-“…While it is common for a work of art to provoke dialogue among viewers, this typically occurs in response to finished objects. In these projects conversation becomes an integral part of the work itself. It is reframed as an active, generative process that can help us speak and imagine beyond the limits of fixed identities and official discourse. While collaborative, consultative approach has deep and complex roots in the history of art and cultural activism it has also energized a younger generation of practitioners and collectives…” Grant Kester. Conversation Pieces, The Role of Dialogue in Socially-Engaged Art.
– “Since 1993 and on invitation from different art institutions, the artist group WochenKlausur develops concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies. Proceeding even further and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society. ” WochenKlausur.
-“Superflex has collaborated with Danish and African engineers to construct a simple, portable biogas unit that can produce sufficient gas for the cooking and lighting needs of an African family.” Superflex, Tools, Supergas. (and if in london> superflex “exhibition”)
– “contemporary art has proved to be the most flexible environment for diverse projects, being a free zone of experimentation within the society at large…[it] offers possibilities to put forward ideas without the preconditions of academic work …the market…or activism…the projects are labeled art only for strategic reasons – the strategy works as long as the concepts of art do not come to dominate the discourse. The same applies to the individuals working in the group: you call yourself artist, just because it is institutionally convenient, [emphasis mine] because the very concept of ARTIST is obscure” http://leisurearts.blogspot.com/2006/04/maria-lind-tacticalagnostic-artist-ted.html