Autumn

That’s what I understood after last week walk with my D3000: I really need a tripod 😛

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Sunset

Yesterday I was out taking some pictures during the sunset. I totally set my camera in the wrong way (over and over again actually!), but I managed to save some shots. I wanted to play with over-exposition this time, but I guess, I’ll have to try again during another sunny evening 🙂
But I like the contrast between the shadowy, darkest parts and the bright, almost blinding ones of some pictures, while in other shots the blurry contour lines contribute to create a dreamy sensation. I’ll have to practice a lot more to get some nice pictures with this kind of light, but I’m pleased with my first attempt.

Ieri sera sono uscita per fare delle foto sul finire del giorno. Ho impostato la mia macchina fotografica nel modo sbagliato (e più volte di fila!), ma sono comunque riuscita a salvare alcuni scatti. La mia intenzione era di giocare con delle sovraesposizioni, ma dovrò riprovarci durante un’altra bella serata soleggiata 🙂
Ma mi piace il contrasto tra le zone ombreggianti e scure e quelle chiare, quasi accecanti, di alcune foto, mentre in altre i contorni poco chiari del soggetto contribuiscono a creare un’atmosfera onirica. Dovrò esercitarsi molto per fare delle belle foto in queste condizioni e con questa luce, ma sono abbastanza soddisfatta del risultato del mio primo tentativo.

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Jakob Kolding

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Jakob Kolding’s installation at Aarhus Kunsthal

Few weeks ago Aarhus Kunsthal was hosting Jacob Kolding’s installation How to build a universe that falls apart two days later, a kind of collage on a big wall, created using eight different posters made by Kolding, that can be put together in an endless number of combinations. The posters were available to the visitors and it was possible to take them home.
Aarhus Kunsthal started then a little competition, that consisted in using one or more posters, set them together as you wanted to, take a picture and upload it on Instagram to concur with other participants. The best and/or more original picture won a little lamp designed by Eliasson.
I immediately thought, it was a nice and creative idea! So I took all the eight posters home, selected my favourite two and went outside with my Nikon to take some pictures:) Here are my favourite and the one I uploaded on Instagram (the squared one). It is a shame that not so many people took part in the contest. It would have been more fun!

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Henriette Sennenvaldt

Few weeks ago I attended my first Poetry brunch. Even if the brunch consisted of a little corner of chocolate cake, I was impressed by the two Danish poets. A man and a woman in their thirties have been summoned to read some of their poems for a us and answer some questions. I was not sure, I was going to understand, because it was in Danish and poetry is for me the most direct form of literature, but it´s also the one that is most directly connected to the hearth and the semiotics of a language, and to the culture as well. So it can really be difficult to understand the meaning, when you have to listen and don´t have the luxury to have a something written down you can read again and again. It went fine, I suppose! 😛

I was impressed by the Henriette Sennenvaldt. She sang a poem in English whilst she was playing. She had a beautiful, characteristic voice. So when everything was over, I went to speak to her and I asked where I could buy her book. She said “I can send it to you”, for free. She was just so sweet and inspiring! So I got my book last Friday, and I found out, she wrote her poems in Danish and then they have been translated into English! I prefer them in Danish, but I happy to have the English version, so I can post one here 🙂

She didn´t focus only on the poems, but on the format of the book as well . On the first page she wrote:

The masterpiece was a book made of snow 23 by 27 centimeters

Sweet little book

Sweet little book

Then you turn page and jump into an illustration of Julie Nord, ” Afternoon at the fringe” (very Carrollian if you ask me hehe). I tried to take a picture with my phone and my little finger:

Julie Nord

Julie Nord

The layout is elegant, clear and simple. I like this attention to different aspects of the book, because the book becomes more than a mere book 🙂

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

 

TOY

 

Nothing but a toy

So simple and sexy

When I get lost and get scared

You examine my stumps

You poke at the void

You lick my soul

You munch my pulse

 

You are nothing but bad

such a crawling creep

Such greedy liar

Yeah yeah it was awesome

It was ok fine

Leave and never come back

Wretch

 

I know the likes of you

Shadows that lure and crave

Crude crude shadows

No clue as to what has been slipped into the meal

Who is waiting on dark staircases

It does not matter now

Everyone knows I am sick with longing

 

Nothing but

Moonsick and strange

I am tired of people

Who just abandoned me

Far too hopelessly hopeful

Round here there is the risk and run

Round here not a damn thing happens

 

City Nikon :)

Today I took my Nikon for a trip to Aarhus city centre to practice a little with portrait photography. I’m not really patient, when it comes to portrait pictures, mostly because I never really tried. But today I was so lucky to have the chance to learn some basics from a more experienced amateur photograph.
When I checked my pictures out, I could totally see, that I need a lot of practice! 🙂 But some of them are actually fine enough.
I played with some filters on some pictures, while others are “filter-free”! 🙂

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Mogens Jocobsen – 360

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Today I attended my first poetry lunch. It’s always beautiful to listen to a poet reading his/her own texts, and have the chance to ask them questions .
After the inspiring poetry brunch, I took a look around the place (Kunsthal Aarhus). I found Mogens Jacobsen’s 360 installation. He describes it here in this short interview:

Kunsthal Aarhus: Can you describe your work?

Mogens Jacobsen: S360 is an installation with a look like an old computer: IBM’s ”System 360” from the beginning of the 1960s. Today this machine seems like an archetypical retro sci-fi system. It’s huge with a lot of flashing lamps. From a time where technology exuded authority and belief in the future. I got interested in this computer’s aesthetics: A black frame with red, blue and yellow surfaces – an expression which sponged off art with its Mondrian-look. The form appeared as a materialized modernistic promise of an alluring technological future. But the texts on my machine are “distracting”. Not solely taken from the computer world, but with words which can be understood somewhere in the space between technology and politics. Through many years I’ve been interested in information system’s interfaces, and how they – both visually and linguistic – contain and communicate different point of views. And by breaking the technology’s form of communication I hope to throw some dirt into the machinery.

In my machine there is a software system running, which analyses two historical texts from two different political positions: Karl Marx’ Das Kapital and Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations from 1776. The machine writes a new text based on the two original texts. So the modernistic machine, the old system is trying to combine Marxism and liberalism. In the exhibition it’s up to the audience to decide which political standing point should be the most influential one. When a text piece is written by the machine, it is saved in a database and can afterwards be printed on a small piece of paper and be brought home. The text is finally analyzed for important words and a shorter version is posted on the installation’s twitter account @system365.

Kunsthal Aarhus: How does it relate to our Systemics series programme?

Mogens Jacobsen: Visually the piece is a paraphrase – maybe even a parody – based on a historical computer system from a time, where the cybernetic mind set spread out in various fields. In a time with a huge search for freedom, but also a time with an authoritative patriarchal society. And with the idea, that it was possible to decode underlying control systems. ”System360” became IBM’s big break through to the business world, and thereby automatically algorithmic logic made its entry in to the world of money. I see this machine as a symbol for a time with both control, pessimism of the future (e.g. The cold war) and a break with existing norms, hope for alternative futures.

Here is a graphic explanation of the system and a close up of some the lamps that have labels referring to economic/political/sociological issues (I pushed all the buttons and played with all the switches of course! 😀 )

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