Ruutje Ramseier, Peter Pan.

A personal story, maybe it is that time of the year.

I have to tell you about an old friend, whom I met 30 years ago in Rotterdam. In the 80-ties, I was a regular in Radio Cafe Rijnmond, where artists, journalists, writers and other nutters met. It has become quite legendary, but there aren’t many traces on the internet. No such thing, back then!

cafe rijnmond






In 2014, Ruut heard he had cancer. He passed away in December 2015.

I remember how I first met him, in Radio Cafe Rijnmond. I sat next to him at the bar, politely said hello, and with a naughty look he replied: please don’t talk to me, I am busy waiting for the most loved person in my life. I nodded and expected a pretty lady to walk in at any time, as he was so eagerly focusing on the door.

The door opened, and instead of a local beauty-queen a local musician walked in – Pierre van Duyl. The very same friend that stood by him 30 years later, day and night, and walked him to his grave.

The passing of Ruut has shaken me up, more than I expected. After a special friendship of 13 years we lost contact for the last 17 years, when I moved away from Rotterdam.  It feels as if a door to a special part of my life has been closed, gone – but not forgotten. He was one of those people that make you feel special. I met many friends of him at the funeral last week, and all have exceptional stories to tell about him. Never a dull moment, he was a musician, writer, artist, a storyteller and above all naughty, the closest to Peter Pan outside the silver screen.

Many men believe they are Peter Pan, mostly as a good excuse for rude behavior, or wishful thinking 🙂 and acting selfishly childish. Ruut Ramseier never claimed the ‘Pan- status’, no need. He was the one that came to my rescue when I was stress-fully preparing for the first expo of my paintings, he worked night and day to varnish and craft wooden frames, and drank all of my booze while doing it. He protected and comforted me during a nasty robbery, he nicked my cigarettes and food, he gave me the key to his studio to choose one of his artworks for myself, he borrowed and lost my stuff (or gave it away), he walked right through a pool in the park with a tray of champagne (he only realized how deep it was when his head went almost under, I ll never forget the ‘uh-oh’ look in his eyes) just to impress my father, he would look after my dog but forget to walk it, he gave a notorious opening speech at a second exposition – I wonder if anybody remembers his chess game vernissage in Cafe Rijnmond?






He was the art- auctioneer when I bought one of my favorite paintings of Jano ten Haaf, where I kept raising my own bid, bidding against myself while he kept calling me a vlaai (google that, haha) – a funny spontaneous act-for-2 in public:

Ruut: 50, anybody?
Me: 50.
Ruut: anybody else?
Me: 100
Ruut: hey vlaai, you are bidding against yourself!
Me: 200
Ruut: 200, any more vlaaien here to bid?
Me: 250
Ruut: sold. I rescued you from bankruptcy, vlaai.

Wait- before you think I am crazy …. I knew the artist, who was living a disabled and poor life, I loved the painting, and felt it was not right that such a work would sell for 50 only. Oh and the faces of the audience, priceless! Crazy is a compliment to me, anyway.

Ruut and I were in love, while he kept telling me we were not, at least I should not be in love with him. Well, mister bigmouth, that was not for you to decide! After a romantic storm, we soon went back to base, meaning back to being friends. I love it when that happens, it is rare after all.

My friend Mario and I went to say goodbye to him on December 13, 2015. Ruut’s naughty eyes were sad, but warm, and he was preparing to let go. His friends were there, setting up a Christmas tree and looking after him, day and night, and making sure he had his beloved jenever at hand at all times.  Pierre van Duyl, the friend he was waiting for 30 years earlier, was there.  Ruut’s  eyes lit up when he said: my best friend Pierre is always here, for me.


Ruut’s facebook page has gone now, I really wanted to give him my own virtual memorial blog.



