Tag Archives: Netherlands

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’.

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.

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

Have I got some information for you

Kyra van Ineveld made this very nice piece of work: The Wiki Truth.
This project consists of 5 enormous books about, well they ARE actually, the top 5 topics (pages) on Wikipedia: Barack Obama, the Catholic Church, Gaza war, global warming, and ‘race and intelligence’.

I love how taking data and forming it in a great design shows so much more that the pure data. The fact that you can go through the history of the information about the topic in the book, that you can see for real what an enormous amount of information is there to read online, what the top-5 says topic about the world nowadays, and how it changes over the years. Most of these topics do not exist that long at all (for a non digital medium).
Of course all the writers are getting their credits as well e.g. Missy_1987, TonyTheTiger and Anonymous225.

The first official encyclopedia ‘Naturalis Historia’dates from the 1st century AD and was written by Plinius de Oudere.
in this book there was still room for personal notes and comments, e.g. at the topic of the different continents in the world he concludes that the world has to more length than width so that he as to be a bot rounded because the sun is not always rising all over the world at the same time.

Welcome to the show

Wouter Huis’ work is most of the time about our surroundings and how he can change the perspective of that by setting everyday happenings in a different light.

I am in love with his Performance #1 work:

A more recent project, Performance #1 (2011), consisted of a vacant garage box that for the duration of the event- was turned into a cinema. The audience was invited to take a seat, facing the electric door which was at some point opened to reveal a view into a particularly uninteresting street. This street, and the very little amount of action in it (an occasional car or person passing by) was thereby transferred into both a screen and a new space. Likewise the people inside became participants in a strange and quiet performance.(information taken from artist his website)

You can enjoy this recent work at IFFR this year as well at the former Lantaren/Venster in Rotterdam.So go go go and have a look yourself!

More info and nice projects on Wouter Huis his website.

Sweetness is a myth

A few weeks ago I found out about  this nice photo series from photographers  Benjamin Li (1985) and Laerke Elllegaard(1984).
This series got me thinking about faded glory, the perishingly aspect of strength… but honestly I just love it because of that fine line between beauty and disgust and the beautiful colour scheme!

As with most photos the work should speak for itself, I believe these pictures barely need guidance by words. Still, here some background info about the series from the photographers: “The work is all about playfulness and crating identities. It is both vulnerable and vulgar at the same time. There are references to everything form regal portrait, sex and gorging. Lærke and Benjamin are interested in combining beauty and disgust. The portraits resemble a white canvas where the food is the paint. The food is very recognizable but taken into another context given a new meaning.”

It is never too cold to be cool

look at these amazing sweaters a guy from the Netherlands is collecting, and showing at his website. Help this guy and send in your christmas sweaters you don’t fit anymore or the sweaters you think are too cool for you!

Blitse Sletse (funky flip flops)

I am turning ito the personal promo girl of Florentijn Hofman!
Can’t help it I just love his work!

Magical Worlds

Saskia Olde Wolbers makes these beautiful films made from scratch, no 3d/animation films…

read article about her here

Auction of Great Ideas

Artist Sarah  Vanhee is an artist  who is selling the ideas of artists during an auction