The russian war in the Caucasus against the people of Chechnia is ignored or accepted by the world. Maybe this war is not so attractive as the Balkan-War last year? Why no protest?

A people is attacked and confronted with brutality and cruelty and the neighbouring Caucaus-Republics get no help for the growing number of refugees.

Yeltsin and Putin kill a people to keep their power. The russian people elected Putin, former KGB-chief and actually executor of the Chechens, after an election-campaign of unknown cynicism.

Freedom, Democracy and Freedom of Speech are in Danger. The russian media appear uniformly and censored, we appear ignorant.

I think our humanity must be measured by our attitude towards cruelty like this. We must say NO.

The russian PEN-Club published an open letter to Yeltsin in December 99 to protest against the war and to warn against the danger of democracy.

There is a also a russian version.

Please don't stay silent.

New in January 2000

gone with the vodka...
lie and steal... 
Mahir - man of the year

We did it ... nothing changed

Avantart-Man of the Year 99?

Jürg Solothurnmann, a portrait

Is there any Avant-Garde left?

The PlusMinus-Calender 99

New WebCards

A new CD by Longarms: Ananda Bazar

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December 1999
Content of 1999
Content of 1998
Content of 1997
Content of 1996

Search through the years!

Dear Friends of Avantart!

Now it happened: nothing happened .... new year like every year..

There was so much noise about it and then: nothing new ... same procedure as every year: new year's eve, midnight, the clock continues ... december becomes january, 1999 becomes 2000....

and that was the only time that I noted this number here! I think the biggest change for us will be that we wrote 19 for 47, 12 or 90 years, and now we must write 20....

No real problems at all. The real problem is that people get infected by hype, that they get manipulated by marketing and then: nothing....

what kind of feeling now? Flat? Stale? No apocalypse and the elevators keep on going?

Let us follow this intention: not to ignore the hype and the events (that will be impossible), but to oppose it with something better, with art!

Let's start the year!

Avantart is run by a woman, but this edition is accompanied by three men: Boris Yeltsin, Helmut Kohl and Mahir Cagri.

How that?

Well I thought it is quite ok that the big one from Kremlin gives back the vodka glass and retires. That's for sure not a signal for better times, as the russian people always had bad governments, but at least: one less corrupt politician!
To steal as much as possible and no matter if you have to kill Chechenian civilians. No. I am glad that he left.
Yeltsin is not the man of the year 99, he is fully Y2K incompatible

Now it became obvious and undeniable, that the fat one from Oggersheim is one of the big snatchers who lied whenever he thought it useful. His moralistic tirades faded away and now everybody admits: he lies and he betrays the country which chancellor he was (for too long time) ... Nein, Helmut Kohl is not man of the year 99, he is Y2K incompatible.

Mahir Cagri is a man of the year, just because he is sympathetic and it is really amazing how a plain, simple man becomes a cyber-super-star suddenly. Nobody knows who and how it started, but he is the real Web-Star.

Let it be a fake, whatever. For me it is a hint that there could be sympathetic hype as well: everybody is smiling, no damage to anybody and nobody's nerves are ruined.

Mahir, a man of the year 99, fully Y2K compatible

Jürg Solothurnmann

For a long time now I planned to introduce the swiss musician Jürg Solothurnmann at Avantart. Now I did it: you find a portrait, information on different ensembles and cooperation, press photos...

welcome at Avantart, Jürg Solothurnmann!

Associated Press tried to define Avant-Garde by listing important cultural stations of the Art in the 20th century. They name Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, and Andy Warhol für for the aera of 1913 to 1964.

What happened after 1964? Where is the Avant-Garde today? Derriére-Garde or Arier-Garde?

Do you have any idea about it?

The Plus-Minus-Calendar 99 grew every day of the month of December 99, and every day you could learn about my preferences and about my dislikes.

Like all calendars of that kind it is not actual any more and I deactivated it. Next winter may be...

As Nick says: One New Year is better than three Old Years!

Winter in Heiligendamm

I have three new postcard-themes online now:

Photos from Armenia, the winterproof Baltic Sea and some snapshots from one of the oldest narrow-gauge trains in Germany, the Molli. I hope you like them.


Ananda Bazar

After some delivery-problems, now the often announced CD ANANADA BAZAR with traditional indian music is out. More information on this CD at the Longarms-Site, and you can listen to one piece from this CD as well. First Piece

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