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Couch potato culture 2016

Published 21 Dec 2016 at 10:46 by Basje Boer

There’s no shortage of events and activities during the holidays. (Take a look at all the things your membership pass has to offer). But it’s also the time of year to be lazy – dark days at the end of the year, in between all the bustle of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You might find yourself wanting to stay indoors, with the curtains drawn. Lucky for you, there’s plenty of cultural treats you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch. The Internet has it all, everything from experimental art to film classics. Here’s a fraction of them, especially selected just for you. Happy holidays!

John Baldessari

Visual art
UbuWeb / John Baldessari
UbuWeb is an ever growing online library for contemporary art. A website to get lost in. What really caught our eye was John Baldessari’s video works, one of the founding fathers of conceptual art. Baldessari’s work is fresh, accessible and funny. And he promised exactly that: ‘I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art.’ Take a look at an overview of his works on UbuWeb here.

Reynold Reynolds
Explore the website of contemporary artist Reynold Reynolds. Find all his video works here.

Music

The experimental jazz master Sun Ra influenced many music genres, from hip hop to techno. Under the guidance on alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Intergalactic Arkestra keep his legend alive. Last April, part of the orchestra performed in London’s Union Chapel. Watch the concert here.

The Concertgebouw regularly live streams their concerts on their Facebook page. The best part: you can watch them retrospectively too. Like the concert that took place on 27 November, when the Dutch Chamber Orchestra performed Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings.

Film
The Internet also has a whole range of royalty free movies on offer, which you can legally stream free of charge. For example, on Open Culture. We selected a couple of gems for you.

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His Girl Friday

Listen to the endless quarrels of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks’ screwball classic His Girl Friday (194). Watch the movie here.

Slacker

Richard Linklater (Boyhood) had his debut in 1991 with Slacker, about the day in the life of Austin, Texas residents. Watch the movie on YouTube.

Night of the Living Dead
The unpolished Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968) is a genuine classic, both within horror and in the history of independent cinema.

Supercut

They pop up each December: the supercuts of the past film year. David Ehrlich gets the most props for his video montage this year, The 25 Best Films of 2016: A Video Countdown.

P.S. Last year, our curators selected a couple of videos to watch from home, featuring Marvin Gaye, Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, Simon Stone and Betty Boop. Check out last year’s selection here.

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