Rareties of Rogier van der Weyden presented at Museo del Prado

“The Crucifixion,” by one of the most celebrated artists of his time, the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden made near the end of the artist’s life, was brought to Spain in the 16th century. Once hung in the sacristy of the El Escorial complex’s main structure, a massive royal monastery commissioned by Spanish King Philip II, it was later moved to a less conspicuous spot in the 17th century.

19 rare works by van der Weyden and other 15th-century artists are now vividly exhibited until June 28 against a dark-blue background at the Madrid’s Prado Museum.

Crucifixion Diptych (c.1460), Rogier van der W...

Crucifixion Diptych (c.1460), Rogier van der Weyden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coming closer to 14 Nisan, Pesach remembering the last supper of Jeshua and his impalement we can have a closer look at the most influential northern artist of the 15th century and the way the death of Christ was presented at that time and got such an influence on Christendom that still to day many people take it that Jesus died on such a two beam torture cross, though at the time of the Romans this was not yet used. Jesus Christ was nailed on a vertical wooden beam.

The artistic liberty of imagining a more spectacular composition and more dramatic position, this with by fluency of line, rhythmic composition, and expressive intensity makes us stand in wonder and pardoning the historical truth.

Rogier van der Weyden with  Jan van Eyck, and Robert Campin can be called founding fathers of the main traditions of early Netherlandish painting and his formal beauty and spiritual intensity made Netherlandish painting more readily accessible to succeeding generations of artists than the work of his two major contemporaries.

The Descent from the Cross, may be considered as one of his most famous works, for the guild crossbowmen of Louvain. His best-known works include a Last Judgment altarpiece that measures 18 feet (5.5m) in width, made for Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Burgundy  in Beaune (late 1440s) in which we can find a Gothic influence; as well as the Braque Triptych, Adoration of the Magi, St. Luke Painting the Virgin, the Deposition panel and the Viennese Crucifixion Triptych (1440-1445) we can find a boundary between the early style and the mature phase of Weyden’s work. The painting still retains several Eyckian features, such as the continuous landscape background across all three panels, but it also introduces a new emotive quality in the sense of dramatic immediacy.

The Last Judgment Polyptych (1445–1450) by Rog...

The Last Judgment Polyptych (1445–1450) by Rogier van der Weyden, Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the Prado’s “The Descent from the Cross,” moved for the first time in decades from its home in a lower-floor gallery we can find a show worth visiting, having 19 rare works and the classics from all  over the world brought together with the “Miraflores Triptych,” from the Berlin State Museums’ Gemäldegalerie and “The Seven Sacraments” from Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

Museo del Prado, Madrid

Museo del Prado, Madrid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Panamarenko’s exhibition

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I got this free ticket out of my newspaper to visit Panamarenko’s exhibition and see his artistic works for real. I did enjoy the exhibition that was put up in the MuHKA, in Antwerp where he used to live almost  all his life. It was a kind of dedication to him, to honour him  which has not always been like that. And still some people do not agree with his ‘fabrications’ being art. But I think it is justified after all these years  for him to be recognised as a big artist we should cherish here in Belgium. Not only did he follow his dream, he also persevered in executing his dream by fabricating man driven vehicles to reach for the stars. And although he never succeeded in ‘taking off’, he kept on dreaming, by getting the city built a platform on his house for the day that….he’ll fly to the stars.

So here is what…

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M HKA – Panamarenko

Marcus Ampe:

Nil’s photography may bring nicer and more professional photographs of the MHKA exhibition with Panamarenko’s Universum.

Belgians may smile when they hear the name Panamarenlo, hearing him speak in his Antwerp dialect and sometimes bringing jealousy on people loving to wonder about in a dream-world like his.

Ja, wie zou in België die fantast niet kennen met zijn ontegensprekelijk aanstekelijke Antwerpse tongval enthousiast van zijn visionaire ideeën?

Fijn om zulk een mooie verzameling foto’s te vinden van deze boeiende tentoonstelling.


Preceding articles:

Een oog op de artiest en visionaire fantast rare kwiet Panamarenko

An eye on artist and visionary strange fellow Panamarenko


Originally posted on Nil's...:

You may have heard his name – or even know about his art.It involves objects that could be flying, even a submarine and other technical ideas, insects and so much more that are turned into artworks and he has always fascinated and also amused me… So I did not want to miss this selection of his art in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp…

Aan de Belgen (en de Nederlanders?) moet ik Panamarenko waarschijnlijk niet voorstellen. De meesten zullen wel gehoord hebben van zijn kunstwerken ontstaan uit technische ideeën, beweging, vliegen, varen en zo veel meer… Hij heeft me wel altijd al gefascineerd en geamuseerd… En ik wou zijn overzichtstentoonstelling in de M HKA zeker niet missen…




Those of you who want to see more of my impressions, click on the thumbnail below en hit F11 for the slideshow… ‘HOME’ at the top of the slideshow will take…

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My Panamarenko experience 2015

Originally posted on Viagem & Travel:

A few days ago my boyfriend told me: We`re going to see the Panamarenko exhibition in Antwerpen. Ok, will be nice, but who is Panamarenko? Don`t worry is a nice guy, you`ll like it. I think that `nice` must be `crazy` hahahahah it was my first impression at 2min after arrived.

The artist

Actually this artist is a genius what means… crazy man rsrsrs. He has the perfect match in his mind as an engineer, inventor, poet, physicist and somebody passionate by wings. Some work has similarity to airplanes made by Santos Dumont , and all of the machines works.

ZZzzzzzzz   Airplanes

Miniatures        Small size

When I thought `Oh my God` Panamarenko surprised us again, he also worked with cars, military, robotic… he`s like sea, earth, sky and soul. During all the time I just was thinking what`s happening in his mind to create something like that? Normally when I’m visiting…

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An eye on artist and visionary strange fellow Panamarenko

The Contemporary Art museum!

The Contemporary Art museum of Antwerp! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Museum for Modern Art in Antwerp, the MHKA (previously with the better name:  MuHKA) space was given to an inventor, technician, mathematician, philosopher and visionary who in the 1960 got lots of problems with the authority and got taken in custody and fined a few times.

That it pays to let your mind to go off the free passage and not to worry about what the outside world, that will not be open to other thoughts, thinks of you, proves the artist, , inventor, engineer, mathematician, philosopher and visionary, Henri Van Herwegen alias Panamarenko, born in 1940.

For a museum is not easy to place him under one umbrella Antwerp. This multi-facet artist can not be given just one ‘tag’. It is virtually impossible to categorise this artist’s work in a particular style or movement in contemporary art because of the unique and innovative nature of his oeuvre. Panamarenko was always exploring new avenues by means of drawings, writings and calculations. He showed things that were not fully visible and for this purpose relied on our imagination. His combination of artistic insight and technological experiment gives his spectacular constructions an odd sort of beauty, both playful and imposing.

‘I am not a scien­tist, nor someone who makes art objects. To me the most important thing is that the things I make occasionally contain a sort of poetry.’

Panamarenko Universum

Panamarenko takes a central place in the approach to art of the M HKA, which takes as its point of departure the avant-garde of the 1960s, where local stood synonymous for open and international. For the M HKA, the central position of Panamarenko is expressed in the museum’s most ambitious project of the past decade: the renovation and refurbishment of Panamarenko’s studio on Biekorfstraat, in Antwerp’s legendary Seefhoek district. Since then, the M HKA has also acquired the Panamarenko archive of Paul Morrens. The exhibition Panamarenko Universum is yet another step in the sustained commitment of an Antwerp museum devoted to a key artist of the city. Whereas the challenge of making the Biekorfstraat into a public monument lay in the complexity of the peripheral material that surrounds this oeuvre, with Panamarenko Universum, M HKA now focuses on the very core of the artist’s work.

As with so many Flemish artists, the art scene has devoted little energy to creating a meaningful context around Panamarenko’s oeuvre. He was mainly seen as a ‘strange fellow’ with magical sculptures. The retrospective Panamarenko Universum does not aim to bring together as many works or material as possible – the M HKA possesses much more material than it can ever show – but wants to explore both the works and the interconnective context that could possibly constitute the foundation of Panamarenko’s oeuvre. For the first time, the multitude of vehicles and devices Panamarenko has created ​​between 1965 and 2005 is organised into a thematic and chronological overview. In this way, Panamarenko Universum aims to create both a clear and varied picture of Panamarenko’s impressive oeuvre.

We can say the MHKA made a good job with the nicely constructed exhibition “Panamarenko Universum”. They wonderfully managed to present a beautiful picture of the versatility of this artist who sometimes was seen by many as a strange or crazy person.

Panamarenko Universum shows how and why the artist developed into an icon of this postwar European avant-garde. At least forty key works are supplemented by drawings, objects, models and editions. In addition, there is also a focus on Panamarenko’s 1960s happenings, his scientific insights and his artistic statements. After the happenings which Panamarenko organized in Antwerp he continued on the basis of drawings, texts and calculations always to scan new possibilities wanting to show people things that are not visible at all, and asking the audience to appeal to their imagination. The combination of artistic insight and technological experiment give spectacular constructions which possess a strange beauty, at once playful and impressive.

The works are placed according a thematic and chronological structure giving attention to the abundance of craft and devices that Panamarenko made between 1965 and 2005.

Panamarenko Universum presents a clear and yet varied picture of his unique oeuvre and shows how and why the artist developed into an icon of this postwar European avant-garde.

For years he brought one strange thing after the other to surprise everybody. Sutprise it was also when in 2005 he announced that he had come to the end of his artistic career on his sixty-fifth birthday. As succinctly as unexpected the fax told:

“It’s 2005 and I’m 65. I’m going to stop all activities. Many greetings. Panamarenko.”

Pro-Justitia document - Official report concerning manifestation  in Antwerp 1966/03/12- Procesverbaal betreft manifestatie te Antwerpen

Pro-Justitia document – Official report concerning manifestation in Antwerp 1966/03/12- Procesverbaal betreft manifestatie te Antwerpen

Panamarenko Universum is the large one-time return of Panamarenko to his hometown, Antwerp. Nearly ten years after the retrospective at the KMSK in Brussels, M HKA devotes a unique retrospective to the work of Panamarenko.

The retrospective Panamarenko Universum does not aim to amass as many works or material as possible – the M HKA possesses more material than it could ever display – but wants to explore both the works and the interconnectivity that could constitute the foundation of Panamarenko’s oeuvre. At the exhibition we could find less works than at the exhibtion a few years ago in Brussels but the concept was totally different and also very interesting plus inviting the public to view it from an other perspective, nearly trying to get you in the mind of the visionary artist.

For the first time, the multitude of vehicles and devices Panamarenko created ​​between 1965 and 2005 has been organised into a thematic and chronological overview. As such, Panamarenko Universum aims to create both a clear and varied picture of Panamarenko’s impressive oeuvre.

Born in 1940 Henri Van Herwegen took on the pseudonym from the Russian general called General Panamarenko which he heard mentioned at his homemade transistor radio in a Perspex box in 1958. He succeeded in receiving a station from the then GDR (East Germany), which was enough reason to find him very suspect at that time.

