ picture is one of the arguments for the reversed map theory. Another unknown...









“158”

2007
180  x 180  cm, oil
private collection, France

The American lawn, the product of seeds imported for agricultural purposes during colonization, developed as a garden feature in the eighteenth century. Recent research has revealed ample evidence of the lawn as common to all the North American colonies and well established by the early national period. It did not enter the theoretical literature on landscape and architecture until the mid-nineteenth century with Andrew Jackson Downing, and was codified in the 1860s by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s designs at Riverside near Chicago. The history of the lawn unrolls as if two currents, two genealogies, met and fused into a hybrid: from one side, the „vernacular,“ descended from the little colonial garden; from the other, the nineteenth-century „aristocratic“ tradition that Downing imported from English theorists. Between 1870 and 1890 the barriers between these two tendencies disappeared, leaving only an „imaginary line“ around which played the scenes of daily life and the spectacle of suburban pastoralism. Devoid of fences, hedges, and walls, Riverside’s unified lawns formed a single apparently public visual landscape, yet their invisible property lines remained inviolate. This typical American suburban landscape is neither city nor country, neither public nor private: it is both the pastoral dream of the „cabin in the clearing“ and a technological surface carved out of the wilderness. Indeed, the lawn was soon to spread over the whole continent as a vast platform for the performance of democracy. Mowing, for example, turns into an important civic duty. Like more private civilizing measures such as vacuuming and shaving, it must be performed regularly to domesticate tenacious, unwanted natural encroachments. The preservation of a two-inch-high verdant pile is at once the common ground between happy neighbours, conforming to an unwritten and unspoken social contract, and a battlefield, a competitive surface on which individual rivalries are displayed side by...

“148a” “148b”

2008
each 150 x 90cm, oil
work in progress


The pilot had selected attitude hold on the auto-pilot of his A-7E so that he could raise the radiation thermal shield that had been lowered to simulate instrument conditions. As he attempted to raise the fiberglass shield following laydown release of the mk-106 at 10,000‘, his elbow inadvertently hit the end of the 6“ long canopy release  lever and unseated the canopy.At about 300kts IAS, the wind immediately took the canopy off and the thermal shield impacted his helmet, knocking him unconscious and apparently striking the upper ejection handle. Ejected from the aircraft, he came to just prior to impacting the ground a few miles north of the target at NAS Fallon NEV. The LTjg pilot was shaken but physically unharmed by his adventure.Unfortunately, his chase safety observer was so busy attempting to spot the bomb hit for scoring purposes that he lost site of the mishap aircraft and missed the whole thing. In the meantime, the aircraft continued northbound with enough fuel on board to make it into Canada and create and international incident. The a/c was tracked by Oakland Center until it was lost in the shadow of a mountain around Provo Utah. Everyone „assumed“ it crashed on the snow-covered mountain. Local skiers and campers in the area all said they heard the aircraft at tree-top level and knew the crash site had to be near by.Well, weeks went by, then months and the squadron left on an extended combat deployment to SouthEast Asia aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. Over a year later, after they returned from Vietnam, the Aircraft was finally located. It had not crashed into the mountain after all; rather, it had managed to skirt the back side of the mountian and was not reacquired by the radar operator as it continued in attitude hold on a southeasterly course until it ran out of JP and made a relatively soft gear-up, out-of-fuel landing in a remote area in Utah. After...




“052”

2006
180 x 140 cm, oil
private collection, Amsterdam


Construction began with the laying of the cornerstone on October 13, 1792. A diary kept by the District of Columbia building commissioner records that the footings for the main residence were dug by slaves. The foundations were also built by slave labor. Much of the other work on the house was performed by immigrants, many not yet with citizenship. The sandstone walls were erected by Scottish immigrants, as were the high relief rose and garland decorations above the north entrance and the „fish scale“ pattern beneath the pediments of the window hoods. Much of the brick and plaster work was produced by Irish and Italian immigrants. The initial construction took place over a period of eight years, at a reported cost of $232,371.83 ($2.4 million in 2005 dollars). Although not yet completed, the White House was ready for occupancy on or about November 1, 1800. The building was originally referred to variously as the „President‘s Palace,“ „Presidential Mansion,“ or „President‘s House.“ Dolley Madison called it the „President‘s Castle.“ There is a common misconception that the term „The White House“ wasn‘t used until after the War of 1812, when the mansion was burned and re-painted. Only 2 Years later...




“175”

2007
160 x 120 cm, oil
M-Ars, Vienna


Siriporn Thaweesuk, who boxed her way to freedom, was released on parole from the women‘s prison in Pathum Thani province, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Bangkok, three years before the end of her seven-year sentence for selling amphetamines.
Siriporn_ or Samson Sor Siriporn as she is known in the ring — defeated Japan‘s Ayaka Miyano for the title in a prison yard boxing ring in April amid cheers from other inmates and prison guards. She had previously been told by prison authorities that they would release her early if she won the title.The victory in April was her first after having lost the WBC Straw-weight title to Japan‘s Nanako Kikuchi last year. A first-time offender, Siriporn grew up in a poor family in the Thai capital of Bangkok, where her family had to sell clothing by the roadside to