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I am excited to announce the launch of one of my new channels: Petervan’s Pirate TV – Art-Tribe Edition

The first episode will premiere on YouTube on 1 Dec 2020 at 09:30am Los Angeles – 12:30pm New York – 6:30pm Brussels – 1:30am Hong Kong (next day)

The YouTube live chat will be open for feedback, critique and encouragements.

I suggest you set the YouTube reminder so you don’t miss the premiere and the live chat.

The video will remain available for viewing after the Premiere event

Virtual events ambition cube

Pirate TV is a new genre that sits somewhere between a vlogcast, documentary, film, and TV show. In the events ambition cube, this sits in the lower right quadrant for a tribe-connectedness.

Current plan is to have two editions: one more business related (the Biz-Tribe Edition), and one more artistic related (the Art-Tribe Edition).

The Art-Tribe Edition launches on 1 Dec 2020, the Biz-Tribe Edition will launch on 2 Feb 2021.

As I strongly believe that magic happens at the cross-section of artists, scientists, engineers, and business people, I expect that sooner or later the two editions will start to blend.

Art-Tribe Edition is intended as a platform for artists in conversation with Petervan.

The artist-in-residence for this first episode is Frank Poncelet.

Frank Poncelet is an independent Artist/Director/Producer who graduated from “The Academy for Visual Arts” in Ghent in 2017. While he has no intention of pursuing professional animation in the future, he enjoys the process and will continue to make animations and VFX shorts. After his Graduation film “A Night On Gor”. He worked for One year on an Animation Mashup “Bug’s Club” inspired by “Hell’s Club” from Antonio Maria Da Silva AMDSFILMS. In 2017/2018). Frank Also Produced his short sci-fi film “Alpha” in 2019. Currently Frank is working on video art using Neural Style Transfer techniques and on a sequel to “Alpha”.

I hope you will enjoy this first episode. Here is the trailer:

The soundtrack of the trailer is here:

If you are an artist, and you are interested to have your work shared and discussed on this channel, please contact me privately.

Warmest,

delicacies

As usual, an incoherent, irregular, unpredictable collection of interesting sparks. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

  • Fantastic talk by “deep voice” Christian Mio Loclair about his art practice based on AI and neural networks. Just 2 weeks ago his team won the The 2020 BCS AI Award for his work “Helin”

If you can’t get enough of these and want more than 5 articles, you can hang on to the firehose, the extended version of Petervan’s Delicacies in REVUE. Also in this edition with loads of videos. Subscribe here: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/petervan

Still from Rhotko Chapel Video https://vimeo.com/127754629

This post is part of a series of essays bundled under “Traveling without moving”. Intro of that series can be found here.

My 2020 journey started with a Direct Message via Twitter from Mark Storm on Feb 8, 2020 a couple of weeks before the first formal lockdown in Belgium on 13 Mar 2020

Mark says “Maybe you will find this an interesting essay about Mark Rothko. Have a great Sunday, Mark”

Thanks for sharing, Mark! And yes, I found it interesting, in as much that I choose it as the start of this series 😉

Here is the direct link (Dutch only) to the Rothko essay (PDF) by Dutch philosopher Joke J. Hermsen. The essay is about the effect of stillness on an audience in front of a Rothko painting. It is an ode to Kairos (time as experience) as opposed to Chronos (time as clock-time).

Mark Rothko – Yellow Over Purple (1956).

Some highlight from the essay:

Het onmenselijke geweld van de oorlog bracht hem ertoe een laatste zoektocht naar de kern van menselijkheid te ondernemen: ‘Ik wil mensen daarheen brengen waar ze hun menselijkheid weer kunnen ervaren.’ En dat kan volgens hem alleen als een kunstwerk ‘tijdloze momenten schept’, die de mens tot een nieuwe ervaring van zichzelf en vervolgens tot een nieuw inzicht over de wereld kan inspireren.

