Paul Strand. Blind. 1916.
To my friend Jouke, on the occasion of your 50th birthday.
"Aesthetics is nothing but a kind of applied physiology." (Nietzsche)
Predictions and Time Lines
I really like both the premise (accountable predications) and the design of Long Bets.Org (It reminds me vaguely of one of the possibilities I was thinking about while developing the One Hundred Years of Solicitude proposal I made a couple of years ago for the NUON).
The Nature of Order
Christopher Alexander, author of A Pattern Language has finally published his magnum opus, involving more than twenty years of work. There are four volumes in total. The first volume, entitled The Phenomenon of Life is out now. The other three volumes, titled respectively (2) The Process of Creating Life, (3) A Vision of a Living World and (4) The Luminous Ground, are to be published over the next three months.
A full mailbox this morning. The second editions of Vampires (which looks, at least judging by a quick flip through, like a complete rewrite of the first edition, one of my all-time favorite books -- unfortunately the 2nd edition isn't listed on Amazon yet) and Distracted (both presents from Jalal Toufic) arrived as did my order from Total Immersion Swimming and one of the two sleep masks that I recently ordered.
It's terribly hot here in Rotterdam. Terribly hot and sticky.
Bought at the Slegte
Seen and resisted at Donner
Asleep in the Deep
Three paintings of Pierre Bonnard's wife Marthe lying in the bath. (Three of the approximately 384 paintings Bonnard did of his wife -- many of them depicting her in the bathroom.)
I've been looking for examples of Bonnard's photography. Without any luck alas.
Coming soon: DevonAgent (from the makers of DevonThink).
The Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, author of Tragic Sense of Life, died of a heart failure on December 31, 1936 while under house arrest. How's that for art?
16 July, 2003
Spotted this doll in an antique shop window during a visit to Groningen last month. Unfortunately at the time the store was closed for the holidays. Called them today and found the price to be very reasonable. Asked Jente to pick it up for me.
Another Example of the Artist's Estate
Speaking of ogranization I'm constantly amazed at how external deadlines organize my life where nothing else seems to work. Perhaps this explains why I'm attracted to an idea like autopoiesis. To think that all life can do something that I can't!
Amazing site: Ben-Vautier.com (Fluxus)
We are in the middle of a heat wave. As it's impossible to get anything done in this weather I've been looking forward to what I thought was going to be a temporary reprieve: on Thursday I'm going to Brazil for twelve days. However checking the weather just now online I'm disappointed to see that Belo Horizonte isn't that cold. Hmm.. and I thought it was winter there...
Historically important and cool art box publishing project now on the web: Aspen 1965-1971.
Strains of loud music wafting in through the open windows. From the terrace we see the sky lit up over Feyenoord Stadium.
Me: "Sounds like a pop concert."
N. (a couple of minutes later): "Sounds like someone doing bad Rolling Stones covers."
Me (listening more carefully): "Yeah. You're right.
Searching for a good deal on a tri-band GSM phone I stumble across an ad from a Rotterdam retailer. Son of a gun... they have a special offer on phones with free tickets to... you guessed it... last night's Stones concert...
The 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is online (though, oddly enough, nowhere on the site will you find the word 'Britannica').
Richard Hamilton, He Foresaw his Pale Body, 1990-1991.
(Hamilton's 'Imaging Ulysses' series is currently showing at Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam).
Back from 12 days Brazil. Notes and pictures to follow.
143 poems of e. e. cummings at Plagiarist.com.
Place: The men's washroom of the Movies in Amsterdam.
Time: Twenty minutes after midnight.
An Asian gentlemen walks in breathing deeply.
He: "Whew... Which film did you see?"
Another guy: "Dogville"
He (dizzily dropping his head): "Jesus..."
Me (concerned): "Are you okay?"
He: "I guess I just need a minute."
Book shopping in today Amsterdam included a copy of Tennessee William's Camino Real, Ted Hughes adaptation of Seneca's Oedipus (directed by the great Peter Brook), Latimore's translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy and (the reason I picked up the Latimore translation), James Hogan's line by line commentary.
Finished Seneca's Thyestes. I just love the way the chorus that follows acts two and three ignores Atreus' ignominy (Why? They hear he's laying a most horrible trap for his brother Thyestes?), and instead praises the two brother's reconciliation.
A Hunger Artist
Franz Kafka's version (Ein Hungerkünstler, 1924).
David Blaine's version ('I'd like to go as far as I can').
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