Thursday, 11 March 2010
Bert van der Meij reacted upon the Shad drawings saying that it is “Photoshopping-without-photoshop”. That made me think. It is true: much of what I do could easier and better done with Photoshop. But I don’t have Photoshop and I have no plans to get it. I like things when they are not perfect.
We live in a strange world. Many people, especially in the media, are presenting a fake-reality, but in a Photoshop-perfect way. There is far more effort put in creating this fake-reality than in trying to make the real reality better. The recent exposure of sexual abuse in the Catholic churches, to name just one issue, is affecting my mood more than I want it to. Not only because of what actually happened, but also because of the way the people deal with it. It is too absurd to grasp.
The role that the media plays in making up our psyche seems to me totally underestimated. I don’t watch television, and haven’t done for the last 30 years. But the rest of the family does, so I get to hear and see more than I wish. You do”t need to think hard to get an idea of the effect that daily exposure to television is doing to a psyche.
Recently the VPRO Gids had a cover that I liked:
I liked it because I read this:
With scissors and glue I made the original text in what I thought it said. That was ten minutes work. I think it can be done faster and better in Photoshop, but again: I prefer this clumsy way. And one reason why I like to work in this amateurish way is that it shows that it is not coming from the same sources as where all the fake reality comes from.
As you might have noticed, I am in a rather pissed off mood since a week or two. I usually try not to bother you with my moods. I prefer sharing stuff with you that excite me.
Here is a video I saw for the first time yesterday:
And here are some other videos that are the soundtrack of my life at the moment: