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“Seeing the situation as low comedy is a way out of the bind. I would propose that the first practical step towards laughter is to un-art ourselves, avoid all aesthtetic roles, give up all references to being artists of any kind whatever. An un-artist is one who is engaged in changing jobs, in modernizing. It is quite possible to shift the whole un-artistic operation slyly away from where the art customarily congregate. To become, for instance an account executive, an ecologist, a stunt rider, a politician, a beach bum. In these different capacities, the several kinds of art discussed would operate indirectly as a stored code, which, instead of programming a specific course of behavior, would facilitate an attitude of deliberate playfulness towards all professionalizing activities well beyond art.”—Allan Kaprow, The Education of the Un-Artist, Part 1, in Art News, February 1971.
Above is another glimpse: (a quote I found begging to be inserted into RFAOH while I was reading materials for) ruangrupa (RURU) school. Today is the-monthly-meeting day at RURU, with people being really excited about Karbon (that’s next glimpse), + my first ever discussion about the plan of RURU opening up a pedagogical wing to celebrate its 15th anniversary next year (passed that date, + we’ll be the longest living cultural organization in the country, beating the communist LEKRA who were forcefully disbanded in 1965—their 15th year—by the New Order government) for which I am responsible for. At this early stage, all options are there still to follow, whether being formal/informal, targeting middle-schoolers/university students/graduates, as a separate entity/unified with RURU as it is right now, + most importantly interrogating the effect it can have to RURU as an insititution and collection of individuals. First preliminary presentation of proposal will be done late May, when there’s a big international group congregating here for the Arts Collaboratory meeting. Among them (hopefully) will be someone from Ashkal Alwan, whose Home Works program I found inspiring (I remember Christine Tohme stated that this educational program was a “curatorial act” instead of an educational one during her panel at Sharjah March Meeting). This can be huge, but it’s not only up to me. So we’ll see, shall we?