Cultural injection

 Photo: Me and photographer Katya Rezvaya at the ADM space

It’s been quite a cultural weekend. The open studio route on Prince Island. The walk around the ADM space; never the same and always surprising. The ‘Fiery Tongues’ festival in Ruigoord. My Russian Couch Surfer and photographer having a light shock experience, seeing an old abandoned church used as cultural stage. And hundreds of dancing people in Gods house. While in her own country, a peer is locked for a year and a halve, after a rude and provocative act in a church. The old classmate Danielle Cornelissen who spotted me, who without me knowing is currently a creative making music  as Danalyze and shooting pictures as Photowoman.

Theatre group Muzak 2013

But the best surprise and highlight for a smile was the professional amateur theatre group Muzak! Haven’t seen their second and last piece ‘Bedkwartet’ by Alan Ayckbourn? Follow Muzak through social media and do not miss their next piece. That can only be good.

Explore Amsterdam as a curious Sidewalk Adventurer

Navigate Marijn’s Amsterdam highlights map

I love maps, interesting drawings created to orient, find special locations and dream about the unknown. The best city maps are personalized by like minded people. For my Couch Surfers I have created a personalised Amsterdam highlights map using Google Maps. A map with all my favorite places in and around the city. The points of interest range from swimming water to view points, from abandoned industrial areas to cultural heritage. Do not hesitate to share your favorite spot I might like and do not know yet.

Exploring Amsterdam with Marijn weergeven op een grotere kaart

What about Wilma

Marianne van Dijk as urban cavewoman, © Janiek van Dijk

Intelligent, creative, passionate, healthy, active and a little bit crazy, young urban intellectual Marianne van Dijk will live ‘like Wilma’ for 100 days. Looking for a new -challenge in- life, this journalist will be living like a cavewoman in Amsterdam for 100 days. Eating, sleeping and moving like they did back then. Wilma’s diet will at least include food for thought…

Follow and support the project of this remarkable woman on her website, YouTube channel or twitter account and be inspired to have some mindful moments too. Photo: © Janiek van Dijk

Maxim Santalov’s mega mix

I recently met the 24 years old self-taught Russian artist Maxim Santalov at the ‘No Man’s Art Gallery’ in Amsterdam, March 2013. Maxim is based in Moscow. His remarkably recognizable (wax) pencil style shows strongly contrasting colours and mostly simple abstract and figurative shapes. His distinctive technique of layers and scratching adds a lot of dynamic and texture to his works.

For me, a lot of Maxims (wax) pencil work shows a mega mix of the characteristics of constructivism, Paul Klees, Picasso’s and Marchel Duchamps (cubistic) works I like. So I decided to buy the bright coloured mega mix of characteristics of constructivism and cubism pictured to enjoy a life ahead.

Do vandals peel letters of the Rijksmuseum walls?

Explore Paul van der Laan’s prone to peel typeface ‘Rijksmuseum’

A week after the opening, I visited the restored Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The visual identity, including the typeface, is rigorously addressed. Main Responsible designer Irma Boom assigned typographer Paul van der Laan for a new type design: the ‘Rijksmuseum’.

My first encounter with the typeface in a museum environment was when I read the new type as sharp cutter cut stickers on an exhibition wall. Did I see it right? Did vandals, a week after the opening, already try to peel the ascenders of the l, h, d, b, t and k? A sharp look disproved my first reaction. This oblique ‘peel edge’ on the stem is deliberately designed. And looks in large point size in print actually spotless and in place. And is in small point size hardly noticeable.

I have great respect for designers and typographers of this class and the corporate design and font have become beautiful. But was one of the important museum applications, cutter cut text on walls, not tested on look and peel!?

Surprising ‘Thrillumentary’ blends confusing events with mere amusement

After seen the The Imposter, it’s eay to kick start the old discussion about objectivity with documentary filmmaking. Using actors, dramatic sound, provoking images and edits of eg. facial expressions out of their original context, the director is obviously directing you!

The imposter is an interesting and amusing film but does not fulfill what documentaries in general do for me: enlarging human knowledge and understanding or displaying problems and possible solutions.
Watch The Imposter and shake up you view on documentary making

Taste three contemporary avant-garde bands from the Benelux in one evening

Tremendously curious and intrinsically driven to understand an change the world towards a more sustainable future, Martine Veweij nourishes and trains body and mind broad wise: with international oriented consultancy challenges, international oriented social life, cultural practice and physical activity.

Martine hinted me ‘Sonic Soirée’ to satisfy my hunger for live avant-garde music. Join this monthly surprising musical gig evening in the intimate ‘Paradiso-light’ building at De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, to see and hear new talent from the Benelux.
Visit the monthly Sonic Soirée at De Brakke Grond

Line of fire

Looking forward to see and hear Junip (Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn and José González) live in the Melkweg in Amsterdam in May. Enjoy their first sound, word and image cocktail of their newest, still to relase album. Still with the distinctive, familiar Junip sound: melodic and shadowy, with a intimate and atmospheric sonic approach.

Sidewalk Adventures



© June 2012, Marijn Engels