Monday, May 16, 2016

The Stairs




From mid-May to mid-June, Rotterdam gets a temporary new eye-catcher: a giant stairs with 180 steps from Stationsplein, right in front of Groot Handelsgebouw. The scaffolding system, an idea by architects MVRDV, is a nod to 75 years of rebuilding the city, which is celebrated this year with the cultural event Rotterdam celebrates the city! The Stairs will be officially opened on 16 May by Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and will remain open until 12 June. Everyone is welcome to visit from 10:00 to 22:00. Admission is free. LINK read more

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hackers and Designers

Summer Academy 2016: 
At work. 
If you are so smart why are you so poor?


During the summer of 2016 Hackers and Designers invites an international group of ambitious artist, designers and developers for a 10 day hands-on workshop program, including collective dinners, lectures, a film program and a concluding exhibition… H and D believes that in order to develop a deeper understanding of the qualities and disadvantages of technology we need to look inside the black boxes of the technology that we heavily rely on in our daily physical and digital, our private and professional lives. Therefore we urge the participants of the summer academy to open the box, look inside it, rummage through it or even make their own boxes… LINK read more

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Learning Through Art

The Guggenheim Museum Collection
and collection dolf pauw



Brancusi, Chagall, Kandinsky, Leger, Lichtenstein, Malevich, Miro, Picasso, Ringgold, Rousseau, Severini, and Smith. This is the first children's book based on the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Inspired by Learning Through Art/ The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program, it provides a fun way to learn about art and uses works of art to explore basic elementary school subjects such as math, science, language arts and social studies. Full-color reproductions of twelve masterpieces from the Guggenheim's collection form the basis of sections that are filled with information, exploratory questions, writing and drawing activities, fun facts, and suggestions for additional projects to do at home. Handsomely designed by Takaaki Matsumoto, its pages are specially coated so that writings and drawings made with washable marker will wipe off, allowing each activity to be done again and again for years to come. Geared toward ages 6 - 10, this book offers a delightful way for parents and children to share art together. Learning Through Art/ The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program (LTA) was founded in 1970 by the late Natalie Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in the New York City public schools. Serving thousands of students annually, LTA focuses on increasing the learning and communication skills of elementary school children through an innovative multidisciplinary approach, and offers activities that are designed to supplement the classroom curriculum and increase children’s exposure to the arts. LINK art book

Monday, May 02, 2016

Game Changers @ MOMU Antwerp

Photo’s by Dolf Pauw 







The exhibition ‘Game Changers Reinventing the 20th century silhouette’  looks at the groundbreaking work of fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga whose innovations in the middle of the 20th century created a radically new silhouettte, in which the body got freedom of movement and architectural volumes created a space around the body. Along with the pioneers of haute couture in the 1920s and 1930s and later on also the designers of the 1980s and 1990s, Balenciaga provided an alternative for the prevailing constrictive hourglass silhouette. These ‘Game Changers’ looked at fashion of the 20th century from a new perspective. LINK MOMU

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pati Makowska

Source Daily Mail and internet




Pati Makowska captures the beauty of what were once some of the continent's most vibrant locations. The now-dilapidated buildings still feature hints of their heyday - from intricately painted ceilings, to renaissance architecture and grand halls. The photographer said that tracking down such wonders takes a lot of time, as she has to study man old maps and ask those with local knowledge. Pati plans to continue taking pictures of ruins, but also hopes to expand her photography into natural wonders. She said: 'I first photographed ruins a medieval castle in Muszyna in Poland a few years ago. 'Later, while living in the UK and Iceland, I found other magic and forgotten places. The memory of the power of magic and climate remained my inspiration to be found in places like Poland. LINK dailymail LINK pinterest

Exityourstoryteller

For everyone

You’re ready for a challenge in your interior. We can achieve this for you by creating a canvas of your footage. The format is up to you, and the subject is negotiable. For example, your vacation or pictures from the old box. You know the drill, anywhere in your home are photobooks, videotapes and movies. Where you and family members are documented on. Twenty years ago capturing your life changed from analog to digital. We would like to help you to capture chronological all that old stuff. And record it on modern material so that your children and grandchildren can still enjoy it today. LINK exityourstoryteller

