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Now screening

Rotterdam 2040 draait iedere dag volgens het volgende schema in TENT:

11.00 – 12.35 u
12.45 – 14.20 u
14.30 – 16.05 u
16.15 – 17.50 u

Some premiere pics? And here a nice review.

spreekbeurt

Potsie!

Moet ik even uw aandacht:

Deze week doe ik per ongeluk en bij wijze van HOGE uitzondering twee keer mee aan ‘een ding’ waarbij mijn mening door mezelf zal worden voorgelezen vanaf (vermoedelijk) een vel papier.

De eerste keer zal dat dus plaatsvinden in Arnhem, en wel a.s. donderdag te Theater a/d Rijn in het kader van en onder de bijzondere noemer ‘Dictaaltuur’ een soort onderdeel van een onderdeel van een zijgeprogrammeerd extra podium. Stefan Tijs speelt dan ook nog een (niet te onderschatten!) bijrol. Of, nou ja, die bijrol is eigenlijk dus WEL te onderschatten (en zeer eenvoudig ook!), maar ik probeer u middels deze bijzin toch op andere ideeën te brengen omtrent de waardering van zijn performance.

En dan heb ik het nog niet eens over de tweede keer, die namelijk a.s. vrijdag plaats heeft en wel in WORM ter glorification van de NO LIMIT avond ‘THE AMAZING RISE OF PHOTOSHOP’, of de THE AMAZING RISE OF PHOTOSHOP avond ‘NO LIMIT’, dat is me in het geheel niet duidelijk. Wel zal ik een en ander over Photoshop vertellen. Wat het is, wat het niet is, wat het helemaal niet mee heeft te maken, wat er aan heeft en wat het goed voor is.

Komen dus! (het kost wat, maar het wast dan ook een berg!)

Reconquista

Het is weer Rotterdam 2040 tijd. Gyz komt in mei met de première van zijn eigen boekverfilming en ik maak zijn titels en ‘campagne design’. De té goeie Rotterdamse archiefbeelden vliegen ons weer om de oren dus. Wat te denken van deze helaas (op Cinerama en Lantaren/Venster na) uitgestorven dinosauriër: de Rotterdamse niet-mega-bioscoop. In dit geval: (de) ‘Alhambra’.

Alhambra, waar ondergetekende ‘Als u begrijpt wat ik bedoel’, ‘The Dark Crystal’ en ‘The secret of Nymh’ nog heeft mogen zien. Alhambra, de bios die als eerste de term Riksbios coinde (naar binnen voor een rijksdaalder) en de bioscoop met de trappetjes die AL-TIJD(!) naar pis stonken. Junkies en zwervers, moet u weten, mochten destijds net als de echte mensen gewoon loslopen door het stadscentrum en die lui deden hun behoefte nu eenmaal het liefst in het trappenhuis van Alhambra.

Tegenwoordig vind je er een reeds vier jaar leegstaand pand waar de Kinko’s een kleine tien jaar heeft gezeten en even verderop het dynamische ‘Rotterdam Info’, waar je met je vragen over deze ingewikkelde metropool heen kan. Ik zou wel eens willen weten waarom de Corso, de Thalia, de NRC Cineac, Lumière, Kriterion —en Gyz weet er vast nog wel wat te noemen— eigenlijk allemaal opgehouden zijn te bestaan. Dat ga ik ze morgen eens vragen.

photo: John Riper

Merci…

Boyeee! Still super stoked…
No words can describe my feelings. I can only smile.
Thanks for all emails, text-messages and facebook High-Fives!

photos by: Frank Hanswijk and Aad Hoogendoorn

long distance runner

Some 5, 6, 7 (8?) years ago I discovered a deep rooted love for running. I was craving running from point A to point B like I used to do with my friends whenever we needed to be somewhere when we were children. Of course in those days we never needed to be far from where we were. The whole running thing stopped when we were supposed to be cool to get the attention from people from another world: girls. From that moment on anything physical was considered ‘way too much effort’. Gym classes in school were skipped and field hockey was cool because of after-match-beer-drinking and pre-practice-reefer-smoking. I was a field hockey defender —the one that was supposed to stay in the goal next to the keeper defending the tiny space our goalie couldn’t reach at penalty corners, even if it meant lose teeth, brain capacity or in most cases aching shins for a couple of days. But at least it meant I didn’t have to run like hell like the others and thus I was cooler than my fellow defenders. It was the best of times… well, it was the okay’est of times.

After that a long time with bands and other underground-related jobs came along, none of it had to do with physical effort whatsoever. Except maybe the carrying around of heavy equipment, most of it had to do with mental growth. I guess I also won’t have to inform you on the physical life of an average graphic designer, which mostly consists of fighting back aches and Repetitive Strain Injured arms, wrists and necks.

