After reading Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist Manifesto (without thinking about the historical references, Argote discovered a text in which the word “feeling” is ever-present), the artist took a radio to a museum, let a song play randomly and danced in front of Black Cross, one of the Russian artist’s most iconic paintings. The song playing at the moment happened to be “Close to Me” by The Cure.
Excerpt from Suprematist Manifesto:
Under Suprematism I understand the supremacy of pure feeling in creative art. To the Suprematist the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling, as such, quite apart from the environment in which it is called forth.
The so-called “materialization“ of a feeling in the conscious mind really means a materialization of the reflection of that feeling through the medium of some realistic conception. Such a realistic conception is without value in Suprematist art... And not only in Suprematist art but in art generally , because the enduring, true value of a work of art (to whatever school it may belong) resides solely in the feeling expressed.
“I placed myself with a radio in front of the Black Cross. After selecting a dance song, I started dancing in front of it. This project affords me to make my own reading of the above-mentioned text, a sort of an updated view. It appeared important to select a dance song once on site, live. In the context of a spontaneous and urgent performance it was an instant choice that went out according to a present feeling.“ Iván Argote
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