Happening news

Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the centre of Antwerp. At that time he focused on human action, and chance playd a major role, having the outcome not usually known in advance. In the wake of May 68, Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman and others set up the Vrije Aktiegroep Antwerpen (VAGA, ‘Antwerp Free Action Group’). This was an informal group of individuals who raised difficult social and ecological issues. One of its aims was to proclaim the beautiful Conscienceplein (the square of Hendrik Conscience) in Antwerp a car-free zone. Panamarenko had the idea of stacking blocks of ice in the form of a cube so that they froze to the ground and formed a natural barrier to traffic. This Ijsblokkenactie was a success, because the city council finally gave way and banned cars from the square.

On the initiative of Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen and Yoshio Nakajima the avant-garde magazine Happening News first appeared in September 1965 mostly containing photocopied collages rooted in Dadaism and Surrealism. This magazine revealed several of the fascinations and sources of inspiration that were to recur and be materialised in his later oeuvre.

Conquering space – Fixed-wings & zeppelins

Flying objects creations by Panamarenko - vliegende objecten creaties van Panamarenko

Flying objects creations by Panamarenko – vliegende objecten creaties van Panamarenko

Nederlands: Panamarenko met op de achtergrond ...

Panamarenko with in the background the Aeromodeller. – Panamarenko met op de achtergrond zijn Aeromodeller. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As from the 1970s, Panamarenko wanted to conquer the lowermost part of the atmosphere. The building of his first airship, The Aeromodeller, in 1971, was an extension of the happenings and embodied the artist’s dream of being free at all times to move freely through the atmosphere. The Piewan (Deltavliegtuig P1), equipped with twenty electric motors, was made entirely of tin sheeting. The notable thing about this device was that its fuselage was also its wing. The V1 Barada Jet is a wooden jet aircraft with short, solid wings. It has a powerful appearance and Panamarenko considered it one of his most convincing designs. The artist’s interest in animals and physics, combined with his fascination for aviation and mechanics, led to a far-reaching study of the vibration mechanism in insect wings. Such principles as resonance and vibration frequency were applied to pedal-driven light aircraft such as Umbilly I and the Grote Quadru Flip-Flop. Panamarenko based his Raven’s variable matrix and Ijsvogel on the flapping of birds’ wings.

From early drawings of this aircraft it is apparent that Panamarenko initially wanted to construct the Donderwolk as an aircraft driven by manpower. The final craft is a combination of • propeller-driven aircraft and • glider. The closed, compact cockpit looks like that of an old fighter aircraft and is made of aluminium and Perspex. The inside is clad with felt to make it more comfortable for the pilot to sit in’. At the back of the craft is a go-cart engine of 10 horsepower. The propeller has a diameter of 80 cm and turns at 5000 revolutions per minute. For its delta wing, Panamarenko used strong cotton, which his mother sewed together, permeated with liquid rubber. The dark colour of the rubber explains the title of the work. This wings can be steered using cables operated by two levers in the cockpit.

In the catalogue for Documenta V, Panamarenko makes the following laconic remark about Donderwolk:

‘Strong, light aircraft. Not yet tried out.’

Flying object by Panamarenko at the MHKA exhibition March 2015 - Een van de vele tentoongestelde vliegende objecten op de Fixed Wings afdeling van de tentoonstelling over Panamarenko in het MHKA, maart 2015

Flying object by Panamarenko at the MHKA exhibition March 2015 – Een van de vele tentoongestelde vliegende objecten op de Fixed Wings afdeling van de tentoonstelling over Panamarenko in het MHKA, maart 2015

From the early 1970, Panamarenko tried to transpose the vibration mechanism of insects to light, pedal-driven flying machines. According to him, flapping wings could well be the most efficient form of man-powered flying. But although the flapping wing looks simple at first sight, it is much more complex than the fixed wing or the helicopter. Since humans lack a natural mechanism, accord­ing to Panamarenko we have to compensate for this by means of a construction that employs our highly developed leg muscles. The various Meganeudons and Umbillys are all founded on the same basic idea: between the power source and the wings is a spring that produces the vibration typical of insect wings. Because both of the wings are linked to the spring, they keep each other in balance and each stroke of the wing is automatically followed by a sprung backstroke. In 1986 Panamarenko built the Encarsia Formosa, named after an ichneumon-fly with vibrating wings. He sees the existence of this insect as proof that his wing mechanism is based on a reliable principle.

Revolutions per minute

In the 1970s, to create devices that take off vertically, Panamarenko concentrated his research on rotation speed and lifting power. Portable Air Transport (P.A.T. for short), a small, portable flying machine from 1969, is the earliest craft in this collection. Panamarenko here explored mechanics in greater depth and developed a series of compact but powerful Pastille Motors to power his rucksack helicopters. The name Pastille Motor refers to the round, flat shape reminiscent of a large aspirin. The engine must not weigh more than twelve kg, while five kilos of fuel should be sufficient for twenty minutes’ flying. The power mechanism in these rucksack devices con­tinued to evolve over the years. The Super Pepto Bismo, for example, is powered by a series of short lift-propellers driven by small but powerful engines. In 1986, on the basis of an illustrated text from the early 1970s, Panamarenko built his pedaldriven Helikopter. During a trip to Peru in 1990, the artist decided to make a hover-car (K2) which, so as to be able to fly between the trees, had to be a craft without propellers and without wings.

In the publication The Helicopter as a Potential Winner, Panamarenko describes in words and images the aerodynamic calculations, construction and choice of materials by which means a human-powered helicopter should be built. It is powered by the hands and feet and the total weight (including a pilot of 60 kg) must not exceed 71 kg. The main problem is achieving the greatest possible lifting power and the most manoeuvrable possible machine with a minimum of weight. However, according to Panamarenko these problems are not insurmountable because a helicopter is a simple craft that does not need a large wing area and which, above all, can be built very quickly in a small space, where it can also be tested without the need for an airfield or runway.

The Helicopter as a Potential Winner - One of the many flying objects by Panamarenko - Een van de vele vliegobjecten van Panamarenko

One of the many flying objects by Panamarenko – Een van de vele vliegobjecten van Panamarenko

Lift the machine

In the 1980s and 1990s, Panamarenko was looking for new ways to lift himself into the air (and far beyond). He was now engaged in high-altitude aviation. The 1979 experiment called Magnetische velden demonstrated that electromag­netic power had the greatest chance of success in propelling a flying saucer out of the earth’s atmosphere beyond the reach of gravity. Under the heading Reis naar de sterren, he devised and designed numerous flying and hovering saucers. He accompanied the VIiegende Schotel installation with a typed statement of his theory of space, in which he cunningly used opposing magnetic poles to make spheres and saucers surf freely through the cosmos. In 1983, the Droma magnetic rotor led to the con­struction of the Grote Plumbiet. When the synchronised mechanism of the magnetic cylinders turns, powerful magnetic forces are generated in the field above the machine. Metal discs and flying saucers are able to hover in this magnetic field. ‘Keep the opposing poles in balance, and lift the machine!’

Panamarenko developed Bing of the Ferro Lusto and Bing II as hybrid machines suitable for flying through both the atmosphere and outer space. They were intended to travel between the planets and the cosmic mothership Ferro Lusto, and these flying saucers have to be seen as part of a much larger whole. Bing II was powered using air and has three 4D booster engines developed on the basis of the Tonodel of Space theory. The engine consists of two cylinders set in parallel in a metal block. Four pistons make alternate upward and sideways movements. The drive power develops on the basis of the difference in speed and mass in contrast with the direction of movement of the earth and solar system, boosted by centrifugal force. Panamarenko was optimistic about the good performance of the device:

if my theory is right, it signals of the bankruptcy of all the oil sheiks, because I directly tap the energy of the Big Bang…’

With his theory of closed systems, as from 1968 Panamarenko tried to prove the possibility of launching a mass out into space, with the energy needed for its forward movement contained in a closed system. He clarified his theory by means of a coin that he flipped away with his thumb. Panamarenko did a drawing of the trajectory of the coin, which resulted in a geometrical figure with various speeds. By replacing the coin by an electron whose mass, circumference and speed are known, he subsequently arrives at a standard formula to calculate the revolution and changes of speed of the planets and stars. However, the drawings and calculations encountered considerable opposition from established scientists. By involving the fourth dimension in his theory, Panamarenko gained a new galactic insight, which in the early 1990s resulted in a theory of space which he called his Toymodel of Space. He explained the theory in a short film in 1993, in which he outlines his view of how the universe works.

Engineerd to go into the air - Lift the machine - MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015

Engineerd to go into the air – Lift the machine – MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015

Engineerd to go into the air - Lift the machine - MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015 - Engineerd om de lucht in te gaan - Optillende  machine - MHKA Panamarenko tentoonstelling februari-maart 2015

Engineerd to go into the air – Lift the machine – MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015 – Engineerd om de lucht in te gaan – Optillende machine – MHKA Panamarenko tentoonstelling februari-maart 2015

Panamarenko's Mothership Ferro Lusto, Bing Engines and Toymodel theories of Space - Antwerps kuntenaar Panamarenko's Moederschip Ferro Lusto, Bingmotoren en Toymodel of Space theorieën

Panamarenko’s Mothership Ferro Lusto, Bing Engines and Toymodel theories of Space – Antwerps kuntenaar Panamarenko’s Moederschip Ferro Lusto, Bingmotoren en Toymodel of Space theorieën

Engineered to go to sea

From the air into the sea is just a small step.

In the 1990s, Panamarenko explored the mysteries of the sea. He devised craft and equipment to dive more rapidly and to float with greater stability. However functional and ingenious this work is, aesthetics and adventure still came first and foremost. The first real water device was a sophisticated diving suit, intended for walking over the gentle slopes of the seabed. Panamarenko tested The Portuguese Man of War on the Maldives in 1990. To gauge the depth of the sea, in 1992 he designed the Grote elleboog, his first deep-sea diving device. The Monocedo is a helicopter which, thanks to two floats, can take off and land anywhere. On a metal axle between the two floats is a wooden seat for the pilot. In 1999 several lines of research came together: Panamarenko built an imposing flying boat on 8 elongated floats and powered by aircraft engines. This, the Scotch Gambit, was his biggest creation, and was based on two sketches from his early years (dated 1966 and 1970).

The steel submarine called Pahama Nova Zemblaya, whose shape is a clear reference to Walvis, an early object from 1967, exudes grace and strength, but at the same time is refined and elegant. Panamarenko had wanted to build a compact submarine for some time, in which to sail to the Far North. It was not until the mid-1990s that he found the desired engine in a shop selling boat parts at Antwerp harbour.

At the top the submarine has a broad shaft that serves as an air duct and lookout tower. The bows of the boat have a big round panel in Perspex so as to be able to view the underwater life. The entire hull is varnished with a silver-grey coating of shiny epoxy resin, which leaves the numerous welds visible. The complete construction weighs no less than 3000 kg and can submerge to a depth of 7 m. Panamarenko created this submarine to sail from the River Scheldt to Nova Zembla via Spitsbergen, but the trip was cancelled because of all sorts of practical and organisational constraints.

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine - Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine – Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine - Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine – Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Servo robotica

As well as imposing craft, as from the end of the 1990s Panamarenko also built small but intelligent birds and walking robots. The intelligence of the mechanics – with relays, servos and microchips – is directly in proportion to the refinement of their execution. In 2004 Panamarenko built Vogelmarkt, a poetic installation of three tables with an sun-awning as the setting for a demonstration of three walking chickens. The three birds in vivid colours are equipped with a small electric motor powered by a battery.

