July 6, 2015- Arise and Shine!

Dear July,

here I am, back from Istanbul where I managed to present a successful art event, to Paris, with new challenges to face. I need all that I have: emotions, intellect, … creativity. So, thank you for lowering a little bit the temperature, my brain had started boiling with new ideas but also … heat!

First things first. Get back some of my expenses, by sending my last bill to the Platform wannabe boss. After all, he will benefit from the success of the event.

Then, act fast in order to bring some more funds on my account and solidify the project. I need to ask for advice on this one.

And last but not least, look good and feel good, wearing my best smile!



July 2nd, 2015- From Istanbul to Paris

Welcome July!

I just came back to Paris from Istanbul, and the temperature is not what I would have expected: we are like cookies baking in the oven, with high temperatures, whereas in Istanbul, there was an agreeable sea breeze.

I feel a little bit overwhelmed, a lot of things happened, but the most important is that I have made progress in ways I couldn’t have expected.

The artistic event I had been planing was a success and I will get back to you with more details as soon as I empty my suitcase!

What I liked the most? The Bosphorus cruise on our last day, was quiet amazing!


September 26- Career: how to face a provocative person?

Hello September,

I went to a cocktail at an art gallery, and I saw a woman who, I was told, could help me professionally because she works for a museum of contemporary art. In what way? To find a regular job!

I approached with my glass of wine, and introduced myself. We had a common friend who suggested I should get in touch with her for advice. Actually we had met in several occasions, but never talked before.

And there, bang! I was surprised to be attacked out of the blue: she told me she knew who I was. How  impertinent of me to dare address her in this informal style. I should sent her an email and then she might decide to answer or not.

I was surprised, so I muttered something like, eh, we don’t need to meet actually… and thought to myself, forget about getting help, it seems you’d better avoid this lady, April.

The thing is we are related to the Platform, my institution, so we will meet from time to time. She must be about three years older than me, but has a position that is stable and well paid in the art business. Why does she need to be nasty?

But I realize I can be a “menace” for her kind: I seem care-free from hierarchical struggle, and have a relative independence. I have the possibility to make choices, even if not always the budget that goes with them. Actually we do the same job, but I do it as a stressed free-lance, who doesn’t know what comes next, shes does it as a functionary.

Do I need her?

What I need is to get close to people who want to co-create, and forget false stability. I didn’t like to be part of an obedient hierarchy, I want to be free and creative. And respectful of others, of course. But respectful doesn’t imply being servile to those with more institutional power.

I need to focus on my project. This is an experience to help me realize: what do I really want from life? Recognition from this type of individual? Or some stupid revenge?

Well, pit bulls are not to be ignored or underestimated for their possibility to be troublesome.

But we can slalom around them 😉

P.S. I am apologize to pit bulls for using them as a metaphor for aggressive behavior …


Mikaela Shiffrin




August 1rst- Five days to submit funding demand

Welcome dear August!

I have hardly caught my breath from the very intensive July rhythm and here I find myself with a new deadline: my research project that succeeded to pass the first step by the end of june, needs to be “amplified” and resubmitted for the second step of the evaluation.

It was end of june when I found out, but after July 8 I concentrated on the Big artistic Exhibition in Paris, and my little two-day artistic event in the South of France.  With all that happened at the little village of the South of France where the event took place, I haven’t advanced ever since. Apart from travelling, being responsible for a group of people and at the same time participate with my work in a special performance, doesn’t leave a lot of time to sleep. And yes, we also partied.

In the last two days, I came to my hometown again, that is also situated in the South of France, not far from the village where my artistic event took place. However, two of the artists have also followed me. This has created a lot of distraction.

But today, this afternoon, I got myself back on track and back to my writing blog.

I am happy to be here!


July 7- Busy week

Dear July,

it has been quiet a busy day! I just finished an email, destined to the wannabe boss, who wanted to know what exactly I have been doing with my small budget. Well, euh… I spent it! Not completely, but it is as if…

…for the artistic event I am organizing at the end of July in the South of France! And for the one that starts tomorrow!

Actually I need to be my own boss, or to refer to someone who trusts and believes in me! And the best thing is to find these people by myself and suggest the whole team to the big boss.

Anyway, this has been a Monday full of contacts, emails, booking tickets, … there was even time for the dentist! I invited some friends who are artists in the South of France event. Some of them used to live in Paris, but have moved to London. One of the artists with a young daughter wanted to know if there were other same age children for her to play. Oh là là, it is quiet complicated, you need to take so different things into account!

When I came back home, I checked B’s Facebook page.

I wanted to text him, but I wasn’t in such a good mood, so I avoided it … Something tells me he is going through something in his work.

I talked to a friend of his, but didn’t succeed to turn the conversation in the right direction…

Anyway, this is not the moment to investigate it further, and the day was busy enough to add more questions.

Tomorrow there is a big Parisian exhibition that will last the whole week and I am co-responsible for it. I need to be present and help out as much as possible…

Here is a cute to do list from Luisine’s blog, who is an english teacher: it could be very helpful!