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Tue, Jun 16th, 2015 04:44:28 PM
Topic: Break-through or Break-down: icoc 2015

RK just read the publicity handout for the quickly put together icoc 'conference' to be held at the "textile museum" in Washington, D.C. on August 6-9, 2015.

This is nothing but a laughable attempt to rebrand and resusitate the long Dead On Arrival icoc conference format and simultaneously glorify the sickening destruction of the GH Myer's former Textile Museum.

How low can rugDUMB go? RK has to now pronounce lower than an ant in a wheel rut to coin a phrase.

Here is the press release with RK's comments in bold type.

"Alberto Boralevi, Chair of ICOC Academic Committee, has just released the lecture program for the coming International Conference on Oriental Carpets in Washington DC 6-9 August 2015.

As far as the lecture program is concerned the Academic Committee decided that this Conference will have a different format from the previous ones. We wanted to reduce the number of presentations to a maximum of 20 talks to be delivered in unique plenary sessions Friday and Saturday, including a keynote opening lecture."

Any astute reader might wonder why the almost 40 old format has been changed. Fear not, RK knows why.

Because every one of the former icoc conferences was first a boondoggle of inept planning and execution; second a feeding-trough for a small group of 'elites' to get free travel to and from, free accomodations, free food and other perks at the expense of paying attendees; and third required a several year at least planning process.

This mini icoc, or icoc light as RK called the first one of these events held in Vienna in September 2014, has been thrown together in the past three or four months because on top of the two reasons we mentioned above there is not a big enough audience to justify, and pay for, an icoc conference with a number of exhibitions and a large 'academic' program.

Look, let's all face facts, the best part of any of the former icoc conferences were the exhibitions, as most of the supposed 'academic program' speakers gave throw-away talks, or presented material already published.

Forget the fact most of those speakers only gave talks so they could attend for free.

The icoc leadership knows all this, and to try and save their personal free-be rug conference fiefdom this new format has been instituted.

Read on this becomes crystal clear.

"We didnt have the time for a traditional Call for Papers and therefore we invited selected speakers."

"Selected speakers? Let RK translate: We needed to rush this baby into action, did not want to bother with the involved process of asking for papers, so we decided to only invite those from our trough-feeding in-group.

"All proposals were intended to fit in the structure drafted, according to a general topic Carpet Studies and Collecting in the 21st century.

How about this, a far more important topic: The FAILURE of carpet studies in the 21st century to advance interest in carpets and how to remedy it.

"The general topic has been divided into five sessions:

A. New trends in Carpet Studies: New discoveries and new fields of research.

"This session will be opened by Alberto Boralevi with an introductory talk entitled "Oriental Carpet Studies in the 21st century" dealing with the impressive development of carpet studies in the last quarter of the 20th century since the founding of the ICOC by Robert Pinner."

Yes, there were signs of 'impressive development' from 1975-2000 but all of those signs have evaporated.

And while we all know boralevi is no houdini capable of making them reappear his talk will be nothing but more say nothing gab and worthless honorific head bowing to pinner, franses, thompson and other 'names' whose contributions were as, or more, motivated by self-service than a toadie like boralevi would ever dare admit.

"Elena Tsareva will then talk on the renovated interest for the earliest carpets and the role of structural analyses."

Renovated interest?

Please now when did interest in the earliest carpets ever die out.

And madame tsavera, the myth spinning pseudo-academe, is surely no one to lecture anyone on such a subject, as her writing proves her to be a lighter than air weight author.

And that's really saying something in rugDUMB where the level of contemporary scholarship is mired in that proverbial wheel-rut.

"Jim Ford will deal with The Birth of the Persian Carpet, contradicting part of the current theories, most of which can be ascribed to the works of A.Pope in the last century."

No comment other than seeing is believing.

"John Wertime will talk of A Textile Legacy from Neolithic Transcaucasia."

This will be weretime's first public appearance since his writing a book detailing his secret boyhood romance and sexual relationship with his mother's best friend.

As for his talk, again seeing will be believing.

"Heather Ecker will talk about her current project with the Hispanic Society of America and the new approaches to studying Spanish carpets. The session will be closed by a talk by Dennis Dodds, presenting the role and the importance of Calligraphic and Kufesque elements in rug design."

Letting that cheat, liar and thief dennis dodds onto a stage to do anything but become the canvas for a tar and feathering is the most preposterious and revolting thought RK could possibly imagine.