The birds’ stepping mecha­nism refers back to the 1994 work Knikkebeen, an insect-like device on long aluminium legs that enable it to walk around more easily in the Swiss mountains. Panamarenko’s first fully-developed project for a robot was shown in an early drawing from 1970. It was only in 2004 that he decided to carry out the design as a working robot. In the summer of that year he took the device, called Arlikoop, with him to the North Pole, where he shot a series of films of it with the vast fields of snow and ice as a backdrop

One of the many Panamarenko intelligent birds and walking robots by Panamarenko - Een van de vele 'inteligente vogels' en robotica van Panamarenko

Archaeopterix – One of the many Panamarenko intelligent birds and walking robots by Panamarenko – Een van de vele ‘inteligente vogels’ en robotica van Panamarenko

When Panamarenko tried to imitate the flapping of insect wings mechanically, he gradually started to become increasingly interested in prehistoric birds. This gave him the idea of con­structing his ‘flying chicken’, as he liked to call his Archaeopterix, by taking the. example of this prehistoric creature. The archaeopteryx is a fossil bird from the Late Jurassic period. This creature has certain features of reptiles, such as a serrated beak full of pointed teeth, a long bony tail and membranous wings. According to a thesis formulated 140 years ago, the archaeopteryx was the first bird to be descended from the dinosaurs. Panamarenko’s very first Archaeopterix was a chicken-like bird that is able to walk around autonomously powered by built-in photoelectric cells.

It is guided by sensors and has a chip in its body that is the nerve centre from which all its commands are given. This was later followed by walking and/or moving versions in which Panamarenko continued experimenting with the controls, the stepping mechanism and the power source.

Antwerp museum taking care of its citizen

With the exhibition Panamarenko Universum the MKHA, as museum of contemporary arts presents in a very nice way the works of the Antwerp artist. It also parallel to the exhibition continues its work on the digitization and making publicly available of Panamarenko’s oeuvre presenting also an online platform, hosted on ensembles.org, still being updated and expanded.

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making an effort to share its knowledge and trying to get children, the future visitors involved as well, by offering a nice worksstudio where the kids could work in the fashion of the artist. I noticed many enthusiast kids who did their best to create all sorts of flying ‘animal’ or ‘objects’.

The M HKA Ensembles is a web tool – used by the entire organisation – that targets a sustainable digital organization of information and insights. At this moment it contains multi-media information of over 7000 works of art by more than 2000 artists. Now, with a public version, they share a substantial selection, which I only can advice you to go to visit.

Panamarenko Universum at MHKA, 22 March 2015

Panamarenko Universum at MHKA, 22 March 2015

New ways to lift man into the air (and far beyond) - Nieuwe manieren om de mens  in de lucht te tillen (en ver daarbuiten) Panamarenko Universum 22/03/2015

New ways to lift man into the air (and far beyond) – Nieuwe manieren om de mens in de lucht te tillen (en ver daarbuiten) Panamarenko Universum 22/03/2015

– Text: MHKA, Hans Willemse, Bart De Baere and Marcus Ampe

Photo’s: Marcus Ampe

Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Een oog op de artiest en visionaire fantast rare kwiet Panamarenko


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Een oog op de artiest en visionaire fantast rare kwiet Panamarenko

Dat het loont om je gedachten de vrije gang te laten en je niets aan te trekken van de buitenwereld, die niet wil open staan voor andere gedachten, bewijst de in 1940 geboren  kunstenaar, uitvinder, technieker, wis­kundige, filosoof en visionair, Henri Van Herwegen alias Panamarenko.

Voor een museum is het niet makkelijk om deze Antwerpse kunstenaar onder één noemer te plaatsen en een volwaardig beeld te geven van deze speciale kunstenaar die in zijn beginjaren wel velen op de zenuwen werkte en hiervoor ook wel eens door de politie onder handen werd genomen.

The Contemporary Art museum!

The Contemporary Art museum Antwerp!- Antwerps Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ook al is de man zijn werk zeer veel omvattend is het MHKA (dat vroeger beter noemde met de naam MuHKA) er wonderwel in geslaagd een mooi beeld op te stellen van de veelzijdigheid van deze kunstenaar die door velen wel eens aanschouwd wordt als een vreemde of gek persoon.

Na de happenings die hij in Antwerpen organiseerde bleef hij aan de hand van tekeningen, teksten en berekeningen steeds nieuwe mogelijkheden aftasten en wil hij de mensen dingen tonen die niet helemaal te zien zijn en verzoekt de toeschouwers om een beroep te doen op onze verbeelding. Door de combinatie van artistiek inzicht en technologisch experiment bezitten zijn spectaculaire constructies een vreemd soort schoonheid, tegelijk speels en indrukwekkend. Hij bedenkt een mechanisme voor de vleugelbeweging, nog voor wetenschappers het ontdekken bij een insect. Hij formuleert een geloofwaardig idee voor de aansturing van ruimteschepen.

Jarenlang wist hij menig veel te verbazen tot zelfs in 2005 toen hij op zijn vijfenzestigste verjaardag aankondigde dat hij aan het einde van zijn artistieke loopbaan was gekomen. Even bondig als onverwacht klinkt het per fax:

“Het is 2005 en ik ben 65. Ik ga met alle activiteiten stoppen. Vele groeten. Panamarenko.”

Panamarenko Universum

Voorzien van veel ruimte voor de bezoekers zodat iedereen de werken goed kan aanschouwen brengen zeven thematische clusters tuigen, objecten en tekeningen samen die inhoudelijk sterk met elkaar verbonden zijn.

Na de happenings gaat het om Panamarenko’s Silent Objects uit de jaren zestig, de Fixed-Wings & Zeppelins uit de jaren zeventig, de gemotoriseerde toestellen onder de noemer Revolutions per Minute, de ruimtetuigen in de cluster Lift the Machine, de watertuigen met de titel Engineered to go to Sea, en ten slotte de robots en wandelende kippen, Servo-Robotica. Binnen elke cluster wordt een bepaald facet van de kunstenaar extra uitgelicht in een gedachtewolk. Een opval­lende karaktertrek of fascinatie die zijn werk sterk heeft beïnvloed, wordt blootgelegd. Op die manier krijg je naast levensgrote tuigen, tekeningen en prototypes ook een unieke kijk op de inspiratiebronnen van Panamarenko.

Voor de kinderen was er ook opvang voorzien in werkateliers waar wij de kinderen gestimuleerd vonden om zelf allerlei soorten vliegelementen te creëren. dit lijkt een uitstekende wijze om de kinderen bij kunst te betrekken en hun gezichtsveld te verruimen alsook om hun creativiteit te stimuleren en een toekomstig museum bezoeker te vormen.

Oost en West

Dat Henri Van Herwegen de Oost Duitse radio beluisterde in 1958, mocht wel verdacht lijken in de jaren van de koude oorlog. Dat hij daarbij nog een pseudoniem koos naar de Russische generaal Panamarenko mag een doorn in het oog van de politie geweest zijn die in hem ook een revolterend type vonden. Sommigen vinden dat de combinatie van zowel een Amerikaans (Panama) als een Russisch element in de naam ook op de globalisering of op het Oost-Westconflict zou kunnen wijzen.

Tijdens de happenings in de jaren 60 in Antwerpen verschijnt Panamarenko regelmatig in generaalsuniform of vliegenierspak, met een Russische kepie op zijn hoofd. In de jaren die daarop volgen, refereert hij in woord en beeld naar het militaire jargon. De geüniformeerde personages die zijn tuigen nu en dan in gebruik nemen, zijn steevast uitgedost met helm, bril of veldfles.

Panamarenko start zijn carrière in de jaren 60 als gangmaker van verschillende happenings, ludieke straatoptredens, die hij in het centrum van Antwerpen orkestreert. In de nasleep van mei 68 wordt de Vrije Aktiegroep Antwerpen (VAGA) opgericht, met onder anderen Panamarenko en Hugo Heyrman. Het is een losse groepering van individuen die sociale en ecologische pijnpunten aankaart. Zo wil VAGA het Antwerpse Conscienceplein uitroepen tot een autovrije zone. Panamarenko heeft het idee om ijsblokken in kubusvorm op te stapelen, waardoor ze niet alleen aan elkaar vastvriezen, maar ook aan de grond, en op die manier een natuurlijke barricade tegen het autoverkeer vormen. De Ijsblokkenactie is een succes, want het stadsbe­stuur geeft uiteindelijk toe aan de eisen om het plein autovrij te maken.

Pro-Justitia document - Official report concerning manifestation  in Antwerp 1966/03/12- Procesverbaal betreft manifestatie te Antwerpen

Pro-Justitia document – Official report concerning manifestation in Antwerp 1966/03/12- Procesverbaal betreft manifestatie te Antwerpen

Het avant-gardetijdschrift Happening News, dat later Milkyways zal gaan noemen, verschijnt voor het eerst in september 1965 op initiatief van Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercamnen en Yoshio Nakajima. Het tijdschrift bevat voornamelijk gefotokopieerde collages die hun wortels hebben in het dadaïsme en het surrealisme. Hoewel ze op het eerste gezicht spontaan lijken, zijn veel van deze collages beredeneerd en verwijzen ze, na enige ontcijfering, naar voorgaande happenings. Er verschijnen in totaal zes nummers van gemiddeld zestien bladzijden. De opmerkelijke beeld­ en tekstcollages die Panamarenko voor Happening News ontwerpt, bestaan vaak uit afbeeldingen en tekstfragmenten van Amerikaanse wetenschappelijke tijdschriften en magazines, zoals Scientific American, Popular Mechanics en Mechanic Illustrated. Ze tonen niet alleen Panamarenko’s gevoel voor compositie en detail, maar leggen tegelijk een aantal fascinaties en inspiratiebronnen bloot die in zijn verdere oeuvre zullen terugkeren en uitgevoerd worden.

Silent Objects

In de tweede helft van de jaren 60 bouwt Panamarenko een reeks poëtische objecten, vaak geïnspireerd op herinneringen uit zijn jeugd. Omdat bij deze werken de nadruk op het vor­melijke ligt en nog niet op het functioneren of de technologie, worden ze aangeduid als ,stille objecten’. Bij die objecten zien wij ook al de fascinatie voor technologie.

Fixed-Wings & Zeppelins

Flying objects creations by Panamarenko - vliegende objecten creaties van Panamarenko

Flying objects creations by Panamarenko – vliegende objecten creaties van Panamarenko

Nederlands: Panamarenko met op de achtergrond ...

