Data Analytics and Minimalist Art

At the beginning of July, I created a new Instagram account: _art_minis. And for 31 days I posted a new picture each afternoon. All of these pictures were created using the same basic shapes following the rules set out here.

It was interesting to see, how despite their similarities some pictures scored substantially more likes than others. One thing that was abundantly clear from the start was that using many popular hashtags significantly increased my chances of getting likes. Every Instagram guide will tell you that.

What I am interested in is whether there is a way to forecast how many likes a given picture might get. I’m planning on writing a little application to download hashtags and likes for each image and analyze the dataset for correlations. This would be an interesting opportunity to try out Azure Machine Learning and Cognitive Services.

Osthaus-Museum Hagen

Last year when M was home for Christmas, we saw an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. This year, we went to the Osthaus-Museum in Hagen.

The exhibition was called “Photorealistic Paintings” and showed off some incredible work with magnificent attention to detail.

Being situated in an old villa, the exhibition space itself is also quite beautiful.

Brunnen von oben

Brunnen von vorne

Bibliothek

I particularly enjoyed the Spieltisch 1987 (“play table”) containing building blocks in various colors, some with letters, that let’s you create your own art.

Spieltisch

111 Places to see in Düsseldorf, Part 2

Five years ago, I got the book 111 Düsseldorfer Orte, die man gesehen haben muss (English: 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf). I posted an article detailing to which of these places I had already been at the time.

Today I decided to revisit that list and travel around town to see a few of those I hadn’t been to before. Pictures from today’s trip are at the end of this post. I’ve also created the hashtag #111DüsseldorferOrte on Instagram to tag pictures I take whenever I visit a place from the list.

Below is the list where I have marked all the places that as of 07-Nov-2016

  1. I have seen: 75 (up from 46 in 2011),
  2. I know or have at least heard of but haven’t seen: 17 (down from 24 in 2011),
  3. I have only read about in the book: 19 (down from 41 in 2011).
1 Ackerstraße Been there
2 Alte Golzheimer Friedhof Been there
3 Apsis von St. Margareta Know of
4 Aschlökchen Know of
5 Atelierhaus Walzwerkstraße Never heard of
6 Berger Kirche Been there
7 Bilker Sternwarte Been there
8 Blumenlädchen am Barbarossaplatz Been there
9 Blutkapelle Never heard of
10 Bolkerstraße Been there
11 Bootshafen am Unterbacher See Know of
12 Botanischer Garten Been there
13 Burghof-Mauer Been there
14 Carlsplatz Been there
15 Carsch-Haus Been there
16 Düsseldorfer Malerschule im museum kunst palast Been there
17 Düsselquelle Know of
18 Ecke Tußmann- und Moltkestraße Been there
19 Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße Been there
20 Ende der Zollstraße Been there
21 Engländerwiese Been there
22 Esskastanienallee Been there
23 Fähre nach Zons Been there
24 Filmmuseum und die Black Box Been there
25 Flinger Broich Know of
26 Frauensteine Never heard of
27 Fußgängerbrücke im Medienhafen Been there
28 Galerie Simonis Never heard of
29 GAP 15 Been there
30 Gehry-Bauten Been there
31 Gnadenauge der Maxkirche Never heard of
32 Goethe-Museum im Schloss Jägerhof Been there
33 Goldene Brücke im Hofgarten Been there
34 Grabbeplatz Been there
35 Grabmal Wilhelm des Reichen Been there
36 Greifweg Never heard of
37 Hand von St. Suitbertus Been there
38 Haus der Ey Been there
39 Haus Zum Neuen Schelfisch Never heard of
40 Heine Haus Been there
41 Hetjens-Museum Been there
42 Am Heyebad Know of
43 Himmelgeister Kastanie Been there
44 Hungerturm Been there
45 Hunsrückstraße 16 Know of
46 Internationale Bushaltestelle Been there
47 Japan Store Never heard of
48 “Junges Rheinland” im Stadtmuseum Never heard of
49 K20 Been there
50 K21 Been there
51 Kaiserpfalz Been there
52 Kaiserswerther Deich Been there
53 Karlrobert-Kreiten-Stolperstein Know of
54 Killepitsch-Stube Know of
55 KIT Been there
56 Kölner Straße Been there
57 Konrad Fischer Galerie Know of
58 Konsortium Never heard of
59 Kreuzherreneck Know of
60 Kreuzstation am Lindenplatz Been there
61 Kunstakademie Know of
62 Kunsthalle Been there
63 Lantz’scher Park Been there
64 Lassalle-Gedächtnisstätte Been there
65 Malkasten-Park Know of
66 marokkanische Viertel Know of
67 Mausoleum in der Andreaskirche Been there
68 Münstertherme Been there
69 Napoleonsecke im Schiffchen Never heard of
70 Neandertal Been there
71 Nitribitt-Grab Never heard of
72 NRW-Forum im Ehrenhof Been there
73 Oberbilker Markt Been there
74 Park am Spee’schen Graben Been there
75 Rahmenmuseum Been there
76 Ratinger Straße Been there
77 Ratinger Tor Been there
78 Raum 20 Never heard of
79 Reeser Platz Been there
80 Reinraum Never heard of
81 Reiterstandbild auf dem Marktplatz Been there
82 Rheinuferpromenade Been there
83 Rheinwiesen Been there
84 Rochuskirche Been there
85 Salon des Amateurs Know of
86 Schloss in Benrath Been there
87 Schloss Mickeln Been there
88 Schlosstreppe Been there
89 Schlossturm Been there
90 Schöne Aussicht Been there
91 Schwanenmarkt Been there
92 Schwarzwald-Christel Never heard of
93 Seufzer-Allee im Hofgarten Been there
94 Siedlung Freie Erde im Eller Forst Never heard of
95 Souterrain im Cafè Muggel Been there
96 Stadterhebungsmonument Been there
97 Stindermühle Never heard of
98 Stoffler Kapellchen Never heard of
99 Stresemannplatz Been there
100 Tausendfüßler Been there
101 Trödelmarkt am Aachener Platz Been there
102 Uerige Know of
103 Urdenbacher Kämpe Been there
104 Volksgarten Been there
105 Volkshaus Been there
106 Yede-Gör Been there
107 zakk Know of
108 ZERO-Atelier Never heard of
109 Zicke Been there
110 Zoo Been there
111 Zwischen Luegplatz und Belsenplatz Been there

