Anxieties of a Post-Practice Artist

Anxieties of a Post-Practice Artist

The figure of a non-practicing artist has a mythology of its own running through the Art's history and discourse. There are numerous stories–some real, some fictional–feeding into this narrative. There is Bartleby who would rather not to, there is Rimbaud who gave up poetry for adventures in colonialism and Duchamp playing chess, there is Charlotte Posenenske crossing over into sociology and Tehching Hsieh who pronounced his withdrawal a performance. Non-practice may contain ingredients of frustration, refusal of participation, loss of confidence, feelings of failure and depression, and it can also be a strategy of reflection upon the practice of art. In some cases it may be all at the same time. All of these ingredients may more or less consciously inform individual artist's actions–or rather–non-actions, when an artist does not do what is expected of them. After all–certain narrative informs us, that from an artist we need to expect the unexpected.

Post-practice is a process of probing the limits of the discourse, questioning the context of Art within capitalist society and an attempt to think Art outside/after/without the capitalist frame even to a point that we may drop the entire idea of Art altogether. 

As an individual, post-practice artist knows no personal ambition for his own. The performative talk to create a situation for dialogical exchange of views, for philosophising together, inside the community, inside the family. The discussion is fueled by contradictions that the figure of a post-practice artist cannot or refuses to resolve. Don't expect therefore to walk away with any answers. What you can expect however, is some good soup.

Post-practice artist. When attitude becomes formless.

Project "post-practice artist" project is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.


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