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Finals 2019: Second visit
At the end of the afternoon, I visited the exhibition for a second time. I had
a short talk with Faida El-Shoura. She told me that the mysterious print on the
wall has some meaning. I met Tom van Veen and bought a copy of his book
Pittu, een fragment
Last Friday, I took a picture of the 'mysterious'
sign with the installation of Faida El-Shoura. There are seven statements
starting with the word "Possibility". The first two speak for themselves. The
third has text '[ ]', which in some programming languages
stands for an empty list or matrix. The fourth has the first 11 digits of
π, as displayed by Google when you search for 'pi'. The fifth mentions
Tenochtitlan, the blue
planet HD 189733 b,
which is rather hostile, and an expression with 1215.67Å, which seems to
be taken from Lyman-alpha emitter, which are far aways galaxies, whoes distance can be
determined through the redshift of a the Lyman-alpha emission line of hydrogen.
The sixth mentions the
silver ratio and the French translation of "Wavelength understood by
touch." The seventh has the Russian translation of "electrocution from
breathing." This is followed by the text "Input" followed by 3 by 3 matrix, the
text "Output" followed by 1, and an endless point definition. It seems like
part of a script, possible, the script that is being used to generate the
sound for the installation. I am not sure what it all means.
Difficulty versus number of solutions
I decided to investigate the relationship between the difficulty versus the
number of solutions of the set of Fractal Jigsaw
puzzles that Annabel has made. The difficulty is determined by the
average number of steps to solve a puzzle using an optimal strategy, where a
step is either the placement or removal of a piece (more). The image on the right shows the result using a linear scale.
From left-to-right is the difficulty and from top-to-bottom the number of
solutions. As expected there are not many puzzles that have both a high number
of solutions and that are very difficult. This image is a little skewed
because there are far more puzzles with fewer solutions than with many
solutions and similar, many more that are easy than difficult. To compensate
for this, I created a table where the puzzles are divided (for both
dimension) into ten groups with respect to increasing number of solutions and
increasing difficulty. This resulted in the following table, which is rather
uniform, except for the numbers in the bottom right corner (as expected). The
table also contains the size of groups.
| 27 36 46 56 67 80 101 137 198 903
| 253 243 260 247 261 244 262 251 254 253
1 397 | 42 32 29 31 33 27 43 46 46 68
2 272 | 28 15 20 23 20 22 22 35 47 40
3 197 | 22 15 18 18 11 17 20 30 22 24
4 163 | 13 14 14 17 20 21 10 13 19 22
6 217 | 16 23 28 15 18 22 24 22 24 25
10 305 | 25 33 28 27 37 35 27 28 29 36
16 229 | 21 22 27 24 25 26 28 20 21 15
26 249 | 20 29 24 38 26 27 32 26 18 9
54 249 | 19 25 38 25 33 27 32 20 19 11
798 250 | 47 35 34 29 38 20 24 11 9 3
Last night between 3 and 5 o'clock, the temperature dropped to -1.6°C at
Airport Twente weather station at ground level (10cm above ground). Which is
rather unusual for this time of the year, but must be due to clear sky and that
the weather station is in open fields. It is the only place in the Netherlands
where the temperature dropped that low.
I went to the opening of the exhibition
Lost Energy at Tetem art space. The
exhibition is about the energy transition. Reinier Kranendonk started with a project about energy addiction.
Françoise Braun and Casper
Teijgeler asked people about things they bought but not really need. This
exhibition will also travel to other locations. The third work in the
exhibition is by Elise Leusink. The build an installation to show how much
energy it cost to make a small piece of plastic. There will also a video made
by students from the University of Twente with some research they did.
Anabella Meijer is a comedian and
wrote about energy transition: First Help with Climate Chnage. She calls
herself a visual consultant, meaning that the makes drawings. She is also
climate activist. She discovered that climate change is often talked about in
negative terms and not in positive terms. She states that what makes us really
happy also is good for the climate.
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Finals
I went Amsterdam. Before going to the finals exhibition at the Gerrit Rietvel Academie, I first brought a short visit
to bookshop Matrium. At the exhibition, I found the following things noteworthy
(in the order, I encountered them):
- Qianfu Ye with the documentary Mice of Rietveld
- Moa Holgersson and Isadora Tomasi who did the SOUL HOLE pt 1
performance at noon.
