Harald Deis

Duesseldorf, Germany

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Harald Deis
Posted over 2 years ago
Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil
Dear Mr Burgess, just out of curiosity, the Alberta Department of Education doesn't happen to have any (financial) ties to companies like Syncrude? Being a senior manager for special projects within the budget and fiscal analysis branch of the department - if i am not mistaken - you might have some better understanding of possible connections. From what I understand, the Alberta Department of Education is also one of the original assignees of a number of patents concerning the process for recovering hydrocarbons and heavy minerals from a tar sand and a few others. I am not implying anything (as a non canadian this whole topic is way too new to me to do that actually). I am just trying to understand.
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Harald Deis
Posted over 2 years ago
Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global
It took me a few days to realize who Sheikha Al Mayassa actually is. These days are tough for sovereigns in the region. So it might be a good thing for a ruler (or his relatives) to point out how much they have done for their people! Right now, to me this is what this speech seems to do. I don't want to diminish that at all, I would just like to tell how this altered my perspective. I don't know too much about Qatar (besides that I can pinpoint it on a map) but ist sounds like she would like to disassociate the country from the general perception of countries and rulers in this part of the world. If she is right, she is right - if not, she is not! Nobody gives a crap how I see it anyway. Only the people of Qatar can tell her if this is what they want
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Harald Deis
Posted over 2 years ago
Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global
Art as a messenger for cultures isn't a bad concept, but it's not exactly new either. The tricky part is, that it sells as a complete package. The clients have to like the culture to appreciate the art. So bottom-line, if you want to sell art, you have to work on the culture it was created in. Otherwise one will end up with tons of masterpieces and ideas that don't sell too well and the art will never get past the point of being some kind of odd object of virtu.