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Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
Here in Copenhagen the trees are turning green, ready to provide shade for the strong summer sun. I love walking below the tall beech trees at this time of the year. The young leaves, soft and fragile, still allow for most of the light to pass through them. And the forest bed is full of life. It is a transition period and soon the forest is settling in for the summer.
Outside our garden is filling up with new sprouts naive enough to not fear the Danish summer. And inside we keep flowers in every room. If you have a virtual flower to spare, I’d love to decorate my inbox too.
Tatjana Kotnik is a trained landscape architect. She creates magical settings and objects with every possible medium and material. Tatjana collects her thoughts in a sketchbook and turns them into prints. She enjoys trips into the nature and a generous dinner table.
K: How do you archive your thoughts?
Tatjana: I carry a sketchbook and a camera almost everywhere I go, so I either take photograph my thought or draw quick doodles. The need to draw or portray a moment used to come easy to me, but lately I feel I need to slow down and focus on the moment to get something out on the paper. It helps if I carry more than one pen, and have some colour options as well.
K: What stones do you carry in your bag?
Tatjana: When I was little I would be so impatient for rainy days because that’s when all the gray and pale coloured stones turn into these magnificent colours. I would bring home a bunch and be super sad when they dried and turned back to gray. I even had a phase where they all had to stay in a glass full of water. These days I carry rocks that I drew doodles on. Finding a rock that’s a certain shape always inspires me to add some character to it.
K: What is progress to you?
Tatjana: I used to change my beliefs and style a lot when I was younger. In only a few months time I would grow to hate my previous self. Looking back I’m really happy I never limited myself and always explored how to communicate what I felt at that given moment. It helped me evolve in what I am still becoming and now really almost aim to try and see how I was in the wrong 3 or 6 or 10 months ago.
K: What do you have saved in your bookmarks?
Tatjana: A bookmark I around 6 years ago promised myself to look at monthly if not weekly is the Andromeda galaxy photo taken by Hubble. Other is a site full of GIFs I never want to outgrow (to me that’s 3d text animated to float around the screen).
K: What webs are you woven into?
Tatjana: Atm the softest blend of silk and cotton yarn that I’m crocheting into a bucket hat for the summer days in the sun.
K: Where do you escape to when your internet is crashing?
Tatjana: When I know it’s only a short disconnect I try to remember other stuff my computer has to offer. So usually I reminisce over old photos and memories. But when there’s enough time I go far away from a screen into my creative worlds.
K: What was your first internet handle? Where did you use it?
Tatjana: My sister came up with it when she was setting up my first MSN username. I went through the process of loving it, being absolutely ashamed by it and now loving it again. It was a play on my name tat_z_imenom_jana, maybe I’ll make it my IG name.
K: How would you start a letter to a frog?
Tatjana: Dear Žaba žabinka is what I would address her, as that’s how me and my sister used to call out to frogs when we would try and catch them in small ponds.
“The more proprietary the web becomes, the more committed I am to using it in poetic ways.” Splendid statements by J. R. Carpenter for using slowness and smallness as forms of resistance. Written in 2015.
As there are more computers, more of them disappear from our sight. Today, the computer is in your pocket, on your wrist, and hundreds of smart devices you interact with on a daily basis. As the computer becomes invisible, so does the user. Olia Lialina argues this is much more of a concern, because we assume blind sheeps instead of intelligent users who can think for themselves. From 2012.
"Not only does it take up physical space in the world, but with each passing week it looks more and more like a full fledged building minus the facade. What started as just a trailer now has a portable toilet, dumpster, separate grease dumpster, generator, external fuel tank for the generator, external cooking gas tanks, water supply tank, waste water collection tank, and signage galore." — Bryan Boyer
Hi, I’m Kristoffer and you have just read Naive Weekly — Observations from the Internet Wilderness.
Thank you a million for the paid subscription, Marie. I am happy to announce it motivated me to register another domain. Codename DDT is coming this Summer/Fall. A collaboration with Ana.
Last week this letter was sent to 762 people. Thirtytwo are crazy enough to chip in every month/year to support me making time to write. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Print by Luka. Photograph by Ana Santl.