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Article in the TAZ newspaper and a counterstatement

The project room Pappel44 was visited by a young writer, trying to get a hold in that dying collossos called the publishing business by doing an internship. Due to the loss of a notebook and pressure from the editor the final article unfortunately contained a few factual mistakes like misquoting, the misspelling of names and the rather absurd creation of a "individual collective of expansionary anarchists". Since this text can now not only be found in the archives of the TAZ (following this link), but has also been discovered in different realms of the internet, (following this link), it seems like a counterstatement is needed, to portray this scene from a different perspective. The text that was penned on the night of the reporters visit can now be downloaded below:

 

Videos of Dan K. Sigurd across the web and on TV

Dan K. Sigurd can be seen in this documentary about the Recycled Creativity Festival 2017:

The story Ugly Utopia can be found by searching the eBook of Thoughts Without Conclusions  for "The wise, wrinkled medicine man". It has now been adapted for the screen:

Teaser number 2:

Dan K. Sigurd's story Beautiful Dystopia has been turned into a short film. Find out more under this link 

This is a Trailer for Seven Percent - A Beautiful Dystopia:

The film had its premiere at the up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover, where the crew was interviewed on the red carpet.

...and on stage, right after the screening:

Dan K. Sigurd also appears in the short film "Out of Order":

He was featured in the Show Panoptikum on Alex Berlin TV:

Dan can be seen in this music video by Messtizaje Band:

And Dan's desk with typewriter and signs could be seen in this newscast on RBB:

Dan K. Sigurd wrote a poem for someone in Mauerpark who made this video, featuring his words:

He can be seen in the video of this Youtuber, at minute 5:06:

And in this one, at minute 2:43:

And he is featured in the web-series "Easy German", at minutes 3:15 and 4:57, another one of his poems is read at minute 1:44:

Dan K. Sigurd can also be seen in this episode of the Canadian documentary series "Rires Du Monde" (at minute 14:20), where he wrote a poem for the host.

Pictures from Mauerpark

The photographer Peter Kagerer shot a picture of Dan K. Sigurd in Mauerpark that was exhibited in the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, as well as on his blog Hauptstadtmenschen

The exhibition was well recieved by the press. An article by Der Tagesspiegel picked up on Mr. Sigurds excentric day job:

"'An Berlin reizt mich das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen den Menschen und wie sie in die Räume gesetzt sind.' Dem lässt sich in der aus 2000 Fotos ausgewählten Schau in beklemmenden Stillleben vom Straßenstrich Kurfürstenstraße, in warmherzigen Kreuzberger Kneipenszenen oder in lakonischen Aufnahmen kurioser Dienstleistungen („Ich höre zu“, „Gib mir drei Wörter und drei Euro, ich gebe dir ein Gedicht“) im Mauerpark nachspüren."

Another exhibition in the Mauersegler displayed pictures of Dan K. Sigurd on the anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin wall and the founding of Mauerpark:

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Pictures of my typewriter and me by @peterkagerer in the exhibition "25 Jahre @mauerpark" (Facebook delenda est) #exhibition #photography #mauerpark #mauersegler #danksigurd #streetpoet #piano #dancing #vernissage #party #savemauerpark

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A picture of Dan at his Typewriter also ended up on Notes of Berlin

Without his knowledge Dan K. Sigurd's image was used for a picture hanging in all the rooms of the Schulz Hotel at Berlin Ostbahnhof. What's even stranger - he never wrote beside the East Side Gallery...



One of his poems can be found on this Korean website:

And Dan wrote a poem that was published on this French website for poetry:

Someone posted a picture of him on their website entry about Berlin:

"If you are lucky, you will encounter Dan too. He’s got great vibes and you can find him sitting next to his typewriter! He’ll type you a poem if you give him just 3 WORDS. I paid the 3euros and walked around for 10 minutes while he put thought to paper. I was really pleased when I came back and saw my poem, brought me a genuinely warm feeling"

A fellow writer used an image of Dan in the park to accompanie this story:

Dan is also mentioned here:

And one of his poems can be found on the tumblr of this blogger:

Pictures and videos from Dan in Mauerpark are also on Twitter:

And he ended up on the Instagram accounts of these photographers

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Enjoying Sunday with writing poems #berlin #mauerpark #poem #sunny #photography

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Kaveh Moradi (@kavehmoradi) am

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??? ???? ??? ??? ??? ???, ?? ?? ????? #????? #?#???#mauerpark#realistic#poetic#purpose

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Seoul Oddity (@aoicai34) am

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Poetry in the Mauerpark #canon #canona1 #kodak #trix400 #analog #photography #blackandwhite #berlin #mauerpark #poetry #artist #typewriter #vintage #hippie #oldschool #retro #berlingram #berlinpage #instagramberlin #analogphotography #filmstagraeme #filmisnotdead #ishootfilm

