On July 9, 2022, I took a piece of cardboard from a pile on a street in Ponte da Barca, Portugal and put down conversations with people that I just met from a residency, where I had to introduce myself and explain what (kind of art) I do. I wore the cardboard around my neck and sat. I put the cardboard back to the pile when I had to leave the next day.
MANIFESTO OF AN ARTIST WHO IS ACTUALLY AN ARTIST???
-What do you do?
-I walk. And think. And sigh. And walk. And sing. And walk. And die.
-What’s your medium?
-Myself. And other people. And the entire world.
-Why do you make work?
-To deal with the time before death. To justify my existence in the world.
-What makes art art?
-Earnestness. Instinct. Urgency. No Purpose.
-Where is your studio?
-In my brain. Or somewhere in the drains?
-Where do you get materials?
-Trash from the street or from other people.
-What are you good at?
-Observing. Making connections. Guessing. Interpreting.
-What are you bad at?
-Making decisions. Being patient.
-What do you hate?
-Academic art. Art for the sake of political correctness. Bureaucracy.
-How do you make money as an artist?
-What are some obstacles in your art making?
-Representing my work with images. And telling people it’s art.
-What are some worries?
-Not being able to settle down. But that’s good.
-What do you enjoy about art?
-I admire people’s encounter with the world and their ability to express/record/represent? through art.
-What do you enjoy about art making?
-Being able to be free.
-What do you dislike about your art?
-Being personal, unrelated and valueless to the rest of the world.