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minor accomplishment
June 6, 2009, 3:49 pm
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Last night I gave Lu a ride on my bike!  A minor breakthrough in bicycle culture immersion.

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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.



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



Xin nian kuai le!
January 27, 2009, 12:48 am
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Happy Chinese New Year!

On Saturday I went to a celebration held by a bunch of Taiwanese students.  There was a lot of food!  I made and brought scallion pancakes.

We also had to bring a small gift to play a twisted gift exchange game where everyone (40 people) stands in a circle, and there’s a giant die that is rolled to determine if gifts are shifted clockwise or counter-clockwise, or if you get “punished.”  There was a bag of tiles that then said how many people also get punished with you.  The hosts seemed really keen on punishing, since by the end I think 4 out of the 6 sides were devoted to punishment.

But what was punishment, really?  One was that you and the people next to you get drawn on your faces with ink.  Another that was kind of scandalous was that you and one other have to strap on cookware (one being a metal ladle, the other a pot) and one has to hit the other three times by swinging the ladle with your body.  Of course this is the one I end up with, and of course I get stuck with the provocative ladle.  Thankfully as a girl, one can get by with making the motions less suggestive.

And of course the night winded down after the game to karaoke and mahjong.  Wow.  It was probably the most Asian event I’ve ever attended anywhere.  (But it was fun!)

Pictures here are from Nadia, a Greek Erasmus exchange student notorious for always having her camera.  Thanks, Nadia!