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
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)