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Adventures as a volunteer, part 1

It felt good to be getting up and go to work again this morning, even if I don't get paid for it. However, I soon realised I'd bitten off more than I can chew. MfAC, which stands for My first Art Collection, is a programme that aims to educate and help people build their own contemporary art collection by providing information on a host of subjects related to the purchasing of art, hosting lectures by art buyers, curators, and collectioneurs; and organising excursions to museum vaults, galleries, art fairs and auction rooms. The idea behind it is that the collecting of art needn't be an elitist pursuit, and that anyone can learn how to go about purchasing works of art that appeal to them without feeling intimidated by snobbish gallery owners and art dealers. After 4 years of offering these courses successfully in The Netherlands, Ricardo, the project's initiator and director, feels he should explore the possibility of 'exporting' the formula to the neighbouring countries, starting with Germany...and to this end, he's taken me on. Unfortunately, he's away in France all this week. And I haven't the least idea as to how to begin with the task at hand.

To start with, I don't know at present how the foundation got started in The Netherlands, and when I find out, whether that approach would work abroad, or would have to be adapted. Secondly, I don't know if a similar initiative hasn't already been got off the ground in any of Germany's many cities, or how to find out if it has. If not, I wonder would anyone in Germany be interested, and who should I approach?

I went on the 'net and stumbled across a list of curators working in modern and contemporary art museums in Nordrhein-Westphalia, but I can't just approach these people out of the blue and without having a clear idea as to what it is exactly that I want them to help me with; and so, for the moment, I'm stuck. Before he left for France late last night, Ricardo had said any questions I might have I could put to our office manager Tessa...but she laughed heartily and told me she's been in the job less than a fortnight and is still finding her way around herself.

Anyway, let's concentrate on a problem I do have an answer to. Today in the 30 Day Movie Meme, it's Day 23 - Best Explosion or Action Scene:




Those that know me, know that I'm a sucker for kung fu movies; have been ever since my late teens and I somehow got into the habit of watching Bruce Lee films on a pirate TV channel after coming home from a night on the town. About half my present DVD-collection consists of Chinese or Korean fight films, and I never get bored of watching them. Their intricately choreographed fight scenes simply keep me spellbound every time.


Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending
Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer

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scatterheart
Oct. 19th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
This is not exactly helpful, but personally I´ve never heard of a program like this in Germany. If you´d like, I can ask around the artsy scene types I know to see if they know of anything, too.

Also, wow, way to be a responsible director...
gamiila
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
If you´d like, I can ask around the artsy scene types I know to see if they know of anything, too.


If you would, that would be most helpful, thanks! Every scrap of information most gratefully received ;-)
__kali__
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Talk about throwing you in at the deep end.
gamiila
Oct. 25th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Small wonder then that I haven't got very far...but I've spoken to him today and will hopefully move forward on this soon.
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