So, at the age of 28, 29, 30 or so, I suddenly had developed an interest in running, I think it was again Vincent my long time friend whose two-room house I just had moved into (when he moved out, by that time I was too much of my own person to share housing with buddies). Vincent had also just started running and had told me about the spiritual effects it had on him. I figured ‘what the hell’ and bought a pair of running shoes, the house was located near the park and around the lake up there was (and still is) a terrific running spot. The first two or three times killed me, but a fourth of fifth time I was able to run around the lake. Six weeks or so later I started running twice around the lake and after three months I had lost some 35 pounds of body fat I had gained during the before mentioned ‘era of cool’. But then came something I wasn’t quite prepared for: the fall/winter season started. At first I didn’t run because I thought ‘maybe tomorrow it won’t rain as bad as now’, but after a few weeks a run around the lake took me as much effort as it had in one of my early days. Then it became really cold and snow froze my lust for runs. I froze up and the running days had ended. Not counting a couple of times where I tried to come back to running but never tried too hard (not counting one time when a heel injury had scattered my dreams of the glorious comeback tour of 2011)

Until now, this time I started running just after summer, so I’m actually getting the hang of it while it’s getting really cold (already am I looking forward to still running when temperature starts to rise and flowers and trees start blossoming). I’m back where I had left off, after two months of running today I ran my first round around the lake taking me under half an hour.

People ask me ‘how can you do a sport where there’s no actual contest-factor involved?’, to those I will say this: ‘there is’. Just start running and you’ll find out there’s this huge contest between you and ‘you — couple days ago’ going on. Also, and this is going to sound mushy, running makes me feel ‘part of wildlife’, like clubbing on X. Now besides all that, there’s this whole new level of ‘making the ultimate soundtrack for a run’ thing going on which makes it both a contest AND an art, where one has to, through trial and error, find out how he responds to several different tunes while running in several different moments of the run. For instance, the other day I started of with Wagner’s ‘ride of the valkyries’, which gave me a WAY too fast start I totally collapsed halfway through the run. Today I played Blonde Redhead’s Penny Sparkle, which all seemed perfection but still I almost gave up about five minutes before the finish (as I had been running slightly too fast, I guess), then it hit me ‘NOW would be a great time for Wagner’. ‘The Ride’ turned out everything I had hoped for, that epic tune damn straight slapped me in the face and I gained some of that winners’ euphoria while getting my breath back and started a pace that felt secure and strong. It paid off and I made it to finishing point a stronger man.

If you’re thinking about joining the runner’s (mostly very individual) community, but somehow you still wonder if that’s for you or not: JUST TRY IT! It’s the Oprah’s Book Club of the body my friend!

Signing out,
your pal,
Rufus Ketting (HuMobist and runner)

Houstonou

I am sorry we’re not posting a lot. Busy times over here.
I need all the time of my life with the edit of my film Rotterdam 2040.
So I am in my UFO, you know…

But I can say you this… I am nominated for the Dolf Henkes Prize 2012. Really stoked man! Geeezz…

Pschorry! boek-en-zopie

VRIJDAG 20 APRIL 2012, 17:00

Negativland

Copy, Cut-Up and Sample culture goes both ways nowadays. Judge for yourself.
This Unknown Pleasures shirt is already sold out at the Disney shop.

I am wondering what Peter (Pan) Saville thinks about this New Order?

Thanks to Hendrik-Jan Grievink for sharing.
More about this subject, go here!

Bla, Bla, Black Sheep

steadily going towards post #1.000 (#910)

Next week I have a quintuple/sextuple bill ready for y’all!

4fata-cds

Starting next wednesday (september 7th), when Fata ‘El Moustache’ Morgana release their self titled debut album of which I did the cover design. All taking place at the hoofdstedelijke Paradiso upstairs venue, then a day later TWO books are being presented at the Hilversum Tagrijn for which the Studio Rufus Ketting (meaning Suus and me) did graphic design. Both books are made for the NPO (Dutch Public Broadcast Association) in a close collaboration with Djoemila Viegen (project manager extraordinaire), (the magnificent) Dennis Duijnhouwer, Sjoerd ‘lievelingsgrafiek’ Pennekamp, Maaike Holvast and the multi talented Robert Lagendijk. Anxious to seeing the final result!

Then on friday of course the much anticipated Eksit Courant release party at which I’ll be playing dance tunes for the masses (more on that later this week, I assume). Then saturday (september 10) we make print party at the Goliath shop (Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam) as part of the Wereld van Witte de With Fest. And, as if that’s not enough fun for one week, both Gyz and myself are being part of the Sculpture International 50 year celebral public Art walk. I will be telling tales of Thom Puckey’s ‘Husband of the doll’, an amazing sculpture located between a wok-to-go and an italian restaurant at the Coolsingel. Later that evening Rotterdam based indie outfit Neon Rainbows will present their debut album ‘An idea for plan’, for which (mostly) Suus did the album cover art…

Start charging them batteries amigos!