The voyage, the project that had from the starting point an element of an expedition to a difficult territory, turned out to be full of adverse conditions, most of them very 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, 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 warm, 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 became our Tent in the dessert of Rain, our refuge and our 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.
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.
Objects "trouvés" on the few small derives made as scapes between pouring skies and dry short lapses of time. Brussels, fragments, discoveries, spirit, history, topics , ghost ……
The African issue raising from everywhere, even from post found about the genocide at the hands of Leopold II, from Tintin au Congo, from images, mask and fetiches at the flee market and old antiques shops where Congo is for sale. Free Association exercises, that Stephane will channel wile “finding” The Lion King fabric or books about Swords.
The spirit of what Escuela de Calor has been till now, had been submitted to reason and study, the north needs an explanation , also the rational mind of the French educated Stephane.
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.