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1001 PAINTINGS 27 TO 33

“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 M-Ars, 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...






“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)...








“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...







“032”

2004
130 x 220  cm, oil
Gallery M-Ars, 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







“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)...