close

A*DESK has been offering since 2002 contents about criticism and contemporary art. A*DESK has become consolidated thanks to all those who have believed in the project, all those who have followed us, debating, participating and collaborating. Many people have collaborated selflessly with A*DESK, and continue to do so. Their efforts, knowledge and belief in the project are what make it grow. At A*DESK we have also generated work for over one hundred professionals in culture, from small collaborations with reviews and classes, to more prolonged and intense collaborations.

At A*DESK we believe in the need for free and universal access to culture and knowledge. We want to carry on being independent, remaining open to more ideas and opinions. If you believe in A*DESK, we need your backing to be able to continue. You can now participate in the project by supporting it. You can choose how much you want to contribute to the project.

You can decide how much you want to bring to the project.

Magazine

December
Failure.jpg
Failure

A*DESK


When we proposed this month to tackle the subject of failure, we had in mind Samuel Beckett’s maxim, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”…. We also thought of its opposite, success, and in how through art practices, precisely for their idiosyncrasy, they can entertain unproductivity or shift parameters that don’t fit amongst those society assumes as symbols of success.

We began the month with an article by Alexandra Laudo about a project still in process by Enric Farrés Duran: El viatge frustrat (the frustrated journey)

We continued with an in depth reflection by Sonia Fernández Pan that also arose from Beckett, questioning the notion of failure, its vicissitudes and contradictions.

From Latin America, Juanjo Sáez , reviewed the failed art system, the lavish system construed from large biennales and opulent events that produce, in the majority, moments of too many appearances and questionable importance.

Montse Badia interviewed Ignasi Aballí, , on the occasion of his exhibition in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, but above all because he is an artist who really embodies this approximation of the work of the artist, conscious of its impossibility.

But as this intense month progressed, the most recent (and grave) events have made us stop and think about a much more profound, dark, and real failure, our collective failure .

We don’t want to end November feeling negative. Yes; we can, as Beckett presaged, fail better, but this only will occur if we try different measures to affront a system that disturbs us. Let’s fail better, on every level, in every gesture.

This month's topic

A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.

Articles

02 December 2015

Failure

31 December 2018

Artist’s Status

30 November 2018

COREOGRAPHY

31 October 2018

STONES

close
close
close
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world" (John Le Carré)