Eduardo Navarro: Into Ourselves
• Friday, November 10, 2017, der TANK, Basel. A soup made from the artworks will be served.
I love the first lines of Gustav Metzger’s Manifesto Auto-Destructive Art (1960):
Man In Regent Street is auto-destructive.
Rockets, nuclear weapons, are auto-destructive.
The drop drop dropping of HH bombs.
Not interested in ruins, (the picturesque)
Auto-destructive art re-enacts the obsession with destruction, the pummeling to which individuals and masses are subjected.
I really think Gustav Metzger already knew about the Holographic Principle, a very complex theory that, in a radical simplification, states that the Cosmos does not destroy its own information. As far as quantum mechanics is concerned, information about states is never destroyed. According to Leonard Susskind, “all we know about physics would fall apart if information is lost.” So, no destructions possible. This can be read in so many non-quantic ways, which we could claim are very good news, since it is an invitation to stop trying to destroy, and this invitation is not coming from a well-intended soul, but from the Universe itself! However, we all know the ways things go are far more complex in the precarious minds of humans. Therefore, Eduardo Navarro is starting his opening with a soup, a soup for all those attending the opening on Friday, November 10, from 6pm on. In the soup, there is art: because he has been doing edible art, and some of it will end up in the cooking. Since destruction is not an option, transformation, digestion, joy is at stake in this new project consisting in a large series of edible drawings. This very simple gesture of drawing on a matter that is compatible with our guts completely challenges the cry for an immaterial art. Thinking about the power of the market, and the aggressiveness against complex thinking, art and artists, the idea of not-destroying but metabolize art seems like an important proposal. It already expresses the end of the sweet years of bourgeoisie culture and we are now in a radical post-capital stage that is making impossible, or very difficult, to know what can challenge the current situation, where is a difference-to-capital possible. So the things, eating art, making it part of our system, is a way of addressing the importance of transforming ourselves radically as well to be ready to do, to name, to imagine a space for a different connectivity among humans, humans and non-humans and politics altogether. Once in our stomach art may do the part and help us.
Text by Chus Martínez