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Sale at Bijenkorf
This afternoon, I bought three books with 70% reduction the bookshop of De Bijenkorf. These are (with their reduced prices):
Today, I received the museum catalogue "P. Struycken - Structuur 67", which I ordered earlier this week through
the internet. I can barely call it a book, because it consists of 8
transparent sheets held together with a transparent folded cover. Two sheets
contain printed text. The other six contain designs by Peter Struycken, and I because they are only partial printed, I guess
the idea is that you create your own art works by overlaying the sheets in
various ways. I immediately put some paper sheets between them, because some
of the sheets where stuck together. I will integrate the information the
other information on the page Peter Struycken.
- Minder dan niks (Less Than Zero) by Bret Easton Ellis
(ISBN:9789041416391) for € 3.75.
- De figuranten (Imperial Bedrooms) by Bret Easton Ellis
(ISBN:9789041416346) for € 5.68.
- Allen met mijn wereld by Wessel Broekhuis
(ISBN:9789057123009) for € 4.48.
Curiosity Rover landing
I watched the landing of the Curiosity Rover on NASA TV
around 7:31 AM local time. I started watching from around 6:45. Now around
7:48 everything has quiet down a little in the control room. The rover has
safely landed and sended back some thumbnail pictures.
Komputerstruktuur 4 and 4a
I finally processed all the information that I got from my trip to
Groninger Museum on Friday, July 27. It took
me quite some hours. At some point, I felt I should have taken a more
knowledge engineering approach to my data
gathering and integration, because sometime you just come across to
conflicting information or that you have to make some guess about two
works being the same based on limited knowledge. One such example is that
it seems that the names for the work Komputerstructuur 4 and 4a have been
mixed up. Both Museum Boijmans Van
Beuningen and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam claim to posses Komputerstructuur 4a. I think, I am going to contact Peter Struycken
about this and see if he can resolve the issue.
Earlier this week, I also received the magazine "Kunstbeeld", issue 11
from November 1999, that contains a four page article related to the
exhibition De Kleuren van Struycken,
so far the only information that I have found about this exhibition. There
seems to be no catalogue, which I find rather strange.
I went to Zomergo, and rather relaxed Go retreat, for
just one day. I met with old friends and new interesting people. I also
played one official game (part of the tournament) against Ruwan, who rates
himself as a weaker player, and I lost the game with two and half points.
The main reason is that I lost about 20 points when I gave him the
opportunity to kill a group. I did consider playing a move to make the group
alive, but I guessed that he would not see it, and that I could still play
some move to get some more points. Very stupid thought, because he did see
it, even clearer than me, that he could kill the group. He is stronger in
the area of tactics, but weaker in the area of strategy, which explains why I
lost with only two and half points. Later, I played another friendly game
agains Francien, which I won, although she is rated a little stronger than me.
Besides us, there were two stronger players, and the player who lost concluded
that it was because of the only move that he played almost blindly and did not
really think about. Go is also very much a game of mental concentration and
consideration of your opponents strong and weak points.
Stanley Kubrick: The Experience
Today, I made a train trip to Amsterdam, but I got out in Utrecht and looked
around there. I visited many bookshop: De Slegte
(where I held a copy of L'Être et le néant in my hand), Selexyz Broese (where I looked at some computer science books),
Piet Snot, and
Interglobe (where I found a map
of Xinjiang, which I did not buy). I also visited Centraal Museum, where I asked if there where any works of
Peter Struycken on display, which was not the case.
And I visited Radio Centrum Electronica.
In Amsterdam, I went to ArtAffairs.Net
only to find the gallery closed with a little note on the window stating that
they are only open on appointment during July and August. Would have been nice
if they would have communicated this on their website as well. There was a
phone number, but I thought it would not be of much use to try it. I went
there to see some works of Peter Struycken. I could not positively identify
any of the drawings on the wall as being from him.
When I walked back to the central station, I discovered that the exhibition
"Stanley Kubrick: The Experience" was held in the new film museum EYE on the
otherside of the IJ. I took one of the free ferries to the otherside and
watched the exhibition. It was nice to see the red helmet that played an
important role in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and the cabinet with cards related to the life
of Napoleon Boneparte for one of the unrealized films.
This afternoon, I bought the book Mijn China: Een culinaire rondreis
(My China: A culinary tour) by Kylie Kwong (ISBN:9789059563025) from
the bookshop of De Bijenkorf for
€ 12.50, for a quarter of the original price. I did not buy the
book for the many recipies, but for the many pictures of daily life in China
related to food, cooking and eating.
In the past week, I have been working on the reimplementation of the program
used for the Komputerstrukturen paintings by Peter
implementation on the Algol60 program given in P. Struycken komputerstrukturen from 1970. The program has a command driven
architecture where the input file consists of a list of commands (identified by
numbers) that control the execution of the program. I took some time to
create example input files for komputerstructuur 4
and komputerstructuur 4a based on the
information given in the catalogue P. Struycken
from 1976. At first, I did not realize I should change the codes for the various
squares because Struycken rotated the output for the creation of his paintings.
Next I wanted to reconstruct the input files of the other paintings based on the
paintings and worked on a script in MySample
for doing this. While working on komputerstructuur 1a, I discovered that it seemed that it contained an error,
because there was only one square of a certain type, which seemed very unlikely.
I decided to check komputerstructuur 4 and 4a for 'errors' and found six in the
first and eleven in the second painting. [This
conclusion proved to be incorrect.] In a sense it is not possible to say that
there is an error in the painting, because maybe these were introduced on purpose
by the artist. I know that Struycken used to fill in the paper printouts with a
marker, and next copy the design on the painting. This introduced two manual steps
that are a possible source of errors. Assuming that komputerstructuur 3a is made of three different elements (most likely in even
distrubition) it contains ten errors. In komputerstructuur 2a, I could not find any errors. With respect to
komputerstructuur 1 and 1a, I cannot make any statements with respect to errors,
because I am still working on a methode to determine the most likely input data.
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