Art is not there to make you feel comfortable.
Art has to disturb everything you believe in. Not to destroy your identity but to criticise your thoughts. Because in the end there's nothing to explain.
The significance of Art
Live is elusive. The knowledge we have about life is based on the exchange of ideas, experiences and research. A cacophony of sounds produced by those who want to justify themselves by screaming as loud as possible; those who are silently conducting fundamental research and all other timbres in between. In that polyphonic choir the will to live has been tucked in. As the libido is the impetuous driving force for the propagation of life, so is the exchange the driving force for the passionate will to live.
I believe art plays an important and necessary role in this dialectical process. Over the centuries art has fulfilled an undeniable role in shaping our lives. Although the exact purpose of the paleolithic cave paintings is not known, I think it is art in its most essential form, art that has helped us to define our position in an undefined world. But also in the current era and in the future I am sure art will not lose its significance to redefine ourselves and our surrounding reality.
There's no light behind the horizon
Art is Nature
Art is the mother of Design
Design is the creative attitude, the wayward look, with which our daily lives will be shaped digital-intelligent.
René Cuperus, Cultural Historian
I am watching you
Art is the whisper of History, heard above the noise of time.
' Locked ' W.i.M.
Art can be the motor of change, but can never determine the direction.
' Brexit ' photo, W.i.M.
Can art still make a difference in the world?Has art influence, can art change society?
Or is the art world a fully enclosed, self-sufficient system in which fame, social criticism and money can’t live without each other?
On the other hand, is the art world not eminently a world that owes its existence to the fact that there is maximum of freedom? Is the art world not precisely so important and meaningful because art is representing the greatest freedom of thought and action that is allowed in our society?
That’s also the main stress of contemporary art practice: art stands for maximum freedom of form, of ideas, of experiment, but an artist who wants to practice this freedom outside the system of galleries, museums, collectors and auction houses, places himself so far out of power that he will never mean anything in the art world. And therefore also not beyond the art world.
The artist who really wants to mean something has to submit to the rules and laws of the art system.
Only when you as a artist can deal with this paradox, when you represent status, influence and money in the art world, you can look further to the world as a whole.
Hans den Hartog Jager
'Transparency 209' Gustaaf Terwinkel
Evolution is unpolitical
Evolution is central to the virology.
Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species, provided the basis for almost everything virologists studying today. The book is also important because it is a shining example. Darwin kicked down sacred cows: the creation would have taken place in six days.
Who has the ambition to develop in science must read more of people like him; people who have changed a lot; people who were heroic because the swam against the tide. You can learn from these people. In Darwin's book lurks an important lesson for (young) scientists. If you find something which runs counter to the accepted laws, you must not ignore that and think your own data are incorrect.
Ab Osterhaus, professor of virology
The computer, the transistor, the first computer game and almost all software: it's all invented by larger or smaller collectives who invented things, made, tried out, improved and, ultimately, managed to sell. At the same time those collectives did exist of brilliant individuals. That is the paradox of the inventors.
Walter Isaacson, author ‘The Innovators’
Just like evolution we are messing around, and afterwards we are always able to explain what we wanted to create and why.
'Too late' Cynthia Lenikx