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 Ed … More 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, taking … More 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 is … More 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 way … More 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 program … More 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 of … More Photography in Foam: Reinvestigating a Medium Undergoing Digitalization