Last Saturday, we went to the Rijksmuseum. We were supposed to see the All Rembrandts exhibit but somehow I landed in the Asian Pavilion. I've never been there before, never even knew the Rijksmuseum had an Asian art collection. There's some pretty spectacular stuff to see: a lohan, two temple guardians, a gorgeous Japanese screen, and much much more.
Like the work depicted above. It's called "Hecomi Study - Green Remains, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands". Taniguchi Ken'ichiro made it in 2016 out of compressed PVC, hinges, and steel. He defines hecomi as
"cracks and splits on walls and grounds, wear and tear, and surface layers peeling off the weathered surface; all kinds of decaying effects that appear on various surfaces."
This hecomi is derived from an aerial photo of Apeldoorn with the green parts excised.
It seemed like a fitting introduction to this week's blog post. It's my editorial, as performed on Sunday, at the Mass issue of VERSO. My theme was formulae, and though Taniguchi uses nature to guide his knife, his work looks pretty mathematical to me. For those of you who couldn't make it to VERSO or anyone who wants to read what I said, here it is: Mass: Formulae.
Having just put the VERSO event to bed, I now have another one looming ahead. Me, Asian?! is a series of lectures hosted by Leiden University College intended to bring together the Asian diaspora resident in the Netherlands. So far, they've addressed the practice of mindfulness from East to West and Asian representation in popular culture (Crazy Rich Asians, anyone?).
My panel is subtitled "Writing Asia in the 21st Century". The other panelists are pretty amazing: Gustaaf Peek (Dutch screenwriter and author), Huan Hsu (author of The Porcelain Thief), and Naema Tahir (Dutch-British-Pakistani author). We'll be on stage in The Hague on Wednesday, 24 April from 7-9pm. Wanna come along? You can find all the details here.