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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Observation of thinking

In the evening, I went to the opening of the exhibition Observation of thinking with works by Ray Andreas, which consisted of painting, litho prints, and creamic tills, all around the same theme. I talked some time with him about our shared experiences.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Warhol - The Biography

I finished reading the book Leven en dood van Andy Warhol, the Dutch translation of Warhol - The Biography by Victor Bockris, which I started reading on December 1, shortly after I finished reading The Trip. I bought the book on May 4, 2014. Bockris is quite enthousiastic about a, A Novel and gives some interesting background information. Although the biography contains a lot of details, I did not get a consistent picture of Warhol, which is probably also due to his complex personality.

Booster festival

In the evening, I went to the Booster Festival. In "De Generaal", I found an interesting tile pattern, which is shown on the picture. Later, I concluded it is the clasical Versaille tile pattern. I went to "De Grote Kerk" (the old church) and did some programming, while listening to "GREBE". During the sound check of Vera Bon, I decided to walk to the front. I enjoyed the performances and afterwards, I bought their first EP, which was just released afterwards. Later, I also listened to a performance by The Black Fall and also bought their CD. At last, I went to the Official Unofficial After-Party. I met some friends outside waiting for the door to open. The Rave party was in the attick. I did not stay long and took one of the leaflets on my way out.

Sunday, April 7, 2019


It was sunny today, with a maximum tenperature of 20.7°C at the official weather station, and the back garden was filled with the smell of our magnolia, which is full of flowers now. Some flowers are already dropping their leaves but there are still some buds that have not opened yet. I am happy that this year I can enjoy the magnolia such a long time. I got the impression that in other years it was over sooner.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Be Your Own Robot

I went to the opening of the exhibition Be Your Own Robot by Sander Veenhof. The following are the notes that I took during the artist talk during the opening (with links added later):

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tegelreliëf Ad Dekkers

I was invited for the opening of Tegelreliëf Ad Dekkers, a tile relief designed by Ad Dekkers measuring 9 by 18 meters, which was recreated at a park in Bergeijk after it had to be removed from a school in Gouda to make room for buildings. The offical opening was performed by Beatrix of the Netherlands, who knew Ad Dekkers from the meetings she and her husband organized between 1968 and 1975 on Drakensteyn Castle. It is said that she was rather fond of Ad Dekkers. She had one of his sculptures placed in the garden. When they moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace she asked Ad Dekkers for another copy of the sculpture to be placed there. I met with Peter Strucken, who was a good friend of Ad Dekkers. I briefly greated Daniel, the son of Ad Dekkers. I also shaked hands with Rudi Fuchs. I talked a lot with Carel Blotkamp, who also gave one of three introduction talks before the opening of the tile relief. After the official opening, I visited the exhibition about Ad Dekkers. When leaving, I received a goody bag with the books:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


At 10:48:07, I bought the book Finnegans Wake written by James Joyce in English and published by Penguin Adult in 2000, ISBN:9780141183114, from charity shop Het Goed for € 3.50.


I installed and tried out Meshroom on my set of plant pictures. For open source software, the interface looks good. One of the steps, requires a CUDA (2.0) compliant NVIDIA graphics card. There is a work around, but it results in a lower resolution mess. I have to figure out how the graphics viewer works. I understand they have a plug-in for Maya.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Decentralized web

I went to a presentation about the decentralized web given by two people from Muze, the developers of SimplyEdit (the first CMS designed for the decentralized web) and SimplyView. The decentralized web is seen as a solution for linkrot, congestion (also due to DDoS attacks), and vendor lock-in. It does not solve problems with privacy and control. The decentralized web is not the same as blockchain, although some implementations make use of blockchain technology. The centralized web is based on peer-to-peer node networks. This makes the browser into a server as well. More and more often the browser is becoming the OS, which is, for example, seen in the development of progressive web applications. Some decentralized web technologies are:


I saw the exhibition Windstilte with works by Manje Dijkman at Bookshop Broekhuis. The exhibtion contains portrets but also some landscapes consisting of two pannels, where the top one represents the sky. I saw the exhibition Living Landscape by Marloes Staal at XPO. The guests where sitting outside because of the nice weather and I talked a bit with some of them.

Bioart's engagement with life

In the evening, I went to Tetem artspace for the talk/workshop Bioart's engagement with life by Lotte Pet. She is an artist, studied art and now doing an PhD in which she researches art as a means to gain knowledge within scientific and technological discourse. (The following is based on notes I took during the talk.)

Biotechnology is the manipulation of living organisms or their components to produce usefull usually commercial products. Currently, a lot of research is done with applications to health care. But there are also big ethical issues involved. Biotechnology is not neutral. The application of it has an impact on our culture and how we value things. It changes our opinions. A recent example is story of two Chinese babies, whoes DNA was modified with CRISPR/Cas9 in order to make them resistent for HIV. But it also might have improve their intelligence. Should we improve humans? Does increasing intelligence improve humans? But also direct-to-customer genetic testing has implications. The cheapest form is genotyping: telling you something about your ancestory. Another form is whole-genome sequencing, which allows to find for genetic defects that are associated with certain health risks. And than there are also issues with the storage of DNA profiles, which could be used for other purposes. Take, for example, the case of the Golden State Killer. (I made a remark about the impact of prenatal testing.) In the end it all comes down to the question: What does it mean to be human?