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mime Wave

Metamorphosis






Mime Wave is a theater collective of young Ukrainian and Dutch authors. The performance is inspired by their personal experiences with war and corruption in Ukraine. The theater collective Mime Wave was founded by Anastasiia Liubchenko, a multi-talent from Kiev who lives in Amsterdam since 5 years. Every year they make with Mime Wave a theater with Ukrainian and Dutch artists. Metamorphosis  shows the need for a transformation of a corrupt system, in motion, animation and music. Seen Sunday 24 04 Rotterdam @ Maas theater Rotterdam.
LINK Mime Wave 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nick Nicolai sings At Last from Etta James

@ Holland gots talent




Etta James her debut album, At Last!, was released in late 1960 and was noted for its varied choice in music from jazz standards to blues numbers to doo-wop and rhythm and blues (R&B).The album also included James' future classic, "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "A Sunday Kind of Love". In early 1961, James released what was to become her signature song, "At Last", which reached number two on the R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the song was not as successful as expected, it has become the most remembered version of the song. James followed that up with "Trust in Me", which also included string instruments. Later that same year, James released a second studio album, The Second Time Around. The album took the same direction as her previous album, covering many jazz and pop standards, and using strings on many of the songs spawning two hit singles, "Fool That I Am" and "Don't Cry Baby". 
LINK Song by Nick Nicolai

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dieper graven, vorm zoeken, verhaal maken. Digging deeper, shape search, create story.

Lisa Weeda 
Read, listen @ tumbir


Until a year back I knew none of that platform, a year before anything specific about the journey she made, a year before my grandmother was Ukrainian woman with a funny accent and some small anecdotes about the past. If her life only existed in the Netherlands. A large part of my family lives in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. "As if my life consists Netherlands!" I realize more and more. I am from here, but my heart is still there anymore. When the stories, the history, the sights, scenery and culture. In conflict, civil war, corruption and strange aftertaste of the Soviet Union, I still only understand a tenth. When the vodka from the freezer and the bread in each dish. From now on, public links below, you can read along always and everywhere, watch or even listen in to my research. 

Tot een jaar terug wist ik niets van dat perron, een jaar daarvoor niets specifieks over de reis die ze maakte, een jaar daarvoor was mijn grootmoeder de Oekraïense vrouw met een grappig accent en wat kleine anekdotes over vroeger. Alsof haar leven alleen in Nederland bestond. Een groot deel van mijn familie woont in Oekraïne, Rusland, Wit-Rusland en Kazachstan. ‘Alsof heel mijn leven uit Nederland bestaat!’ bedenk ik me steeds vaker. Ik ben wel van hier, maar mijn hart ligt steeds meer daar. Bij de verhalen, de geschiedenis, de gezichten, het landschap en de cultuur. Bij de conflicten, de burgeroorlog, de corruptie en de vreemde nasmaak van de Sovjet-Unie die ik nog steeds maar voor een tiende deel begrijp. Bij de wodka uit de vriezer en het brood bij elk gerecht. Vanaf nu is onderstaande links openbaar en kan je altijd en overal meelezen, meekijken en soms zelfs meeluisteren met en naar mijn onderzoek. 
LINK interview Sasja Temnikova (in Dutch)
LINK interview Dolf Pauw (in Dutch)

Friday, April 08, 2016

Portraits of 50 (51) Artists and Their Cats

Karel died yesterday and Sparky a few years earlier

Editor Alison Nastasi writes in the book’s introduction, “Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes - which mirror those of cats.” More than 50 pairs are highlighted throughout the book - cats perched on laps, desks, and even atop heads. Included in the cat compendium is everyone from Basquiat to Matisse with images of Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe in-between. Salvador Dali himself graces the cover with cane and noted Colombian ocelot Babou. Note Dolf and Patia’s cats on TPG Post stamps 2003. LINK Artists and Their Cats

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Yes or No

Thread, or, Ukraine is a story by Lisa Weeda (in Dutch)

