ART & CRISIS
The "A Short, Vague Introduction".
Based on Pascal Bruckner's "The
Temptation Of Innocence"
Western society seems to be engaged
with an overwhelming series of structural problems emerging out of
some organizational paradigm in the late XX and early XXI Centuries
Here, marketing strategies meet
political practices meet ubiquitous technology. Meet democratic
means of representation aka. the social media. Not so democratic in
fact, but hey, nobody's looking. Meet entertainment. Meet computing.
Meet audience. Meet leisure. Meet demographic explosion. Meet
globalisation, precarious living and invisible work.
Hello Space Crisis. Time Crisis.
Capital crisis. Identity crisis. Representation crisis.
We're in the great sewer system. Some
artists feel responsible for engaging with and putting forward models
of living that serve to redeem the world from the art-as-excess
accusation. Pointers seem to
merrily float around ever since we realized that art and power seem
to make a lovely couple. Therefore, as all great artists are even
greater diplomats, the key element in successful contemporary art
making is, in fact, persuasion. The who's following the verb are yet
to be mapped.
Nowadays artists have to be super
heroes. Unlike scientists, their pragmatic use of time and expertise
is at all times questionable (at least until it isn't; but that's
just because you can't question anything dead). Subjectivity is
indeed a bitch.
Unlike politicians, their authority is
questioned and their police is most often poorly armed. Democracy is
an even bigger bitch and always leads to conflict. But in this case
this would mean somebody paying attention. So, nothing to see here.
The Larger audience is reasonably circumspect. Their theories flawed
because populism is bad. The Smaller elite audience is retrograde,
stubborn, hypocritical, has its own ideas as to what needs to be
conformed to and also doesn't seem to explicitly exist. Poor
artist... Regardless of how rich he is, he will always remain poor
having to serve so many, many masters. Forget beauty. That subject
As superheroes, artists seem to have
the responsibility of signalling human crisis and putting forward
strategies to overcome it. But all artists are human. And so the
plot just thickened.
The "A Short Manifesto"
TIME, money, and success. We have too
little of these. Note that we're aiming at capitalized TIME, small
money and moderate success.
But, as we are ambitious and pesky
little concrete dwellers, we'll work with what we've got. As we are
young, poor and lack the abilities, we are going to work with
We will take the responsibility to
enunciate our practice. That is: repetition. We like giving
polished quotes because it makes us sound fancy and because we're too
lazy to write our own texts.
" What has
been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
Based on the last issue of Frieze
Magazine, we have made a list of trending strategies in the
contemporary art landscape.
We will make a series of artworks
based on extracting themes and modalities out of successfully awarded
artworks made by other people. We are going to arbitrarily pick and
choose at least any two rules or themes and implement them into
The "Fact-Exposing Convincing
The most frequently used words in
describing an artwork:
The "Jumping To Conclusions
Without Further Reasoning Intuitive Conclusion"
Contemporary art is very very boring.
It is increasingly formalized,
although aims to be experimental and engaging.
Most artists seem to be under a lot of
stress and not really enjoy their work.
Bored people make boring artworks.
The vast majority of artists are
depressed, depressive and blasé.
Art and play need to go to marriage