Could you imagine watching a 24-hour long film without a main plot and with clocks as its main protagonists? Although this principle might sound like it could be a tedious ordeal, Christian Marclay’s impressive video collage ‘The Clock’ consisting of about 12,000 film and television clips actually makes for an unforgettable experience. This special video work opened at Tate Modern on Friday 14 September and I went to see it yesterday morning, spending four hours in Christian Marclay’s carefully curated cinematic world.

Who doesn’t miss those days when you could still play with flashy toys that had all sorts of buttons you could push and turn, producing animal sounds and wild flickering lights without people staring at you? I’m returning to those childhood days this weekend as by the time you read this I’ll be happily twiddling some knobs, pressing colourful buttons and flicking switches in Barcelona. Exactly what, why and where, you find out in this article.

On the first Sunday of the month I write my monthly Dutch blog post, part of the series ‘The Dutch Girl Tales’. // Het is de eerste zondag van de maand, dús weer tijd voor een nieuwe aflevering van mijn Nederlandstalig blogserie ‘The Dutch Girl Tales’. Vandaag vertel ik je meer over mijn zeer enerverende augustus waarin ik o.a. deel uitmaakte van een fototentoonstelling in een prominente Londense kunstgalerij, een Instagram-sensatie werd, een citytrip naar Antwerpen maakte en veel taart at.

Why I Can’t Bear the Question “But Where Are You REALLY From?

How often are you asked where you’re REALLY from? If I’d get a pound (or Euro) each time I was asked this, I would almost be able to afford a new iPhone with that money. Although by now I’m kind of used to that question, it really annoys and sometimes even hurts me. In this blog post I tell you why. (Click on the title to open the full post.)

Als je alleen maar voor een weekendje naar Londen komt, dan heb je vast geen behoefte om op zoek te gaan naar typisch Nederlandse dingen. Expats zoals ik daarentegen smachten regelmatig opeens naar drop, goede pindakaas of Indonesisch eten. Ben je dus een Nederlandse expat of vind je het leuk om tijdens je citytrip te zien hoe een Nederlandse kroeg in Londen eruitziet? Lees dan mijn volgende tips voor (bijna-)Nederlandse hotspots in Londen!

When was the last time you received a letter in the post? Today, with so many different ways to communicate, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your friends and family (or even people you don’t really know). My visit to The Postal Museum yesterday made me reflect on the lost art of letter writing and also taught me that delivering post 500 years ago was an extremely dangerous profession!

On each first Sunday of the month I write a blog post in Dutch. // 1 juli, de eerste zondag van de maand en dus een nieuwe aflevering van The Dutch Girl Tales. Zowel in Nederland als hier in Engeland belooft het kwik vandaag rond de 30 graden uit te komen. Voordat we massaal aan de waterijsjes gaan of op een andere manier verkoeling proberen te vinden, is hierbij een overzicht van mijn maand juni.

Do you also often leave exhibitions feeling inspired to make art afterwards? I’m no painter nor would I be able to draw a decent still life if my own life depended on it, but whenever I visit a collage or photography show, I cannot wait to get home to start making work myself. The same happened to me last week when I visited the show ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern. This show was the inspiration for my new Instagram account, focussing solely on black and white photography.

Following the sad death of Anthony Bourdain and many other celebrity suicide cases over the last years, I wanted to take a moment and dedicate some space on my website on the topic of depression. It’s far from a thoroughly researched article, but rather a direct response to Bourdain’s death written straight from the heart. Please read my thoughts in this blog post.