Panamarenko met op de achtergrond zijn Aeromodeller. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Met vliegende en gevleugelde tuigen wil Panamarenko vanaf de jaren 70 een eerste stuk van het luchtruim veroveren. De bouw van zijn zeppelin The Aeromodeller in 1971 ligt in het verlengde van de happenings, en belichaamt de droom van de kunstenaar om zich te allen tijde vrij te kunnen bewegen door het luchtruim. De Piewan (Deltavliegtuig P1), uitgerust met twintig elektromotoren, is volledig vervaardigd uit blik. Opmerkelijk aan dit toestel is dat de romp tegelijk de vleugel is. De VI Barada Jet is een houten straalvliegtuig met korte, massieve vleugels. Door zijn krachtige uitstraling beschouwt Panamarenko hem als een van zijn sterkste ontwerpen. De interesse van de kunstenaar voor meren en natuurkunde, gecom­bineerd met zijn fascinatie voor luchtvaart en mechanica, leidt tot een vergaand onderzoek naar het trilmechanisme van insectenvleugels. Principes zoals resonantie en trilfrequentie worden toegepast op lichte vliegtuigen met pedaal aandrijving, zoals de Umbilly 1 en de Grote Quadru Flip-Flop. Voor de Raven’s variable matrix en de IJsvogel baseert Panamarenko zich dan weer op de klapwiek-methode van vogels.

Flying object by Panamarenko at the MHKA exhibition March 2015 - Een van de vele tentoongestelde vliegende objecten op de Fixed Wings afdeling van de tentoonstelling over Panamarenko in het MHKA, maart 2015

Flying object by Panamarenko at the MHKA exhibition March 2015 – Een van de vele tentoongestelde vliegende objecten op de Fixed Wings afdeling van de tentoonstelling over Panamarenko in het MHKA, maart 2015

Uit vroege tekeningen van het vliegtuig Donderwolk (1971) blijkt dat Panamarenko Donderwolk aanvankelijk als een mensenkachtvliegtuig wou construeren. Het uiteindelijke toestel is een combinatie van een propeller- en een zweefvliegtuig.. De gesloten, compacte cabine lijkt op die van een oud jachtvliegtuig er is gemaakt van aluminium er plexiglas. De binnenkant is met vilt bekleed “om het zitten zachter te maken voor de pi1oot.” Achteraan het toestel is een gocart-motor aangebracht met een vermogen van tien pk.

De propeller heeft een doorsnede van 80 cm er maakt 5000 omwentelingen per minuut. Voor de deltavleugel gebruikt Panamarenko sterk katoen, door zijn moeder aan elkaar gemaaid, dat hij doordrenkt met vloeibaar rubber.

De donkere kleur van het rubber verklaart de titel van het werk. De vleugel is bestuurbaar met behulp van trekkabels die vanuit de cabine met twee handels bediend kunnen worden. In de catalogus van Documenta V noteert Panamarenko bij Donderwolk de laconieke opmerking:

“Sterk, licht vliegtuig. Niet uitgeprobeerd.”

Vanaf het begin van de jaren 70 probeert Panamarenko het trilmechanisme van insectenvleugels te vertalen naar lichte vliegtoestellen met pedaalaandrijving. Flappende vleugels zouden volgens Panamarenko wel eens de meest efficiënte vorm van vliegen op mensenkracht kunnen zijn. Maar hoewel de kloppende vleugel er op het eerste gezicht eenvoudig uit ziet, is hij veel complexer dan de vaste vleugel of de helikopter. Omdat bij mensen een natuurlijk mechanisme ontbreekt, moeten we dit volgens Panamarenko opvangen door een zelfgemaakte constructie die onze sterk ontwikkelde beenspieren gebruikt.

De verschillende Meganeudons en Umbilly’s gaan steeds uit van dezelfde basisgedachte: tussen de aandrijving en de vleugels zit een veer die het typisch trillen van insectenvleugels voortbrengt. Omdat beide vleugels met de veer verbonden zijn, houden ze elkaar in evenwicht en wordt elke vleugelslag automatisch gevolgd door een varende terugslag. In 1986 bouwt Panamarenko de Encarsia Formosa, genoemd naar een sluipwesp met trillende vleugels. Het bestaan van dit insect is voor hem het bewijs dat zijn vleugel-mechanisme op een betrouwbaar principe stoelt.

Revolutions per minute

The Helicopter as a Potential Winner- One of the many flying objects by Panamarenko - Een van de vele vliegobjecten van Panamarenko

The Helicopter as a Potential Winner- One of the many flying objects by Panamarenko – Een van de vele vliegobjecten van Panamarenko

Om toestellen te creëren die loodrecht opstijgen, richt Panamarenko zijn onderzoek tijdens de jaren 70 op de rotatiesnelheid en de hefkracht. Portable Air Transport (kortweg P.A.T.), een klein, draagbaar vliegapparaat uit 1969, is het vroegste toestel uit deze verzameling. Pamarenko kruipt dieper in de mechanica en ontwikkelt zelf een reeks compacte, maar krachtige Pastille Motors als aandrijfmechanisme voor zijn rugzakhelikopters. De naam Pastille Motor verwijst naar de ronde afgeplatte vorm, die doet denken aan een grote aspirine De motor mag niet meer dan twaalf kilogram wegen, terwijl vijf kilogram brandstof moet volstaan om twintig minuten te kunnen vliegen. Het aandrijfmechanisme van de rugzakken is in de loop van de jaren steeds blijven evolueren. Zo gebeurt de voortstuwing van de Super Pepto Bismo door een reeks korte hefschroeven, aangedreven door kleine, maar krachtige motoren. Gebaseerd op een geïllustreerde tekst uit het begin van de jaren 70 bouwt Pana­marenko in 1986 de Helikopter met pedaalaandrijving. Tijdens een reis naar Peru in 1990 besluit de kunstenaar een zwevende auto (K 2) te maken die, om tussen de bomen te kunnen vliegen, een apparaat zonder schroeven en zonder vleugels moet zijn.

In de publicatie The Helicopter as a Potential Winner beschrijft Panamarenko in tekst en beeld de aerodynamische berekeningen, de bouw en de keuze van materialen waarmee een mensenkracht-helikopter zou moeten worden uitgevoerd. De helikopter wordt aangedreven met handen en voeten, en het totale gewicht (inclusief een piloot van 60 kg) mag niet meer zijn dan 71 kg. Het probleem bestaat er vooral in om met een minimum aan gewicht een zo groot mogelijke stijgkracht en een zo manoeuvreerbaar mogelijk toestel te ontwikkelen. Deze problemen zijn volgens Panamarenko echter niet onoverkomelijk, want een helikopter is een eenvoudig tuig dat geen groot vleugeloppervlak nodig heeft, en dat bovendien vrij snel gebouwd kan worden op een kleine plek, waar het ook getest kan worden zonder de noodzaak van een luchthaven of ladingsbaan.

Lift the machine

Engineerd to go into the air - Lift the machine - MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015

Engineerd to go into the air – Lift the machine – MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015

Panamarenko zoekt tijdens de jaren 80 en 90 nieuwe manieren om zich in het luchtruim – en ver daarboven – te verheffen. Hij bedrijft nu de hogere luchtvaart. Het experiment Magnetische velden uit 1979 toont aan dat elektromagnetische aandrijving de grootste kans op succes biedt om een vliegende schotel buiten de dampkring en buiten het bereik van de zwaar­tekracht te brengen. Onder de noemer Reis naar de sterren bedenkt en ontwerpt hij tal van vliegende en zwevende schotels. Bij de installatie Vliegende schotel voegt Panamarenko een getypte verklaring van zijn ruimtetheorie, waarin hij listig gebruik maakt van tegengestelde magneetpolen om sferen en schotels Vrij te laten surfen door de kosmos De magnetische rotor Droma leidt in 1983 tot de bouw van de Grote Plumbiet. Wanneer het gesynchroniseerde mechanisme van de magnetische cilinders draait, ontstaan er sterke magnetische krachten in het veld boven de machine. In dit magnetische veld kunnen metalen schijven en vliegende schotels zweven.

“Keep the opposing poles in balance, and lift the machine!”

Panamarenko ontwikkelt Bing of the Ferro Lusto en Bing II als hybride machines die geschikt zijn om zowel door de atmosfeer, als door de ruimte te vliegen. Bedoeld om zich tussen de planeten en bet kosmisch moederschip Ferro Lusto te verplaatsen, moeten de vliegende schotels gezien worden als een deel van een veel groter geheel. De Bing II wordt aangedreven door lucht en is uitrust met drie 4D-stuwmotoren, die ontwikkeld worden op basis van de Toymodel of Space-theorie. De motor bestaat uit te paar cilinders die parallel in een metalen blok ingebracht worden. Vier zuigers maken beurtelings een opwaartse en een zijwaartse beweging. Vanuit het verschil van snelheid en massa tegenover de vliegrichting van de aarde en het zonnestelsel ontwikkelt zich, door centrifugale krachten versterkt, de stuwkracht. Over de goede prestaties van het toestel is Panamarenko optimistisch: “Als mijn theorie klopt, betekent dat het failliet van alle oliesjeiks, want ik tap de energie rechtstreeks af van de Big Bang…”

Engineerd to go into the air - Lift the machine - MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015 - Engineerd om de lucht in te gaan - Optillende  machine - MHKA Panamarenko tentoonstelling februari-maart 2015

Engineerd to go into the air – Lift the machine – MHKA Panamarenko exhibition February-March 2015 – Engineerd om de lucht in te gaan – Optillende machine – MHKA Panamarenko tentoonstelling februari-maart 2015

Met de theorie van de gesloten systemen tracht Panamarenko vanaf 1968 de mogelijkheid te bewijzen om een massa uit te stoten in de ruimte, waarbij de energie die nodig is voor de voorwaartse verplaatsing gevat kan worden in een gesloten systeem. Hij verduidelijkt zijn theorie aan de hand van een muntstuk dat met een vingerknip wordt weggeschoten. Panamarenko maakt een tekening van de baan die het muntstuk aflegt, wat resulteert in een meetkundige figuur met verschillende snelheden. Door het muntstuk te vervangen door een elektron waarvan de massa, de omtrek en de snelheid gekend zijn, komt hij later tot een standaardformule voor het berekenen van de omlooptijd en de snelheidsverandering van planeten en sterren.. Zijn tekeningen en berekeningen stuiten echter op heel wat weerstand van geves­tigde wetenschappers. Door de vierde dimensie te betrekken, komt Panamarenko begin jaren 90 tot een ruimtetheorie die hij zijn Toymodel of Space noemt.

Panamarenko's Mothership Ferro Lusto, Bing Engines and Toymodel theories of Space - Antwerps kuntenaar Panamarenko's Moederschip Ferro Lusto, Bingmotoren en Toymodel of Space theorieën

Panamarenko’s Mothership Ferro Lusto, Bing Engines and Toymodel theories of Space – Antwerps kuntenaar Panamarenko’s Moederschip Ferro Lusto, Bingmotoren en Toymodel of Space theorieën

Engineerd to go to sea

Men kan in de lucht gaan en onderuit geblazen worden en als men diep zou gaan in het water dan nog kan men opstijgen met een enorme kracht. Na het luchtruim te hebben onderzocht komen de diepten van het water in het oog van de kunstenaar.

In de jaren 90 onderzoekt Panamarenko de geheimen van de zee. Hij bedenkt toestellen en uitrusting om sneller te duiken of stabieler te drijven. Hoe functioneel en ingenieus ook de esthetica en het avontuur staan nog steeds voorop. Het eerste echte watertuig is een gesofisticeerde duikuitrusting, bedoeld om over de lichte hellingen van de zeebodem te wandelen. Panamarenko test The Portuguese Man of War in 1990 op de Maldiven, zoals te zien is op de kleurenafbeelding die deze installatie vervolledigt. Om de diepte van de zee te peilen, ontwerpt Panamarenko in 1992 de Grote elleboog, een eerste  diepzeeduikapparaat.