The inhumane violence of the war had induced him into a last quest for the essence of humanity: “I want to lead people to a place where they can experience their humanity again”. And he believes that is only possible when a piece of art “creates timeless moments”, inspiring men to a new experience of himself and subsequently new insights about the world.

Er bestaan geen goede schilderijen die over niets gaan

There are no good painting that are about nothing

Om ‘te kunnen worden die je bent’, dienen de oude waarheden en inzichten als het ware opgeschort te worden. Het is een ervaring die door Nietzsche ook wel extatisch wordt genoemd, omdat het letterlijk een uitstaan naar is, kortom een zich openstellen voor en zich overgeven aan het onbekende. Rothko spreekt in dit geval van ‘transcendentale ervaringen’

In order “to be able to become who you are”, old truths and insights need to be postponed. Nietzsche labelled such experiences as ecstatic – literally standing-out – opening up to and surrendering to the unknown. Rothko speaks in this case of “transcendental experiences”

Deze ‘transcendentale ervaring’ wordt door Rothko een ‘tijdloos moment’ genoemd, omdat deze niet aan de klok gebonden tijd als het ware haaks staat op of inbreekt in de as van de lineaire tijd.

This “transcendental experience” is called a “timeless moment” by Rothko, because this non-clocked time is at odds with or breaks into the axis of linear time.

De identiteit van de toeschouwer wordt voor een moment doorbroken, waardoor hij de indruk heeft niet langer tegenover het werk te staan, maar er door omringd of opgezogen te worden

The spectator’s identity is momentarily broken, giving him the impression that he is no longer facing the work, but is surrounded or absorbed by it

The essay encouraged me to go and buy Joke Hermsen’s book “Stil De Tijd – Pleidooi voor een langzame toekomst”, as far as I know only available in Dutch.

The suggested translation for the title is “Stop the clocks – Manifesto for a Slow Future”, although I feel that “plea” is probably a better translation than “manifesto”, and I would have translated “Stil De Tijd” as “Silence the clocks”. I wrote about time in the past, and in this post from May 2018, I already mentioned Joke Hermsen.

Here are some of my notes/highlights/moods from the book.

Tijd schept ruimte

Time shapes space

Verlangen te realiseren wat er nog niet is.

Desire to realise what is not

Opnieuw zien we hier hoe zowel het wachten als het openlaten van de tijd en het opschorten van betekenisgeving aan de oorsprong staan van de creativiteit en het denken.

Again, we see how waiting as well as leaving space for time and the suspension of giving meaning are at the source of creativity and thinking

Het wachten (attente) is voor Blanchot dan ook het vrijleggen van een ander soort aandacht (attention), die zich niet op het reeds bekende van de verwachting richt, maar op het onbekende, het onverwachte, het nog niet ingevulde.

The waiting (attente) is for Blanchot the release of another sort of attention (attention), not pointing towards the known knows of the expectation, but towards the unknown, the unexpected, what has not yet been filled in.

Picasso: ‘Ik zoek niet – ik vind.’ Over dat onderscheid tussen zoeken en vinden, zegt Picasso: ‘Zoeken, dat is uitgaan van het oude in een willen vinden van het reeds bekende in het nieuwe. Vinden, dat is het volledig nieuwe. Alle wegen zijn open, en wat gevonden wordt, is onbekend. Het is een waagstuk, een avontuur.’

Picasso: “I don’t search – I find”. About that difference between searching and finding, Picasso says: “Searching is starting from the past, in an effort to find the already known in the future. Finding, that’s what’s completely new. Alle options are open, and what is being found, is unknown. It is a venture, an adventure”

Belangeloze aandacht

Disinterested attention

Last highlight:

Die creativiteit wordt aangewakkerd als we ons bij tijd en wijle aan het regime van de klok kunnen onttrekken en ons durven overgeven aan ervaringen die haaks staan op het gestaag voorttikken van de wijzers. Wachten, vervelen, luieren, mijmeren, nadenken en nietsdoen, zijn vormen van ontvankelijke passiviteit waarmee men in deze rusteloze, door de economie opgedreven tijden misschien weinig applaus zal oogsten, maar die in vrijwel alle hier opgenomen essays noodzakelijk bleken voor de mens en voor de wereld om niet te verstarren en te verharden.

