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photo update
March 18, 2009, 11:44 pm
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Approaching the end of the quarter, but I don’t want to leave this blog so stale. Here are some things that have been happening, click on the images to see the albums.

maart 6: just getting nice enough for me to ride my bike randomly out of delft again

maart 6: just getting nice enough for me to ride my bike randomly out of delft again

maart 7: museum nacht in rotterdam

maart 7: museum nacht in rotterdam

maart 8: first nice day in a while



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



IFFR
February 2, 2009, 7:57 pm
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Lilli and I volunteered for the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. She was crazier and had 10+ shifts to gain free admission to any film, while I could only squeeze in 4 (but one got canceled) because the past couple weeks had exams and deadlines for final projects. We were “zaalwacht,” a.k.a. screening attendants.

I was at a smaller venue (whatever could fit my schedule), Lantaren/Venster. It seemed rather cozy. The first time was kind of rough because I didn’t speak Dutch, nor did I attend the training session because of work and the inauguration, and I was already running late when I got myself lost en route. But I did meet some nice people during the shifts, some of whom do cool stuff with art, so that was nice. And of course, I got to see a handful of “interesting” films while on duty:

“Tokyo Sonata” – a Japanese film featuring a slightly dysfunctional family.  The father loses his job and can’t tell his wife, the older son joins the U.S. army, the younger son wants to play piano but isn’t allowed lessons, and the mother feels removed from her housewife life.

“Roma” – a Mexican short where an older factory worker who helps out a runaway girl.

“Almost” – a sad Israeli short telling the story of how the Israeli filmmaker fell in love with a Nigerian on a shoot in Africa, but he is later diagnosed with AIDS.

“Goodbye” – a Japanese film where a young woman can’t seem to cope when her boyfriend gets contaminated by plutonium and leaves her.

“Spyder” – a Japanese film shot entirely on a camera phone. A girl has a falling problem and forgets her identity. She has emotional issues as well. Many people left before the end of this one…

“Hardcore Chambermusic” – a trio decides to play 30 sets in 30 days. The result is a 73-minute film.

Last night the festival ended, with a nice volunteer party in the Schouwburg.


I miss LSC.



WATT in NYT
October 24, 2008, 9:17 am
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The club I went to a bit ago is mentioned in this New York Times article.



dutch design week
October 20, 2008, 1:55 am
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I went to Eindhoven yesterday to check out some Dutch Design Week exhibits. I will be back again later this week to see the exhibition hall, but there were several stores and galleries around town that were taking part in it.

Later I went to Rotterdam with Robin to see a Teitur concert, of which there are no photos, but the music was nice and the venue was cozy.



Sustainable Clubbing
October 12, 2008, 6:39 pm
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So last night I went clubbing with Henri and Yoshi for Sara’s research on how to keep a party going without drugs.  We went to WATT, that is incidentally the first sustainable dance club. I’m linking to a few videos that talk a little more about it.