Everything about the contemporary is panda
Everything about the contemporary is panda is a work in progress utilising various symbols with emphasis on the panda which functions on several levels and throughout many different areas of human activity: politics, culture, conservation, ecology and then again as a sort of idol.
The panda also symbolises the contemporary man, following Ortega y Gasset:
‘a satisfied little man’.
It is the most reappearing element, as it follows modes of existence of the spectator and most importantly pivotal moments of art history, whereas the other elements become interwoven comments on contemporary human conditions. Three main actors of the project represent these different modes of existence. They are meant to be understood as symbols:
1. The panda is a degenerated creature (we want to keep the good times even though they are gone) – following Robert Lifton and Ortega y Gasset.
2. Marcel Duchamp. He is a 20th-century artist and professional chess player.
3. Thomas the Apostle. He does not believe in the resurrection of Jesus as one reads in the bible’s passage. He only believes in what he sees. He is a positivist (science is a religion which changes the paradigms quickly). On the other hand, the belief is more static and secure. This project is about the interconnection between belief (faith) and freedom. The readymade, the choice of the frame made by the artist, and since recently also the spectator, are ideas (in a platonic structural sense) one can reflect upon.
What is important is the concept of the readyframed – analogically to Duchamp, whose practice was constructed around his painterly background, taking photographic background into consideration -a ready framed is utilising an already existing frame (for example of another artist’s work or practice) – and so instead of establishing a new frame an already existing frame is given a certain symbolic value.
It is in this sense the works within this project are formulating narratives which could be all gathered under the banner of the neon “All is history”. A ready-framed is history which becomes a readymade.