18|02|27: „Bring me Edelweiß“

Mein Beitrag im Magazin des 5. Wiener Balls der Wissenschaften. Hier entlang zur kompletten Ausgabe als pdf.

Widerborstiges Symbol

Das Edelweiß lockt als Logo, entzieht sich aber den simplen Vereinnahmungen.

Lange blühte das Edelweiß im Verborgenen der heimischen Bergwelt. Das Wissen um seine Qualität als Heilkraut blieb den BewohnerInnen der alpinen Täler vorbehalten. Erst mit der Entdeckung der kommerziellen Verwertbarkeit der alpinen Landschaft in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts durch den Tourismus wurde auch die pittoreske Pflanze als Symbol identifiziert. Es ist hübsch anzusehen und auch ohne Farbdruck gut, weil monochrom darstellbar. Weiterlesen

18|02|15: Minerva Mary Beard

I love the classicist Mary Beard. And I advise everyone else to do so too. While studying history at The Open University a fellow inmate of A219 summoned all her courage and contacted Beard over Facebook to tell her that we had spent weeks with her writings, loathing and loving them, and were now revising for our TMA 04. The night before the deadline Beard contacted our learning group to wish us luck. Minerva herself had spoken and blessed us. The Guardian rightly dedicated a long read to her. One telling excerpt: „The (EU) referendum then, should not be treated as the final word, she said, but as a straw vote. ‚Sure, say we want to leave, but you can only in the end say we are going to leave when we know what it means. Otherwise,‘ she said, ‚it’s just wanking in the dark.‘ Thinking I had misheard, I asked her to repeat. ‚Wanking in the dark,‘ repeated Beard, at volume.“ 

17|11|27: The Art of Flying

The flight of a starling flock at dusk, know as a murmuration, is one of nature’s most beguiling sights. Blurring the line between the individual and the group, murmurations involve synchronised swooping patterns to ward off predators and exchange information in a manner that’s still something of a mystery to scientists. This two-minute excerpt from the Dutch filmmaker Jan van Ijken’s short documentary The Art of Flying follows a spectacular aerial performance from a massive, shape-shifting starling flock over an open field in the Netherlands.

Source: Aeon, Nov 24, 2017

17|11|24: „Wo Ferien noch Ferien sind“

 „Wo Ferien noch Ferien sind“ – „Where vacation is still vacation“ was possibly the most popular slogan my father Günter P.F. Lehmann devised, supported by the daringly psychodelically designed claim „I like Niederösterreich“. The province of Lower Austria was one of the more important customers of his advertising agency „Wilkens & Lehmann“, which he had founded in Vienna in the early 1960s with partners from Hamburg (Wilkens) and for some time from London (Pemberton). „Wilkens & Lehmann“ was sold shortly after the death of my father in March 1979 and then dissolved. Eventually I will spend more time on my father’s company which appears to represent Vienna’s 60s and 70s version of „Mad Men“. The samples found by chance in the picture archive of the Austrian National Library seem to corroborate this assumption.

17|11|16: WINFRA-Preis 2017

Wien (OTS) – Die Wiener Stadtwerke haben Mittwoch Abend (15.10.2017) zum bereits achten Mal den WINFRA für herausragende Beiträge des Wiener Infrastruktur-Journalismus vergeben. Die für die Wiener Stadtwerke und Umwelt zuständige Stadträtin Ulli Sima, Wiener Stadtwerke Generaldirektor Martin Krajcsir und WINFRA-Jury Vorsitzender Oliver Lehmann überreichten die Preise bei der WINFRA-Gala im Infocenter U2/U5 der Wiener Linien.

© Wiener Stadtwerke/APA-Fotoservice-Martin Hörmandinger


17|11|11: Operation Tubetop

The Canadian-born, Vienna- and Moscow-raised Tova Marr runs – among a myriad of other things like an incredibly busy social life – the very entertaining podcast „Operation Tubetop“. In 2016, Tova was the social media correspondent of the Vienna Ball of Sciences. To mark the begin of the carneval season she invited me to talk about what it was like to grow up in Vienna in the 1970s (dull), how to organize a ball in the 2010s (fun) and which historical period in Vienna I would like to have encountered (you will never guess). For all this and more check out Tova’s podcast page.