Part of the harvest from the apple tree on our terrace eight stories high. They taste delicious.
Three years ago I posted about the book Ruins in the Netherlands (2008) by Lara Almarcegui. One of the ruins in her book is railway bridge S50 over the Nieuwe Vaart near the Czaar Peterstraat in Amsterdam Oost close to the De Gooyer windmill.
This morning I discovered they are demolishing the bridge. The bridge had no monumental status, but it was one of the last references in this neighborhood to the former Eastern Harbour. I will miss the bridge, but as Almarcegui already stated in her book, ruins are not expected to last in a country like the Netherlands where space is used with the utmost efficiency. The reason to demolish the bridge is related to water control.
Click here for an article in Dutch from newspaper Het Parool about the bridge and a proposal for a restaurant there and here for the letter with the response to the request to demolish the bridge from Stadsdeel Centrum (also in Dutch).
The Alfresco Summit will be in Barcelona from 4 to 7 November and in Boston 12 to 15 November. Like other years there are many developer tracks, but starting form this year there are also business tracks including many customer cases. This is your chance to meet Alfresco partners, customers and employees and learn about new features, new ways of doing great work with Alfresco and exchanging ideas and experiences. Put your content to work!
This might be the first Taryn Simon book I am going to really like. I had a copy of Contraband, but got rid of it as I did not like it as much as I thought I would. For me most of her work is visually too clinical and lacks any artistic subjectivity. I have the same issue with the work of Jacqueline Hassink. Any way, this looks like a really interesting book. A catalog of Bond gadgetry and former Bond birds. Ian Fleming was a keen bird watcher and choose the name of his famous British spy character after the ornithologist James Bond who wrote a book about birds called Birds of West Indies.
This is the toolbox of the carpenter who is currently helping to rebuild our lower floor. I really like this simple wooden box. He has put so many things in it that he needs a wheelbarrow to transport it.
Only recently I rediscovered some of the music by Psychic TV. For me it has always been a difficult band as they mix so many different music styles. From folk influenced music to melodic pop to unbearable experimental noise. The latter is not surprising as Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV was one of the founding members of Throbbing Gristle. This album is currently one of my favorites. It is a very unpolished 4 track recording, but a great record to listen to. It is difficult to get hold of it so I posted a link to the excellent blog about post-punk and industrial music The Thing On The Doorstep. I think I am only beginning to understand the importance of Genesis P-Orridge, now Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, as a musician and artist.
If you visit Foam, for example to see America by Car by the famous Lee Friedlander or The Afronauts by the acclaimed Cristina de Middel, do not forget to visit the exhibition space in the library as there is a great exhibition by Peter Puklus called Handbook to the Stars. Through his website you can still order a copy of the book with the same title. It is basically a cut-up version of the exhibition in book form. No need to hesitate, as you will have Jörg Colberg’s blessings. I really like this kind of playful, fresh and inventive studio photography. Highly recommended.
Doug Rickard recently published a new book called TOM. There is not much information available, but initial responses on social media are positive. It looks like an interesting book, but it is also a typical collectors book as it is limited to 300 copies and pretty expensive. At the same time to me his New American Picture as published by White Press is still one of the most significant photo books of recent times.