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All Picks posted by Judith Vrancken
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Judith Vrancken
March 14, 2014
fluid flow flew

I’ve been taking the train to my parents a lot lately, and so consequently to the house where I grew up. It is the strangest form of travel; taking me from past to future but never really to the present. As if duration and the passing of time [more]

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Judith Vrancken
February 26, 2014
Monsieur Gustave

24.02, On the train from Berlin to Amsterdam. Here’s what I love about German trains: they are punctual, they are spacious, their comfortable seats and tables make up for the fact that you are basically staring at boring landscapes for at least the first three hours of the [more]

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Judith Vrancken
February 19, 2014
Power to the Ladies

To no surprise, I have come to realize that I have many amazing women in my life. Women that have overcome incredible hardships or are going through them as we speak. Women that chose a life of security that comes with tons of commitment, honor, love, energy and [more]

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Judith Vrancken
February 4, 2014
The waiting room

You really become aware of the hours in the day, the days of your life and the years in a human life time in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. For reasons I have never understood, a waiting room always seems to have a clock that ticks [more]

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Judith Vrancken
February 3, 2014
In Vain

First thought, best thought, or so claimed Jack Kerouac. But what if there are no thoughts at all? What if words fail and hellish consciousness is all you are left with? As I am perpetually lost for words, sometimes all there is to offer are words of others, [more]

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Judith Vrancken
January 27, 2014
The Long Goodbye

The New York Times hosts today’s post. In anticipation of my upcoming departure from Berlin, it’s hard not to look at my beloved city through rose-colored glasses. And on this Monday afternoon it is doing its utmost best to seduce me once again. I arrived here, almost five [more]

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Judith Vrancken
January 23, 2014

It may be the coffee- maker   or it may be the ra- diator   Aram Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems, 2007: p. 118  

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Judith Vrancken
January 22, 2014
social detention

Isn’t it remarkable how friendships born out of failed relationships can lead to what a dear friend of mine poignantly called, social detention? This particular friend(ship) evolved from such a situation – although this connection is no longer actively nourished. In honor of your friends, you are inclined to make [more]

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Judith Vrancken
January 12, 2014
Derrida’s Archive Fever

From January 18 to March 4 2008, Okwui Enwezor organized the exhibition Archive Fever at the International Center of Photography in New York. According to Enwezor himself, the aim of the exhibition was “to show the ways in which archival documents, information gathering, data-driven visual analysis, the contradictions [more]

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Judith Vrancken

In my ever-continuing random thoughts on how the most ephemeral and hard-core philosophical topic can be approached and defined, Martin Heidegger has been a frequent guest in my notebook. In Being and Time, Heidegger actually posed the idea by revealing it as a threefold condition of Being in [more]

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Judith Vrancken
January 6, 2014
Schönefeld romance

Airport Schönefeld has reintroduced passport control and they’re doing a thorough job while at it. Today I arrived from London. After waiting in line for ten minutes (which feels like forever at an airport where the walk from plane to gate takes no longer than four minutes), I [more]

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Judith Vrancken
January 5, 2014
Nachträglichkeit

  In the middle of some unsettling events in my life, I’ve come to appreciate the notion of temporal awareness that comes close to what Freud understood as Nachträglichkeit, or deferred action;[1] events that have never been given as fully present are experienced only after the fact. It [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013
Time

Time seems to be a fundamental concept which we have to accept as a precondition of our understanding of our own life and the whole universe around us. … Even if we cannot provide a formal definition of time, something instructive and important about time can always be [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013
The Possibility of Trace

In 1935 Martin Heidegger wrote ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’[1] in which he posited the concept that a relationship could be both critical and respectful, both detached and attached, at the same time. It was not until 1978 that Jacques Derrida was to take this philosophical idea [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013
M

A friend once told me: “Never feel responsible for anybody else but yourself.” He is now partying it up in a Brasil, living up to that mantra. I wonder how happy that makes a person, to only feel responsible for themselves. Are you capable of really loving another? [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013

big time.

