Instrumental: – Acid Pauli's Boiler Room set on youtube is mesmerizing. More long sets to be found on his soundcloud. – Horse by Daddylonglegs, a project by Howie B – Wormhole by Ed Rush and Optical is a dark drum and bass classic – As is Inside the Machine by Bad Company UK – The Klaus Schulze's Berlin School playlist on Spotify has all the long spacy tracks. – Brian Eno's Neroli – Parallel by Four Tet
With vocals (this is the extreme metal section): – Ritualistic: The Thule Grimoires, Exuvia and Blood Vaults by The Ruins of Beverast – Two hours in a winter forest: Im Wald by Paysage d'Hiver I almost always make it to the end of these in one go: – Grievous by Convulsing – Eternity of Shaog by Esoctrilihum
Free online event: Meet the Manuscripts: judging a book by its cover. A new life goal: to someday leaf through a medieval manuscript. Had my eye on this course on the dynamics of heritage collections (in dutch) last year, am considering to do it this year if possible.
_ New bird print: Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)
_ Sun Ra – Space is the place
_ Started reading Designs for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar. Only at the introduction so far, but already some beatiful, meaningful and incisive phrases. “All creation is collective, emergent and relational.” “The endless, ceaselessly changing weave of life on which all life depends.”
Goldfinch, organisational knowledge management and that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature
It was the week of snow and cold and ice in The Netherlands. I walked instead of cycled to the studio each day. Takes a bit longer of course, but those 25 minutes are good for switching the home/work/home contexts.
_ Finished the edition of twenty of the European goldfinch print. The first two have already been sold as well. Cool, it turned out well indeed. Graphically a very interesting bird with clearly marked areas of color. Not one to start out with, but at thirty designs in, it was time to tackle this one.
_ I sent out the first actual newsletter with printmaking updates to my small list of subscribers. In dutch, but it you're so inclined, you can subscribe at the bottom of the page.
_ Kim Goodwin speaks truth about organisational knowledge management challenges. Good little thread for your inner information architect.
_ Besides illuminated intials and margin decorations and illustrations, there's also the numerous patterns medieval book illuminators used for filling solid areas of color/space. Here's another example. Want to start catalogueing these in some way, or find out whether that's been done already.
_ Mister George Charles Williamson wrote this sentence in 1911 for the entry on miniature painting in the Encyclopedia Brittanica and it captures very well what I find so fascinating about medieval imagery: “Landscape, such as it was, soon became quite conventional, setting the example for that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature which is such a striking attribute of the miniatures of the middle ages.“
_ Sounds: – Backpatches and elbowpatches, on metal and academia. – On angrymetalguy.com the first perfect score of the year was awared to quite the inaccessible album full of avant-garde and dissonant music. Lots of commentary there. I added my two cents here and reposted here. Check out Ad Nauseam – Imperative Imperceptible Impulse. – I'm still hooked on spirit world field guide
I like my metal to sound dangerous . To me acts like Haken, Wilderun, Soen are mostly boring because they are not dangerous. It's too pretty, too finished and glossy. Many craft, much yawn.
Also: complexity. I find intricate and layered music often more interesting. I can sometimes appreciate the beauty of a “song” but on the whole I don't find that format very interesting. Like in a collage I like it when the seams are visible, when the underlying structure shines through. The constituent parts are showing, which can make it more work to identify the image/idea as a whole. But when it clicks, then it really clicks and I feel more connected with the vision from which the piece was created.
Completed the edition of the European Goldfinch print today. Five printings each to construct the end result.
Illuminiation, collage, css pseudo-classes
Using this preliminary reading list on Medieval illumination, I scoured the online inventories of second hand book stores and had a few books sent my way. And so I've been reading up on the history of the book, codex, manuscript. It makes for fascinating reading and looking. Seeing the endless combinations of script, drawing and decoration unfold within the new format of the page (papyrus rolls were the standard in Antiquity) is a uniquely medieval innovation in the visual arts.
_ The Open Etching Press looks great.
