The hike – solitude

The Hike – attempting spontaneity, playfulness and atmospheric impressions during perseverance and solitude

I’ve been thinking more about the presentation of the project. I have three main themes:

perseverance – pictures include the trail in the composition

solitude – pictures include a bench (metafor). This post shows a couple of these pictures.

impressions – this I have to work out in further themes and make choices what to include and what not. A bit more thought needed when I will restart the project. For this year I finished hiking until the winter is over.

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Aperture #228 Elements of Style

The elements of style. An edition that inspires me less with photography, but more with ideas and stories. It’s an interesting mix of articles. With each edition that I read, view and analyse I get a better idea of what Aperture is and what their aim is. I’m getting more possitive.

In separate posts I write about a couple of artists presented in this edition.

Bibliography

Aperture #228 Elements of Style (2017), New York City: Aperture Foundation

Eva Roefs

Link to the BJP article

‘Eva Roefs has an affinity for capturing bizarre moments in exceptionally mundane situations. The young Amsterdam-based photographer grew up in south Holland in a small town called Loosbroek, and says the monotonous surroundings spurred her search for the absurd as soon as she started photographing at age 13.’ (BJP, 2017)

Stylish, use of soft pastel colours. It’s inspirational. Her work balances on the boarder between journalism and art.

Bibliography

BJP (2017), At: http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/10/eva-roefs-finds-everyday-magic-on-the-flemish-coast/ (last visited 10/12/2017)

Roefs, E. (2017), At: http://cargocollective.com/evaroefs (last visited 10/12/2017)

MHKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

‘The M HKA is a museum for contemporary art, film and visual culture in its widest sense. It is an open place of encounter for art, artists and the public. ‘ (MHKA, 2017)

Reflecting on my visit to this museum my initial disappointment turned into fascination for a couple of the artist (collectives). Some of the expositions started stimulating my mind after reading more information. In one of the opinions in a news paper article on Joseph Beuys, part of the exposition, the writer criticises, loosely translated, the inability of modern artists to bring a message across with their art. Maybe that’s my problem with a lot of contemporary photography. Looking at a picture often isn’t enough. I need to read background information to even try to understand the photographer.

 

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Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian. ‘The exhibition Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian will seek simultaneously to consider Beuys’ activities in Antwerp during the 1960s and ‘70s, alongside considering his relevance to a new generation.’ (MKHA, 2017)

Fascinating!. I saw a newspaper article in the collection which basically asked the question that came up with me as well, ‘charlatan or genie’? What I saw was ridiculous, but what I read made it meaningful. I have to read more about this person. I want to understand better what he was doing. I can understand a large part of his philosophy and his explanation of what he considers art needs additional study as well.

‘Joseph Beuys was active in Antwerp during the 1960s and 1970s through his relationship with Wide White Space gallery, for whom he was a key reference. Amongst his many exhibitions, it is here that he also made his performance Eurasienstab (Eurasian Staff) in collaboration with Henning Christiansen on 9 February 1968……..

The exhibition will also consider Beuys as a figure who worked in a way that was contrary to the logic and hegemony of Modernism……….’ (MKHA, 2017)

‘Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening, and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue. His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his “extended definition of art” and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics.’ (Wikipedia, 2017)

Some other expositions:

  • IN SITU: Lifepatch – The Tale of Tiger and Lion.
  • Jef Geys: Names.
  • Ping Pong – Philippe Van Snick
  • LODGERS #12 Art Paper Editions
  • INBOX: Lise Duclaux – L’observatoire des simples et des fous
  • Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part IV: Dealing with Catastrophe, The Flow of the World

Bibliography

MHKA (2017) At: https://www.muhka.be (last visited 10/12/2017)

Wikipedia (2017) At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys (last visited (10/12/2017)

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

‘In the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom you’ll become acquainted with Antwerp in the world and with the world in Antwerp. Use all your senses to discover the city’s rich past, the river and the port. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and be surprised by the many large and small details of this architectural gem.’ (MAS, 2017)

What a waste of money! The view of the city was nice, and the building architecturally a gem, but those were free of entrance.