Some links:

In memoriam, Stefan van Hoek

Ramseier, Jim Postma

Afscheid, Tineke Speksnijder

Expo Chantal in Radio Cafe Rijnmond

Photographs tandenstokersmachine Ruut Ramseier

Ruut’s funeral (22 seconds) 23-12-2015











Photograph: Tim Broeke






Int Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival of Athens

8 Annual March 15, 2013 to March 21, 2013

In 2013 there is a special bonus for Hard Science Fiction shorts: If selected to screen, they will have the chance to screen in a SECOND festival, to be held October 2013. Both through their submission to Sff-rated ATHENS! So, what is a Hard SF film? Freaking wires, syringes etc, but with a “serious” intent. Those that have shot one, know one. Two fests with one submission… Isn’t that festering or what?

Science Fiction & Fantasy is where imagination doesn’t just play the game – it makes the rules. Join us.

The SFF-rated Athens is now in its 8th year, having become a celebrated international short film and feature festival lasting a whole seven+ days.

Think seriously about visiting; we soak the Festival and the audience in absinthe – for free. And we make certain our visiting directors find out what this mysterious Mediterranean/Greek cuisine is all about.

2012 continued the success of 2011, keeping our audience numbers high, and our film and screening quality level even higher.

For 2013, we have kept our submission fees at the same level as in the five previous years, and at the lowest possible level.

Our Audience Awards exist to create a lasting connection between Audience and filmmakers thousands of miles apart. They are: for short films, Short Supreme and Best Idea. For features: Best Film, and our world-wide exclusivity, the Audience Controversy Award.
Our Jury Awards, on the other hand, exist to create even more controversy (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay).

Visit our blogsite at to learn more (indeed, everything) about us, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

Alecos Papadopoulos
Chief Festival Officer
Alecos Papadopoulos (Chief Festival Officer) ; Alecos Papadopoulos (Chief Festival Officer) ; Angelos Mastorakis (Artistic Director) ; Angelos Mastorakis (Artistic Director)

The Garden State Film Festival

Asbury Park, New Jersey – USA
April 4 to 7, 2013

The 11th Annual Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), is one of the East Coast’s most respected and well-attended showcases of independent cinema. This premier event takes place just an hour south of New York City in historic Asbury Park on the famed Jersey Shore, where huge crowds of nearly 30,000 revel in a four-day exploration of film each year.

The festival was founded in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, New Jersey grocery store by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver[2] and Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver mounted the first festival in 2003. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith and others have lent their support.

GSFF is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.

November 22, 2012 – Late Deadline
The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking by showcasing a wide variety of film, video, and animated works, as well as by providing public educational programs in the creative arts. The goal of the festival is to present films of the highest quality, both in respect to their production value and to their content.
In addition to its more traditional competitive categories, the Garden State Film Festival offers its very own Home Grown Awards, presented to filmmakers who developed their projects within the great state of New Jersey. These awards are granted in addition to individual category awards and are GSFF’s special way of saying thank you for keeping filmmaking and storytelling alive and well in the Garden State. Whether you’ve developed your labor of love in New Jersey or elsewhere, submit your work to the Garden State Film Festival today for the chance to take part in this always-exciting, one-of-a-kind event!

LEA launches 3rd round of land grants


LEA Land Grant Application: Round Three

It’s time for the next round of the LEA Artist-in-Residence Land Grants!

The LEA Land Grant program seeks to promote and nurture the arts in Second Life, through a six-month land grant to recipients. Recipients can be individuals or groups interested in creating or curating art, or proposing cultural projects which would require/utilise a full-sim build and can be completed within the allotted time frame. The LEA is able to offer land grants through the generosity of Linden Lab.

