Doubt and Art



Doubt is not a negative quality of art. Uncertainty and unease are necessary for transformation in ritual, so operate similarly in performed art, where elements of ritual are more apparent than in other forms of art. In fact, obscurity and query should be present in our work, not for the sake of it, but as the obscurity of a secret society that allows the initiated to participate, showing their secrets in plain view, but offering secret knowledge to those who penetrate the group.

The secrets of this work are uncovered by experimenting with objects in practice in a space set aside for such discovery, whether that is a studio, gallery or theatre. The objects we make available for visitors to discover need to allow doubt. What are these things? How are they / were they once used?

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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