Hello, I’m Els and I’m a user.

I use cables. I use money. I use language. I use the internet. I use a washing machine. I use a tooth brush. I use oatmeal. I use my eyes. I occasionally use a man. I use electricity. I use insurance.  I use the sun. I use Twitter. I use books. I use a brain. I use a fork. I use a Museumjaarkaart. I use the improbability drive. I use time. I use a human body. I use toilet paper. I use paint. I use Flickr. I use clothing. I use an iPhone. I use coffee. I use the Earth. I use charcoal. I use ATM’s. I use DM’s. I use paper. I use Google. I use Amsterdam. I use hands. I use oxygen. I use paper handkerchiefs. I use vitamins. I use memory. I use speech. I use washing-up liquid. I use glass cups. I use  imagination. I use plastic bags. I use binoculars. I use VLC. I use gravity. I use a bicycle. I use a nail file. I use Art:21.  I use a contraceptive. I use iCal. I use public transport. I use a bed. I use a bath. I use a beamer. I use an appartment. I use Dropbox. I use a toilet. I use knowledge. I use ignorance. I use images. I use The Wire. I use soap. I use taste buds. I use a scanner. I use salt. I use email. I use Dutch. I use handwriting. I use the IMDB. I use vocal chords. I use a bank card. I use maps. I use artificial lighting. I use nails. I use WordPress. I use sugar. I use snow. I use a camera. I use software. I use people. I use the beach. I use food. I use HandBrake. I use Amazon.com. I use Greenwheels. I use documentaries. I use wi-fi. I use buttons. I use paracetamol. I use electrical outlets. I use cassette tapes. I use Transmission. I use a dictionary. I use The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. I use USB.  I use Camping Gaz. I use you.

Lino to ice

Anything can be art. In communication class we re-make – but not quite – another student’s art work. Using different media, re-interpreting, distorting and of course misunderstanding, result in surprising new works. This week I transformed Victor’s work by turning linoprint into video. I used my own imagination and associations, but tried to remain true to the simple composition and atmosphere of the original work.

How to survive visual communication

Yesterday’s class on communication at Dogtime started with a bombardment of concepts, images, lines of thought and often hard to follow connections between art, people, politics, history, ways of seeing and ways of presenting images. In a way this verbal bombardment was mirroring the visual bombardment  we are all exposed to every single day. Back home, while waiting for the dust to settle I browsed through my notes. There was so much information I can easily understand why I went home with my head spinning. Let’s give it some time and start exploring.

I love the work of Gabriel Orozco so I was happy to see  some of his work presented in this class. Orozco has a philosophical but also humoristic way of looking at the world and manipulating objects and space. Art that makes me think as well as smile… things could be worse.

I expect to learn a lot in the months to come by exploring concepts like punctum and studium, meaning, focus, synchronicity, blending, truth and fact. Maybe I’ll even be able to create a masterpiece that conveys as much symbolism and truth as this Bonnie Tyler clip. Warning: it might eclipse your brain.