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and counting…

I found out about this very nice video project of  Jeroen Wolf (NL): 100.
It is an ode to people and their personality. It took Wolf about 4 months to find all 100 people.

Funny fact: it took Jeroen Wolf a lot more time to find the person that says 99 than it was to find the one that says 100.

Jeroen Wolf his company is currently working on a new documentairy called  ‘I am Innocent’.


Ode to my love for industrial sites

Almost every creative person seems to have a fetish for (taking pictures of/in) old factory buildings, and other things found at industrial sites.

Strangely enough, although you can find tons of nice pictures in this category I still do not get tired of those images.

One artist that makes beautiful imges of industrial sites and such is the Slovak Branislav Kropilak.

mini exhibition

Through another artist i cam across a lovely exhibition concept: Probe.
Probe is a small exhibition space: 1,10m high and only 6m2.
Because of it small size it is perfect for artists to experiment and work on scale and do things that are impossible in normal sized exhibition spaces.
The spaces is flexible: only the outside walls and doors are permanent.

Another special element about the exhibition space is that you cannot visit the exhibition in real life.
You can only visit the space on-line. This makes the space even more suitable for experiments on what an exhibition can be. The registration of the exhibition is the exhibition.
On the website of Probe you can also read how this exbhibition was different for the artists and why. Which I think is a nice addition to the common text only about the exhibition itself.

Probe runs exhibitions since 2008 and is still going.
This project is initiated by Suze May Sho, an collaboration of 3 different designers/artists.
More information about Probe here.

A sample of the exhibition of David Weber-Krebs:
He transported the everyday life – the changing of the light during the day – into the white cube.

What the World Needs:

Is LOADS more video’s by RYAN TRECARTIN. Oooh, and if you are on twitter, be sure to follow HIM THERE, because he’s turning that medium into a crooked world as well…

here’s my number call me maybe #freedownload http://instagr.am/p/InCP54mZn0/
She came of age like novel to got column with it #twentyfourseven
#justheard “he just seems unrealized”
@maureenjohnston Mia & the Pro — bought both #drunkshoppingproblems
a lot of All The Way Live , but …Who Edits Well ¿

and loads more there…

for now:

Roamie View : History Enhancement (Re’Search Wait’S), 2009-2010 from Ryan Trecartin on Vimeo.

Ready (Re’Search Wait’S), 2009-2010 from Ryan Trecartin on Vimeo.

ANY EVER (Trailer), Ryan Trecartin PS1 from Ryan Trecartin on Vimeo.

Rube Goldberg machines

Are you also a great lover of nonsense machines as I am? Then, especially when you are Dutch (I am not), you already might know this piece that made it through the blogging scene some time ago called Melvin The Magical Mixed Media Machine by design team HeyHeyHey:

Machines misusing (not only, but mainly) objects for the simple purpose of creating a complex chain reaction are called Rube Goldberg machines.


Rube Goldberg machines are a huge playground for children, artists, engineers, for simply everybody, because they are not limited to any technical or pysical knowledge. Fascination lies not that much in a conceptual idea behind it or the outcome but rather in functionality itself.  The journey is the reward! Still, quiescent objects start to move, they interact with each other, jump, nudge each other, start to come alive and perform human actions. The beholder starts to tremble: although it concerns a machine, an organism of perfection, the whole chain reaction depends more or less on a chain of coincidences, non controllable courses of actions that don’t garant success.

One of the mos famous contributions by artists as to Rube Goldberg machines is a piece called Der Lauf der Dinge (The way things go) by Swiss artist duo Fischli and Weiss made in 1987. It was set up in warehouse with a length of more than 30 metres:

David Weiss said in an interview by Frieze Magazine:

We were sitting in a bar somewhere and playing around with the things on the table, and we thought to ourselves, this energy of never-ending collapse – because our construction stood for a moment and then collapsed before we built it up again – should be harnessed and channelled in a particular direction.

This is another installation I saw in a small gallery space in Augsburg/Germany, a machine made of straws by Achim Stiermann:

Another of Achim Stiermann’s work called Light Gravity Machine:

Not only the big grown-ups can do so. Every year the MIT Museum hosts an event called Friday after Thanksgiving to build a huge Rube Goldberg machine out of loads of small ones built by kids, engineers, families, creatives…: (sorry, somehow embedding doesn’t work here)


Can’t get enough? Watch the OK Go music video:

Monitoring Anciety

De Geuzen
Years ago I was introduced to the work of  De Geuzen, a three man- or actually woman strong formation that does multi visual research.
In their work digital media is often a medium and a subject of the works, just as the female identity is an important subject in their work.

Google Service Terms
I want to convince all with this amazing project that caught my eye again because of the changing rules of Service at Google, which lead  to the decision to make a project that I simply love no longer available on-line: The Global Anxiety Monitor.
De Geuzen stresses the possibilities and impossibilities of the Internet. Their lectures often are about stuff like internet  censorship, freedom, copyright etc. It is really easy to understand why they took this project off-line:  The monitor dynamically constructed search urls in different languages, and then displayed the integral results in juxtaposed frames. However in October 2011, Google changed how image search is accessed, and embedding frames was no longer possible. Currently, the continuation of the project would only be possible through Google’s API, or Application Programming Interface. Access to this requires users to sign up for an account and agree to Google’s Terms of Service, they can be better monitored, and if necessary, access restricted. De Geuzen decided not to adapt the work to fit these requirements, and has archived it, not only as a document of the work itself, but also as snapshot of a particular method of poaching in the world wide web.

Global Anxiety Monitor
The Global Anxiety Monitor was an ongoing project which evolved out of De Geuzen’s interest in mediatized images and the way their context and meaning fluctuate in the ecology of the world wide web. Presented as a multi-screen installation, the work simultaneously juxtaposes live Google image searches in different languages. Querying anxiety buzzwords such as terrorism, conflict, financial crisis and climate change, each language delivers its own unique set of results. What is projected is a continuous pulse of visuals and metadata reflecting occasionally convergent and at times conflictual perspectives. By continually performing timed searches, it becomes evident that query is driven by cultural biases and fed by local concerns. The Global Anxiety Monitor does not archive or document these processes, but rather it is a means of exposing the various Google worlds we may occupy at any given moment.

Information/Pictures taken from: http://www.geuzen.org/anxiety/installation