artlife

artlife is a method and philosophy in the making. It is similar somehow with spiritual approaches and with somatic methods as Feldenkrais or BMC, but also very different because artlife is thought as an artwork and it is not primary based on somatics, therapy or spirituality but on contemporary art. artlife experiments with artificially forming life, mainly through artistic and performance procedures, it transfers art instruments and exploratory attitudes from art to living, and contaminates life with art structures, processes, practices, aesthetics. It develops tools for creating our own 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 are already see, hear, touch, feel, do.

The technologies of the self, the shaping of new forms of life were the domain of religion and spirituality. Usually the spiritual paths are based on tradition and discipline, artlife is based on artistic procedures, on novelty and unknown instead of fixed dogmas and rigid practices. Nietzsche thought about the potential of art and aesthetics in approaching life but he noticed that the problem with artists is that they stop when they arrive to life. artlife ambition is to surpass this problem. New forms of thinking, perception, sensibility and living are emerging in art and slowly are permeating society. artlife wants to make this process explicit and to accelerate it, or even to make the new forms to emerge simultaneously in both spheres. artlife employs an idealized image of contemporary art as a general, dynamic, novelty oriented domain that can continuously reshape and redefine itself to swallow and accommodate things that are outside its reach. artlife activates and explores possible extensions of contemporary art on life itself. artlife is not just artistic self-help, for many thinkers the production of subjectivity is the main political problem, because in the end the subjectivities are shaping reality.

We will research artists that mixed life and art, like Linda Montano, Teaching Hsieh, Lygia Clark, Hu Xiangqian, Jan Ader, Lee Lozano, etc. At a first glance a big difference between their approach and artlife is that they wanted to transform their lives or part of their lives in art, and artlife is interested in the reverse, art to become life.

A radically horizontal and equalitarian dynamic will be explored, like forming a contemporary skete without collective rules, where each of the participants could shape her own form of life, in proximity to the others, developing their own artlives. But artlife will also play with the master-disciple relationship and even with the guru idea. The transmission of very complex practices and philosophies requires spending time together. artlife is a complex matter, cannot be done according to a methodology, it's a multilevel transmission that happens through living together.

artlife outcomes are multiple: practices, theories, sessions, exhibitions, a book. One of the main focuses will be the sessions, workshop-performances in which the audience will be guided to incorporate artlife in their lives. People can choose their degree of participation on the interval artlife student – spectator. The sessions will have aesthetic influences from spiritual sessions, somatic approaches, experiential therapies, self-help and art workshops etc.

artlife will be ambiguous, at the same time an artwork and a real new method. The ambiguity will extend to its presentation too, it will be a performance, a workshop and also an educative and promotional event for the artlife method.
artlife is an artwork that is literally activated in the bodies of visitors /audiences /students. Art shouldn't be just seen, it should be lived.