It is all about production anyway!
wednesday, June 13
This is the place. The place to try. The place that stands up for values that resist the natural dictatorship of the society we live in. The place that creates a safe environment for people to be, to think, to experiment, to search without the need of immediately think about results, final products, without the pressures of daily life… This is the place founded in the utopia of collective collaboration and of the coming together of different personalities from various backgrounds and cultures. A place that refuses to be part of the mediatized world and in doing so defends the value of an invisible existence. And in three different moments and cities, TryAngle embodies that dream, and proposes an approach to art that is all about these ideas. But then… What does really happens?
TryAngle invites people to come together and be defied to present projects, ideas or materials they may want to develop or experiment. They also have the choice of not presenting a thing. It is also possible to be there as collaborators, interpreters, materials for somebody’s else projects. But in the third day of the lab, there are almost 20 projects announced by different artists – if we add up the ones presented in the first day, the second and in this third day. This total is not considering the proposals for happenings, improvisations, individual discussions or experimentations… And by this third day, the lab becomes what it criticises: a massive and intense space of artistic research, completely pressured by time management. Of course, it is not focused on the final result, it doesn’t need to be a definitive performance that has to be created in two weeks… But aren’t this creative gestures, within such an intense dynamic, equivalent to the notion of production? With so few days of existence, even these texts reflect the same logic they want to contradict and resist to. They speak only about the artists who initiate a project and leave behind, as if nonexistent, the artists that choose to give themselves to the projects of the others instead of being the leaders or initiators of a project. So even in a context of so much critical thought about the mechanism in which society functions, it’s easier to repeat the same, to mimic it’s procedures and models of organisation. At the end, we just have to be alert, auto-critical and resist to this mechanism of reproducing that we reject and want to refuse. It is also important to identify the authors of the ideas, who sometimes are in the shadow of the visible. This one I thank the artist Michel Cerda.