Daniël van der GiessenArt & Research Breda
In my practice I mainly use conversation, writing, and the social environment. With these, I develop an attitude, rather than using them as a means to a (visual) outcome. Ultimately, the focus is on questioning the traditional and individualistic role of the artist, and creating new working and thinking models based on collectivity as a mindset. This takes place in social processes, mediating and negotiating between collective processes consisting of individual (art) practices, as well as in the societal, taking a critical position towards the self-affirming and hermetical art world.
This defiant position does not just rely on representing critique towards the arts and art world, but needs an embodying of the criteria and critique it is researching. Not taking any given criteria of “artistic practice” for granted, I try to find new and appropriate modes of research, questioning where, how, what and with whom. Herein, taking space can only exist in parallel to giving space. This results in concrete work forms, such as performance workshops, reading sessions and publications that provide new forms of work.