my sense of direction: it took over a month of living here to realise that the Upper East Side is to the RIGHT of the park and the Upper West Side is to the LEFT of the park
People say “it’s boring” — as if that were a final standard of appeal, and no work of art had the right to bore us. But most of the interesting art of our time is boring.
Jasper Johns is boring. Beckett is boring, Robbe-Grillet is boring. Etc. Etc.
Maybe art has to be boring, now. (This doesn’t mean that boring art is necessarily good — obviously.) We should not expect art to entertain or divert anymore. At least, not high art. Boredom is a function of attention. We are learning new modes of attention — say, favoring the ear more than the eye — but so long as we work within the old attention-frame we find X boring … e.g. listening for sense rather than sound (being too message-oriented)."
sometimes if you tell the first flakes of snow at dusk to fuck OFF it works try it
one mug lukewarm nescafe (stolen from roommates)
one mug orange juice & water (stolen from roommates)
one can PBR (free, gallery)
one campari & prosecco (free, after party)
one whiskey & ice (free, after party)
one whiskey & ice (bought by a canadian man)
one gin & tonic (bought by an english man)
one green juice ($4.99 in fort greene the next morning)
I don’t consider my work as training for activism, though I don’t dislike the idea, but I do think that museums and art institutions can provide training grounds for different kinds of self-reflective activities. Cultural institutions serve a different purpose than society’s other institutions, such as shopping malls, television and the event-driven entertainment industry. Each is a kind of conduit in society, and each does a different thing. And what I see as the potential for art institutions and other places of cultural production is that they serve in this particular area a kind of activity or engagement. I see artworks themselves as a bit further down the steps, because they normally deal with a specific kind of activity or activity “horizon.” With artworks, it’s on a much more personal or individual level, and it’s hard—and not always for the best—to make generalizations about what exactly is going on.
- Olafur Eliasson in BOMB