03 Feb Exchange Values
‘The artist sets the conditions for and initiates the action of listening. Listening is neither passive, nor a tool for gathering and negotiating existing opinions, but an action which in itself is expressive and has agency.
There is a beautiful tension in some works, between the activist intentions to communicate an idea or position, and the desire for a conversation which has a life of its own, beyond the control of either partner. This is not a tension of opposites. To make sculpture in the social realm can mean to navigate, not direct, and even to let go of a conversation. And in this intimate and public sphere, to do this in order to create the conditions for change’.
key words: Hans-Georg Gadamer
at the Social Sculpture Research Seminars, Tate Modern 2005