In the past Amsterdam used to have a big culture of Gabbers. Gabbers was a street name kind of like skaters was meant for th skateboarders. Gabbers were a group of people from Amsterdam who wore expensive training suits and expensive state of the art Nike Air shoes. Gabbers were mostly men from the age 20 to 45 years old. Many shaved their head completely. Gabbers was this very big Amsterdam sub-culture of fun-loving, fast, speed, hyper-modern, futuristic types. They were the major new trendsetters of Amsterdam. They owned Amsterdam and were mostly light-hearted people. The main thing the Gabbers were interested in was what was referred to in Amsterdam as House music. House music in Amsterdam is digital fast beat music which uses modern noises, like train sounds, whistles and other repeat industrial noises. Gabbers and House Music went hand in hand. The House Music was often performed by DJ’s in very specially assigned clubs in Amsterdam Centrum. The DJ’s used LP and Record Player combinations, sometimes two record players or sometimes 10 Record players at the same time. The music was of synchronize to the lazer beams that shot off in all directions on a dancefloor. The Gabbers in their training suits and their state of the art Nike Air shoes would dance a specific way to the House music. It was a one unit experience. All Gabbers in Amsterdam in 2017 have become extinct. They are gone and disappeared completely. (I am writing this from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Dec. 12, 2017
Current location: Amsterdam Centrum location, date December 10th, 2017.
Recently there has been an Amsterdam Mayor, named Van der Laan who passed away in 2017. The Dutch media and the locals I have talked to in Amsterdam say that Van der Laan was a great man. Previous to being appointed Mayor of Amsterdam he was member of the Dutch Resistence museum and he was a trained lawyer, receiving his education in Amsterdam (not sure if he practiced law in Amsterdam though).
Through my own observation, from the view point of an artist, who is to some, the lowest level of a human being on earth – but something I myself do not believe to be true – and despite everything I feel I have the need and the right to express myself through the motion of the freedom of expression codes – with that in mind – my opinion of the Mayor of Amsterdam, the former Mayor is probably not the same as the others in Amsterdam. My reflection of Van der Laan’s work as the Amsterdam Mayor is one of question. For example, I have noticed that many citizens of Amsterdam are no longer living in Amsterdam. Instead there are infinite amounts of tourists. To me, it seems like Van der Laan put the municipal financial into marketing Amsterdam to the rest of the world – and in this process forgot to protect and care for the Amsterdam citizens who were living in Amsterdam under his leadership. In my opinion, this act alone means that Amsterdam has architecture protected and restored for the needs to satisfy the tourists but not to protect the city citizens. As a Socialist myself, I disagree with this act of culture before humans.
Amsterdam in the country the Netherlands is a very objective city. It is a very globalized place. That means that Amsterdam has become one of the first cities in the whole world that has followed almost 100% of the European Guidelines of city centers within the Eurozone.
The Amsterdam CS train station has tight barriers allowing only people with paid tickets to enter the train station site. There are a number of security guards checking the passengers travel tickets in the train station so this completely eliminates theft.
Amsterdam has a huge tourist industry. 90% of the people walking the streets of Amsterdam are tourists,coming mostly from Portugal and Spain.
The architecture in this city has two sides. On the one hand lots of the architecture is traditional (Amsterdam School, Middle Ages and from the Golden Age) and on the other hand there is new hyper modern architecture arising like a Phoenix into the city.
I recall my teacher Emmie Neut, telling me, that from the traditional comes the modern. One does not destroy the former to gain the newer but instead builds from it. I agree with this idea, however I worry that Amsterdam may one day become all hyper modern architecture because the upkeep of the former traditional architecture will be too expensive. But I guess I do not need to worry about that now as that is probably something that may or may not take place in the very distance future.
The Dutch love their financial equations, as capitalism was born in Amsterdam centuries ago. The bottomline is this: the incoming tourism pays for the upkeep of the Dutch traditional architecture which draws in the tourism who pay for the upkeep of the architecture. They are interlinked.
