Today I was at De WAR, the Amersfoort FabLab and much more, for Koppelting, a yearly local conference (where I will be presenting later this week). They have moved to new premises with more space and when I explored the building I also found a silk screen printing workshop. Diana, who is co-initiator of De WAR, walked in and when I said I liked one of the t-shirts on display she asked me shall we make one? So we did.
I now have two newly printed shirts at home.
Yesterday started with fog. When I arrived at the client’s office in Amersfoort it just started lifting and the sun burned through. This was the view onto the Argonaut building, the sun reflected in the windows.
Who was the person who thought, seeing the stairs, let’s make the gate green?
I enjoyed this enormous fantastic mural by Gijs Frieling (and team), exploring human nature in an ever more technological environment.
E and I visited the Kade museum’s exhibit ‘Abrasive Paradise’ yesterday. 150 years ago Mondriaan was born in Amersfoort, and this exhibit is part of the program celebrating that anniversary. As part of this exhibition a number of artists has been asked to create work envisioning earthly paradise (which Mondrian searched for in his abstract structures) starting from this quote:
And the human being? He should not be on his own and also only a part of the whole. When he, thus, no longer feels his individuality, he will be happy in the earthly paradise created by himself. (Piet Mondrian, Paris, 1926)
The Frieling mural was created in a separate building from the Kade museum, the Elleboogkerk (‘Elbow church’).
Walking around town, into the small streets around the Mondriaan house, where Piet Mondrian was born and which is now a museum. They’ve dubbed the area the ‘Mondriaan quarter’. E and Y are headed towards a game shop, to acquire a Rubik’s cube. In the days since we’re all busy learning how to solve the cube.
Yesterday I had a meeting above the central entrance of Amersfoort railway station. It’s a station I pass through often. I’ve been up in that meeting space above the station multiple times but infrequent, and not since All This began. I’m struck (again) with what a change of perspective does to experiencing this place. A good reminder when approaching other things. Changing the viewpoint is good practice.