October 2 – November 29, 2015
Kunsthal Aarhus presents do it, an exhibition of artist instructions curated by internationally renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Investigating the idea of an exhibition that never stops, presentations of do it have taken place in over fifty different locations all over the world, including a previoius version in Copenhagen almost 25 years ago. By highlighting the collective production process, found both in and outside the art world, do it contributes to Kunsthal Aarhus’ COLLECTIVE MAKING series (2015-2016).
do it investigates some of the processes behind the production and interpretation of art’s making and doing. There are no original works and no single, original exhibition. do it also unites two conceptual avant-garde strategies: creating an artwork by following written instructions, and the insertion of chance. Like all art-by-instruction, do it is essentially an attempt to make an open work, allowing for a range of realizations according to the interpretation, choices and limitations of those following the instructions. Like the list of works comprising the book that accompanies the exhibition and from which this selection is made, do it is a catalogue of unlimited possibilities.
The instructions selected by Kunsthal Aarhus for this version of do it are presented in six ”how-to” themes; how to eat, how to play, how to build, how to be social, how to be political, and how to be digital. In the context of the COLLECTIVE MAKING exhibition series (2015-16), the main concept of do it is put under pressure by considering its DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos in a more collective framework of DIWO (Do It With Others). The rules of the game change over time and what were once radical interventions become normalized: how do we respond now to the artists' imperative to do something when we no longer believe in artistic autonomy and when we are all producers all the time? The exhibition of do it at Kunsthal Aarhus raises many interesting questions about how cultural and historical conditions affect the choices on offer, as well as how we begin to situate the central and powerful figure of the curator in these processes.
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