By Leónidas Martin, (Colectivo Enmedio)
Artivism is a concept of Alan Kaprow- an artist from the seventies who´s one of the creators of Fluxus, an artistic movement that has to do with the idea of mixing art and life and freeing artistic practices from strictly artistic spaces in order to interact with other parts of life in all of its facets. So, he talks about how art needs to stop being “art” in order to be art as something else. He talks about the idea of “un-learning” and of the “un-artist” and that maybe the best way or one of the possible ways to be an artist today is to be an “un-artist,” meaning not working within the traditional logics because art has always been tightly linked to the forms and counter-forms of power. The art history that we know has always been linked to kings, popes, to what is the representation of power. And right now, in large part, it’s also linked to the people that have money, to hegemonic political systems. Even during WWII, for example, “social realism,” “abstract expression” have always been linked to hegemonic forms of representation or to the market. And so, the idea is how to break out of this, what kind of artistic practices can break out of this logic. In the end, the idea of the “un-artist” as well as the idea of “Fluxus”- like the situationists could be, or other kinds of practices more related to art that doesn’t seem like art, that people might not identify as art- would be a way to deactivate the impact capacity that art can have in certain contexts but that disappears when it’s already identified as art. We always like to think of ourselves as artists even though what we do isn’t recognized as actual art, almost never, within the art world.