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For thirty years our client De Brakke Grond has brought Flemish culture to the Netherlands. This will be celebrated tonight with Love Babies der Lage Landen, a gathering to discuss Flemish-Dutch collaboration. Formerly De Brakke Grond would programme 100% Flemish performances; nowadays it emphasizes the connections between the Netherlands and Flanders. This produces beautiful love babies. Kabouter Wesley is joined by New Kids, Clijsters and Cruyff are a couple in training the Olympic team and Spike and Suzy are adopted by Jan, Jans en de kinderen. Come to the Brakke Grond and order a Duvel with kroketten.
Got no money, but plenty of time on your hands? Then you will never be the broke again. The Dutch branch, Time/Bank launched. Time/Bank is an online platform where goods and services are traded with time as currency: the hour notes. You provide a service for which you will receive hour notes, next you can spend these notes on buying things yourself. You don’t have to spend your notes immediately, you can just save them to use at a later date. The bank is an initiative by artists Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. Become a member of the bank here. Time/Bank also have some vacancies.
Exactly as scheduled: the opening of Foam Pop-In. 12th of May Foam opened a temporary residence in a former bank building. In addition to established artists, new talents will be exposing their work. You can buy signed prints, wander around or just pop in for a coffee. The opening was certainly a success.
When horse racing journalist and amateur photographer Andrew Murray Howe II had the chance to travel to Russia in the early twentieth century, he took his Graflex camera along. He ended up with more than four hundred photographs of street life in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Some of these photos were recently posted on Flickr by Howe's grandson Andrew Murray V. Howe. The images offer a unique insight into pre-revolutionary Russia and the First World War. The Russians responded enthusiastically to the pictures.
Photo: young street vendors in Moscow (1909). According to the photographer’s notes, the people asked whether they could be portrayed in the picture.
There was a time, not so long ago, when you could pick up the morning newspaper and read what had happened in the world in the past 24 hours. Newspapers were important for our view of the world. Nowadays you are instantly and continuously informed of news through media on the Internet and social media such as Twitter. So is there still a future for newspapers? How one of the major newspapers in the world deals with this new reality can be seen in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, premiered worldwide in June. For one year, at a time when developments in the media industry came very quickly, the filmmakers had unlimited access to the editors of New York Times. Advents such as the iPad or Wikileaks have turned the media upside down. "Wikileaks doesn’t need us", sighs an employee of the newspaper in the documentary. Previously they would have dumped a pile of papers on the pavement in front of the New York Times offices. Today they publish their findings directly to the Internet. No one really seems to know what the future will bring for newspapers, but it’s an inspiring business, that's for sure. Hollywood already seems to have plans to screen Page One.
A large part of our lives we spent in our beds. So it's no surprise that it's a recurring subject in the work of many photographers. This became apparent when reviewing the countless portfolios young photographers submitted to Foam Magazine for the Talent issue. So Foam Magazine decided to make a book on the subject of beds: A Book of Beds. The images were selected from the portfolios sent in to the Foam Magazine editorial office between 2009 and 2010.
On may 4, we remembered the effects of mass fanaticism. Throughout the day we are subject to images of Nazi fanatics on television and in the papers. We never want that awful part of our history to happen again, yet fanaticism is still a part of our everyday reality, on a smaller scale and in a different shape and form, but never the less apparent. You only have to take a look at the recent developments in Libya and Syria to know: human kind is fanatic at heart. With that in mind Castrum Peregrini organizes We are all Fanatics, an event that approaches fanaticism from every angle. Historian and writer, Phillipp Blom, will open the event at 20:00 with a lecture in De Verdieping. He will explain why we are all susceptible to fanaticism, intellectuals perhaps more so than others, says Michael Defuster, director of Castrum perigrini. They are often completely convinced of their own ideals and will pursue their cause ...no matter what.
Do you know how much wood you consume on a yearly basis? Probably not. We are hardly aware of the amount of raw materials that are used to make the products we buy everyday. The work of Christien Meindertsma clarifies a lot on that subject. Previously her brilliant book PIG 05049 showed us all the products made from one single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, chewing gum, porcelain, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.
During the opening show of Make a Forest she amazed us with a special work of art she was commissioned to create for InnovatieNetwerk : Tree Track. The tree track calls for answers on our use of raw materials. The Dutch use approximately one cubic meter of wood per person. With smart forestry solutions we could produce this ourselves in a sustainable manner. It will cut costs in import and therefore the use of non-reusable materials such as oil used for transport. Meindertsma used entire birch tree in Flevoland to make a track and a lot of little trains carrying the nutrients trees need to make / produce wood. A true work of art! Showing this summer in Radio Kootwijk.
We have all seen the horrific images of the areas in Japan hit by the recent earthquake and tsunami, but nothing gave us a closer look than the Rolls Tohoku-project. Tohokuis the area in Japan that suffered most from the devastation brought by the tsunami. Aicho Hirano, a fashion photographer spread disposable cameras among the local population and asked them to take pictures. This resulted in ...strong images. Sometimes funny, but mostly tragic and moving. The photos give us a completely different view of the tsunami than the media have been able to thus far.
Aicho Hirano will be featured in the next edition of Foam Magazine, released on June 15.