Saturday, April 13, 2019

Simone Veil

This coin I received on my job this week

Simone Veil maakte van 1974 tot 1979 carrière als minister van Volksgezondheid onder presidenten Jacques Chirac en Raymond Barre en was de eerste vrouw op deze positie. In haar eerste jaar als minister van Volksgezondheid zorgt ze voor betere beschikbaarheid van anticonceptiemiddelen. Een jaar later, in 1975, weet ze legalisatie van abortus in Frankrijk te realiseren. In 2010 werd ze als zesde vrouw in de geschiedenis lid van de Académie française, het instituut van de bevordering van de Franse taal. Als lid ontving zij een ceremonieel zwaard waarin drie kenmerkende teksten waren gegraveerd. Het motto van de Franse Republiek, de Europese Unie en het nummer dat op haar arm was getatoeëerd: 78651.

Simone Veil was born in Nice in 1927 as the daughter of a Jewish architect. In 1944, her entire family was arrested and separated from her father and brother, who did not survive the war. Veil made a career from 1974 to 1979 as Minister of Health under Presidents Jacques Chirac and Raymond Barre and was the first woman in this position. In her first year as Minister of Health, she ensures better availability of contraceptives. A year later, in 1975, she managed to realize the legalization of abortion in France. In 2010 she became the sixth woman in history to become a member of the Académie française, the institute for the promotion of the French language. As a member she received a ceremonial sword in which three distinctive texts were engraved. The motto of the French Republic, the European Union and the number that was tattooed on her arm: 78651. 

Simone Veil est née le 13 juillet 1927 à Nice dans une famille juive non pratiquante. Sous l’occupation elle fait transformer son nom d’origine Jacob grâce à de faux papiers mais se fait malgré tout arrêtée avec sa famille par la Gestapo en 1944. Elle est alors transférée dans différents camps dont Auschwitz et Bergen-Belsen. Elle et ses deux sœurs sont les seules survivantes. Elle meurt finalement le 30 juin 2017 à l'âge de 89 ans. Après la guerre, elle entame des études de Droit et entre dans la Magistrature. En 1974, elle entre dans le gouvernement de Jacques Chirac sous la présidence de Valéry Giscard d’Estaing en tant que ministre de la Santé jusqu’en 1979. C’est à elle que l’on doit la loi sur l’interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG), dépénalisant l’avortement. Votée en 1974, elle entre en vigueur en 1975. Simone Veil a fait face alors à de nombreuses menaces et intimidations mais ce combat lui a apporté une grande popularité. Son parcours politique continue au Parlement Européen dont elle occupe le poste de Présidente de 1979 à 1982. Elle sera par la suite ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et de la Ville dans le gouvernement d’Edouard Balladur en 1993 puis membre du Conseil Constitutionnel entre 1998 et 2007. En dehors de la vie politique, elle a été également Présidente de la Fondation pour la mémoire de la Shoah et en 2010 Simone Veil entre à la prestigieuse Académie française. Elle est décédée le 30 juin 2017, à l'âge de 89 ans. LINK franceculture

Thursday, March 21, 2019

ROZSYPNE @ Passa Porta Festival Belgium

ROZSYPNE © is a work by STUDIO ZZZAP 

STUDIO ZZZAP is Hans van Arken Frank Bosma Nienke Huitenga Lisa Weeda Audio Mark Ijzerman STUDIO Moskou Voice actors and motion capture Marina Gulmomadova Margriet Teunissen Anastasiia Liubchenko Andrii Guselietov




literary non-fiction 

In 2016 Lisa Weeda took part in the deBuren writer’s residency in Paris, where she put Indexen voor verwijtbaarheid on paper. In this work, the Dutch-Ukrainian writer denounces the at-times lopsided, Western-oriented reporting surrounding the MH17 crash and the current situation in Eastern Ukraine. a story brought to life Looking to experience literature in a new way.
Studio ZZZAP accepted the challenge to convert Indexen voor verwijtbaarheid into virtual reality. The team moved in early 2018 to the countryside around Kiev, where it mapped out digitally the environment of local inhabitants. Studio ZZZAP enrolled the help of young Ukrainians who know the land inside out, carried out extensive background and visual research, and used material provided by Weeda’s relatives, who live in the war zone.

