art not art

Deborah Fisher is having an art meltdown. This is a good thing. First, I am going to stop calling what I do art, if for no other reason than because one of the lamest things artists do is call everything they do art. Funny how saying life is art outloud can kill that snippet of [...]

By Christopher Robbins

Deborah Fisher is having an art meltdown. This is a good thing.

First, I am going to stop calling what I do art, if for no other reason than because one of the lamest things artists do is call everything they do art.

Funny how saying life is art outloud can kill that snippet of life as an actual experience (I’d say at least once a month I find myself reacting to the stiltifying of some good ACTION by saying ‘sometimes art is just like life, except you stop it to make sure you have it documented’). ART not ART is the treatise I have tons of notes and interviews for, and for some reason – and this is very not like me – it has all been sitting in a paper bag with huge sharpie lettering that says “FIRST TWO HOURS OF EVERY DAY WORK ON THIS TILL ITS DONE”!

Of course, saying life is art to yourself, and while having respect for both, can make it crazy fucking exciting. The rules change. It gets bigger than you. You can become someone else in the unspoken name of art. This doesn’t mean spending an entire day lieing in the sun as art is important; it means really interrogating some aspect of your life or neighborhood, or totally shoving your nose into seomeone else’s business and fucking with it, because if you didn’t call it art you’d have no reason to do it.

Use it, exploit it. Don’t wrap with it.

And I am going to endeavor to do good things, without worrying about arriving at something treacly, without pushing for a little more edge, without searching, always, for a foil for every gesture. The world is edgy enough. I just want to make things better. For real. In real life.

Permission to be irresponsible.

Contemporary art is a modernist activity.

Modernist Contemporary art is modernist. I mean, what about this:

I am no longer posting projects.

I am training myself in being present, a rigorous experiment in habit.
My projects are lived and may eventually lose any connection to Art.
-Caroline Woolard

Or this:

The Harbor Laboratory is a project running from June to October 2008. It will test new uses of the harbor and hopefully bring some fresh perspective to the harbor situation in Copenhagen. As we see it, the harbor has a great potential to be a cultural, and inspirational area for the residents of Copenhagen. We will do our best to facilitate and realize this goal using the Harbor Laboratory as a platform/catalyst for innovative change.
-Parfyme

Two simple examples of contemporary art that’s stepping away from white boxes, without framing itself as a response to white boxes, and going whole hog, individually, and as a group.

And, totally unrelated, but also in response to Deborah Fisher’s timely post (I only recetly learned what a “Post Studio Practice” was):

And why don’t we buy this idea of interconnectedness when it’s about money? Why do we hate bailing out banks?

I, LOVE it. Thank god Rahma Manny’s gonna help use this situation to make our country do a little good for its own people. Buy that bank with that money. Nationalize away. Interconnect away. It has been shocking to me for quite some time that, at the very least, there is not one of every organization or instution we NEED to survive modern life, that is not allowed to make money. Now is our chance. Give, give, give and ensure there is reciprocation.

Allright, I egenrally avoid quasi-political rants here. So, on we go to tweaking our life as art, just don’t tell anyone it’s art, unless they’re donors, or cops.

This was a good reminder.

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