Fresh ‘15: Happy Accidents
Curator: Anthi Argyriou
Action Field Kodra ‘15 invites young artists, final year students and graduates (of up to 2 years) of all schools of Fine Arts, to submit their proposals for the exhibition Fresh: Happy Accidents. Happy accidents, errors, misfires, misacts of any kind: Freud considered as ‘the waste products of the phenomenal world ’ a wide variety of errors to which he assigned content and purpose, defining them as ‘psychic acts that arise through the collaboration — or better, the mutual interference — of two different intentions ’. Whether we refer to slips of the tongue (lapsus linguae), of memory (lapsus memoriae) or of the hand (lapsus manus), errors express simultaneously the conflict and the reconciliation of two or more mutual antagonistic tendencies . In the realm of the exact sciences, the distinction between right and wrong constitutes proof of validity, but also a crucial point in experimentation and consequently in producing knowledge, technique and new applications. Transferring this concept to the realm of visual arts results in an interesting redefinition of right and wrong. On the one hand, it ceases to be a means of evaluation by losing its absoluteness; it acquires more an air of the haphazard and the uncontrollable. On the other, if we define the mishap as an unsound choice, a reckless coupling, a whole field of research questions opens up on the nature, boundaries and capabilities of artistic experimentation.
What are the outcomes of such happy accidents or unfortunate circumstances that take place during the production process of a work of art? What is the role of happenstances or misfires that might derail the intended creative process resulting from an initial concept, and yet become a part of the final visual outcome? If in practice the artist, just like the scientist or the craftsman, endeavours, after having familiarised themselves with their medium or media, to widen the use and the boundaries of their capabilities, then how do they redefine these boundaries? How do they manage the contradictions between theory and practice, concept and application, traditional means and innovative find? In forms of expression such as theatre or dance, performance art, interactive digital spaces or participatory projects, the authority of the artist/s appears to, if not recede, then definitely to transition from a desire to control everything to an intention to orchestrate a dynamic situation. Do contemporary artistic practices minimise or multiply the margins of ‘error’? What is the contribution of curiosity, risk and improvisation to the evolution of visual form? What is the role of error in discovery? Can happy accidents as reckless encounters and innovative conjunctions launch hybrid, in-between forms of expression and reveal new directions just like scientific experiments do?
Trial and error, Art and Science, Technology and traditional media, interdisciplinary projects, Art and Technology, collective attempts of artistic intervention in public spaces, multimedia installations and any artistic exploration of the precarious is the subject of Happy Accidents. For the first time this year, during the Fresh exhibition, a masterclass and a workshop on relevant means of contemporary artistic expression will take place.
1 Introduction to Psychoanalysis, Govostis, 2010, p. 36.
2 Ibid. p. 63.
3 Ibid. p. 65-69.