Petervan Productions — August 2017 update
Petervan Productions 2017 My own painting “Dancing Girl in Flemish Fields” Through a Pikazo Van Klee filter
The summer slowly comes to an end. It is now almost ten months (!) since the start of my long-term sabbatical as Petervan Productions. It also means only four months to go. If you are interested in my developing story, my Jan 2017, March 2017 and May 2017 updates are still available.
A quick update:
Last months I have not been productive at all, at least not from a “work” point of view: begin May, I loosened up a bit my strict work schedule and decided to let my day agenda dictate by the weather — if good weather go out, if rainy do focused work — and since then we mostly only had sunny days 😉 So indeed, I did a reasonable amount of cycling (nothing excessive, short trips, 1–2 per week), and a lot of BBQ and wine in my garden to keep the balance right.
Bike ride: Corn fields south of Brussels – June 2017
The biggest distraction from “work” was our house move on 7 August, with significant prep work, and still now a number of boxes to be unpacked. So don’t expect too much from me for the remainder of the summer either. I did very little on the performance, but I have composed the music for the opening part of it.
For the end of the academic year, I created an installation called “TOKOMA”. Here is the video and a link to the poem that goes with it. Everything is self-made, including the music and the poem.
Art school is now closed for the summer holidays. As we moved places, I have subscribed for next year in the academy of Aalst. But I will miss my friends at the academy in Overijse and especially my teacher Ann Grillet.
Some recent Petervan Productions: Globe3, Yellow Ball, Dancing Girl
I also created another poem “Strillingen”, very clumsy translated (by myself) into “Hidrations”.
I accepted a gig for FinnoSummit in September in Mexico to do their opening keynote, which should include some elements of my performance “Tin Drum is Back”. The working title for the keynote is “Deep Change in Organizations”, and is currently scheduled at the start of day-2 of the summit. We’ll probably change the word “deep” into “structural”: see my post on Good Change — Bad Change.
The event will take place in Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral, a fantastic building designed by architect Gerardo Broissin.
Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico City
The venue comes with a concert hall with all possible A/V whistles and bells, so if everything goes to plan, I will bring with me this awesome Ableton Push device and illustrate the story with own artwork and soundscapes.
The House Project
As mentioned above, we moved houses. We moved to a place close to Aalst. It’s a quite recent house (20 years old) and used to be a practice of a physiotherapist, so I am in full progress to transform the practice into some sort of atelier/studio, my sacred secret temple 😉
The house also comes with a huge garden (25 acres) so I am afraid that will need some of my attention too. And my daughter wants chickens, and my wife wants a kitchen garden. I have also noticed spectacular changes in light intensity in the garden, and I can’t wait to capture some of that in one of my upcoming paintings.
Some great milestones for my almost 12-year old daughter Astrid:
Mid May, she did her solemn communion, and she was ravishing. A proud father and mother indeed 😉
Ravishing Astrid – May 2017
End June she ended primary school and now moves to secondary school. A new school, a new city, saying good-bye to her dear friends in Overijse, and making plenty of new friends in this brand new environment. A lot of change for my big girl! She will need my and mom’s attention 😉
I have written and reflected a lot, read some really good books and got some new insights.
I also got invited to a huge research centre of a very big company (can’t say who, I am under a very strict NDA — no pics etc that sort of thing, but it’s not in Fintech or anything). I was blown away how they integrate artists in their work.
And there was this wonderful visit to the Gaasbeek Castle, with a very well curated expo named “Kairos Castle. The Art of the Moment”. I was however most impressed with the botanic garden of the castle, and took this nice picture of an orange tree in open air.
Orange tree in open air in the Orangerie of the Gaasbeek Castle
And somewhere end May, I decided to put myself on a Twitter, FB and LinkedIn diet. I wanted to know what happens if I don’t tweet etc for at least a month (spoiler: not much, but some followers kindly asking if everything was ok, thanks for that). The social media just felt very distracting and most of the time full of emptiness (“full-of-emptiness”).
I have BTW a blog post in the queue about that emptiness, about being normal/special and about titles, roles, attention, the call for anonymity etc. You see, I did not change that much ;-). Now that the move is over, a will increase again my stream rhythm and publishing sequence
So, what’s next?
During Aug –Sep 2017, the plan is to work on:
- The house project. I want to have the studio fully ready and operational by end September
- Produce the opening keynote for the FinnoSummit
- Continue the research on structural change (previously “deep” change)
- Get some blogs and reflections published
Kenny Scharf Art Studio
That’s about it for this edition. If there is something worth reporting, next update is for Oct 2017. Looking forward to hearing from your latest adventures as well.
I am in the business of cultivating high quality connections and flows to create immersive learning experiences and structural change. Check out: https://petervanproductions.com/
Originally published at petervan.wordpress.com on August 15, 2017.