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landscapes II

haglet on litter box island


again Caspar David Friedrich. Saw some amazing paintings of Friedrich when we visited the Hermitage Saint Petersburg early this month. For the up coming Art Month Ameland I prepare a “Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer” action called In A Landscape. Rebecca Rozen made me a beautiful walking-stick and Wouter Collas scripted the pose, carefully observing the reproduction from Wikipedia .

So… in the near future we may expect to find haglet on cliffs and highlands, skimming the various Secondlife universes, in search for a suitable location for his lonely deed of enacting. Tonight he paid a visit to Litter Box Island and tested his competency on a small elevation. The landscape over there is dominated by empty highway´s and an Atlantic Wall with all sorts of fortifications facing the sea, but it was peaceful and quiet when haglet stood there and collected his observations.


Time models



This model of Cannery Row California in 1943-1946 was build by Bill Johnk. You find more images at The Cannery Row Foundation Web Site. Most of John Seinbeck’s 1945 novel, “Cannery Row” happens in this model of old Ocean View Avenue. There is a striking interrelation in man’s effort to conserve and lock out time: innovations in the industrial canning technology made canned food more sustainable and tasty, life on Ocean View Avenue in the early 40’s was lifted up to immortality by Steinbeck’s book…




early 60’s documentary photography gives us detailed information on the ruinous buildings and leftovers from the historical sardine industry. And since 1983 The Cannery Row Foundation, celebrating this salty mixture of historical facts, literature, sociological and ecological lessons of “America’s Most Famous Street”




CRF Board Director of Education, Art Ring; (then) Vice-President, Michael Hemp; and Ed. Ricketts, Jr.—at the Oakland Museum of California on January 10th 2005 standing behind the Row model.


Voodoo Dances



On June 13 2009 we did the first of an expected Voodoo streaming series. Voodoo is a West African word meaning ‘spirit’. The basic ethos of the religion is that everything in the universe is connected. Nothing happens by chance in this world, and there are no accidents. Everything that you do to one person you are doing to yourself, because you are that person.

Maybe that intriguing concept is useful to exorcize the NAM (Nederlandse Aarolie Maatschappij). Maybe we can stop this whole crazy gas drilling idea, right on a beautiful island full of art and nature. We know that there will be subsidence, the scientists are disputing about the exact amount, the intertidal mud flats are lowering and the dynamic system is supposed to compensate… and if not, the government has “de hand aan de kraan” (the hand on the tap) as they called their idiotic political compromise.

How shall the industrial development of this heaven on earth affects the future visitor, a visitor that is increasingly well informed and keen on getting maximum relaxation in their spare time? Ameland is not the only island on earth, remember people have broad options.


Solidarity exhibition



Already another high light in our recent virtual anti-GAS campaign. The Amsterdam based 3D artist Friep Wilbers established a temporary protest exhibition at the village-sandbox of Schoondamme.

Ohh my god! Schoondamme of all places, the most immaculate Dutch sim you can imagine, always tidy always clean cut, just waiting until the businessmen and marketeers come back to Secondlife (which is not going to happen). Why Schoondamme… well maybe just because all the Dutch visitors are walking around alienated and amazed by the boredom dripping from the clean facades. Maybe Schoondamme Netherlands is just the ideal spot to fit in the model of a sleeping island on the verge of being washed away by the sea.

Maybe that’s why we need sims like Schoondamme after all, it gives us a feeling of vertigo.


Virtual protest



today I got some fine support, wolk Writer and Brit Zenoba joined in for half an hour. The stream continues and every day more people get involved. This might even be the start of a massive virtual protest!





Today I had to act! I no longer accept the hush hush and wheeling and dealing between the politicians and governance on Ameland… I did something unwise I took side in this tricky matter.


Against gas-drilling on Ameland! Against gas-drilling on Ameland! I hope my scant is heard… Against gas-drilling on Ameland, from now on I wear my protest sign and I shall stand at the beach and defend my beautiful island.

For the Dutch readers visit Persbureau Ameland

Winter times

Cees vd Oever and Timo Mank, Den Burg Texel

Cees vd Oever and Timo Mank 1979/1980


There is something sentimental in the air, Sunneklaas, X-mas, New Year, the low light and the icy winds. I hit uppon an old photo, here you see my creator and a good friend of his Cees vd Oever. They didn’t take much pictures in those days and screenshots where unknown to them, it was a real down to earth fysical winter, long time before my birth.

They are standing in a place called Den Burg on the Wadden island of Texel, it looks pretty cold with snow and ice everywhere. Timo has his favorite binoculars around his neck, a Brenner 10 X 40 he seems nicely tucked away in his pilot overall, Cees has no optical device on hand, he was less fanatic when it comes to birds and bird watching. The picture is taken by his brother Martin vd Oever. They formed a small group together with guys like Kees van Oorde, Jan de Die and Kees Mosterd. They where always on islands and coasts making observations, entering the unknown sphere of the blank early morning beach at low tide: to be the first ones in the freshly fallen snow!

Its exactly this magic atmosphere resonating through the whole idea of Archipel. In fact they where the first Archipelists, although this concept had to be formed much later and they had to find the medium and vehicle for this kind of fantasies.