There is such a fine autumn light outside, autumn colours, autumn sky; I see people walk around in short-sleeved shirts, but when I go out of the house I start to shiver from the cold. I feel the need to drink water like the proverbial cow – Muuuh! – and could sleepsleepsleep …
It causes a feeling of verberation – at least for me – when all of a sudden I do not find things anymore. On Monday evening I went into a butcher’s shop and bought a small piece of meat. I chatted a bit with the lady behind the counter, paid and left. I only realised that the package was not there when I wanted to put its contents in the pan. I searched the kitchen, the car and finally (shortly after closing time) I drove over to the shop, maybe I could catch someone, too late of course. It’s not the fact that I forgot something, but the “natural” assumption that I’d have mislaid it, put it in the car’s glovebox for example, that irritates me: Do I think of myself already as age-related odd? Do I trust myself not any longer?
If you work in an office this swiss conference may be of interest. The notification is a bit late I know, but why not go to Bern (Ger., Eng.)? And while you are around, stay a bit longer and come to Berlin in November, attend a conference about the Staatliche Filmdokumentation (SFD) (Ger. only) of the DDR Filmarchiv (Ger.), today part of the DEFA-Stiftung (Ger., Eng.). From 1970 to 1986 they produced circa 300 secret films about living in the DDR (Ger., Eng.) for the purpose of self-documentation; Thomas HEISE worked there (Ger., Eng.). So they were not restricted, and these films may represent the only real non-ideological and documenting view on life in the DDR. I did not even know that they existed before I read about this conference.
I will cook some rice, with vegetables now. In garlic, ginger and curry we trust.