september 25, 2005.
As they did, when embarking on their great Dutch adventure in april 2002, we passed over the 18 mile Barrier Dam (Afsluitdijk) connecting the province of Friesland with that of Noord Holland. And like Rosemary and Mickey, we too stayed in the curious little 'gay owned' bed & breakfast, called Bordine.
Situated on the Bordineweg, in a typically Dutch neat residential area
in the south-east part of the city, it distinguishes itself from the many
similar small rijtjeshuizen ('row houses') in that street mainly
by the large flagpole proudly planted in its front lawn. With what looked
like an exemplary feat of home craft, the owner transformed the two small
bedrooms on the first floor into two pretty much self contained two-bed
mini studios. With a PC, fax, telephone, wireless and cable internet connection,
satellite tv, dvd, vhs, stereo, kitchenette crammed into the shower, toilet,
blinds ... everything.
Add to this the gigantic ventilator, covering most of the ceiling, the two fire extinguishers on the minuscule landing next to the big, shiny & powerful espresso machine for all your free coffees, and there you go: Bordine B & B !
Could any place have suited better our 0 OK, 0:1 soundvision
action, part of the ninth Media
Art Friesland Festival (MAFF), both as a home base and a metaphor
For God knows, here there was a vision, and God knows there, there were sounds ...
The espresso machine, for one, accompanied its 'small cup/large cup' brewing by impressively loud grinding, gurgling and steaming sounds. And all during our first (friday) night, until early into the saturday morning, outside there was this somehow mysterious sounding power drilling and hammering going on. Which then during the second (saturday) night made place for some of the finest close up fast passing freight trains sounds that I heard in my life. Suggesting that the drilling and hammering of the night before were somehow related to repair works on the rail road tracks ...
But all of this, of course, is merely circumstantial.
The Media Art Friesland Festival, organized by Wim and Nadine Bors, is a courageous and ambitious event, showcasing for a period of two weeks, at locations in Leeuwarden, Drachten, Groningen, Harlingen and Beetsterzwaag, a large selection of recent 'media art works', both from artists working and/or living in the Netherlands and abroad. The MAFF opened at friday night, at its main location, in the Kanaalstraat in Leeuwarden. It is where you'll find, besides a 'Computer Gallery' with 12 projects from 8 different countries, the national 'Young Talents' exhibit, with works by recent graduates of Dutch Academies of Art.
I saw again there some of the works that I had remarked earlier this year during my 'flash' visit to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy's graduate show in Amsterdam. One of these Rietveld 2005 graduates, Michael Ebert, joined us as our 'special guest' in the 3 hour long 0 OK, 0:1 live webcast that we did in the Kanaalstraat, on sunday afternoon september 18th.
For our webcast, we set up our 'usual suspects' on two large tables in
the organizers' office, behind two large sliding windows to the entrance
corridor of the Kanaalstraat building. We started the setting up and testing
around eleven in the morning, and when all was working properly, at about
13h00 - as has become our habit - gradually the testing shifted over into
performing. "No beginning ..."
At some points Michael Ebert joined in, and took over for a while, and towards the end, around 16h15, for some twenty minutes we were joined by Jan Verroest, live skyping to Leeuwarden from Amsterdam.
0 OK, 0:1 worked large parts of their contribution around recordings made on friday and saturday. At the opening party on friday evening, on saturday in the streets of Leeuwarden, and of the sounds 'made' by the works on show in the Kanaalstraat (most notably those of Hendrik van Ketwich Verschuurs "Clockwork", and Ivo Koolens "Crab (from outer space)" - see the exhibition pictures above).
You can listen to short extracts from sunday's webcast, and get an impression of what the frisian language sounds like, in our 15th Raudio Podcast ... The Media Art Friesland Festival continues until october 2nd.
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ookoi - The works:
(1980) Signs and Symptoms
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
Read about the ookoi on the SoundBlog:
(july 31, 2005) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(september 25, 2005) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(march 20, 2006) - raudio @cosman's
(may 06, 2006) - jam karet?
(july 07, 2006) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(october 20, 2006) - Funky shit
(january 25, 2007) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(february 15, 2007) - Every presentation is a premiere
(march 24, 2007) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(august 12, 2007) - leve ookoi! (1)
(august 22, 2007) - leve ookoi! (2)
(september 04, 2007) - leve ookoi! (3)
(december 04, 2007) - I'm an island
(february 24, 2008) - The Great Washing
(june 06, 2008) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(october 02, 2008) - The right to be slow
(february 21, 2009) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(april 07, 2009) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(august 24, 2009) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(october 10, 2009) - Project Icarus OST
(november 17, 2009) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(january 05, 2010) - ookoi: onderood
(may 23, 2010) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(may 06, 2012) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(may 06, 2013) - Next Numbr!
(may 09, 2014) - You are NOT Hier!
[ Earlier related SB entries: tafelmuziek: paradiso placard ]
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