Room

 

Room, written by the Irish author Emma Donoghue, was published in 2010. It was around that same time that I read her novel and now, 6 years later, a film adaptation of the novel has been released, directed by the Irish film director Leonard Abrahamson. Room is about Jack, a 5 year old boy, and his mother (referred to as “ma” throughout the story) who live in a small room because (as is later found out) Jack’s mother was kidnapped by a man seven years ago. This man, who goes by the name of “Old Nick”, is the only one who has the key to their space and who brings them food and other basic necessities. Horrifyingly, “Old Nick” frequently abuses Jack’s mother and rapes her. Jack is the product of this, and he grows up in the room with his mother, whom he calls “ma”. The entire plot is narrated by Jack, which is very special, in my opinion, because we get the perspective of an innocent 5 year old boy who is in a situation that is otherwise very serious. His voice provides some comic relief to the plot. Continue reading “Room”

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Meeting the board: David, Luc, Rachel and Tom

Second in line for the introductions are David, Luc, Rachel en Tom!

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Everybody’s Art

 

At one point or another, art class has been part of every child’s school curriculum. Many of us can remember drawing pictures, doing arts and crafts and showing the end result to our parents who were always proud of our creation. I loved these classes as a child and, as I got older, I took an art history class in my high school. Learning about art history is interesting; you learn about the development of different artistic movements and the impact that these have had on our society. Despite the fact that this was all three years ago, I really enjoyed these classes and can still remember a lot. Towards the end of my high school time I had a realization (or perhaps it was just something that I started to notice more and more): the art that I had been studying was mainly European or Western. I also started to see that whenever art was presented that was not Western it would be regarded as special, or out of what is ordinary. Continue reading “Everybody’s Art”

Howl Against Society

 

Nowadays subcultures aren’t as exclusive as they used to be. What I mean by this is that everybody is connected through the internet and through that, subcultures borrow from others. Music, clothing and style, among others, are easily borrowed because influences are readily available through the internet, which makes it easier for people to learn about different periods in time and (subconsciously or consciously) adopt aspects of them into their own way of living or style. Our identities are shaped by a wider range of influences than ever because of the internet. The forming of a person’s identity is often determined by upbringing, environment and one’s own nature. The Beat Generation was a subculture whose work has influenced literature and culture for the past 60 years. Continue reading “Howl Against Society”

Spread the Word

 

There’s a big chance that you are a user of social media, and that you are familiar with the annoying social media sharer that posts photos of their personal life a bit too much for your liking. This is exactly what I have been thinking about for the past couple of days; why exactly does this happen? I decided to take a closer look at the idea of oversharing. Continue reading “Spread the Word”

Art on the Walls

 

Towards the end of January I completed a 3 month painting course that I had been taking at CREA (“Cultureel Studenten Centrum”). I took it partly because I felt like I needed to release my artistic ambitions and partly because I needed to shift my focus a little bit. Since the course that I took ended, along with many other courses, CREA hosted an exhibition to showcase the works that the students had created over that period of time. I went to check out all the beautiful works of the students and, of course, to make sure that my piece was hanging amongst them. The rooms at CREA were divided into different sections. One of the rooms was full of paintings and drawings of portraits, self-portraits, nude models and still life. The art works were either very colourful or in black and white. One wall was full of works resembling Picasso’s paintings. I entered another room and quickly noticed that I was in the photography room. Photographs of models and mysterious locations hung everywhere, and around me I heard people talking to each other about lighting and shadows. One student had produced a series of photographs of Amsterdam at night, which really spoke to me. The next room was full of ceramics. Abstract and realistic figures were neatly displayed on large tables for visitors to admire. When I walked down the stairs I saw that there was a theatre room and a film room. I was impressed with the fact that a big group of students had the capability of producing art that filled a whole building. What I particularly liked about the course that I took was that the people that were also taking it had different backgrounds. While I am usually surrounded by other students of the Humanities department, in my painting course I was surrounded by students of the medical department, science department and others. We all studied very different things, but we had one thing in common—we enjoyed painting. The exhibition made me think about the importance of art in a students’ life despite of what that person is actually studying. This might sound ignorant for me to say (and maybe I was ignorant of this) but I realized that even somebody studying mathematics could have the inclination to also do something creative, and that is why CREA is so important. Needless to say, I left the exhibition feeling inspired by creativity. Continue reading “Art on the Walls”