One of the stranger places on the list is Reeser Platz which is this huge square that is unused except it has on one side a memorial erected by the Nazis in 1939 glorifying soldiers and the wars they went off to fight in.

Reeser Platz (2)

Reeser Platz (1)

Not a whole lot of traffic this morning.

Leere Straße

Lantz’scher Park, with its old trees, numerous sculptures and well-designed lines of sight would would be a beautiful place to relax, if it wasn’t for the thunder of planes every two minutes to and from Düsseldorf airport.

Lantz'scher Park Klein

Kapelle Lantz'scher Park

Passing the by Kaiserpfalz in Kaiserswerth.

An der Kaiserpfalz Klein

Schloss Kalkum reflecting in its water-filled moat.

Schloss Kalkum

Museum Insel Hombroich (again)

After my previous visit to Museum Insel Hombroich was cut short by rain, I went again this week when the weather was nicer.

Obviously, it was a much more enjoyable visit. Museum Insel Hombroich just has this wonderful combination of art…

Statuen

Quader

…architecture…

Außenansicht Ecke

Rundes Haus

Fenster Klein

…and nature.

Fluss

Stufen

Teich

Powerlines I came across while walking back to Neuss. #symmetry

Strommast Totale

Strommast Klein

Museum Insel Hombroich

The museum Insel Hombroich is a large park with several sculpture, installations and architecturally interesting buildings housing artwork. Even though it is not far from Düsseldorf, it’s a bit difficult to reach by public transportation, so until yesterday I had never been there.

Ausblick

Unfortunately, I picked the worst possible time to go. The weather was OK when I got there, but once I had gone past the first building, what started as a drizzle soon turned into a downpour.

Außenansicht Ecke

Decke (1)

Decke Klein

I walked around for a while, but couldn’t really enjoy it as I was getting soaked by the rain.

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I eventually went back to the bus stop, and only then did the rain stop and the sun came out. Since there is only one every other hour, I called it a day and decided to come back some other time. Even from what little I’d seen, it’s definitely worth another visit.

Straße

Wonders of Nature Exhibition at Gasometer Oberhausen

The Gasometer Oberhausen is a very unique exhibition space, extremely well suited for the current Wonders of Nature exhibition which features beautiful photographs of animals, plants and landscapes. It’s main attraction though, is a 20 meter sphere onto which images of Earth are projected from all sides.

It makes a lasting impression whether you see it suspended in the air or when you view it from the observation deck some 100m above it.

Gasometer Erde von unten Klein

Gasometer Erde von oben Klein

But aside from the exhibits, the exhibition space is in itself noteworthy. Its simultaneously massive and intricate black steel structure is extremely fascinating. But it doesn’t get in the way of the artwork. It fades into the background letting the photographs shine instead.

Still, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of the space, trying to capture it’s feel.

Gasometer Innen

A picture suspended in the air seen from the side.

Gasometer Bild von der Seite

Gasometer Rotes Dreieck (3)