Ein Beitrag geteilt von ferdinand klotzky (@ferdinandklotzky) am

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Poète du Dimanche?? . . . . . #mauerpark #mauermarkt #pucesdeberlin #berlin #vintageberlin #poete #sundaypoet #poeme #poesie #berlinpoet #sundaychill #sunday #sundayinberlin #sonntag #holidays #vacation #vacances #instadaily #follow #follow4followback #followforfollowback #like4likes #likeforlikes #likeforfollow

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Chacha ?? (@charlottemelodyjune) am

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The Poet Berlin Mauerpark #Berlin #berlin #mauerpark #mauerparkberlin #120mm #rolleiflex #istillshootfilm #igersberlin #analogforyou #analog #filmisnotdead #film

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Sebastian Freitag (@herrfreitag) am

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Poem out of three words ?? #poem#love#happiness#freedom#mauerpark#three#little#words#berlin#summer

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Katia (@katia_bischoff_) am

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Just some cool guy hanging in the park with his typewriter. #berlin #mauerpark #prenzlauerberg #polaroid600 #polaroid #instantfilm #impossiblefilm #impossibleproject #believeinfilm #ishootfilm #instantphotography

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Shannon (@mcshan2) am

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#getapoem for #three #euro in #mauerpark #mauerparkflohmarkt #individual #poem #typewriter #urban #streetphotography #streetart #streetshot #streetlife #streetstyle #urbanart #urbanphotography #street_photography #street #art #artwork #berlinart — #tom #bird #photography #berlin - #tombird #germany

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Tom Bird (@tombirdberlin) am

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When you're in the city of Berlin it's not a sin to try some local food If you're in the mood to explore their meats or their vegetables just dig in You can begin your next diet when you're back home Trust me, you won't regret living a little... . . . . . #berlin #citytrip #berlincity #berlinstagram #foodies #foodiesontour #mauerpark #mauerparkberlin #mauerparkflohmarkt #prenzlauerberg

Ein Beitrag geteilt von myrianermes (@myrianermes) am

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#mobilnytydzien92 #igersberlin #mauerpark #sunday#berlin #poet #streetphotography #bnw_magazine #fa_bnw #blackandwhite #click_n_share #roadwarrior_dispatch #bnw_captures #summertime #summer #from_your_perspective #igersverybest #bnw #typemachine #igerstravel #streetlife#igersgermany#loves_europe#ig_affair_weekly#nocrop#mauerparkberlin#unsquares#mobilephonography#berlinstyle#fromstreetswithlove_18

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he probably reads the user manual. #streetphotography in #berlin #mauerpark #typewriter

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Adi Asher (@asheradi) am

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My three words were ‘love’, ‘books’ and ‘fabulous’ #poet #poetry #artist #poetsofinstagram #mauerpark #berlin

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Michelle Ewen (@writer_gurl) am

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Two years! It's two years since I started writing in the street. Then was London, unable to mask embarrassment. Two years later, working in this beautiful park in Berlin, where everyone is beautiful and everything full of love. Yes! I wouldn't have managed any of what's happened, publishing books, wandering without answers, moving into a van, without receiving the most incredible amount of encouragement and support. It's blown me away. Y'all have made this boy feel very loved ??. Thank you for every single one of your likes, comments, emails, and buying of books. All fuel me. My mission is to help others shine, by spreading the right kinds of stories. Not the stories we hear most often. I'm focussing on making two new books this autumn. Every week I have little idea what's happening but I trust it. Thanks again to you.???

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Luke Winter (@petitprance) am

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Writing stories in Mauerpark today. Prolly alongside this fine feline again. It's my final Sunday in Burrrrlin. YAOWR. ?? (but it's sunny!) #streetwriters

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Bumped into a fellow Street Writer in Berlin called Dan. K. Sigurd. He wrote me this poem about strangers, angels and fish. Check his work here: http://dan-k-sigurd.com/ and for info about Street Writers: http://streetwriters.org/ Full story: In Berlin, behind my typewriter sat on a curb and energy is exploding around me. A breakbeat is being made down a mic to my right, dizzying the tempo up to make people stop and sling their limbs into fast rhythms around us. Funk guitar mixes in. A new MC swings unrehearsed verse into this blessed mess of a sunday afternoon under the trees in Mauerpark. It was not like this when I began. Time swung to the lilts of birds, people passed beers to each other without care under summer sun. Now the pace is up and the grins are out all over the grass. My involvement is shouting its own stanza as typewriter keys slap and the carriage bell pings, and i sling the whole carriage back over and click up to the next line writing another story for another stranger with a WHOOOMPH. I'm writing for a man from Bolivia on subject "Blasphemy: A religious whore" when my friend returns from a wander and puts this poem beside me that had to have been written on a typewriter by someone else in this park. They point over the grass to the patch of music under the other trees. After I finish the story and am promised I will receive photographs of it on a special story wall in Bolivia, I walk over to find Dan leaning back on his chair, under a tree, behind an old Olympia typewriter, wearing a fedora over long dark hair, between which his green eyes move fast and gently. He's has been a Street Writer for five years now. He works in the park on sundays during the summer. Does other things too. Is making a reading from his new book in an abandoned swimming pool soon. I thank him for the his poem and tell him I make stories and offer to write him one. He gives me the subject 'co-incidence' ... tbc #streetwriters

