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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

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.

Look­ing back at a suc­cess­ful work­shop with stu­dents from the Ams­ter­dam Acad­e­my of The­atre and Dance!


Proud to cycle over this bridge and to bring my kids to this school everyday!

I love the new hin­ge­less strand­beest UMINAMI by Theo Jansen.



“Maybe it was too beau­ti­ful, but it was the only way to do it”

Great quote from the late Rob­by Müller on shoot­ing a scene of ‘Down by law’.


Both fas­ci­nat­ing and creepy…

Slow motion in slow motion, through AI. Seems bad news for high speed cam­era manufacturers.

A remake of Disney’s Dum­bo is set for release in 2019. Appar­ent­ly includ­ing a remake of the Pink Ele­phant Parade too. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or not…

Fas­ci­nat­ing to see this kind of detail in the eyes and wings of a crea­ture that only lives for a few weeks on average…

From now on, I will use this in my class­es on con­ti­nu­ity editing ?

Masterclass with Alvin Lucier

On Sun­day, octo­ber 19th 2014, i was giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend a mas­ter­class by Alvin Luci­er at the Stedelijk Muse­um, Ams­ter­dam. This very inspir­ing mas­ter­class was part of the Alvin Luci­er Fes­ti­val and was orga­nized by Son­ic Acts. Mr. Luci­er talked exten­sive­ly about his work and we attend­ed sev­er­al of his com­po­si­tions being per­formed across the muse­um. Sev­er­al of my own projects were inspired by the ideas and work of Alvin Lucier.

Lecture on Niko Tinbergen during ‘De Academie’ (De NUTtige winkel)

On jan­u­ary 15, Alexan­der de Vree and i pre­sent­ed a lec­ture on Niko Tin­ber­gen, his research on super­nor­mal stim­uli and  human behav­iour dur­ing De NUT­tige winkel (an annu­al series of per­for­mances by Nieuw Utrechts Toneel) in The­ater Kikker. The lec­ture was based on our research for De Meeuwen van Tin­ber­gen and focused on the impli­ca­tions of research in behav­iour­al biol­o­gy  in rela­tion to eco­nom­ics and the eco­nom­ic cri­sis. A small part of the lec­ture also focused on his broth­er (and fel­low Nobel Prize win­ner), the famous econ­o­mist Jan Tinbergen.

Student film screenings at Filmin Festival

A selec­tion of short films made by stu­dents of my video cours­es at Utrechts Cen­trum v.d. Kun­sten will be screened at the Filmin fes­ti­val on sun­day june 10 2012. Filmin is a Euro­pean project aimed at improv­ing cul­tur­al exchange through the use of audio­vi­su­al media.

Loca­tion: Podi­umW­erk­Plaats (
Burcht­poort 5
 3452 MD Vleuten)

Exhibition “10 Jaar Vlampijpateliers”

From april 6–28 2011, i will present a dig­i­tal port­fo­lio of my work at the exhi­bi­tion 10 jaar Vlampi­j­pate­liers, Stad­huis Utrecht. Open­ing hours: Mon­day — Fri­day from 9.00 — 17.00. Address: Korte Min­re­broed­er­straat 2, Utrecht.

Teaser for ‘De Meeuwen van Tinbergen’

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

[Announcement] First public presentation of ‘De Meeuwen van Tinbergen’ at Uitfeest Utrecht 2010

On sep­tem­ber 12, a first pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion will be held of my upcom­ing project ‘De Meeuwen van Tin­ber­gen’ dur­ing Uit­feest Utrecht 2010, the start of the cul­tur­al sea­son in Utrecht. 

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.

[Update] Stereo bounce from the orig­i­nal 8 track composition:
Étude (for Seag­ulls) by arnold­hooger­w­erf

‘Gidsenproject’ at Oerol 2010

I was invit­ed to take part in the ‘Gid­sen­pro­ject’ of this year’s Oerol Fes­ti­val. More info can be found here (in Dutch).

I also was invit­ed by Dutch tele­vi­sion chan­nel AVRO, to review two small projects at the fes­ti­val. The results can be seen below:

Nomination for BNG WorkSpace Project Prize 2010

Close Encounter of the First Kind SketchI got nom­i­nat­ed for the BNG Work­Space Project Prize 2010, orga­nized by Filmhuis Den Haag / ZAAL5, with a project pro­pos­al for an inter­ac­tive light instal­la­tion named ‘A Close Encounter of The First Kind’ (for which i’m still seek­ing funding).

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.

[Announcement] Preview of ‘Geen Familie’ at Toonkamer Utrecht

Cow­boy bij Nacht will present a pre­view of their new the­atre per­for­mance Geen Fam­i­lie in the beau­ti­ful old Pas­toe­fab­riek in Utrecht, sep­tem­ber 13, 2009.
Geen Fam­i­lie will have its pre­miere on nov 12, 2009 at Huis a.d. Werf, Utrecht.

(Announcement) ‘24H Panorama’ at the 6th International Environmental Short Film Festival, Istanbul (TR)

My short film 24H Panora­ma will be screened at the Inter­na­tion­al Envi­ron­men­tal Short Film Fes­ti­val, tak­ing place from june 5–10 2008 in Istan­bul (Turkey). My film is sched­uled on the 8th of june at 20.30 hrs. Oth­er select­ed dutch films (from Peter Delpeut, Erik Urlings, Frank van den Engel and Fro­da Kuipers) will be screened as well on this festival.

Cimatics Masterclass Live A/V, Brussels (2007/2008)

CimaticsThis week I am attend­ing the fourth and last week of the Cimat­ics Mas­ter­class Live A/V 2007/2008 in Brus­sels. Cimat­ics is a Brus­sels based inter­na­tion­al plat­form for Live A/V. This Mas­ter­class con­sists of a series of 4 work­shops with lec­tures from dif­fer­ent inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned media artists / the­o­rists (amongst oth­ers Marc Ameri­ka, Lab[au], Yves de Mey, Jer­ry  Galle, Bren­dan Byrne & Ana Car­val­ho, Boris Debackere). The prac­ti­cal part is all about col­lab­o­ra­tion: 10 select­ed artists, work­ing in dif­fer­ent fields of media-art (and with back­grounds rang­ing from chore­og­ra­phy to archi­tec­ture) form groups and col­lab­o­rate with each oth­er, with the aim of cre­at­ing an audio­vi­su­al per­for­mance project.


(Announcement) Cowboy Bij Nacht @ Uitfeest Utrecht 2007

Cow­boy Bij Nacht will present short excerpts from two upcom­ing the­atre shows at Uit­feest 2007, mark­ing the begin­ning of the cul­tur­al sea­son. At Huis a.d. Werf, ‘Maandag of Dins­dag’ will be play­ing at 13.30 and 14.30 (Pre­miere will be octo­ber 25 2007 at Huis aan de Werf). At the Ganzen­markt (Stad­huis­plein), on every whole hour, there will be a short excerpt titled ‘Onder­getek­ende’. The pre­miere of this new per­for­mance is sched­uled some­where in spring 2008. I will make music for both pieces.

(Announcement) New Website!

Wel­come to my slow­ly ever-expand­ing web­site (which is still under con­struc­tion, though). As i add more arti­cles, this site will func­tion as an online port­fo­lio of my work. For now, I’m in the process of adding tex­tu­al infor­ma­tion about my projects. Lat­er on, i will add documentation.
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