Just learned about word vectors and some cool tricks you can do with them for creative applications. For example: you can programmatically ‘average’ words like hot and cold to end up with warm! Time to get more into NLP, and a good enough motivation to improve my Python skills…
Intriguing mixture of folk art, economics and technology from 800 years ago.
They are archaeologically significant (…) because they attest to an exchange of monies and metallurgic technology between the ancient Mexican and Andean peoples.
”Is there less monoculture today, or is culture more mass than ever? Are we siloed within our own preferences or are we unable to escape the homogenized net-average, consuming all the same things?”
“A present for the European Union”
Talking about educating the people. Finland is one of the few countries in the world that really translates words into deeds.
Made a short visit with the family to ‘Self-publish or be damned’ at AG Utrecht. A beautiful ode to DIY publishing in various subcultures in the past and present.
🎵 Music + Activism ❤️
Place: The Netherlands
”The Netherlands positions itself as progressive and open but to People of Colour and other minority groups it is very different. LGBTQIA+ refugees are the most marginalized and the most at risk.”
Had a great start of a new video and sound workshop at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam. We had a brief discussion on the fine art of mass manipulation, and on the uncanny similarities between this fake news fragment from a few days ago and the famous ‘Lambeth Walk’ parody of Nazi propaganda during the Second World War.
📷📚Watching the most beautiful woman in the world comes at a price…
“Send your designs straight to hell”
“Musical innovation happens from the bottom up and the outside in.”
We’re getting there…
”So why not log off social media, get yourself an RSS reader and wise up?”
“Noise is treated less as a health risk than an aesthetic nuisance […] Complaining about noise elicits eye rolls. Nothing will get you labeled a crank faster.”
Just a webpage showing how much CO2 is emitted by Google every second…
“It is here that the well-educated person enters the picture: someone
who studies a subject not to acquire scientific knowledge of it but to
become a discerning judge”
”I wanted to put it all together under one roof so people could see how these things are inevitably connected and how it all shares one crystal clarity: that growth must come to an end.”
“Research does indeed show that, in order to remember what is important, we need to forget what isn’t important.”
And the war of the blackest blacks continues…
“MIT engineers report today that they have cooked up a material that is 10 times blacker than anything that has previously been reported.”
Intriguing video by BBC Ideas: What Would Michel Foucault Think of Social Media, Fake News & Our Post Truth World? via: openculture.com
Great news for Utrecht’s creative industry.
A short visit with my daughter to the Abstractionpark 7090 at Gaudeamus Muziekweek
Another piece of our own puzzle. Rare 3.8‑million-year-old skull recasts origins of iconic ‘Lucy’ fossil
🎥 Can’t wait for ‘El Camino’!
🎥 The Departed ★★★
”I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C‑beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
Operation Night Watch begins today. Not your average restoration:
”Imaging techniques, including macro-XRF and RIS, will help determine its current condition, and macro X‑ray fluorescence scans will analyze the chemical make-up of the paint literally millimeter by millimeter.”
Jim Jarmusch: ‘I’m for the survival of beauty. I’m for the mystery of life’
”According to Lorenz, the same visual cues can arouse us to equally intense caregiving when we encounter them in exaggerated and distilled form in animals, such as birds and puppies, and even in dummy models, such as teddy bears.”
”For the 2019 film, it would take between 60 and 160 hours just to render a single frame.”
”After decades of rightwing dominance, a transatlantic movement of leftwing economists is building a practical alternative to neoliberalism.”
Some true gems to be found here! WARP take over NTS radio with 100 hours of Eno, FlyLo, Autechre…
Some postmodern thoughts for the weekend. So much to comprehend!
”No other idea from the humanities had so massive, if murky, an influence”
You will be dearly missed, mr. Rebennack…
🎵 Mama Roux – Gris Gris (1968)
”One of the reasons I find neural network training so fascinating is that you can observe […] the basic method by which all life on Earth evolved the ability to do things like move, see, swim, digest food […] and use tools.”
“Quantum mechanics encourages journalists to overuse words like “mysterious” and “spooky.” Given that we can model quantum systems to an accuracy that would make a god cry, where is the mystery?”
Very curious about this book.
The Penetrating Gaze of One of America’s Most Brilliant Art Critics
“This tiny creature, with a brain the size of a pinhead and no opportunity to learn from older, experienced individuals, undertakes an epic intercontinental migration in order to find plants for its caterpillars to eat.”
Help the elderly, and the results will help many more, including yourself, someday.
Jumbo the privacy app just got a lot better. Love the smart privacy settings for Google and Twitter. Totally recommended!
”Facebook has time and time again exhibited a complete disregard for our democracy, freedom of expression and privacy. Therefore, Bits of Freedom called on the House of Representatives to take action.”
