January 28, 2008
List of the works available at Evolution de l'art:
Leasing a small portion of space in an artwork made by another artist, and using it
Paintings, sculptures, videos and sound pieces are welcome. A few square centimeters or a few seconds are enough for this project.
Not talking for 24 hours, starting from a moment chosen by the collector
I will not talk with anybody for 24 hours, during an usual working day, and will not stay at home.
Receiving the artists who want to show their works in a well-known gallery
In 1997, I received for three months all the artists who wanted to show their works at an important gallery based in Milano. This fact is for sale. On my future publications, I will state that the project is the property of the collector.
Renouncing to think about a personal project when invited to a show
When invited to participate in an exhibition, I will completely renounce to show my own personal concept, and I will instead exhibit artworks according to the collector's project. I will refuse my authorship.
Pronouncing the names of every people I know, as much as I can
In this performance, I will sit on a chair, trying to pronounce the first and last names of the people I know (and who are supposed to know me), by memory, starting from my good friends.
Giving another artist the possibility to participate at a show, at my place
On the occasion of my participation in a group or a solo show, I will give my place to another artist, not invited at that exhibition.
Collecting information about a list of unknown people, sent by the buyer
The collector will send me a list of artists, friends, etc., all of them living in the same city (max. 20), and I will ask people if they know them, collecting information (including mistaken data), impressions, opinions and anedoctes about them.
The fact that for six months the artist slept under a table
In 1995, I slept for six months under a table. This fact is for sale.
On my future publications, I will state that the project is a property of the collector.
January 7, 2008
«Few artists have inspired as many homages by other filmmakers as the work of Bas Jan Ader, who went from obscurity during his own lifetime to being a major influence in today's art world.»
(from www.basjanader.com; see the Homages section)