De Monocedo is een helikopter die dankzij twee vlotters, waartussen op een metalen as een houten zitje voor de bestuurder is geplaatst, overal kan landen en opstijgen. In 1999 komen verschillende lijnen samen: Panamerenko bouwt een imposante vliegboot op 8 langwerpige vlotters, aangedreven door vliegtuigmotoren. De Scotch Gambit is in omvang zijn grootste creatie, gebaseerd op twee vroege schetsen uit de beginjaren (gedateerd 1966 en 1970).

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine - Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine – Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

De stalen duikboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya, waarvan de vorm duidelijk doet denken aan het vroege object Walvis uit 1967, straalt gratie en kracht uit, maar is tegelijk verfijnd en elegant. Panamarenko wil al langer een compacte duikboot bouwen om ermee naar het Hoge Noorden te varen. Het duurt tot halfweg jaren 90 voor hij in een winkel voor scheepsonderdelen in de Antwerpse haven de gewenste aandrijving vindt. Bovenaan beschikt de duikboot over een brede schacht die dient als luchtkoker en uitkijktoren. In de neus van de boot is een grote, ronde wand van plexiglas aangebracht om het onderwaterleven te kunnen aanschouwen. De volledige romp is gevernist met een zilvergrijze laag glanzend epoxyhars, waardoor de talrijke lasnaden duidelijk zichtbaar blijven. De uiteindelijke constructie weegt maar liefst 3.000 kilogram en kan tot op een diepte van 7 meter varen. Panamarenko creëert de duikboot om van Antwerpen van op de Schelde via Spitsbergen naar Nova Zembla te varen, maar door tal van praktische en organisatorische beperkingen wordt de tocht afgeblazen.

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine - Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Pahama Nova Zemblaya steel submarine – Stalen onderzeeboot Pahama Nova Zemblaya van Panamarenko

Servo robotica

Naast imposante tuigen bouwt Panamarenko vanaf eind jaren 90 ook kleine, maar intelligente vogels en rondstappende robots. De intelligentie van de mechanica – met relais, servo’s en microchips – is recht evenredig aan de verfijning in uitvoering. In 2004 bouwt Panamarenko de Vogelmarkt, een Poëtische installatie van drie tafels met een zonneluifel als setting om er drie stappende kippen op te demonstreren. De drie kippen in felle kleuren zijn uitgerust met een kleine elektromotor die aangedreven wordt door een batterij. Het stapmechanisme van de vogels doet denken aan de Knikkebeen uit 1994, een insectachtig toestel op hoge aluminium poten om beter in het Zwitserse gebergte te kunnen rondlopen. Op een vroege tekening van Panamarenko uit 1970 is zijn eerste uitgewerkte project voor een robot te zien. Pas in 2004 besluit hij het ontwerp uit te voeren als werkende robot. Tijdens de zomer van dat jaar neemt hij het toestel mee naar de Noordpool, waar hij een reeks opnames maakt van de Arlikoop met uitgestrekte sneeuw- en ijsvlakten als decor.

Wanneer Panarenko de klapwiek-methode van insectenvleugels op mechanische wijze tracht na te bootsen, groeit gaandeweg zijn belangstelling voor prehistorische vogels.. Het brengt hem op het idee om zijn vliegende kip, zoals hij de Archaeopterix graag noemt, te construeren naar het voorbeeld van het gelijknamig prehistorische dier. De archaeopteryx is een fossiele vogel uit de late juraperiode. Het dier bezit bepaalde kenmerken van reptielen, zoals een gekartelde snavel vol puntige tandjes, een lange benige staart en vliezige vleugels. Volgens een 140 jaar oude stelling stamt de archaeopteryx als eerste vogel af van de dinosaurus. Zijn allereerste Archaeopterix is een kipachtige vogel die op basis van ingebouwde fotocellen in staat is om zelfstandig rond te stappen. De vogel wordt gestuurd door sensoren en heeft een chip in de romp die het zenuwcentrum vormt van waaruit alle opdrachten worden gegeven. Later volgen meerdere stappende of bewegende exemplaren waarbij Panamarenko steeds verder experimenteert met de besturing, het stapmechanisme en de aandrijving.

Panamarenko's very first Archaeopterix (1989) was a chicken-like bird that is able to walk around autonomously powered by built-in photoelectric cells - Allereerste Archaeopterix van Panamarenko (1989), een kip-achtige vogel die in staat is om autonoom rond te lopen, aangedreven door ingebouwde foto-elektrische cellen

Panamarenko’s very first Archaeopterix (1989) was a chicken-like bird that is able to walk around autonomously powered by built-in photoelectric cells – Allereerste Archaeopterix van Panamarenko (1989), een kip-achtige vogel die in staat is om autonoom rond te lopen, aangedreven door ingebouwde foto-elektrische cellen

In een collage die in 1965 wordt opgenomen in het eerste nummer van Happening News staat al te lezen: “Learn to imitate the flight of birds.” Tijdens een van de eerste tentoonstellingen in de Wide White Space Gallery laat Panamarenko een schreeuwende toekan in een kooi opdraven.

De gevederde vrienden zullen tot op de dag van vandaag nauwelijks van zijn zijde wijken. In de Biekorfstraat 2, de legendarische locatie in de Seefhoek waar Panamarenko van 1970 tot 2003heeft gewoond en gewerkt, laat de kunstenaar zich omringen door verschillende papegaaien, een toekan en een duif. De gevel van zijn huis wordt zelfs uitgerust met een goudkleurige erker in glas en lood, gevuld met tropische planten en bedoeld als volière voor zijn vogels. Tijdens een reis naar Peru gaat hij in het Amazonegebied op zoek naar de hoazin, waarvan de jonge vogels klauwen aan hun vleugels hebben en die treffende gelijkenissen vertoont met de archaeopteryx. Deze fascinatie van Panamarenko voor vogels komt voort uit een unieke combinatie van verwondering, respect en vriendschap.

Panamarenko Universum at MHKA, 22 March 2015

Panamarenko Universum at MHKA, 22 March 2015

MHKA en de aparte relatie met Panamarenko

Met Panamarenko Universum brengt het MHKA bijna tien jaar na de retrospectieve in het KMSK in Brussel een unieke overzichtstentoonstelling die niet zo veel mogelijk werken of materiaal wil tentoonstellen, maar wel een teken wil geven van de verzamelbeurt die het museum heeft ingezet. Hierbij tracht het M HKA ook af te vragen welke werken in welke samenhang een ruggengraat voor Panamarenko’s oeuvre kunnen vormen.De gepresenteerde werken laten ons mee in de gedachtengang van Panamarenko voeren. In dat opzicht is de tentoonstelling geslaagd en wekt het in de toeschouwer een verlangen naar meer. Ook zijn de tentoonstellingen in de verdiepingen er boven het bezoek waard en geven die een gevoelen van een verbondenheid met de geest van de creatieve Antwerpenaar. Met de tentoonstelling Op de bodem van de hemel wordt een brug gevormd tussen de twee figuren die Ricardo Brey in zich verenigt: aan de ene kant de historische kunstenaar op een cruciaal moment in de geschiedenis van de Cubaanse kunst, en aan de andere kant de kunstenaar die woont en werkt in Vlaanderen.

Na zijn vertrek uit de stad Antwerpen heeft hij zijn vroeger woonhuis geschonken aan het M HKA en hebben zij de taak op zich genomen om het te ontmantelen en te renoveren. Tijdens de werken stellen Luc Deleu en Panamarenko voor om een helikopterplatform op het huis te bouwen, als mogelijke landingsplaats voor bezoekers, als permanente verbinding met het luchtruim en als een essentieel kenmerk van een hedendaags monument: dat het zichtbaar is via Google Earth.

De tentoonstelling Panamarenko Universum is nu een volgende stap in dat duurzame engagement van een Antwerps museum voor een sleutelkunstenaar uit die stad. Waar de uitdaging in het tot een publiek monument maken van de Biekorfstraat lag in de complexiteit van de periferie van dit oeuvre, focust het M HKA met Panamarenko Universum nu op de kern ervan.

Net zoals bij zo vele Vlaamse kunstenaars besteedde de kunstscène weinig energie aan het scheppen van een zingevend beeld rond Panamarenko’s oeuvre. Hij was vooral een ‘rare kwiet’ met magische sculpturen. De retrospectieve Panamarenko Universum wil niet zo veel mogelijk werken of materiaal verzamelen – het M HKA heeft hoe dan ook méér materiaal dan het kan tonen – maar zich wel afvragen welke werken in welke samenhang een ruggengraat voor Panamarenko’s oeuvre kunnen vormen. Voor het eerst wordt een thematische en chronologische structuur aangebracht in de veelheid aan tuigen en toestellen die Panamarenko tussen 1965 en 2005 maakte. Op die manier wil Panamarenko Universum een helder en tegelijk gevarieerd beeld neerzetten van Panamarenko’s indrukwekkende oeuvre. en daarin is zij geslaagd en weet ons geboeid mee te laten voeren in de magische denkwereld van deze veelzijdige kunstenaar. Dit is dan ook een tentoonstelling dei een aanrader is voor jong en oud.
Gaan zien dus!

New ways to lift man into the air (and far beyond) - Nieuwe manieren om de mens  in de lucht te tillen (en ver daarbuiten) Panamarenko Universum 22/03/2015

New ways to lift man into the air (and far beyond) – Nieuwe manieren om de mens in de lucht te tillen (en ver daarbuiten) Panamarenko Universum 22/03/2015

– Tekst MKHA, Hans Willemse, Bart De Baere en Marcus Ampe

Foto’s: Marcus Ampe

Engelse versie: English version: An eye on artist and visionary strange fellow Panamarenko


  • The Zeppelin Earns a Fearsome Reputation, 1915 (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
    Airships with rigid frames were developed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany starting in the late 19th century. He had envisaged them being used in a viable business for mail delivery, fee-paying travellers and sight-seers—and also for military use.After the Great War broke out, pleasure flights were set aside and Zeppelin fleets were co-opted for military or naval use. Any new weapon system, though, comes with questions about what it can really do in battle and whether it is useful enough to justify its expense and risk.
  • Panama is Still the Easiest Place to Obtain Residency [Until This Happens…] (financialsurvivalnetwork.com)
    Panama is Still the Easiest Place to Obtain Residency [Until This Happens…] by Simon Black I’m starting to feel like a proud uncle. I flew in to Panama yesterday afternoon and thought, “look at how much you’ve grown!” Things were so different the first time I came to Panama in 2004.
  • Camera Obscura at War, II–Zep Buster (longstreet.typepad.com)
    The camera obscura itself didn’t move, and the relatively small occulus offered not that big a range of sky to work with. But that said the weapon was an ingenious and simple mechanism, an early and primitive semi-machine-directed anti-aircraft gun.  There is no mention of whether or not any of these were actually deployed, and compared to the AA guns that actually appeared in the first and second yer of the war, this attempt looks a little antiquated for the time.
  • Brussels – Public Art
    For 3 months, from the 21st April to 15th July 2010, the exposition “Nuestros Silencios” is located at Avenue de la Toison d’Or, in the heart of Brussels. The Mexican artist, Rivelino’s exposition is an integrated part of the festivities organised for the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico’s independence.
  • Rogier Van Der Weyden Rarities, Together in SpainRogier Van Der Weyden Rarities, Together in Spain
    Art historians agree on the greatness of early Netherlandish artist Rogier van der Weyden, but they tend to disagree about what he actually painted. Of the 25-odd surviving works now generally attributed to van der Weyden, historians are certain about only three. Now, those three works will be brought together for the first time when Madrid’s Prado Museum opens its landmark show about the artist today.

