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Video Editing Tools Digitally Alter Everyday Urban Infrastructure

Russian motion designer Vladimir Tomin (previously) manipulates the world around him by overlaying video editing tools onto streets, construction sites, and even his apartment building windows. A pixelated cursor peels back a white strip of paint from the road, while another “pastes” birds on top of the air vent of an industrial building. All of the digitized tricks blend seamlessly into the everyday footage, reminding his audience how easy it has become to make something false appear as unquestioned reality. You can see more of his digital hacks and reality-bending editing in the video below as well as on Vimeo and Instagram.

Slumped Plexiglass Pillows by Colin Roberts Refract Light Like Dazzling Disco Balls

Los Angeles-based artist Colin Roberts began creating pillows out of perspex, or plexiglass, in 2008. The solid imitations of typically plush objects are shaped to be dented and slumped which presents the illusion of softness despite their stiff composition. “I was inspired to use the pillow shape because it’s an object that is so common, yet as humans, we all have a special relationship to, without realizing it,” Roberts explains to Colossal. “A pillow is something every human can recognize and long for when needing rest. It represents comfort, rest, and sleep for our mind, body, and soul.”

The patchwork sculptures are often multi-colored and refract light like a mirrored disco ball. The artist’s work is currently being exhibited in the group exhibition Divided Brain at LAVA Projects in Los Angeles through December 16, 2018. You can see more of Roberts’s plexiglass sculptures on his website and Instagram. (via The Jealous Curator)

My Top 14 Hostels in Amsterdam

the canals of Amsterdam
Posted: 11/19/2018 | November 19th, 2018

Amsterdam will always have a special place in my heart. I spent a month there on my first trip around the world in 2006. I made local friends, wandered far and wide, and really got to know the city and its people.

I fell in love with Amsterdam that trip.

I’ve been back to visit Amsterdam every year since.

The city is one of the most visited and backpacked in Europe.

And it’s filled with hundreds of hostels, hotels, and guesthouses for travelers to stay in.

With so many places showing up in your search results, how do you know the best hostels in Amsterdam to choose? I mean dozens are top rated on Hostelworld, right?

To make choosing a hostel in Amsterdam easier, I distilled my years of experience in this list that features my favorite hostels in Amsterdam. These hostels have friendly staff, are social, clean, and fairly inexpensive. These are the places I always stay when I’m in town.

Without further ado, here are my…..

14 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

(In no particular order.)

1. Euphemia Old City Canal Zone

Euphemia Old City Canal Zone
Located in a former monastery, this hostel sits on a beautiful canal and is close to most of the city’s attractions, particularly the museums. Their beds are comfy and the rooms are kept clean. They also have bike rentals too. If you’re looking for a chill hostel with a view, stay here. Note: Guests must be 40 years of age or younger.

Beds from 15 EUR/17 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Euphemia Old City Canal Zone!

2. Meininger Amsterdam Hostels

Meininger Amsterdam Hostels
This European hostel chain has two Amsterdam locations. These hostels are fairly big and are not for the partying type. They are chill hostels mean for families, couples, groups, or anyone looking to escape the party scene in the city. The beds are soft and you’ll find lots of outlets to charge your things. Both hostels are clean, spacious, comfortable, and offer a fairly decent breakfast. When I’m looking for a quiet time, I stay here.

Beds from 15.50 EUR/17.62 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Meininger Amsterdam City West!

—-> Book your stay at Meininger Hotel Amsterdam Amstel!

3. Clink Noord

Clink Noord
Located in North Amsterdam, this former laboratory from the 1920s has been converted into a stylish, clean space for backpackers. It’s super awesome, fun, and social environment. They have a fantastic library, workspace, and atrium. There’s a café and in-hostel bar on site too. The beds are new and the pillows are quite soft. Each bunk bed has an individual light and USB socket to charge your phone. Stay here to get a sense of what Amsterdam outside the city center is like! It’s truly one of the best in Amsterdam! Fun fact: If you’re a musician, you can perform in the ZincBAR for a free one-night stay.

Beds from 17 EUR/19.30 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Clink Noord!

4. Hostel Van Gogh

Hotel Van Gogh
Located near the Van Gogh Museum (hence the name), this easily accessible hostel is clean with comfy beds. There’s free Wi-Fi, shampoo and shower gel, and they offer an all-you-can-eat luxury continental breakfast buffet for only €5. They also have bike rentals. There’s an age restriction (18–40) for the mixed dorms. I like staying here because their dorms are single beds, there’s art on the walls, and it’s easy to visit all the major attractions from here! (Also, it’s away from the chaos of the Red Light District!)

Beds from 18 EUR/20.50 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Hostel Van Gogh!

5. StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark

StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark
This hostel is part of the YHA association and is pretty standard for them. It’s sort of sterile. Everything is fairly clean and modern and the beds are kinda comfy. Like M hotels, this hostel is best for couples, groups, families, and non-partying travelers. There’s a good continental breakfast, everything here is quiet, there’s no partying, and there are bike rentals. If you’re a YHA member, you get 10% off when you check in.

Beds from 18 EUR/20.50 USD.

—-> Book your stay at StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark!

6. The Flying Pig Downtown

The Flying Pig Hostels
This is one of my favorite hostels in the world, and I almost always stay here when I’m in town. It’s popular with travelers looking to chill and smoke, and the bar area gets very busy at night. It may not be the cheapest hostel in the city, but the showers are good, the pillows and beds super comfy. There are charging points by each of the beds too. Because of its famous reputation, it’s almost always full, so it’s easy to make friends. Stay at the downtown location if you want more space and a bigger bar.

Beds from 20 EUR/23 USD.

—-> Book your stay at The Flying Pig Downtown!

There’s also an uptown location near Vondelpark that is a bit quiter and more relaxed but it’s a lot smaller of location.

7. Durty Nellys Inn

Durty Nellys Inn
Located in the center of Amsterdam by the Red Light District, this is your classic, fun backpacker hostel. It’s cozy, tiny, and inexpensive.  The beds are decent for a stay and each comes with its own reading light and outlight. But it creates a great community and it’s really easy to meet other travelers here. The staff is super knowledgeable and there’s a hearty breakfast too. Hostel guests also get a discount in the pub located downstairs. Given its location, it’s a party hostel.

Beds from 20 EUR/23 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Durty Nellys Inn!

8. Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
Hans Brinker has been around nearly 50 years, and it hasn’t changed much since I’ve been visiting. It’s near all of Amsterdam’s best nightlife and only five minutes from the Museumplein. There’s a hip underground bar and a cheap restaurant on site. The rooms are pretty basic, but there’s free breakfast. It’s one of the most old school, popular hostels in the city. It’s a bit of an institution.

Beds from 20 EUR/23 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam!

9. The Bulldog Hotel

The Bulldog Hotel
While I thought the lack of a common area detracted from the overall social atmosphere of the hostel, it does have a pub that offers cheap and filling food and drinks. The dorm rooms are clean and modern, and each room has their own showers. It’s located right in the heart of the Red Light District, so it’s a bit wild on the weekends! It’s one of the best hostels in the city, even if it’s a bit pricey.

Beds from 20 EUR/23 USD.

—-> Book your stay at The Bulldog Hotel!

10. Shelter City Hostel

Shelter City Hostel
I don’t stay at this place often and I only include it on the list because not everyone wants to party. This is an alcohol-free, party-free, and drug-free hostel with separate rooms for men and women. The rooms are comfy, the showers well kept, and most of the guests here are pretty quiet.

Beds from 25 EUR/28.40 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Shelter City Hostel!

11. St. Christopher’s at The Winston

St. Christopher’s at The Winston
This is one of the all-around best hostels in Amsterdam. This old converted hotel is near the Red Light District. It has a beer garden, smoking area, and offers discounts on food and drink in the bar downstairs, which is also popular with locals because of its cheap happy hour. The hallways have cool art on them and comfy super beds. This is a great, great place to meet other travelers. Be sure to get a room on the inner courtyard to avoid the late-night street noise.

Beds from 25 EUR/28.40 USD.

—-> Book your stay at St. Christopher’s at The Winston!

12. CityHub Amsterdam

CityHub Amsterdam
This cool new offering has communal areas and shared bathrooms like a hostel, but private rooms like a hotel. The rooms look like space-age hubs (or capsules) from the outside. Inside you’ll find very little space but comfy beds and a quiet environment. It’s a modern, keyless experience. You’ll get a wristband that’ll let you do everything, including purchase beer. The bathrooms are excellent, with awesome showers, luxury toiletries, and even flat irons and curling irons for the girls. It’s one of the best new hostels in Amsterdam.

Rooms from 53 EUR/62.50 USD.

—-> Book your stay at CityHub Amsterdam!

13. Botel Zebra

Botel Zebra
This kid-friendly hostel is actually on a houseboat. Each cabin has bunk beds with linens and a bathroom with towels, plus Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the price. Staying here is a very Dutch way to experience Amsterdam! It’s a fun experience. Note: This place is only available during fall and winter.

Double rooms from 85 EUR/97 USD.

—-> Book your stay at Botel Zebra!