Below you will find all the information needed to apply for a Land Grant, including helpful information for your application, and how decisions will be made, with a link to the application is at the bottom. Please read this carefully even if you are familiar with this process, as new information is available here.
You. And the LEA. We are looking for projects that utilize the many possibilities available in the virtual world. This is not limited to visual art; we encourage applications that are also collaborative efforts across the spectrum of the arts, including performance, music, and film. We’d like to encourage Second Life residents at all levels to apply, and also suggest residents might form groups and apply together if they don’t feel they’re able to fill a sim on their own.
We expect that residents will plan and execute a project utilizing their land grant within a certain time frame. This has often been in the form of a full-sim art exhibition and/or immersive installation, but we also welcome applications which propose curatorial projects, especially those which have a connection to physical exhibitions and events (augmented reality) by individuals and arts groups. The LEA would also prefer that projects be original works for this installation, though of course curators might be presenting extant works.
Recipients can expect to ‘buy’ (at zero cost) a full sim’s-worth of land from the LEA. You will own the land and be able to deed it to your group, and so forth. LEA estate managers will have to change some settings on the land, such as terrain RAW files and textures, and will be available to support you throughout your residence.
Artists will be given 4 months to execute their build, so that all sims have open work during the last 2 months of their grant. This, however does not mean you cannot open your project earlier than the 4 month deadline, and in fact many artists in the past have used their land to have multiple exhibits. However, it is imperative that your project will be ready within 4 months, and this time-frame should be considered (and reflected) in your application.
In addition to the aforementioned completion of builds, LEA Land Grant recipients are expected to uphold the LEA Code of Conduct.
Recipients will also be expected to hold at least one event at some point within their residency. This could be an art opening, or it could be lectures or demonstrations. It could be an ongoing event, as well. They will also be expected to participate in an LEA-wide art festival, tentatively scheduled for the first week of the final month of your residency. While this could simply mean your build is complete and accessible, we would enjoy if you might consider being an active part of events (ex. talks, performances, gatherings).
In addition to providing land and estate management support, the LEA wants to help make your project a success. You will be assigned a liaison from the LEA Committee, who will help guide you through the land grant timeline, land management, PR planning, and point you to other resources which might maximize your experience and success.
The next round of land grants are scheduled to start on September 1st, 2012, and finish on February 28, 2013.
Applications are available now, with a DEADLINE OF AUGUST 15, 2012
Land Grant recipients are decided upon in a democratic fashion by the 7 members of the LEA Committee. All applications are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL – they are only reviewed amongst the LEA, and we will not make public who has applied.
We feel one of the strengths of the LEA committee is that we come from different backgrounds – artists, architects, curators, historians, etc. – all of whom have different ideas on what makes virtual art great. We share a passion for this project, emboldened by differing viewpoints. What this means for the LEA Land Grant applicants is that there is no one ‘right’ project. Some committee members like immersive builds, others enjoy highly technical and scripted work, still others look for projects embracing collaborative, curatorial, or education projects. Some might wish to select those who have a history of successful exhibits in SL, while others are passionate about providing experiences to new and emerging artists. This is great news for applicants, as it means that ANYONE has a chance at getting sim, provided you show us you have an idea for a great project (even if it isn’t completely thought through, and we realise that this will most likely change in your working process).
Decision Process
Each full LEA committee member makes a list of their top 20 selections from the application pool, then these are tabulated by a member of the Advisory committee (link) to retain anonymity. With the results tabulated, the committee reviews the results and votes again, if necessary, to break ties in order to achieve 20 finalists. The remaining ‘tied’ applicants will be listed as alternates should someone be unable to accept their sim.
Successful recipients can expect to be notified within 2 weeks (see timeline below), and will be handed their sims at or near the time of acceptance. If an applicant has had a change of circumstance and feels they can no longer complete their project, that sim will return to the pool and be given to an alternate. No public announcements will be made until all applicants are notified of their result.
APPLICATION TIMELINE (subject to change in the event of unforetold crises)
Applications available/announced – July 18-19th
Application deadline – Aug 15th
Final Decision Committee Deadline – Aug 26th
Notification period, and selection of alternates if need be – Aug 27 – 31st
Sim handover and public announcement – Sept 1st
Fill out the form .
Please take care to ‘paint a picture’ of your project, and include slurls and/or web pages where we might view your work, to help the committee make an informed decision.
Thanks for your application, and good luck!