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The Adventure Equation - #02

This newsletter is the result of common and connected interests, overlapping perspectives, and our lo

The Adventure Equation

June 14 · Issue #2 · View online
Notions from around the planet by Max Krüger and Simon Höher.

This newsletter is the result of common and connected interests, overlapping perspectives, and our love for music. We will send you interesting findings, reads, ideas, and sounds that we can’t keep to ourselves - and sometimes things we work on, if we deem them interesting enough.

What's new?
Assalam o allaikum, brothers and sisters, and Ramadan Kareem. First off, we were very happy about your feedback and kind words. Thank you so much and keep it coming :)
The past weeks held some news - and some rather big changes: Simon’s undertaking of putting together a conference on the processes of innovation came together in the far West of Germany - Dortmund, that is - and turned out to be quite fun! It held some glitchy noise as well as some new perspectives on how we work and fail and learn. There will be a little wrap up video available soon, but you can read about it and what else he was up to over the past weeks over here already.
Also, Max’s time in Pakistan has come to an end which is exciting and sad and weird, all at the same time. His work at Makeistan is there to stay, though. The team is small but strong, the community too, and over the last few months they have received a lot of outside interest. All their events were almost always packed and several partnerships and joint trainings with various organisations in the country are currently happening or being lined up. (Professional) highlights of those past 9 months were definitely organising IDDS Lahore and the work with BNU and our good friend Shehzil.
We managed to meet for a quick high five in Berlin before Simon went on to Frankfurt to see some old friends - and Max headed off to Brazil, where he’ll be putting together IDDS Amazon besides other exciting stuff.
Malag Dancing
Are you fasting? Im not, but Im trying to develop a habit of some physical and mental exercises. The last few weeks were hectic and an emotional roller coaster. Apart from all professional accomplishments my time and role at Makeistan allowed me to achieve, I am most touched and humbled and happy about the friends I was able to make. I was certainly off to a slow start in Lahore, but am leaving with a whole bunch of truly good friends, that I am sad to leave and grateful to now have in my life.
During my time in Lahore I often went to a shrine of a man called Baba Shah Jamal. Every Thursday a famous Dhol player beats the drum for a handful of devotees of the shrine, fakhirs and derwishes that dance themselves into trance as well as lots of bystanders that are mostly there to smoke lots of pot at a ritual that has been happening at the shrine for several hundred years. I still remember the first time I went and how I felt like I was on a different planet, maybe the one that Sun Ra talks about in Space is the Place, and how blown away I was by the experience. It felt so ancient, so important, so unfamiliar and mysterious. It has lost some of its mystery for me but kept its fascination. None of this does it justice but I took some pictures and recorded a bit of the sounds I heard.
As Im writing this I am already in Belem, Brazil, to be with my partner and help organise IDDS Amazon. This evening I will go and help out a bio-construction workshop in peri-urban community just outside the city. Will be there without internet until Sunday. Expect pictures and some notes soon.
Im so happy I am here, and I probably miss you. 
- Max
Spring Song
A few weeks ago I went to see a concert at the Jewish Cultural Center in Dortmund (an intriguing place!). The concert was by Vadim Neselovskyi, an Ukranian-born jazz pianist who - after little stopover in Germany - moved on to live, play, and teach in Boston and New York with the likes of Fred Hersch and Gary Burton.
I had the stupendous luck to be a (wayward) student of Vadim for almost 10 years when I was a kid - and even though we haven’t really stayed in touch too much (apart from a half-random encounter in New York about three years ago) everything about his music, his sound, his take on playing the piano felt so familiar - it just brought me to marvel at those bonds music manages to form between us, regardless of time and distance and everything else. He even played one of my favorites from back in the day and I immediately had to call up an old friend (also from back in the day) afterwards to reminisce over shared jams, songs, and rehearsals. And I did some digging and found an old set I recorded quite a while back - it features some calm jazz, drone, glitches, and a lot of warm memories.
I like to look back on how I shared sounds with friends along the way - be it back home or elsewhere. It’s a wonderful way to connect and keep up close with people throughout time.
- Simon
In other news
Max saw some rather grue- and awesome photography at the House of Photography at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, where the works of Silverthorne, Schles and Zownir are on exhibition right now. Lots of grainy bw analog pictures showing sex and death. Speaking of photography, these colour images by Robert Capa are kinda the opposite of the Hamburg exhibition and equally beautiful in a very very different way. Simon Denny and Linda Kantchev are showing off an installation in Berlin, that tackles the blockchain and tech-futurism. And on the note of tech and data, Miles Davis would have turned 90 a few weeks ago, and here’s a brilliant data-based visualization that shows his impact on, well, everything

Thank you so much for joining us! We’re happy to have you with us and always appreciate any feedback and ideas! Also, if you like it here, feel free to spread the word! We hope to see you soon in person.
Max & Simon
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