- Wietske Joan
with an interesting installation consting of a kind of inverted disco-bal
made of larger pieces of mirror that projected moving spots of light on
the wall. On the wall there were green and blue patches, that matched the
spots at certain moments, causing them all to light up at the same moment.
At 12:25 I bought the book from her for € 10.00.
- Guilio Angeli with Fossile Mary made out of many layers of carton
cut with a laser cutter.
- Fieke Ruitinga with a book with
- Raven Opal Amber Kiss
with Intimate Immensity
- Leja Valva Verheus with a study on different kinds of white space used in
Dieutegard with an installation with drops falling on a kind of dish
and the sound being amplified.
- Garzaro Enrico with pictures made with self made cameras with lenses
made of glass lumps and experimenting with extreme long exposure times.
- Marlies Werkelbach
with HzO 5-115Hz.
- Victoire Eouzan with a book
with pictures called When the mountain took the place of my father.
- Veronika Vidø
with Inside me.
- Qiteng Wu with a performance.
- Marius van Zandwijk with
a colourfull carpet depicting the results of a psychology test he took.
- Pieter Meijer with an L-shaped
piece of wall that could be moved over the floor together with a virtual
- Pauline Rip with sadles for riding ghost animals whoes properties were
exactly established by cryptozoologists.
- Keyfa Park with Radio-Orientation
- Cem Berendsen with the film A Model of the Tides.
- Tjacco Bakker with Taciturn
- Jeanne Viviès with the book Everything I know. At 15:05,
I bought a copy of the book from her.
Afterwards, I went back to bookshop Het
Martyrium, where at 16:07:50, I bought the book Roekeloos written
by Chrissie Hynde, translated to Dutch, and published by Nijgh & Van Ditmar
in 2015 translated from Reckless. my life as a pretender written in
English, ISBN:9789038801407, for € 8.00. I also discovered that De Slegte
opened a shop again. I wnet in to have a
look. At last I visited bookshop Scheltema,
but did not buy any books.
Royal Academy of Art Finals
I went to the Graduation 2019 exhibition
at Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. I found
the following graduates noteworth (in the order that I encountered them or
- Marsha Wichers with Project
- Sunna Svavardóttir with
her To Weigh installation.
- Sophia Bulgakova with her
Inevitable Blue installation, which was an interesting experience.
- Jean-Baptiste Castel with Camera.1
- Alexander Webber who created some
- Natalia Vish with Nothing Exists
when Nothing Happens
- Matthew Lanning with a work
which makes use of Lego bricks.
- Ana Oosting with her Tomopteris
Micans installation, which makes use of reflective materials, such
that each observer with a head light will see a different image at the
- Rambhasiri Devakula with her thesis Subverting Submission: Reframing
Asian Women in the Colonial Gaze
- Jesús Canuto Iglesias
with Nada Nuevo composition performed by step motors attached to
steel plates and a steel bench.
- Leon Wezenberg with One screw to
rule them all on the development of a screw for a mission to mars.
- Zoë d'Hont with Even the moon
borrows its light from the sun, a rather successful attempt to create
a Zen garden and meditation room with modern materials in an inside room.
At the end of the exhibition, I went back to the room to meditate for some
to process all the impressions I got from this day.
- Thea Frommenwiler with Coral Protection Factor, a workshop on creating sun screen oil that
is safe for coral reefs.
- Zikko Assink with Pixels of
- Stefano Zucchini with Untitles Frequencies IV
- Hyo Young (Moe) Kim with 2xL, a carpet with glowing fibers.
- Emma Sarpaniemi
- Jill Louise Verweijen with
#R.I.P., a project about alternative couffins.
- Pien Post with a two legged chair that
can only be used with a table.
- Tijs Struijk with Club Folk
- Sophia Wester with a large collection of drawings of receipts.
Kujanpää with Hemisphere, about a Noric typeface.
- Artúr Andrási with the
game I could argue with that.
At 18:42, I bought the catalogue Graduation 2019 written in English and
published by Royal Academy of Art in July 2019,
ISBN:9789072600530, for € 15.00.