Preview date: 29-31st of March 2019, Passa Porta Festival BE

LINK trailer ROZSYPNE LINK Passa Porta



Friday, February 22, 2019

Bauhaus 100 Jahre

Photo’s Dolf Pauw



The Bauhaus in Germany was a dynamic think tank and its ideals were spread worldwide. This year, all of Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the Bauhaus with a colorful festival program. To impress in conversations about next year’s big event visit also Rotterdam for more info!
LINK And there is more! @ Boijmans in Rotterdam The Netherlands

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Jerzy Bielski

Turning Point [2015] 
Painting: Pim Piët 
Music: Jerzy Bielski 


In 2008 Bielski decided to become a professional jazz musician and got his BA at Middlesex University in London. However, in the meantime Jerzy managed to develop his passion for experimental, improvised sounds coming out of his Minimoog synth, playing, recording two albums and touring with a quartet Lanza! To divert from his not always straight path even more, he started his numerous attempts of organising the chaos of free improvisation and his own life, by putting it on paper in the form of dots and lines. 

The work Turning Point from 2015 is the first collaboration of painter Pim Piët with the Polish composer Jerzy Bielski (1984). One speaker had to be mounted outside the panel, and this was a new challenge for Piët, not only in its design but also as a challenge to strengthen the relationship with the painting itself. The rotating object, mounted in the panel becomes the intermediate and seems to catch signals, again blurring the sliding scale of the visual plane towards aural space where boundaries become vague. That idea is exactly how the exhibition design and arrangement came to be. The wall is not only the carrier of the work, but it becomes a part of the overall concept to connect separate works with each other in a new manner. A movement of a visual object through space towards sound/noise. It is the viewer’s task to undergo the musical experience. LINK Jerzy Bielski

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Plovdiv 2019 (Пловдив 2019)

LIVE STREAMING ON 12 JANUARY 2019, 7 PM EET (6 PM CET): 
OPENING EVENT OF PLOVDIV - EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019 WITH THE WE ARE ALL COLOURS SHOW


Over the course of an extended weekend (11-13 January 2019) a series of events will take place at various in- and outdoor spaces across the city. Its peak will be on Saturday, 12 January. The very heart of Plovdiv will welcome the ceremony. The show, combining music, light and dance, will give the key to the whole year ahead and to the basic concept of the European Capital of Culture project, in which the citizens themselves are not only audiences and actors, but also creators of events. More than 1500 participants from Bulgaria and abroad will recreate on the open stage a large and colorful metaphor of all the main themes of the programme ‘Plovdiv 2019’ and their relationships under the motto ‘Together’. 

В рамките на дългия уикенд през януари (11-13 януари 2019 г.) са планирани серия от събития в различни пространства, открити и закрити сцени в града, които ще имат своята кулминация в съботната вечер на 12 януари 2019 г. Откриването ще бъде в самото сърце на Пловдив. Спектакълът, съчетаващ музика, светлина и танц, ще даде ключ към цялата предстояща година и към основната концепция на проекта Европейска столица на културата, в която самите граждани са не само публика и участници, но и създатели на събитията. Над 1500 участници от България и чужбина ще пресъздадат на открита сцена мащабна и цветна метафора на всички основни теми от програмата на „Пловдив 2019“ и на тяхното свързване под мотото „Заедно“.

LINK Plovdiv Opening Ceremony Youtube  LINK Plovdiv 2019 (Пловдив 2019)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Pieter Martijn



Last year, I was visiting my brother-in-law Pieter. It was in his house for the first time. Pieter told me that he was very impressed by the painter Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci when he was a young boy. His way in life was always haunted by his beloved painter. Thus he began to paint and made his life story in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. His sons, former wife, close friends and important characters you see in these paintings.The result is impressive!. LINK Via Dolf Pauw