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Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogging by a Fountain - La Fontaine Contemporary Art Centre...


The weather here in the Gulf has been amazing for the past weeks, particularly here in Manama, Bahrain, where I've been for the past few days discussing a few projects and having some preliminary discussions regarding an upcoming exhibition here at the La Fontaine Contemporary Art Centre. As the center's name suggest, the main, and perhaps most recognizable, feature of the place (which is built within the seven meter tall walls of a over century old mansion) is an enormous fountain, which occupies the central position in one of the center's two main courtyards. Since arriving here I've been doing most of my computing by this fountain, which has provided a truly unique and different, call it, ambience and setting for working, something that has work-wise been quite catalytic in its own right. There have been of late some arguments made (particularly regarding some of the new schools and academies built in Britain during the past few years) that ones environment doesn't have an impact on the quality and outcome of ones work, something I'd, based on my empirical experiences of late, would like to vigorously dispute...

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