Since I quit my job, I feel a lot more space for creativity. I started in a new sketchbook with drawing and designing.
I also started using different materials and colors than only my black fountain pen. Unfortunately, the colors didn’t look good on the scans. So here are, again, only black and white drawings.
A short story about the whirlwind in my head.
I call it “The Kraken Unleashed”.
- handbook for “radicaal niksen”
Writing the first pages of a book I have in mind: Handbook for “Radicaal Niksen”.
Radicaal Niksen (radically doing nothing) means making a powerful statement in a world where we always have to be reachable, loud and productive.
I discovered the hard way that this is not easy. That’s why I’m writing down the lessons I learn along the way.
In a separate notebook I keep track of all my observations.
These are texts about daily life, and explain my awkwardness towards normal things, such as work, social interactions, commuting…
I gave it the following title:
Easy Things Made Difficult
- third life crisis
While dealing with some sort of “third life crisis” (because: almost 30, life gets serious, freedom more scarce, possibilities more limited and ovaries more impatient) I write about what I want in life.
I stumble upon a wish that seems very simple, but that lies at the bottom of everything I (want to) create:
Making, reading & writing books
… and tell about it.
Instead of starting the day at my art residency at Het Bos with doing nothing, I started this day with a walk.
Together with two other residents, I walked through the city to capture shapes, patterns and spaces.
I wrote the following text (in Dutch):
Ver gaan om de lucht achterna te gaan
Ver lopen om de lucht te openen
Vergeten in de vergezichten van de maan
in het lopen
op een stukje blauw
Note & experiment
Making an UNplanner to unplan your day (& life).
- pieces of something
Notes & experiment
During my residency at Het Bos in Antwerp, I work in a very calm, empty and silent space.
Instead of making Stukjes Niets (Pieces of Nothing) to create stillness in the public space, I now create Stukjes Iets (Pieces of Something) in the personal space.
This makes the rest of the space automatically a Stukje Niets.
- empty residency
Notes & experiments
Starting with a two week art residency at Het Bos in Antwerp.
I begin every day with 5 minutes of doing nothing, and write and draw about these experiences.
- nothing – something
While recovering from surgery, I experienced how there’s a thin line between “nothing” and “something”.
Nothing is filled with something, and vice versa, and it’s good to press the pause button once in a while and experience that.
Note to self: try to be more “socially undesirable” sometimes!
- moon & meditation
Looking at the moon and thinking about how meditation creates space between “earlier” and “soon”.
Space to experience the “now”.
I realized everything I do, is basically organizing all my notes, thoughts, feelings…
And composing it into stories, collections and research.
- endless loop
Thinking about how every moment is a new beginning, but also an endless loop of events, without start or end.
- head & body
Reading and writing about how the body is in charge when you’re creating something.
I went to France for a skiing trip.
There I had an… interesting insight about how snow is just slowly falling rain.
- the expanding & shrinking of space and time
Writing about how my project The Big Nothing is about the slowing down & speeding up, and the expanding & shrinking of space and time.
- pieces of nothing
In the city of Antwerp, I made “Stukjes Niks” (Pieces of Nothing) to invite people to slow down and do nothing (or to look around or inside them).
The Stukjes Niks are presented in the newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen.
Also, Kavka and Het Bos gave me the chance to work on this project and present it the coming months.
Writing about being a Dutch person living in Belgium.
Thinking how to behave when I see another Dutch person in Antwerp.
Should I wave, just like bus and truck drivers greet each others as “equals”?
- the overlab
Designing a logo for an idea I have for a while: The Overlab.
The Overlab is a creative place where different disciplines, audiences and ideas overlap and can connect & create.
Reading and making notes while experiencing some medical issues.
- small ritual
Writing about how rituals create space in time.
Starting with a small ritual where I make tea after my afternoon walk, and write or draw something in my notebook.