|We are also pleased to announce the theme of the festival, which we hope will be both theoretically and practically inspiring. It is for all of you who refuse to have an institutional mind. Last years theme was focusing on the question on how to bridge the gap between « art & life », an issue that has been at the center of interest in the artistic theoretical and practical debate since 1945. This year the festivals theme is the iconoclastic notion that «everybody is an artist », a statement first made by Jean Dubuffet in 1946 and then carried on by Joseph Beuys in the 1960's with « Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler ». A notion which have its artistic origin in Marcel Duchamps creation of the imaginary artist Richard Mutt in 1913. It's a notion that still carries a revolutionary and avant-garde quality. It's a theoretical theme that just like Infr'Action is both avant-garde and popular. It is a notion with a very strong potential. If everybody is an artist, we ask ourselves, then what happens to the foundation of what is usually referred to as « the institutional theory of art » ? The institutional minds own manual. What happens if everybody is an artist, if everybody can point to an object and state « this is art » ! || || |
Pierre PInoncelli. Infr'Action 2006.
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