‘The city and the world meet in the MAS. As a city on a river, Antwerp has attracted people from all over the world for centuries. Throughout the centuries, people met exchanging ideas and goods. Traces of these encounters are collected in the MAS.’ (MAS, 2017)

City Photographer. ‘The MAS asked curator Kaat Celis to make a selection from 15 (city photographer) portfolios and to create one huge, inspiring and surprising look at the city. This results in a visual love letter for Antwerp, an associative narrative on the love-hate relations with the city from a photographer’s point of view.’ (MAS, 2017) The pictures hang on the walls next to and above eight escalators going to the roof of the building. Not the best place to look at them, They just can give a feel. And I think that’s the purpose. But for me the feel on most of the escalators is not related to Antwerp. The concept and presentation are original.

Art from Pre-Columbian America. As I have noticed more often lately these kind of statements in magazines, museums, books, are interpreted without limitations and therefor sometimes misleading. One exposition was for example P. Janssen-Arts collection. This collection ‘tells us about the extraordinary relationship between man and the world of gods, ancestors and spirits in America before the conquest of Europe.’ (MAS, 2017) What’s the relation with Antwerp?. I’ve visited museums and archaeological excavation sites in Latin America and the condition of the items displayed in this expo seemed almost unreal because of the excellent state they were in.

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Antwerp à la carte. Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. Antwerp, for instance, has more than 500,000 inhabitants. That’s half a million mouths to be fed every day. How do we manage to do this now, what will we do in the future, and does the past offer any inspiration? (MAS, 2017). Some interesting facts of the current world of food production and ongoing initiatives.

Some other exhibitions:

  • Visible storage
  • Display of Power | Prestige and symbols
  • Life & Death | Gods and mankind
  • World Port | Trade and shipping

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Bibliography

MAS (2017), At: http://www.mas.be/en/page/mas-nutshell (last visited 10 December 2017)

 

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Activities done

day 358 30 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 360 1 November 2017

  • Select & Print pictures Christmas village parents

day 362 3 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 363 4 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 364 5 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 366 7 November 2017

  • Read aperture #228 Elements of Style
  • Project long distance hiking

day 367 8 November 2017

  • Read aperture #228 Elements of Style
  • Project long distance hiking

day 368 9 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Start preparations for project Seychelles

day 369 10 November 2017

  • Read aperture #228 Elements of Style
  • Project long distance hiking
  • preparations for project Seychelles

day 370 11 November 2017

  • Do & Posts exercises part 4
  • Prepare various posts

day 371 12 November 2017

  • Do & Posts exercises part 4
  • Prepare various posts
  • Read immanuel Critique of Pure Reason
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer
  • Watch tutorials
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Watch Podium Witteman

day 372 13 November 2017

  • Do & Posts exercises part 4
  • Prepare various posts
  • Read immanuel Critique of Pure Reason
  • Read Confucius the Analects
  • Think about needed lighting equipment for studio
  • Read aperture #228 Elements of Style

day 373 14 November 2017

  • Read immanuel Critique of Pure Reason

day 374 15 November 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudolf Arnheim p199-223

day 375 16 November 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 376 17 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Verdiepen in studio lighting

day 377 18 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 378 19 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 379 20 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Solving adobe sign in issue

day 380 21 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 381 22 November 2017

  • Prepare for exercise 4.4

day 382 23 November 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudolf Arnheim p224-240
  • Project long distance hiking

day 383 24 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read immanuel Critique of Pure Reason

day 384 25 November 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read immanuel Critique of Pure Reason
  • Think about ‘winter project’ (critique of pure reason?)

day 385 26 November 2017

  • Project the hike

Reflection

A lot of things go around in my head, an internal struggle. Difficult to write about as it is a kind of standstill without much handhold. I keep developing as a photographer. I just don’t know what to do in live. I have to break out, but don’t know how to do that yet.

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Activities done

day 337 9 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Re-read Barthes Camera Lucida

day 338 10 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-read Barthes Camera Lucida
  • Read Wabi-Sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers

day 339 11 October 2017

  • Read Wabi-Sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers

day 340 12 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-Read course part 4
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer
  • Project long distance hiking

day 341 13 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-Read course part 4
  • Preparation exercises part 4

day 342 14 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 343 15 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 344 16 October 2017

  • Read EOS magazine
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 345 17 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 346 18 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 347 19 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 348 20 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 349 21 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 350 22 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 351 23 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 352 24 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 353 25 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 354 26 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 355 27 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 356 28 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 357 29 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

Reflection

I’ve been thinking a lot about the positive aspects of solitude. This in relation to my project ‘long-distance-hiking’.

I’m getting more and more out of looking at long term projects of others, even if I don’t like the pictures. The commitment and thoughts of the concerning photographers inspire me.