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Going into yourself
Text by Claudia Galhós

The atmosphere has changed a these days inside and around the Convent. The project is still TryAngle but the dynamics and the human and artistic landscape is completely transformed. That is the first and obvious evidence that the lab is in another phase, making each week – first and second – two totally distinct moments and configurations and organisations of drives of a same wish: to try to be free in every artistical gesture inscribed in this place and time.

Now artists are dispersed finishing projects. They are busy writing, editing video, sound… Capturing last images. Retouching details of what they have been doing. The Convent is more silent. People are more inside themselves and their artistic and imaginative world.

In this silent, a question remains resonating on the walls: what is a work of art? And just to share one hypothesis, here is Rainer Maria Rilke’s answer from the turning of last century from his “Letters to a young poet”:

“A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it. So, dear Sir, I can’t give you any advice but this: to go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept that answer, just as it is given to you, without trying to interpret it. Perhaps you will discover that you are called to be an artist. Then take the destiny upon yourself, and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what reward might come from outside. For the creator must be a world for himself and must find everything in himself and in Nature, to whom his whole life is devoted.”