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@Dan_K._Sigurd #dansigurd #thoughtswithoutconclusions #mauerpark #berlin #bln #berlinerluft #visitberlin #berlintravel #urban #citymood #justgoshoot #blackwhite #blackandwhiteonly #berlinart #berlinlyrics #poem #poems #typewriter #typewriters #photography #artislife #photographer

Ein Beitrag geteilt von therealvinceogram (@therealvinceogram) am

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Mitten im Sonntags-Mauerpark-Trubel sitzt Dan und schreibt Gedichte. Ich hab jetzt auch eins. Was waren wohl meine 3 Wörter? #berlin #mauerpark #sunnysunday #poetry

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Anke Reichenberg (@annireich) am

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... and 3 euros and I'll give you a poem Se davi a questo ragazzo (che secondo me assomiglia a Jonny Depp) 3 euro e tre parole lui ti batteva a macchina una poesia. Amo gli artisti e tutte quelle persone che usano la fantasia per guadagnarsi la vita. La grande bellezza #artist #mauerpark #summer2018 #lovethis #trip #jonnydepp

Ein Beitrag geteilt von ?? Milan, Italy (@claudia_faucitano) am

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Goodbye Berlin ?? . . . . #Berlin #mauerpark #poem #germany #capital #happydays #travel #touristinmyowncountry

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Sophia (@sophia.moonage) am

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Mauerpark tilbyr det du ikke visste du behøvde #poetry #berlinstagram #mauerpark

Ein Beitrag geteilt von annikarichardsen (@annikarichardsen) am

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#poems #berlin #mauerpark

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Roman Cosciug (@romanspov) am

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You'll see everything in Mauerpark #typewriter #poems #3words #3euro #mauerpark #prenzlberg #berlin

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Camilla Vestergaard (@camves88) am

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El mundo nos enseña y caminando es como se hace el camino, no hay otra forma. El otro día en Berlín, saliendo de un mercado de pulgas dominguero bastante famosillo, nos encontramos con este ser. Sentado en el suelo, tan cómodo como si estuviese en el sofá de su casa, con una máquina de escribir y unos lentes que escondían unos ojos tímidos pero llenos de vida y curiosidad. Y como bien es sabido que la curiosidad y el gato se atraen, nos detuvimos para leer. "Dame tres palabras y 3 euros y te hago un poema". Mmmm interesante. Enserio? Y así fue como conocimos a Dan, el poeta. Estudiante de cine y hombre de palabras sublimes de corazón. Se sienta todos los domingos a las afueras de mauerpark a hacer poemas a aquellos curiosos que se lo piden. Los 3 (mi amiga @la.inventada, Dan y yo) tuvimos una conexión almica instantánea, de corazón a corazón, que a no ser por el tiempo y el destino, seguramente nos hubiésemos hecho grandes amigos, de esos con los que te quedas hablando hasta el amanecer. En ese momento Dan estaba a unos días de presentar un corto en un festival de cine al que nos invitó. Estábamos tan sumergidas en el momento que casi se nos olvida pagarle los tres euros. Acá les comparto mi poema con mis tres palabras: muerte, tierra, cabello. ????English in the comments. #danthepoet #mauerpark #berlin #conexion #interestingpeople #traveldiary #elbluesdesu #poet #modernpoetry

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Susi Santos (@elbluesdesu_) am

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Freizeitpoet #prenzlauerberg #berlin #mauerpark

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Martin Heckmann (@nakedlunch68) am

#peopleofmauerpark #bnw #bw #Berlin

Ein Beitrag geteilt von people of mauerpark (@people.of.mauerpark) am

pretty cool person #danksigurd #mauerparkflohmarkt

Ein Beitrag geteilt von kinda mad (@explodierendegedanken) am

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I've been typing in the shadow of cranes for more then a year now. Mauerpark keeps changing; So called "Anwohner", the police and a "Bezirksstadtradt" sent by the AfD keep cracking down on street musicians, but I will endure. (Furthermore I believe that Instagram should be destroyed) #Mauerpark #typewriter #streetwriting #berlinconstruction #crane #danksigurd #fckafd #anwohner #melacholy #poetry #busking

