The director of the musical academy in the cultural centre in Bornem, outside Antwerp sees similarities in many things, most notable are the parallels between contemporary art and, what he, the director, does at the musical academy.
He is proud to announce to the young artist, visiting Belgium to install an exhibition from England, that he understands him and his working process. For he, the director and composer does the same in music.
This work is about collaboration, play and improvisation, “Well… it is the same in music” says the elder man, and reminds the artist that he is the director here, in the musical academy in the cultural centre in Bornem, outside Antwerp.
After they each share a drink from the bar, bought with their complimentary token, the artist returns to his exhibition, this is just another of the peculiar exchanges the young Englishman has on his trip to continental Europe. On reflection, the director of the musical academy is right, there are similarities in many things, not however, in the choices of hairstyle between these two men. With this as proof, the artist also acknowledges to himself, that there are many differences too.
I sit on one side of the log. She sits on the opposite side, we both talk on mobile phones, we don’t see each other.
A nervous man in a long dark coat and wide brimmed hat walks past on a tangent that runs parallel to the path that we, either side of this fallen tree make, yet he is walking in a direction perpendicular to the one the timber tube is lying in.
He is on a mobile phone and looks at us both as he continues onwards, home.
Later we both get up to leave, I go home, she left some time ago.