Going to festivals sometimes feels like taking a break from the real world and its trouble and bad news. Having just returned from my annual festival adventures that happened to take place after some politically important times as the Orlando shootings and during the Brexit vote and outcome, I have noticed not only politics taking their place at these festivals, but also a sense of togetherness during these times. Music festivals progressively are becoming more than just a place for music (or at least the ones I went to). Read more about it by clicking on this link.
This is an abstract of my BA thesis for Art History, concerning contemporary female artists and mythological subjects with a strong female message.
Since the snake has been a symbol in the arts and mythologies of ancient times, performance artist Carolee Schneemann researched this symbol during her studies in the '60s. From her studies she concluded that ancient goddess statues that attributed the snake could have been made by female artists. Later she would perform herself with these goddess images in mind.
After this, other female artists followed and expressed their own interpretation of the mythological being of the serpent in relation to women in ancient stories, connecting these images to their own contemporary views, on which I will elaborate further right here.
Triggerfinger frontman Ruben Block did a solo concert, which appeared to be not so solo after all with two musicians by his side on April 13th in a sold out Hertz room in Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. He was also indecisive on other parts it seemed.
Read about this concert here.
Flowers in Art history, Puppy by Jeff Koons in 1992.
Read more about this work and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which this floral puppy is guarding since 1997, right here.
The first time I was conscious of what a terrorist attack was, has been September 11, 2001. I had just become 8 years old, and couldn't even grasp the impact it had had, or understand the amount of victims and survivors, I just knew it scared me, and with uninformed fear comes anger and even hate. What scares me more is that it becomes less shocking, the more it happens, with the attacks at Brussels airport and metro today.
Now I can understand that with recent events, like the attacks in Brussels today, or attacks in Paris last year, which came a bit too close to home for anyone in Europe, people feel a need to put blame on something or someone, just so there is a visible thing to battle and a way to feel like there is a way to fight the bad things that are happening and maybe fight the fear they refuge to give in to.
At the same time, in other parts of the world bombs are dropped as a means to fight terrorism, with European countries involved as well, causing people to seek shelter in the west and being denied basic human rights one they get there. It's a vicious cycle, where more radicalisation against the west seems inevitable. Fighting violence with more violence just won't do.
My thoughts are with the victims in Brussels, and all the places in the world where people fall victim to violence.
At the same time the start of spring brings flowers to my mind. "Flowers, not violence", has been a mantra to me today, or "Bloemen, niet bommen" since my thoughts were in Dutch. Flowers can, and will be my peaceful protest, a way to save the world from the violence and the inhumanity (also towards nature, but that's a different story).
The same way Ai WeiWei placed a bouquet of flowers in his bicycle basket every day for a year and half since November 2013 as a form of performance art to peacefully protest the confiscation of his Chinese passport, I will share as many flowers from art history as I can, either on my social media (#flowersnotviolence), or this blog, or both.
Flowers have always been a symbol to positive and peaceful meanings like love and friendship, new beginnings and life.
We need less violence in this world, and more flowers.
P.S: Want to do something? Sign petitions against bombing in Syria, and spread some love.
Fellow Dutch people, sign your petition here, and peacefully let people know you're not willing to be involved with the bombing by uploading a photograph under #nietinmijnnaam on social media. See also @stopdebommen on twitter or their website.
UK people sign here.
International petition can also be found here.
Read more at http://www.stopwar.org.uk/, become informed and rage less.
Art may not always be considered beautiful, and many contemporary works can even provoke feelings of anger when they visually offend us or are made with unconventional media and techniques. What pieces I consider ugly, and how they can still be valued as important works of art with an interesting message you can read here.
I made the conscious decision not to write about Bowie's recent and sad passing, because I can't possibly pay this hero the tribute he deserves.
I would, however, like to save some tiny space here to bring Amanda Palmer's beautifully composed tribute EP to your attention. It can be streamed on Pitchfork, and will be on sale from the 5th of February. Not only do I want to promote it for its beauty, part of the proceeds will go to cancer research as well, you can pay anything you want, up from one US dollar via Amanda's Band Camp website.
The five songs on the EP were covered by a stringquartet, with a subtle guest appearance of Amanda Palmer's husband, author Neil Gaiman, and singer Anna Calvi making Blackstar a more haunting piece than it was already.
This is beautiful. Please support it.
Art by David Mack
Three years after the release of debute album If You Leave, Daugher just released their second album Not To Disappear. Is Not To Disappear an album to go, or not to disappear (punderful). Read a short review here.
A few days ago, December 10th, I had the opportunity to see Florence perform in a non-festival setting, but in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
I find it hard to review a performance that was flawless, and for fear of sounding too much like a fangirl I won't.
For a lack of better reviewing will put the video's of her last album How big how blue how beautiful side by side and analyse the so called "Odyssey".
Chapter 1. What kind of man
Chapter 2. St. Jude
Katzenjammer, you may never have heard of them (most of the people around me didn't know who the hell I was talking about). To see this multi-instrumentalist Norwegian girl band perform on stage was high on my prioritylist, and yesterday the opportunity was there in Tilburg's 013.
Read what I thought about their performance last night here.
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