How to Begin
Artists' Research Laboratory (XXIV CSAV)
2–25 July 2018
"Talking about being and becoming and the gapin-between. The process of reducing possibilities until, starting with a word or thought or action, one can begin to bridge the gap between intention and actualization. The beginning is different to everything that comes after. It's the initial condition and a step into the unknown. By your action, you set the initial condition. The first step forms the condition for the outcome. Before a nail is hammered in it needs to be positioned correctly. Through repetition or expansion or refinement things open up again and the work builds up around a core idea."
The seminar considered "how do we begin?" through a number of related questions: How do we negotiate individuality and exchange in the brief context of a seminar and within the larger one of an artistic practice? What's at stake in a beginning if we refuse to relegate things to a state of passive inactivity and instead choose to recognize agency to them and to all non-human processes? How can we discuss the relationship between the first glimpse of an engagement, which must unavoidably come from outside us, and our future entanglement with it? How do we negotiate the tension between wanting to make something and not wanting to be in it?
These questions provided the starting point for seminars and studio work. They were also addressed through "Aperto", a one day exhibition intended as a public moment of collective reflection on the processes, researches and discussions in which the individual participants will have engaged while exploring the themes of How do We Begin?
The same questions were addressed through a publication created in collaboration with all the participants during the XXIV Laboratory and released soon after its closing.