B. New trends in Collecting Carpets and Textiles.

"The aim of this session is to show how carpet collecting has been changed in latest years with new private collections coming up, while some old ones have been dispersed in auctions. Four well-known collectors will present their personal stories: how did they start, how their collection changed in the years and tell about their projects for the future. The speakers are Koos De Jong (Amsterdam), Wendel Swan (Washington) and Marilyn and Marshall Wolf (Toronto), who will be interviewed by Halis editor Ben Evans about their almost 50 years long collecting activity."

Watching stiffs like swan and the wolfs being interviewed might be about as interesting as watching wash spinning in a dryer.

And listening to swindle swan, who for decades preyed on the survivors of old time hajji baba members to sell him rugs they inherited at old time prices can only be akin to listening to the big bad wolf telling you how much he cares for little red ridinghood.

C. Developments of Carpet Museology in the last 15 years

"The aim of this session is to present what has been recently done in terms of display of carpets in public museums, as well as projects for new museums to be opened in the next years."

Let us all NOT forget how the story of dennis dodds cheating and ripping-off the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with his bogus 'bellini' has turned not only that museum, but countless others, away from any interest in oriental carpets.

Worse, the fact not one voice other than RK's was raised in protest has not been overlooked by these institutions and it will take decades, if ever, for any of them to again show active interest in acquiring oriental rugs.

"In recent times several Carpet Museums or Carpet and Textile Departments have been opened in various countries and many temporary exhibitions have been organised. Walter Denny accepted to deliver an introductory paper to this session with the following title: Carpets in new museums of Islamic art: interactions between scholarship and museum practice, mainly dealing with his 8-years experience for the new Islamic Department of the MET, as well as with some temporary exhibitions.

Bruce Baganz, President of the Board of Trustees of The Textile Museum and Sumru Belger Krody, Senior Curator of the same Museum will talk about the new life of the Washington Textile Museum since the re-opening last March."

New life? This has to be something like Dr Frankenstein discussing bringing his moster to life?

Baganz is a big-mouth jerk who, along with the equally as moronic textile museum board of directors, destroyed GH Myer's Textile Museum and, like dennis dodds, the only reason baganz should be on a stage is to get a new suit of tar and feathers.

RK has written extensively and presented the true facts of big mouth bruce baganz's deeds. Anyone who does not know the truth is either too stupid to read or a kool-aid drunk imbecile.

Baganz is bad, period, end of discussion.

"Roya Taghiyeva will present the recently opened New carpet Museum in Baku and Suzan Bayraktaroğlu will talk of the eight Vakiflar museums she has founded in Turkey and Northern Cyprus as well as future projects.

New topics

The last two sessions introduce new topics that have never been dealt with in previous ICOC. The committee wanted to include them for attracting a younger public and widen the audience to new generations and therefore they appointed two session curators Asli Samadova and Edoardo Marino, belonging to these generations, at their first experience in an ICOC Conference.

This is such ridiculousness, believing these two 'young people' will be able to shepherd flocks of newbies into rugDUMB, only in rugDUMB could anyone possibly try to float it as anything but comedy.

"Asli is a Strategy Consultant with a peculiar interest in Oriental carpets and Contemporary Art and runs a blog Contemporary Nomad. Edoardo is a young Italian rug dealer with new ideas, and also responsible for a NGO Cooperaction running a very interesting project based on Afghan War Rugs called 'Calpesta la Guerra'."

RK does not know anything about ms Samadova but we do know a bit about Marino and will be as amazed as seeing a flying saucer and little green men landing on stage to hear if his 'new ideas' have any gravitas.

D. Carpets and Contemporary Art: How contemporary artists see the carpets and how they relate to them in their works.

"Introduction by Asli Samadova followed by a second introduction by Anette Granlund. Then a panel discussion with a representative of the Dutch group We make Carpets, the Canadian/Iranian Babak Gokar and the Canadian, Berlin based, Shannon Bool, not in person but with a video interview.

This is again nothing but fluffy filler, surely not anything capable of bringing a new audience to carpet collecting, appreciation and studies.

E. The Virtual Carpet: Internet and social media, their role for carpet studies and collecting

"A panel discussion, introduced by Edoardo Marino and moderated by Ben Evans with five bloggers and Facebook users. With Tom Cole, Steven Price, Francesca Fiorentino, John Howe and Lauren Arnold."

Well, excuse us while we look for the nearest sink to throw up in.

Seeing john howe and steve the rugclown price on a stage together is about the most sickening thought, one we are sure no one in their right mind would attend for free, let alone willingly pay for .

ICOC Academic Comittee"The members of ICOC Academic Committee include Alberto Boralevi (Chair), Elena Tsareva, Julia Bailey, Anette Granlund, Daniel Shaffer, Michael Buddeberg, Asli Samadova and Edoardo Marino."

Is it any wonder almost all of the above are the selected speakers?

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