Written Dec 07, 2017 corresponding from Amsterdam, NL, Europe
3 photographs taken at the end of September 2017 in the City of Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada
The Native Totem pole used to be a ritual pole placed in front of Long Houses of Big Houses on Vancouver Island, BC Canada. Now the nature of the totem pole has transformed in the City of Duncan to be a tourist commodity. These totem poles in the City of Duncan have for the most part been carved by natives from the island, however the purpose of the totem poles is like a business. I have taken tours of the City of Duncan where the Entrepreneur foundation hired a local to show the totems to be in the City for a fee.
When you engage in a conversation, and the other starts judging you based on factors that are beyond your control – the best thing you can do is lead by example, by:
- not being afraid
- identify what is happening
- put the experience into perspective
- have an open mind
In other words, when you meet someone for the first time, try hard not to judge them.
When you feel yourself scanning the other person and creating your first impression on anything but the facts, try hard to contain that thought pattern and go back to listening with your heart to what the other is saying and base your impression on that instead.
You can learn techniques to enhance a good experience and there are ways to diffuse a bad experience but if the dynamic is not right, the best thing that you can do is acknowledge it within yourself and not to fight it. It is one of those mysteries of life.
Not everything in life can be controlled.
Not all conversations will flow smoothly.
In these cases, there are no techniques to use – the only thing you need to do is experience this when it happens.
Appreciate the mystery and respect the fact that life is full of surprises, unexplained circumstances and enriching enigma’s.
On a practical note, this invisible dynamic component could be:
- the positioning of your facial features
- the sound of your voice
This secondary component can also be solely based on instinct and not on facts, emotion or logic of any kind.
When the secondary – dynamic component is in sync, this can lead to a good experience. For example, a good experience is shared when both parties resonate with each other i.e
- by sharing some kind of common ground
- having the same interests and
- sharing information with each other openly
When a secondary – dynamic component is off- balance – this can lead to a bad experience. For example, a bad experience could occur when:
- there is a personality conflict
- when information is kept secret
- when there is some kind of invisible unidentifiable tension between the two parties
This kind of conversation experience could occur on a conscious or unconscious level. It slips into the conversation like a garden snake slips through the grass and can leave the two conversationalists feeling very uncomfortable around each other.
In a conversation there are two primary components that highlight how to have a good flow conversation: on the one hand is the emotional intelligence component and on the other is the intellectual intelligence component.
Emotional intelligence means when you listen you use empathy to really feel what the other is saying to you.
You would say things like: “I feel (….)”
Intellectual intelligence means that you use common-sense, logic and rational thought to decipher the message conveyed to you.
You would say things like: “I think (…)”
However it is neither the emotional nor the intellectual intelligence components that makes the conversation flow. There is something else.
That something else is the third secondary component which is the invisible dynamic component. It can be considered the glue that pastes the emotional and intellectual intelligence components together. It makes everything fit together like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle. It is this invisible component that makes you succeed in the interview, share enriching conversations with friends and family and enables you to succeed in a personal relationship. It is the connection between you and the other that makes you a match and compatible with each other.
Funny enough this component is the most important but – it is also the one you have least control over.
Photo, September 19, 2017. Title: “Fall in Victoria”
- Operation Satsang is the name of an act of visually documenting the deconstruction of something old in order to reconstruct something new.
- It involves the organizing, triaging, selecting, packaging and transporting of specific items for long-term storage; like the storage of museum pieces for long-term preservation, conservation and protection.
- This act will take place from August 2017 and September 2017 with the possibility of extension. [Sister operations are Operation Maple Bay and Operation Five Easy Pieces – except their guidelines and playbooks are different to Operation Satsang]. Greater Victoria Area, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Photograph shot on August 22nd, 2017 UVic camp, Gordon Head.
Title: “Windows spy through trees”
Operation Five Easy Pieces is a solo creative visually documented work program used to dismantle something that is broken by donating selected books out of a unique book collection to the University of Victoria, McPherson’s Library with the hope of the selected books to be preserved and conserved for the education of others in the Greater Victoria Area, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canadian area.
The picture is of Five books that were donated, August 22nd, 2017.