TEN THINGS FOR 2010 [in dutch / imported from conceptschool.blogspot.com 

To see if there was any truth in it...



1 / Over tot de Orde van de Dag!

Vergeet de recessie: de maatschappelijke veranderingen die 2010 zullen domineren werden ver voordat we tijdelijk in de afgrond staarden al in gang gezet.

2 / Verstedelingen

Stadscultuur is dé cultuur. De extreme verstedelijking zal in 2010 [en de komende jaren] leiden tot massale toename van veeleisende consumenten, over de hele wereld.

3 / WWWaar ben jij nu?

Meer mensen delen straks, ‘real time’, wat ze meemaken, zien, doen, kopen, beluisteren, bewonderen en zo voorts. En er zijn meer zoekmachines en meer diensten voor het bijhouden van dat alles. Op thema, onderwerp of merk, [life]style, leeftijd, etc.
2010 is het jaar van consumenten die samen [be]leven in één grote live stream van vers gedeelde ervaringen van collega-consumenten.

4 / FluctuLuxe

Nauw verbonden met de gewenste status (en die wordt steeds gefragmenteerder), willen consumenten luxe en fluctueert luxe steeds meer, al naar gelang wat consumenten willen.

5 / MassaMixen

Online levensstijlen zijn, in tegenstelling tot wat men aanneemt, een stimulans voor ‘echte’ ontmoetingen. Het is nu al zo en alle clichés en voorspellingen over een bureaugebonden, virtuele, geïsoleerde toekomst worden te niet gedaan.

6 / Eco moet Makkelijker

Om in 2010 sommige zinvolle duurzaamheiddoelstellingen écht te bereiken, moeten bedrijven en regeringen, het consumenten makkelijker maken ‘groener’ te worden. Dit kan alleen door doelmatige beperkingen van de vervuilende alternatieven.

7 / Infolust!

‘Tracking’ en ‘Alerting’ heet de nieuwe zoeken. In 2010 gaan er talloze nieuwe opsporings- en waarschuwingsdiensten ontstaan, die de consument helpen de macht over het web uit te breiden.

8 / Voorgebakken Naastenliefde

‘Goede Doelen’ worden volgend jaar, door de tijdgeest, in een andere vorm gegoten. Er komen meer pragmatische en coöperatieve ‘goede doelen’. Sociaal maatwerk voor de vrijgevige consument.

9 / Voorzorg wordt Nazorg

Met honderden miljoenen consumenten, die er een of ander online-profiel op na houden, wordt 2010 een goed jaar om bepaalde diensten in te voeren om hen [ook financieel] optimaal te laten profiteren. Dus we gaan van modellen gebaseerd op een voorzorg [kopen, betalen, zoeken] naar digitale diensten gebaseerd op nazorg [maar wat moet je er nu mee?].

10 / De Volwassenaar

2010 wordt nog eigenzinniger, gedurfder, uitgesprokener en waarschijnlijk zelfs rauwer; dan 2009. Bedank daar de ‘online-wereld’ maar voor. En jij, als ‘merk’, wordt [jij] ook gedurfder !/?

[Bron http://trendwatching.com/briefing/#business bewerking Rob Verhoeven 2010]


Tree of Codes - A Visually Stunning Read

Praise to this incredible work of art/book.  I have never seen anything quite like this - and feel I'd have to see it in person to truly appreciate it.
Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer.  The story is literally carved out of another book - I think it is just beautiful.
 Excerpt from Wallpaper:
"Tree of Codes' multi-layered narrative explores 'an enormous last day of life'. Told from the perspective of a boy coming to terms with the death of a parent, it's a haunting story, full of intense imagery. 'My father would walk along like a gardener of nothingness outside of the surface of life,' he tells us. 'He would scatter into fragments."

"'Visual writing' might be at the core of new publishing house, Visual Editions, but it doesn't let its devices become gimmicky or extraneous. In Tree of Codes, the die-cuts are key to the tale. The powerful voice that Safran Foer has exhumed from Schulz's text is made all the poignant by the gaps in between words, which have an extraordinary resonance. They give each phrase space to breath."

