″beautiful″ (″schön″) or ″nice″ or (″fein″) – , Mooi is Leuk

Mooi is Leuk.

Nice is Nice.

(well, instead of reading this, it would be better to visit an exhibition. Even if it is bad art, the change you come up with good ideas on your own after looking instead of reading is .¿. %)


Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology, and Religious Belief

Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology, and Religious Belief (German: Vorlesungen und Gespräche über Ästhetik, Psychoanalyse und religiösen Glauben) is a series of notes transcribed by Yorick Smythies, Rush Rhees, and James Taylor from assorted lectures by Ludwig Wittgenstein, and published in 1967.[1] The lectures, at which Casimir Lewy was present, contain Wittgenstein’s thoughts about aesthetics and religion, alongside a critique of psychoanalysis. Wittgensteinian fideism originates from the remarks in the Lectures. It is noteworthy that Eberhard Bubser in the introduction of the German edition states that: ″Wittgenstein would surely have not approved this release […]″ (″Wittgenstein hätte diese Ausgabe bestimmt nicht gebilligt […]″).[2]

Lectures on Aesthetics

One question Wittgenstein raises in his Lectures on Aesthetics is how we learn to use and recognize the words used to make an aesthetic judgment, such as ″beautiful″ (″schön″) or ″nice″ or (″fein″).[2] He suggests that these words are firstly and often used like interjections or gestures. Wittgenstein also notes that we seldom use these words in everyday language to make aesthetic judgments, but rather use words like ″right″ (″richtig″) or ″correct″ (″korrekt″).[2] With regard to aesthetic pleasures, he also names a question that is recently under debate in aesthetics: How are distinctly aesthetic pleasures different from more ordinary pleasures? He makes a point in stating that ″One uses the same term in both cases […]″ (″ Man gebraucht in beiden Fällen […] dasselbe Wort″).[2]

A recurring theme in these lectures is also Wittgenstein’s firm rejection of the possibility that psychology may explain aesthetic experiences or judgments. This opinion is based on Wittgenstein’s view that psychological (behaviorist) experiments would generate results based on mere descriptions of behavior and generalizations across large numbers of observers.

Lectures on Religious Belief

In his Lectures on Religious Belief (Vorlesungen über den religiösen Glauben), Wittgenstein argues, among other things, that superficial grammatical similarities in the forms of both religious and factual statements mislead us into believing that they are fundamentally identical states of “belief.” This grammatical similarity, Wittgenstein argues, is merely a parallel expression of drastically different processes. “The expression of belief”, Wittgenstein notes, “may play an absolutely minor role.”[3]




Yariv Alterfin used a kind of visual logo to brand his activities.
The tuning fork looks like an Y and sounds like an A, to resemble his initials. So Y is a question A is and answer which is Yes, of course.

Do create good art, do draw attention.

This Syllabus has the intention to give you answers to some questions, but be aware those answers come should read as a new question of course.

And, not even to be humble, this is written by me, Peter Mertens, from a personal point of view and experience. (So far so good I did manage to draw some attention, though on a local level. My claim to fame, 25 years ago I was one of the initiators of park4dtv, which just last week was added in its entirety (~1500 hours of “Pure Image and Sound”) to the collection of the (local) Stedelijk Museum. I don’t think my own contributions are considered good art, most likely contributions to Park from Yariv are. So what I mean to say is being a cultural entrepreneur for 36 years now, I still am wondering how to find the proper balance between attention and art.

So there are more Questions than Answers thus, and probably some questions are answers.

In starting to write this over and over I started with: “before all, I have to say this”, than wanting to say something more important that had to go before that. Before before. So let’s start with where it ends:

Do create!
Create art! Good art.

Thankfully good art can’t be defined. And I you think you can, than it changes. Always change what you expect from it, and even change that.

But now.

The Mondriaan Fund is not ashamed to define good art practice:
“Whether the quality of the artist’s work (…) is relevant for the modern visual arts and whether the same can be expected from the development of the artist’s work. Important for the assessment of this is the relationship between the artistic principles of the artist and the way in which this is expressed in his work. Here, amongst other aspects, the following aspects can be analysed:

the substantive meaning of the concept, the imagination of the artist and the competence with the chosen techniques. Furthermore, it is analysed how the work and views of the applicant relate to the (historical and present day) context.”

So the advice is: don’t follow advice.


Your To Do List



  • Work
  • Create Good Art
  • Be Good. Be Curious.GET ATTENTION
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  • Claim my own domain name on the web
  • Host my domain, think of content, style
  • Learn  Wordpress
  • Update
  • Print, Post. Connect.
  • Learn


By Mouth

  1. Meet People
  2. Call People
  3. Join a club
  4. Form a club yourself
  5. Get an Agent/Galery/Employer (*)
    ** legal advice **
  6. Get a Price

Art Amsterdam, Kunstrai, W139, SMBA, SM, FOAM, Appel, Galeries: PAKT, Fons Welters, MediaMatic, Arti, DO IT YOURSELF

By Print Handout/By Mail

  1. Card
  2. Flyer
  3. Sticker
  4. Poster FlyerAlarm, Rob Stolk, KeesMaas, JoosMooiDrukwerk


By Digital Media

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