VULNERARTE, Reality as Raw Materia
The relationship, or rather the distance from the truth of reality in contemporary art, is today one of the keys to understanding the cultural, political, and economic situation of humanity on the brink of extinction. Times like these should produce powerful art, seeking a tremendous shake-up compared to the existing. Instead, we live in a smoothed present that constantly shies away from any form of pain and has gradually, but inexorably, led to the irrelevance of art, depriving us of any possibility of understanding, interpretation, and true and autonomous contemplation.
Art claims its rights on life with an implacable action that must break radically with the past. The experience of this art in the contemporary world looks more at ‘VULNERABILITY’ than perfection, precisely because unknown rules reign and should not be known.
‘Vulnerarte’ is a primordial opening to the Other. It returns the readable to the unreadable from which it comes. It is an essential part of our humanity that allows us to connect with others in a deep and meaningful way.
Key aspects of ‘Vulnerarte’: the indistinction between work and non-work; self and world; subject and object (identification); author and participant; figure and background.
‘Vulnerarte’ uproots artists, participants, and exhibition spaces from their roles and comfort zones. The form, the style no longer entirely respond to the artist, and as a consequence, the work as ‘BODY-BEYOND-MATTER’ gains more and more autonomy. Its meaning (its meanings) do not belong exclusively to the artist or the participant but to the performative event in its indeterminable entirety.
We go beyond the aspect of ‘site-specific’ and ‘site-sensitive’ devices to reach the new term ‘SITE-COEXISTENCE,’ which means an attempt to create not a confrontation but a dialogue between multiple existences: that of the artist and their work, of the participants, in the light of exhibition spaces; a more incisive experience, even if limited to the time and space of the performative event, to experiment with relational creative practices that reveal connections, affinities, and possible developments.
‘Vulnerarte’ creates a ‘COSMIC-WEAVE-FABRIC’ of ‘COMMUNICATIVE-ARTISTIC-ORGANISMS’ as fully-fledged pieces of existence, capable of entering into a relationship with the artist, the participant, in the light of transdisciplinary performative practice to overcome separations, reductions, specializations, simplifications, and decontextualizations, for a new cognitive paradigm.
In this sense, the function of the exhibition space ‘separated’ from life is almost nil and, on the contrary, represents a serious obstacle.
‘Vulnerarte’ escapes from the confines of galleries, fairs, museums… it escapes from pre-defined anesthetic spaces that have been reserved for art today to keep it on the margins and re-enters the world, reopening the contemporary cathedrals of vulnerability, especially disciplinary spaces frozen as former prisons-hospitals-slaughterhouses-barracks-churches-institutes-factories-schools… abandoned places in our metropolises where we can discover what is hidden behind the ‘world-in-function’ and reconnect with the present.
‘Vulnerarte’ escapes from niches and bubbles configured around predetermined and hetero-directed tastes and, therefore, is as far away as possible from the unknown, from the unfamiliar: from the new.
‘Vulnerarte’ is the performative event in which emotions, articulated inside and thanks to ‘Communicative-Artistic-Organisms,’ acting ‘A NOMAD-ETHICS’ and an ‘AESTHETICS-OF-CONVERGENCE’ based on the creative mechanisms of ‘Ruins,’ begin to present themselves as ‘SITE-COEXISTENCE’ experiences to be pursued: in other words, actionable and resilient thoughts capable of unhooking action and having a chance to change things again.
The movement pursues a transdisciplinary performative practice consisting of the integration of expressive resources from painting, sculpture, dance, music, photography, cinema, theater, publishing…
‘Vulnerarte’ is the art of the present and the future; it is the art of the world.