Lisa Weeda writes, makes literary programs at Beautiful Words in Utrecht, teaching and gives workshops. Her work has appeared among others in Das Magazin, De Titaan, The Optimist and Hard // Hoofd.
LINK athenaeum
LINK Lisa Weeda

Saturday, April 02, 2016

STEREO


Before World War II there was experimented with multi-channel recording and playback. An example is the recorded music of Disney's Fantasia, which made use in 1938 of seven audio channels, which were required for playback in the cinema dozens of speakers. Philips used stereophonic recording and playback in 1948 for an experimental "duplicate concert" of the Great Hall in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. When all stereophony was deemed necessary in order to achieve a realistic reproduction of the concert. No less interesting were the findings of the listeners, including orchestra members, the majority of whom were very positive about the accuracy of the display and some even thought they are - thanks to the darkness in the Small Hall (since no orchestra to see was) - to concentrate even more on the music. LINK stereostack

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Markus Brunetti


On the road since May 2005, 
German photographer Markus Brunetti is continuously travelling around Europe to capture the facades of religious buildings, using his very own technique of highly technical precision combined with absolute peaceful ambience. At first glance his work seem to resemble New Objectivity-style documentary, but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that he is pursuing a complex selection process and visual strategy based on central perspective, which begins with an intensive research and study of the buildings and facades. From this study - in collaboration with his partner Betty Schöner - he has developed his own visual vocabulary for the Facades series, in which he follows his subjective impressions to capture the atmosphere, the light, the details, the perspective of a building in a visual concept – a concept that he realizes using the most advanced visual technology. The Facades by Markus Brunetti evoke enthusiasm-or a sense of estrangement.
LINK Markus Brunetti

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Calm After The Storm

Els Smekens





I wanted to post this item before, but after what happened today in Brussels I put it anyway! 
Els Smekens (Aalst, July 21 1986) is a Belgian dancer. She studied dietician but eventually found her calling in dancing. She specializes mainly in modern dance and jazz. See more @

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Isabelle Boon

Heritage in Transition



In the old districts of Jakarta and Semarang in Indonesia takes on a life that is barely visible. People who have installed themselves as well as possible have sought shelter in half-collapsed colonial buildings. Collecting materials, creating and selling products, and preparing food, they hardly get by. Life behind these facades is tough, but will be further exacerbated by the new interest in colonial architecture. Besides the cultural and historical value of the old buildings local governments and businesses also see the economic potential. Slowly but surely these buildings get a new purpose; a new chapter in our shared history.
The aim of the project
But what does this mean for current residents? The social position of this group does not get any media attention, while there is a great interest in the economic development. Last year I started documenting these residents and how they live. This year the results are exhibited in Jakarta and Semarang. To bring this story to the attention of a wider audience I want to make a photo book. I think that a broad awareness can contribute to a revitalization policy, which takes into account the residents. Dutch Culture, the Marinus Plantema Foundation and the Erasmus Huis support me to realize the photo project and exhibitions. For the book I ask your help.
How I will spend the budget
It’s a book that shows you to another Indonesia than you might know. Besides the photography residents also speak and reflect on their situation. The book is published as a beautifully bound edition, printed on quality paper, and designed with eye for detail.
The proceeds of this action I spent on printing and material costs. Your support is essential for making this possible. Thank you for your donation!
Through updates I will keep you informed. For questions or more information you can contact me at mail@isabelleboon.com
For pictures taken during a concept phase, and other work, go to: 
LINK heritage in transition LINK fotoboek heritage in transition 1

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

ISH

CREATURES

Traveling with the family evolution in the adventurous idea Creatures by 500 million years. A spectacular show in which dance, acrobatics and symphonic music to take you into the story of two loving beings lose sight of each other during the evolution of life on Earth. The adventurous quest for reaching each other to the farthest corners of the planet: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the endless blue sky. Creatures share a unique collaboration between the ICC and Ballet Orchestra with 45 classical musicians and 10 hip hop dancers together on stage. The show is a special experience for the whole family and see exclusive two weeks in the West Hall at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. 

