So I was back in Nieuwegein for the lecture/artist talk-ish thing Het slot van Noord-Korea about my DPRK-film, together with Casper van der Veen who also just published a new book, De Kim-dynastie (the Kim-dynasty). Gina van den Berg hosted the evenening.
Thank you De Tweede Verdieping for having me! It’s always a joy to collaborate with you ^^
Look at me, hiding behind that microphone.
Over the last couple weeks my crochet designs got published in two magazines, Let’s Knit Magazine and Homespun Australia!
Also, I finally received a copy of Freedom in Action, a doctoral thesis by a friend of mine, Niels van Miltenburg. He asked me to design a cover based on the poem “The Road not Taken” by Robert Frost:
(just to be clear: that black bar wasn’t my idea… it’s the standard layout for all theses over there…. it’s horrific.)
And…. last but not least, my work kinda got featured in Dutch newspaper Trouw! Julie van der Hove wrote a small article about the Utrecht Down Under exhibition at the Wolvenplein prison, and mentioned the DPRK project. It’s a paid-for article so I won’t copy everything here, just the part where you can read about my work:
My work is currently supported
by the Mondriaan Fund:
Last weekend was the presentation of the SWOOF x DPRK lamp by Yudo Design!
Yudo Design has created an interactive led table lamp which you can operate with hand movements. They often collaborate with artists and designers to create new skins, the replaceable outer part of the lamp, so lamp owners can easily change the appearance of their lamps themselves. This weekend the lamp will also be on display (and for sale) at NEST at the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall, at the Seats2Meet venue.
Here’s a video on how the SWOOF design works:
Opening on the 7th of February: the anniversary edition of De Belofte (“the promise”) exhibition series at Kunstliefde. This year the De Belofte-programme exists for 10 years and this exhibition shows you previous participants of the last 10 years, including meeee! Yoohoo!
There’s an opening party on the 8th of February starting at 16:00hr at Kunstliefde. The exhibition will be opened by Frank Koolen, artist and tutor at the Utrecht School of the Arts, who lectured many of the participating artists (again, including meeee).
At this exhibition the video I made while I was in the DPRK will be shown, together with some souvenirs, an essay/travel journal-thingy I wrote for this exhibition and a podcast describing all the things I was not allowed to capture on video.
Hope to see you there!! It’s going to be a great exhibition.
Click >here< to go to Kunstliefde’s website.
This Sunday I’ll be giving another short artist talk about the DPRK project, again at PechaKucha Night Utrecht, but this time the event is also part of Cultural Sundays (Culturele Zondagen).
Hope to see you there at the Winkel van Sinkel in Utrecht (NL), 16:15hr sharp!
Click >here< to read the article (in Dutch). (link opens in a new window)
I still need to update my web page about though, the video I made in North Korea will be online very very soon!
Upcoming Thursday I’ll be having a chat about the DPRK project at Pecha Kucha Night at Het Huis, Utrecht!
The idea of a Pecha Kucha presentation is that you have 20 images and only talk for 20sec about each of them, so I tweaked the idea a bit and I’m going to show you 20 short clips of 20sec each of the video I made when I was in North Korea!
Above you can see a film still of one of the shots that will be included in the presentation. 🙂
Check out the Pecha Kucha website over >here<, there’s also a Facebook event. In preparation to this presentation, the DPRK project page on my portfolio website will be updated tomorrow, so I’ll also drop a link over here once I’ve finished working on that.
Hope to see you on Thursday!!
Tomorrow the video I made about the DPRK will be on view for the first time ever at the Bring Your Own Beamer event, hosted by SETUP MediaLab at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht (NL).
The fun starts at 19:30hr, so be there..!
SETUP also made a video about me and the DPRK project, which you can watch >over here<.
In case you wonder: yes, I do own an awful lot of scratching posts, and yes, that is a picture which has an Instagram… If you’re on Instagram, feel free to follow me, by the way. (:
So in the end I made drawings at the Valkhof Museum (theme: Pyongyang) and at De Dromaai (theme: cats).
The cat drawings turned out to be a huge success! I overheard people talking about them at a place which wasn’t even close to the actual drawings, so that’s great. I didn’t really get any further responses from the Valkhof Museum about the drawings about whether they liked them or not, except from the maintenance guys (who, luckily, thought they were pretty neat).
Click on ‘read more’ to see some more pictures!
Well allright… I won’t bring my own beamer since I don’t own one, but luckily a friend of mine was so kind to lend me his. The idea is that artists can sign up for this event and show their work during one evening, as long as they bring their own beamer. Nice, right?
Setup Medialab, located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, was so kind to make a promo video about me and the work I will be showing at this BYOB at TivoliVreedenburg on the 26th:
The work I’ll be presenting there will be the DPRK project. Some shots are included in the video below, among which a short part of the little kid’s performance which was shown to us at an after school care facility.
Thanks goes to Anna Berlis (website) for shooting the video. I really like it!
This week I’m a participating artist at The Big Draw in Nijmegen (NL), a festival about drawing.
I’ll be drawing shit at two locations this week; today I made a small series of drawings at the Valkhof Museum, since the drawing over there had to be finished before the festival starts (which is tomorrow), and from tomorrow until Sunday I’ll draw something on the window of the Dromaai.
Today I made some drawings about my trip to the DPRK. I still have to take decent photos, so until that point you’ll have to look at my wacky phone photos…
Click on ‘continue reading’ for some more pictures.
I started working on editing the videos I shot in the DPRK for my new video installation. Here are 3 film stills of scenes I really like.
And look at how clean and neat Pyongyang looks in the bottom still! North Korea may have a terrible reputation internationally, but in the centre of Pyongyang everything was ridiculously clean and looked really, really nice…
Hey y’all! I’m back from the DPRK! Safe and sound.
I can say it was the most peculiar trip I ever went on…!
One of the most noticeable things: the food we got on the Air Koryo plane from Beijing to Pyongyang was a hamburger, lol.
I can also say I was there for a reason: I was there to shot new footage for a new video installation project! More about that next week, but for now, above you can see Pyongyang at night. Below you can see a huge drawing I just started, Pyongyang school girls, it’s going to be approx. 300x150cm in size.
Yes, I’m feeling quite melodramatic because of this.
From the 10th until the 24th of August I’ll be traveling to Beijing, China and North Korea (yes, yes!) and I won’t have ANY internet.
This feels like a serious problem. I’ve never been without internet for that long since I was… 12? My income, my web shop, my work… everything depends on the bloody internet.
If you want to contact me, feel free to do so, but keep in mind I won’t reply until I’m back home. I won’t be reachable over phone either, but if all hell breaks loose for whatever reason, you can send me an email anyway and my partner will get back to you shortly.
The good news is that I finally felt like drawing again (for the first time in years), while preparing for my trip. Above you can see a simple line drawing I made of the Workers’ Party Monument in Pyongyang.