Undergoing the thrill of finding the precious, the right solution, a luminous idea, valuable objects, or hidden talents . . . From my childhood I remember the sheer exitement when I saw somebody with a metal detector, perhaps discovering a lost treasure. I often dreamed of standing next to a painter in the fields near Arles (F) in the late 1880's. Would I've recognized van Gogh's talent? The idea that 'the precious' is kind of omnipresent and that it only has to be seen or discovered is, I believe, the thing that never stopped fascinating me. Till the present day this particular drive helps me professionally to strive for the best combinations of "talent-holders" and "vacancy-holders". I am 'programmed' to be constantly occupied with the characteristics of 'the precious' and with the methods and instruments to discover it.