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Archive for November, 2011

City Rat Race

If you really, really miss the city (or live on the countryside for whatever reason) you can do like artist Burden and create it yourself. Check his marvelous Metropolis II installation out here.

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What a great but busy week it was at our department! First we prepared a lecture on the work of Niklas Luhmann about social systems for our master students. They coped surprisingly well, given that this is a topic many scientists don’t even dare to touch. Then David Byrne (Durham University) came over to talk about this book ‘Applying Social Science’ and about complexity in general. I think that David is one of those rare people who write books that are really ahead of their times. Another great thinker was our guest on Thursday and Friday. Stephen Marshall gave a great lecture to a fully packed house (hmm, make that overly fully packed…) on Thursday and gave very useful input to our workshop on Friday. It was a week of intellectual challenge, glad to be doing this work.

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Winter has come

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May I draw your attention to this special event. The Invisible City is an evening of music, experiments and emotions. The first part of the evening is a live improvisation with sounds and field-recordings by Pieck, Zeno van den Broek (Machinist, elektronica & field recordings), Peter Johan Nyland (Hadewych, percussion) and Coen Polack (Living Ornaments, saxophone). The second part of the evening is a live performance of The Invisible City by BJ Nilsen, including an introduction to the set and an interview with BJ Nielsen. A very special event indeed, not to be missed.

Location: Huis aan de Werf, Utrecht
Tickets and information can be found here

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