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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.”

Why Is the World So Loud?

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”

The well-educated person

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.”

Mit News

Bootcamp with students of the new bachelor Crossover Creativity at HKU Utrecht.

Dâmbovița, Romania

”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.”

Remembering Rutger Hauer – WIRED

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’

Film – The Guardian

”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.”

Why the power of cute is colonising our world

Teaching a Neural Network How to Drive a Car

”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.”

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.”

Secrets of Painted Lady migration unveiled

Jumbo the privacy app just got a lot better. Love the smart privacy settings for Google and Twitter. Totally recommended!

Getting re-inspired through tidying up the archive from my college days and short thereafter. Both by courses from my old teachers and the first workshops I conducted myself after graduation. There’s a lot I forgot, but I’m sure a lot will find its way to future classes again!

Final two weeks of my sound installation at Eye Filmmuseum! (The parallel exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories also very recommended)

Exploring cultural history through storytelling. Huai Mo Village(2012),Chia-Wei Hsu. At A Tale of Hidden Histories Exhibition, Eye filmmuseum Amsterdam.

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.”

The Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci

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.

🎥 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!

Shell Shock sound installation at Eye Amsterdam

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.

Manton Reece – New Zealand and social media.

Having fun building a commissioned sound installation for the upcoming Shell Shock programme at Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. Old technology meets new technology.

I really loved this atmospheric video installation. Shot in near-total darkness and silence. Sunrise, by David Claerbout, De Pont, Tilburg.

Art works by Richard Long, at De Pont museum, Tilburg.

Gaufrettes Sequence Randomly, Ann Veronica Janssens, (2018). De Pont museum, Tilburg.

🎥 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.)

🎵 Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis

Dirk, the vagabond robot, Electric Circus, 2014. On display at Robots Love Music exhibition, Museum Speelklok, Utrecht.

The Android Clarinetist, Cornelis Jacob van Oeckelen, Breda, the Netherlands, 1838. On display at Robots Love Music exhibition, Museum Speelklok, Utrecht

Moving Image Course at HKU

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.

🎵 Finally, a great new album by Belgium’s best kept secret: Dez Mona – Book of Many

Darkest Hour

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.

The Question Of Perception

🎥 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.

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.’

I very much enjoyed Oskar Kokoschka. A retrospective in Kunsthaus Zürich today.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

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.

Every year, the raspberry in my garden manages to bear fruit until the Christmas holidays. This little fella was the sole survivor of this year’s battle.

📚 This quote from What art is is a pretty good summary of Arthur Danto’s philosophy of art in general. What Art Is

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

🎥 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