”– WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? – I DONT KNOW. THE COMPUTERS ARE DOWN.”
The project was realized by Puerto Rican artist Michel D. Linares, together with Manuel Köchli, Dario Zeo, Leonardo Bürgi, Cyril Hübscher, Linus Baumeler, Mario Kull, Linda Wunderlin, Jérémy Gigandet, Veronique Haug, and Andrea Wenger.
During the workshop “—What is the meaning of life? —I don’t know. The computers are down.” Puerto Rican artist Michael D. Linares, together with students, did approach four main topics as starting points for research: religion (magic and cosmology), food, social relations, and art. The idea was to learn by going back to very original, even primitive, materials— both as objects and notions. From the domestication of fire to the creation of symbols and religion to the finding and naming of food, the workshop leads towards the concept of nature versus nurture. “—What is the meaning of life? —I don’t know. The computers are down.” was an empirical outcome of an intensive brainstorm on what can be considered “life” and what “life” is about. The presentation did focus on how we as modern humans constantly interpret and construct meanings to “make sense” after being civilized and disconnected from the universe.
The Exhibited Classroom is a series of exhibitions that result from student workshops with guest artists and teachers. It is crucial for der TANK to be a space of a different nature, to invite audiences to uncertain occasions, where it is unclear whether or not it really is an exhibition. This uncertainty offers the artists and the audience the chance to share in the process of a particular artistic research.