Our place in Darkness
Artists' Research Laboratory (IX CSAV)
1–22 July 2003
"It's the battle, the clash, what I love in art. And in the teaching of art too. Small battles, mild irritation, prolonged tension. Pushing and being pushed. A continuous revision. The entirety of the work, never fixed and never finished. This was to me the experience of Como, a wonderful summer, and now the yearly catalogue reminds us of all its possible variations. Although we are used to deny it, we live in a very academic time. We ended up almost taming art, publicly and privately; we bound art to please our most mundane needs. We used artists to reaffirm what they already know, and what we, with them, want to believe. We have trained them to do that in public, in such a way that almost no serious questions to the viewer and listener are cast. Visual art has become a kind of industrial agriculture, the mechanized harvest of high culture most popular seeds."
Giacinto di Pietrantonio