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De journalistiek is vergeten waar ze goed in is

By on mrt 30, 2017 in Gedacht, general | 0 comments

De meest gezonde trend in medialand is wel de focus op vertrouwen. Goed nieuws dus. Maar zolang er nog geen sluitend antwoord op de ‘hoe dan?’ vraag bestaat, blijf ik doorzoeken. Deze keer daarom een blik op een rare paradox binnen de journalistiek: we zijn iets kwijtgeraakt waar we juist in uitblinken.

Meer waardering voor de politiek door Debat Direct!

By on jun 14, 2016 in general | 0 comments

Had ik al gezegd hoe trots ik ben op de Debat Direct app die we bij Videodock maakte? Nee he..

Het origineel

By on okt 30, 2015 in general | 0 comments

Hoe ver kan ik komen? Tot hoever kun je komen? Is het mogelijk om origineel te zijn zonder een zin zelf te schrijven? Altijd uniek en origineel. Ik denk dat het kan, dat ik heel ver kom. Verder dan je dromen kan. Verder dan jij je in je stoutste dromen kunt voorstellen. Verder dan ver. Dat denk ik. Maar denken alleen is niet genoeg, dat snap ik ook. Ik moet het laten zien. Ik moet boven mezelf uitstijgen, ik moet nu laten zien wat ik waard ben, nu laten zien wat ik kan. Want een gedachte zonder handeling is als een hand zonder vingers. Bewijs moet ik hebben. Het bewijs moet worden geleverd. Geconstrueerd. Woord voor woord, zin voor zin.  Hoe ver kan ik komen? Tot hoever kun je komen? (Groot Problemenboek – Pagina 14). Is het mogelijk om (Is het mogelijk om BTW-constructies met betrekking tot …) origineel te zijn (Wij zijn maar wij zijn niet geschift – Pagina 10), zonder een...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: hard work to follow the right ETIQUETTE

By on okt 24, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

I have to say I was a bit afraid for this performance. I met my current wife while participating in fake speeddate performance on a festival. I was married to someone else at the time. So without sharing all the details lets just assume I know first hand that one simple performance can change your life. But my fear was misplaced. When you really follow ‘ETIQUETTE’, you’re way too busy performing. With ETIQUETTE, two people take the role of performer, following a script that unfolds by someone talking to you through headphones (you might have seen the video footage in my earlier post). It builds up nicely, first introducing you to the format, giving you time to adapt, then pulling you in through the story itself. Watch out! If you are to fall in love, it’s at this moment! But if you keep up with the script, it becomes quite difficult to get lost in the story. For...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: senses totally controlled by MatchAtria

By on okt 22, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

It’s always a risk when you’re really looking forward to see something. The reality often doesn’t match the image you’ve made in your head. I deliberately took that risk with MatchAtria, after seeing their trailer of the show (which you can see here). And it didn’t match. Don’t get me wrong. Yui Kawaguchi is an amazing dancer and I was intrigued by the way she was interacting with the 3D graphics. I was also fooled and tickled by the mind blowing surround sound production, which was just perfectly timed. I looked behind me several times, thinking someone was right behind me. At the tech company I work, we would call it pixel perfect. But despite the beating placebo heart I was holding in my hands, supposedly connected to the heart of dancer, I just wasn’t touched. I suppose the image I created in my head, was one where I could actually...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: no date for me

By on okt 22, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

So there I was: eye to eye with a real ‘lügendetektor’. But that was not everything the installation DATE ME offered. There were visuals that I didn’t really register consciously. And there was noise. A lot of noise. I liked the noise, but I didn’t like the end result: not an artist, but a liar… Looking back at it, I think it went wrong with the question about stoeckelschuhe. I said yes, but felt uncomfortable, because I had no clue what the word means. Turns out I confessed that I wear high heals… Maybe the machine knew I was lying without me even knowing it! Either way, there was no date for the lying fake artist in me yesterday :-) All in all, DATE ME is what you want from an installation: a short shot of adrenaline, a laugh, a serious thought. And then you’re ready for the next one. That’s the only problem with these kind of...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: Dimchev did it again

By on okt 21, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

What a wonderful kickoff of #GC2015 that was. It all started even before the festival was officially opened. A little bit confusing, but I think that is actually good thing. Also a good thing was the opening speech, this time done by a puppet, doing a historic speech. But lets not get off track. In the end it was what it was, an opening speech. The real thing was yet to come. As you might have read, I saw Ivo Dimchev in the tough and rough city of Rotterdam. And looking back on it now, it was much better in Cologne. , mainly because the tension seemed to be bigger this time. In Rotterdam it almost was too easy a question, something that was just fun to do. In Cologne, the conflict, the tension, it was really part of the show. It may not be a secret that I loved it. Dimchev did it. Again. He pushed the audience of Cologne to think about the taboos and borders of performing art with a...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: unkown ground is more interesting

By on okt 18, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

After that last preview I’m a bit reluctant to go on. As a matter of fact I will stop pointing you to spoilers of the performance you’re going to see at #GC2015. I’m going to leave it up to yourself and to the moment. But I do have the one thing you really need for next week (if you can’t wait, it’s at the bottom of the page…) It is as with reviewing bands. When I worked for Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, we roughly had two types of live reviews: The first type was about bands we never saw before. The second was about artists we knew so well that the review was a kind of ‘check up’: are they doing an interesting interpretation of the new record? Are they still good live? I never liked the second one. The only surprise that could happen was that the show wasn’t as good as expected. Whereas with the new bands it was more like a travel...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: DER STAAT

By on okt 16, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

Ok, this is the kind of performance you should NOT Google. Just don’t. I did it and it spoilt my evening. Like you don’t want to know the score of a soccer game upfront, or the end of a James Bond movie… oh no, wait. Forget that. DER STAAT, I think we all know what we need to know to make this performance one we will remember. So stop searching for more information, just come to the performance. To get you in the right mood without giving anything away, I’d like to inspire you all with something completely irrelevant that still feels appropriate somehow: a nice new video the Dutch band De Staat just released…. Damn, now I did gave the end score away after all ;-) >>> More about DER STAAT at...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: oh no, engagement and music!

By on okt 14, 2015 in activism, general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

It may sound contradictory, but I always get suspicious when (rock) music and the fight for a better world are being combined. Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need more activists in every section of society. And I love musicians who are engaged. The thing is, the engagement in their songs is just one part of the story. The power of engaged artists for an important part lays in their presence beyond the stage, in their ‘performance’ as public figures channeling the opinion of a movement, a generation, some kind of ‘group’. In that, they truly contribute to make a difference, to possible change. But seeing a band most of us don’t know? I don’t know (feel the double meaning of that one ;-) Sashko Brama is combining Shakespeare with a rock concert to get our minds focussed on the unrest in Ukraine. And then what? Will it activate our brains? Will we leave the venue, rethinking...