I’m interested in how a person finds something out. As in: How do I find out about ____? How does knowing one thing lead to the another thing if I don’t know what the other thing is yet? How do I really get to new information? what are the apparatus that humans have always used? or more recently have created? what role do memory, association and language serve to connect what I know what what I don’t know? at what points do I learn something new? does breaking everything down and starting over always the way to new form?
What I understand, and think is very interesting: “absence shouldn’t be camouflaged” – non-participation is a statement, too – especially in terms of collective/collaboration as social experiment. This led us to the interesting conversation part about whether participation in projects is mandatory, how project proposals can be altered/discussed and so on.
Metahaven/Åbäke, two collectives mentioned as interesting research objects, particularly because how they’re opposites; MTHVN being two people appearing as one, while Åbäke doing a lot of different things/projects/expressions, more emphasizing on the individuals behind the group.
Keep it complex – make it clear!
Keep It Complex is a starting point.
It functions like a recipe book, a song score or an angry note somebody left on the fridge.
Keep It Complex is our tool to get involved in everyday politics.
We’re using art to have conversations with people we disagree with.
A pamphlet for the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon 2008:
1. The historic avant-gardes of the early 20th century and the neo-avant-gardes in the 1960s and 70s created a time of radical manifestos.
2. We now live in a time that is more atomised and has less cohesive artistic movements.
3. At this moment, there is a reconnection to the manifesto as a document of poetic and political intent.
4. This is a declaration of artistic will and new-found optimism.
5. New modes of publication and production are a means to distribute
in the form of texts, documents, and radical pamphlets.