Archive for the ‘video’ Category

sorry it’s dutch. its an interview from the program Netwerk from the 2nd of october about the benefit of development aid of the last fifty years.

De ontwikkelingshulp van de laatste vijftig jaar heeft nauwelijks iets uitgehaald. Dat stelt de Amerikaanse econoom William Easterly. Onlangs verscheen de Nederlandse vertaling van zijn boek over dit onderwerp. In Netwerk een interview met Easterly. Presentatie: Tijs van den Brink.


interesting documentary on one of those other arab emirates states – Ras al-Khaimah – that took a good look at her sisters, put a cross on the map and decided that’s where a new city would be built. By OMA, with some help of Snohetta.

the Sand Castle

through archinect, with the follow-up discussion right here.

enjoi. marten

okay, so in the UK apparently you are allowed to request a tape of public cctv systems (all written down in the Data Protection Act), if you can proof you are on there. you are even allowed to publish these images as long as you black everybody out except yourself. (help me here, what’s the band that made the video with everybody without a mouth, eyes etc. it’s not manic street preachers… but who is it then?!) a faceless future, basically, where everybody will be anonymous until you are a suspect. it is still innocent until proven guilty, but the line between random person and suspect is theoretically only a black circle away.

anyway, manu luksch discovered some poetry in this fact of instant anonymity and decided to turn it into a movie. in a faceless world, one day our protagonist wakes up with a face. startled with this fact, she goes out and tries to find out what this whole face thing is about.

cctv as a mean for producing art. who would have thought that? especially since, according to this article, there are certain neighbourhoods in london that do have a large number of cameras but little crime, making people propose to replace a lot of shitty cameras with a few that actually makes somebody recognizable instead of the stereotype suspect, an african-american male, 5 foot 10, grey sweater, baggy pants with a new york yankees cap that could also be a la dodgers one since they all look alike anyway nowadays.

trailer. i haven’t found a full version yet, but perhaps i can acquire one for xploretv.

enjoi. marten

again, in today’s NRC, an article on the science of secrets. everyone has them, some worse than others, and apparently, people can get into the business of keeping a secret so badly, that it has the same effect on you as a terminal illness would have.


fortunately, there are of course also the more funny secrets. has a daily item called briefgeheimen (in dutch) based on the english blog postsecret. what is it? it’s damn simple and very effective – kind of like the kalashnikov. imagine you have a secret you’re afraid of telling, but you would also like to share with the world, since it is a secret of the more social kind. the secrets not only affect you, but also others around you.


so we have a grandchild here that is addicted to pain killers, but instead of acting the drugstore cowboy, he just takes them from his grandpa. it makes you wonder. why is the grandson not in the church, with his grandfather? is that why he is popping granddads pills in the first place – a troubled family life or is there more? each of these postcards tell a story, the interpretation is up to you.

and now we have moving briefgeheimen. swiss artist elodie pong interviews people, anonymous or not, and lets them talk freely about their biggest secrets.

this guy, number 49, who is obviously afraid of repercussions from his social circle (there we go again, peer pressure’s a bitch innit?) is dressed up like a luchador – vaguely reminding me of jack black in nacho libre – and confesses, here we go…. that he finds “contemporary performance art often extremely boring “, but that he is “obliged for professional and social reasons to kind of quay along…” and “obliged to sit through a long boring perfomance and in the end say how fantastic it was, when in fact i’d rather be at the cinema watching some kind of simple, escapist narrative film.”

YES! somebody finally mentioned it! that-that-must-not-be-named when we are talking about performance art has been said!

and we all saw it was good.

thank you! thank you, mr.49!

it’s just waiting for some kind of architectural confessions tour, maybe named – in the honor of the great madonna – confessions on a drawing board, where everybody will have the chance to tell us their biggest secret.

robert venturi: “i have never been to vegas”
rem koolhaas: “i am afraid of heights”
winy maas: “i am blind” (this one would obviously not be a secret to anybody anyways)

realize. marten

Thursday 4 October, Explore Lab

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.

Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?

ExploreTV #2

I Have some interesting titles to watch during the next ExploreTV sessions.
Let know what you’d like to see!

In the tradition of our humanistic ‘we-want-a-better-world’ point of view:

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Powaqqatsi (1988)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)

Documentary in 3 parts on the abuse of nature by mankind, the abuse of our fellow human being, and violence and global technology. Financed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, music composed by Philip Glass.

Unser täglich Brot alias Our Daily Bread (2005)
Documentary about the (industrial) production of our food anno 2007…

Other suggestions:

Meglio gioventù, La (2003) alias The best of youth
The life of to brothers in Italy. In the mean time it tells the history of Italy in the period 1963-2003.
Movie in two parts. Totally 6 hours! But, really worth the effort and never get’s boring!

My Architect; a son’s journey (2003)
Documentary on Louis Kahn, filmd by his sun.

In case you did not know yet, since it’s old…(I didn’t…)

‘Built in conjunction with World Environment Day 2005, ScrapHouse illustrates the possibilities—as well as the challenges—of green building, recycling, and reuse.’ (…) ‘Originally conceived as a documentary film, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anna Fitch filmed every step of the way for a documentary that was broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in September 2006.’ (from _

their website;

and, a video:


it’s a critical movie about building culture which is lost in the Netherlands, based on the architecture on curacao. in dutch…


18:00 – Thursday – 20/9/07 @ Explore Lab

So this is the general concept:
the idea is to simulate the ‘going-to-the-movies’ experience, so first grab a beer at the bouwpub, open from 16:00 on thursday.
than you’re all happy by 18:00, some food can be ordered, the pre-feature program begins, which consist of short videos, clips, etc each with a duration of a few minutes, to no more than 15 min. (this is where you come in)
when the food arrives, we start the Feature. The feature is a film or documentary. The first night this will be ‘Manufactured Landscaped’

18:00 pre-feature program (please send me your youtube links, video titles, etc…)
18:30 (about) start feature: Manufactured Landscape

Then for the rest of the XploreTV series please send me your proposals, and note if you have the film yourself or not. Then I can make a program for the year.

then here some info on the XploreTV night #1 feauture

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.

Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

2006, Canada, 90 mins.


for marten:
In a preview of his next book, Steven Pinker takes on violence. We live in violent times, an era of heightened warfare, genocide and senseless crime. Or so we’ve come to believe. Pinker charts a history of violence from Biblical times through the present, and says modern society has a little less to feel guilty about.

Watch the lecture video here (20min) at TED

gr edwin