Art & everyday life
In this section, Mister Motley investigates the art world up-close and aims to connect art to everyday life. Next to that, Art & Everyday Life invites artists to write about their everyday experiences, about their love for art and the dark edges surrounding it, and they will provide us with commentary on the now and report on their researches and residencies in The Netherlands and abroad.
How many sips would it take to empty the biggest pool in the world? Why do we count the weight of a whale calculating the kilos it would weigh on land? What to do when the kilo no longer weighs a kilo? In my thesis I research how we deal with measurements in daily life and in art. As a part of my research I talked to Sarah van Sonsbeeck, who (as a fine artist with a background in architecture) deals with space and size on a regular basis. She expresses concepts in ways that differ from their obvious measurements. One of her works is a cubic decimetre of silence using a vacuum, which is extraordinary in itself because a vacuum is a kind of anti-space and silence is a kind of anti-sound. Even though sound is usually measured in decibel, according to Sarah van Sonsbeeck, decibels cannot quite express al the characteristics of sound.
This year I turned thirty years old and I still study. To find out what goes on in the minds of people that are thirty, I read the book Het dertigersdilemma by Nienke Wijnants, freely translated to The Complications of Being Thirty. The book doesn't seem to talk about this generation of thirty-year-olds. I see few similarities between me and the thirty-year-olds described in the book (the economic crisis isn't mentioned for example, and it seems that there are plenty of jobs to choose from) and I wonder what it's like for other thirty-year-olds. The book also deals with a very selective group of people and not a single artist.
To prepare myself, still an art student, for a more realistic point of view, I will interview a couple of artists that are about the age of thirty and simply ask them what their life looks like. What does an artist do? What kind of rhythm, if at all, does a work week have? Is an artist satisfied?