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Dan K. Sigurd at the movies

Dan K. Sigurd's experimental short Loop&Port was screened at the Lichtblick Kino in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

His documentary about the Recycled Creativity Festival premiered at the Kulturlabor Trial & Error

And his short film "God in the Park" had its premiere at the Open Air Cinema on Tempelhofer Feld

An image from the film "Even Dogs Know Where They Belong" starring Dan K. Sigurd in the main role:

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"Even dogs know where they belong" Directed by Juri Händelsson with #danksigurd #arthouse #filmmaker #berlin #filmcollective #videoart #dukafilm #dukaproduction #lightandshaddow #architecture #filmmakerslife #berlinart #filmset #filmproduction #lifeonset #artfilm

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A Screenshot from the pilot episode of "Ugly Utopia", directed by Dan K. Sigurd:

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Shooting of UGLY UTOPIA by Dan K. Sigurd. #shortmovie #film #actor #latin #berlin #movie #makeup #action #fiction #thriller

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From the premiere of "Seven Percent - A Beautiful Dystopia" at the up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover:

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Les presento al joven director @danksigurd él anda siempre con ese cuadernito tomando notas de la vida misma que le sirven de inspiración para sus proyectos. En la foto nos encontramos en la entrada del festival de cine #UpAndComingFilmFestival @upandcomingfilmfestival #Hannover #Alemania justo antes de disfrutar de su película #SevenPercentABeautifulDystopia donde tuve el placer de hacer un personaje. Y como ven ando echando un ojo en su cuadernito pa’ ver si tengo chance que me invite pa’ su próxima película. #EscribemeUnPersonajeDan ?? #PorFavor ??#LaBermejoEnAccion ?? #LaBermejoActriz ?? #Schauspielerin ?? #PerformanciaEnAlemania ?? #NosVemosEnLaCumbreDelExito ?? #GraciasADiosSiempre ???? #FelizSabadoParaUstedes ?? [Desliza pa‘ que veas quienes tomaron la foto ??]

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And a few impressions from the making-of:

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Lo que se viene! Jajaja #AyPapa #AyMama #LaBermejoEnAccion #ShortFilm #BehindTheScenes #PerformanciaEnBerlin #PerformanciaEnAlemania #AmoLaActuacion #MiPrimerAudiovisualEnBerlin ??????

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Wendy Bermejo (@wendy_bermejo) am

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Y de ésta forma me doy cuenta que poner #BocaDePato no se me da! #NoEsLoMio sin embargo, no me pueden negar que la fotografía de #DanKSigurd está genial y forma parte de #MiPrimerAudiovisualEnBerlin ??#LaBermejoEnAccion ?? #IAmSexyAndIKnowIt ??????? #HoyEsViernesYElCuerpoLoSabe ???? #FelizViernesParaTodos ??

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Pensé que hoy era viernes! Jajaja #LaBermejoEnAccion #MiPrimerAudiovisualEnBerlin #FelizMartesParaTodos #WendyBermejo ??

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Dan K. Sigurd acted in the short "Seven Levels Deep" which was screened at the Single Take Film Challenge as well as at a festival in London:

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Acting in the surrealist one-shot film "Seven Levels Deep" by Pina Brutal. (Furthermore I believe that we should all delete our Instagram accounts) #oneshotfilm #mickeymouse #costumes #hospitalbed #cross #trash #mystic #underground #danksigurd #Independentfilm #arthouse #fantasy #phantasy #movieset #actor #trippy #psychedelic #facepaint #surreal #subconscious

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And Dan K. Sigurd made a couple of 360 degree films which can be seen on the Youtube channel of the MIZ Babelsberg:

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Screenshots from the 360 degree videos we made for the @miz_babelsberg. (Furthermore I believe that Instagram should be destroyed) #360 #vr #danksigurd #filmmaking #Independentfilm #innovation #future #filmarche #360degreecamera #vrglasses #avantgarde #experimental #surreal #makingof #warped #panoramic #spherical #immersive #hospitalbed #trash #mystic #underground #arthouse #fantasy #phantasy #movieset #actor #trippy #psychedelic

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Shooting 360 degree videos at the @miz_babelsberg. (Furthermore I believe that Instagram should be destroyed) #360 #vr #danksigurd #filmmaking #Independentfilm #innovation #future #filmarche #360degreecamera #vrglasses #avantgarde #experimental

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Dan K. Sigurd has also performed numerous times (as you can see here and here) at the Zukunft Kino in Berlin-Friedrichshain

Furthermore he frequently works as an extra in Hollywood Productions and writes filmcritiques about them that you can find following this link or by klicking on the V-shaped button beneath.