We need to talk about these traffic lights in Vienna. At 47 different pedestrian crossings around the city, red and green crosswalk lights are flashing images of stick-figure couples, some same-sex and some different-sex. (Meaning, of course, that some couples have both figures wearing dresses/capes and some do not.) It’s a hat tip to the Life Ball, upcoming HIV/AIDS fundraisers, Eurovision and a general movement toward acceptance.

Reactions have obviously been mixed:

The Freedom Party has announced it is lodging a criminal complaint against Vienna Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou, who is in charge of traffic issues in the city.

Party officials say the lights contravene traffic regulations and are a waste of taxpayers’ money at a cost of 63,000 euros ($70,000).

The city in turn says that the lights conform to laws — and are meant not only to show tolerance. Municipal officials say they also hope the signals will draw more attention from pedestrians and reduce jay-walking.

Vienna!! I am happily baffled. (via the Huffington Post)

Günter Brus, 1965. Strolling through the centre of Vienna in Austria the day after his first public action, ‘Self-Painting/Self-Mutilation’ in 1965. Painted entirely in white with a black strip over his face and body, Brus was almost immediately arrested by the police for being potentially disturbing to the public (as noted by Tracey Warr and Amelia Jones in The Artist’s Body)

My graduation present

I’m graduating with honors from NYU next week. Yay me! I have been offered a very generous graduation gift from my mother.

To take me on a trip anywhere I want, sky’s the limit.

I am overwhelmed trying to squeeze the most out of this opportunity. I want to simultaneously visit the Asylum at St. Remy where Van Gogh stayed, relax on a quiet and isolated beach with turquoise waters, meet elephants in Thailand, see the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel, take the Ghan through Australia, visit the Freud Museum in Vienna, tour Chernobyl, walk the Great Wall of China, stay in a luxury hotel and have a private pool, do volunteer work in Nepal, go on a safari…

anonymous asked:

did u go to eurovision????????????????????????

eurovision came 2 me 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌝

(i live in Vienna and walked past Conchita when she was at the town hall if that’s what the question’s about hehe)

(CNN)Pedestrians waiting to cross the road in the Austrian capital of Vienna will now be greeted by an unusual sight.

Ahead of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, nearly 50 “walk” lights have been adapted with new symbols showing couples – some of them same-sex.

Instead of a single figure walking or not walking, the lights will show two women, two men or a heterosexual couple hand in hand, with little hearts lighting up between them.

City officials say they hope the new signals will improve road safety as well as highlighting Vienna’s commitment to equality, diversity and tolerance. In the coming days, more lights will be adapted, with 120 pedestrian crossings due to feature the new symbols in total.

The move comes as Vienna gears up for a huge influx of performers, visitors and media for the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the city from May 18 to 23.

The competition, known for its kitsch songs and outlandish performances, was last year won by Austria’s bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst – earning the nation the privilege, and huge expense, of hosting the contest in 2015.

The contest, which has been held since 1956, will pit performers from 40 countries against each other.

Most are from Europe but, for the first time, Australia also will have a wild-card entry in what is perhaps the biggest, brashest, most talentless singing contest in the world.

According to the city of Vienna, 195 million viewers from across Europe, China and Australia watched the two semifinals or the grand final last year.

(Source CNN)

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