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
Who would’ve thought that Nick Cave would lead the way to a better, more compassionate way of online communication?! I’m hooked on The Red Hand Files Nick Cave is showing us a new, gentler way to use the internet
📚 Currently reading: How to be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci.
Probably not. Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?
Dermorphis donaldtrumpi 🤣 Amphibian that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump
Is God real, or is religion an evolutionary adaptation? Or even a by‐product of a number of cognitive and social adaptations?
Governments and private companies are deploying AI systems at a rapid pace, but the public lacks the tools to hold these systems accountable when they fail. AI creates an accountability gap
Human creativity is technology agnostic. Technology truly is just an extension of man. iPhone film‐maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize
Interesting, but somewhat sobering read.. The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology
Good series on machine learning by MIT Technology Review: Inside the world of AI that forges beautiful art and terrifying deepfakes
This artist is calling on scientists and artists to work together to engage people emotionally in the planet’s plight—to find new ways to use stories in conjunction with science. Scientists and Artists Must Work Together — Scientific American Blog Network
🎥 To live and die in L.A. (1985). Basically an updated version of The French connection. Reminded me of Miami Vice. With a young and convincing Willem Dafoe and also John Turturro. And not to forget Robby Müller on camera.
🎥 Sorcerer (1977). Another great movie from William Friedkin. In all his movies there seem to be only losers and no winners. No matter what genre, his main characters always are in absolute despair. Great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream as well.
Today is Universal Children’s Day. A nice occasion for the Dutch parliament to start the hopefully new tradition of Question Time for children!
🎥 The French Connection (1971) This must have been the best crime thriller I’ve ever seen. The dense editing gives the whole film a nervous pace, and the haunting soundtrack keeps you shivering throughout. Definitely made me curious about other films directed by William Friedkin
“They run through my garden with their whole families. We’re sitting drinking tea in the sunshine, then we look up and there’s a Chinese family trampling through my flowers.”
🎥 Another good one from the seventies, with a young Nick Nolte. Plot line a bit disappointing, but great cinematography. Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)
🎥 Enjoyed watching some great films from the seventies lately. Night Moves (1975) certainly was one of them. Directed by Arthur Penn, and with a great Gene Hackman.
Location: PodiumWerkPlaats ( Burchtpoort 5 3452 MD Vleuten)
I created a video teaser for my upcoming project ‘De Meeuwen van Tinbergen’, about the life and work of Nobel Prize laureate Niko Tinbergen (1907–1988).
‘De Meeuwen van Tinbergen’ will be an interdisciplinary project in cooperation with Cowboy bij Nacht, Staatsbosbeheer, Museum Boerhaave Leiden, Institute of Biology (Leiden University) and Oerol Festival Terschelling. More information can be found on the project blog ↪︎demeeuwenvantinbergen.wordpress.com…
Once every hour, on the city hall square, Cowboy by Nacht will present a ‘concert for seagulls’, presented through an 8‐channel surround sound installation, placed around the square. In between these short interventions (inspired by Hitchcock’s “The Birds”), we will invite the audience to take part in a little video‐interview, while they get a special treatment by a make‐up artist.
More on this project (which is scheduled for summer 2011) in future posts, for now, check the project‐blog (in dutch), or the back of the flyer below.
WORKSPACE is the annual project competition through which ZAAL5 seeks out talented filmmakers and artists working with film, new (interactive) media, video installations, performance and visuals. ZAAL5 is the in‐house project space for media arts at Filmhuis Den Haag. This multifunctional room is dedicated to programmes and projects using moving images that are not displayed in regular film halls.
I was one of the 5 selected artists (out of 45 applicants) that had to pitch his or her project proposal on the 25th of april 2010, in front of a professional jury, to win one of the two available prizes of € 9000,- for the realization and presentation of the project.