You're invited to bring works (any medium), practices, ideas, processes, and most importantly, yourselves. Art Opening appears uninvited in art and non-art spaces, adding an extra layer to their ordinary function – a meeting between two types of audience, attention, situations, performers, two degrees of performing, two levels of reality. Depending on the participants' desires, the event might go towards exhibition, performance, workshop, discussion, intervention, or, more likely, a mix of them.
Measures, restrictions, explicit and implicit limitations are more and more determining what kind of art is possible, by whom, for whom, how it should be presented, how and if we can be together. Artists are professionally rewarded for compliance with pre-established perspectives, for interiorizing institutional mindsets and unquestionable "correct stances". In this art closure atmosphere, Art Opening aims for temporary zones of possibility, for art openings at the levels of formats, contents and aesthetics.
One of art's functions is to question the normal and to explore alternatives, to deviate from conventions, regulations, measures, restrictions, mandates and protocols. In a time when bodies are seen as sources of infection and disease, and we're preferred as online disembodied presences, turned against each other, Art Opening is a reminder that bodies are also sources of affects, intuitions, sensibility, creativity, joy, playfulness, connection, love, presence, without which, there is no 'life' to be saved.
*You can disagree, and still be very welcomed to the Art Opening. Against the current atmosphere, Art Opening embraces the plurality of views.
With Evie Cousins, Maria Draghici, Florin Flueras, Piotrek Szwagrzyk, Eliza Trefas.
Lisbon, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Nov 11.