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Take care of the fever..
Good warning in Sambil mall Be carefull with the fever, the spinning around of the car. A popular way to celebrate the holidays with men under 30 with plenty of cash. The heat of the burning rubber can set your car on fire!
The future is present..
Many good wishes from Sambil! The future of Curacao is in all of us! And it looks like a festive one. Not too busy though.
plenty of Santas to bo seen. Some even at the same time.
The traditional light sculpture at the ISLA depicts Noah's Ark. It comes with a message. This year: Nos Kompromiso ta garantia pa futuro. 'Our promise to garanty a future'. Is this open to interpretation? Is it a promise to stay open, or is it a general advise: you are the future.. No! According to the spokesperson it is a promise, and the Isla is being compared to the Ark.. The ship that contains all life... well well.
doing Xmas time....
LAST WEEKS of the year
Here everything is in Christmas mode: houses are freshly painted. Lights put outside. People are wearing Christmas hats. Even cars don antlers.... You can feel everybody breathing out, letting go, relax! The only stress are the things to be baked, cooked and bought. But even that is now happening at a slower pace. Curacao is on holiday... And to be honest: so are we..
Everybody was well impressed and some even moved by the presentation last night in IBB building Esmeralda. Students gave a short resume about their contributions to the procession. Bart and Klaar had a short statement about their stay: great!
The audience was invited to browse around and enjoy themselves. Which they did. The one minutes movie was praised unanimously. Some even suggested to enter it in the Curacao film festival. Great suggestion!
Special thanks to Alexander and Saiviretty who looked amazing. One the tall elegant brunette and the other a charming payasa...
Dutch role climate summit & ISLA
A very prestiguous role for the Dutch on the world climate summit. They have introduced the word 'climate neutral' for the concept agreement text. The term is accepted.
The Dutch didn't agree on the 1,5 degree temperature rise, which scientist say would give a better chance of low lying or coastal states. The Dutch have confidence in their dikes and waterworks.
ISLA has, concurrently with the climateconference, announced that there is lots of interest for the renovation of the refinerey. No less than 16 companies are interested in getting the contract. This renovation will moderrnize the 100 year old refinery and bring it up to standard.
What exact standard? The emission limits the renewed refinery will have to comply with are not clear. There have been legal battles over the outcome of investigations between ISLA and inhabitants of the adjoining neighborhood. They complain about health problems. It doesn't look like there is going to be an agreement soon.
Neither has there been a public debate about the future of the state owned refinery. Due date for the next 20 year contract is 2019, allthough there is a clause that in 2017 the intentions of the ISLA must be made clear.
How climate agreements and ISLA agreement fall into line is also unclear. One woulld say: Double Dutch.
The last weeks
December 16th, presentation day is coming close. Next Monday we'll do the procession with the objecct we made with the students. Everybody is excited. It is a nice way to bring art in the public space. In line with the tradition of carnival.
Ofcourse the objects that will be carried in the procession and the stories they represent are more or less abstract and not immediately clear to passers by. The question is if we should inform the public by means of flyers, or should we let art be art?
How does art work in the best way? Is it by suggestion of meaning and the free interpretation of the viewer. Or should it be understood in the right way?
For now we are undecided. But as we have invited the press, we will make a short statement. Because there is a difference between free interpretation by private individuals and published free interpretation.