This is the view from my hotel room in the Parque de la Fundidora, on the terrain of an old metal-melting factory in Monterrey, in Northern Mexico.
I like the Spanish term “Encuentro” for conferences. It suggests a true exchange of thought and the excitement of getting to know new people and ideas. I arrived in Monterrey yesterday, after some 20 hours of travel, which I embarked upon the day after the PhD defenses of Jules Sturm and Noa Roei. After that, what’s a bit of turbulence in the air? In Mexico city, I had a brief encounter with my former PhD student Paulina Aroch Fugiellie, who generously came to the airport to help me transfer from one terminal to a far-removed other terminal. Here you see the people responsible for the Encuentro “Signo, tiempo y arte”, with Humberto Chavez Mayol speaking. Humberto recruited me for this long trip - I don’t know how he managed it, but here I am.
Actually, I do know how he managed it. He made sure that, in addition to the two-week “taller” (workshop) I will be giving starting Monday, a large exhibition of Michelle and my Mère Folle project is mounted in the Centro de las Artes. The show will be almost as large as the one in Turku, but in a very different kind of space. This will be very interesting for comparison, and will teach us more about exhibiting video work. The organisation of the exhibition is in the capable hands of Graciela Kahn Hopson. After exchanging e-mails for months, I met Graciela today, and she confirmed what I had known from the very first e-mail: she is good! And friendly, and generous, and creative, and effective, and savvy, and hospitable… We got along immediately. Here she is:
I will report more on my stay in Monterrey: on the workshop, the exhibition, and the screening of “A Long History of Madness”. All this in two weeks.