artlife

artlife is a "method" and "philosophy" in the making. It is somehow similar to spiritual approaches and somatic methods as Feldenkrais, BMC, Yoga, but also quite different because it is not primarily based on somatics, therapy or spirituality but on contemporary art – it is an artwork, composed of other artworks of mine and Alina Popa. It is a way to recontextualize and present those artworks in a "method"/"technique" format. artlife transfers to life art instruments, structures, processes, practices, aesthetics, exploratory attitudes. It develops tools for creating ”forms of life" but also tools for seeing life and reality as art – introduces an art sensibility and attention in everyday perceptions, in the senses, in what we already see, hear, touch, feel, do.

artlife will explore a radically horizontal and equalitarian collaboration – forming a contemporary skete without collective rules, where each of the participants could shape their own artlives, in proximity to the others. But artlife will also play with the master-disciple relationship and even with the guru idea. These forms were very present in the history of spirituality but also in the history of art because the transmission of very complex practices and philosophies requires spending time together in a learning relationship. artlife too, cannot be just taught according to a methodology, it needs the multilevel transmission that happens through living together.

artlife is ambiguous, an artwork and a real new method at the same time. Its outcomes are multiple: practices, theories, sessions, exhibition, book. The exhibition proposes situations in which artlife elements are activated in the space and in the bodies of visitors. It will be an artlife stand/installation /exhibition – a mixture between a promotional fair stand of a spiritual/somatic method and an art exhibition. artlife representatives/performers attend the stand, provide information and work with the interested visitors/clients. From time to time artlife sessions will be conducted in which visitors/clients are guided to incorporate artlife into their lives. artlife sessions are ambiguous events – performances, workshops, but also educative and promotional contexts for the artlife method. People can choose their degree of participation on the interval artlife student/client – spectator. The teaching is performative, the sessions have aesthetic influences from spiritual sessions, somatic approaches, experiential therapies, self-help, dance and performance workshops etc. One of sessions' ambitions is to explore new ways of doing and presenting art – the works instead of just being exhibited are integrated and camouflaged into the artlife method.

Sometimes there is interest for the therapeutic/ transformative functions of art, but in general these dimensions are minimized and avoided because of perception that they diminish an artwork, or even expel it from the art field. Linda Montano, Teaching Hsieh, Lygia Clark, Hu Xiangqian, Jan Ader, Lee Lozano were some of the artists that mixed art and life. They went from life to art, wanting to transform their lives or parts of their lives into art. artlife is exploring the opposite, is going from art to life – art becomes life.

artlife employs an idealized image of contemporary art as a dynamic, novelty oriented domain that can continuously reshape and redefine itself to swallow and integrate what seems to be outside its reach. artlife explores possible extensions of contemporary art on life itself. New forms of thinking, perception, sensibility and living are emerging in art and slowly are permeating society. artlife wants to make explicit this process and accelerate it, or even to make the new forms to emerge simultaneously in both spheres.

The contemporary subjectivities are shaping the current grim realities, so to affect the ways of producing the contemporary subjectivities, the current forms of life, can be an important political and ecological intervention. The technologies of the self, the experiments with forms of life, were the domain of religion and spirituality, very much based on tradition, discipline, fixed dogmas and rigid practices. artlife experiments with affecting and forming life mainly through artistic and performance procedures and it is oriented towards novelty and unknown. Nietzsche saw the potential in approaching life through art but he noticed that sadly, the artists are stopping when they arrive to life. artlife wants to surpass this limitation. artlife is an artwork that is activated in the bodies of visitors/clients/students. Art shouldn't be just seen, it should be lived.