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Momenteel werk ik aan een inter­ac­tieve gelu­idswan­del­ing /-fiet­stocht, als ver­volg op de ten­toon­stelling mens maakt land­schap maakt mens in Muse­um IJsselstein.

En goed nieuws! Onze gelijk­namige videoin­stal­latie zal nog tot eind jan­u­ari 2023 te zien zijn, nu als onderdeel van de nieuwe ten­toon­stelling Ven­sters.

Bei­de pro­jecten zijn gebaseerd op diverse gesprekken die we met deel­ne­mende kun­ste­naars en his­tori­ci had­den over de menselijke omgang met cul­tu­ur­land­schap in verleden, heden en toekomst. Met bij­dra­gen van Niels Stomps, Wumen Ghua, Esther Polak, Ivar van Bekkum en his­tori­cus Arjan van ’t Riet. Bin­nenko­rt meer!

This week, I paid a vis­it to the beau­ti­ful Klok en Peel muse­um in Asten, a small muse­um with an exten­sive col­lec­tion and library on the sub­ject of bells. I was there for dis­cussing a small com­mis­sioned job, but also for research on my upcom­ing sound­scape project on city bells.

Final­ly received the cus­tom made pic­ture frame for a great birth­day present I got from close friends: an abstract screen print­ing of a Red­breast Robin! (Part of BLOCBIRDS, an art­pro­ject by Stu­dio 212 Fahrenheit.)

📚 Accord­ing to my Goodreads list I already start­ed read­ing A Dis­tant Mir­ror years back, but the book­mark revealed I nev­er got past the fore­word. This time, I’m deter­mined to read it all the way to the end, since it will be great research for my upcom­ing project on city bells.

❤️ Explor­ing the Dutch Green Heart land­scape through Google Earth Stu­dio.

Recon­nect­ing with Max/MSP while get­ting into the fine art of cam­panol­o­gy for an upcom­ing project on bells.

Graduation of first class of students Ad Design Digital Media

I just fin­ished the first part of the exam­i­na­tion assess­ment of the first group of stu­dents from the new Asso­ciate Degree Design Dig­i­tal Media (HKU — Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty of The Arts). I’m very proud of all our stu­dents: their hard work has cer­tain­ly paid off, espe­cial­ly in these dif­fi­cult times!

Be sure to take a look at the online exhi­bi­tion at exposure.hku.nl. The stu­dents will have a Q&A with vis­i­tors on Fri­day 26 june 2020 from 16:45 — 19:00, you’re cor­dial­ly invit­ed! More info can be found here.

Or read this inter­view in Alge­meen Dag­blad with one of our students!

I was going through my sound archive and found a bunch of Mini­Discs. No way I will ever play them back any­more, but they’re sim­ply too beau­ti­ful to trash them…

Pret­ty hap­py with the new work desk at my shared work­space. Now let’s work from home for the unfore­see­able future…

🎵 I very much love this idea for a col­lec­tive drone con­cert in quar­an­taine. Hope it works out as planned!

”Let’s all gath­er (in our shel­ters) and pro­duce a drone (in C) from our bal­conies and win­dows that can be heard across the city – uni­fy­ing us all in iso­la­tion and rever­ber­at­ing love and compassion“

Total lockdown vs. herd immunity

So, yes­ter­day was quite a sur­re­al day over here in the Nether­lands. It was the first, sun­ny day of ‘the ‘Covid19’ lock­down, the Dutch way’. Instead of a total lock­down like Chi­na, Italy and now Spain and France, the Nether­lands are opt­ing for a con­trolled spread­ing of the Coro­na virus through­out the population.
By tak­ing less strin­gent mea­sures, soci­ety will be less dis­rupt­ed, but a lot of healthy, less vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple (pos­si­bly up to 60% of the pop­u­la­tion) will get sick with mild symp­toms of Coro­na over the next com­ing months.
— Lees op arnoldhoogerwerf.micro.blog

After a week of sev­er­al Mid Year Assess­ments at HKU, I’m tired but very sat­is­fied with all the great projects our stu­dents presented.

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…

4000 axe-monies returned to Mexico

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.

What is monoculture?

”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?”

Very proud of all the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents of the video and audio work­shop at the Acad­e­my of The­atre and Dance in Ams­ter­dam, who had their pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion today. They all got way out of their com­fort zone and made very per­son­al, vul­ner­a­ble works of art.

🎥 Final­ly had a chance to vis­it Andrei Tarkovsky: the exhi­bi­tion in Eye Film­mu­se­um Ams­ter­dam. The mul­ti screen set­up didn’t do his films jus­tice in my opin­ion. But there were a lot of inter­est­ing hand­writ­ten man­u­scripts and beau­ti­ful Polaroids of dreamy landscapes.

🎵 My week in music (week #48)

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.”

Video and sound workshop on ‘Identity’ at Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam

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.

“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?

Just a web­page show­ing how much CO2 is emit­ted by Google every second…

www.janavirgin.com

“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.

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

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