That creativity is encouraged when we can detach us from time to time from the regime of the clock and dare to surrender to the experiences that are orthogonal to the ongoing ticking of the moving clock-hands. Waiting, being bored, idle, musing, reflecting and doing nothing, are all forms of receptive passivity that are not really appreciated by the inflated time of the economy, but that are essential in all essays of this publication, essential for the humans and the world in order not to fossilize, become rigid, petrify and harden.

I make similar reflections during my bike tours in nature, asking myself who is the real me, what is my original rhythm, finding my own rhythm, re-finding myself.

During one of those tours, I spotted a path to my right, with no signage, leading into some small woods and boskets. A small hesitation, but in a blink, I decided to turn right, right into the unknown.

Only a couple of minutes later, I found myself in an open space, in the middle of the green, in almost complete silence, and saw this snail sunbathing under a parasol of green leave.

The silence and nature had made me soft, with indeed a disinterested attention, but active attention anyway, not passive.

After years of – at times – hectic corporate life, and after a semi-pause of about four years, I realized it was only now that I started to cool down, to wind down. It was only now that I started to enjoy that state of detachment from Chronos time, detachment from anything, actually.

It should therefore not come as a surprise that my next essay in this series will be about… pause.

Travelling without Moving (TWM) is a series of essays documenting my mental and philosophical journey in 2020-2021.

The name came from an Arpeggiator Sound in Logic Pro that I was using in freewheeling a soundscape. It’s also a song by Jamiroquai from 1996

I felt the name fitted quite well with the troublesome year 2020 where – at least in Flanders – we already had two lockdowns and other less strict conditions throughout the year, basically discouraging contacts and travelling. But in my mind, I was still travelling, without physically moving.

The idea for TWM was triggered by an invitation from Jennifer Sertl who started StudioA3R, a weekly podcast dedicated to helping leaders navigate complexting by strengthening resilience, responsiveness and reflection.

Here is a link to the session we had in Aug 2020:

Jennifer’s podcasts are organised around four questions:

Where have you been?

What have you learned?

Where are you going?

What’s required?

In other words, documenting the journey, the voyage one makes. One can answer those questions from different perspectives:

Location: where have you physically been? Flanders, Italy, etc.

Activity: what have you done? Tasks, Deliverables, Products, etc.

Mentally: what were your ups and downs, etc.

Philosophically: from Plato to Kant to Kierkegaard to Sloterdijk, etc.

But there is also a way to answer these questions looking at where your mind has been. What have I learned? Where is my mind going, what is required? What steppingstones did I step on? Is there any coherence in all this?

That’s the plan/ambition with these TWM essays: to share where I have been, what I learned, where I am going, and what is required. And hopefully also offer some inspiration to my readers, and – who knows? – find some co-travelers along the way.

Each essay will start from a keyword. Each keyword hides a story. Some stories are inspired by an event (something that happened), others by something I read or experienced. Sometimes it was a happenstance framing of the camera.

The keywords are:

Silence

Pause

Play

Anxious

Unbound

Foam

Truth

Learning

Yellow

Genre

(In)appropriate

Focus

Framing

Studios

Wildcard #1

Wildcard #2

Traveling Without Moving (TMW) is also somewhat related to Studio Oxygen (SOX) and Pirate TV (PTV). Some essays will be published in sync with the launch of new episodes of SOX and PTV. And for booklovers: there will be plenty of references to interesting books 😉

Every essay will have a link back to this overview/intro post, so that you can navigate your own way back into the voyage.

Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did.

Warmest,

Petervan memories from the 70ies – First artistic performances

It’s almost one year (!) since my previous Dec 2019 update. And what a year it was/still is! I basically stayed home for the whole period and had zero travel since Oct 2019.