BioArt is a contemporary art practice started late 20th century. There are two means: Representational tactic (art presenting the results of the application of biotech) and presentational tactic (art created through the application of biotech). Goals of BioArt could be: Involvement with living matter, exposes hidden emotions and values, demystifies science, public empowerment: enables being otherwise, and/or just focus on methods itself. Artistic skills that are involved are: Irony (Dove d'Or), appropriation (Eduardo Kac, GFP Bunny), rule-breaking (Jennifer Willet, BIOplay), flip-thinking (Chrissy Conant, Chrissy Caviar), identification/objectivication (Tissue Culture & Art project, Victimless Leather: A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket grown in a Technoscientific 'Body').

At the workshop part, we tried to extract our DNA from saliva using table salt, detergent, lens cleaner liquid, and alcohol. I put the results of my extraction in a small glass bottle. A picture of this is displayed on the top. I am not sure whether this is only DNA, because I might have poured in the alcohol too fast.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Two books in cassette

At 13:09, I bought the book Ovidius Metamorphosen - Munkedals Voorbeelden (two books in a cassette) with a forword by Nova Rese and part of the Dutch translation by M. d'Hane-Scheltema of the text Metamorphoseon libri by Ovid written in Latin, from charity shop Het Goed for € 7.50.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


At 15:38, I bought the book Handreiking beeldende kunst in de openbare ruimte edited by Jan Brand, written in Dutch and published by Cultuurfonds BNG in 2000, ISBN:9032279181, from charity shop Het Goed for € 1.50.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Mapping Minimalism

I went to the opening of the exhibition Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie's Amsterdam preceding the auction, which contains four works by Peter Struycken. During the opening, Carel Blotkamp gave the lecture: Mapping Minimalism - Galerie Riekje Swart and her network. (The following is based on notes I made during the lecture. It does not cover everything being presented.) Blotkamp remarked that you could do a PhD on this subject. In the sixties he started to visited galeries. When he finished his studies, he became a art critic besides his position at the university. In the sixties, the Dutch museums were very active and this was also recognized international. They were actively searching for new talents and had a leading role in this regard. Now this is now no longer the case. Willem Sandberg, the directory of Stedelijk Museum, was the driving force behind this. In 1938. he curated an exhibition about abstract art. In 1958 he wrote a statement about how the museums should be open to current art. The media were rather critical about this. But he did not only focus on recent art. For example, in the same year, he also organized an exhibition about Jackson Pollock. He had high regards of the COBRA movement. In 1962 he organized the exhibition nederlands bijdrage (The Dutch contribution to the art since 1940), which included many works from Dutch members of the COBRA movement. In the Netherlands there were also artists who opposed the COBRA movement. In 1962 the exposition nul was held with works from ZERO artists. Sandberg was followed by Eduard de Wilde, who organized an exhibition about PopArt. The exhibitions in Dutch museuma followed recent decelopments, much faster than American museums. (Blotkamp showed a picture taken at an exhibition with Jan Wolkers in it.) The Stedelijk Museum bought the boat made by Yayoi Kusama, which is now regarded as one of the most important works from that period. The poster of the exhibition vormen van de kleur (shapes of colour) mentions minimal art. (Blotkamp showed a picture with Bob Bonies in the exhibition.) Around that time, The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, led by Jean Leering, started to focus more on minimal art. In 1968 there was a large exhibition with works from American artists at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. This was followed by a exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum about minimal and conceptual art. An influencial art magazin from this period was Kunst & Museumjournaal. Newspapers were still rather negative about these art developments. The galleries played a small role. The Dutch market was too small for galleries to get works from foreign artists. But also the galleries became good at scouting new talents. Most of these galleries where in Amsterdam, but there were also a number of significant galleries elsewhere. Riekje Swart, quited her regular job, and opened her gallery in 1964. (Shows a picture of her before two works by Peter Struycken: Komputerstrukturen 3a and Komputerstrukturen 3.) It was only in the second year that she focussed more on geometric art. Ad Dekkers and Peter Struycken had exhibitions with her. (Shows picture with Ad Dekkers, Hans Koetsier, Bob Bonies, Peter Struycken and her, with one work by Ad Dekkers and two works by Peter Struycken visible in the backgound: Structuur XXXV - 67 and Structuur XXXII - 67.) They were different artist but all had something with geometry. She also had conceptual artists, such as: Ger van Elk, Jan Dibbits and Marinus Boezem. Some of these artist got large solo exhibitions in and outside the Netherlands. In 1968 the exhibiton junge kunst aus holand in Kunsthalle Bern showed works of 21 artist. Eight of these were from Riekje Swart, which is quite remarkable, because her gallery just had opened for four years. She continued to be focussed on geometric art. Riekje Swart also exchanged works with some galleries in countries around The Netherlands. Riekje Swart was not good in selling works, but she had a very loyal circle of customers, mostly from the middle class as the very rich did not invest in modern art. The exhibition Three blind mice: de collecties: Visser, Peeters, Becht was an important exhibition with works from private collectors. Other Important collectors were Jo and Marlies Eyck and Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn (who later started Art & Project). Jan and Tieneke Hoekstra also made part of this. (Their collection is part of the auction.) Although they collected works from various artists, their collection shows a remarkable consistency. Frans Haks played an important role in the later development of the gallery.

After the lecture, I watched the works on display. I found the following works notable (in order of their catalogue number):

Someone arranged a hard-copy of the catalogue for me.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Other Places

In the evening, I had a quick look at the exhibition Other Places at the University of Twente. I found the works by Judith Schepers most impressive.

This months interesting links

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