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013

cheating.

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013

am.

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013

I.

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013

The schizophrenia of living in two cities just hit me more than ever. Anyone else who’s with me?

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Judith Vrancken
December 27, 2013
Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve. I’m at my parents’ place, the place where I grew up. Being brought up in a catholic home and having a father who sings in the church choir it is evident we will go to church tonight. We are only three instead of five. [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 22, 2013
Beauty as Practice II

This is long overdue for me but I can’t seem to finish my thoughts on this as I am changing my mind.

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Judith Vrancken
December 22, 2013
The couple

As I am writing this, I am sitting in my favorite Amsterdam café, hidden in the narrow streets of the Jordaan area. In the spirit of Christmas they are playing the soundtrack to “Sound of Music”, which is unusually appropriate in light of their usual playlist. The couple [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 22, 2013
I love Dick

“S: It’s so unfair. I guess these silent types make you work twice as hard and then you can’t escape because you yourself create the cage. Maybe’s that’s why you feel so bad. It’s like he’s watching, watching you do this to yourself. C: Misery and self-loathing is [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 22, 2013
Elegy (by Lyn Hejinian)

I am writing now in preconceptions Those of sex and ropes Many frantic cruelties occur to the flesh of the imagination And the imagination does have flesh to destroy And the flesh has imagination to sever The mouth is just a body filled with imagination Can you imagine [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 17, 2013

As one of my best friends said wisely, he was one of the most beautiful voices in movie history. Irish bred, London schooled, Shakespearian trained. He was the man with delicate features and mesmeric blue eyes that turned Lean’s T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, shooting him into [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 16, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 15, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 14, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 13, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 12, 2013
London light

London light is some of the most beautiful light I’ve recently seen (‘recently’ being: this morning). It is soft and hazy because the fog is so thick yet razor sharp with coldness that it cuts right through your chest. London is like the Marilyn Monroe of cities; it [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 11, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 10, 2013
beauty as practice, part I

Me and many of my female friends who are approaching thirty, hovering over it, or are in the midst of their third decade have unintentionally but collectively started a silent campaign against young famous women who, seemingly out of the blue, have turned back the clock on their [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 9, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 8, 2013
Children of Mother Earth

I must have been ten or eleven when I read Children of Mother Earth by Dutch author Thea Beckman. The book describes a utopian society in which in humans and animals exist in complete harmony. They would use a remarkable penal system: when a crime was committed, a [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 7, 2013
side note to self

Two days ago I went to see a show by American artist B. Wurtz at Galerija Gregor Podnar. The show really put me at work, so to say, displaying a wide variety of works and ideas that seemed fresh yet old fashioned, retro-futuristic maybe?  I was reminded of [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 6, 2013
green

When it comes to partying I’m very green. Picture an almost fluorescent green like a new spring leaf (never mind my years as a 17 year old go-go dancer. Even then I preferred leaving at 1 am.) Especially after having lived in Berlin for a few years I’ve [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 5, 2013
Sint en Piet

Tonight, children all over the Netherlands will celebrate the age old Sinterklaas feast (or more formally Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas; Saint Nicolas in English). For those who don’t know, its festivities are centered around a winter holiday figure who basically looks like a roman Catholic priest with [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 4, 2013
escaping time

The passage of time, central to all aspects of human experience, is fundamental to the perception and understanding of existence in general and in my life inherently of works of art. However, as a metaphysical concept and a popular topic within the contemporary art discourse, it had only [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 3, 2013
electric cigarette

Beloved reader. Please indulge me. About six months ago I quit my Facebook account. After kicking that habit, I now hungrily grasp this opportunity to immerse in an unapologetic display of whatever enters my brain and share things with you I think are so worthy of checking out! Even [more]

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Judith Vrancken
December 2, 2013
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Judith Vrancken
December 1, 2013
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