_ Some of the short blurbs I write that go with my instagram posts want to be expanded upon as blog posts. Just like the items I write in these here week notes. So many threads, always more to weave.
_ Collage is one of the topics I did not get to expand upon in the Bildung 1 zine. Collages can be funny, weird, disturbing, all of the above at the same time. It's definitely a way of image making that is dear to me. Funny: cats of brutalism.
_ #weeknotes 2021-05
Calligraphy, printing things from the web & digital self-care
Much of the week involved finishing up my part of a new (art) zine exhibition @gahilversum. Keep an eye on that instagram account. As part of that I'm experimenting with calligraphy (again). Medieval Calligraphy by Marc Drogin is the go to for the how to. I find a certain style of decoration fascinating, in which the versals (decorated capital letters) get these very long and thin lines extending along the margins of the text block (example). My own initial explorations of this are in Calligraphic Space Ⅲ.
_ In my Bildung zine I used a selection of blog posts made here. Because I remember things, that made me think back to Things our friends have written on the internet. Yay for people keeping up their blogs.
_ I've linked to switching.software before. Here's Kira McLean sharing her choices in moving away from google. (via) I'm not using gmail, but ProtonMail looks good regardless. I'm already happily using Nextcloud through thegood.cloud.
_ “naming your files and figuring out your digital organizational structure is self-care” – @johngold. One of the replies calls for “more binder clip hacks”. I’ve been using my own version of a hipster PDA the last few weeks. Mostly because I promised myself to never try, let alone pay for, an online task manager ever again.
_ This makes me want to play around with the cliché's in our collection. (can't find what the English word is for the metal plates that contain engraved illustrations for letterpress, in Dutch they're called cliché's)
_ Sounds: Madlib doesn't have a mobile phone. Sound ancestors made in collaboration with the also brilliant Kieren Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet. Linked before, but now really listening a lot to Spirit world field guide by Aesop Rock.
_ #weeknotes 2021-04
I’m using tome for two sites because I’m very lazy and should not be trusted with running databases and real live Drupals in production. Security updates are a hassle for this designerd so they tend not to happen soon enough. Which is less of a problem when that insecure site is only sometimes running locally on just my laptop.
So, yay for Tome, which lets me keep using Drupal for its powerful content modeling and clicky tools for site building. Then export to flat html and upload that as the live site.
Even between content updates months may pass. Which introduces other types of insecurites:
Point 1 is fixed by keeping notes with my own step by step how-to instructions based on the tome documentation.
Point 2 though is more tricky. For as much as possible I keep using the MAMP Pro application to keep the basic LAMPP stack up and running. Sometimes that clashes with some of the commands that want to run their own webserver, but I can work around that.
Composer, Drush, Git, Tome itself are tools that are primarily operated through the command line. I’ve become accustomed to (I'm not scared anymore of) using basic commands to make simple things work. But that doesn’t mean I actually know what’s happening. So when for example Drush throws error because database not found, I have very little knowledge on how to fix. It’s tricky business trying out possible solutions found on stackexchange and the like. I can’t always tell how applicable a proposed fix is to my specific situation and it may even further break things?
I guess my main worry is that running Tome and it’s underlying tools directly on my laptop potentially makes things brittle.
Yet more terminal commands to explore!
Publishing as artistic practice
The Design Research Society has launched their Digital Library. It is an open-access hub for all things design research.
_ Marshall McLuhan's copy of Finnegans wake. Writing in books is ok!*
_ Naming my abstract prints is hard. Sometimes a cool word seems to suggest a characteristic that resonates. Manifold, for example. Not exactly what I was looking for, but I remember seeing thesecrocheted manifolds in Helsinki some years ago.
_ On publishing: the main job last week was wrapping up my new zines and sending those to the printer. Now to reflect on the proces and get ready to share bits and pieces. More soon.
I put the zines together using mostly open source tools. Scribus for page layout. For photo editing a la photoshop, there's GIMP, but it's very clunky. Glimpse improves on it considerably.