Some things I remember:
- lots of laughing midgets in various sizes
- chickens picking at each other and eating each other
- a dead pig breastfeeding a few baby pigs
- a car running in circles without a driver
- flowers on fire
- a beautiful house on a beautiful volcanic island
- a monkey strapped to a cross
- blind midgets whipping the air
It’s hard to just watch a movie and not think. I would like to just watch and think later. Unfortunately whatever comes in through my senses is processed immediately. “What is being said here?” “How many people were standing there when they were filming?” “The contrast is just right” “Film grain adds magic” “German sounds cool” “What is my opinion?”
Is it the filmmaker’s intention to say anything other than what we directly see in the film? Is the story meant to convey a certain message? Or multiple messages?
If an artist has something to say, an exact message, why not just say it? Why get into the trouble of making art if you could just say it? Perhaps the artist is not articulate in words, and needs another way of sharing his/her vision.
When we dream, we see lots of strange things. Do those strange things mean anything? Does the interpretation of dreams get us anywhere? Or is it more interesting to just take it in for what it is?
The real question for me is the question of meaning. When we encounter a scene in a film or a figure in a painting, we always try to find meaning. Meaning implies that what we see in front of us is not what is being said. The symbol behaves as a shortcut to the true vision, just like clicking an icon launches an application. You want the application, the icon is not enough.
I don’t think art is like that. The art work/ scene/ painting/ song, is not just a shortcut to something outside of it. The energy of the work should be there, right there when you see it. The viewer should try to think less while viewing.
Cold Void is the electronic music group by Luuk Bouwman & me.
This is a video of an automated piano that is playing our music at KK Outlet in Los Angeles.
Shout out to Michael Wells!
Herzog is a superhero, someone who just keeps doing amazing things year after year, things that are not possible for us regular folks. In a way, that is what he talks about in this clip. Everyone has inner turmoil, but not everyone is able to articulate it. That’s why we need artistic expression.
In his words: “We have to articulate ourselves, otherwise we would be cows in a field.”
Spheres is a book/catalog/publication I made together with Philippe Karrer. It’s 100 pages of sketches, thoughts, texts, conversations, comments… lots to read and see. I’m excited that it’s selling fast which means we get to create more projects.
Philippe decided to save a few printing sheets, before it was folded into a book. That’s what these posters are. There are six different posters and only 11 copies of each poster exist.
1 signed poster + 1 signed magazine costs 66 Euros. ➫ Buy it here!
Dersu Uzala is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film explores the theme of a native of the forests who is fully integrated into his environment, leading a style of life that will inevitably be destroyed by the advance of civilization.
I’ve been enjoying watching non-Hollywood films for a while now. The drama seems more subtle. Not every conflict has to result in a fistfight.
Dersu Uzala is especially beautiful. And it makes me think about how weird we are. Humans are so good at adapting that we’ve conquered nature, but in the process locked ourselves into houses and offices. It’s so nice to be outside but who has time for that?
The Silly Separation of New Media Art A Dutch Perspective (1)
Daniël van der Poel, March/July 2013
In the September 2012 issue of Artforum, Claire Bishop wrote about the “digital divide” that separates new media art from regular art forms.(2) The division is clearly visible in the institutional and the academic field: on one side, the province of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) and Ars Electronica, where media theory monopolizes the conversation; on the other, the domain of the MoMA and the Venice Biennale, where art history reigns. It is also apparent that new media art as a whole still plays a secondary part. Many artists who affiliate themselves with new media praise the autonomy and the technological progressiveness of the scene, well knowing that this free state is at the same time a ghetto from which the average art dealer, critic or curator will stay clear.
I made a deal with myself a while ago. Every day I would reserve one hour for sketching. No internet, no distractions, just focused sketching for one hour, and see what happens.
The strange thing is I don’t do it that much. I don’t do the full hour every day. Some days I’m busy with other tasks, some days I go to the beach, or whatever else I feel like doing.
It’s uncomfortable when I sit in front of a blank page and there’s no idea. You’d think it would be easy to come up with one animation per day, but I’m not there yet.
Nature, in reality, is completely different from the caricature of it formed in the human mind.
I’m happy to see a film that deals with a heavy topic (racism) without exaggerated drama or violence.
The film is quite gentle yet deals with aggression and alienation.
I’m excited to let you know about a shirt I made together with menswear brand Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes.
The shirt is for sale ☞ HERE ☜.
(Photo by Christina Latina)
Every artist I know is frustrated on some level.