http://delacharge.com/Escueladecalor.php

This project had from the starting point an element of an expedition to a difficult territory and turned out to be full of adverse conditions, including a persistent bad weather.

As it was impossible to walk around at all and was so wet, grey and cold, it was such an anti–climax that the only thing to do and the only thing that had remained was the conversations with my host at De La Charge, Stephane Carpinelli about Escuela de Calor and its very essence, about its possibility of happening, and how it had became clear that not North would ever be able to actually sustain an Escuela de Calor situation.

Only the South, only warmth, only gardens, swimming pools or urban areas of Mediterranean springs/summers could become the site specific that a work like this requires.

After, the walks, the cold, the rain, the talks, the thinking etc … the gallery space was only used as our Tent in the dessert of Rain, our refuge or camp base; we inhabit it, expend time meditating and discussing, having hot tea and cakes … notes where taken, drawings made, objects arranged so that we will discuss, sometimes passionately about what really matter to us and why.

Our opinions were very different and we argued quite a lot.

But conversation based situations, and my position as a mediator meant to just leave doors open.

The idea of Philosophy as the place left for Art to feel free, and the Idea of The fixed Object that holds materially all the possible meanings, was deeply questioned and discussed.

Stephane could not really understand my work (because he wanted to understand, he was taken by the opposed spirit necessary for the experience)

Objects "trouvés" on the few small derives made as short escapes between pouring skies and dry short lapses of time.

Brussels, fragments, discoveries, spirits, history, topics, ghosts ……

The African colonisers and genocide, its resources in its delicate dark Belgium chocolate where raising from everywhere at every corner, haunting every step. Even from online-post found about the genocide at the hands of Leopold II, which had been so hidden for so long ( usually letting us know only about one and only Holocaust, in Germany).

From Tintin au Congo, shown with no shame in book-shops, from images, African mask and fetiches at the flee market and old antiques shops where Congo is still for sale.

Free Association exercises that Stephane will channel wile “finding” The Lion King fabric or books about Swords. A heated fight between us, when I tried to censure Stephane for choosing The Lion King fabric finding it un-respectful for the sake of history and suffering.

Stephane reasonings for taking the fabric back, for defending his legitimacy at using whatever he wanted. And my self realising once more than "my teachings" could not became "authoritarian" even if I felt so uncomfortable about certain objects or choices.

By having to dialogue with Stephane's disbelieve and challenges, the spirit of what Escuela de Calor has been till now was submitted to reason and study, the North needs explanations and structures.

The rational mind of the French educated Stephane, was very much exposed during the exercises.

We finally arranged all the bits, various left overs and objects of dilema and heated polemics in the cold manner of the structuralist anthropologist.

As it was we open it to any one to visit, but the event was not very much like an art opening.

It occurred to me, that some how the premonition of failure had been transformed on to a found certainty: Escuela de Calor can only be explained as a concept as a real thing that only happens far from here.

Esther Planas

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 Calor at Cafe Bar.... rain and note     
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 small encounter Calor one day     
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 Steph C obsession: flee markets     
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 les puces de Bruxelles     
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 business support amulets     
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 pain spoils trafic      
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 White and Black Mask punishments     
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 Guilt displaced and re-directed     
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 found protected defended     
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 thrown down polemics &rain&tea     
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 small news, notes.....     
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 HQ     
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 Yes Modern Art is Stolen wood works     
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 Talking of which      
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 the visitor     
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 tea and spirits     
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 from the street night      
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 Commodities      
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 Tintin as post-colonial sinn      
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 Captain Haddock is Stephane      
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 CongoSale(still at it)noone cares     
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 White supremacy      
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 Surreal moment (lashes & blood)     
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 Energies and Voices      
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 this fetiche is just phalic     
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 Boasting White Powers     
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 B not caring post-colonial traumas     
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 escuela     
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 escuela     
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 deep escuela     
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 Atomic Centre of Europe     
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 Atomic Etno Powers     
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 Forest wild humid      
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 bio green cells living colonies      
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 more colonies of moss spread     
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 yes Tourist of neo nuclear alien     
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 the Pomp of the fake Rome     
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 the piece of fake roman foot     
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 Cutoff fake Roman foot      
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 Fake Roman Imperialist dreams     
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 Tintin, I can't love you anymore     
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 The whole time here!!!! Sick!     
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 we will revenge !!     
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 baby Elephant stuffed sadness     
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 yes! horrifying !     
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 yes! insulting!      
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 Yeeesss!! Vomitive     
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 Monster Museum      
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 magic soul      
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 power to us !     
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 Steph danse de la Mort     
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 dry dry space non place for art     
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 fabrics topics double meanings     
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 yes Modern Art is a Bluff     
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 tea, cup, time, notes...      
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 Lion King! Is it a Sinn?      
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 Steph anti escuela de calor     
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 Black Mask revenge !