Monday, February 27, 2012

Friday’s Playlist (18/02/12 – 24/02/12)

Wooooops! Monday? What the? I almost forgot to do this peeps!I’ve had a very busy weekend… Yeah it happens more and more often, Friday shall never be left to Monday, I promise!

Anyway, I spent a great week that ended, as well, if not better. And the music I listened to was amazing at so many levels… Listen to whatever you want today, and skip half the playlist but don’t dare leave the page without listening to Active Child’s ‘’Johnny Belinda’’, it’s breathtaking.

True discoveries, include The Jezabels, Class Actress and Wye Oak, and I honor one of my favorite bands, Gorillaz, with their new song and one of my favorite classical tunes: Debussy’s ‘’Clair de Lune’’, the story behind it is always great to share, so come ask if you’re not friends with Google…

Also and as usual you can check the playlist on the Youtube channel, and if you’re interested, you have to see the videoclips of M. Ward, Little Dragon, and Chinese Man, but mostly: the beautiful Rebecca Hall in James Blake’s ‘’A Case Of You’’.

Hope you’ll like this one as much as the previous ones, take care and enjoy !



Just in case:

1. Stephen Malinowski – Clair de Lune, composed by Claude Debussy

2. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

3. M. Ward – The First Time I Ran Away

4. Little Dragon – Twice

5. James Blake – A Case Of You

6. The Jezabels – Trycolour

7. Wye Oak – Holy Holy

8. Chinese Man – Racing With The Sun

9. The Envy Corps - Dipsomania

10. Gorillaz Feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy – Do Ya Thing

11. Class Actress – Need To Know

12. Lindstrom Feat. Christabelle – Lovesick

13. Evan Voytas – Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere

14. Active Child – Johnny Belinda

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Florentijn Hofman

Doing a visual research on rubber ducks for university, between all the thumbnails, I saw a giant yellow thing floating on what seemed to be a river, you’d imagine my reaction while all I wanted were simple stock photos… What the fuck was that ? I opened the link, and as usual, as when I really like something, I bugged for a good minute in front of this… Thing.

Florentijn Hofman (Rubber Duck) 2

A Thing… I guess that’s what best describes Florentijn Hofman’s work. And I must admit it amuzes me to think of the people confronting these things while strolling around peacefully.

So basically you’d say that Florentijn Hofman’s work are sculptures or maybe more installations, some ephemeral, some that travel the world and some permanent, which means you can still encounter a huge red dog on a roadtrip across the country…

There’s always a message behind every expression, although everyone’s first reaction is amusement, amazement. And to me that’s the strength of Florentjn’s work, I love street art, but when it takes these proportions, I can only admire. Florentijn doesn’t only express himself, he makes sure everyone gets him, in a way that is not bothering.

Anyway I did enough talking, and you’d rather hear from him instead of me, so after these few pictures of his work, read more about him. And if it isn’t enough go check his website for more artworks.

Florentijn Hofman (The Giant of Vlaardingen)Florentijn Hofman (The Giant of Vlaardingen) 3Florentijn Hofman (The Giant of Vlaardingen) 2The Giant of Vlaardingen

Florentijn Hofman (Yellow Street)Florentijn Hofman (Yellow Street) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Yellow Street) 3Yellow Street

Florentijn Hofman (Beukelsbauw) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Beukelsbauw) 3 Florentijn Hofman (Beukelsbauw) Beukelsbauw

Florentijn Hofman (Black Crow) Black Crow

 Florentijn Hofman (Signpost 5) Florentijn Hofman (Signpost 5) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Signpost 5) 3 Florentijn Hofman (Signpost 5) 4 Florentijn Hofman (Signpost 5) 5Signpost 5

Florentijn Hofman (Mirror Wall) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Mirror Wall)Mirror Wall

 Florentijn Hofman (Rubber Duck) Florentijn Hofman (Rubber Duck) 3Florentijn Hofman (Rubber Duck) 4Rubber Duck

 Florentijn Hofman (Pig Juggeling With Strawberries) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Pig Juggeling With Strawberries)Pig juggeling with Strawberries

 Florentijn Hofman (Fat Monkey) Florentijn Hofman (Fat Monkey) 2Florentijn Hofman (Fat Monkey) 3Fat Monkey

Florentijn Hofman (Lookout Rabbit) Florentijn Hofman (Lookout Rabbit) 2 Lookout Rabbit

 Florentijn Hofman (Stor Gul Kanin) Florentijn Hofman (Stor Gul Kanin) 2 Florentijn Hofman (Stor Gul Kanin) 3Stor Gul Kanin

Florentijn Hofman (Kobe Frog)Kobe Frog


In an attempt to set a frame

Where are you from ?
Born in Delfzijl, the netherlands.

Where are you based ?
What is your educational background ?
Art Academy Kampen.

Where are you and what is surrounding you right now?
In the studio, studio Florentijn Hofman, fruit harbor of Rotterdam.

What did you do in the past twenty-four hours?
Dream, eat, bring my boy to school, give a presentation in Belgium and just back drinking coffee in the studio and answering some mails.

As an introduction to his work

As far as you can go, what is your earliest memory linked to art?
Maybe the Groniger Museum…

What, or who, pushed you into art?
Mister Blue, drawing teacher and Pierre Gallais.

