Kim Kyung-Mook is a South Korean filmmaker. His films – short, long and documentary – investigate the insecure lives of marginalized groups of people such as homosexuals, transsexuals, sex workers, North Korean deserters and others. On 27 January, Kyung-Mook spoke at De Balie as part of the IFFR program about the importance of giving a voice to those who are not heard and about what it means to generate social impact through film and image. I interviewed him about his works ‘Me and Doll Playing’ and ‘Grace Period’, his relationship with his parents about his homosexuality and his time in jail.
Last week I was back in Barcelona to experience the election day. I went to Catalan voting stations and talked to the people there. Unfortunately, there was no clear majority so to form a government will be a difficult proces. Also, I celebrated Christmas in Barcelona with a lot of great decorations and a delicious and enormous fish in salt crust. And we worked hard on a video to celebrate 30 years of the John Adams Institute.
Howdie! This time I take you with me all the way to Texas, where I was together with my colleague Maarten for the John Adams Institute in search for conservative speakers. We spoke to congressman Bill Flores, Martin Lindenberg (director McNair Center), Don Hutson of ‘the cowboy solution’ and saw huge dinosaur statues for in your garden. Also, I was very impressed by the Mona Hatoum exhibition in the Menil Collection in Houston.
A glimpse into the many interesting exhibitions and performances that I saw these past two weeks. First, a performance of Faustin Linyekula and Hlengiwe Lushaba at the Prince Claus Awards, and the funny wonderful creations of Jacqueline Lecarme made of…combs. I spoke with Michiel Riedijk of architecture firm Neutelings Riedijk who just won 50.000 euro (the Abe Bonnema Prize) for his design of the cityhall in Deventer and with Tom Frantzen who explained the flexible wooden housing concept Patch 22 to me. In the weekend, we went to Ghent, to the Vitra museum exhibition Hello Robot.
This week I show you a behind the scenes of my weekly column at Radio 1. Also, I took a look at the pop-up mall Lil’Amsterdam at Amsterdam Central Station. Thursday, I travelled to Chicago for my Harvard reunion class and the second Chicago Architecture Biennale.