Category Archives: Book Tip

‘Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.’ – Franz Kafka

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A while ago DC asked me to help ’em out with the art and direction of this book they were makin’ in a collaboration with André Platteel, a dutch well known author on (mostly) visual culture and Dennis Duijnhouwer, who did the (splendid) photography. I had me some fun talking on youth (and with youths) and deciding especially what not to do with form and coming up with this ‘forever friends’ section in which I tried to show the diversity within the similarity of eight of the books main characters.

I think it became an eye opening book on the youth of today and I especially like that it holds the promise of a somewhat more ‘opened up’ future of thought. More info through post editions. Good collaboration, everyone!

Nice to meet you, André Platteel, Maikel van Berkel and Josien Dragt.

School TV

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Never thought I would be in a school agenda!
hihi, hilarious!

Check the picture (from above) a bit larger over here.
And read what my bro Woei said about me (in the same school agenda)…

schoolagenda: supercharged.tv

WARP

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In the upcoming japanese WARP magazine there is an article about 12!

Will the real Jesus please stand up!?

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I always thought the film Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight – Paul Verhoeven, 1973) wasn’t all that! This of course could never been said out loud in certain company. De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man, 1983) is another one of those films that really didn’t quite do it for me. Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange, 1977) on the other hand is one of my alltime favorites and therefore a film I can quote from in multiple situations. (both Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé in a Dutch W.W.II epic underground resistance drama). Other mentionable Paul Verhoeven films are made in his Hollywood days and include classics such as Robocop (’87, – I saw a piece of it on TV the other day and it must have a scene I had never given that much attention when I was young, but which actually was quite beautiful. Furthermore I think its cult value is pretty strongly underlined -), Total Recall (’90, when Art School kids around me still thought they had to be like Joseph Beuys, guys like Paul Verhoeven and Oliver Stone (because of Wild Palms) were slowly making me see the light.), Basic Instinct (’92, that film’s so fucking great I’m not even going to explain why) and Starship Troopers (’97) about which I will only say this: Hell yeah!

Now my ‘oldest’ friend Vincent van D. gave me this book ‘Jezus van Nazaret’ (Jesus of Nazaret) by the great Paul Verhoeven for my birthday last year and took me to see the man debating with a handful of theologists and preachers in the Remonstrantse Kerk (of which I have told earlier on this blog) and it was just great to see how friendly everyone was, still a bit sceptic but pretty open minded and not at all judgemental. Now this last august I went on holidays and —finally—read the thing and it’s ace!

Now if you, like me, don’t need all the magic and hocus pocus to be all for a beautiful Godly kingdom and have always been looking for a truthful, human Jesus ‘Christ’ of Nazareth, this is your kind of book. Apart from making fucktastic films, Verhoeven was the sole non theologist allowed in the so called Jesus Seminar, a highly respected think tank of around seventy theologists, linguists and bible experts led by one Robert Funk (!), whose main aim was to free the historical figure Jesus of N. from the mythological biblical hero. Or, as Verhoeven likes to call it, free the bible from biblical-political spin added in (mainly) the years just after Jesus’ death by amongst many others Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It’s fun to read how Verhoeven uses nothing but common sense (combined with a whole lot of knowledge of the sacred book, which he first gained as an adolescent intrigued by all kinds of forms of the supernatural) and is sort of a Hercule Poirot, or Lieutenant Columbo in search of the truth behind two thousand years of people taking a run with ancient texts. What is even more important is that once Paul has stripped the New Testament of its lies, slanter and ludicrous magical mumbo jumbo it leaves him with first a pretty exciting book on an underground revolutionary running from large scale opression and second the image of a man/god who is mostly nothing but pure love. A loving ‘god’ supporting a loving message. Not too bad for a religious book now is it?

Especially when you’re brought up in a slightly christian fashion and never knew where to exactly put your mixed feelings on the whole ‘godly’ aspect of Christianity (good – evil, guilt – forgiveness, love – hate, life – death), this is one hell of a read! Peter de K., I just KNOW you’re going to love this!!!

Social Disease

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Those were the days when there were still zines. But hey, we got the internet now.. I just uploaded some very classic material of the Social Disease magazine, aswell Hupthur stuff. If you want more Fret Click in the early nineties, check it out over here (on the right bar).

Kuifje en de Alfa-kunst

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Tintin and Alph-Art (French: Tintin et l’alph-art) is the twenty-fourth and final book in the Tintin series.

Hergé worked on the book until his death in 1983, and it was published posthumously (despite its unfinished status) in 1986 by Casterman in association with La Fondation Hergé, and was republished in 2004 with further material.

A number of pirated versions of the story exist, finished by other artists. The first was produced by an artist under the name of Ramó Nash (Ramó Nash is of course a deterioration of Ramó Nash (who is the artist in the comic book who makes those Alph-Art works)). The second, and more renowned, is by Canadian artist Yves Rodier. Originally drawn and printed (privately) in black-and-white, a color version was produced a few years ago. Here on this link you can download the whole finished book (in color). Yeah!

Nee Bobby!

Knakie entree, daar speel je niet kiet mee…

Soms is Rotterdam je altijd voor, zoals bij de Rotterdamsche Knakendisco.
Ik kocht dit boek van het weekend in notabene Amsterdam.

Uit de kunst, het herdenkingsboek van de Rotterdamse Kunstkring, wat eind jaren zestig ter ziele ging. Wat een prachtige titel!

Hot Items

In this last issue of items magazine (a dutch zine on design ’n stuff) Elda Dorren wrote a review on the YES exhibition that I curated some time ago at the MAMA art space in Rotterdam. The review is quite on point but I didn’t expect it to be anything else as I know her texts to be insightful and open minded, never funny, but certainly light hearted. Plus when reading her articles it’s obvious that she truly understands what it is to actually listen, unlike, well… basically everyone.

In the same issue of ‘items’ she also talks about two books that have special meaning for her (a sort of items traditional). One of those is How to Simplify your life by Werner Tiki Küstenmacher and Lothar J. Seiwert. it’s subtitled Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life and although I haven’t read it it seems pretty useful when learning about goals such as ‘How to conquer the paper piles on your desk once and for all’ and ‘How to stay fit and healthy, without overdoing it’. In her text on why she thinks the book’s brilliant she mentions somewhere that the whole idea of ‘perfection’ is just ridiculous and thus saying things like ‘I don’t know’ might be putting your life in just the perspective it needs. Now I don’t know if you’ve seen this exhibition but my guess is it couldn’t have had a better reviewer than her. See for yourself right here.

Hipsters

After reading the cynical article Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization in Adbusters, and the somehow great reaction on this article on this blog, I’ve a lot of thoughts about it, and a lot to say. But I think you can be your own judge after reading those articles (if you want). Those thoughts (about our MySpace, Hyves and Facebook generation) somehow cross my mind a lot this year. Some of my latest work is flirting with that.

But in the end every youth has their older youth. So therefore I’ve two book tips. The book NO WAVE by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley is a collision of art and punk rock in the New York underground of 1976-1980 and RoXY en de houserevolutie by Job de Wit which is a Dutch (which I read in one night) book about the upcoming of House music and her most famous club of that period.

Yes we are the lost generation! How exciting!

articles about Hipsters through trendbeheer.

Jan Hart wordt steeds actueler

Ajax Sunday

Feyenoord boos en Ajax distantieert zich