I am publishing this on the day Belgium is entering its second Covid-19 lockdown. A forced pause-marathon starting on my 63th birthday on 1 Nov till at least mid-Dec 2020. But I am afraid the effort will have to run until deep into 2021 and I am preparing for it as an “interval of possibility”.

An interval of possibility is a temporal framing to see better what is and what can emerge. There is indeed still so much to read, to learn, to experiment, to play with. So many contexts to be architected. So many interesting people to (re)connect with (at least virtually). So much opportunity for spiritual, moral, and aesthetical advancement! Expect me to be quite generative in the coming weeks and months.

The Artschool Project

The Artschool academy year started again in Sep 2020, and I subscribed for a two-year curriculum labeled “specialization”.

“Professionalization” is probably a better title for what it is: a focus on getting the (art)work done, commitment, and ambition. We’ll learn to discover our own visual language starting from our personal frames and themes with the ambition to develop our own artistic maturity and identity. This is about personal reflection, self- and group-critique, evaluation, and research. About creative identity and creative disposition. And about how to create a portfolio, develop contacts with galleries, presenting your own work, setting up your own expo, etc.

From an artistic medium point of view, my main focus will remain painting on canvas, but I will keep experimenting with other (mainly digital) media.

I shared most of my recent work via my Facebook page, or on this blog under the heading “Sine Parole”. I also started selecting more straightforward subjects, such as vases, landscapes, cows, fruit, and everyday objects. In many cases the obvious and what is in front of you is interesting enough. Here is an example of some apples from our mini orchard:

Petervan Artwork © 2020 – Apples – Acryl on Canvas – 50x50cm

The upcoming Cow project

I have something with cows (pun intended). I met many during my summer bike tours. It feels it is going to become yet another a thematic series, like the prison windows, or the birds, or the boxers.

Petervan Artworks @ 2020 – Cow Project – Digital Try-out
Petervan Artworks @ 2020 – Cow Project – Sketch of the Intervals of Possibility

One option is to create a cow-sign-language and typography, or maybe see how I can get them generated through in-the-cloud AI neural networks.

Via Mario Klingeman (@quasimodo) -AI generated shapes

Exhibitions

Last year, I visited some art exhibitions, including:

  • There is no Planet B – S.M.A.K., Ghent, Dec 2019
  • Inge Decuypere – Ronse, Feb 2020
  • Dali-Magritte – Museum Fine Arts, Brussels, Feb 2020
  • Love-Hate – ING Gallery, Brussels, Feb 2020
  • Keith Haring – BOZAR, Brussels, Feb 2020
  • Van Eyck – Museum Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Feb 2020
  • Stephan VanFleteren – FOMU, Antwerp, July 2020
  • Writing Beyong – Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem, July 2020
  • Dechamps, Panamarenko and Co – Deweer Gallery, Zwevegem, Oct 2020

There were many more, but due to Covid-19, many musea were closed or had restrictions.

Stephan VanFleteren – FOMU, Antwerp, July 2020

My own exhibition

I ran my first solo (100% virtual) exhibition during summer. Some unexpected fans actually bought some of my works. Thank you: this is very encouraging. For those who don’t know: I also do commissioned work. If interested – in buying or commissions – please send me a private message.

Some vernissage impressions here.

Outdoors

We had a great summer in Flanders. Since the start of the first lockdown on 13 March 2020 we had good to excellent weather till mid-September 2020. Plenty of opportunity for being outdoors, with the occasional bike tour or walk.

Freelance

Covid-19 is not kind to freelancers, especially if you target what some people call the “event industry”. With the exception of a small gig in 2020, I basically got no work since October 2019. Contact me in private if you’d like to hire me for “interesting” work.

