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drawing
February 26, 2009, 3:12 am
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drawings

More drawing class tonight. Posting it here, because I gave the excuse for taking pictures, “So I can show my mom.” :P

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i miss you
February 24, 2009, 12:54 am
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My faculty has a weekly drink night on Wednesdays. This past Wednesday, they played a remix of “Sweet Caroline” that only I out of my friends knew of because of the whole Fenway tradition. It was a small reminder of pseudo-home, but messed up a bit with the techno. In that way, it feels more Dutch. Here’s a link to what it sounded like, I thought it was a different remix but I can’t find it readily on youtube.

vertical-movement only gesture exercise

Also last Wednesday, I started a figure drawing class at the Cultural Center in hopes that if I get into the class next quarter, I won’t be starting cold.  At the end of the class we were supposed to show something we liked, and unfortunately mine was from the first half of the class when we had to do gesture drawings.

The one on the right is a challenge from the teacher to just use vertical movements.  When I was making it it didn’t feel like anything, but stepping back it surprised me.

And today we had a remote lecture from a Delft student who is currently at the Media Lab for an exchange, I think.  The lecture was pretty bad just because of the logistics of having someone video conference with us (he ended up just using skype audio), so it just gave me time fool around more with a drawing I made earlier during class.

And to top it off, my next lesson in Dutch is about asking for directions to Beaverstraat, or in English: Beaver Street.  Sigh.



who hate yeh?
February 21, 2009, 6:34 pm
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Dutch class is going better (I actually like it!  Except for the tests…), but I feel more confident in writing and reading than speaking.  My favorite lessons are the ones that involve food, since that was my main exposure to Dutch before I started taking class.

But sometimes I’m still immature and think little things are funny.  Audio clips are borrowed from the text.

Hoe heet jij? = What’s your name? (But is closer to “Cómo te llamas?” in that another way to ask in Dutch is “Wat is jouw naam?”)

donker = dark.  You can hear it in this example sentence that means “The days become shorter: it gets dark earlier.”
De dagen worden korter: het wordt vroeg donker

vaak = often.  The sentence below means “We ask these sorts of questions often.”
Dit soort vragen stellen we vaak.

verblijfsvergunning = residence permit.  It’s the longest word I’ve seen in the text.

Wat jammer = “What a pity”

And there’s no word for cereal.  It doesn’t really exist.

And my friend Daniël told me there’s no word for “race.”  They made up a verb “racen,” but before borrowing that from English, there was no way (or reason?) to have a word for competitively riding anything.  Just “snel rijden,” which is to “ride fast.”

That could explain why it’s so easy to pass people on the way to school.  But sometimes they’re more concerned with doing other things.

I know it shouldn't be surprising, but seeing people hold hands while biking is still kind of cute.

I know it shouldn't be surprising, but seeing people hold hands while biking is still kind of cute.



material xperience
February 18, 2009, 1:20 am
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material xperience

Went to Utrecht on Saturday with people to see the Material Xperience, a small part of a bigger Architecture convention.  The rest of the group went out afterwards, but I split off early with Yoshi, Lu, and Yvonne, because I had to be productive on Sunday.  My first time in Utrecht!  I will need to go again, because it looked very nice.  Cozy and old like Delft, but much more lively.



the zen of dishwashing
February 12, 2009, 11:05 pm
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My form study class had its exhibition opening today.  Here are some shots of my model in the photo studio, the exhibition, and the main area of my faculty building.

flickr album

accompanying poster

accompanying poster



exhibition opening
February 12, 2009, 3:04 am
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it’s coming…

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objects and art
February 11, 2009, 8:02 pm
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object rotterdam

object rotterdam album


A bunch of us (14+, mostly IO) went as a mob to a small design exhibition in Rotterdam this past Saturday.  It seemed to be very focused on jewelry – droog design had a small exhibit, but it was stuff I had already seen in Amsterdam.  Also some other familiar chairs and furniture from Dutch Design Week showcase.