What is your definition of art?
Art must interact.

What is your definition of beauty?
A Long Beard.

Which is more important the process or the product?


About his work

How would you describe your work?
Funny part of art.

What part of your work is the most important?
The payment.

Where do you find inspiration?
Rotterdam, at home, internet, in conversations, driving on the road, playing football and drinking some beers, listening to music, abroad. Belgium, France, Sweden, New Zealand and Japan.

What kind of artistic expression do you look at for inspiration?
Theater, films, music.

What kind of artists do you look up to?
None, I love them all.

Who are the people you want to reach with your work?

Are creative collaborations important to you?

So far, what was your most interesting collaboration ?

Do you have any favorite artwork so far ? Which one ?

About his career

What satisfies you? When do you consider something achieved ?
If people take pictures.

What, or who, has been the greatest influence on your career ?
My friends and family.

What, or who, is the motor of your career ?
Me, myself and I.

What are your future plans, your next step ?
See whatever it brings.


I hope you like Florentijn’s work as much as I do, if not I’d like to know why, and if yes tell me what are your favorites ? I’d definitely go for the rubber duck, and the pianos on the beach of Signpost 5.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday’s Playlist (11/02/12 – 17/02/12)

Who would have thought a playlist would start with Pietro Mascagni’s masterpiece and end with Kazaky’s ‘’Love’’ ? Not me actually, never, surely not with Cesaria Evora and Bombay Bicycle Club in between… Expect the unexpected and do what you do, cause as much as you know, you’re doing it fine. Dare it all. We’re already fucked up anyway, so let’s start enjoying ourselves, let’s do it all, and dance to the rythm of this constantly brutalized society, after all that’s what art does for us, it translates the curves of this dimension, oozes bits of (re)activity.

As usual you can check the playlist on my Youtube channel if it makes it easier, also don’t miss the videoclips of Bombay Bicycle Club, Dry The River and Kazaky.

Enjoy, and LΦVE Today !



Just in case:

1. Evergreen Symphony Orchestra – Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo), composed by Pietro Mascagni

2. Cesaria Evora – Cabo Verde

3. Jack White – Love Interruption

4. Nicolas Jaar Feat. Scout Larue and Will Epstein – And I Say

5. Porcupine Tree – Dot Three

6. Winter Coats – Forest Of Lovers (Southern Shores Remix)

7. Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep

8. Crystal Fighters – At Home

9. Dry The River – The Chambers & The Valves

10. Imperial Teen – Runaway

11. Butch Walker And The Black Widows – Synthesizers

12. POLICA – Lay Your Cards Out

13. Kazaky - Love

14. Diederik Idenbur & Ivo – Battle For The Sun, originally by Placebo

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday’s Playlist (04/02/12 – 10/02/12)

Well, well, well, it’s been a while since I last posted an entirely unknown playlist… What I mean is that at the beginning of the week, I wasn’t aware of any of these… They’re all surprises, discoveries, or friends’ suggestions. And I gotta say, it’s one of my favorite playlists…

As usual you can check it on my Youtube channel if it makes it easier, however don’t listen to OK Go’s song without watching the videoclip afterwards, it’s kind of a masterpiece. I love these guys! Every video of theirs is a new wonder ! And same applies to Electric Guest’s, CITIZENS!’, Of Monster And Men’s and Errors’ videoclips. And if you’re the only-interested-in-visuals kind of person give a tiny bit of fuck and listen to Amadou & Mariam, Lianne La Havas and Tourist, it’s worth it.

Most importantly, enjoy it, and tell me what you think about it, liked and disliked, or if you have any suggestion !



Just in case:


1. Lianne La Havas – Don’t Wake Me Up

2. Electric Guest – American Daydream

3. Kasper Børke - Heaven

4. OK Go – Needing/Getting

5. Amadou & Mariam Feat. Santigold – Dougou Badia

6. Coldplay – Charlie Brown

7. CITIZENS! – Reptile

8. Tourist –Placid Acid

9. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks

10. Feat. Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez – T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)

11. Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid

12. Errors – Pleasure Palaces

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Friday’s Playlist (28/01/12 – 03/02/12)

There’s so much music in the world, uninterested people are suddenly much harder to swallow. There’s so much beauty in music, that some pop tunes make you feel sick. to balance, dive in, but go get some air from time to time, just not to drown.

And that’s to this umpteenth playlist, that you can also check on my youtube channel if it makes it easier, check out Princess Chelsea’s take over The Beatles’ ‘’And I Love Her’’, but also the video clips of Slow Club, Pikachunes, Yelle, - and also Madonna’s cause you’ll just seem stupid if you don’t.

I’m always up to talk about these, hit me with a mail or a comment, and send in suggestions ! Enjoy !



Just in case:

1. Princess Chelsea – And I Love Her

2. Titiyo – Stumble To Fall

3. Washed Out – Echoes

4. Slow Club – Two Cousins

5. Awolnation – Knights Of Shame

6. Gorillaz – Every Planet We Reach Is Dead

7. Mario Basanov – I Don’t Know Why

8. Pikachunes – Shout It Out

9. I Heart Sharks – Dots Dots Dots

10. Zoot Woman – It’s Automatic

11. Yelle – La Musique

12. Madonna Feat. M.I.A and Nicki Minaj – Give Me All Your Luvin’