Saturday, January 01, 2011

New year, new premises





Thomas A. Clark, 'Some Alternatives to The White Cube' (Little Critic #11, 1996)


a space flooded with natural light


a space where many acts of attention
have contributed to the stillness


a space where things come and go
where people come and go
a space of change


a space which has been ordered
and re-ordered many times but where
no order is thought to be absolute


a space where risks are taken


a space having specific dimensions,
a history, a politics, a poetics


an alert, warm, accesible space


a space within parenthesis
sheltered from the world
exposed to fresh experience


a practical space,
a good space to work in


a space where it is comfortable to be
for short or long periods of time


a space in which things are allowed
to be themselves, as simple or difficult
as they need to be


a space flowing out into other spaces


a serious, unsolemn space


a space in which ownership
is first established through
understanding and imagination


a space for participation
rather than appropriation


a space which seems to expand or contract
according to the nature of the events
taking place within it


a space in which thought and feeling
are indistinguishable from
form, colour, light


a small, awkward, lovely space


a space without distractions
where for a time we can leave
confusion behind


a space in which we can find
an adequate response to whatever
is presented to us


a space like a clearing in a wood


a space in which we relinquish
everything we know, in favour of
anything we may encounter


a space in which we make sense
of information, or penetrate farther
into a mystery


an exemplary space, where we acquire
a taste for freedom and adventure


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