Peter Struycken invited me to join him visiting
Fundatie in Zwolle and Heino. He wanted to see the exhibition Charlotte van Pallandt - Art as one's purpose in life about the work
and life of Charlotte van Pallandt, who was one of the first artist he met and with
whom he stayed in contact for the rest of her life. He thought, I would like
the exhibition Michael Triegel - Discordia concors, the first exhibition of the works
of Michael Triegel
in the Netherlands. It is always a pleasure to visit some place with Peter
Struycken, because he opens my eyes through his unique way of looking at art
and the worlds.
From the exhibition about Charlotte van Pallandt, I found the following works
- Liggend naakt, about 1926.
- Femie, 1929, teak.
- Tors, 1940, teak.
- Zittend vrouwelijk naakt, 1926.
- Lopend meisje, 2007, by E. Siepman van den Berg.
- Constructie voor zelfportret / Structure for self-portrait, 1971.
From the exhibition about Michael Triegel, I found the following works worth
- Lucia, 2012.
- Persephone und orpheus, 2012.
- Ein Auferstehung, 2006.
- Deus Absconditus, 2013.
- Schafende Ariandne (kleine fassung), 2010.
- Schafende Ariandne, 2010.
- Auferstehung, 2002.
- Sokrates, 2019.
- Tenebrae, 2018.
- Allegorie de Wahrheit, 2012.
- Am Kreuz (Grosse Version), 2008.
- Selbstporträt, 2016.
- Porträt Kerstin, 2012.
- Discordia Concors, 2018.
- Paragone, 2014
- Die Perser IV, 2018.
Other art works, that I found worth mentioning:
At 16:43:33, I bought the book Charlotte van Pallandt: kunst als
levensdoel written by Maarten Jager, edited by Ingrid Renkers, written in
Dutch, and published by Waanders & De Kunst in 2019,
ISBN:9789462622364, from Museum De Fundatie for € 22.50.
- Losing grip by Gerlinde Visscher.
- Finely Together by Ursula van de Bunte.
- Color Waves by Jan van Bemmel.
- Papillons by Francis Picabia.
- De Molen 'Le blute fin' by Vincent van Gogh, 1886.
- Wolken en Water by Turner, 1840.
- Sluizen bij Katwijk by Jan Toorop, 1898.
- Rij van elf populieren in rood, geel, blauw en groen by
Piet Mondriaan, 1908.
- Landschap bij de Butte Mont Martre (Paris) by Georges Michel,
- Landschaftspark by Wilma Wijnen.
- Seven Deadly Sins under Seven Jars by Ro-Nalt Schrauwen.
- Europa heel divers by Jeanne van Bragt-Peijen.
- 36 Europeanen by Henk Bakker.
- The Marriage by Erikjan Koopmans.
- Groot Zomerlandschap by Henk Chabot.
- Havengezicht by Willem Parels, 1901.
- Graphic Novels by Pjotr Müller.
- Liggend naakt by Leo Gestel, 1909.
- Compositie 1918, No. 5 by Bart van der Leck.
- Vrouwenportret by Isaac Israels, 1910.
- Monogram / Ronde Vorm by Hedwig Zweerus-Weber, 1975.
- Rawsome! by Ronald A. Westerhuis, 2011.
Today, it is 50 years ago that Apollo 11 was launced. It was on a Wednesday and at 14:32 local time in
the Netherlands. It is possible that I saw the launch live and otherwise, I
must have seen later on the day. This afternoon, I watched the launch at
Apollo 11 in Real Time.
I recieved the publication 1 jaar Peter Struycken aan de Rijksuniversiteit
Utrecht = 1 year Peter Struycken at the University of Utrecht written by
Peter Struycken, Cor Blok,
Rudi Fuchs, Ober A. de
Vries, and A. Veen, written in Dutch and English, and published by
Utrecht in 1971 from Aquilabooks for € 15.00. It is a collection
of seven envelops, held together with metal spring file clip, of which five
are filled with some writing of each of the authors. There are also some loose
sheets containing the introduction. I am quite happy with it, because it is a
rare item, which I saw only one time before, on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the library of Stedelijk Museum.
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