The Revolution Mixtape

I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more. Well, I wake up in the morning. Fold my hands and pray for the rain. I got a head full of ideas that are driving me insane. It’s a shame she makes me scrub the floor. These lines mark the first sentences of a song byContinue reading “The Revolution Mixtape”

A Letter to Barlaeus and Vossius

28 April, 2015   Dear Casparus and Gerardus, I wish I could have been there with you, seventeenth-century’s chillings. Cursing every fucking Newtonian number with theological twaddle. Who would have thought your legacy to be the death of the polymath? In this sped-up system we call ideology, covered with a thick layer of dust, anti-heroesContinue reading “A Letter to Barlaeus and Vossius”

Recent Ouija: Lamenting Between Artifice and Reality

Although the majestic works of Henri Matisse have been luring numerous visitors to the Stedelijk Museum, it is its basement that confirms the experimental and contemporary course that the museum has set out to follow when Beatrix Ruf took up position as director last November. Titled Recent Ouija, the exhibition of the works of EdContinue reading “Recent Ouija: Lamenting Between Artifice and Reality”

On Intellectual Curiosity and the Online Zeitgeist

In an ambitious attempt to respond to Yentl’s article on Generation Wuss, I’ve come to the conclusion that this characterisation of my generation is actually a confronting, but accurate term for the post-postmodern generation that seems to have it all, desire it all, know it all. We flaunt our lives by underlining the insignificant, takingContinue reading “On Intellectual Curiosity and the Online Zeitgeist”

Philosophers Review Our Most Popular Romantic Films

For the Family: “The Sound of Music” Plato: Why is there so much singing? I hate singing. Just look at the text: “When the dog bites, when the bee stings / When I’m feeling sad / I simply remember my favourite things”. How deceitful Maria is with these lines! Generalising her fear for dogs isContinue reading “Philosophers Review Our Most Popular Romantic Films”

Humanities: Rethink, Redefine, Reform

It’s a tough world out there as a humanities scholar. Facing virtuous doctors, renowned mathematicians, and heroic physicists, we are more than often advised to celebrate the wondrous worlds of Raphael’s Stanze, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, whilst occasionally throwing around a Judith Butler text, alone, without claiming their utility. Studying humanities is a wayContinue reading “Humanities: Rethink, Redefine, Reform”

In Preparation of IDFA: Reviewing a Six Year Relationship

There has never been a festival that I have established such a love-hate relationship with as much as I have with IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam). When I was younger I had to review a cultural activity for a school assignment and my teacher was handing out these flyers for DOC U, a programContinue reading “In Preparation of IDFA: Reviewing a Six Year Relationship”

Photography in Foam: Reinvestigating a Medium Undergoing Digitalization

  Under Construction: New Positions in American Photography Foam, 17.09 – 10.12 When we stroll down the canals of the city centre of Amsterdam, more often than not we come across the most well-known definition of ‘photographing’: the single-lens reflex camera in the hands of tourists. Subjects are usually centered right in the middle ofContinue reading “Photography in Foam: Reinvestigating a Medium Undergoing Digitalization”