"Safran Foer first considered using dictionaries, encyclopaedias and even his own works to construct his story. 'But any of those options would have merely spoken to the process,' he says. 'I was in search of a text whose erasure would somehow be a continuation of its creation."
I expected this book to be in the $50+ range, just based on the amount of work it takes to print such a piece.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to see it for just over $26 on Amazon.  Do you think you would purchase this book?  I found a copy on Bol.com for € 42.



Same recipe as the male version, again Philip Scott Johnson, now presenting 80 Years of Female Actresses in Cinema...

Her are; Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Ruth Chatterton, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Lauren Bacall, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Janet Leigh, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Ann Margret, Julie Andrews, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry

Music this time: Bach's Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Women In Film from Philip Scott Johnson on Vimeo.



On Bach's Allemande from 'Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C Major', Philip Scott Johnson compiled some of the most beautiful actors, in an overwhelming chain of changing faces...
80 Years of Male Actors in Cinema in 80 faces.

Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Errol Flynn, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Tyrone Power, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Gene Kelly, Burt Lancaster, William Holden, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Rock Hudson, Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck, Richard Burton, Jack Lemmon, Sean Connery, Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Steve McQueen, Peter O'Toole, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, Warren Beatty, Dennis Hopper, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Harrison Ford, Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Christopher Walken, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, John Travolta, Antonio Banderas, Tim Robbins, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, George Clooney

Men In Film from Philip Scott Johnson on Vimeo.



Studio MV = Marije Vogelenzang

After graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2000, Marije Vogelzang developt a new direction in the design profession. After founding PROEF in Rotterdam in 2004 and expanding to Amsterdam in 2006, she broadens her experiments and develops her vision one food.
After 10 years of experience, she is considered a pioneer and the 'grand dame' of course eating design
(De Volkskrant).

She travels the world for inspiring lectures about her work and vision, in which she researches the potential of her new approach to eating (or is it a new approach to design?).
Marije Vogelzang's lectures are well received in the Netherlands and among others, Cape Town, Beirut, Bangkok, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Norway, Romania, Berlin, etc.
In addition, Marion is also part of brainstorming sessions and works as a consultant for the food industry.

Studio Marije Vogelzang is a small personal company with big ideas. they work both on restaurant concepts and do hospitals and medical projects. They do community projects such as workshops to inspire, but they also work for the food industry. They create art installations and new rituals concerning food.

Take a llok at the works at: Proef Amsterdam of Proef Rotterdam




Marije Vogelenzang wrote, "Eat Love A about food, giving an overview of her work from the moment she graduated from the Design Academy in 2000.

Eat Love - Love Eat

Eating is a daily experience that needs special attention. Yes, like love demands. That's the way Marije Vogelzang sees it. Love for the product, love the story behind it, love the people with whom you share it and love for the environment in which you eat. Eating design, in Marije's case means not just look of food. But the WHOLE, all there is in it: the psychological, cultural, sensitive, natural, action-packed, scientific, technical and social aspects of eating should be studied and transformed into food design.

The psychology of eating

In the first chapter Marije Vogelzang 
shows, what she understands as the psychology of eating. And she gives impressive examples. During the opening of the exhibition Black Confetti in the Rotterdam Schielandshuis about the Second World War and the impressions of the kids by then (the axis of the bombing came as black confetti falling from the sky) Marije Vogelzang served war snacks, with only the ingredients used during the war. And the beauty was that not only the bad memories of the guests emerged. Despite the poor food of these difficult times, there were still plenty of memories of good times, the food enticed the right conversation piece. Eating together was one of the small pleasures that time and the guests there had pleasant memories.

Press Eat Love to see the book and more of Marijes work.



Tokujin Yoshioka, the man that designed the fabulous Hermès window display december 2009 [see previous post] did an installation september 2010 [both in Tokyo] called SNOW. Rather appropiate these days... It was a feather snowscape, build up in a 15-metre wide glass space. The dynamic installation was made to move by visitors passing by and was part of the Sensing Nature exhibition at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum.

Watch the video:

Snow by Tokujin Yoshioka from mocoloco on Vimeo.

And watch Tokujin's website for more fascinating venues.



The New york shop of Moschino showed a Dali inspired windowdisplay this year. Soft furnishing as a salute to the man and his surrealistic art. 

It reminded me of a great story I once read;

It was summer, 1939, when Dali was asked to design a window display for New York 5th Avenue, department store, Bonwit Teller. They may have gotten more than they bargained for, but management might have anticipated the interest the window would create. Salvador Dali was at that time, one of the most famous and notorious painters of his day. 

