We recently heard the third 'symposium' on Turkmen rugs (aka SCATA) will be held on June 2, again in Leipzig.
RK has commented on the first two, and we surely will not pass up the opportunity to offer a breath of fresh air to the rather stale, and might we say almost putrid, airs organizers like peter the plagiarist hoffmeister and his cohorts exude.
Last year's theme “The Sogdians and their Influence on the Turkmen” was their finest hour, regardless of the obvious fact they copied it from RK's WEAVING ART MUSEUM exhibition on the same topic which appeared two years before their event.
So not only do these poseurs stupidly prevent RK from attending, they also feel no shame in stealing our ideas and presenting them as if we did not exist.
But this is par for the course, as hoffscheister has for years copped our work and pretended our ideas are his.
One does not have to look very far to see the lack of originality and expertise these "SCATA" people maintain as this year's edition, centered on the publication of a book on hoffmeister's collection, shows how little gas is left in their tanks. Fact is they are barely running on empty -- the self promotion of hoffscheister and his mostly second-rate collection surely doesn't qualify as anything less than that.
RK has reviewed and cut to shreds any ideas the text that over-rated frau from Russia, Elena Tsareva, wrote for the hoffmesiter publication is something worth talking about, and why she will now sympose over it is absolutely beyond our imagination.
Here's the line-up of bat-boys sent to the plate to try and hit home runs in Leipzig. What a joke, well, that is to anyone aware enough not hoodwinked into believing anything different.
Peter Hoffmeister will speak about his passion of collecting and also bring some pieces from his rare collection for a show and tell session.
Elena Tsareva will speak about her publication and answer related questions.
Friedrich Spuhler will speak about Post-Sassanidian and Sogdian Textiles with examples from the Sheikh Al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait.
Michael Buddeberg will speak about collections in general and possibilities of their preserving.
We doubt Tzavera or any of the others have read RK's comments, and it's no wonder why. Perhaps some gutsy participant who has will speak up and prod her to explain why any of the many point we raised about the speciousness of her text are ill-founded.
Oh, and let's not forget:
Key pieces of the Hoffmeister Collection will be presented and SCATA invites anybody interested in this topic to attend. Attendance fee is 92 EUR and includes lunch, coffee and evening menu."
Need we mention hoffscheister has been trying to sell his collection for the past several years, even going so far, prior to the book's publication, to circulate "only to special buyers" a cd with the complete 'collection'.
Apparently this "symposium" will be the last ditch effort to try and drum up some buyers.
Bonne chance and Caveat emptor...