March Meeting 2011
w h e r e a r t i s h e a d i n g
t h e s t a t e o f m i n d is a collaborative project that started as an attempt to organize the Lebanese pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale, but the organizational aspect is part of the project itself; aiming at providing singular opportunities and paradigms for institutional critique.
The Lebanese art scene, is a singularity in the region and provides opportunities for meta-interventions that can spread to regional and interenational art scene through biennials such as the Sharjah and Venice biennials.
Active resistance from the local art scene served to create a participative art project that would end-up representing Lebanon through void; going beyond the Biennale’s administration, and the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, and creating the space for participation right in the middle of the Arsenale, outside of any curatorial or administrative control.
The project draws from Rancière’s of Bourriaud’s convivial relational aesthetics, and the call for dissensus in contemporary art practice. It is also the space of a performative thought process taking place between the people implicated in the project, as well as an archeology of the Lebanese history with the Biennale that started in 2004 with the unsuccessful effort to make the first Lebanese pavilion for the 2005 Biennale with Walid Raad as official artist. This failure in 2011 is a redoing of the 2005 absence, alltthwhile a reference to the 2007 one and only official pavilion (involving the same protagonists again too), not to mention the 2009 absence.
t h e s t a t e o f m i n d project is designed to be an ongoing ever-growing project creating possibilities for viewers and artists alike to interact accross countries in order to maintain spaces for action above and beyond institutional control, and art market logic. The point of departure has been the Lebanese art scene whose singularity created an opportunity of such an intervention in the local art scene, and through it to spread to the regional art scene, namely the Sharjah biennial, and from there to the international art scene with the creation of a dissensual space in the middle of the Arsenale, that represents Lebanon, allthewhile not being subsumed by the Biennale administration.
The project’s aim is two-fold:
- Maintaining a self-sustainable space of particiaptive art through new media, and mobile technology.
- Offering news paradigms, and viable opportunities for institutional critique that seems to be an ever more essential part of contemporary art practice in a diversified art market.
The void created in the Arsenale will be available for artistic interventions until the end of the Biennale in November. Parallel to the Venice intervention, participative projects will have to take place in different cities around the world, starting with those associated with the European, American, and Asian art scenes. Collaborations through GPS-enabeled 3G devices, already used in Venice, will be used for actions, and interventions in New York, London, Beijing, Beirut, and Cairo.
The all-too known endorsement process taking place in the art world has to be evaluated against a simple and dynamic definition of the locus of art: if the artwork does not offer ways to participation it is not affordable as artwork. The meta-artistic level exists, and has to be reached through the recursive imperative of ‘art as intervention in art’.
This is t h e s t a t e o f m i n d.
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Documentation of two derives which took place in Venice on the 2nd & 3rd June 2011 as part of the WalkSpace project.
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My Childhood, my memories, my fears
Jamaica is my CATHOLICISM it reminds me of what class is all about- Division
Women keep the boundaries and men have the freedom to roam and move..
I want that reality…I want to be like a man…and have the freedom to caress any space I choose
Or I want to be mad so people don’t expect anything from me
The Bars of my window…..
Jamaica reminds me of grills and the constant prohibition of what you can and cannot do…because ladies just don’t do….and crime is right on the corner on the heel of your feet ..or so they say…and I wonder how do you live not knowing your neighbor…or having a look at the people around you…
Jamaica reminds me of God every time my Immaculate classmates write their faith as their line of reason…
And of my friends’ death Diane Smith and of loosing Georgia Nelson, two years ago, so young…and of my youth hanging out on the boats in Lime Key clumsily thinking I could be beautiful…
And then there is the guys, and the pervasive sexual energy in the air, where you wonder for one minute why can’t they talk to you without thinking that the bed is the next step
And what is the division between the dick and the vagina, and why it is such a space of difference
And it reminds me of my teasing them and taking them by the horns and playing with the bullshit as they fed me the line on equality for all—well yes then let us do a performative action if you are gamed..
HE chickened out and I think he thought that I was weirder than he had imagined…smiles…I had known this would be his response….
This is my heart- I left my heart in Ouidah…It is my soul- it is the core of what I believe life should be about- people, rythymn, spirituality and feeling
It is that red earth on the soles of my calves, and the hot breeze, and sounds that came sipping through the night calling me…it is those mellow songs I heard in the Vodoun couvent that night or LAMBERT when he touched ANDERS’ hand calling the twin and his happiness
In Benin- I lost my class, and became equal with the earth- it let me roam- it let me be free- and I was all alone—it made me confront myself and feel the reality of my humanity- and the wideness on what I could offer—
It filled me up for years——
It is my alienation—it is knowing that I am not like all the others but I have to fight just to be—-if I don’t I will corrode
It is my children, and their smiling and laughs that save me- they pull me into their worlds of play and I get lost—
It is ANDERS and his sound faith in me and his persistence and positivity that I admire
HE lights me up with all his imaginations and flight-in his mind I flow
West Africa is my sole- I don’t remember this type of happiness that I felt in JOAL it was exurberant and uplifting- nothing could bring me down
So what is my home it is just a space within my head, I enter it- and chose what compartments I want to look at during the day, it is a composite of many things that make me feel safe, close and warm…It is an imaginary field with lighted images in which to spring, a dive into my imagination and there are many homes of relief, beauty and pain…