My ambition is to work with a group of maximum around 15 students in form of a workshop. I’be preparing a schedule to meet students mostly outside the academy and visit various other institutions in riga. Workshop will take place Oct 1, 2 and 4, 5. Wednesday Oct 3rd I’ll keep open as a break and for unexpected to happen. On the first day, Oct 1st, I’ll give a small presentation and will introduce an exhibition of mine to introduce myself and make the students understand my context.
What kind of independence is being declared here? Is it the independence from an institution which shows one’s work, from the market, or in general from the constraints of being in the world? Independence in art has long meant freedom of artistic creation. There was this idea that it was financially independent and that, because of this, it was able to do more or less as it wishes. And artists long represented the projection surface of a life freed from many constraints. Yet this unrealistic notion that artists have the freedom you, as a civic subject, do not dare to take has meanwhile been largely abandoned. First, artists for some while addressed – with almost masochistic self-enjoyment – the constraints of their institutions, and then everything became precarious. In the long run, both didn’t work well. Constantly taking the freedom to point to the unfreedom of one’s situation at some point smacked of paid criticism. And the discourse about one’s own precariousness ran the risk of complaining at a high level, while the voices of the really poor remain inaudible.