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Araki en Maier in FOAM, 2015

2015. Amsterdam.

In the Stedelijk Museum large, dark paintings by Marlene Dumas. Not very colourful.

In FOAM lives Araki. With sensitive images of his life and especially his wife. The images demonstrate his love for her. After her death he shifts to pornographic and sadomasochistic topics. Then he finds rest in large, very colourful stills of flowers against a black background.

Vivian Maier has a small exhibition in the corridors and the small rooms in the back of FOAM. She  is at least as interesting. Wonderful street photography. Unfortunately it is extremely busy in the small passages of FOAM. Visitors shuffle breast to belly. I flee.

The Zeedijk is a mini Chinatown.

Metamagical Themas reread

Some time ago I wrote I was re-reading  Metamagical Themas from Douglas R. Hofstadter.

The last chapter of the book dismetamagical themascusses the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and continues to reason basically how (super)rationalist reasoning would lead to better decisions, and ultimately a better world. Hofstadter applies his ideas to the cold war reality of those days (1980 thru 1984).

The text is wonderfully bright and one can only agree with him, but … as Hofstadter tells us, this is only true in the ‘iterated’ case, meaning consistent rational behavior pays off to everyone in the long term! I strongly believe self-enrichment, egotism, and other human vices, are all non-rational behaviors aiming at short-term satisfaction. Thus standing in the way of Doug’s better world. Anyway, these quality of the essays is outstanding and I found Hofstadter’s idealism still incredibly inspiring.