    “Rogier van der Weyden” will unite the recently restored painting “The Crucifixion,” part of the collection of the former royal residence of El Escorial, 30 miles from Madrid, with the Prado’s “The Descent from the Cross,” moved for the first time in decades from its home in a lower-floor gallery. The “Miraflores Triptych,” from the Berlin State Museums’ Gemäldegalerie, will join the two large panel paintings.

  • The Forgotten Artifacts Of Communist East Germany
    In 1990, in the thick of the political and social upheaval that reunited East and West Germany, the citizens of East Germany were busy throwing out their things. Over the course of the year, East Germans tossed an average 1.2 tons of trash per person, as a new book on the design history of the German Democratic Republic describes. Beyond the Wall: Art and Artifacts from the GDR is an exhaustive, though not comprehensive, catalog of the country’s graphic and product design.

    Its author, Justinian Jampol, is the founder and executive director of the Wende Museum in Los Angeles, an institution dedicated to preserving Cold War artifacts and history. (The museum’s name comes from the German term for the reunification of East and West Germany, “Die Wende.”) He has been collecting surviving artifacts from East Germany since the mid-1990s. These objects, Jampol warns, are not some kind of “totalitarian kitsch,” but a viewfinder through which to understand and interpret recent history, nationalist commemorative plates and busts of Lenin and all.

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Spend time creating new blogs

The last few weeks I did not only have lots of physical pain but got also lots of bad words and viruses ‘thrown into my face’ by several writers who call themselves Christian. In a way they did not heart me psychologically, though some things may hit hard. I do know better, not being a hater of God and not being a hater of Jesus, though they might think and say that. (see previous posting: Looking for Free Blogs and blogging)

To proof that I am a Jesus lover and that I love God even so much that I also spend lots of time to Him and for Him, I used lots of time to create and place texts on three new websites.

Many people may be in Lent and have a time to contemplate. I often use time to think about life, reasons why and about the essential characters in my and others their life. Often enough I have been to trials, had to face horrible things and fight to stay alive and kicking well. Probably I also had enough years to wonder about and to get some decent  answers to my quest.

Living in this world I can also enjoy the elements of worldly life, but do know that the spiritual elements are much more important. Being restricted in time we do have to make choices in life, and for me, the last few weeks I spend no time at my own ideas and this website, but took time for my ecclesia and for the creation of the three websites I got left over of the tryouts of blogsystems and webfacilities.

At last three sites seem to get form and I do hope will be interesting to continue to bring more people to understand who Jesus is,what he means for the world and Who his heavenly Father is and What that Spirit means for us all as well.

I took enough time the last few weeks to start showing that:

Jesus is a historical figure which brought a big change in cultural and religious society.

With the new websites I want to show the world how important it is what that man from Nazareth did. He not only endured the betrayal of Judas, the denials of Peter, the abandonment by the other disciples, our betrayal, our denials and our abandonment.

Too many people in Christendom have made a charade of him and his heavenly Father; they made him a cruel god; though this man was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

Not enough people are seeing that Jesus came to fulfil his heavenly Father’s perfect will. Also they do not see that this heavenly Father, like His son, wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

God cannot die and does not tell lies. Jesus was tempted many times, could sin but did not because he wanted not to do his own will but only the Will of God. In case he is God this would make him to do his own will naturally.

In my faith that Jesus really died, and did not fake his death, I also believe that his heavenly Father wanted to accept His son as a Lamb or ransom offering for the sins of every one, Judas, you and me.

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 HCSB)

There is hope for everyone and therefore I do think it is important to share my hope with others. Normally every Christian should share the same hope and go out in the world, telling the Good News. Though we do not see many people witnessing in the Name of God. The Jehovah Witnesses seem to be the greatest exception.

For those who wonder what my believes are, or want to see a statement of faith, and why I would love to see more people to come to live in the city of Christ they can find out more about: Christadelphian, Christadelphia and Christadelphos and who they are and what and why they are called Brothers in Christ.

Because I also do believe the importance of getting to know the son of God and how he can bring peace in the world I spend and shall spend more time on those websites telling that Good News of the coming Kingdom of God and to open the books on that man from Nazareth,which I do believe is the Messiah, about whom is testified:

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13 HCSB)

Many more people should become more conscious of the reality of Jesus, who he is, what he has done and how he is still being among us and now mediating for us by the Creator of everything.

May I invite you to come and have a look at the three sites. In case you are willing to help me with advice, you are also welcome to give your remarks or offering me texts.

You may find the new sites on the net with the names:

Messiah for all     +     C4U     +     C4All


M4A - Messiah For All -Marcus Ampe's place to introduce Jesus Christ to those who would like to know more about this Biblical figure

M4A – Messiah For All -Marcus Ampe’s place to introduce Jesus Christ to those who would like to know more about this Biblical figure

C4U = Christ For You and Christadelphians For You

C4U = Christ For You and Christadelphians For You

C4All = Christ For All - a site tying to show the reason of importance of the Nazarene Jeshua or Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour for all

C4All = Christ For All – a site tying to show the reason of importance of the Nazarene Jeshua or Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour for all

Not much was published on this site, but as you will be able to see at the other sites, I did not sit still. Some articles to find already on those new sites:

  1. Genesis 1 story does not take away an evolution
  2. Background to look at things
  3. Are people allowed to have doubts
  4. From waste and void coming into being by God’s Word
  5. Something from nothing
  6. The very very beginning 1 Creating Gods
  7. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  8. How Many Persons Created the Heavens and the Earth?
  9. Genesis 1:26 God said “Let us make”.
  10. Abiding to glorify God
  11. Abiding Christ
  12. Your own choice and security
  13. Jesus Christ waiting for an invitation
  14. Let yourself be sanctified
  15. Vision and mission by the Word of God
  16. Connecting Christians
  17. Finishing The Task


Additional reading:

  1. A world in denial
  2. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  3. Those who love Jesus
  4. Looking for Free Blogs and blogging
  5. Three new sites to discover the real Jesus
  6. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
  7. Illuminating our minds and watching out
  8. Wanting to live in Christ’s city
  9. “I Die Daily”
  10. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  11. Faith, hope and love abide
  12. Those who fear him
  13. When Jesus saw their faith


  • Divine Things or Human Things — Lectionary Reflection for Lent 2B (bobcornwall.com)
    I enjoy the blessings of middle class American life. I have a nice house in suburbia. I have a job (ministry) that pays fairly well (not high end, but I do okay).  It is nice to have this lifestyle affirmed by my religion. I am quite inclined to save my life, rather than lose it. I much prefer a “theology of glory” over a “theology of the cross.” I like a Jesus who is meek and mild and doesn’t require too much sacrifice.  If we’re honest, most of us living in middle class suburbia would agree.  Preaching a message of sacrificial discipleship doesn’t go very far. We may be inclined to let Jesus spend some time on a cross, as long as we’re assured that it really didn’t hurt, and that it won’t require anything of us.  That is, as long as Jesus is our substitute then all is well.
  • Our view: Need something to give up? We have ideas that will make Midland better (mrt.com)
    Lent, according to christianity.about.com, is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, which is the 40 days leading up to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).

    Lent, the website continues, is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

  • Fasting from Facebook for Lent 2015 (jimerwin.com)
  • Fact or fiction: Pontius Pilate as Jesus’ defense attorney (dailyminyan.com) > Originally posted on Daily Minyan
    The New Testament presents the Jewish leaders and the Jewish people as a bloodthirsty mob out to get Jesus, mercilessly calling for his blood, without any regard for justice. This is the lens through which Christendom would come to view the whole of Jewish people for the next two thousand years. At the same time, the ruthless murderer Roman procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate, a man who would often slaughter people indiscriminately and without trial, a foreign ruler who crucified hundreds if not thousands of Jews and Samaritans under his charge, is portrayed as going out of his way to spare Jesus’ life. He is even shown as almost pleading and trying to reason with Jews in Jesus’ defense, acting not as a vicious executioner who hated Jews with every fiber of his being, but as a defense attorney for a Jewish messianic candidate.

  • The Poetry of Lent (bpdt.wordpress.com)
    The Poetry of Lent is a series of seven reflections that will appear on the Eds and Ips Diocesan website from Ash Wednesday as part of the Living Faith in Suffolk resources. They are based on the story of Lazarus, Martha and Mary in John 11, and explore the way it weaves together themes of vulnerability, disappointment, absence, grief and hope. You’ll find them at www.cofesuffolk.org/go/livingfaith.
  • Flaky Fluff (hiwaychristian.wordpress.com)
    our inner child.  No, thats your sinful nature.  It’s not innocent or childlike.

    Confess Jesus as your Savior.  Yes, but now go lead a life of repentance.  “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  (Matthew 5:48)

  • Suffering (fastpray.wordpress.com)
    On Mondays at lunch, we fast and pray – for men to become godly leaders in the church and in establishing families; for soft hearts that are responsive to the Lord; and for strong, Christ-centered marriages for those who desire them.
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Looking for Free Blogs and blogging

Reasons to look at and for blogs

Many people may like Stephanie Joy traverse the interwebs, going from one place to another, stepping lightly through the heady opinions, rockets whizzing here and there;
seeking out meaningful additions to their thought-life. This may sometimes bring challenges and give them to

find gems among the pebbles, sifting stories like sand on the beach; {Story-telling}

When lingering on that worldwide web people encounter opinions they are able to bear or not. Some also make an art out of it to break down others or to spread false messages. We can either

avoid the flashy lightning storms of gossip and brilliance; daintily sample the creativity of other people, perhaps to copy; preserve links for later perusal, and remembering a friend, send her the same; {Story-telling}

The blogs those people visit are not always the flashiest, or the best designed. Though several web-writers may look for ways to get a very fancy website. Is it not nicer for the visitors to find some flashy colours and pictures? What does attract them to have a further look at a website? for sure when it does not look nice they quickly shall click it away and will not bother to have a further look at it.

When they encounter a blog, writing about them, probably they shall see what they write about them and would like to react, when certain atrocities are written about them. For me it is the same and as such the last few weeks I was confronted several times with people telling lies about the Christadelphians and saying to their public I am a hater of God and a hater of Jesus.

When, being accused of not loving Jesus, I wanted to react to such untrue sayings, I was not given a chance to defend myself and because according to them I belonged to a sect, was asked to leave their site. Being silenced that way no opportunity was given to defend myself publicly, so being stepped on my toes, I did find I had to put a defending voice about my and my brethren their love for Jesus on the net.

