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I went to Amsterdam and visited some bookshops. First I went to
Bookshop Scheltema. I saw some interesting
books, but I did not buy any reasoning that I could better buy them tomorrow
on my way home. Next I visited Athenaeum, where I looked a round a little.
From there crossed the road the American Book Center. At 14:14, I bought the
book The Truth by Neil Strauss. Last I visited Het Martyrium. I considered buying the complete works of
James Joyce and
Nothingness by Sartre.
In the evening, I went to the opening of Het Idioom van de Abstractie at
Art Chapel, where there are
some works by
Peter Struycken. I met with some people I knew
and got some questions of the SHA2017 badge I was wearing.
In the morning, I finished reading the book
by Susan Sontag,
which I started reading on June 12. I bought it on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The book presented some interesting insights, but
I also found it rather philosophical and hard to grasp. What often is lacking,
for me, is a clear structure of the argument she is trying to make. It looks
like she starts with an idea and then wanders around all kinds of corners and
end somewhere close to where she started. I got the impression that much of
what she wrote did not stick with me. Maybe I am not smart enough to comprehend
her line of thinking.
In the afternoon, Meindert and I visited
some galeries. First we brough a short visit to Torch Gallery and watched the Grayscale exhibition with works by
Alain Laboile, Louise te Poele, and Hengki Koentjoro. Next we went to Ron
Mandos to visit the Best of Graduates 2017. I voted for Maarten Broekhuizen
with his work The Post Topographic. I also liked (parts of) the work
Best of Breed by Valentina Gal.
After we brought a short visit to Gallery
Borzo, we went to Huis
Marseille: Museum voor Fotografie. There we saw some recent works by Juul Kraijer.
Gogbot: Day 1
Around four in the afternoon, I arrived at in the city center to help
'decorate' the TkkrLab stand on Gogbot. We were located between the info desk and the bar. I watched part
of a performance by Empress
Stah (with a laser) in the middle of the Step in the light installation by Michel Suk. When I left, I took some pictures of Museum of the moon by Luke Jerram. One of them.
Gogbot: Day 2
It was a rainly day. For most of the afternoon and the evening, I stayed at
TkkrLab stand at Gogbot. During the relatieve
quiet afternoon, I build a Creep Cluster by Reverselandfil and in the evening, I joined them with their noise
performance on the stage on the square for a quarter of an hour. I looked
around in the Grote Kerk and saw: A thing and its essence by Joseph
by Daan Johan and Joris Strijbos, and
works by Freek Wieringa.
At Concordia, I saw Cogito by Daniela de Paulis
and Fractal Shorts by Julius
Horsthuis. At Menistenkerk, I had my brain 'scanned' with The Brainlight by Laura Jade. I
also saw Superpower
Studio by Dominica Chen (which I already at seen at the Rietveld
Academie on July 9, 2017 ) and I looked at
a Beowulf cluster
of 37 Rasperry Pi's. At the end of the evening, there was another performance
by Empress Stah, this time before the church in a transparend sphere.
Gogbot: Day 3
Together with Andy, I visited TETEM art space,
where we walked around and saw Spectra by Matthijs Munnik.
The effect of seeing all kinds of colours in a blinking light is familiar to
me. Still interesting to see it.
Gogbot: Day 4
I went with Andy to the former Coberco milk factory to see the Gogbot
exhibitions there. The most interesting was a tapered kaleidoscope. I took
several pictures inside it, one of which is shown here above. The other
exhibits that I found worth mentioning are:
Finished reading the book
The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships by Neils Strauss,
which I started reading on September 2, the day after I bought
it. This book continues where his book The Game, which I read in
July, ended and is even more interesting and thought provoking than that book.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and it realy made me think about my own
I went to the opening of the exhibition Wegzeichen with works by
Carina Schüring organized by
Kunstverein Vreden. Bernd Sikora
gave an introduction. Although it was in German, I had no problem with
understanding it. Although I had seen the work recreating familiarity
last year, I appreciated it much more than I
can remember, probably because of how it is exhibited. I also like her work
embracing insecurity. It was also nice to see the drawing Alles
(Everything) again. I also bought Carina Schüring Portfolio
2017 with a introduction by Arjan van Helmond from her for € 35.00. (One of three copies as
I found out after I bought it.)
In the evening, I went to a live performance of Heliophile for their debut CD Permeate. Before their performance,
there was a performance of Voltmeister Modular. I bought the CD and listened to it at home.
| August 2017