Tuesday 3 April 2012, by
VIP Nara Torres Vargas found Brazilian sponsorship to join the session in Marseille 2012 and her proposal was rejected by Ferdinand. Not only did I feel this was the wrong decision, made for the wrong reasons, I also felt in making that decision independently and refusing to consult with myself as DigiBAP’s artistic director, his actions went against what I see as the central philosophy behind DigiBAP: to share our thinking and find innovative solutions together. Below are correspondences I had with Nara and Ferdinand on this matter.
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM, Ferdinand Richard wrote: Hello I-Wei, Once again, please stop putting unecessary pressure. We shall answer Nara soon. This is our task, not yours, and I don’t think we are going to change the rules in the middle of the project. We shall answer your complains next week, but we have also a serie of complains for you, and we need (AMI staff and myself) to seat around a table to formulate this correctly. I did not get the chance to find this time together with Elodie since the end of december. I’ll do it as soon as I ma back in my office, on monday. I am now in Brussels. Thank you for your understanding
De : SidebySide Studio Date : Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:44:08 +0100 À : Ferdinand Richard Cc : Elodie Le Breut, Nara Objet : Re: Two questions! from Nara Torres, Brazilian VIP
I am also surprised that Nara had no news from Elodie about such urgent matter.
I understand your point about fairness, however, if you follow the feedback from all the ’VIP’s (8 participated in Rio and 4 eager to join), you will understand why the ones who were not on the list are trying so hard to find ways to come. Simply put, all the ’VIP’s (12 not 8) want to have the opportunity to work together. It might be fine to rotate 8 ’VIP’s in the beginning, however, this is not sustainable for the long term. Each combination has its own dynamic and it is very difficult for the 4 other ’VIP’s to take on the initiatives in sessions they missed.
DigiBAP is not an ordinary project, this is not a project only concerns partners, this is a project concerns everyone who is involved. If Nara or others find solutions to cover their own production cost, I will welcome them instead of rejecting them to the session. Because the very fact that they go out of their way to make it possible (ie. finding money on their own) shows their commitment to DigiBAP - this is the true spirit of being a ’VIP’! If our ’VIP’s can be extraordinary, why couldn’t we?
Last but not least, I haven’t received any feedback from you in regards to the letter I sent you on 31.12.2011. In case there is any miscommunication, please let me know as I do expect to hear from you latest tomorrow.
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Ferdinand Richard wrote: Hi I-Wei, This is surprising, I had some recent e-mails exchange with Nara, and she did not ask me for this. It would be lmuch easier to have direct communication. We shall answer of course. But if she is no on the list for Marseille, it is not only because of money. It is also a question of fairness between all the participants. Ferdinand
De : SidebySide Studio Date : Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:04:29 +0100 À : Ferdinand Richard, Elodie Le Breut Cc : Nara Objet : Fwd: Two questions! from Nara Torres, Brazilian VIP
Dear Ferdinand and Elodie,
I received an important email from Nara, one of our Brazilian VIPs, who has very good chance to receive fundings to come the VIP session in Marseille, see details below. She needs confirmation from you to know if she could participate, so far she has no news from Elodie or anyone from AMI. In order for her funding application to proceed, she needs to send out an official invitation letter latest by next week. Please assist.
Forwarded message ---------- From: Nara Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM Subject: Two questions! To: sidebysidestudio
first, happy new year for you, with art, love, peace, braveness and coxinha!!!
how are you doing?
I need to talk with you about the VIP`s Marseille Session in March.
I have a strong opportunity of getting the tickets in case I can participate. There is a nice program here in Belo Horizonte, a kind of "artists exportation", and I`ve been talking to the producers about Digibap. My chances are really big!
I wrote some emails to Elodie but she doesn`t answer, I don`t know why, maybe she is on vacation...
if I get the tickets, can I participate in the Marseille Session?
in case the answer is yes... could you sent me an invitation letter for the session? I need this for demanding the tickets.
if all this is posible, I need to send the project in the next week. :)
could you help me with these two questions?
thanks a lot! best!!! Nara
Emails between Nara and I-Wei about her sponsorship for Marseille Session
From: Nara Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM Subject: Re: Two questions! To: SidebySide Studio
well, about the production cost I don`t know if they cover it, because the program is about flight tickets. I`m gonna research this!
but I think they can help me only with the tickets... :(
thanks for your help! coxinha hug for you too! :)
2012/1/11, SidebySide Studio: > Dear Nara, > > Nice to hear from you! > > This is a great news that you can find sponsorship to fly to France, I > would love to have you join us :)) > Will they also pay for your per diem (food and local transport in > Marseille, approx. 30 euro per day)? > > I also didn’t receive much news from Elodie or AMI since coming back from > Brazil. > At the moment, I don’t know how the accommodation in Marseille will be > organized so I cannot advise you on this. > Nevertheless, I think if your production cost (flight, per diem, French > visa, and accommodation) is covered by your sponsor, I don’t see any reason > to stop you. The more VIPs, the better! > > I will forward your email to AMI to see if thy can assist you promptly. > > coxinha hug, > I-Wei > > On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM, Nara wrote: > >> dear I-Wei >> >> first, happy new year for you, with art, love, peace, braveness and >> coxinha!!! >> >> how are you doing? >> >> I need to talk with you about the VIP`s Marseille Session in March. >> >> I have a strong opportunity of getting the tickets in case I can >> participate. >> There is a nice program here in Belo Horizonte, a kind of "artists >> exportation", and I`ve been talking to the producers about Digibap. My >> chances are really big! >> >> I wrote some emails to Elodie but she doesn`t answer, I don`t know >> why, maybe she is on vacation... >> >> my questions: >> >> -if I get the tickets, can I participate in the Marseille Session? >> >> -in case the answer is yes... could you sent me an invitation letter >> for the session? >> I need this for demanding the tickets. >> >> if all this is posible, I need to send the project in the next week. :) >> >> could you help me with these two questions? >> >> thanks a lot! >> best!!! >> Nara