A meeting with Stichting DOEN (the DOEN Foundation) (Steve Elbers and Nicole Rietveld) with IBB and a number of specifically invited guests, including people of Teatro KadaKen, education (the Media School), the Curaçao Museum, NAAM and people of the Capriles clinic.
Date March 11, 2015, location IBB / Esmeralda, 14:30 – ca.17.00 hours
Topic of discussion, which is the reason for an open exchange of thoughts with students and stakeholders:
CULTURE the meaning, value and added value for men, his environment and society.
Youth and culture; present and future. The social role that culture-bearers / artists and creatives can (should) have for society (art, ‘the social care’).
Collaborations and new references for the youth’s future.
A short report of the meeting and a push for a follow-up appointment:
Following are the above statements or topics according to the IBB- students what is typical Curaçao culture. It was striking that especially the stereotypical things emerged such as the “Seú” (the harvest festival), Carnival and more folkloric expressions. Comments were that many of these things are especially “easily consumable” or are in the generally accepted aspects / conditions, which should remain especially cozy and nice. It was also indicated that our culture is determined by the spiritual context of the environment, including religion as a fairly compelling or rather ever-present factor.
The history -including the history of slavery – was considered both an understandable emphasis in determining the identity, on the other hand also unilaterally (or even wrong) proclaimed / interpreted and explained to be the ultimate history. The volatility of trends and fashions also play a role.
It was one of the guest artists who argued that art is something else, and he arose confusion into the discussion.
Art is part of the culture and determines / influences / is highly reflective to the culture.
It was stressed that in Curaçao with the disappearance of the theater building Centro Pro Arte, the quality of theater reached a low and also the budgets for equipment, props and scenery have visibly deteriorated. While theater is almost gone together with the CPA building, the popular comedy flourishes. Quality is constantly under pressure from commercial and superficial trends, mediocrity reigns supremely and on the Curaçao political agenda it unjustly has no priority.
Art should deal with difficult and critical issues and express, or at least have no restrictions or obstacles encountering its position in a culture. Because art contributes to greater self-knowledge, appreciation (personal and collective eventually) more awareness and let people look at the environment, history, and to each other. On the other hand it has also been said that art should not only deal with the heavier stuff, but also of be about joy and love.
The conclusion is that art works binding and constructive, people can sensitise and should and can fight prejudice. As for IBB it is one of the reasons to choose the basis of a psychiatric site. With the opening of a second building, ‘Esmeralda’, where there is more space for our collection (works of the guest artists, the best works of the students and patients), there is a potential new spot on Curacao for different aspects, references, insights and all of this in one objective space, which can be leading to bubbly new mixtures.
Partly because we (IBB) have invited other parties with whom we are already working, or are in the process of, a plan and program for Esmeralda as a basis for socio-cultural projects, can be formed. The psychiatric clinic Capriles is evident in this, because we are on their property and daily interaction between art, social awareness, responsibility and psychiatry takes place there. That in a quite natural way, in accordance with specially developed projects and ad-random the daily walking in and out of patients at IBB. Patients don’t feel as patients with them, because IBB represents a certain autonomy, neutrality and sanctuary and the students work on their artistic future. During this meeting on March 11, IBB has besides some works by the students and a sculpture of a former artist-in-residence, an object shown from the archive of Capriles. An old ‘shock therapy’ object, which in shape can be an art artefact, but certainly has been a practical and therapeutic tool. Such mixtures are interesting to display more frequently in the near future and to provide more context.
However, with only show we are not there yet. There must be mediated, theoretical frameworks are formed, educational and training pathways are created which lead to more support and represent the multi-functional objectives and target groups that we want to let take place in the Esmeralda.
Therefore we are happy to talk with the various parties: theater KadeKen http://www.teatrokadaken.org/, Media School http://mediaschoolcuracao.com, representatives of the Capriles Clinic http://www.ggz.cw/pap/, the Museo di Korsou http://www.thecuracaomuseum.com and NAAM (National Archeological Antropological Memory Management http://www.naam.cw)
Several partners are conceivable and desirable in the near future.
The next meeting will be at the NAAM Johan Walbeekstreet 1, the date will follow soon.
Tirzo Martha and David Bade