I’m not sure for whom the exhibit was, possibly more targeted at a wealthier crowd who would actually consider buying products this expensive.

I grabbed the floor plan for Art Rotterdam, but it was getting late and we went out for food at the New York Hotel Restaurant that even served “American Cheesecake.”  I ordered a side of sourdough bread, but whatever I got clearly was not sourdough.  Cry.

art rotterdam album

art rotterdam album

I went back the next day to see Art Rotterdam, this time it was just me and Lu, a Taiwanese girl who is studying DFI (Design for Interaction).  While we had expected it to be bigger due to the larger number of corporate sponsors in comparison to Object Rotterdam, I severely underestimated the task of looking through the 75 galleries were there (including some from London, New York, Milan, etc.).  Clearly Art was the Big Mama event, not Object.

At first I didn’t take any pictures, because of that general rule of not taking pictures at art museums or other events, but then I think the rule seemed to be universally bent when it came to 3-D works rather than 2-D.  Still, I marked down a bunch of names and will post what pieces I can find at the end.

So there was a lot of works to look at, but not a lot of it was mind-shattering nor was it even stuff I liked.  That’s the thing about art-ish events: I like going to them, but I don’t often like or am affected by what’s there.  Perhaps finding the couple things that strike you is worth the couple hours of indifference.

But there were three things that I was reminded that I prefer in general or for when I ever have my own exhibition:

1) Interaction – I like being able to touch products and play with things.  A lady showed us how to control the dimming of a gold lamp by just touching it, and after I was testing to see how it worked for 5 seconds she was like “Okay, well don’t play with it now.”  Rubbish.  When I make my Nauseo coffeemaker, everyone can have a cup.

2) Photographs – People should be able to take them.  If the real value is from the actual interaction experience, they’ll buy it.  There’s no real harm in having photographs taken of it.

3) Stories – It’s important for me to know where a piece of work comes from.  However when under bombardment and overstimulation as was the case here, it turns into more of an eye-catching or first impression game.  Lu was much better than me at looking at everything more attentively and catching things I didn’t the first time around.

Then it took us 3 hours to get home, because there was a power failure and no trains were leaving Rotterdam (it usually takes 20 minutes).  In short, we tried to find a bus, found the real station under construction, then found out the bus wasn’t running that day, then went to take the light rail to Den Haag (past Delft) to catch a train to go to Delft. Whoops.

Michael Wolf - Pictures of Chicago. Urban pictures of windows aren't very new, but seeing it in large scale was somehow very nice.

Joe Deutch - This made me laugh out loud.

Joe Deutch - This made me laugh out loud.

Boukje Janssen - A mirror book with text on a transparent sheet regarding the necessity of suffering in human existence.  (borrowed from website)

Boukje Janssen - A mirror book with text on a transparent sheet regarding the necessity of suffering in human existence. (borrowed from website)

Carolein Smit - couldnt find original, but this one is nice too.

Carolein Smit - couldn't find original, but this one is nice too.

Ruprecht von Kaufmann - It feels like a part of a story, but there was no description.

Ruprecht von Kaufmann - It feels like a part of a story, but there was no description.

Maria Ikonomopoulou - Delicate integration of embroidery and paper.

Maria Ikonomopoulou - Delicate integration of embroidery and paper.

Rolan Schimmel - trippy reflective/void spot paintings

Rolan Schimmel - trippy reflective/void spot paintings

Inti Hernández

Inti Hernández - The whole is found in the reflection.

Dennis Hollingsworth - I really liked the texture of the sea anemone paint balls.

Dennis Hollingsworth - I really liked the texture of the sea anemone paint balls.

Charlotte Schleiffert - Her large paintings of women reminded me of some of Luiss work, for some reason.

Charlotte Schleiffert - Her large paintings of women reminded me of some of Luis's work, for some reason.

Dennis Hollingsworth - The one I saw had speech bubbles, but you get the idea from this one.

Allard Budding - The one I saw had speech bubbles, but you get the idea from this one.

Hernán Marina

Hernán Marina