Different ways to blog

To give a positive voice about our love for Jesus I tried to find an other website or blog system than WordPress with more artistic possibilities and also to reach perhaps some other viewers, because I with my previous experience noticed that a lot of amount of viewers to catch depends also a lot on the sort of website. this was made very clear when I transferred some blogs from Multiply to WordPress. Even without adding any post, we saw the amount of visitors rise enormously. (If I would have known what I found out with the analytics by WordPress I would have made the transfer much sooner.)

C4All on Overblog

C4All on Overblog

OverBlog that believes that because people all see the world in their own, unique way, they each have something special to offer the rest of us, I first did not notice. They say:

With the rise of the Internet, the barriers that kept us from accessing information came crashing down. And today, we can all share our opinions, our passions and our knowledge. As long as we have a tool that lets us do it!

Many tools

There may be many tools, but I found out that of those many are not useful or not at all practical.

Perhaps his list of The 15 best blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today. Which one is for you? may be worth looking at.

I agree with his first and second choice:

1. WordPress (WordPress.com + WordPress.org ) which has has two options: a freemium hosted service that provides .wordpress.com domains or pay to use your own domain — and includes limited customization. Or the completey free .org version which allows for you to host WordPress on your own servers with much more control, edit themes to your hearts content, hack code and add as many WordPress plugins as you wish.

For not such technical guys like me it may perhaps leave you with not so many options to make it standard with different pictorial settings.

It is very easy to place pictures and links in articles, with good results. This I must say does not always seem to work with other systems I tried.

On 2 comes an other favourite of mine: Blogger, where you also can customize with new backgrounds and layouts easily. Unsurprisingly, the platform is hardwired into Google’s AdSense advertising program (which according thenextweb.com might make the average blogger enough money for a cup of coffee each month) and other Google services like Google+ (for comments) and Feedburner (for RSS distribution) are easily configured.

I also noticed that the Google+ much easier shows up in the search results when “Googleing”.

Christadelphians on Tumbler, 11 February 2015

Christadelphians on Tumbler, 11 February 2015

Though Tumblr may have a strong community of users, much like Twitter or Facebook, thanks to the ease in which other users’ content can be reblogged to their Tumblr account it is best for pictorial material and for placing automatic shortcuts to articles presented on several own blogs. Very useful for that. That also makes it a different kind of platform to the likes of WordPress, and users — particularly of the younger generation — tend to turn to Tumblr blogs to curate items that they like rather than produce their own content.

To be honest I look at tumblr more as a social network element than a blog and having it more in that way getting more attention from unconnected people than with Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

What is important by blogging, I think is also to give linked content. Those systems which do not seem to work for sending people to other sites or articles, because their links do not work, like Medium.com, Wix.com, and Mozello which even had all my work destroyed after a few hours after I tried to present its publication. When such systems have a  deficiency or lack of customization and some content discovery issues, for writers, I would say to leave them.

Those looking at or only being a Journal like Penzo and svbtle.com are perhaps good for draft works-in-progress but not to present various texts and attractive material.

Not to trick your readers in

some blogsystems did not seem kosher, having my anti-virus scanner giving me a treath warning for malware and phishing. A phishing website or message trying to trick you or anybody into revealing personal information by appearing to be from a legitimate source, such as a provider for blog services, social network, or even Google we do not want. If you receive a suspicious message, always remember not to provide the information requested. For Weebly I want to warn you and other sites I do not mention, because they do not need any ‘advertising’.

Telling stories

As a platform for showcasing knowledge, bloggers that are seeking to tell stories or impart wisdom about particular topics may find Quora useful. Posts can be categorized using Quora tags — to make them searchable — and, with a little luck and the right content, they can become visible and widely shared. {Quora: Quora.com}

There are enough people around wanting to tell a simple story, real people, sharing elements of real life. They are about people first and theme second. they do not want to sell anything perhaps, except themselves. Some of them want to make of their own life experience and sharing it with others. Some look for adventure and exploration on the internet. Others want to have some influence on others.

Quora blogs are interesting for influencers, those seeking to elevate their status or others wanting to tap into the Quora community. That makes it better suited as a secondary of tertiary blog. {Quora: Quora.com}


Is it

Putting one’s life on display – at least, parts of it – and telling stories for strangers. {Story-telling}

you want to do?

Is it your inner desire for story or for having satisfaction that what you want to tell shall be heard by some one, somewhere in the world?

Probably you shall be able to find some one who shall like your stories. Most love to hear or love to read good stories.

And stories need a teller and a listener – they are an act of sharing by necessity. {Story-telling}

Stories to share is not so difficult with modern technology. But real stories and matters of importance are perhaps more difficult to share. worldy subjects can sell easy but spiritual and religious matters shall be much more difficult.

In case the blogging that you love to read and seek to write yourself is the everyday story-telling variety, than perhaps you might find further opportunities with Postach.io, Google+, Facebook Notes, SETT,  Ghost,  Squarespace, Typepad, Posthaven, LinkedIn, Influencers and even The fallen heroes.

Getting ready

Because I have looked and tried several possibilities my self, I taught it perhaps useful to share my experiences with you. I looked at the systems from the point of view of a user and not as a technician. You may find other views from it-people and computer magazines, but I do hope this review was also helpful.Over the last few years I’ve tried different systems and different ways to reach people. Problem by me is that I do not have to sell anything in which people are interested. I am also not a salesman. I am also not a professional writer. I can only speak about the things in which I do believe and of which I do find it worth fighting for.One such thing worth fighting for or going for is the heralding of Good Tidings. There is a high need of bringing the Gospel to as many as possible. To also show the adversaries that I and my fellow brethren do love Jesus I also started now a new blog focusing on the Messiah, our saviour who is there for everybody but only has to be noticed, to believed and to be followed, to get a better life in the future.

I can only be happy when people would come along, like reading what I wrote here and there, and would not mind returning to find new writings.

And I would perhaps also say, though I would love to see some more readers:

Even if it’s just three faithful readers most days (hi …!), I appreciate you taking the time to share these stories with me. Thanks for reading, dear kindred spirit. {Story-telling}


Additional literature:

  1. Blogging service shootout: Blogger vs. WordPress
  2. Site builder shootout: Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress
  3. How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less
  4. A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
  5. Those who call the Christadelphians a cult
  6. Sects – why so many
  7. Subcutaneous power for humanity 5 Loneliness, Virtual and real friends
  8. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  9. Those who love Jesus
  10. A beginning with many false starts
  11. Starting block


  • Why Your HVAC Business Needs a Blog (digitalsherpa.com)
    Today’s consumers have a powerful resource in their back pockets: the internet. If they are considering making a major purchase or have a burning question, you can bet that they are turning to search engine giants like Google for answers.
  • Those who love Jesus (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
    On 2015, February the 7th, C4U a Wix.com website was created to tell the world that we have Christ for us and that the Christadelphians are willing to show the world why it is so important to have Christ for us.
    With the new websites we want to show people who Christ Jesus really was and is, and how he has been made higher than before (having been lower than angels, though God was, is and always shall be the Most High), now seated next to Jehovah God to be the one mediator between man and God.
  • Blogging – The Benefits For Kids (roomtogrow.co.uk)
    Blogging is a great way of interacting online and sharing thoughts, words and deeds with a growing community of like-minded thinkers.  As we head for this year’s Safer Internet Day in the UK (February 11th, 2014), news reports reveal that more and more of our kids are taking up blogging as a way of connecting in the Digital Age.    In 2010 the London School of Economics reported that 11% of European children who use the internet wrote a blog and that blogging is on the increase among youngsters.
    children blogging
  • China forces citizens to use real names online (mobile.wnd.com)

    Chinese internet users will be forced to use their real names on social media and blogs, in line with a new rule from Chinese internet regulators.

    It comes on the back of recent news that the “great firewall”, China’s internet blocks, climbed higher than ever last week with the blocking of the virtual private networks that many use to get to banned sites.

  • China forces citizens to use real names online (wnd.com)
    Since 2012, Beijing has required that internet companies keep the real names of some users. But the country has now rolled the rule out to blogs, social media and website comment sections, and will be applied more comprehensively.
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Being Charlie 12

English: 城巴10線外望: Category:Queen's Road East 皇...

Xinhua News Agency 新華通訊社香港分社 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Je Suis Charlie” selfies continue to spread around the world and even reached China where the state news agency Xinhua came to the defence of censorship:

“The world is diverse and there should be a limit on press freedom,” Xinhua said.

“For the sake of peaceful living, mutual respect is essential. Sarcasm, insults and freedom of speech without limits and principles are not acceptable.”

Some observers in Hong Kong saw a local resonance to the Charlie Hebdo story when masked attackers threw petrol bombs at the home and office of Next Media founder Jimmy Lai in the early hours of Monday.

The media tycoon has been an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Central democracy movement and some campaigners saw the petrol bombs as an attack on press freedom in the territory.


Please read:

China Week: Press freedom and corruption

A man holds a sign in French that reads, 'I am Charlie' at the start of the Unity rally on 11 January, 2015 in ParisThe attack on the Charlie Hebdo Paris office has sparked various debates over press freedom – even in China


Preceding article: Being Charlie 11

  • Press Freedom: Fire Bomb Attacks on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily Founder Jimmy Lai (variety.com)
    Masked men threw a small incendiary device into Lai’s home in the exclusive Kadoorie Avenue area and simultaneously threw similar flares or petrol bombs into the offices of his Next Media company in Tsuen Kwan O.

    Shortly after, Hong Kong police opened fire on a car which refused to stop at a checkpoint, but it is not clear if that incident was connected to the twin attacks.

    Lai (aka Lai Chee-ying) is one of the most prominent anti-Beijing voices in Hong Kong and, through his Apple Daily newspaper, was one of the leading supporters of the recent ‘Occupy Central’ movement.

    The attacks were not the first on Lai’s home. He has also previously received death threats and the websites of Apple Daily have suffered multiple cyber-attacks, which Lai has blamed on hackers sponsored by mainland Chinese authorities.

  • China media: Paris attack condemned (bbc.co.uk)
    Describing the gunmen as “brutal”, state-run Xinhua News Agency says terrorism has become a common threat to the world, and points to the problems France’s anti-terrorism policies.

    “In recent years, France has been involved in military actions in Libya and it recently joined the US-led forces to fight the Islamic State, making it a prominent terror target,” the news agency says.

    According to the analysis, “freedom of religious belief and lax immigration policies” have also prompted the spread of extremism in the country.

    Some observers, meanwhile, feel that some European countries will rethink their anti-terrorism effort in the Middle East and some of their domestic policies in the aftermath of the tragedy.

    “European countries and the US are likely to review their security framework… This incident will change the outlook and policies of these societies,” Zhao Chu, a military expert, tells the Qianjiang Evening News.

  • Why President Xi thinks Charlie Hebdo had it coming (ipolitics.ca)When it comes to accepting the concept of freedom of expression, President Xi is very much on the Islamic State’s end of the spectrum. Indeed, as the leaders posed for the camera, China’s state-controlled news agency, Xinhua, was running an editorial saying that the slaughter of the Charlie Hebdo staff was an excellent example of why government-imposed limits on freedom of expression is a good thing.