14. Ecomama

Ecomama Amsterdam
Ecomama is a new, eco-friendly hostel located right in at the end of the Red Light District and around the corner from Waterlooplein. Everything here is environmentally sustainable, from the use of fair trade materials, natural stone heating, and waste recycling. The rooms are beautiful with art on the walls, lots of light, and uber comfy mattresses. The common room has a lot of spaces to hang out and the whole building is filled with a lot of natural light. It’s very much the poshiest hostel on the list!

Dorm beds from 32 EUR/36 USD per night, but with a minimum two-night booking. Private rooms start around 100 EUR/114 USD per night, but with double occupancy and minimum two nights.

—-> Click here to book your stay at Ecomama!

***This list of the tried-and-true best hostels in Amsterdam should make planning your trip to Amsterdam a breeze. If you want a great place to stay during your visit, you won’t go wrong with any of these hostels.

So stay in one of them on your next trip!

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Miniature Watercolor Landscapes and Fashion Sketches Delicately Painted on Used Tea Bags

After a good steep, Ruby Silvious (previously) reuses her tea bags as miniature canvases to paint sliced watermelon, serene landscapes, and models adorned in dress-shaped candy wrappers. The works typically keep the tags attached, reminding the viewer of their beverage-based origin. Her newest works were created during an art residency in Arenys de Munt, a town 45 minutes outside of Barcelona, Spain. In March 2019, her miniature paintings will be featured in a solo exhibition at Creative Space Hayashi located in Chigasaki, Japan. You can see more of Silvious’s work on her website and Instagram.

Ceramist Anna Whitehouse Created 100 Unique Clay Vessels in 100 Days

U.K.-based ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse set a goal on January 1, 2018 to create a new bottle each day for 100 days. By limiting herself to a single form, Whitehouse was able to stretch her  creativity to formulate new designs previously unexplored in her practice. Each white ceramic bottle was uniformly shaped, but the designs she created on the surface differed each day. Some bottles were punctured with tiny repetitive holes, while others were covered in leaf-like applications or floral motifs.

“I tried pressing and scraping any tool I could get my hands on into the clay,” Whitehouse explains. “From my standard clay tools to pen lids, tweezers, scissors, and even a string of beads! I also started making my own tools from bits of broken pen, wire, and aluminum to create particular marks.”​

​The artist compares the 100-day-long exercise to journaling or filling a sketchbook, as each new object was like a brand new sketch that could be learned from for the next day. “I’ve kept the work unglazed, like white pages from a sketchbook, highlighting the mark making through the contrast created by shadows.”

After the completion of her project Whitehouse created a “clay calendar” which you can visit on her website. The interactive portfolio outlines each bottle she made from January 1 to April 10, 2018, and includes her unique titles which are based on something that happened during the day they were made. You can see further iterations of her bottles and clay creations on her Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions)

Handmade Paper Toys by Haruki Nakamura Spring, Fold, and Jump into Action

Japanese paper engineer Haruki Nakamura (previously) continues to design delightful toys using simple materials. A friendly armadillo curls into a self-protective ball at the touch of a finger, and a sleepy boy emerges, ready to sleepwalk, in “Astral Projection.” Nakamura uses rubber bands and carefully held points of paper tension to spark the jumpy movements of his characters, and sells kits so you can make your own endless entertainment. The artist only sells within Japan on his website, but this Penguin Bomb toy is available on Amazon.

A Specially Adapted Underwater Wheelchair Brings Artist Sue Austin Beneath the Earth’s Surface

British artist Sue Austin creates multimedia, performance, and installation art, using her wheelchair as a means to explore new patterns of movement. In 2012, Austin was commissioned to create a series of multimedia events as part of that year’s Cultural Olympiad, in conjunction with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The result, titled “Creating the Spectacle!” is a spectacular immersive dance performance and underwater exploration, which was shot near Shark el Sheik, Egypt by Norman Lomax of Moving Content. You can watch a portion of the film below.

In the film, Austin uses her arms to guide her through the water, and she wears a summery dress with her long hair flowing freely, as she navigates through schools of fish and past massive coral reefs. Her underwater wheelchair is adapted from a standard-issue National Health Service chair, with battery powered propellers and perspex aerofoils to control turns. Austin hopes that the adaptations will be more widely available at diving centers in the future to make diving more inclusive.

A statement on her website explains, “she aims to find dramatic and powerful ways to re-position disability and Disability Arts as the ‘Hidden Secret’. She argues that this ‘secret’, if explored, valued and then shared, can act to heal the divisions created in the social psyche by cultural dichotomies that define the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.”

Austin first performed with her underwater wheelchair in Dorset, U.K. in 2012, and has since performed, shown films, and spoken around the world about her art practice. You can learn more about Austin and her organization Freewheeling, on her website, and watch her TED Talk here. (via #WOMENSART)