BANI

Already in 2018, Jamais Cascio coined the term BANI. See my post from Aug 2019 and Jamais’ update from April 2020. As mentioned before, I am working with some partners on a virtual multimedia workshop based on this framework, with a specific focus on possible responses. We have an amazing cast on-board, and it looks that we’ll be able to make some announcements soon.

Design Unbound

I am blown away and intrigued by the insights in Design Unbound: Designing for Emergence in a White Water World. This is about having agency in a world that is constantly shifting under you. It is so refreshing after all those business-, management-, leadership-, and self-help-books. It has become a healthy addiction: I am basically reading and re-reading and deeply internalizing everything that Ann Pendleton has written in the last couple of years.

We are building a team to design and deliver a corporate curriculum on this topic. Stay tuned on the “we” and the “curriculum”.

Pirate TV

Most online events and conferences suck. I have some ideas on how to be more ambitious. See my earlier post on the ambition cube for virtual events.

Still from Pirate TV Trailer – Petervan Studios © 2020

I got the chance to do a commission for a client on this concept and we – the client, the team, myself – learned a lot on what works and what not.

There are now two Pirate TV channels in the pipeline: one more business focused and one more “artsy”.

New toys

For Pirate TV, I wanted to become more fluent in video and sound creation. As there was nothing else to do due to Covid-19, I followed some online courses on Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro, and Logic Pro X.

These are such rich software environments. Also, their user interfaces make me think differently: thinking in layers, connections, patterns, and harmonies.

Studio Oxygen project

An idea that has been hanging around since 2018, actually.

People are exhausted. Tired of online meetings. Tired of being locked up in their houses. Tired of all the negative news. People crave for oxygen. People crave for small safe groups where they can share, critique, ideate, play.

With a small on-line collective, we plan to come together regularly online to have slow-paced conversations on a topic/seed that I plant.  The seed can be the chapter of a book, an object, a poem, a job well done, or a failing forward.

With a no-frills focus on quality content, we hope these sparks of inspiration will give you “oxygen for the mind”.

Traveling Without Moving project

This will be a series of posts documenting my mental and philosophical journey in 2020.

Some spoiler keywords: silence, pause, play, anxiety, unbound, truth, inappropriateness, genre, and yellow.

Traveling Without Moving (TMW) is also somewhat related to Studio Oxygen and Pirate TV

Books

Check out my GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3085594-peter-auwera

Some highlights:

Also don’t forget Robert Poynton’s “Do Pause”. Together with Josie Gibson we made 8 podcast episodes, one for each chapter in this book. The last episode is here.

Petervan Rides

Since July 2019, I publish every month a Spotify List with new releases combined with some oldies from the 60ies, 70ies, and beyond. Search for “Petervan Ride” and select “playlists”. Subjective selection of course, as driven only by my personal taste (or lack thereof).

Petervan Rides on Spotify

So, whats next?

I will officially retire from corporate life as from 1 Dec 2020. Not that I plan to stay idle, on the contrary. Within limits, I will stay available for interesting freelance work – I call it “paid play” –  and plan to stay very focused on my artwork.

The plan for the coming months is to work/play on (random order):

  • “Interesting” freelance work
  • Artwork
  • Studio Oxygen
  • Traveling Without Moving
  • Pickup Time Capsules again

So, that’s it for this edition. If there is something worth reporting, next update is for Apr 2021.

#STAYSAFE

#STAYCONNECTED

Warmest,

Musical harvest October 2020 > most are new releases > shorter as usual as not so many interesting releases > more fun when played in shuffle mode > more surprise > enjoy

Petervan Artwork © 2020 – Green Leaves – Acryl on canvas – 50x50cm
Petervan Artworks © 2020 – Landscape – Acryl on canvas – 100x120cm

Musical harvest September 2020 > most are new releases > as usual more fun when played in shuffle mode > more surprise > enjoy

delicacies

If you can’t get enough of these and want more than 5 articles, you can hang on to the firehose, the extended version of Petervan’s Delicacies in REVUE. Also in this edition with loads of videos. Subscribe here: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/petervan

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