10 October, 2009

Blind Date #1

I went to the Theater Zeebelt to see a play, "Alleen in je wereld" by Sarah Moeremans. Casts spoke in Dutch, so I couldn't understand the details, however, (rather that's why) I was able to pay attention more to the structure of script. It left such an impression that the writer is concerning about how to bring a different combination of casts, switching their talk-modes from one to another.

Niels invites his colleagues, but his house happened to be without power. They try to enjoy, talking and even singing. After all they end up wearing only their underwear. Moeremans revealed a diplomatic communication in social life. Because of the language, I couldn't laugh at every point when others did. Even so, I found myself somehow enjoying for 80 minutes without getting bored.

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06 October, 2009

Give and Take, English and Dutch

Had a Dutch lesson with Theo. I did les 7 en 8. As I need to know words for body, we made a illustration with the name of parts. Now I have to learn it by heart. After the lesson, we went to the shop to bring the mattress. Not bad.

Talked with Youki about our project through skype. I will make a new sound for the last scene. He will send the latest version as soon as he edited. I received some sample from field recording.

Gave a piano lesson at D's house. My friend asked me to take care her student in October, due to her absence. D is 7 years old. It was the first time for me to teach music in English. Because of that, I was bit nervous. But it was easier than I thought.

Attended a dance class by Marieke at Danslab in the evening. The teacher spoke in Dutch, so it was difficult to understand immediately. However, it's a dance, I was able to follow the lesson by watching. I'm going to take this class weekly.

What's can be a spectacle?

Croissant, Cheese, Kiwi and Tea for breakfast. Lovely time.

Went to Rotterdam to have a meeting with a coordinator of Rotterdamse Dans Academie. Understanding and support of both KonCon and RDA, I'll be able to take some course from RDA. They allow me not only to use their library, but also to observe some workshops for choreograph students. And Joan, my teacher at Exnunc let me take her dance class on Friday there as well.

After turned back to the Hague, I dropped by Kringloop Holland in fruitweg. Bought a bed-sized mattress for 10 euro and 4 old clothes for 6 euro. Yes!

I encountered the flooded road on my way back home. It seemed like the water pipe in underground exploded.

Got a bite to eat at home, then left for the school for the lesson with Gilius. I showed the second edition of movie which Youki sent me a few days ago. As soon as I receive the rest of sound data, I'll do the final edit this week.

My colleague, Jeremiah had a concert, the first "Opera" as he explained, at Het Nutshuis in the evening. It took place in the entrance hall where I had the installation, LIFE AREA in last March. The performance gave me a big question; what's the concept? It was like this...

Brass choir were sitting on chairs along the walls. Grand piano on the left side. A small tent covered by black clothes was settled on the right side. All musicians listened to the guide through the mp3 player.

Atonal codes by Piano were followed by breathing sound by Brass choir. The Monochord player started by the piano and moved to the other side. The creaking sound was very impressive. Brass choir started to drink a bottle of beer.
A naked woman who tied her hands up, was dragged out from the tent toward the piano. Male and female choir waiting at the first floor started to sing. Composer appeared on the grand floor and dragged a dead mouse.

Two assistant brought foam cartons. It turned out there is a dead kid goat inside. Composer took a head of it and put it on the carbon dioxide gas cylinder. It sounded so loud that some audience covered their ears. After solo of Monochord, another man hold a gun in his mouth appeared and sang through gun with Monochord.

Is this sensational? Hummmmmm.. What can I say..

02 October, 2009

Step By Step

As I'm working for the video installation, "pulse" by Youki Hirakawa, I sent a set of sound samples to him today. His first impression seemed to be good.

In the afternoon, I met a friend of mine, YK. She addresses the human rights issue; trafficking in children and women in Southeast Asia. I returned the DVDs she lent me last time. Those movie were made in order to explain about child labor in India. The children from The Bornfree Art School International took cameras and sneak into their workshop. It is difficult to shoot children working in that kinds of place, so this DVDs are the scarcity value in that sence.

We talked about the artistry of children, education, biased information and common sense, how to appeal to people who lack of interest. I don't want to make art a tool for politics, though, I believe artists might be able to act as a good mediator who build a place where different people could come together and share their thought.