days ago I was walking to a bus stop, passing near my mom’s place. They
re re-building a cinema there for the 3rd time on 25 years. Once again
I saw the cranes and their movement that I find so amazingly beautiful.
I then heard the sounds of hammering and bulldozers assembling on a
Those sounds could be mimicked to build sound art or music. But the
most awesome thing was that art was already happening without artists
nor musicians! It just happened. And then I knew, art just happens.
It’s constantly creating itself, without the need of an artist. It’s
just laying there in front of all of us, waiting to be found. That’s
why we act as catalyzers. Artists are explorers of the unseen. We find,
baptize, make visible, and then let art go away to reach new people. So
yes, art can be anything, and anywhere. And everyone’s potentially an
It’s all about challenge. Artists have been finding art in nature and
reconfiguring it since the beginning. Let’s rewind back to the
Peloponnesian War. There, a girl captured her sweetheart’s shape by
drawing his shadow on a wall. Some people say that was the birth of
painting, but is capturing a shadow really different from taking a
photograph?, or even from making a performance?
Then we can say art happens between process, and that we artists try to
capture those instants. Perhaps that’s why Cedric Price loved so much
cranes; a building that’s always building itself may have bigger
chances to generate art on a natural way. We can say the same about
art. Yet, until now we’ve focused on the art that we build and not in
the art that naturally happens.
Art without artists has always been the source of art. For some reason
(our ego I assume), the art world hasn’t shared this source with our
public (actually, not sharing it is what turns people into public). We
have to go back to it. We need to open a path so that people can get to
know and understand this source. Human generated art is digested by
people easier than, what we can call, raw art. Raw art is always
simpler, and sometimes simplicity can be awfully complex.
Some years ago, we passed the limit of the contemporary era. Art from
the 21st century needs to end the apathy, pessimism, and depression
that has invaded us. Everybody, except a few, believe they can’t do
what they want to do. We must change that. Although we still haven’t
found a name for it, I believe we should all go on this direction.
idea of the artist virtuoso is the cancer that we re still carrying
thanks to the french academy. I don’t know why, even the isms opposed
to that idea. Which takes me to the next point. I’m sure art has
attempted to get this goal I’m speaking about several times. The isms
tried it, specially dad�; The Bauhaus building’s were simple in order
to re-build Germany on a quick an effective way, till the point of
being consider communists; abstract expressionism, Fluxus, the
performance wave, net art. All of them have tried to transcend art from
the detonators to the people arround.
This time however, in cooperative art, the trip will be kamikaze. If we
succeed we will eliminate ourselves. We are catalyzers, and catalyzers
disappear. I think that’s the plan. We’re deleting us.
If people amaze themselves with their surroundings, if they use
creativity on ways that can help on their social, political, cultural
(not Cultural), and spiritual life, then we will no longer be
necessary. The unseen will become and will be seen. It will be
discovered, reconfigured, and will reconfigure itself, not because of
the art we make, but because of people looking and interacting with it.
The artists are a virus. But its precisely the virus who can lead into
a change. We always infect what we see and then create a
parallel. With auto-destructive art, Metzger lead to Joseph Nechvatal’s
self-eating virus. Artists must behave as virus of this kind.
We need to inspire creation and creativity around us, making changes to
open new possibilities. They must remain open so people outside the art
world can use them, and realize they can open new ones. Then what we do
will become necessary but we won’t be. Art will reach the next
level by existing and being re-birth between and adapting to the needs
of the many. On this way, there’s a small chance of making a better
world possible. That’s why we should always be ready to delete