Reis met het hele gezin door 500 miljoen jaar evolutie in de avontuurlijke voorstelling Creatures. Een spectaculaire show waarin dans, acrobatiek en symfonische muziek je meenemen in het verhaal over twee verliefde wezens die elkaar uit het oog verliezen tijdens de evolutie van het leven op de aarde. De avontuurlijke zoektocht naar elkaar reikt tot de verste uithoeken van de planeet: van de donkerste diepten van de oceaan tot in de eindeloos blauwe lucht. Creatures is een unieke samenwerking tussen Het Balletorkest en ISH waarbij 45 klassieke musici en 10 hiphop dansers samen het podium delen. De voorstelling is een bijzondere ervaring voor het hele gezin en exclusief twee weken te zien in de Zuiveringshal West op de Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. LINK thisisish (In Flemisch)

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Staging the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives

Museum der Moderne Salzburg 

Bert J. Sabourin Friderica Derra de Moroda, around 1916 Photography Universität Salzburg,

Arthur Grunenberg Dance study, around 1920 Pencil drawing Universität Salzburg,

Lia Perjovschi o.T., 2016 Photo of the performance, choreography Giulia Di Guardo Photo: Werner Kaligofsky

This exhibition draws a unique connection between what is known as (dance) modernism and contemporary art today. It was inspired by the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives, which have been at the University of Salzburg since 1978. The treasures in this singular and extensive collection form the backdrop for the project’s contemporary artistic “re-vision” of 1920s and 1930s dance. The multifaceted dance culture of the time was defined by fertile creative tensions between classical dance and expressive Ausdruckstanz, between theatrical, ethnic, and social dance formats, spurring a quest for new ways to convey the effect of dance performances in a variety of media. The archive is named after its founder, the artist, teacher, choreographer, scholar, and collector Friderica Derra de Moroda (b. Bratislava, 1897; d. Salzburg, 1978), who played a prominent role in the history of twentieth-century dance. After her debut at the Vienna Secession and guest performances in Central and Eastern Europe, she was based in London until the outbreak of World War II and later moved to Salzburg. She was in close touch with many leading figures in the world of dance and made important contributions to dance scholarship. 
LINK read more @ Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Баба Марта

Ten years design about Baba Marta by dolf pauw

Bulgarians celebrate on March 1 a centuries-old tradition and exchange martenitsi on what is called the day of Baba Marta. The tradition of giving friends red-and-white interwoven strings brings health and happiness during the year and is a reminder that spring is near. Baba Marta (Grandma March) is believed to be a feisty lady who always seems to be grudging at her two brothers, while the sun only comes out when she smiles. As folklore there are different versions of the Baba Marta tale. One says that on that day she does her pre-spring cleaning and shakes her mattress for the last time before the next winter - all the feathers that come out of it pour on Earth like snow - the last snow of the year. Честита Баба Марта!
LINK Честита Баба Марта 2006 
LINK Честита Баба Марта 2011 
LINK Честита Баба Марта 2015

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Creepy Toys Factory

Cuba is an “Eternal Paradise” for innovation and the economic development based on imitation and wear. 






The Creepy Toys Factory is a project inspired by the marketing of objects (toys) which are built as part of a system of an underground economy on the outskirts of the city. This industrial craft market, dedicated to the entertainment of children, is a real and widespread alternative that make up for the toys´ sales in the government stores. It offers significantly lower prices, and thus accessible, to the most of parents within Cuban society. However, the manufacture of these toys does not meet any of the international and national standards set for it, neither is it regulated by quality and security controls which are essential in objects intended for children. All type of trucks and cars, guns throwing plastic small spears that simulate shots, hybrids between Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sharp swords, hand-made painted, and sometimes deformed, babies, and others singular toys are made from recycled plastic in illegal little factories. They can be settled down in the courtyard of a house or any other small space and the employees work in dangerous conditions by a relative small paid, so they could be defined as sweatshops. All these toys are copies of the ones imported and sold in government stores or personally imported by any person, but their quality and safety is significantly less. Sometimes, they feel apart from the original design through the incorporation of other elements to enrich their “aesthetic or beauty”. LINK Riera Studio Art