The theme of the display was Night and Day. But here no ordinary depiction. A four-poster-bed covered with black sheets, scarred with burn marks, symbolized night. The canopy over the bed was a buffalo; in its mouth was a pigeon dripping blood. The feet of the bed were the four feet of the buffalo. Across the bed, covered in cobwebs and dust, lay a wax mannequin, its head propped up on artificial burning coals.

The depiction of day was even more extraordinary. A bathtub lined with ermine and filled with water
occupied most of the window. A mannequin in a voluminous ball gown was stepping into the tub, her features reflected in a mirror held in front of her by two wax arms that reached up from the floor. Flowers sprouted from every available surface of the display.

Once the display was set up, Dali left the store for the night. But when he returned the next morning, he could not believe his eyes. His precious work had been tampered with by an overzealous employee concerned that the window display did not focus on the ballgown. The bed had been removed, the decor altered, and the wax mannequin stepping into the tub had been repositioned so that her gown could be seen to better effect from the street. Dali felt that the whole display had been ruined. 

So enraged was Dali that, without waiting for an explanation, he stormed through the store and forced his way past the store assistants into the window display. In protest he tried to overturn the tub of water, but his foot slipped. In the ensuing melee, Dali and the bathtub crashed through the plate glass window out onto the sidewalk, showering the watching crowd with cold water and splinters of glass. The police were summoned and Dali was arrested on charges of wilful destruction.
Brought into court, Dali was given a suspended sentence. 




These [short and dark] days are about food, so here's a number of reports about what feeds us. 
Where to start?  
FoodTube boasts it hosts the biggest and best collection of Dutch films about food on their website. Indeed, everything is clearly arranged and easy to use. Have a look!
Everything is arranged in clear channels: basic techniques, tests, reports and video recipes. Plus the ability to create your own video diary of your favorite dish, favorite restaurant or gourmet gathering upload.
There's also the possibility to request the
food tube team to submit the recipe in a YouTube film.
There is also an international version. Not as goodlooking, but interesting when you want to see a certain country.



It's been a while...
But "it boggled my mind then" and it made me wonder about the 'state of affairs "today. 
So I took a look ...
Monday, November 26, 2007 in
The Guardian published an article on "Cultural Guerillas".
They thought it necessary to repair Paris Pantheon clock. All in extreme secrecy.
It came to light through a lawsuit against Untergunther, for their clandestine restoration. 
L'UX is a clandestine Paris-based organization whose goal it is to improve and restore hidden and neglected relics of urban heritage.
Earlier, in 2004, a L'UX related group, "
La Mexicaine De Perforation" was 'caught' on the operation of entertaining a clandestine cinema in a space underneath the Palais de Chaillot on the Place du Trocadero in Paris. The Palais de Chaillot also houses the Musée du Cinema. 

Now there's a book, "
La Culture En Clandestins L'UX'". Lazar Kunstmann, spokesman for L'UX and author of the book talks about 25 projects. From the start of the organization, the founding of the cinema, the repair of the Pantheon clock and the process.

25 years clandestine cultural action ... sounds great!



These days are much about food... Sinterklaas, mainly about sweets. An attack on childrens teeth is the only thing left from the kind of sadistic Sint of the forties, fifties and early sixties. Luckily for expats there is Typical Dutch Stuff. Nice for the Dutch to take a look from the outside at their inside... [not their stomach content]



Strange as it seems, it sometimes pays not to hide under the staircase, but to run outside into the sunlight. Escaping an earthquake teaches us, it does. But keeping secrets on internet? Possibly. Just as you know where to send them... and put stickres on your eyes...

Here's the adress:
[American, but available in French and German]

For the Dutch there's:
BRIEFGEHEIM [Nederlands]



Natalie's parents decided at birth, like any new parents, to take a lot of pictures of their daughter. But where most parents desire to record daily how their child grows up, waines after a few weeks, they kept up with it for ten years, every day.
Finally they put all these pictures in, what they call
"stop motion human growth". This gives a pretty cool overview of Nathalie growing up.