    The editorial noted that Charlie Hebdo has been criticized for being “both crude and heartless. What they (supporters of the magazine) seem not to realise is that the world is diverse, and there should be limits on press freedom. Unfettered and unprincipled satire, humiliation and free speech are not acceptable.”

    Censorship in China has racked up several notches since Xi came to power late in 2012. This followed two decades of relative liberalization during a time when state-controlled media was expected to make a profit — and so was also expected to provide news coverage that people wanted to read and hear. The same period saw a rise in corruption in Chinese journalism. Reporters and editors frequently demand money to report stories — or (and this is even more profitable) in return for not running stories embarrassing to those wealthy enough to pay the fine.

  • China slams ‘Western’ press freedom amid solidarity over Paris attacks (refworld.org)
    Global Times said many Muslims living in the West “feel that they are neither trusted nor respected.”

    It said Western politicians were unwilling to “curb” media outlets because of their need to win votes. “Sometimes they even support the media,” the paper said.

    While the official Xinhua news agency echoed the Chinese government’s condemnation of the attacks, it said they had highlighted “issues with France’s anti-terrorism and immigration policies in recent years.”

    French involvement in strikes on Libya and the Islamic State had turned the country into a target for terrorists, while religious extremism has been allowed to flourish under the country’s liberal religious freedom policies, it said.

    “The specter of terrorism had surfaced in France well before this attack,” the article said.

  • Alert: police in Britain seek man for exercising free speech (samizdata.net)

    If you see the man shown in this article, please do not inform the Police of his whereabouts.

    But do tell the bloke, who it must be said may well be a low IQ scumbag who likes to insult strangers on a bus, that he is quite mistaken if he thinks people in the UK have a right to freedom of expression. That is not the case, for it is only politically approved speech that passes a Guardian/BBC sniff test that is permitted. Mutter the wrong things on a bus and you are likely to end up in front of the Beak, with your arrest applauded by those valiant custodians of truth, the Press.


  • Hong Kong’s Free Press Shackled by China, Reports Say (theepochtimes.com)
    2014 was a watershed year for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the press—during the nearly three-months of street protests, the former found new confidence and belief, while the latter clammed up under pressure from China and the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government.

    Two international non-governmental organizations, PEN American Center and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), released reports this month warning of Beijing’s “intervention” in Hong Kong’s news media.

    Press freedom is guaranteed in the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s governing document. But the liberal institution—one of many rights and freedoms the semiautonomous city still enjoys after Britain ceded sovereignty to China in 1997—is being eroded under political and economic pressure from the Chinese communist regime, the 2014’s “worst jailer of journalists.”

    At IFJ’s annual China Press Freedom Report on Monday, the federation’s Asia-Pacific spokeswoman Serenade Woo noted that the Beijing has been “more frequently and openly” interfering in Hong Kong, a “very worrying” sign, South China Morning Post reports.

  • Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s home and office hit by arson attacks (theguardian.com)
    Petrol bombs reported to have been used in simultaneous early morning attacks Jump to comments (…) Jimmy Lai pictured when he appeared in court in Hong Kong after a Chinese man was convicted of allegedly planning to shoot two prominent pro-democracy figures, Lai and veteran politician Martin Lee, in the territory.
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French Muslims under attack

States always do have to be careful not to create a form of mass or generalised hysteria. In France and Belgium we can see that the government put the security risk factor higher, in Belgium on level 3 (of 4). This makes that not only police is patrolling but also the army, both in special safety bulletproof clothing are holding heavy armed surveillance in cities.

This can give a feeling of more safety but also triggers more fear.

Since Islamist extremists killed 17 people in Paris last month, some French people have lost their senses not seeing clear any-more the difference between fundamentalists and a general faith group.

Last month France could face 147 acts committed against Muslims between January 7 — when gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly publication — and the end of the month. Also the Jewish community which already had lots of problems last year is facing more fear and hate for their community.

French police officers stand guard outside Paris' main mosque on January 9, 2015 in Paris

French police officers stand guard outside Paris’s main mosque on January 9

In Paris and other towns, like everywhere in Belgium, every synagogue is now guarded by heavily armed soldiers — part of the government’s emergency response plan that has seen 10,500 soldiers deployed across the country. On Tuesday, a man armed with a knife attacked soldiers who were guarding a Jewish community centre in Nice.

Foreign press sometimes follows American sayings which are not always according to what is really happening and like Fox presented its news have nothing to do with reality. This can frighten foreigners also to come to places where we do not see nor feel such a danger and would like to live in peace with all different communities and races.
In America what happened in Europe is used by the fire-arms-lobby to show the world why those who have laws against carrying weapons would be more under threat than those where everybody is free to protect himself with a fire-arm.

We are already facing the problem with American coloured people when they have to be checked at the airport, they often accuse the agents that they where chosen because of their colour, though not such a racism exists here in Belgium and many can even find to be partnered with a coloured person or/and with a person of an other religion. Most of the people in these regions also would never in their life ever find themselves in a fire-fight or being confronted with an area with bombs or terror attacks. to do if everybody could encounter such attacks every minute of the day is much much over.

Bringing twisted news and adding fear does not help to keep the peace in our multicultural society.

Having economical and also some political problems in Europe it is very easy for the politicians to draw the attention away from the more important issues and to get on the emotional elements to cause friction and to proof how the country wants to protect its citizens.

We do have to be careful which general feeling we want to give to our community and to abroad.


Let more people find again the van or bus where many can take place to show they are loving each-other, no matter colour or religion.



Find to read:

France’s Muslims alarmed over soaring number of attacks

Muslims in France tell their stories

Muslims lag behind in two-speed France

The making of a French jihadi


  • ISIS Warns West: ‘You Have Not Seen Anything Yet’ (nbcnews.com)

    ISIS has called on its supporters to carry out terror attacks in Western countries, according to an audio recording released Monday that celebrates recent atrocities including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

    The Islamist extremist group’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, urged jihadis to carry out lone wolf atrocities in the message, which was produced its media arm and distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums.

  • IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks (wkyt.com)
    Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, in an audio recording released Monday, praised recent attacks in Australia, Belgium and France – where gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

    He also praised the gunman who shot and killed a soldier in October at Canada’s national war memorial and then stormed the parliament building before being killed by security forces.

  • Frenchman Linked to Attackers Charged, Incarcerated (theepochtimes.com)
    French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said.
    In Belgium, security forces thwarted what they said was a major terror attack against police with raids Jan. 15 that left two suspects dead. A suspect believed linked to that case was extradited from Greece to Belgium on Thursday. Belgian authorities said the suspect was officially charged with participation in a terrorist group.
  • In some American press are presented ridicule ‘facts’ which have nothing to do with reality, like Fox television gave some absurd idea of the UK, France and Belgium also Breaking: Horrifying Footage Unearthed of Entire Muslim “No Go” CITY in the UK [VIDEO] (conservativetribune.com) dare to tell: “Since the attacks took place in Europe, which now has a booming Muslim population, there’s been a focus on what are known as “no-go zones,” places in major European cities that are all but off-limits to non-Muslims — a probable safe-haven for terrorist cells that have already infiltrated the West.” Where we in those countries of Europe and also those living in such zones can not feel such a thing and would not mind inviting people to our regions.
  • The day the French rose: ‘We are not afraid’ (opinion.inquirer.net)
    On Jan. 20, President François Hollande of France declared: “Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” as 3.7 million French citizens marched across that country to show their solidarity behind the victims of terror attacks, as well as their defiance.

    Press reports said it was the first time since the liberation of Paris in August 1944 that so many people took to the streets en masse to show not only their respect for the victims but also their support for the values of the French republic—liberté, egalité, fraternité and the freedoms of speech and of the press.

  • Looking for a True Liberal Response to the Charlie Hebdo Attack? Watch the First Scene of Two Days, One Night. (slog.thestranger.com)
    I want the millions of people who marched in Paris on January 11 in response to a terrorist action that left 12 people dead at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly that often publishes cartoons that many Muslims find offensive, to watch Two Days, One Night, a new film by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. They need to watch this movie because the unprecedented reaction to Islamic extremism made it obvious to many on the left that the priorities of millions of Europeans are in complete disorder. If you are a citizen of an EU country, in the middle or working class, and concerned about the state of democracy in our post-crash world, then you should be far more worried about what is going on at the European Central Bank than at the mosques in the banlieues (suburbs). Terrorists have nothing on bankers when it comes to making the lives of ordinary people miserable. If there’s going to be drama in your life, expect it to come from the people who have the power to hire or fire you, change interest rates, and impose policies that deflate the economy rather than a bunch of bozos who think shooting cartoonists is a military mission.
    The Dardenne brothers, who have yet to make a bad movie, allow the common drama of losing a job—which is far more horrifying than a bomb to the average person—to light the fuse of their story. This is a rare example of filmmakers actually keeping it real.
  • Ruin is America’s future (peakoil.com)
    Neoconservatives arrayed in their Washington offices are congratulating themselves on their success in using the Charlie Hebdo affair to reunite Europe with Washington’s foreign policy. No more French votes with the Palestinians against the Washington-Israeli position. No more growing European sympathy with the Palestinians. No more growing European opposition to launching new wars in the Middle East. No more calls from the French president to end the sanctions against Russia.

    Do the neoconservatives also understand that they have united Europeans with the right-wing anti-immigration political parties? The wave of support for the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists is the wave of Marine Le Pen’s National Front, Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party, and Germany’s PEGIDA sweeping over Europe. These parties are empowered by the anti-immigration fervor that was orchestrated in order to reunite Europeans with Washington and Israel.

    Once again the arrogant and insolent neoconservatives have blundered. Charlie Hebdo’s empowerment of the anti-immigration parties has the potential to revolutionize European politics and destroy Washington’s empire. See my weekend interview with King World News for my thoughts on this potential game-changer. http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-new-crisis-worse-russia-unleashing-black-swans-west

  • France arrests 8 for recruiting militants for ISIL in Syria (theunhivedmind.com)
    French police have arrested eight people, including a woman, on suspicion that they were recruiting militants for the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in conflict-ridden Syria.

    Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the suspects were detained in several areas across the capital, Paris, as well as the eastern city of Lyon on Tuesday.

    A French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three of the detainees had traveled to Syria and returned in December 2014, adding that it remains unclear whether they joined the ISIL or another militant outfit.

    The seven men and the woman had reportedly set up a network in May 2013 to send French militants to Syria. There is no indication that the group planned or was involved in any attack inside France in recent months.

    The new arrests come as France along with a series of other European states have been on high alert after the office of French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, came under assault by two gunmen on January 7. Some 12 people were killed in the incident that left France in huge shock and fear.

  • France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims? (washingtonpost.com)
    When American audiences read of a dramatic event in a foreign country, they often frame it in terms of the political debates occurring at home. As such, it was no surprise that after shootings at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris this week, some Americans began to wonder about gun control laws.

    “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?” American reality television star Donald Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after the news broke. The tweet prompted both praise (over a thousand retweets) and scorn (Trump was labelled a “moron” and an “idiot” by other tweeters).

    Trump, a perennial attention seeker, was likely attempting to score political points and insult liberals with his tweet. But behind the disingenuity, there is is a genuinely troubling question: Why didn’t France’s gun laws save the Charlie Hebdo victims?

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