abk maastricht: who needs who?

I am studying at the academy of fine arts in maastricht, netherlands. I have been quite happy with that (I am still). we have an awarded design building (wiel arets was the architect), great workshops, a mix of dutch and german students (and some from other foreign countries) and what is the best: tolerant and open-minded professors (if you are not stupid they let you do what you want to do). but the academy is just a department of the educative institute hogeschool zuyd, which has been voted to the best hogeschool in 2007 (maybe they bought somebody over). but since the academy is up to one’s ears in debt, the institute is focusing on efficiency and the quality is fading away. that’s why the students of the academy (the video department was the initiator) came together at 11:55 at the herdenkingsplein, the forecourt of the academy, to demonstrate that they don’t want to accept the situation.

a quotation from the website of the abk maastricht – a hilarious mission when you watch the truth:

‘This World Needs Us!
The above slogan is a core principle for the Academy of Fine Art Maastricht (ABKM); not only because many of the academy ’s graduates find work immediately following their academic time thanks to our collaboration with the professional world, but also because we receive many requests from the business world and (art) institutions to work together with them during their studies. We are happy to exploit this interaction. To do that, we need talented and motivated students.’

niet in het graaf in
‘we won’t let the quality be buried’

r.i.p. quality

11:55 was the time everbody showed up at the herdenkingsplein

the cruxes as a symbol for dead quality

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the ‘lack of quality’ victims</p>
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supersize: safety pin

who knows morgan spurlock’s documentary super size me? the trademark of america – everything HAS to be bigger, here – also can be seen in american art, it seems to me.
this sculpture stands in the golden gate park, san francisco and is part of the de young museum.


claes oldenburg + coosje van bruggen
(even the europeans believe in bigness)
corridor pin, blue, 1999
stainless steel, aluminium and polyuretane enamel

de young museum

herzog & de meuron architects, basel, switzerland
more pictures

las vegas: where is the sin city everbody is talking about?

there is this town in america where everbody wants to spend a night (at least the day) once in his lifetime. (I think tijuana, mexico, has more ambience) it’s in the middle of nowhere and is made up of one avenue, called ‘the strip’. (no, people are not naked on that street) the good part is that las vegas is the only city in the u.s.a where you can drink on public places, including the street. so, that’s what you see – a lot people walking around with beer and margaritas (you can buy them for 99¢). I spend 2 days at the venetian pool deck in the tao beach and observed people passing by. I was so bored that I was even thinking about marriage in one of this wedding chaples. just for fun – like britney does it.

las vegas 3is it christina, but where is britney?

las vegas 2he ordered a ‘candy’ in the evening because it was written: ‘totally nude – full service – to your room in 20 min or less – special 35$’

las vegashm..I choose my tattoos in a book at the tattoo studio and they are awful

lasvegas4jeans hotpans are trendy again (and pink highlights)

lasvegas7caught in the act

lasvegas8.jpg ‘your bikini would look great on my bedroom floor’

los angeles – san diego – tijuana: the threesome of traveling

gas station
gas station in los angeles – I saw it once in a presentation of jürgen meyer h.

venice beach
los angeles – venice beach – sport booths

livelargeherelive large here – yes, indeed

matt van natta – knows everything. a waitress told him once that hamilton(10$) is the best looking man on money

greg gardy, justin morrison an his cat with the summer look (pay attention to the tail)


some research center in san diego – looks like a ‘the man in black’ hq entry

that’s how the mini street stores in tijuana, mexico, look like when they are closed

spring arts tower 453 + downtown

that was los angeles. (I am in san diego now) some moments. some creatives. it’s still a holiday. ma holiday. (yeah, I should say vacation) don’t expect long stories. pictures have more to say than words, I heard.

andy-cline andy cline -check out re-title.com (International contemporary art listings guide and directory of artists worldwide)

the million dollar hotel
(do you remember the wim wenders movie?)

paul linkogle – an american creative with an austrian name

without a trace
film set

simon & garfunkel
poster at california select, sunset boulevard