I simply love Nick Cave's pictures called Creature Couture here on Man Made Creation [recommendable site BTW]



This little bewildering piece of film already left quite some of my friends in awe...
It rumbles through your mind...
What do we see?
Is this what we see?
Is it what we want to see? 
What does the actor want us to see?
Does he want us to see this?

I [honestly] did not know James Franco, so I did my googling and first of all found quite some articles about him; putting the G question... Is he, is he not? To tell the truth, this film gives an answer. To put it bluntly, he loves himself. We see a boy leaning over in a pond, staring at his reflection and falling in love... The fascination comes from the privilege presented to us, to be able to witness this...

For meeting Narcissus.... Watch: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/12/12/magazine/14actors.html#2

EAMES & EAMES X 10 : 10

Sure we have seen it all and it was already awsome in its days. But nevertheless let's take another look and appreciate what the Eameses did for us. At the speed light up and down again. Times ten or divided by it... Here goes.



Vi Hart, who presents herself as a Mathemusician on YouTube does some awsome droodling. Once you catch up with the tempo of her talking and drawing, the lesson is simple and fascinating. You can droodle more focussed and you'll probably get quite into dicovering the laws Vi Hart lays out...
I know how I'm gonna spend my next boardmeeting.

Oh boy... She has some more breathtaking droodle principals to share with us... Watch also Stars!



It struck me that the Wikileaks people had found a startling environment for shedding their secrets. They moved from California USA to Stockholm Sweden and hid themselves in an old nuclear bunker. The images are stunning, The World Of Interiors could easely turn it into a mayor reportage. 007 revisited...



I read somewhere: "I organize, therefore I am." Seems an essential thing to stay alive, these days. It reminded me of a lot of other THEREFORE I AM's, so I started to look around...
First of all; well known Barbara Kruger. Recently in the reopened The Temporary Stedelijk in Amsterdam.

I shop, therefore I am http://www.barbarakruger.com/

But beside that there are more existence confirming ways to be [or not to be] 

I smell, therefor I am, of perfume fanatics Brian and Abigail;
... http://ismellthereforeiam.blogspot.com/

I tag, therefore I am, Jim Baretts, Soul Sphincter blog;
He also does some interesting blogging on augmented reality: http://realmixed.blogspot.com/
And on pedagogy: http://blog.humlab.umu.se/

I write therefore I am, of Dutch writer Karin Spaink. Funny to click on... http://blogger.xs4all.nl/kspaink/

I organize therfore I am, seems a logical one to be amongst the existing ones, but wasn't found...

Therefore I am... simple as that of the Boston Hard Rock, Indie band: http://www.myspace.com/thereforeiam



Think of
H. V. Morton's, Traveller in Rome. One can spend days in the Eternal City following the descriptions of this book. One  story leads to a quest through alleys in the backyard of the Piazza Navona, to finally arrive at the exact spot where the house of [OOK GIJ?] Brutus was, more then 2000 years ago. Then with the help of another book, one can follow his footsteps to the forum, to the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated
Time travelling. 
Morton's book dates from 1957.  
Adelheid van Beuningen [1932] wrote Porcia in 2008. Porcia was Brutus wife. It's this book, that takes you through Rome, considering the reasons that gave rise to Brutus act. In Adelheid van Beuningen's historical novel Porcia dies at the end but she now lives on as a historical figure. 
Van Beuningen takes the reader back to Porcia's happy marriage, which was dominated by the fight against Brutus' main political rival, Julius Caesar.  
Porcia is the straightforward report of the murder and the developments thereafter.
Adelheid van Beuningen is a Dutch writer that lives in England and writes in Dutch.

Next time more on clever time travelling writers... 



Inspiration for holiday season. Let's make a deal, no waste, no environmental damage, use inspiration and creativity... and preferably some recycled stuff...
Look at: http://www.recyclart.org/2010/11/diy-wine-cork-wreath-video-tutorial/ for a boozers wreath.

See the site Cardboard Safari for some fun in these cold and dark days before Christmas...

Cardboard Safari started of with a good substitute for hunters trophies, but widened its range. They for promise each design:

  • laser-cut for precision fit
  • a snap to assemble
  • packed flat for efficient shipping
  • looks stellar in native brown or white
  • can be painted to match your style
  • recycled and non-toxic
  • made locally - we love the planet
Below you find a collection of wooden Christmas trees of which one is also made by Cardboard Safari.