I enjoyed reading this essay: Bring back science and philosophy as natural philosophy
Keep alive rational thinking about fundamental problems as specialisation becomes rampant
Final two weeks of my sound installation at Eye Filmmuseum! (The parallel exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories also very recommended)
“Many people wonder if there could be a genius like Leonardo today, or what a person of his disposition would do. Perhaps there cannot be another like him because today’s world requires tremendous specialization.”
Excited to see Fatoumata Diawara listed as one of the guest curators for Le Guess Who 2019. Revealing the guest curators for Le Guess Who? 2019
Growing up in the Wassoulou region, she experienced stifling traditions and the oppression of women. In her music, Diawara addresses fierce political topics, fighting for the rights of women and children in her homeland.
The banana in Natalia LL’s film has — in effect — become the symbol of the protest movement against the silencing of Poland’s most well-known and respected feminist artists.
🎥 l’Homme fidèle (2018) ★★★☆☆. By/with Louis Garrel, and with a convincing Lilly-Rose Depp. Everyone just needs to watch a good French romantic movie from time to time. And you can’t go wrong with this one.
🎥 Beautiful behind-the-scenes photography (and much more) from the just-launched Charlie Chaplin Archive!
My soon-to-be-former workspace is available for rent per june 1 2019. Spread the word!
I made a commissioned sound installation for the Shell Shock programme in Eye Filmmuseum! You’re welcome to experience it until 22 May 2019. It’s free, since the installation is at the entrance of Eye, but I highly encourage you to also visit one of the great talks, films and other events as part of Shell Shock, or the parallel exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.
More info can be found on the project page.
Just imagine this:
No retweets, no trending hashtags, no unlimited global search, and no algorithmic recommended users. … It’s time for platforms to slow down, actively curate, and limit features that will spread hate.
“Why does our perception and evaluation of an artwork change simply by learning it is a forgery?”
“The real, underlying issue here is that brands are producing way too many clothes–and they’re convincing customers that it’s normal to buy way more than they need.”
🎥 Beautiful film props from the surreal cinema of Jan Švankmajer, on display in EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam. This one is from one of my favourites: Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
“I choose for my family. Maybe others are capable of doing it, but I can’t go on tour and be a good dad at the same time.”
Mark Hollis, explaining his decision to leave music in 1998 (but only after releasing possibly one of the most quiet and intimate records ever made.)
Of course the Dutch couldn’t rule the seas without some migrant workers from pretty much all over the world.
”The purpose of a scientific approach to art is not to take the mystery out of the art. It’s to give you new insight into why you think it’s so wonderful and mysterious.”
This week I started a new Moving Image course at the HKU Brede Basisopleiding (University of the Arts Utrecht). Here you can see the students creating a Light Modulator. It’s so nice to see young students getting enthusiastic by an art excercise developed almost 80 years ago at Moholy-Nagy’s New Bauhaus.
Capitalism at its finest…
The article is in Dutch, but a picture is worth a thousand words… If no action is taken, this will be the Netherlands in 2300… (Image by phys. geographer Kim Cohen, Utrecht University)
De zeespiegelstijging is een groter probleem dan we denken. En Nederland heeft geen plan B
🎵 Finally, a great new album by Belgium’s best kept secret: Dez Mona – Book of Many
This morning, I crossed paths with my 139 millionth cousin.
That we end up being misled by our senses is a widely-accepted truism, as most humans mistake the limits of their perception for the limits of the world itself.
🎥 Paths of Glory (1957) ★ ★ ★ ★. Another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. Hard to believe he only was 28 years old at the time. You would expect this kind of craftsmanship only of very experienced and more senior directors.
“Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, Too”
“Finally, couture that gets us”
“The headline story is that it’s not so much about the nature of digital technology as about a new mutant form of capitalism that has found a way to use tech for its purposes.” ‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
Very interesting read. All great art is prophetic.
Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did
🎥 The Deer Hunter (1978) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I still find all this very difficult to grasp, but it’s always fascinating to see how art can help explain a scientific theory: How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code
A must read, if you ask me: Childhood’s End, by George Dyson.
‘Most of us, most of the time, are following instructions delivered to us by computers rather than the other way around. The digital revolution has come full circle and the next revolution, an analog revolution, has begun. None dare speak its name.’
‘Thanks to our growing familiarity with computing, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), ‘modern’ societies are now better placed than ever to grasp the insights of this tradition.’
Everything that once seemed definitively and unquestionably real now seems slightly fake; everything that once seemed slightly fake now has the power and presence of the real.
📚 This quote from What art is is a pretty good summary of Arthur Danto’s philosophy of art in general. What Art Is