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Where are we to explore ideas if it's not on a virtual space whose main function is dialogue? Aren't ideas pushed further in a virtual space the exposure of personas don't have the same consequences? The virtual doesn't have to be a void, it can be used as space for exploration. When ideas are exposed in the virtual, they can be pulled in whichever direction to see how far they can go. Some of them will not resist the tension and some will tear.
If we are to see the virtual as a territory created by a community and its laws as the boundaries. We could envision transgression as an exploration of that territory. In order to really transgress one needs to know where the boundaries lie. As with ideas, we need to push the limits of the territory to know how far we can go. But a good knowledge of where those boundaries lie are and what they represent is needed in order to go beyond them. I propose elastic boundaries rather than permeable ones. Boundaries that don't need to be changed in a day to day basis, but shifted to accommodate the changes within the community.
When one makes an object, you’re not really making the object as much as you are honing your own sensibility to make the object, your ability to decide and make choices. You do that for 50 years or 60 years and you get pretty good at it after a while because that’s what you’re really working on. They get backwards, the idea that communication is what art is about, it’s not about communication it’s about knowing.
Art is a continual inquiry into the potential of human beings to perceive another world with an aesthetic bias. What we see is the artworld which is not art per se, it is the process of how art is being innovated, and corrupted at the same time, into the world. This is not an “either or” or “better than” proposition. Without the process of the artworld doing what it does (well or not well) the inquiry of art would be like the tree that falls in the forest, it would have no effect. The act of art is this inquiry about the potential of human beings but everything from that point on is something else. The idea of making history has been very crucial and worked when the object had a kind of permanent transcendence about it. You set up a museum and you take up the position of trying to maintain it in perpetuity. The beauty of that is the idea that it creates this record, this body of knowledge from which the world steps off and we have that as a reference point. But one of the problems is that now contemporary art won’t hold still.
- A Conversation with Robert Irwin on Light and Space III
The world should be conceived as a pluriverse, not a universe and this means recognising that the western form of liberal democracy is not the only way in which the democratic ideal can be institutionalised. The western model represents only one possible political form of life amongst others and we should accept that democracy can find different forms of inscription according to the variety of contexts.
- Chantal Mouffe
Quo Vadis, Europe? Debating Democratic Models for Europe