EE #1, 2016: The Bigger Picture
What is art today? This bigger question is an ever-haunting one. And EE sticks to it. This magazine is not just a statement; it is an on-going investigation about all what art can be. Not just what it is. That is rather dull. Established notions of art and making, no matter how avant-garde their origin were, is less about surprises and more about comfortable ways of understanding the world. EE is not comfortable, nor safe. EE is rather unsafe, standing on uneven, sometimes even shaky ground. Where we cannot stand, the higher we soar. Or plunge into the ruptures. This probing -and at times poking- into (im)possible art-to-be is one of the main points of this experiment. And EE as action research into cultural change.
Art is the evil of culture. Like better is the evil of good. So reads the maxim of the Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana. EE looks for that better. Even if it is a failure. Failures can be great. They are the highways into different understandings. Different ways of seeing the world. Or unlearning what we thought was the good. It is in this sea of difference, inhabited by the different, that EE submerges itself.
EE is about–like the Krokers once proposed- accelerating ourselves into sub-suicidal speed. From the crashed and crunched remains we might better rebuild our notion of art - and ultimately ourselves. Beautiful? Maybe not. But then again, splendor can be found in the cracks of reality, better failures are seductive and imaginative speculations our success.
Welcome to the bigger picture of what art can be. One magazine at a time.